(NOV 16) WBAN received an
update via press release on Diane Prazak who is set to fight
Holly Holm on December 7, 2012, at the Route 66 Casino/Hotel, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico for the IBA/WBF light welterweight
Lucia Rijker (left) Diane
Prazak, a native of Australia, is
now fighting out of Los Angeles. She recently replaced Myriam
Lamare (20-3, 10 KOs) as Holm's new opponent on Dec. 7. In her
last fight, Prazak defended her WIBA super featherweight title
that she won in 2011 with a victory by unanimous decision over
Fatuma Aarika (24-5-1).
"I'm a determined fighter," said Prazak, who has relocated to
Los Angeles. "I have fought at 130-135-pounds; however, I walk
around at 145. I will feel much stronger at 140 because I don't
have to starve myself. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work
with some great champions, not to mention the rounds I get in
with my trainer, Lucia Rijker. If I can get punched by the most
dangerous women in the world, I most definitely do not have any
concerns about being hit by girls in other weight classes. I've
been training with RijkerStriker for almost eight months and
I've learned a lot being in America and about what it takes to
be a pro fighter."
The 31-year-old, newly married Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) has defeated
the world's best boxers, from the 140 through 154-pound weight
classes, including Lamare, Ann Sophie Mathis, Christy Martin,
Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and
Chevelle Hallback (twice).
"Holly is a great champion who always steps into the fight in
top shape and with a great fight plan," a respectful Prazak
commented. "She is fast on her feet and can run like crazy; this
and the high altitude in New Mexico burn out a lot of her
opponents. I'll be training in LA and New Mexico for this fight.
After Holly came back from a brutal beating from Mathis, by
fighting an intelligent and courageous fight, Holly has all my
respect and she earned the right to be called, pound-for-pound,
the best today.
"I think it's great that she has such great hometown support.
Three-thousand people (regularly attending her fights in
Albuquerque) are great. My dream is for myself and for other
women fighters to fight for crowds of 30,000. This is just the
beginning. It is a great honor to fight a champion like Holly.
I'm just looking forward to get the opportunity to fight the
best fighters in the world. I have no doubt that we are going to
put on a great show for all of the fans to see. The bigger the
challenge, the bigger the victory, is my mantra."
Supporting fights showcasing local boxers will feature light
welterweight Matthew "Champ" Baca (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Derek Perez
(pro debut) in a four-round bout, female light welterweight
Victoria "La Reina de la Guerra" Cisneros (8-13-2, 3 KOs) vs.
Kita Watkins (7-9, 1 KO) in a six-round match, bantamweight
Raymond "Hollewood" Montez (5-2, 3 KOs) vs. Tony Valdez (6-6-3,
6 KOs) in a much-anticipated eight-round rematch, amateur
standout Jason Sanchez makes his pro debut in a four-round fight
vs. featherweight Gene Perez (1-0).