Holly Holm dominated Mariem "Punchenella"
(5-6-1) in the 7th round at Isleta Casino Friday night. The fight
was stopped when Brakache's cut on her right eye was determined by
referee Rocky Burke too severe to continue. Brakache did protest
after the fight, but she was had lost every round prior to the
There wasn't mush suspense on who
would win, as Holm looked determined and ready to do whatever it
took to beat the brash talking Brakache, who most of the week prior
to the fight tried to get under Holm's skin, but Holm would tell
everyone the fight was Friday night, not before. Brakache had no
answer for Holm at any juncture of the fight, The only thing
Brakache had to offer was hitting behind the head when she got close
Holm used lateral movement, and stood
her ground and punched, which by no doubt had Brakache confused in
the first three rounds. Holm looked more and more determined to
punish her opponent as she lalnded hard left hand, over and over to
Brakache's head; all Brakache could do is make a face each time she
In round four referee Rocky Bruke warned Brakache for the second
time of the fight for hitting behind the head, if anything Brakache
knows how to use dirty tactics to try to throw her opponents game
plan, but Holm would have none of it.
More of the same in rounds five and six as Holm peppered Brackache
with rights to the head every time Brakache tried to rush Holm. At
the end of the sixth a cut on the side of Brakache's left eye opened
up. The cut was a bad one and Brakache's corner was able to stop the
blood momentarily in between rounds; Referee Burke would let the
judges know it was from a punch, which led to drama after the fight.
In the 7th, Holm who had blood all over her white top and forehead,
but from Brakache cut; would continue where she left off, popping
Brakache more and more frequently, Burke halted the action to have
the ring doctor look at the cut, which she was allowed to continue,
but Brakache looked like a beaten fighter. As the two went back to
the center of the ring Brakache looked at Burke like she wanted to
quit; Holm went in for the kill landing one more flurry and
prompting Burke to halt the fight at 1:40.
After the fight Brakache would protest the stoppage, saying that
the cut was caused by a headbutt; she would go to Holm's corner and
tried to goad Holm into fighting more, but Holm had taken her gloves
off and tried to get Brakache to leave her corner, as did Holm's
trainer Mike Winklejohn, who asked Burke to get Brakache out of
their corner. Burke looked puzzled and after about two minutes
Brakache finally left the corner.
In reference to Burke, who has been a good referee for a lot of big
fights in New Mexico, he could have taken more control after the
fight was stopped, on two occasions Burke was undecided on what to
do after the fight was over, Brakache's corner kept telling Burke it
was a headbutt, Burke then said to the corner, "If it was then it
was accidental." That should never be told to a corner---it only
made things worse.
A ruling was made prior to the 7th round starting that it was a
punch that caused the cut and Burke should have stood by his ruling
rather then contradicting his call. Secondly, he should have
controlled Brakache from going to Holm's corner repeatedly after the
fight in trying to antagonizing Holm and her corner, twice Holm's
trainer Mike Winkeljohn asked Burke to get Brakache away from the
corner, as Winklejohn protect Holm from any possible cheap shots
None the less the outcome was evident, but it could have caused
less headache and wouldn't have dampened Holm's dominating win after
the fight. I'm sure it was an off night for Burke.
Holm (20-1-2) , who now has a fight February 7th in "The Best Damn
Sports Show" against Brenda Laracuente, was ready to go the last
three rounds with Brakache, meaning she didn't want any excuses from
Brakache. "I'm ready to go the last three rounds, I don't want any
excuses, but I'm pretty sure if we went to the cards I was way ahead
at the time of the stoppage!"
Once again Holm showed that she is
still the top draw at this time in New Mexico, as she once again
sold out Isleta Casino with a crowd of 2,800 in attendance. Now
with her promoter Lenny Fresquez getting her a national television
date out of New Mexico, it should silence some of the few critics
that think Holm should fight away from Albuquerque, Holm should do
just fine no matter where she fights!