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Rakoczy takes on Velez Jan. 24

By Chris Morris/

HD Boxing will headline a female title fight on their next show, Thursday January 24th at the Coca-Cola Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The OKC Charity Fight Night is a black tie benefit show complete with dinner, cocktails, stogies, auctions and entertainment hosted by none other than ring legend Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini. Local boxing contender and reigning USBA champion ‘Kid’ Carson Jones will be in attendance as well. The Police Athletic League benefit is already completely sold out.

In the main event, Jessica Rakoczy (32-3, 12 KOs) will take on Ada Velez (20-4-3, 6 KOs) for the WIBA super bantamweight title.

Rakoczy is in the process of a big return, following a fourth round TKO over a very capable Brittany Cruz, which came after a three-year layoff that saw her cross over to MMA. As a boxer, she has fought and beat everyone of note, from 126 pounds to lightweight, including Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Cindy Serrano and Belinda Laracuente.

Ada Velez has a very impressive resume as well. She has fought the best from 118 to 126, including then-undefeated Mary Ortega, Jackie Chavez and Stacey Reile. She has also held Kaliesha West, Layla McCarter and Lisa Brown to draws. Her most impressive fights have come in handing Melinda Cooper her first defeat following up the first decision with an ‘it’s no fluke’ decision in the rematch, winning the IBF super bantamweight title in the process.

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