Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Tijuana’s own Mayen Promotions held its first press conference of the New Year to present their kick-off fight card “Reyes y Reinas (Kings and Queens)” in which the event is split down the middle between male and female bouts. Just like it is expected on Friday night at the Tecate Box Tour in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Racetrack, the females took over the press conference with all the participants of the three female fights present while only one of the “Kings” made it to the media event held at the popular billiard hall “Perro Salado”.
“This is a traditional fight card for our city and this is the second edition where the men share the night with the females,” promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen announced to open up the conference. “We expect a historic year for Tijuana with more fights than last year.”
Juan Carlos Pelayo, the acting Director of the Tijuana Boxing Commission, mentioned that Tijuana hosted forty-seven fight cards last year and expects the same or if not more in 2014, including more female fights which the city is one of the world’s leader. “Buenos Aires hosts the most female fights with Tijuana and Mexico City tied for second place. We have the WBC female convention this summer and we are in the thick of the preparation right now.”
The first fighter to the podium was Kenia Enriquez (8-0, 4KOs), the WBC #7 flyweight and Tijuana’s Prospect of the year for 2012, who faces fellow undefeated Selene Lopez (3-0-3) of Los Mochis, Mexico. Selene happens to be the sister of Enriquez’s last opponent, Kareli, who she beat with a landslide unanimous decision last October.
“I am very happy with my training for this fight, I worked with my trainer Gerardo Espinoza and also back with my dad which makes me very happy,” the charismatic Kenia shared. “I also had the opportunity to go to San Diego and work out there. I know I have a tough opponent on Friday, she is from Los Mochis where everybody knows great fighters come from but just like her sister, she is going to back home with a defeat.”
Lopez, Los Mochis female fighter of the year, didn’t shy away from the microphone when given the chance to address the assembled press. “We came very prepared. I am sure she is prepared and we are going to give a great fight. I didn’t travel for twenty-four hours to lose. Somebody is going to lose her undefeated record and it’s not going to be me.”
With a win here, Kenia Enriquez will make her U.S. debut on February 28th under the banner of Bobby D Presents in San Diego, CA.
The popular Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles (5-1, 2KOs) also made some comments in regards to her flyweight tilt with Maria Gastelum (3-0-1, 1KO), Rookie of the year for Los Mochis. “We are ready to put on a good fight. I think that with our styles, we are going to steal the show.”
“We not only came prepared to fight but to also have our hand raised,” Gastelum answered. “I want the audience in Tijuana to remember my name.”
The exchange that got a little heated was between Tijuana flyweight Brenda Flores (6-1, 2KOs) and Los Mochis’ Mireya Ochoa (1-3, 1KO) when the visiting fighter mentioned that she would be looking for the KO. Flores quickly answered that she would prove that Tijuana fighters are better than those from Los Mochis.
The last one to take the microphone was super welterweight Victor Fonseca (6-2-1, 4KOs) the only male to make it to the presser. “A lot of women are up here wanting to be the best in the world but I am here to remind you that there are also male fighters in Tijuana. I am going to give my all in this fight like I always do and give a good show.”
Fonseca will face Gerardo Mendoza (1-2, 1KO), also of Tijuana, in a six round contest.
The official weigh-in is scheduled for noon at the Tijuana Boxing Commission. The fight card is Friday at 8pm and is presented in association with Zanfer Promotions.