5'0" 106-lb Carina Moreno is the shy girl with big
eyes and a big smile who warms tortillas and runs the cash register at
her family's Tacos Moreno taqueria in Watsonville, California. She is
also the winner of
multiple national amateur boxing titles ... and a rising star in the
punishing world of professional boxing.
Carina was born in Watsonville
on October 9, 1981.
When she was about seven, her mother María used to take Carina and her
three brothers to the house of a
cousin who boxed. One day the cousin said he would show Carina how to
defend herself, and taught her how to hit the heavy bag he had set up
in the garage.
A couple of years later,
Carina scored her first knockout ... in an accident where she ran into
boy with her
forehead and the collision cost him some teeth. “It wasn’t on
purpose,” says María, although Carina concedes that
“when I was little, I used to fight ... I used to
always be fighting guys”.
When Carina was a teenager,
her brothers took karate, which she didn't enjoy "because it
wasn’t as aggressive as
boxing". She ran cross-country and track while in
high school. Nearing age 18, after looking for a real boxing
gym, she enrolled in a cardio kickboxing class at a fitness center. Her
instructor offered her extra classes for a more intense workout, and
soon offered to train her for amateur kickboxing competition.
March 23, 1999 at the Fair Grounds in Vallejo, California, Carina (112
defeated Marilyn Gil (108 lbs) of San Jose, California, by unanimous
decision (30-27, 30-26 and 30-26) in an IKF International Rules amateur
On December 22, 1999 in
Carina (109 lbs, then 4-1) fought Monica Mendoza (119 lbs, 0-1) of
Fresno in an exciting three-round exhibition bout. The promoters had
tried to book a real match
for her, but nobody wanted to go up against her in a bout which could
have been for an IKF California State Title.
Hoping to get more competition
as a boxer,
Carina switched from kickboxing to boxing under the guidance of trainer
Rick Noble, who also trains Kelsey
Jeffries. Noble's first impression of Carina was “she
was extremely quiet.”
"Me and my friend
thought we were ready to fight already when we got to his
gym", says Carina. "Rick
saw us, and he said not yet. He said we needed about eight months. We
were like ... ‘Eight months? This guy is crazy, we don’t need eight
months!' Every day we would ask him, ‘When can we fight? When
fight?’ He’d say, ‘Are you guys running?’ We said 'no' and
say, ‘Then add
another month to it.’
He finally took us to a place called Smokers in San Francisco, where
anyone who wants to go in and spar can go. I did really good. From
there, it took me less than eight months before I was ready for my
Carina began boxing in January
2000. In April of that year she entered the USA Boxing Everlast
National Championships at
the Chaparral Center in Midland, Texas. She won her 106-lb semifinal
bout on April 13 with
a 42-1 decision over Catherine Herway of San Antonio, Texas. On April
15, Carina defeated two-time defending
national champion Linda Carrillo of South El Monte in the final by a
"I was really up for
it," said Moreno of her bout against the 30-year old TV
"I knew I could take her and I knew I was stronger
than her and had more speed than she did.
Even though she was the number one in the nation, I couldn't let that
get to me."
Moreno's youth and speed were the main difference in the bout and she
said she felt in
control throughout it.
||After the 2000 nationals, Moreno and seven other
female boxers were chosen to represent the USA in the
international Feenix Box Cup in Turku, Finland. Also on that USA team
were Maricela Ortiz (100 lbs), Julia Day (119), Stella Nijhof (125),
Florentino (139), Desiree Mistretta (147), Jill Emery (156)
|Carina won the gold
medal in the 48-kg division of the Feenix Cup, defeating Krisztina Belinszky of
Hungary by a 5-0 score in the quarterfinal on May 5 (see above),
Aroussia Hadjam of France by RSC-2 in the semifinal on May 6 (at right,
Moreno in red), and Jamie Behl of Canada in the final by an 18-16
score. Carina was also selected "Best Fighter of the Tournament".
On August 11, 2000 in the
106-lb Open Division Semi-Finals of the 2000 US National/international
Golden Gloves in
Augusta, Georgia, Carina won a 3-2 decision over Tisha Luna (Hartford,
August 12, she won a 4-1 decision over Vaia
Zaganas of Burnaby, BC, Canada in
a toe-to-toe battle that might have gone either way.
took the decision by shaking her head in disbelief and claimed that she
robbed. ``It was close", said Moreno, "but
I thought I won because I landed more jabs and had the more effective
Moreno was now undefeated in 10 amateur starts.
On September 3, 2000 in the
Senior 106-lb Division of the 15th Annual Blue and Gold Invitational at
Esther Snyder Community Center in Baldwin Park, California,
Carina again defeated Linda Carrillo of South El Monte, California,
this time by a 3-2 score.
On December 13, 2000 in the
106-lb open final of the 2000 Police Athletic League Championships in
New Orleans, Louisiana,
Carina stopped Abner Mares of Gardens, California by RSC at 1:40 in the
In the 2001 US National Golden
Gloves competition in Augusta, Georgia,
Carina again competed in the 106-lb open division, winning her
bout on August 10 with a 5-0 decision over Samantha Sanchez of
and her final on August 11 over Alicia Avila of Colorado by a 5-0
At the 2001 USA Boxing
National Championships at the Marine Corps Base at Camp LeJeune, North
Carolina in September 19-22, 2001
Carina won her preliminary bout in the 106-lb division over Mandi
Canton, Ohio by a 25-4 score,
and the final over Linda Carrillo of South El Monte, California by a
On October 13 2001 in the
106-lb division of the Women's Pan-American Boxing Championships in
Scranton, Pennsylvania, Carina defeated Monay Mincy of New York by a
13-6 score after previously defeating her in the semifinal by a 22-4
At the inaugural AIBA World
Amateur Women's Championships at the
High School in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2001,
Carina lost to eventual world champion Hulya
Sahin of Turkey in the 106 lb/48 kg semifinal by an 11-4
score. She had previously won her preliminary bout over Zhao Li of
China by a 23-13 margin. (Sahin is now boxing professionally as Julia
Carina was named "Female
Amateur Boxer of the Year" by WBAN in 2001.
On August 2, 2002 in the 106-lb division at the 2002 USA Boxing
National Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania,
Carina defeated Monay Mincy of New York, NY by a 13-12 score in the
In her preliminary bout on July 30 she had defeated Alicia Avila of
Colorado Springs, Colorado by a 19-5 decision and on
August 1 she had defeated Samantha Sanchez of Aurora, Illinois by a
On August 24, 2002 at the US
National Golden Gloves in Chicago, Illinois,
Carina defeated Samantha Sanchez of Aurora, Illinois in the 106-lb open
final after winning another
decision over Monay Mincy in the semifinal.
Carina fought in the 106 lb/48
kg division at the second AIBA Women's
World Championships held on October 21-28 2002 in Antalya, Turkey,
but lost in the quarterfinal under some controversy. She won her
over a Romanian boxer (I don't know the name of this
October 22, but then lost to Tatyana Lebedeva of the Ukraine on October
The scoring of the bout was controversial. Lebedeva's amateur status
also questioned because she had competed professionally in the Ukraine
(Lebedeva herself lost to North Korea's Ri Yong-Hiang, who was voted
the best boxer in the
tournament, in the 48-kg final.)
On April 16 -19, 2003 Carina
competed in the 119-lb division of the Golden Gloves in
San Francisco, California, defeating Valerie Evans of San Jose,
California by a 5-0
score. She defeated Jennifer Nguyen of Palo Alto, California in the
final, also by a 5-0 score, and
was voted Best Boxer of the tournament.
Moreno's goal had been to compete in the 2004
Olympics in Athens, Greece if those had included female
boxing. When it became clear that they would not, Rick Noble told her
it was time for her to take the next step
and start over as a professional.
With her strong amateur record
36-2, Moreno had trouble finding professional opponents willing to take
her on at first, according to promoter
"Finding an opponent for Carina has been one of
the toughest matches I've ever had to make.
She's so good that nobody wants to fight her," said Hoffman.
"She might be able to beat veteran fighters like
or Marilyn Salcido, but it's not right, at this point, to put her
against somebody with
10 pro fights. Finding a quality, competitive opponent with a similar
level of experience
who is willing to fight Carina has been a real challenge."
Unable to find an opponent at
her usual 106 lbs,
Carina made her pro debut on July 3, 2003 in a 110-lb bout with
southpaw Cecilia "Boom Boom" Barraza of Chicago in front of a sold-out
crowd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, California. "I'm
very happy to be making my pro debut in Monterey," she said
in a pre-fight interview. "It's
nice that people from my home town have a chance to come watch me. A
lot of them have never seen me fight, so I'm very excited for the
We just couldn't find anybody who wanted to fight me at 104 or 106
I'm moving up to 110 pounds for this one," said Moreno,
adding "those four pounds are really a difference.
I'm pretty sure Barazza walks around at 115, 116, maybe 119, so this is
going to be big change. I walk around at
about 108, but I'm almost up to 110, now, and I'm feeling very strong."
Moreno (in white) bloodies Cecilia Barraza in her pro debut
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
Carina weighed in at 109½ lbs,
and won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over Barraza (109 lbs),
to 2-1-0 (0 KO). Moreno attacked for the full four rounds,
charge early and dominating Barraza with an effective jab followed up
by two- and three-punch
combinations. Barraza’s nose began to bleed in the second from the
mounting barrage of straight
rights and lead-off left hooks. Moreno's ring movement and
combinations kept Barraza off balance in the third, and Carina almost
finished her off
when she drove her into a corner late in the third. Moreno went for a
KO and punished Barrazza from all angles in the fourth. With 12 seconds
left, the referee asked the Chicago fighter if she wanted to continue;
Barraza nodded 'yes' and Moreno waded in with one last huge
to Barraza's nose. The crowd was noisily behind Carina
with every punch but Barraza showed lots of heart by hanging in until
the final bell with a broken nose. (For more photos of this bout by
Mary Ann Owen and Jesus Sanchez see WBAN
Photo Galleries #76 and #77 on the WBAN Records
After the fight,
Moreno explained that Barraza's team had told hers that the Chicago
actually a right-hander. "We had people back in Chicago,"
said trainer Rick Noble, so Moreno
had adjusted by training with southpaws. "When I entered the
ring, I was bouncing all around, and I looked into her eyes,"
"I was just thinking, she tried to pull a fast on
me, and I was going to make her pay."
On September 25, 2003 at HP
Pavilion in San Jose, California,
Carina (113½ lbs) won a first-round TKO over badly overmatched
Brittney Conan (112½ lbs) of Broomfield, Colorado, who
fell to 0-4.WBAN correspondent and photographer Jesus Sanchez reported
that Carina landed a solid right hand and Conan turned her back and
Carina splits the defense of Michelle Gatewood
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
On November 29, 2003 at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, California,
Carina (110½ lbs) won the semi-main event by a TKO of Michelle Gatewood
lbs) of Spokane, Washington at 0:57 in the third round. Gatewood fell
to 1-2-0 (1 KO) with the loss.
WBAN correspondent Jesus Sanchez reported,
"This bout was all Moreno as Carina gave
Michelle no real opportunity to do any damage. Carina's ring
movement and combinations were too much for Gatewood. There
were no knockdowns but the referee, acting on the advice of
the doctor between rounds, stopped this bout 57 seconds into
For more photos of this bout by Jesus Sanchez see WBAN
Photo Gallery #125 on the WBAN Records
On June 12, 2004
at San Jose State University Events Center in San Jose, California
Carina (111 lbs) won her first-ever six-round fight with a unanimous
(60-53) decision over
(110 lbs) from Moore, Oklahoma. Moreno was set to fight again three
weeks later, so she was looking to escape a tough physical battle
with Dobbs uninjured. She stuck Dobbs repeatedly with a long left jab,
then peppered her with effective combinations.
Moreno used ring movement effectively and stung Dobbs occasionally with
a lead right in the opening round.
She snapped Dobbs' head back with a left hook 30 seconds into the
second, then followed with an effective combination
10 seconds later. Dobbs went to the canvas just before the second-round
bell, but leaped to
her feet immediately. Dobbs insisted to referee Marty Simmons that she
had been pushed, but Moreno was credited for a knockdown. There were
several head clashes that made both fighters pull back. "She
was coming in with her head a lot, and with another fight coming up, I
didn't want to get cut," Moreno said. "I didn't
get my punches off as well as I wanted to tonight, and she definitely
showed she could take a punch."
Dobbs, who had taken the fight at short notice,
didn't dispute the decision, but disagreed with the judges giving
"I know I won at least two of those rounds, and
there's no way she knocked me down," said Dobbs,"that
was definitely a push."
Rick Noble was pleased with
his fighter's first six-rounder.
"She did a good job. Carina picked it up in the
fifth and sixth rounds and put a lot of good punches together, like she
normally does. And this girl was a good test for us."
Moreno was also pleased, but
"I think I could have knocked her out if I had
worked the body more
in the earlier rounds. I could tell she was starting to slow down a
little bit in these last two
rounds. I felt good throughout the fight and I think I did pretty good
... I feel I could go four or five more rounds."
Carina backs Dee Hamaguchi into a corner
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
On July 3, 2004 in Monterey,
Carina won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-53) decision over Diedre Hamaguchi of Harlem,
New York, in a
lb bout. Carina dominated the tough but badly outgunned Hamaguchi,
jab to set up her right hand. By the fourth round Hamaguchi’s nose was
badly bloodied. Carina appeared to be going for a knockout with
straight rights in the final round, but Deidre gamely hung on to force
a decision. Hamaguchi took this fight at less than a week's
For more on this bout, see the
report by Jesus Sanchez
Photo Gallery #188 on the WBAN Records
Carina lands a left to Maribel Ocasio Soto
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
On August 14, 2004 at the
Sports Complex, Salinas, California, Carina (109 lbs) advanced to 6-0-0
(2 KO) with a six-round unanimous (60-54) decision over Maribel Ocasio
Soto (112 lbs) of Puerto Rico who fell to 4-8-2 (0 KO). According to
WBAN correspondent Jesus Sanchez, Maribel was overmatched and
constantly held Carina throughout the fight but the referee did not
warn Maribel or deduct any points for the constant holding. Carina
landed her straight right almost at will but there were no knockdowns.
For more photos of this bout, see WBAN Photo Gallery #193 on
Records Member Site.
Carina vs. Yvonne Caples in November 2004
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
On November 27, 2004 at the
Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California, Carina (107 lbs) won an
eight-round shutout (80-72 on all scorecards) decision over
(5'4", 108 lbs). Moreno made it look easy against the
experienced and taller Caples, a former IFBA world Junior Flyweight
champion who had stepped in to take the bout at short notice. Caples, a
southpaw, used a busy right jab and accurate left crosses in the first
round and generally tried counterpunching tactics against the
aggressive Moreno ... but Carina dominated the later rounds with her
own jab and outworked Caples with quick combinations to the
body. She bloodied Caples' nose in the fifth and appeared to
get stronger and more confident as the fight went on with the crowd
chanting "Carina-Carina". Caples had her moments in the fight, but they
were too few and far between. "The girl loves to give bloody
noses," said Moreno's trainer, Rick Noble, adding that "Yvonne
took this fight on short notice but she's been training. You've got to
figure she's going to come here and win three or four rounds against
us, at least, but she didn't do that tonight."
"This was a huge win for me," Moreno
told Monterey Herald reporter Dennis Taylor, "She's one of
the best in the world, and to come out on top in a fight like this
makes me so happy. We were not trained for a lefty, and she holds her
hands low, and she's a little bit awkward, all of which made her
"She was a busy fighter," said Caples. "I'd
have to say she's right up there with anybody I've fought." For
more photos and video of this bout, see WBAN
Photo Gallery #227 on the WBAN Records
Carina was scheduled to fight
Nongmai Sor Siriporn of Thailand for the WBC Straw-weight title on
November 7, 2005. The bout was held in the Klong Luang Prison in Pathum
Thani, Thailand, in an outdoor arena next to where Siriporn was serving
a four-and-a-half year prison term for dealing drugs. Carina withdrew
from this bout for medical reasons and was replaced by
of Japan, who won the bout and the title handily over the inexperienced
On November 19, 2005 in
Monterey, California, Carina instead TKO'd 30-year-old Sandra Ortiz of
Topeka, Kansas in the second round. Isaiah Guzman of the Santa
Cruz Sentinel wrote that
"Moreno bloodied Sandra Ortiz's nose in the first round, then spread it
across her opponent's face with stiff jabs and crosses until referee
Marty Sammon stopped the fight 1:12 into the second round." Ortiz
fell to 4-3-1 (4 KOs) with this loss, her first by a
Carina battles Wendy Rodriguez
Copyrighted photograph taken by J & P Photographers
On January 21, 2006 at Coushatta
Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana Wendy
Rodriguez (4'11", 105¾ lbs) of Los Angeles
won by a split decision over Carina (108¼ lbs)
after the scheduled ten-rounder ended in the sixth due to an accidental
head butt that Rodriguez had received. The tiny Rodriguez had trouble
with Moreno's reach advantage in this fight, as she had to work her way
in past Moreno's strong jab. After several close rounds, Rodriguez
found the way inside in the fourth and was able to back Moreno up with
a strong body attack, but Moreno came back well in the fifth.
After Rodriguez suffered a deep cut over her right eye, the fight was
halted and went to the scorecards where the tally was 58-56 for Moreno,
and 59-55, 58-56 for Rodriguez. Moreno disputed the decision, saying
that the gash over Rodriguez's right eye was caused by a punch. Wendy
Rodriguez won the IBA Junior Flyweight title with this decision, and
improved her record to
17-2-3 (2 KO's) while Moreno suffered her first pro loss and fell to
8-1-0 (3 KO's). For more photos and video of this bout by J & P Photography, see WBAN Photo Gallery #319 on
Records Member Site. Also see Photo
gallery #321 by Alan Messick Photography.
On July 20, 2006 at the Tachi
Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina (107¼ lbs) won a clear (80-72 on all cards)
eight-round unanimous decision over
(107 lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma for the vacant Women's NABF Light
to Isiah Guzman of the Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Moreno
barreled straight forward at the opening bell. She slowed only after a
head butt late in the sixth round opened a half-inch gash over her left
eye that required stitches. The smaller and trimmer Moreno backed up
Dobbs early and often with constant combinations. When Dobbs, nicknamed
"All Action," tried to stop and throw back, Moreno beat her to the
punch or broke through her defense with straight rights and lefts. The
fight remained like that, Moreno pursuing, while Dobbs backed up and
side-stepped ... to Dobbs' credit she never did seem wobbly, even after
flurries from Moreno caught her flush and left her left cheek and
forehead swollen." Go
for a slideshow of photos of this bout
taken by Mike Harris. Dobbs, who was a late replacement for Marianne
Chubirka, fell to 21-23-4 (13 KOs) with the loss.
On September 14, 2006 at the
Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina Moreno (106 lbs)
won a six-round unanimous 60-54 decision over 19-year-old Valerie Rix
(106 lbs) from Sanford, Florida. Moreno, who was shaking off a cold,
looked sluggish compared to her top form, but still out-punched and
out-moved the less experienced but boisterous Rix, who was nevertheless
draw Moreno into short-range battles at times. Rix shook her
head as if to say 'I'm alright' after Moreno caught her with a hard
overhand right in the sixth, confirming that the action was the
learning experience that she said she had anticipated when she took the
fight. "I moved up a couple weight classes fighting her," said
Rix. "I've been hit harder but she had decent power."
"I felt terrible out there," said Moreno
after the fight. "I've been sick. I've been coming down with
a cold and when we got here it got even worse with the hot weather. ...
I give myself a C- or a D." Moreno
improved to 10-1-0 (3 KO's) while Rix, who has also competed at the
national level as an amateur, slipped to 4-1-1 (1 KO) in her pro career.
Suszannah Warner vs. Carina
© Copyrighted photo taken by Alan Messick
On February 22, 2007 at the
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina won a
clear 10-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,100-90) decision over Suszannah Warner of New York
City for the WBC Interim Straw-weight title. Moreno dominated the
action from the opening bell, chasing Warner around the ring and
landing solid combinations whenever she could get inside. The
bout set Moreno up as the mandatory challenger for
of Japan for the full WBC title. Kikuchi traveled to the US to see
Moreno in action in this fight. "I don't think I put on the
great performance I wanted to," Moreno said. "I
wanted more of a fight. I kept telling her, 'Come on, come on, let's
fight.' I'm the kind of fighter who likes to mix it up." Moreno
11-1-0 (3 KO's)
with the win while Warner fell to 7-4 (2
KO's). For more photos of this bout by
Alan Messick, see WBAN Photo Gallery #412 on
Records Member Site.
Nanako Kikuchi vs. Carina Moreno
© Copyrighted photo taken by Alan Messick
On May 17, 2007 at the Tachi
Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California
a sold-out crowd of 1,450 saw Carina (104½ lbs) defeat Japan’s
(104½ lbs) for the WBC Strawweight title by a ten-round unanimous
(100-90 x 3) decision in the main event. A ringside observer reported to WBAN that
“Kikuchi is a warrior. She just kept coming forward and took a
tremendous amount of punches from all angles, but she kept pressing the
fight. Carina was just too sharp, and clearly won the rounds but it was
obvious from the onset that Kikuchi was not going to leave the ring
until all 10 rounds were completed. They went non-stop for 10 rounds
and had the crowd on their feet.” For
more photos of this bout by Alan Messick, see
WBAN Photo Gallery #427 on
Records Member Site. Carina improved her pro record to 13-1-0
(4 KOs) while the
32-year-old Kukuchi fell to 7-2-1 (1 KOs).
On September 27, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel
and Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina won every round on all three
judges' scorecards in a ten-rounder with 22-year-old Hollie Dunaway of St. Louis,
MO for her WBC Straw-weight (105-lb) world title. Moreno went forward
all night against the former WIBA straw-weight champion who seemed
reluctant to stand and trade with her and tried to tie Moreno up in
clinches whenever the action got to close quarters. "Carina
likes to engage, but Dunaway really didn't want to," said
trainer Rick Noble. "She did a good job of stepping back all
night — each time Carina would take a step forward to throw a punch,
Hollie would take a step-and-a-half backward — which wasn't the fight
we expected, and it wasn't the fight we wanted. But a win is a win, and
this one was a shutout". Moreno improved her pro record to 14-1-0 (4
KOs) with the win.
Dunaway, who was coming off wins over Mary Ortega and Wendy Rodriguez
and a split decision loss to Hulya Sahin for the WIBF Jr Flyweight
title, fell to 20-6-0 (10 KOs).
Carino vs. Emily Kelly in November 2007
Copyrighted photo taken by Jesus Sanchez
On November 8, 2007 at the
Tank in San Jose, California, Carina (108½ lbs) dominated 37-year-old
Emily Kelly (5'6", 108½ lbs) of Houston, Texas, and their scheduled
eight-rounder was stopped between the second and third rounds.
According to reporter I.A.Stewart, "Moreno spent much of the
first round feeling out her opponent, though she did move in for a good
left to the Texan's chin near the end of the first.
Then the bell rung for the second round, and the carnage began.
Moreno unleashed a barrage of quick lefts, mostly to Kelly's head and
face, to set up a right handed shot that she threw every ounce of her
frame into. With about a minute left in the second, Moreno threw a
series of left-right-left
combos, landing nearly every shot, until Kelly was staggering back to
the ropes. It looked as though Kelly might not make it through the
round, but the bell sounded just before Moreno could finish the deed."
The fight was stopped after Armando Garcia, executive director of the
California State Athletic Commission, spoke to the ring physicians
between rounds. The doctor visited Kelly's corner, talked briefly to
fighter and advised referee Ray Balewicz to stop the fight, which
was declared for Moreno. Kelly, who took
the fight at short notice, said she wasn't hurt when the fight ended,
but she recognized
she was not prepared to take on a fighter of Moreno's caliber. "She
stunned me with a couple shots," said Kelly, "but I
just felt like it wasn't going to get any better for me",
According to Moreno, "In
that second round, I caught her with a right, followed by a left hook,
and I could tell it stunned her. She was
holding onto me real tight, I could see she was in trouble and when the
round ended, I
looked toward her corner and could see she didn't want any more.
"I went over to tell her she fought a good fight, and she told me I was
just too much for her".
Moreno improved to
15-1-0 (5 KOs) with the win
while Kelly, who was coming off a draw with
Maribel Zurita in April, fell to 2-3-1 (1 KOs).
December 6, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, in
Lemoore, California, Carina won by a 10-round unanimous decision over
Warner of New York City in a rematch for Moreno's WBC
Straw-weight title. Warner
fell to 7-6-0 (2 KOs).
Carina (107¾ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,97-93)
decision over Eileen Olszewski
(107¾ lbs) of New York for the vacant IFBA and IBA Junior Flyweight
June 13, 2008 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New
Moreno improved to 17-1-0
with the win
Olszewski, who had a long career as an amateur boxer, suffered her
first pro loss and fell to
5-1-1 (0 KOs).
On August 21, 2008 at the Tachi
Palace Casino Hotel and Resort in Lemoore, California, Carina
(104½ lbs) won a 10-round decision over Yahaira
Martinez, (106 lbs) of Puerto Rico. Moreno's fight was made a non-title
bout for the WBC due to Martinez not making weight. Ed
Pearson of the WBC said in a press release: "Moreno was
prepared to fight for the WBC World female Strawweight title
(but it) went ahead as a non-title fight because Yahaira Martinez
failed to make the weight." "Martinez weighed in 2.8 pounds
over the 105 pound limit. Another reason why we have to have the 30 and
7 day weigh in results. Some people don’t seem to think it’s a big
deal, but sometimes, like this, it comes back to hurt them when they
don’t do it. Had Carina Moreno lost the fight, the title would have
been vacated. Carina Moreno won a unanimous decision with scores of
100-90 (x2) and 97-93", added Pearson.
dropped to 7-3 (4 KO's).
For photos of this bout, see
WBAN Photo Gallery #489 on
Records Member Site.
On October 23, 2008
at the Tachi Palace Casino Hotel and Resort in
Lemoore, California, Carina (104½ lbs) retained her WBC
and WIBA Strawweight titles with a TKO of Jodi Esquibel (104½ lbs) of
Albuquerque, NM at 1:36 in the ninth round of a scheduled ten-rounder.
to WBAN by Moreno's publicist Mario Serrano, "In the opening round,
Esquibel used her lateral movement to escape the pressure of Moreno.
Making adjustments, Moreno came into the second round with a game plan
that saw her throw more overhand rights. But it was a powerful straight
right hand that landed flush on the nose of Esquibel that changed the
fight for good. Esquibel would end the round with blood oozing from her
nostrils. For the rest of the bout, Moreno would land combinations with
pin point accuracy, with the overhand right being the most effective.
The referee would halt the action in the middle of the rounds as blood
continued to pour out the nose of Esquibel. At 1:36 of the ninth round,
the referee put an end to the thumping."
Esquibel, who was also cut over her
left eye, had been checked out by the ringside doctor multiple times
during the fight but she refused to quit.
to Moreno, "I came into this fight knowing that Esquibel was
going to be in the best shape of her life. I too was in great shape and
it paid off. After the first round, my corner told me to let my hands
go. Once I saw the blood coming from her nose, I knew she was in
trouble. I just kept applying pressure making it hard for her to
breath. She showed a lot of heart making it to the ninth round. I give
her a lot of credit, she's a tough fighter."
Esquibel fell to 5-3-1 (2 KO's) while Moreno improved to 20-1
(6 KO's) with the win.
February 6, 2009 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore,
California, Carina (109¼ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous
(80-72,80-72,78-73) decision over Sharon Gaines (5'2", 109¼ lbs) of Las
Vegas, Nevada who fell to 11-12-1 (3 KO's) with the loss.
October 31, 2009 at Gimnasio Del Imcufide, Toluca, México, Anabel Ortiz
(104¾ lbs) of Tepic, México won a ten-round unanimous (96-94 x 3)
decision over Carina (104¾ lbs) for the WBC Strawweight title.
Ortiz improved to 5-1 with the win, while Carina suffered her
second pro loss and her first loss in almost five years. "I couldn't get my punches off,"
Moreno. "I felt a bit
lethargic after the first few rounds. I take nothing away from Ortiz,
she's a great fighter. I've been promised an immediate rematch from
promoter Ignacio Huizar. I'm hoping we can fight again sometime in
December." Carina's trainer Rick Noble added
that "It's very
tough to fight in this elevation. I take full responsibility for this
loss as I know I over-trained Carina. Ortiz was ready to go and we take
nothing away from her. We're looking for a rematch, preferably in the
January 29, 2011 at Polideportivo Municipal in Monte Hermoso, Buenos
Aires, Argentina, unbeaten Yesica Bopp (106 lbs) of Wilde, Buenos
Aires won a ten-round unanimous
over Carina (106¾ lbs) for the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles.
The bout, which featured excellent skills and in-and-out
by both boxers, was more closely fought than was indicated by the
scoring. Bopp was adept at blocking and countering Moreno's attacks and
also in picking when and where to throw her own punches in bunches.
Bopp's well-timed overhand rights also raised a swelling under Moreno's
left eye after the fifth round. “Yesica
Bopp is a great champion and she won the fight,” Moreno
said in a post-fight press
very difficult to travel thousands of miles away from home and get the
victory. When I get back, I’ll look at the fight and see where I can
Bopp improved to a perfect
14-0 (5 KO's) with the win while Moreno fell to 21-3 (6 KO's).
October 28, 2011 at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, California, Carina (112
lbs) won a six-round unanimous (59-55,58-56,58-56) decision in
undercard rematch with Sharon Gaines (111 lbs). Moreno who
been sidelined with severe flu for two weeks in September, seemed a
shade slower than usual and appeared to tire late in the fight but she
picked up her pace in the final round to secure the win.
fell to 11-13-1
(3 KO's) with the loss while Moreno snapped her two-fight losing streak.
On August 24, 2012 at Omega Products International in Corona, California, Carina Moreno dropped a 54-60, 54-59, 55-59 six-round unanimous deciision to Sindy Amador of Riverside, California. Amador remained undefeated at 9-0 (1 KO) while Moreno fell to 22-4 (6 KO's).
On December 1, 2012 at Burg-Waechter
Castello in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Carina Moreno
(112 lbs) won a ten-round split
(96-94,96-94,93-97) decision over Susi Kentikian (111 lbs) of Hamburg, Germany for the WBA
Flyweight title. Former world champion Yvonne Caples, who now lives
in Germany, reported to WBAN that: "Carina used a quick double jab to frustrate Susi and kept a
steady barrage of punches coming. Although every punch that Susi
landed was punctuated by the crowd’s cheers, Carina answered
with 4-5 punches." Moreno,
who had lost four of her previous five fights, improved her record to
23-5-0 (6 KO's) with this win, which also earned her a share
of WBAN's "Biggest Comebacks of 2012" Award. Kentikian's trecord fell
to 29-2 (16 KO's) with her second straight loss to a boxer from
California. [Full report and video].
Moreno was also named WBAN's FIghter of the Month for January 2013 in
recognition of her December win over Susi Kentikian.
Moreno trains hard. She runs
three or four miles every morning starting
at about 6 a.m., and trains with weights three times a week (between
12-30 bench-press repetitions, generally with 75-85 pounds. She can
lift 120). She trains in the evenings at gyms in Watsonville, Gilroy
(with world champion Kelsey Jeffries), San Jose, Los Angeles
Reno, Nevada, often sparring with men who outweigh her by as much as 20
pounds. In between, she attends business classes at Cabrillo Junior
College in Aptos, and works at the family restaurant. Carina hopes
eventually to go into the restaurant business with her brother Juan,
who describes his sister as “a sweet girl.”
Trainer Noble says that her
emphasis in training sessions has been on learning to sit down on her
punches to get more power. "She's also been
improving her defensive techniques, her counter-punching, her footwork.
She's pretty strong for her size and spars with a lot of people who are
bigger than her," he says.
"They all say, 'boy, she's strong! People
love to watch (Carina) box, because of her technique, her speed, her
endurance. She's beautiful to watch," he adds.
Asked what she likes best
about boxing, Carina says "You’re out there, and you’re
putting on a show for the people ... showing them the skills and
letting them know
females can also do boxing. I strongly believe that whatever a man can
do a female can do as well."
As for how she's making
transition to the pro ranks, Carina is frank. "The difference
between pro and amateur (boxing) is that amateur is test of skill. In
pro, it’s a test of punishment. That person is trying to hurt you. As a
professional, there’s blood, there’s head butts, there’s cuts. I don’t
know ... I just like it."
Carina talks about her training in these videos provided by Jerry Hoffman of 12 Sports Productions.
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Tuesday February 5, 2013