Holm defeats Hallback in rematch
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photo by Raymond Mares
In boxing there are many "should haves." That was the case in the last three bouts of Friday night’s “Warrior Vengeance” card held at the Isleta Casino & Resort Showroom.
Boxing fans packed the house to watch promoter Lenny Fresquez' top draw Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (27-1-3, 7 KOs) in a rematch against Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback (27-6-2, 11 KOs). As was the case in the first fight, in the rematch, Holm did not disappoint her fans, winning a deceiving a unanimous decision win over the tough Hallback.
Hallback came at Holm like a early spring storm, trying to take the taller Holm down. Holm was able to use the her legs to weather the storm.
In the second and the third, Holm continued to use her ring intelligence to stay away from the change-up style rights Hallback was trying to land on her. At one point in the second, Holm pushed Hallback to the canvas showing her who was the stronger of the two.
In the fourth, Hallback continued chasing Holm around the ring to land her lone right hands, while Holm kept on scoring with her jab. The fifth was mostly a chasing game with very few punches landed by either fighter.
It was in the sixth and seventh rounds where the "should haves" would begin. In the sixth, Hallback landed a few lone rights to the face of Holm, but she should have followed up with more punches.
In the eighth round, Hallback came out aggressive, but was slowed down by a slip in the middle of the ring. The ninth saw Hallback coming out from her corner like a bull and landing single shots to the body and face of Holm. Holm was able to withstand the punches, use the ring and her ever-present jab to end the round.
The final round saw Hallback back at it, landing a couple of hard rights to the face of Holm. Holm answered back in the middle of the round to land a couple of hard punches of her own to end the round.
All three judges saw the win for Holm, 99-92 and 98-92 twice.
“I figured she would come hard at me,” said Holm afterward.
“I got cracked pretty good in round six."
Hallback commented about not following up in that round, saying, “I did not follow through on the hard shots in the sixth and seventh rounds.”
Cisneros upsets Blair
The co-main event was a war between two former Holm foes, Terri "Road Warrior" Blair (11-15-3, 6 KOs) and Victoria "Reina de la Guerra" Cisneros (4-8-2).
Blair coming from the hometown of the great Muhammad Ali, Louisville, Ky., came out trying to be just as slick in the first round. Unfortunately, in the second round Cisneros slowed her down by landing a couple of rights and lefts up top.
In the third Cisneros looked to have warmed up and began moving better around the ring and landing shots. Although the slick Blair landed a hard right of her own, Cisneros landed a right to the face of Blair after the bell and received a warning from referee Lorenzo Saiz.
Blair continued her ring antics in the fourth, but Cisneros would not be fooled. She was able to connect upstairs towards the end. This time both fighters would throw shots after the bell drawing a warning from Saiz.
Blair landed punches in the beginning of the fifth, but Cisneros answered right back at the end of the round.
Blair dominated the sixth round with her movement and clear shots on Cisneros. In the seventh Blair decided to continue with her antics to the displeasure of the crowd, yet still able to counter the more aggressive Cisneros. Cisneros was able to land some hard right hooks towards the end of the round.
In the final round both fighters came out to win the round exchanging punches upstairs. Both were able to land to end the round.
After eight rounds the judges saw the fight 77-75, 76-76 and 77-76, a majority decision win for Cisneros.
Blair probably should have concentrated on landing more shots instead of entertaining the crowd with her antics.
Proa upset by Arias
In the surprise of the night David Proa (7-2, 7 KOs) lost by majority decision to Yonathon Arias (10-6, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.
Proa spent the first two rounds looking to make it an early exit for Arias, but could not find his opponent enough time to knock him out.
In the third Proa looked tired after chasing his opponent around for two rounds, but was able to land sparingly. In the fourth Arias withstood some early flurries from Proa and was able to land to the body and continue breaking down Proa. Arias also continued landing occasional overhand rights causing Proa's left eye to swell.
Arias came out throwing more frequently in the fifth and landing to both the head and body of Proa. Proa tried to even out the round towards the end of the round.
With his left eye almost shut Proa began the last round trying land punches. Arias took advantage of the limited visibility of Proa and landed both up and down stairs throughout the round.
At the end the judges saw it 58-56 twice for Arias and 57-57, a majority decision win for the Dominican.
Proa should have boxed his opponent more, but that seemed difficult to do for the knockout artist in him.
Arrellin stops Zamora
In an entertaining four-rounder Albuquerque's Randy "Savage" Arrellin won by TKO over Juarez' Salvador "Charrito" Zamora.
The first round saw both fighters going at each other and landing punches. Zamora was able to land to the body, but Arrellin landed some hard body shots of his own to end the round.
The second was much of the same with both landing and Arrellin landing the more clear and harder punches. In the third round Arrellin landed a low blow after having already punished Zamora with some hard punches up and down stairs. Zamora took his time to recover and Arrellin went right at him afterwards.
In the last round Arrellin continued punishing his weakened opponent mostly to the body. In the middle of the round Arrellin landed a thunderous left hook to the body of Zamora and Zamora went down. He stayed on one knee looked to his corner and decided not to continue at 1:13 of round four.
Arrellin gets his record back over the .500 mark at 3-2 (2 KOs) and Zamora goes to 4-3.
Torres stops Castillo
In a four-ound light welterweight fight, Josh "Pitbull" Perez disposed of Socorro's David Castillo before the beginning of the second round.
Castillo came out as the aggressor in the first round, but Torres was able to counter effectively and land punches. Castillo landed some of his own punches upstairs, but was not as accurate as Torres.
During the break Castillo's corner stopped the fight due to an injury giving Torres the TKO win.
"I wish I could have gotten more rounds in,” said Torres after the fight was over.
Torres improves his record to 4-1, 2 KOs and Castillo goes to 1-1.
Piar draws with Rosado
In the second bout of the night, Albuquerque's Sammy Piar (1-0-1) fought to a draw with Reno Nevada's Edwin Rosado (1-5-1).
Piar came out fast, landing combinations to begin the round. Rosado then became the aggressor and landed punches at the end of the round.
With a good jab Piar was able to keep his opponent at bay in second and land a hard right to Rosado face. Unfortunately for Piar, Rosado would respond with a hard right of his own and knockdown Piar. Referee Lorenzo Saiz gave him the ten count and Piar got up easily and survived the round.
Piar began the third landing left jabs and rights to the face of Rosado causing Rosado's nose to bleed. Piar tired in the middle of the round and Rosado took advantage by landing some hard body shots.
In the fourth and final round Piar began by landing a left uppercut and throwing flurries. Piar tired again, but was able to fight through it and hurt Rosado at the end of the round.
After four, the judges saw it 37-38 for Rosado, 39-37 for Piar and 38-38, resulting a draw.
Reyes wins comeback
The curtain raiser put two Albuquerqueans against each other in a heavyweight bout, with Fernando Reyes (1-1) defeating Eric Ballejos (0-1) by unanimous decision after four rounds.
Ballejos began the first round quickly landing punches to the body of Reyes. Reyes lost his mouthpiece towards the end of the round.
In the second, the taller Reyes began landing jabs to the face of Ballejos. Ballejos got caught with a right to the chin by Reyes and was knocked down. He got up and was saved by the bell.
In the third Reyes once again lost his mouthpiece and was warned by referee Rocky Burke. Reyes able to land hard rights and Ballejos continued his body attack against the heavier Reyes. Reyes lost his mouthpiece for a third time and Burke deducted a point.
Ballejos began the fourth landing to the body, but got caught with a left and right combination to the face by Reyes. Both fighters ended the round exchanging blows up and downstairs.
At the end of four the judges saw it 38-37, 38-37, 38-36 for Reyes.