It was another setting, a different
state, but the same results for IFBA welterweight titleholder Holly
Holm in her win over Puerto Rico’s Belinda Laracuente on Thursday.
New Mexico’s Holm continued her quest to show fight fans that she
may just be one of the best female boxers today with a workman-like
win over Laracuente before more than 1,200 people at Pechanga Resort
The fight will be shown on Fox Sports Net on Friday night- check
your local times for airing.
Accustomed to fighting in front of thousands of hometown fans in
Albuquerque, the redhead Holm showed California fans that she’s not
just a desert apparition, but also a real prizefighter.
“She was a crafty fighter with a lot of moves and feints,” said Holm
(21-1-2). “I was glad I fought somebody like her.”
Laracuente entered with more than 40 professional fights on her
record and has a ton of experience against fighters like Layla
McCarter, Christy Martin and others. But she couldn’t find the
antidote to Holm’s style.
“Styles make fights,” said Holm. “Belinda has fought everyone.”
Holm was taller and used her reach and quickness to stave off each
attack by Laracuente. From the first round on Laracuente dove into
Holm’s guard trying to make something happen, but the New Mexico
fighter was just too slick.
“She was holding a lot,” Holm said.
Holm used her steady jabs and movement to keep away from
Laracuente’s combination attempts. Each round began to look like a
carbon copy of the last as Holm built up an insurmountable lead.
Fighting in another state in front of California fans and judges did
have Holm a bit worried. But the judges had it all for Holm 97-93,
“The judges scored it the way I felt it went,” said Holm. “And the
fans seemed to be cheering for me. It was kind of like home.”
It was the “fight of the night” with Chevelle Hallback and Melissa
Hernandez intent on showing how good a female bout can be.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” shouted Hernandez (7-1-2) after 10
brutal but skillful rounds.
The vacant IFBA lightweight bout was at stake but both Hallback and
Hernandez are titleholders already. It wasn’t so much the title they
wanted, but the chance to prove to the world female boxing at its
“I think we proved it today,” said Hallback (25-5-2, 11 KOs).
The first round began with Hallback connecting with a one-two
combination that rocked Hernandez and had her looking dazed. Then
Hallback seemed to retreat and that was all Hernandez needed to
recover her senses. The fight was on.
The Bronx fighter jumped on Hallback with her busy combination
punching and when Hallback tried to retaliate, Hernandez would move
out of range.
Hallback, a very athletic fighter with quickness and power in each
hand, returned in the third round with powerful shots that once
again seemed to hurt the gritty New Yorker. But she backed off
“I don’t know why I kept backing off,” said Hallback. “Maybe it’s
because we’re good friends.”
Back and forth each round seemed to go until the final two rounds.
Then Hallback seemed to realize she needed to dominate the last two
rounds and stepped up her punch output. Big blows rained off
Hernandez’s head but she refused to buckle under the intense
pressure. With only 10 seconds left, Hallback blasted a right hand
off Hernandez’s jaw but she survived by firing back though trapped
in the corner.
The crowd roared wildly.
When the judges scorecards were read the fight was called a
split-decision draw 97-94, 97-93 and 95-95.
“I thought I won the fight,” said Hallback. “She threw more punches
but mine were harder and more effective.”
IFBA junior featherweight Lisa Brown (14-3-3) of Canada looked
beaten and battered but she was successful in defending her title
with a unanimous decision over Jeri Sitzes (14-6-1). The fans booed
For most of the fight Sitzes seemed to regularly find a home for her
right hand counter that throttled Brown repeatedly. Left hooks left
an imprint under Brown’s left eye in the form of a large bump.
In the ninth round Brown scored a knockdown that seemed more a slip.
Sitzes remained in her attacking mode and might have even won that
The final round saw Sitzes land a stunning one-two combination that
buckled Brown’s legs and forced the Canadian to hold on tight. It
didn’t look good for Brown but she made it to the final bell.
The judges scored it 97-92, 98-91 and 98-93 for Brown to the
surprise and dismay of the vocal crowd in attendance.
Jennifer “the Razor” Barber absorbed a quick left hook at the
beginning of the first round then went to work with some pretty
boxing and razor sharp punching in stopping Arizona’s Handi
Hernandez (5-3, 3 KOs) in the third round.
“After the left hook I kept my right hand up and threw my
combinations,” said Barber (5-0, 3 KOs).
In the second round Barber landed a three-punch combination that had
Hernandez teetering backward. She immediately cornered the Arizona
fighter and rained punches on her. For a moment it looked like the
referee was going to stop the fight, but he let it go on after
Hernandez landed a left hook.
The third round wasn’t so lucky for Hernandez. Barber landed a left
hook and saw that her opponent was hurt and piled on the punches.
Referee Tony Crebs stopped the fight at 50 seconds into the third
“I want three more fights then I want to fight for the world title,”
said Barber. “I’m only saying this because I have a lot of amateur
Former Filipina amateur star Ana Julaton (2-0) used a good stiff
left jab to keep San Diego’s Carly Batey (3-3-2) from getting too
comfortable and eked out a split-decision win after six rounds.
“She was tough,” said Julaton. “I tried to keep busy against her.”
Julaton, who is trained by famed boxing guru Freddie Roach, seemed
the heavier puncher and unleashed more combinations.
Batey had her moments too but seemed to warm up a little too late in
the first two rounds before scoring with her own combinations.
“Ana landed the heavier punches,” said Roach.
San Diego’s Batey had her best moments in the third round when she
quickly stepped to the side and landed a left hook twice to
Note: We were going to hold off on
the results but due to the results being posted on other boxing
sites we will post our breaking story from last night.