(NOV 20) Last night at the Texas Station
Casino, in Las Vegas, there were three non-stop action female
bouts on the card. In one of the best action-packed fights
Stacey "Stay-Lo" Reile mixed it up for 10 rounds against Dahiana
Santana. The crowd literally went wild while these two
exchanged blow after blow. Santana won the fight by a
unanimous decision and became the new IBF world title
holder---but both of these fighters were winners for what they
did for women's boxing this night.
In another top fight of the night, Ada "The Ace" Velez and
Melinda Cooper took their "grudge" match all the way into
the ring. There was some smack talking going on before the
fight at the press conference and weigh-in, but the talk was
over and it was all action with these two. Velez retained
her IBF World title belt, after winning by a 10-round majority
decision with one judge calling the fight a draw with a 95-95,
and the other two judges scoring it for Velez to win.
Cooper was unable to revenge her loss against Velez in their
first fight---and after the fight WBAN heard from reliable
sources that Cooper is retiring from boxing. Velez
had sprained her left wrist and had to go to the emergency room
after the fight.
In a four-round bout, Tatina
Anderson stopped Victoria Cisneros in the third round by TKO.
Anderson was relentless in her attack of Cisneros, and the ref
put an end to the fight.
Special guest Sergio Martinez came to the fight and signed
autographs for boxing fans, and then he was on the ring apron
with the promoter.
Lastly, we had a great number of women boxers come from as far
as California to be at the event in support of the women who
were fighting on the card---I will be doing a story on these
fighters this week as to who attended.
WBAN would like to thank Sampson Boxing for putting on such a
stellar show in Vegas.
Full report by Chris Cozzone
Link to his complete coverage