Women’s Boxing Results: IBF Championships 11/20/11
In a stunning evening of women’s boxing at its best at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Ada Velez (20-2-3, 6-KO’s) retained her IBF Female Super Bantamweight championship belt in a hard-fought contest against Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-2, 11-KOs). The judges scored the bout 98-92, 97-93 , 95-95 giving Velez a majority win. People on the scene found the third judges score surprising as they otherwise had Velez decisively dominating Cooper throughout the bout.
In what was an upset win, Dominican fighter Dahiana Santana (28-6, 12-KOs) soundly defeated former champion Stacey Reile (10-4, 4 KOs) to become the new IBF Female Featherweight Champion. Both boxers fought a hard tough fight with the final decision scoring noted as 98-90, 97-90, 97-91.
The undercard bout with Las Vegas’ own Tatina “Lil Tyson” Anderson (5-1-1, 4-KOs) was no less exciting with her third round stoppage of Victoria Cisneros (5-13-2, 1-KO).
Sue Ti Fox of WBAN covered the fight along with photographer Mary Ann Lurie Owen. I highly recommend checking WBAN for some fabulous photos and cover on the bouts. The link for the quick results is here. I’d also recommend checking back later for her longer piece.
Chris Cozzone also covered the fight for Fightnews.com. His piece is here.
When u see the fight you will feel silly x I was the stronger fighter x I won the fight x Sergio Martinez wrote me said he thought I won the fight x I am the champion!
Stacey, Thanks so much for your comments. I will indeed put the fight on Girlboxing as a link to it can be found. I just checked YouTube and didn’t find one yet. Please know that Win, lose or draw, you ARE a champion. We all hope to see a rematch and as well as to see you come back stronger and harder than ever before!