5'7" Patricia Demick was born Patricia Falfan in Chilé on January 26, 1972.
She began professional boxing in 1999 wihile living in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Patricia won her pro debut on March 26, 1999 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Hialeah, Florida with a
first-round TKO over Karen Ramos (aka Christina Paulus) of Ashtabula, Ohio in a scheduled four-rounder,
dropping Ramos to 1-1. Ramos/Paulus failed to answer the bell for the second round.
On April 30, 1999, again at the Park Plaza Hotel in Hialeah, Florida, Demick won by TKO over
Rose Hampton, who was making her own pro debut. Hampton attempted to fight out of both a conventional
and southpaw stance but Patricia responded with overhand rights and right hooks that
brought the referee in to stop the bout in the middle of the second round. (Hampton hasn't fought since).
On August 14, 1999 at Loew's Hotel in Miami Beach, Demick moved her pro record to 3-0 with a stunning
third-round TKO of previously unbeaten KO specialist Michelle Linden, of
Pompano Beach, Florida who suffered her first loss in six pro fights. Linden was knocked down in the
second and appeared to be out on her feet when the bout was stopped.
On December 8, 1999 at Club Crystal in Miami Patricia faced unbeaten 5'9˝" Daisy Ocasio of
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico down with a good combination in
the second round but could not overcome Ocasio's height and reach advantage or holding style and came out
on the short end of a 58-55 decision in her first six-round contest. Correspondent Ryan Wissow
told me: "Demick started out tentatively in the first round
and Ocasio landed a couple of good right hands. Then in the second round, Ocasio got caught coming in and
was floored by a right. Ocasio then resorted to some wrestling and holding, but was able to get some
right hands in. Ocasio was the stronger fighter, and Demick was more polished, but Demick looked very
tentative and she didn't throw her hands as much as she could have." Ocasio advanced to 5-0 (3 KO)
with the win.
On February 11, 2000 at the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, Louisiana, Marsha
Valley of Canada moved her pro record to 6-3-3 with a unanimous six-round (59-55, 59-55, 60-53)
decision over Patricia. Valley's 5'10" height and ring skills were too much for Demick
to overcome in this bout (picture at left)
On April 14, 2000 at Club Amnesia in South Miami Beach, Florida, she won a six-round unanimous decision
over teenager Sharice Gray of Sarasota. My correspondent said that both fighters began
to bang it out right away in the first round and both took hard punches ... but when the dust cleared
Gray was down, and was saved by the bell. Demick boxed coolly in the middle rounds against Gray's longer
reach. Gray's best weapons were her jab and overhand right but Demick was able to slip them and get
inside. The last two rounds saw bursts of explosive action as Demick handed Gray a loss that evened her record at 1-1.
On May 26, 2000 at Club Level in Miami, Florida, Patricia moved her record to 5-2 with a TKO over
Norma Cuevas of Orlando, Florida at 0:29 in the second round. Cuevas fell to 0-5 with this loss and
hasn't fought since.
On December 15, 2000 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patricia (143
lbs) moved her pro record to 6-2 with 4 KO's with a TKO at 0:48 of the third round over Dawne George (146 lbs) of Lowell, Massachusetts. Demick dropped George with a right in the opening round. George
fought back well at close quarters in the second but was wobbled by a combination shortly before the bell.
Demick was too strong for George in the third and the referee stopped the bout with George wobbly. George
fell to 4-6-1 with 3 KO wins.
On June 16, 2001 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska, she weighed in at 144½ lbs
and battled WIBF
Super Welterweight champion Valérie Henin (5'8", 146¾ lbs) of France to a
ten-round majority draw by which Henin retained the title. The crowd of 500,
which had favored Demick (at right in the photo), booed when judges Joe Macalosso and Tim Wood both
scored it 95-95 while judge Allen Kreb had it 96-94 for Henin. Demick had finished
the fight strongly
but had cautiously kept away from Henin's effective jab in the early going. "If I would have closed more, I might
have been better," Demick told Anchorage Daily News reporter J.R.Rardon after the fight, adding "I felt like I won the fight." Henin, an
exprienced and feared world kickboxing champion who was fighting
her first pro boxing bout in three years, moved her pro boxing record to 2-0-1 (1 KO), while
slipped to 6-2-1 (4 KOs).
On August 23, 2001 at Chili Peppers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patricia (142 lbs) lost a hard-fought
eight-round split (76-75,74-77,76-75) decision to fellow Floridian Karla Redo (144 lbs) of West Palm Beach
for the WIBA Intercontinental Welterweight title. Demick outworked Redo on the inside early in the bout
and knocked her down for an eight count in the second, but Redo landed more telling blows, particularly in the later rounds as both fighters tired. Redo
improved her record to 6-1 (2 KO) with this win. A good fight by both boxers was marred when there
was confusion over the judges' scorecards and the fight was first awarded as a
split decision to Demick, then changed
to the win for Redo.
Ryan Wissow, who was the
WIBA representative at the fight, told WBAN: "The first round was a feel out
round, and then Demick dropped Redo in the second round. What would
transpire for the rest of the way was a very close grueling fight
with both fighters landing bombs. When the decision was first
announced, it was announced as a split decision, for Patricia Demick. So I put the belt around her waist, congratulated Demick and
her team, then I walked out of the ring. Then I saw them call Karla
back into the ring, and they took the belt off of Demick and put it
on Redo! The announcer got the scores wrong. Karla Redo in fact had
won the decision."
On May 7, 2002 at Nightlife Rocks in Little Rock, Arkansas: Patricia (138 lbs) advanced to 7-3-1 (5 KO) with a six-round
split decision over Brenda Bell Drexel (142 lbs) of San Marcos, Texas who fell to
5-14-1 (0 KO).
Demick started this fight cautiously against the always-aggressive Bell Drexel but began to step
up her pace in the second round, landing some effective combinations while Bell Drexel counterpunched
well. After a slow three rounds, with a lot of clinching, Demick stepped up her game again in the
sixth, again landing with good combinations that prevented Bell Drexel from getting in close
to tie her up.
On June 15, 2002 at Miccosukee Hotel and Casino, Miami, Florida, Olga Vlasova (137 lbs) from Siberia via
Chicago, won by a TKO at 1:27 in the third round over Patricia
(139½ lbs). Vlasova, a former world kickboxing champion, came out aggressively and pounded Demick with body shots against the ropes in
strong performance that helped to stake Olga's claim as a title contender. Vlasova moved her pro boxing
record to 6-0-0 (3 KO) with the win. (fight photo above by Sandy Goldberg).
On November 14, 2003 at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, USA, Patricia weighed in at 146 lbs and
won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36)
decision over unranked Kimberly Harris (146˝ lbs) of Tampa. Demick improved to 8-4-1 (5 KO) while Harris fell to
1-2-0 (0 KO).
said that she gets her greatest enjoyment in life from the hard training and disciplined
lifestyle that's required of a boxer. Her training begins with a five mile surf run on the beach,
then she goes on to gym work. Monday through Friday she hones her boxing skills, increases her speed, and
develops her power by training at several different gyms. While based in Florida
she sparred mainly with male opponents, but also with top-flight female boxers from Florida like Melissa
(Salamone) Del Valle
and Belinda Laracuente.
Patricia stopped competitive boxing in 2003 but in May 2009 she
contacted WBAN to say that she is now living in Califoirnia and hopes to return
to the ring, saying 'I hope to
get the last chance to fight for championship."
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