Report and photos by Felipe Leon
With only a little over a year in his comeback to promoting shows in Tijuana, Mexico, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions has once again put the city’s name on the world stage on Thursday, October 25th, by presenting “Tijuana Dresses in Pink”, an all women fight card where every cog of the show was filled by a woman, from the ring announcer to the seconds, doctor, timekeeper, referee and boxing commissioner personified by the 1st female champion ever crowned by the WBC, Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava. According to Mayen, the six-bout fight card was the first of its kind registered by the Guinness Book of World Records. Part of the proceeds where designated to various organizations in the fight against breast cancer. In the main event held at the Las Pulgas nightclub located on the world famous Avenida Revolucion, Joselyn “Princesa Tapatia” Arroyo (11-0, 4KOs) remained undefeated as she easily dispatched the over matched Yadira Trejo (3-1) for the vacant NABF female flyweight title.
The event was not void of controversy. When it was announced on Fightnews.com earlier this week, a female South African promoter let it be known that not only had she already staged a similar event but four of them and trumped it by being a female promoter.
“I was shocked when I first heard of her claims because we were assured by Guinness that we were the first,” Mayen explained. “Our fight card is being supervised by the notary public Jose Roman Leyva and filmed in its entirety which the video will be sent to Guinness. As far as I know, the other promoters that might have staged these events did not go through the Guinness organization.”
Despite his recent loss and controversial pre-fight discoveries, no one received a bigger ovation just prior to the main event than Tijuana’s own Erik “Terrible” Morales in his first public appearance in his hometown since his 4th round loss to Danny Garcia last weekend.
The eighteen-year-old Arroyo of Guadalajara had no trouble with Trejo as she was able to keep the wild fighter from Tlalnepantla, Mexico, at bay with her long jab. The head first Trejo would try to get on the inside of her taller opponent but Arroyo was able to connect well from the outside and hurt Trejo near the end of the round. The strategy continued early in the second as Arroyo became more aggressive and was willing to exchange with Trejo. In one of those exchanges, the “Princess” connected with a right hook to the body that dropped Trejo. Trejo beat the count but referee Elizabeth Burciaga had seen enough and waived off the contest. Official time was :33 of the second round of a scheduled ten.
In her first fight in three years, forty-two year old light flyweight Jolene Blackshear (6-3, 3KOs) of San Diego, CA, looked devastating as she broke Guasave, Mexico’s Lili Barajas’ (3-1, 3KOs) nose with a stiff jab near the end of round one. Time was 1:33.
After suffering a severe cut on her left cheek in her previous fight, the popular Tijuana high school senior Kenia “Jaguarcita” Enriquez (3-0, 2KOs) returned to the ring to score another knock out and file her third pro win when she stopped Carol Castro Madrid Ciudad (1-2, 1KO) Obregon, Mexico, at the 1:25 mark of the second round. After a run of the mill first round, Enriquez scored with a straight right that hurt Madrid. Even though she remained on her feet, she looked disoriented. Referee Elizabeth Burciaga called time and after asking her a couple of questions, decided to stop the flyweight fight.
In a hotly contested bantamweight four rounder, Brenda Flores (1-0) of Tijuana made good in her pro debut as she took an unpopular four round split decision over the tough Paloma Lopez (0-1-1) of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Lopez seemed the most schooled of the two but Flores was the busier as she pressured Lopez around the ring. Lopez scored the more precise punches but Flores just landed more. At the end, judges Brenda Lopez and Jovanna Godoy had it 39-37 for Flores while Jocelyn Ortiz scored it 39-37 for Lopez.
Angelica “Maravilla” Dominguez (1-1) of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, scored her first win while handing Torrance, California’s Abigail Castañeda (3-1-2) her first loss in a bantamweight four round match up. The face-off began even as both contestants wasted no time and met in the middle of the ring to exchange some heavy leather. In the third, Dominguez began to pull away as she began to score with a right hook to the body followed to a left hook to the head combination that landed three times straight before Castañeda had time to react. Castañeda still kept plugging along but the taller Dominguez was well in control by the end of the rounds. At the end, judges Jovanna Godoy and Jocelyn Ortiz had it a shut out with scores of 40-36 while Brenda Lopez scored it 39-38, all for Dominguez.
In the first fight of the night, Tijuana bantamweight Sandra Robles (1-0) set the tone for the night as she went to war with Hawaii’s Kealoni Vanderleest (0-1) by way of San Diego, CA, in a four round slugfest. Robles was the better fighter of the two despite Vanderleest’s experience as a muay thai fighter and she began to tag the Hawaiian with hard power punches to the head. Vanderleest not only walked right through them but kept coming back for more. Despite her bravery, Robles’ skill set was just too much as she took the unanimous decision with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.