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At the Scales in Costa Mesa!
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By Sue TL Fox
August 15, 2013
     
   
   


 

(AUGUST 15) Yesterday I arrived in Costa Mesa, California to cover the weigh-in for the Rhonda Luna vs. Crystal Morales IFBA World Title fight that will take place TONIGHT at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, at the Hangar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be five boxing matches and two MMA Bouts.

I arrived for the weigh-in at 5:00 p.m. and met up with Rhonda Luna, who was waiting to get on the scales.  To my surprise I found out that her opponent Crystal Morales had not shown up yet.


Posing with Rhonda Luna before she weighed in...


When Morales had still not shown up to the weigh-in due to being stuck in traffic, I couldn't resist snapping a shot of Luna's niece on the scales---and joked that she could be Luna's replacement opponent....Luna bent down and took a weigh-in shot with her!

To the relief of everyone at the weigh-in, Morales and her team finally showed up, and things quickly got underway....[underway AFTER the commission told her she was fined 10% for coming in late to the weigh-in!]


Luna weighed in at an even 133 lbs.

Morales easily made weight at 133.8 lbs.

At the scales, Luna weighed in at an even 133 lbs., and Morales 133.8. Both had no problem making weight for their title fight that is set for 135 lbs, lightweight division.

In a pre-fight interview....Luna told WBAN that she is excited to have a rematch with Morales. She said that in her last fight with Morales,  she was coming off of a two year break, and felt that her timing was off, and was having some ring rust. She felt that in their first fight that was six rounds, she relied mostly on the veteran skill that she had in that fight.

“You can’t fake your way through 10 rounds,” added Luna.  She said that she feels that she is well-prepared in this fight tonight.


"Pink Gloves" a special dedication to Luna's Sister-in-Law

Luna told WBAN that she has dedicated this fight to her sister-in-law who is going through cancer at this time. She said that she had requested the fight gloves to be pink in regards to the special dedication.


VG-G on Luna's trunks in a tribute for a 13-year old girl
Who lost her life in an accident...

In addition, in a special tribute,  Luna has placed the initials of a 13-year old girl, VG-G. (Victoria Guzman Gonzalez), on her trunks.  Gonzalez was tragically killed in an ATV Accident.

I also got an opportunity to talk with Crystal Morales.  Morales said that she felt that in their first fight that she tended to brawl, and that she did not fight her game plan. Morales feels that this fight will be different, and that she has prepared herself well for this title bout.






Also present that the weigh-in was Judy Kulis of the IFBA, who is supervising the Luna-Morales fight, Shannon Torres Gilman, amateur boxer and part of team Morales. In addition multi-world champion WBC/WBAN and former WIBA Diana Prazak attended the weigh-in.

We have been told that Mia “The Knockout” St. John, Diane Prazak, and Krysti Rosario, will be at the fights tonight!

More Photos from the weigh-in:

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