This past report states the following: On July 14, 1977, I went to Allentown, PA to see a boxing match
between Cathy "Cat" Davis and Toni Lear. Unfortunately, Lear was
scratched by the Athletic Commission doctor because of an ear
infection. Mona Hayes was flown in from Walla Walla, Washington,
at the last minute to replace her.
Mona Hayes (left) Cathy Davis (right)
This fight was a
very bad mismatch. To put someone of Hayes' experience (5-0-1), in the ring with Davis (14-0-0) was guaranteeing
a bad fight.
Mona Hayes had barely a day's notice, had been taking a break
from training, and spent the night on a plane to the East Coast.
Davis seems a competent, well-trained boxer, but Hayes has much
less experience. She was not moving well and did not seem very
aggressive. I would be very interested in seeing both of these
women under different conditions when they could be matched
against opponents at their level.
Cancelling the bout and rescheduling the Davis-Lear match might
have hurt the promoter financially, but would have been better
for women's boxing in the long run.
The audience that was there knows good boxing matches and what
they saw was not an interesting well-balanced match.
In comparison, the men's bouts on the same card were much better
because the fighters were well-matched. And that, unfortunately,
is the comparison that will be made.
Fighting Woman News spent half a day driving out to Allentown,
about a hundred miles, to see the Davis-Hayes non-fight.
The fight itself was a total waste of time. It looked like a
rather timid and reluctant white belt sparring with a brown belt
who was enjoying her role as sempai (senior) and rather pleased
to show her superiority with so little effort.
No blow hard enough to cause this boxer to fall
to the floor according to boxing writer Welsh!
The beginner had enough of being made a fool of, or at least
feeling foolish, and pretended to be injured, i.e., knocked out.
Neither woman landed any blow that could be called powerful by
the most ardent supporter of women's boxing.
No one who had seen even the poorest of Marion Bermudez'
matches, the one against Evelyn Perez in 1975 (FWN #1), would
believe that Davis' weak blows bruised Hayes much less iced her.
(WBAN Comment: WBAN doubts if Hayes actually had a 5-0-1
boxing record--especially at her apparent described skill
level. She is of course welcome to contact WBAN and
provide documentation on her record. On Cathy "Cat" Davis
fighter---she had a tad bit of an
orchestrated boxing career - mentions a lot of disturbing
information about Davis
with her manager/partner Sal Algieri according to the research
we found on this boxer.
Related story on Cathy "Cat" Davis
The Great White Hype
Newfield - Published November 1979
Volume. One - Originally printed in the VOICE
Vol. XXIII No. 41 "The Weekly Newspaper of New
York, October 16, 1978
Link to story