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The 95 degrees that the thermometer marked in Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, did not match the heat that came when both the interim WBC super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava and WBC super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres faced off earlier today in the final press conference before their ten round face off this Saturday night. No words were minced between both female warriors as each promised a win in the main event of “Queens at War” presented by HG Boxing and Zanfer Promotions in a classic boxer versus brawler match up.
“I was taught at a young age that boxing was about hitting and not being hit. The more intelligent one wins and that is how it will be this Saturday,” Nava (24-3-2, 11KOs) of Tijuana, MX, who is known as the “Aztec Princess” stated. “I am prepared to go the ten rounds and to win in Veracruz. I know she is a tough opponent but I will defeat her with my boxing.”
Nava is the favorite to win the bout which has caused a storm in Mexican boxing circles since its announcement but she said she does not feel pressure because of it, “My advantage is that I have fought bigger fighters and she has always fought smaller ones.”
“I am loyal to the WBC, I grew up with the organization that is lead by Jose Sulaiman and my dream is that after the fight I can defend my WBC title,” Nava explained. “If everything comes out according to plan, I will give Torres the rematch but the title will be for the WBC and on the Azteca channel.”
“If she is going to be running around in the ring, well, then its best she doesn’t climb inside of it because in it, we are going to fight,” Mexico City’s Torres (24-3-2, 14KOs) responded to Nava. “My heart and my tenacity have always taken me to victory and I don’t see how Jackie can beat me. It is going to be a great fight and I will give my best.”
Both Hector Garcia of HG Boxing and Guillermo Brito of Zanfer Promotions both promised that the bout will be the female fight of the year and mentioned that the making of the entire fight card was a coup for women’s boxing since two more world titles will be up for grabs which will be televised by Televisa in all of Mexico.
Irma Sanchez and Jesiva Chavez will meet for the IBF female jr. flyweight title while Hollie Dunnaway and Katya Gutierrez will face off for the straw weight version of the same organization. A sold out crowd of fifteen thousand fans are expected at the World Trade Center in Boca Del Rio on Saturday night.