Friday, January 29, for most of the day, the young ladies had a Working Session hopefully discovering better ways to improve their position in the sport and more ways to get their matches on television. At 10:30 p.m. it was time for the Gala dinner with a special awards presentation to La Princesa de Tijuana, Jackie Nava and Delfine Persoon, the Boxing Champion of the year.
For 10 of the female boxers, their thoughts were elsewhere as they had to attend their mandatory weigh-in for their fight on Saturday night in Rosarito. Amongst those 10 ladies you have the WBC bantamweight champ Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas who is making her fifth defense of her title at the Convention Center Rosarito against the Zambian fighter Catherine Phiry. You also have Anely Hernandez facing Ana Arrazola for the vacant WBC silver light flyweight title and flyweight Raja Amaseh defending her silver flyweight title against Eileen Olszewski.
Saturday morning, January 30, 09:00-11:00 will be the final working session from 11:30-13:00, followed by WBC Cares visit. If they haven’t completed this part as of Saturday they have 1) a meeting with representatives from the UCLA Hospital medical team offering a brain injury presentation, 2) a talk on the impact that social media has on Female Boxing, 3) a talk about the promoting of Female Boxing, 4) Dr. Paul Wallace will offer attendees a fascinating insight into the medical aspects applicable in female boxing, 5) a talk on the worldwide impact of Female Boxing with its amazing surge and recognition especially during recent years. And then at 16:00 is the scheduled departure time for the hotel shuttles to go to the Centro de Convenciones, Rosarito, B. C., Mexico to attend the boxing show.
Note well: The fight card at the Convention Center in Rosarito has been changing almost daily. Here is the latest update after the weigh-ins on Friday. The promoter now has 10 females battling it out on Saturday night.
Yazmín ‘La Rusita’ Rivas a 28 year-old righty from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico (118 lbs.) vs. Catherine Phiri (10-1, 5 KOs) from Lusaka, Zambia (117 lbs.) will be fighting for the WBC World female bantamweight title.
Ramón ‘Inocente’ Álvarez (22-4-2, 14 KOs) a 29 year-old orthodox fighter from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (154 lbs.) vs 37 year-old, James “Shotgun” Winchester (17-11, 6 KOs) from Reidsville, North Carolina (154 lbs.) in a super welterweight clash.
Raja Amasheh (18-0-1, 4 KOs) a 33 year-old righty from Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany by way of Amman, Jordan 111 lbs. vs Eileen “The Hawaiian Mongoose” Olszewski (10-5-3, 1 KO) a 47 year-old orthodox fighter from New York, N. Y by way of Honolulu, Hawaii (112 lbs.)
Ana ‘Bronca’ Arrazola (24-11-2, 13 KOs) a 33 year-old southpaw from Tlalnepantla, México, Mexico will take on Anely Hernández (6-5) a righty from Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico in a 4 round light flyweight bout.
Bantamweights Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres (13-0-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana (130 lbs.) wil be going up against Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (8-3-1, 7 KOs) of Tijuana (130 lbs.). In their first meeting at this very same venue, back on February 28, 2015, they brawlers fought to a Mixed Decision Draw. It should be a great match.
Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles a 22 year-old southpaw from Tijuana, B. C., Mexico (11-2, 5 KOs) 107 lbs. vs 40 year-old righty Luz “Jaibita” Rodrígues of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico (5-5-1) 107 lbs.
Silvia ‘La Guerrerita’ Torres a 24 year old (9-0) from Nezahualcóyotl, México, Mexico vs 26 year-old Joselyn Reza (0-5) from Metepec, Mexico, Mexico (4 rounds, light flyweights)