5’7 Elizabeth “The Pearl” Villarreal
(aka: Elizabeth A. Moreno) was
born September 1, 1975, in Watertown, New York. She now lives and
trains in San Antonio, Texas. She is managed by Tony Ayala Sr., and
fights as a featherweight.
Villarreal began boxing as an amateur in September of 2001. She had
a total of 12 fights as an amateur. She won the San Antonio Regional
Golden Gloves in 2004 in the 145 pound weight class. She became
interested in the sport after taking her oldest son to train and
happened to see two other females sparring.
Villarreal made her pro
debut on September 10, 2005 at the Henry B Gonzales Convention
Center in San Antonio, Texas. Villarreal weighed in at 121 ½, while
her opponent Bridget Wise from Montclair, California weighted in at
122 ½. Villarreal would easily take the win with a unanimous
decision (40-35, 38-37, 40-35). Bridget fell to 0-2 and has never
Frank vs. Villarreal - Photo by J & P
On November 18, 2005, Villarreal (124 ½) met Tammy Franks (126 ½) ,
also from San Antonio, at the Rosedale Ballroom for a scheduled 4
round bout. Villarreal won again by unanimous decision scoring
40-36, 39-37, 40-36 on the judge’s scorecards. Villarreal improved
to 2-0, while Franks started her professional boxing career as 0-1.
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On February 15, 2006 in Edmonton, Canada, Villarreal (124) lost a 6
round bout by split decision to Canadian Amanda Carriere (125) who
was 4-0 at the time. 57-56, 56-57, 56-57.
In May of 2006, Villarreal and Carriere met once again in Edmonton
Canada. Both weighed in at an even 124 pounds. This time, the fight
resulted in a draw.
Villarreal’s, 126, fifth professional bout took place January 25,
2007 up north in Bronx, New York, against Maureen Shea, 127 ½, who
was 8-0 going into the ring. Villarreal met Shea in her hometown
only to lose by a decision, 59-55, 58-57, 58-56.
March 17, 2007, Elizabeth, 123, lost a 6 round unanimous
decision to Vanessa Juarez, 122, in Corpus Christi, Texas on
the Holyfield undercard.
May 3, 2007, Elizabeth fought an 8 round featherweight title fight
against Crystal Morales from Oxnard, California. This fight was for
the Golden State Championship belt. Villarreal won by a unanimous
21, 2007, Elizabeth met
Hondi Hernandez from Chandler, Arizona for a round bout
the AVA Casino in Tuscon, Arizona.
Elizabeth won the 4 round bout by
unanimous decision. The win brought her to 4-3-1 and broke the goose
egg for Hondi, who fell to 4-1.
2, 2007, Elizabeth,
met Brooke Dierdorff,
in Temecula, California for a scheduled
six-round featherweight bout that was scheduled to be televised. The
fight was declared a technical draw and stopped after the 2nd
round from an accidental headbutt that took place in the first
Photo by Mary Ann Owen
returned to the ring September 27, 2007. This time back at The
Battle of the Ballroom in Irvine, California meeting Kina Malpartida
(7-1). Elizabeth lost the 4 round scheduled bout by unanimous
The biggest fight of Villarreal’s career thus far took place
November 3, 2007, at the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in
Oregon for the vacant GBU Featherweight Title against veteran Kelsey
Jefferies (38-9-1) who was already a seven-time world champion at
that time. The fight went the distance and was awarded to Jefferies
On February 14, 2008, was another milestone for Villarreal.
Longtime boyfriend, trainer and mentor proposed marriage. The two
have set the wedding date of August 23, 2008. She will soon be known
as Elizabeth Moreno.
On February 22,2008, Villarreal gave fellow San Antonian, Tammy
Franks the rematch that she had been asking for since their first
meeting. Franks was hoping to avenge her loss to Villarreal, only to
suffer another loss in McAllen, Texas.
On April 24, 2008, Villarreal, met Jennifer Barber (6-0 3KO’s) in
California for a 4 round bout. Villarreal lost by unanimous
decision. Barber was hoping for a knockout, as she had succeeded
with her previous 3 bouts. Barber stated “ I wanted the knockout,
but I am happy with the win.”
On June 12, 2008, Villarreal, (5-6-2) 126, went back to the
Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Oregon to meet local
fighter, Merced Nunez (7-1),126 ½ to fight to a draw. The two will
meet again for a rematch.
On June 27, 2008, Villarreal met
Kaliesha West in Cabazon, California. The fight was declared a
unanimous decision awarded to West.
Villarreal returned back to the ring January 17, 2009, after a 7
month lay off and becoming a newlywed. Elizabeth married her
long-time boyfriend and trainer, Isaac Moreno on August 23, 2008.
Villarreal fought Merced Nunez once again and once again, the fight
ended in a draw January 17, 2009 in Ferndale, Washington.
Villarreal (now fighting under the name of Elizabeth Moreno)
is preparing for her upcoming fight with Rhonda Luna (14-1) on
April 16, 2009 in Highland, California.
(WBAN will keep the name that Elizabeth fought under for past
fights, but will use her name change of Elizabeth A. Moreno for any
future fights. )