(DEC 8) On Friday, December 2,
2011, "World Dominance", promoted by Fresquez Productions, took
place at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The boxing card featured Holly Holm vs. Anne Sophie Mathis in
the10-round mainliner. Holm-Mathis were fighting for the
WBAN and IBA welterweight world titles.
I attended the press conference, weigh-in, the fight card,
presenting the WBAN World Welterweight title to the winner, and
the post-fight conference.
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The Press Conference
On November 30, the press conference was held in the
Legends Theatre, at the Route 66. There was little to “no” trash
talk this day by either Holm or Mathis. At the conference, the
only one who even came close to “talking” was Holm’s
trainer/manager who joked about the reputation that France had
of “Surrendering”. Winkeljohn followed that comment up with,
“Look for Holly to stop her if she doesn’t surrender.”
Mathis spoke through an interpreter and simply stated that she
had “no game plan” going into the fight. Even though Mathis was
not giving out any clue as to how she would approach fighting
Holm. Holm was her usual gracious self, being respectful and
humble in regards to her fight with Mathis.
Chris Cozzone of New Mexico Boxing reported that several gym
rats who had seen Mathis training at the West Side’s Sigala’s Gym,
had some mixed reviews of how Mathis would fare against Holm.
One told Cozzone after observing Mathis train, “Forget it,
she’ll never catch Holly in the ring.” But two others were
convinced that if anyone had a chance to upset Holm, it was
At the time, I saw one common
and telling denominator in regards to Holm and Mathis, and that
was opponent, Myriam Lamare who fought both Holm and Mathis.
When Mathis faced
Lamare twice in the ring, she first stopped Lamare by TKO. In
the second fight,
Mathis won by a 10-round majority decision. When Holm
fought Lamare, she won by a close 10-round unanimous decision.
I felt that if Mathis came into the fight with Holm, with
the same tenacity that she displayed with Lamare----Holm could be in trouble.
Although the majority of people that I spoke to in New Mexico
before the fight, seemed to be of the belief, that the fight
between Mathis and Holm would be "typical", and that the
"outcome" would more than likely be "predictable."
Weigh-In - Legends Theatre....face to face- December 1, 2011
Richardson (left), Ramos (Center) Fresquez (right)
In what WBAN considered one of the top women's title fights in
the sport---WBAN decided to celebrate this history making fight
by giving back to the long and forgotten retired boxers of the
sport. We ran a Fundraiser, to raise money for the Retired
Boxers Foundation, a non-profit organization. At the weigh-in, a
check for $1,500 was presented to Alex Ramos, President of the
Retired Boxers Foundation, and Jacquie Richardson, Executive
Director of the Retired Boxers Foundation.
Story on weigh-in]
Fight Night at the Route 66 Casino
Story on all fights on card by Chris Cozzone]
On this night, Holly Holm and Anne Sophie Mathis fought for the
WBAN World Welterweight title. To the surprise of many, these
two were in a war from the first round until the fight was
stopped 1:38 in the seventh round.
After the fourth round had ended and seeing the continuous
barrage of combinations and heavy leather thrown at each other,
I remember commenting to Chris Cozzone of New Mexico Boxing,
that this fight would never last
I had no idea WHO was
going down, but just seeing the high-pace of these two----I knew that one
would not make it till the end.
Then in a shocker that is still fresh in my mind----Anne Sophie
Mathis stunned Holm in the six round. Holm went down to
the canvas, dazed, wobbly and at that time it appeared the fight
But what was even more shocking was that Holm did not receive an
eight count, and that the Ref apparently called the knockdown a
By then, not only myself, but people at ringside, and the crowd
that I could hear by ear shot appeared to be bewildered by the
chain of events.
Holm managed to weather the storm through the end of the sixth
round, and to the dismay of others, besides myself, the
fight continued and she came out for the seventh round.
It did not take long for
Mathis to get the upper hand on the now-injured Holm, and 1:38
seconds of this round---the fight was over, and Holm was on the
canvas, losing by KO.
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to Mathis. Dean Chance gave the IBA belt to Mathis.
Photo by SteveSnowden.com
One thing I had never done in covering boxing was yell at
something happening in the ring. But this night, just
prior to Holm going down to the canvas, without realizing what I
had done, I stood up--- looking at Holm hanging onto the rope,
and yelled, "Can't you see she is hurt?"
Photo by SteveSnowden.com
POST FIGHT CONFERENCE
In the Post Fight Conference that took place nearly 40 minutes
after the fight, Holm said that she was glad that the fight was
not stopped and said, "These are big fights. I was glad the
referee gave me the chance to come back."
Mike Winkeljohn, manager and trainer of Holm said that he felt
Holm would be angry at him, if he did not let her continue the
fight, and that it was a hard call for him. Winkeljohn also said
that it was a tough fight to watch, and that he thought about
throwing in the towel earlier than Ref Burke had stopped it.
"But this is what she does, you have to give her [Holm] the
opportunity", added Winkeljohn.