By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
A healthy night of boxing turned out at the Las Pulgas nightclub in the heart of Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana, Mexico, when Mayen and Zanfer Promotions presented the second edition of their yearly “El Box Se Viste de Rosa” fight card comprised of all female fights. The event last year shot for the stars when lead promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen assembled a full night filled from the commissioner Jackie Nava, to the announcer, trainers, referee, ringside doctor and of course the fighters all members of the fair sex. This year, Mayen concentrated more in the actual action inside the ring.
Former and current champions Kaliesha West, Jolene Blackshear and the “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava were on hand to witness WBC super-bantamweight champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley (20-9-1, 2KOs) scored her second knockout ever in her career when she stopped the game but outclassed Zenny Sotomayor (10-6-2, 8KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, in the fifth round of a scheduled female championship ten.
The forty-six year old Ashley is known as a dancer inside and outside the ring who captured the vacant strap by defeating Christina Ruiz via unanimous decision back in the summer of 2011. A fourteen year old veteran, Ashley has scored wins over a number of names in the female boxing world such as Argentinean Marcela “La Tigresa” Acuña twice, Elena “Baby Doll” Reid, Alesia Graf and Chanttall Martinez. Not nearly as experienced, Sotomayor has challenged for a title in her last fight when she traveled to the Dominican Republic to face Katy Wilson Castillo for the IBF version of the title in the same division but fell in seven rounds.
The slightly taller Ashley established her southpaw jab early as Sotomayor looked to get on the inside but the champion, who lives in New York but hails from Kingston, Jamaica, fought well from a distance. By the second, Ashley began coupling a straight left with her jab that easily found its home on Sotomayor’s face. Ashley also began to catch the Mexican with uppercuts as she attempted to move inside.
Although game, Sotomayor had no answer for Ashley’s slickness as the Jamaican easily glided around her and scored combinations to the head and to the body. With the end inevitably near, Ashley scored another straight left that sent Sotomayor to the canvas in the fourth and in the fifth, Ashley went for the finish, trapping Sotomayor against the blue corner and scoring a barrage of unanswered punched that forced referee Jose Cobian to stop the fight at the 1:43 of the fifth.
Kenia Enriquez Comes Back and Looks Impressive
Since the ultra-popular Jackie Nava took a leave of absence from the squared circle this year because of motherhood, the charismatic and undefeated Kenia Enriquez (8-0, 4KOs) has taken the baton and has become the darling of the Tijuana boxing scene. With the twenty-year old recently returning to school, the boxer/puncher Enriquez had not seen action since June when she stopped the experienced Gloria Salas in four rounds.
In the co-main event presented in association with Bobby D Presents, Enriquez took on the slightly more experienced Kareli Lopez (5-5-1, 1KO) of Los Mochis who in a short four year career has already faced world title challenger Linda Soto, former IBF champion Katia Gutierrez and owns two wins over Zenny Sotomayor.
Enriquez began quickly by scoring hard combinations and not letting Lopez get her footing. A solid jab kept Lopez at bay while at times Kenia used a lead right to around Lopez’s guard. Lopez was no slouch and her experience showed as she was able to slip some of the punches coming her way with head movement while throwing and scoring her own right hand to the face as well as to the body.
In the third, Enriquez added a number of uppercuts to her attack, easily finding Lopez’s chin and making the fighter from Los Mochis, who was trying to turn up the heat, take a couple of steps back. By the fifth and sixth, it was all Kenia as she put her punches in bunches well while Lopez scored sporadically but nothing of note. It seemed as if Enriquez would have settled down on her punches, she might have put Lopez away, but the Tijuana fighter mentioned after the fight that she was looking to get in the rounds.
“This was the second time I was scheduled for six rounds but the first time we went that distance, that was what I was looking for,” Enriquez said. “I want to look towards eight rounds and I wanted to make sure I had the conditioning to go the distance against a fighter that would make me work the whole time. I think this was a good, quality win and I am ready for what is next.”
At the end, all three judges, Leo Ibarra, Benjamin Rendon and Sergio Lechuga, scored it a shut out for Enriquez with scores of 60-54.
Sixteen Year Old Tania Enriquez Knocks Out in Pro Debut
Kenia’s younger sister, sixteen year old southpaw Tania Enriquez (1-0, 1KO) put together the best performance of the night when she easily and impressively dispatched Dulce Galaviz (0-2) of Guasave, Mexico, in the first round of a scheduled light flyweight four. Enriquez, a local amateur star who fought boys in her division because of the lack of female opponents, is a tall and thin technical fighter who proved to pack a punch.
After a couple of lazy jabs and out of range left uppercuts, Tania finally found her range on the moving Galaviz and began to score her straight left with authority. About a minute into the contest, she scored one to the body that sent Galaviz to the canvas. The Guasave fighter was able to beat the count but only to be met seconds later with a left uppercut to the body followed with a quick right hook to the chin that sent Galaviz crashing down to the canvas. Referee Juan Morales Lee saw no point in starting a count and just waived the fight off at the 1:15 mark of the first round.
Super featherweight Maureen Shea (22-2, 11KOs) made another appearance in Tijuana and scored a unanimous decision over the game Lesly Morales (3-4-1) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over six rounds. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice for the half Irish-half Mexican fighter.
Tijuana flyweight Brenda Flores (6-1, 2KO) scored an easy stoppage win in the second round of a scheduled four over first timer Guadalupe Bernal (0-1) of Los Mochis. Bernal had no business inside a boxing ring and had trouble even holding her hands up to protect herself. The end came at 1:22 of the second.
Southpaw bantamweight Sandra “Perla Negra” (5-1, 2KOs) continues her winning streak since dropping a close fight to Brenda Flores earlier this year and forced first timer Cristina Sarmiento to retire after the first round. Robles hurt her to the body and then scored a straight left to the face that discouraged Sarmiento in making a go of it in the second. Official time was :10.
In a robbery, visiting Carol Castro (4-3, 2KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, was awarded a majority decision over local Diana “Mamba Negra” Gonzalez (5-8, 1KO) in a four round light flyweight contest. Gonzalez, although raw and wild, scored the better punches including non-stop over hand rights to the incoming Castro and was the busier of the two. Surprisingly, judge Brenda Lopez had it a draw with a 38-38 while Diana De La Mora scored it 40-36 and Lorena Gaxiola 39-37 for Castro. Fightnews saw it 39-37 for Gonzalez.