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Dominga "La Tormenta" Olivo (formerly Dominga Regla) was born in the Dominican Republic on October 23, 1971. She began boxing as an amateur in Brooklyn, NY in 2000.  

On April 6, 2001 she defeated Chika Nakamura from Gleason's Gym to win the New York Daily News Golden Gloves 132-lb division.

In the 132-lb Open Division in  the 2001 US National Golden Gloves held August 8-11 in Augusta, Georgia, she defeated Jennifer Salinas of Grand Rapids, MI by a 4-1 margin in a preliminary bout, and stopped Lisa Hedges of Buffalo, NY by RSCH-2 in the second round of her semi-final, but lost to Amber Gideon of Warrenville, IL by a 5-0 margin in the final. 

On April 12 2002 Dominga repeated as New York Daily News Golden Gloves 132-lb champion by defeating Kat Diaz of Tiger Schulmann Karate at Madison Square Garden Theater.

At the 2002 National PAL Championships in Augusta, Georgia, Dominga won the 132-lb division by defeating Mandy Cone of Raleigh, NC by RSCO-1 on October 5. She had won a 17-4 decision over Naquana Smalls of Marinetta, WI in her semifinal bout the day before.

After a hiatus from competition during which she gave birth to her son, Dominga returned to action in the 2005 New York Golden Gloves. On Long Island in March 2005, she won her semi-final bout with Melissa St. Vil, which was later described by Stephen Clark and Heather Ainsworth in a news story about St. Vil: "For four rounds, St. Vil matched her fury and tenacity against the more polished and experienced Regla. After a fast start in the first round, St. Vil slowed considerably in the third, allowing Regla to take a commanding lead and prompting St. Vil's trainers to threaten stopping the fight. St. Vil regained momentum in the last round, but when the final bell rang, it was clear who the winner was. Regla jumped for joy when the decision was announced, while St. Vil fell into the arms of (her trainer) Greene, who told her how proud he was."

Olivo went on to lose a hard-fought battle in the finals of the 2005 Golden Gloves with future world champion Melissa Hernandez, who had won the 132-lb NYGG title while Dominga was on hiatus due to her pregnancy.  As described in a web posting by Dee Hamaguchi: "Dominga fought Melissa Hernandez in the finals of the New York Golden Gloves the same year after she had one of her kids. It was a skillful action-packed fight that could have gone either way. It looked to me like Dominga may have tired in the last round, but she was truly impressive considering she did not have a full season to prepare."

Dominga and Melissa Hernandez were both featured in the 2007 movie "Golden Gloves" by Leyla Leidecker that covered the 2005 New York Women's Golden Gloves competition from its quarterfinals through to the finals.

Dominga made her pro debut on April 28, 2006 at Monticello Raceway in Monticello, New York, with a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36) decision over Sarina Hayden of Colorado Springs, CO in a 135-lb bout. Hayden fell to 0-4-1 with the loss. According to Kevin Gleason, "Brooklyn lightweight Dominga Olivo made her pro debut by beating up Sarina Mae Hayden ... She introduced herself by smacking Hayden flush on the left cheek with a perfect right hook seconds into the fight. Olivo pounded away at Hayden, consistently connecting both upstairs and to the body."


Olivo battles home-standing Tiffany Junot at Coushatta Casino
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On November 4, 2006 at Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, Dominga (137 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,39-37) decision over Tiffany Junot (138 lbs) of New Orleans who fell to 1-1-0. Junot was also an experienced amateur boxer - she was the USA Boxing national amateur champion in 2004 and 2005 and national Golden Gloves champion in 2003, 2004 and 2005. (For more photographs and video clips of this bout taken by J&P Photography, see WBAN MPEG/Photo Gallery #395 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On February 2, 2007 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York, Dominga (132 lbs) won a four-round split (40-36,39-37,37-39) decision over pro debuter Ela Nunez (131 lbs) of Jamestown, NY.  According to Lee Groves of Maxboxing.com: "The five-bout card began with a non-televised four-rounder between female junior lightweights Dominga Olivo and Ela Nunez ... a rousing, action-packed affair as "La Tormenta" assumed the role of aggressor and nailed Nunez with several looping but powerful looking shots. Nunez absorbed the blows unflinchingly and in the second she began finding the range with her sharp jabs. The already hot pace accelerated in the third and both fighters got in their fair share of punches as they traded wildly near the end of the round. A nasty swelling erupted on Olivo's cheekbone but she didn't let that stop her from swinging for the fences in the final round. Nunez was clearly faster and more fundamentally sound, but a big flurry in the final 10 seconds may have allowed Olivo to steal the round – and perhaps win the fight – as she captured a split decision.".

On February 9, 2007 at Suffolk Community College in Selden, NY, Chika Nakamura (5'7", 135 lbs) of New York City won a four-round split decision over Dominga (135 lbs), advancing her own pro record to 5-0 (1 KO). The bout was shown on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights".

On March 23, 2007 at Huntington Townhouse, Huntington Station, NY, Dominga repeated her win over Ela Nunez, this time by a six-round unanimous (58-55,57-55,57-55) decision, dropping Nunez to 0-2 but not without some difficulty. As reported by Matt Yanofsky, "Olivo dominated the contest for the first four rounds, landing virtually everything she threw at Nunez. Olivo was dominating the fifth when Nunez landed a shocking right hand that dropped Olivo hard on the canvas. Olivo was able to get back up on wobbly feet as the bell rang to end the round. Nunez surprised the crowd in the sixth, winning the round by electing to box instead of going in to finish Olivo, who still appeared dazed from the big punch she took in the fifth. Judges John McKay and Tony Palloillo scored the contest 57-56 while Judge Steve Circero scored it 58-55."

On June 9, 2007 at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado, Dominga faced an experienced world champion in Layla McCarter of Las Vegas, Nevada, who she held to a 78-75,77-75,76-76 majority decision. McCarter told WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy that she took some time to adjust to Dominga's best weapon - her overhand right.  As reported by Chris Cozzone of NewMexicoBoxing.com, "Olivo, with just one weapon in her arsenal, a Ricardo Mayorga-style overhand right, took the fight to the ringwise McCarter, missing as often as connecting, but winning rounds by sheer aggression and determination. Meanwhile, McCarter, not quite as active as usual, waited too long, pocketing her ring savvy and multi-dimensionality to allow Olivo too many opportunities to land her single weapon. It was McCarter’s ring generalship that won her the first, but, after a minute-and-a-half of jabbing one another, Olivo took the second by brute force, via her big right. In the third, Olivo’s sloppy rights struck pockets of wind resistance or went wide, exploding on McCarter’s back. McCarter showed total control, but obliged Olivo to slug it out in the fourth, weighing her pinpoint-accurate punches against Olivo’s bombs in a close round. The fifth was Olivo’s first decisive round while McCarter took the round off. The New Yorker mixed up her rights upstairs with an occasional body attack. The sixth was another close round, McCarter making Olivo miss—but those that did land, landed hard. It was more of the same in the seventh, but with McCarter doing even less against Olivo’s attacks. In the final stanza, McCarter picked up the pace and took back control of the fight—but, at least on one card, it wasn’t enough for a win."  McCarter improved her record to 25-13-5 (5 KO's) while Olivo fell to 4-2 (0 KO's).

McCarter improved to 25-13-5 with this close result - which should have sent a message to the wider women's boxing community that Olivo is a "road warrior" to contend with!

On July 20, 2007 at Grantham Indoor Arena in Grantham, New Hampshire, Dominga (129 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Denise Moses (5'3", 129 lbs) of Lawrence, Massachusetts, dropping Moses' professional record to 5-1 (4 KO).  Moses, a former New England Golden Gloves champion, had compiled a 5-0 record as an amateur.

Despite Olivo's solid start to her pro career, which had already earned her a WBAN ranking as high #6 at lightweight in November 2007, many pundits considered her next move a mismatch, as she took on Canadian star Jelena Mrdjenovich (129 lbs) at the Shaw Conference Center in Jelena's home town of Edmonton, Alberta for the WBC Junior Lightweight title on December 7, 2007.

Olivo (128 lbs) stunned those pundits by fighting the WBAN #4 ranked Mrdjenovich to a ten-round draw (95-95,96-94,94-96).  Mrdjenovich kept her WBC title with the split draw, amid calls for a rematch on neutral ground. Olivo moved her pro record to 5-2-1 (0 KOs) while Mrdjenovich went to 21-2-1 (11 KOs).

The draw left Mrdjenovich complaining to her home town Edmonton Journal: “I really don't understand these judges. I outboxed her, out-countered her, I had better defence, better offence. When I heard those scores I was shocked. It's almost like the judges expect me to come out strong and when I change my style a bit I get penalized for it."   However, as detailed by WBAN contributor Bernie McCoy, the WBC champion had been less than convincing to others than to herself against Olivo's always-dangerous overhand right!  As McCoy put it, "Friday night may have been the first recorded instance of a hometown fighter complaining about hometown judges in her own hometown."  

In January 2008, WBAN rated the Mrdjenovich/Olivo draw as one of its "Biggest Upsets of the Year 2007".  The WBC may also have seen it as an upset, as they did not rank Olivo anywhere at lightweight while sanctioning the bout (though they did rank Ela Nunez - who Olivo had defeated twice!)  The Mrdjenovich "upset" was no surprise to New York boxers who know Olivo and her career best, however, and her WBAN award  as  "Best Kept Secret in Women's Boxing 2007" may have summed up the situation best!

On March 7, 2008 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Layla McCarter (135 lbs) of Las Vegas TKO'd Dominga (134 lbs) in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the GBU Lightweight title. Olivo was down twice in the second round, once in the third, and the fight was stopped in the sixth round. McCarter improved to 29-13-5 (7 KO's) while Olivo fell to 5-3-1 (0 KOs).

On June 13, 2008 at the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton, Pennyslvania, Dominga (129 lbs) won a four-round majority (40-36,40-38,38-38)  decision over scrappy LaKeysha Williams (5'4", 130 lbs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who fell to 9-13-3 (1 KO). Olivo improved to 6-3-1 (0 KOs) with this win.

On July 31, 2008 in the main event at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, USA, Ela "Bam Bam" Nunez (121 lbs) won the vacant IWBF Junior Featherweight world title with a ten round unanimous (100-90,98-94,97-93) decision over Dominga Olivo (122 lbs).  Nunez moved her record to 8-3-0 (2 KO's) with this win.

On August 21, 2008 at the Tachi Casino Hotel and Resort in Lemoore, California,  Dominga (120 lbs) won a close split decision over local favorite Ana Julaton (121 lbs) - 77-75 (Olivo), 77-75 (Julaton), and 79-73 (Olivo) - for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title.  According to a report by David Avila of  TheSweetScience.com, "The New Yorker’s strength was obvious from the start as she planted her feet and swung for the fences from both sides. Julaton was effective with her speedy jabs and combinations throughout the bout, but was hit during the infighting ... Julaton had her moments too. At times her jab seemed to be able to score whenever she fired it. But after the jab or a combination, that little pause opened up the door for Olivo to retaliate."  Olivo improved to 7-4-1 (0 KO) while Julaton suffered her first pro loss falling to 4-1-1 (1 KO).

On June 6, 2009 at the Cowichan Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, local favorite Jeannine Garside (126 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (78-74,77-75,78-74) decision over Dominga Olivo (125 lbs) for the WBC International Featherweight title. According to Mike Damour of the Cowichan News Leader: "Round One started with both fighters throwing good, crisp punches during the feeling-out period of the scrap. Round Two began the same way with both punchers circling and throwing jabs with a few solid straight arms by both women who loaded up with wicked shots to the body and head. Before the round was over though, Garside took a small cut over her left eye ... kudos to Garside’s cut-man who patched the small tear and made sure it wasn’t a factor for the rest of the fight. The third round was a repeat of the first two, with the exception (that) both women got busier and all punches were thrown with maximum power that resulted in several wicked shots finding their marks on the bodies and heads of the two fighters. It was an almost even-sided round that made judging the bout tough. Despite the magical work of Garside’s corner-man, the hometown champ’s face started to show the effects of Olivo’s speedy and crafty glove work, especially during the opening seconds of Round Four when the New Yorker planted a straight right hand to the puffing face of the hometown fighter. The shot rocked Garside and rattled the teeth of many sitting ringside. Yet Garside easily rebounded and again both fighters exchanged vicious blows that left no doubt in the minds of fight fans they were watching a pair of seasoned pros. The fighters exchanged heavy blows in the fifth and Olivo got off a terrific right cross that momentarily rocked Garside who seemed to start favouring her right leg. But whatever pain she was feeling didn’t stop Garside from planting the right foot for power shots, many of which found their mark. Whether it was conditioning, ring-savvy or just plain guts, Round 6 is where Garside let Olivo know she was in trouble. Garside took over the round and landed several power punches that went unanswered.  By Round 7 Garside was in almost total control of the fight. Not that Olivo wasn’t game, but it was Garside — with a badly swollen and nearly shut left eye — who got off quicker and controlled the pace of the fight. Garside opened the eighth and final round with a crushing one-two combination that rocked Olivo and sent her into the ropes. That, and the smell of a possible knockout, caused the crowd to leap to its feet and cheer on their hometown hero.  Garside and Olivo drew on every last reserve and began swinging for the fences in the dying moments of the round that ended with both on their feet when the bell sounded."  Former WIBA world champion Garside improved to 8-3-1 (2 KO's) while Dominga Olivo fell to 7-5-1 (0 KO).

On April 17, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada,  Dominga Olivo (124 lbs) won a convincing six-round unanimous (60-54,59-55,58-56) decision over local favorite Nathalie Forget (122 lbs) of Montreal.  WBAN correspondent Rick McLean reported that "Olivo dominated the fight outclassing the former Canadian National amateur champion Forget throughout all six rounds.  In the first round both women traded leather in close trying to establish their jabs and were each able to land effective combinations. Olivo however was able to land the better punches in the exchanges. In rounds two and three Olivo picked up the pace throwing more punches especially the uppercut and right hook to the head. Olivo was able to loop her hard right in around Forget’s guard at will which stunned Forget more and more as the rounds progressed. Forget was able to counter punch but they were few and far between. Olivo continued to batter Forget with hard left and right hooks to the body and by the end of the round had created a huge welt and swelling over Forget’s right eye. In the sixth round Olivo never let up on Forget and continued to pepper her with solid combinations to the head in body and Nathalie seemed to have no answer to the onslaught."  The loss dropped the 35-year-old Forget's pro tally to 2-1-0 (0 KOs).

On May 7, 2010 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jelena Mrdjenovich of Edmonton TKO'd Dominga at 1:28 in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round rematch of their December 2007 draw. According to a report by Chris O'Leary in the Edmonton Journal, "A quick right to the face did Olivo in, after she stood toe-to-toe with the former World Boxing Council super featherweight champion through the first five rounds of the bout. Mrdjenovich said she had a good feeling about the sixth round. 'I felt that round,' she said. 'I told Milan (Lubovac, her trainer) in the corner, I said, 'This is it, this is the round.' And I shortened up and that right hand just opened up and it was a nice, tight punch.'"  Mrdjenovich improved to 24-5-1 (12 KOs) as Olivo dropped to 7-6-1 (0 KO's).

On April 9, 2011 at the Sports Center in Yecheon, South Korea, former IFBA Junior Lightweight champion Ji-Hye Woo of Seoul, South Korea won a seventh-round TKO over Dominga for the vacant IFBA Featherweight title. The IFBA web site reports that "The attending physician stopped the fight due to excessive bleeding to Oliva, as a cut caused by a second round accidental head-butt re-opened. Oliva’s cut man stopped the bleeding in the second, with the fight continuing at Oliva’ request, only to re-open in the fifth and ultimately causing the stoppage in the 7th. Woo, showed her speed and conditioning throughout and at the end the judge’s scorecard’s read 69-66 all in favor of Woo."  Woo improved her record to 12-2 (1 KO) as Olivo fell to 8-7-1 (0 KO's).

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