On Thursday evening, September 4, 2014, local fight fans had two choices: go see the fights at the Crowne Plaza San Diego Hotel in Mission Valley featuring three female contests or stay at home and watch the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks fight it out with the always exciting Green Bay Packers in the first game of the NFL season.
No brainer right? In the U. S. of A., football, especially NFL football, will always trump any and all sporting events.
Anyway, as they say, the show must go on and as it turns out, the fight card at the Crowne Plaza ended up being just as exciting as any NFL game. As mentioned, the show featured six ladies in three bouts. With top pros like Amaris Quintana and Jolene Blackshear from San Diego and Kenia Enriquez, Brenda Flores and Sandra Robles just across the border in Tijuana, plus all sorts of amateur standouts like Danyelle Wolf and Andrea “The Boss” Medina on the horizon, is it any wonder that more and more of our local boxing shows are featuring the ladies.
In Thursday’s Main Event it was the former two-time world champion Jolene “Classy Assassin” Blackshear (9-5, 4 KOs) taking just 50 seconds into the first round to demolish Susan Reno (1-3-1) of New York. After making just one pass around the ring, a big overhand right followed by a four punch combination had Reno flying backwards against the ropes, then down on the mat. Despite a valiant effort to get back on her feet, referee Pat Russell felt she was in trouble and called an end to the bout without issuing a 10 count.
In the co-main event, an eight rounder, the current NABF light flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (12-0, 6 KOs) of Tijuana did her thing against the more experienced Mayela “La Cobrita” Perez (11-16-4, 7 KOs) of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
The much shorter Perez never let up as she kept pressing the fight against the younger, stronger Enriquez who used her reach advantage to score almost at will with a stiff jab that Perez had trouble breaching.
Throughout the contest, Perez tried in earnest to go to the midsection, land the club-like left hooks and occasionally she’d reach all the way back to deliver the “Hail Mary” overhand right. All told, this reporter felt Perez had the upper hand in just two of the eight rounds, the fourth and the eighth.
When ring announcer Benny Ricardo read off the scores of 80-72 three times for Enriquez, it made me wonder if anyone has a legitimate shot of defeating Enriquez in her home court of San Diego or Tijuana.
Pasion delivers a masterpiece in her Pro Debut
In the third female bout of the night, Haley Pasion (1-0) of Honolulu, Hawaii had to overcome more than a few obstacles to eek out her win, a majority decision win over fellow first timer Jillian Lybarger (0-1) in their super featherweight contest.
Pasion, who came to town weighing 121.5 pounds, was led to believe she would be fighting someone in her same weight division, that being a super bantamweight (118-122 pounds).
Lybarger, an MMA fighter, was said to weigh between 134.5 to 135 pounds when she arrived. That made her 13 pounds heavier than Pasion. In order to satisfy the California State Athletic Commission, Pasion was asked to put weight on while Lybarger was asked to lose weight. How crazy was this? The last time we heard of such shenanigans was when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. did a similar stunt when facing Sebastian Zbik. By fight time, Chavez ended up weighing 15 pounds more than Zbik and as a result had so much more power behind the punches he threw.
With Lybarger’s awkward style and her constant attempts to pin Pasion either in a corner or against the ropes for some pitter patter punches, the technically trained Pasion had her hands full dealing with Lybarger’s elbows and grappling tactics.
In the end, Pasion had done more than enough to get the win by landing the hard straight rights and the more accurate uppercuts and left hooks to convince any judge with eyeballs that she deserved every round. And yet, the scores did not reflect her dominance. Pasion ended up receiving scores of 40-36, 39-37 and a ridiculous 38-38 to win her majority decision.
House of Boxing’s Sanchez registers first win in the U. S.
In his first fight in the United States, welterweight Miguel “Zurdo” Sanchez (9-0, 7 KOs) of San Diego by way of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, looked impressive in his destruction of Ivan “Oso” Zavala (6-7-2, 2 KOs) of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico.
In the early going both fighters went toe to toe and threw a ton of punches. Midway through the second round, it was Sanchez, the lefty, pressing forward with mainly power punches while Zavala looked to be in retreat.
Between rounds we discovered the reason for Zavala’s stepping back. During that second round, he threw this hook that landed on the top of Sanchez’s hard head which most likely fractured a bone or bones in his right hand.
From the look on his face, it didn’t appear as though he was going to come out for the third round. After the fight doctor, Dr. Gamboa, looked at his hand, the Tijuana trooper decided to give it another try and did. As a result, Sanchez kept coming and kept throwing while Zavala was there trying to play matador with the throbbing right hand.
At the end of the third round after another examination by Dr. Gamboa it was determined Zavala could not continue. Official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of the third round in this match which was scheduled to go six.
Enjani in his pro-debut defeats Urbina
Super bantamweight Mulapi “The African Mexican” Enjani (1-0) from the Congo dropped Juan Urbina (0-3-1) of Los Angeles in the second round en route to an unanimous decision victory in his first pro bout.
After a 27-2 record as an amateur, Enjani proved he was more than ready for the pros by battling nonstop with the game Mr. Urbina for four solid rounds. Then it was a right uppercut from Enjani that dropped Urbina and an over hand right in the third round almost dropped him again. Enjani, who displayed his amazing toughness, earned a 40-35 tally from all three judges.