(SEPT 21) The middleweight women’s
bout at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington on
Saturday night was neither the main event nor the semi main, but
it did create a lot of excitement in the crowd. Maricelo Carnejo,
from Grandview, Washington had a large contingent of vocal fans,
and she was on the cover of the Boxing Illustrated fight
program. Tiffany Ward, Cornejo’s opponent out of Los Angeles
seemed an afterthought, after all, this was her pro debut and
Cornejo had already dispensed of her previous two opponents. Oh,
and Cornejo is training with Floyd Mayweather Sr.
In the opening moments of the
first round, Ward established that she was a boxer, not merely
an unseasoned opponent. She fired a strong jab that sent the
message that she was in the ring to fight. Cornejo answered with
her right, and it snapped too, but she could not sustain enough
punches to keep the aggressive Ward from closing the distance
between the two.
Cornejo had a bit more success
landing punches in the second round, but most of her scoring
shots came when the two women were fighting in close. Ward
continued to move behind her jab and she added another wrinkle,
she dropped to throw right hands to Cornejo’s body.
Ward continued to be the busier fighter in the third round. She
pursued Cornejo, and that meant there were times when Cornejo
had to fight while stepping backwards or to the side. From that
position it was difficult for Cornejo to mount a continuous
Cornejo knew she would have to outwork and thus outscore Ward in
the final round to attempt to sway the judges to award her the
win. She was more aggressive, but that did not slow Ward. The
pressure came from Ward as she countered when Cornejo landed
punches. When Cornejo stepped back or to the side to regroup,
Ward pursued and threw punches.
At the end of the four round bout, two judges scored the fight
39-37, the third scored it 40-36, all in favor of Tiffany Ward.
Both women showed that they have the skill set to become good
boxers in the middleweight division. They are early in their
career. Cornejo, behind her two prior wins had shown that she
could box; on Friday, Ward showed she too belonged in the group.