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FEBRUARY 2005 


February 28, 2005 in Tijuana, Mexico

Jackie Nava, 117 1/4,  won by :59 seconds TKO8 over Martha Leticia Arevalo, 118.   The two were fighting for the WBA Women's Bantamweight Title. Also, and Jazmin Rivas, 115,  won by a ten-round unanimous decision over Lucia Avalos, 113.  The two were fighting for the  WBA Women's Super Flyweight Title. Final judges scores were 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93. 

February 26, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany
Susianna Kenitikian won by KO1 over Debbie Lohmaier.

February 26, 2005-  at the Silver Reef Casino, in Ferndale, Washington
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Shelley Burton
, 158,  of Montana, won a six-round unanimous decision over Lisa Holywyne, 158, of Texas.  The six-round bout was the main event on the card.  Burton did a nice job of keeping a jab in Holewyne's face through most of the fight. Holewyne was rarely able to connect with more than one or two punches at a time. Burton really did not do a lot of damage either, but she landed enough jabs and controlled the flow of the fight. She stayed out of trouble and moved well enough to avoid getting caught with one of Holewyne's big bombs. Final judges scores were 59-55. Source: Mike Blair

February 26, 2005 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mirasol Miranda won a four-round unanimous decision over  Terri Moss.

February 25, 2005 - Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington
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Beth Westover
, 110,  of Idaho, fought Cami Hostettler, 110,  in a scheduled four-round bout. Westover scored a TKO at 2:00 seconds (end of round) of round three. Hostettler looked good in the first round, where she fought aggressive, and used her height to her advantage, keeping a quick jab in Westover's face and not allowing her to get close. But by the midpoint of the second round Hostettler was tired and her punches came from the outside instead of straight and then Westover moved in and shot everything up the middle. In the third Westover's ring experience, albeit limited, was enough to gain control and she caught Hostettler with quite a few shots. There were a few times it looked like the referee might stop the fight. It was stopped at the end of the 3rd as Hostettler's corner and the referee decided there was no need to continue.

February 25, 2005 in Perugia, Italy
Angela Cannizzano won by TKO2 over Daniela David.

February 25, 2005 - Maywood, California
Despite a vast experience and weight disadvantage, Mariana Juarez tore through Philadelphia's Carla (Shakura) Witherspoon in quick fashion for a knockout victory. Southern California fight fans got their first glimpse of Mexico's Juarez in two years at Las Trancas banquet hall before a sold out crowd on Friday.  Juarez wasted little time in launching a calculated attack that forced Witherspoon into a toe-to-toe battle. Witherspoon was dropped with a barrage of body shots in the first round. She held on.  "I knew she had a lot of experience and had fought some very good fighters," said Juarez 14-3-3 (8K0). "I wanted to box more but she kept holding so I fought my way out of it."  Witherspoon (11-40-1), who had won her last fight by decision, opened up the fight with sharp jabs and some movement. But Juarez's tight defense and pin-point combinations made Witherspoon back up quickly.  "Our plan all along was to force the issue," said Ben Lira, who trains Juarez. "Carla has too much experience to allow her to do what she wants."  In the second round, Juarez walked through Witherspoon's punches blocking and slipping, then opened up with combinations to the head and body. A flurry of punches to the body forced referee Cantu to stop the fight at 1:41 in the round.  "I was careful with her because I didn't want to get a head butt when she was holding," said Juarez, 25, who is scheduled to defend her IFBA junior bantamweight in late March in China. "I know I have to defend my title so i didn't want to get injured."  Most of the crowd were there to cheer the Mexico City fighter who now lives and fights out of Southern California.  "I was so happy to fight in front of my fans," said Juarez. "It was a nice feeling." In a second women's bout: Fontana's Heather Percival (5-1) is much too good for any pro debuting professional as Bell's Amber Alvarez discovered. Percival landed punches at will and forced referee Jerry Cantu to stop the fight at 1:37 of the first round. Percival fought at 123 pounds to Alvarez's 128.  "She was very tall," said Percival who may not have been hit with a punch. "Larry Ramirez told me to throw uppercuts and left hooks so I did."  Percival almost didn't make the fight card. Numerous opponents dropped out until Azteca Gym's Ricardo Mota suggested Alvarez.  "I was just happy to fight," said Percival who had several previous matches evaporate in other fight cards.  Trainer Larry Ramirez said Percival has improved dramatically in the last few months.  "Sparring with Mariana Juarez really helps Heather," Ramirez said. "Heather is really learning quickly."    In an amateur fight, Maywood's Sarah Garcia and Los Angeles-based Lizette Medel showed excellent boxing skills in a rousing three-round exhibition. Garcia displayed some heavy hands and Medel's combinations were fluid and fast. (Report by David Avila)

February 24, 2005, at the Paladium in Denver, Colorado
Martha Orozca (Orozco), 149,  won by a four-round unanimous decision over Tanya Gallegos, 152.   Final Judges scores were 39-36, 40-35, and 39-36.

February 24, 2005 - Kiev, Ukraine
Local boxer Alina Shaternikova, 115,  won a 10-round unanimous decision over Stephanie Dobbs, 104. The two were fighting for the vacant GBU 115-lb world belt.  The judges scores on all cards were 100-90. 
Related Story on weigh-in 

February 23, 2005 - Vodafone Arena in Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia
Sharon Anyos
(125½ lbs) TKO'd Nurys Rincon (124¼ lbs), in the seventh round. The local news reported that Anyos broke Rincon's ribs with a "savage body attack" in the third round, and fought three more rounds before remaining on her stool after the sixth round. 

February 19, 2005 in Koblenz, Germany
Nadja Loritz won by TKO6 Elena Miftode.

February 18, 2005 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia
Ijeoma Egbunine (168 lbs) TKO'd Janaya Davis (166 lbs) of Atlanta at 0:40 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder.  Davis had been knocked down by a powerful overhand right and fell to the canvas again as she tried to get up, causing the stoppage by the referee. Davis's record slipped to 4-2-0 (1 KO) as Egbunine improved hers to 2-0 (1 KO), both of her wins coming over Davis.

On February 18, 2005 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit, Michigan
Kara Ro
(132 lbs) of Windsor, Ontario (Trains at Kronk's gym) easily won the WIBA Intercontinental Lightweight title with a 79-72,79-74,78-73 eight-round decision over the veteran Tracy Byrd (129 lbs). Ro had more power in her punches and sent Byrd to the canvas with a long right in the sixth, while Byrd was unable to get inside Ro's defense enough. Ro improved her pro record to 12-0 (7 KOs) while Byrd fell to 13-8-1 (4 KOs)

February 18, 2005 - Toronto, Canada
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Lisa "Bad News" Brown
, 123.6,  KO'd Stephaney George, 120, 1:18 seconds in the second round.  George was on the canvas for several minutes, while a concerned Lisa Brown held her hand. George was taken away on a stretcher but eventually returned to the arena and she seemed to be alright.
Weigh-in Story by Rick McLean  Fight Report by Rick McLean

February 16, 2005 - Irvine, California
Report by David Avila:
Though fans showered the ring with money, not everyone was happy with the result between Rhonda Luna and Margarita Espinoza.  "I felt they stole the fight from me," said Espinoza who boxes out of Los Angeles. Before a standing room only crowd (Feb 16) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, Luna used her guile to win a unanimous decision against the strong, persistent Espinoza. "She was aggressive and she was strong, but my right hands were the difference," said Luna (9-0) who remains undefeated.  From the onset Espinoza rushed in with body punches. It was an attack she seldom deviated from for the entire six round fight. Luna opened up with her jab and fired combination punches when inside the reach of Espinoza. Both fighters were willing to trade punches often snapping each others head back.  Most of the crowd had expected a let down after three successive knockouts in previous bouts. But the female prizefighters immediately won over the crowd with their aggressive nonstop punching.  But with only one pro fight under Espinoza's belt, experience told the tale in this fight.  In one round, Espinoza seemingly trapped Luna in a corner and fired several body shots. Then, in an instant, Luna ducked, pivoted out of the corner, and reversed the trap and had Espinoza under a barrage of a dozen punches. It was the theme for the entire fight, according to the judges. Luna seemed to land more eye-opening shots.  The judges scored the fight 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 for Luna.  "I thought I gave the people a good fight," said Luna, who also teaches at Nogales High. "When you're undefeated, everybody comes at you."   Espinoza said the crowd felt she won the fight. "Didn't you hear them?" she said. "Everyone thought I won the fight. At least a draw."  Victor Valenzuela, who trains Luna, said "these fighters have nothing to lose so they come at her strong." Espinoza and Luna split more than $190 dollars sprayed in the ring by excited fans after the final bell rang. "They threw money in there because of me," said Espinoza (1-1).  Luna, who is ranked as high as number three as a featherweight, said "I always expect tough fights." Now Luna's team is looking for bouts with elite featherweights.  "I think she (Luna) is ready for the next level," said Valenzuela, who formerly trained WBO welterweight title-holder Zack Padilla in the early 90s. "She looked good in there." 

February 15, 2005 - Stuttgart, Germany
Silke Weickenmeier, 125,  fought Jayla Ortiz, to a 10-round unanimous decision, and retained her featherweight belt. On the undercard, Alesia Graf, 118, won a six round unanimous decision over Oksana Romanova, 114 ¾.  Also,  Super Featherweight Ina Menzer, 127 ¾,  TKO3 Julia Kulikov, 127 ¾.

February 12, 2005 -Edmonton, Canada
Layla McCarter, 133, now 18-11-4 (2KO), of Las Vegas, Nevada, delivered hometown favorite Jelena Mrdjenovich, 132 1/2, her first lost, when she won by a  six round unanimous decision. Judges scoring 59-55, 59-55, and 59-56.  In the local news, they reported that McCarter dominated the fight from the first bell, and taking a “clear-cut” unanimous decision. 
It's too bad that this fight had not been on ESPN2 last night...In a second women's match on the card, Amy Johnson won a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Alicia Gonzalez.
Special Editorial by Bernie McCoy 

February 11, 2005  - Atlanta, Georgia, and on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights"
Laila Ali, 168, successfully defended her WIBA belt when she stopped CaSandra Geiggar, 170, 1:13 second in the eight round by TKO.   Leatitia Robinson, 167,  KO1 Monica Nunez, 164. David Avila
wrote the following: "Down in Atlanta, Laila Ali pounded on Cassandra Geigger for nine rounds before finally forcing the Arkansas prizefighter to capitulate. Ali dispensed with her jab and speed while concentrating on power shots. It was a heavy toll for the light heavyweight title-holder who looked like she emptied the entire arsenal in the last two rounds.  After the fight, Ali hugged Geigger, that was good to see. The Los Angeles-based fighter showed a lot of class with her post-fight appreciation of Geigger’s toughness. Though it was a one-sided affair, Ali would have destroyed most any other fighter in the first three rounds.  And if you saw the first fight on the Atlanta fight card, you would have seen Leatitia Robinson drop Monica Nunez with the first left hook she landed. It was right on the button and left the Dominican fighter immobile.  Robinson facing Ali will be the fight of the year.  Now it looks like there are two real challenges for Ali with Robinson, and of course, Ann Wolfe.  Wolfe’s team sent me a reply on Friday that they did offer a sizeable amount to fight Ali and Ali’s team said they also offered a sizeable amount to fight Wolfe. Maybe an arbitrator is needed for the negotiations. It’s a fight that has to be made."  What Hot, What's Not Results (Ali-Geigger)  What's Hot, What's Not Results (Robinson - Nunez) .Special Editorial by David Avila 

February 11, 2005 in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico
 Eva Lidia Silva, 133.5,  won by a six-round split decision over Perla Hernandez, 134.5. 

February 11, 2005 - Bronco's Leagues Club Brisbane), Australia
Jodie Lee V Bec. Laurie (Amateur): Jodie Lee (Gold Coast F.C.) defeated Bec "Lightnin" Laurie (Toowoomba Fighting Fit) It was a clear win for Jodie but can't take the spirit away from Bec because she kept coming right to the end even after a couple of knockdowns.  In a professional boxing bout,   Kina Malpartida fought and defeated Mirelle Walford by a four-round unanimous decision .. Kina proved to be the stronger fighter in this bout. Mirelle fought back all the way and showed great sportsmanship until to the final bell.  Kina a very exciting boxer and dominated the fight from the onset. Kina got tired a little halfway but still landed her shots which her reach allowed her to do very effectively with Mirelle landing some solid blows which didn't faze Kina on her Mission for a win.  Source: Les Anyos/Mike Altamura Full Story 

February 11, 2005 in Minsk, Belarus
Tatiana Riabokobylenko won by TKO2 over Inga Gromova.

February 11, 2005 - San Diego, California
Heather Donoho
, pro debut, won by a four round unanimous decision over Cindy Christian.  

February 11, 2005 - United States
Cynthia Lozano, 175,  and Alexandra Maloy, 172,  fought to a four-round majority draw.

February 10, 2005 - The Palace Indian Gaming Center, in Lemoore, California WBAN Mpeg/Photo galleries #240
Jessica Rakoczy, 134, of Las Vegas, stopped  Mia "The Knockout" St. John, 137,  in the second round.  An insider said that Mia had received a headbutt, but the ref ruled it a TKO.  David Avila wrote the following:  Mia, the brunette fighter known as “the Knockout” suffered a severe cut to her left eye during her fight against Jessica Rakoczy.  A clash of heads between the two lightweights opened a cut below her eyebrow right over the eye. Blood was dripping into her eye and that’s not good when you’re facing one of the best fighters in the world Pound for Pound. Though the ringside physician allowed the fight to continue after the second round ended, St. John’s corner person and former lightweight stalwart Fredia Gibbs told her friend not to go out again. “Fredia was looking out for me. She told me the cut was too bad,” said St. John, who says Gibbs is her best friend. “I trust Fredia to watch out for me and she did. It’s always good to have someone in your corner who doesn’t care about the money, someone you can trust.”  A visit to a doctor in Northern California resulted in 27 stitches and a startling revelation.  “The doctor told me if I had been hit more on that cut I would have been coming in for surgery, not just stitches,” St. John said. “She said the cut was clear down to the muscle and could have permanently damaged my eye.”  St. John shudders at the thought that her eyesight was endangered, but she still wants to fight. “I plan to come back next month,” she said. “If the doctors says it’s OK, then I’ll fight. But if they say it’s not healed I’ll postpone it.”  Thinking back on the fight with Rakoczy, St. John is grateful Gibbs convinced her to stop the fight.  “People think it was the ringside doctor who stopped the fight. But it was really Fredia who stopped the fight,” St. John said. “Can you imagine if I had gone back out against Jessica? She is so accurate with her punches I really believe my eye would have been much worse.”  And about the fight in general, St. John said, “Jessica Rakoczy is the best fighter in the world.” 

February 5, 2005 - Greensboro, North Carolina
Promoted by Cheryl Nance

Bonnie Mann, 164, stopped Tamesha Roger, 160,  in the second round with a TKO. Mann had taken the fight with a two day notice.

February 5, 2005 - Club de Pesca, Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba (Argentina)
Carolina “Chapita” Gutiérrez, 120 3/4,  improved to 3-0 (2 KOs) when she stopped Graciela Inés Deluca, 121 1/4,  in the last of the four scheduled rounds of their fight at super bantamweight. Inés Deluca was making her professional debut. Source: Ewan Whyte

February 4, 2005 - Quinault Casino, in Ocean
Shores, Washington

Dakota Stone of Seattle, Washington, stopped the over-the-weight limit Brenda Bell-Drexel in the third round.   According to WBAN’s insider, Drexel came in at 177 lbs. for the fight that was contracted for 160 lbs. Drexel-Bell did shed off two pounds, and Stone put some gain-it-quick weight.  Stone was impressive especially in light of the fact that she has been out of the ring for awhile.  Stone used her jab effectively and connected with combinations consistently.   In the third round,  Stone landed some solid body punches and midway through that round she pinned Drexel in the corner and really started blasting her. The referee stopped the fight at 1:24 seconds into the third.

February 4, 2005 in Minsk, Belarus
Tatiana Riabokobylenko won by TKO2 over Julia Asmanova.

February 4, 2005 -  Port St. Lucie, Florida
Jill Emery, 140, finally was able to make her pro debut after having many fights fall through. Emery won by a four round unanimous decision over Cassandra Lindsey. Both girls came to win but Jill dominated the fight with clean effective punching.  Source: Yvonne Reis 

February 4, 2005, at the Westchester County Center, in White Plains, New York
In front of a boisterous home crowd of approximately 3500 people, Ann Marie Saccurato won a unanimous decision over Victoria Cisneros of New Mexico. All judges scored the bout 60- 54 for Saccurato. Saccurato now moves to 8-0-2 with 3 ko's and Cisneros falls to 3-2. Saccurato and Cisneros were the first women to fight at the Westchester County Center, a well known boxing arena which had not staged pro boxing since 1998. Cisneros came to fight and gave a valiant effort in the loss. The bout was staged by North East Promotions.

February 3, 2005 Club Soda, Montreal, QC, Canada
Crystelle Samson, 125,  former amateur champion, won by TKO1 over Sarah Schneider, 125.

February 3, 2005 at the Arco Arena, Sacramento, California
Valanna McGee won by TKO3 over Tawnyah Freeman.

February 3, 2005 - at the HP Pavilion, in San Jose, California WBAN Record Member's Mpeg/Photo galleries #237
At the HP Pavillion in San Jose, 3508 screaming fans were treated to an old fashoined brawl. Joy "seek & destroy" Irvin (130 lbs., 6-0 6KOs) looked to stamp KO number 7 on Mia " the knockout" St. Johns (136lbs., 39-4-2 16 KOs) head. It was bombs away from the beginning. Mia weathered a storm of punches before unleashing some bombs of her own at the end of the first round to let Joy know that "fights on". After instructions between rounds Mia was up and ready for the second round. She used her experience to score with punches inside Joys' bombs before throwing her own bombs, then took advantage of a fighter lacking in defensive skills. Joy was hurt & defenseless twice before the referee rightly stopped the fight at 44 seconds of the second round.Copyrighted Photos by Jesus Sanchez; and Story and MPEGS by Brian Low

 
     
     
     
     

 

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