On Saturday evening at the Centro de Espectaculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, México, Mexico the WBC female light flyweight world titleholder, 27-year-old, 5’2” tall Ibeth “La Roca“ Zamora Silva of San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México, Mexico will be defending her title for the seventh time. Her opponent is the ambitious and also very dangerous 39-year-old, 5’8” tall, 66” reach Keisher “Fire“ McLeod-Wells (8-2, 1 KO) from Brooklyn, New York. McLeod-Wells’s boxing journey began in 2002 when she dropped by Gleason’s Gym at 77 Front Street in Brooklyn to tone up for some modeling and acting gigs. The nickname “Fire” came about after she started wearing makeup in the ring and was always changing her hair color, going with the red and then golden tresses. When being interviewed at Brooklyn’s famous Gleason Gym for Sister 2 Sister Magazine, McLeod told the reporter, “It was kind of like Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons.” More recently, they’ve been calling her “Fire, the Boxing Diva”.
With her proud Otomi roots, Ibeth “La Roca“ Zamora Silva, in the tradition of the great Mexican fighters, has faced and defeated some of the very best in the sport to include Ava Knight, the former double world champion Mari Ando of Japan, Esmeralda “Joya“ Moreno, and closer to home San Diego’s Jolene Blackshear.
Not to downplay McLeod’s chances of defeating Zamora but McLeod has never been as active as Zamora. She has only fought once-per-year over the past five years. That being said, she will still have the reach advantage. Zamora, on the other hand, will have to avoid McLeod’s lethal jabs, and score using her powerful lefts, not only to the chin but to the body. No doubt McLeod will want to keep her distance and be constantly on the move, circling both right and left. With Zamora’s ferocity and stamina, you would think this one would be a slam dunk but you can never underestimate those New Yorkers.