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Crystal Morales Wins by a Split in "Fight of the Night" in Costa Mesa!
Photos & Story by
Sue TL Fox
August 17, 2013

(AUG 17) On Thursday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds Events Center, in Costa Mesa, California, I had the opportunity to be present at the IFBA World Lightweight championship bout between Rhonda Luna vs. Crystal Morales. The fight was a rematch from their first meeting on June 6, 2013, where Luna won that fight by a six-round unanimous decision. This was the first fight for Morales to fight a 10-round bout.

The house was packed with 1482 fans, standing room only, with the event promoted by Roy Engelbrecht who just seems to have the knack to have cards that includes men's boxing, female boxing and MMA.

Roy Engelbrecht continues to show strong support for the female boxers in the sport, and WBAN would only hope that some of the ole' coots, ah... "ole" promoters would be more progressive in featuring many more of the top elite female pro boxers on their cards.

Rhonda Luna and team waiting for the decision of fight

If some of the "set-in-their-ways" promoters would give these female boxers a "fighting chance" to be on their cards, they just may be pleasantly surprised what the women can bring to the ring.

Morales drops to the floor upon the announcement of her
winning by a split for the vacant IFBA World Lightweight title.

Last night was a classic example of that with boxing fans, literally standing on their feet, screaming with excitement, and wads of   money into the ring for what was considered, the "Fight of the Night."

From the beginning until the end, both Luna and Morales fought toe-to-toe, non-stop action. Morales won by a close 10-round split decision. In the only knockdown of the fight, Morales threw a left hook that took Luna down, although Luna was able to quickly recover from it and continue.

Final judges scores were 98-91, 95-94 for Morales, and 96-93 for Luna.

Behind the scenes in California.....

I had the pleasure to meet up with Rhonda Luna, Crystal Morales, her family, her coach, Shannon Torres Gilman, Kaliesha "Wild Wild" West, Okalys Camacho, amateur boxer with 34 amateur fights, Judy Kulis of the IFBA, Krysti Rosario, WBC/WBAN Super Featherweight champion Diana Prazak, Lissette Medel, former pro boxer Gloria Ramirez, along with all of her amateur boxers, Grampas and Grandma of the "Grampas Boxing Gym, located in Westminster, , and many, MANY more of the boxing community at the fight!

Krysti Rosario (left) LIssette Medel, World champion Kaliesha "Wild Wild" West, WBC/WBAN champion Diana Prazak

Shannon Torres Gilman, Team Morales - worked the corner

The Lil' boxing stars of the night....

Female Boxings' "Future" little star....

West, Sue Fox, Rosario

O. Camacho, amateur boxer with 34 fights already!

Luna with dad (Team Luna) at the weigh-in

Judy Kulis of IFBA poses with Morales and Luna

At the Grampas Boxing Gym in Westminster

Gloria Ramirez with amateur boxers and Grampa/Grandma

Gloria Ramirez - Former top female boxer

Jessica Rangel - 22 year old amateur boxer

Sydney Trilla - Amateur boxer


Related Story:  At the Scales in Costa Mesa!
Photos/Story By Sue TL Fox-August 15, 2013 Link

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