McGee-Figueroa no contest
By Jacob Chavez at ringside: A cross-town battle between unbeaten female super lightweights Mary McGee (7-0) of Gary, Indiana and Chicagoan Rita Figueroa (9-0) ended with a clash of heads in the fourth round resulting in a no contest on Friday night at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville IN. In the co-main event, unbeaten middleweight Jimmy "The Fightin' School Teacher" Holmes (14-0-2, 7 KOs) had all he could handle in Brooke "Schoolboy" Welby (33-11-4, 16 KOs). After eight rounds, the bout was ruled a draw as one judge saw it for Holmes 77-75 and two saw it even 76-76.
McCarter wins GBU title in 3-min. round fight
Tonight at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.: Layla McCarter (21-12-4, 3 KOs) won the vacant GBU lightweight belt in a 12-round, 3-minute round against Belinda Laracuente (22-14-4, 9 KOs). Scorecards read 100-90, 99-91, 97-93. The fight was the first three-minute round female title fight since 1983. Stay tuned for report tomorrow. Photo: Chris Cozzone, FightWireImages.com.
Last night in New Zealand: Victoria Cisneros (3-6-2) lost by split decision to undefeated New Zealander Daniella Smith (4-0) with scores of 60-54, 56-55 for Smith, and 59-55 Cisneros.
Kariya outpoints Olivas
Broadway Boxing tonight in NYC: Female bantamweight Noriko Kariya (6-1-1, 1 KOs) outpointed Elisha Olivas (5-5-1, 3 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. Lightweight Prenice Brewer (2-0-1, 2 KOs) needed just 53 seconds to demolish Markel Muhammad (1-1). A left hook did in Muhammad. Sechew Powell's jr middleweight brother Jamelle Hamilton (3-0, 2 KOs) won a split decision over Ken Dunham (1-1). Scores 39-37, 39-37, 37-39.
Upcoming, updates, etc.
The Monica Lovato vs. Elizabeth Villareal bout scheduled last Friday night on the Holyfield card in San Antonio, Tex., was nixed due to time.
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Martha Salazar and Vonda Ward will fight for the WBC World heavyweight title on Dec. 16 in Akron, Ohio.
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Layla McCarter and Belinda Laracuente are set to fight a GBU title bout this Friday at the Orleans Casino in Vegas.
WBC’s, New WB Cares Initiative to Team-Up With The New York Foundling’s Mott Haven Leadership Program
New York City: Junior Jones, Emile Griffith, John Duddy, Iran Barklay, Hilary Swank’s sparring partner from Million Dollar Baby, Maureen Shea, along with Juan LaPorte, Edgar Santana and Derric Rossy will join young adults, ages 12-16, from The New York Foundling’s Mott Haven Leadership Program for an afternoon geared towards inner-city violence prevention on Wednesday November 15, 2006 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at 354 E. 151st St, Mott Haven, NY.
'Riot' card set for Nov. 15
Now in their 15th year of promoting pro boxing shows in Central California, 12 Sports Productions has put together another six-bout card scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18th, in downtown Monterey, Calif. Promoter/matchmaker Jerry Hoffman, who has included at least one women's bout in every show since 1993, will introduce New York's Stella Nijhof (2-0) against undefeated teenager Kaliesha West (4-0), of Moreno Valley, in a six-round bantamweight brawl. Nijhof is unbeaten in two pro bouts following an amateur career featuring 11 national titles. In the main event, for the USBC (United States Boxing Council) junior welterweight championship, Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez (11-2) of Salinas is challenged by Hector Saez (8-5) of Denver. Rodriguez is on the comeback trail after a three-year layoff, which included a prison stint where his weight ballooned to over 200 pounds. The contract weight for this showdown is 138. All-Navy super heavyweight Keith Spencer of Ventura Ca., makes his long awaited pro debut after a stellar amateur career fighting in the service. Spencer is still a Navy serviceman stationed in Oxnard. Three other four-round bouts complete the card. After a ten-year success story in Monterey with his RIOT AT THE HYATT series, Hoffman has moved the event to a bigger location at the Conference Center. THE RIOT evolved after a five-year run in Santa Cruz, where the SHAKEDOWN IN QUAKETOWN shows featured future World Champions "Sugar" Shane Mosley twice, matched James Page and Stevie Johnston in an epic war, and, more recently, gave Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero his start as a professional in Monterey.