Women’s boxing debuts at Harrah’s; enter to win free tickets and other prizes
Professional women’s boxing comes to Lake Tahoe when “A Ring of Their Own” comes to Harrah’s Special Events Center with a Women’s International Boxing Association world championship main event on Thursday night, Aug. 31.
It will be the first outdoor boxing card Harveys or Harrah’s has ever had.
The five-fight card is highlighted by flyweight sensations Mary “The Heat” Ortega and Elena “Baby Doll” Reid going toe-to-toe for the WIBA Flyweight Championship. Ortega, 28-2-1 with 7 knockouts, hailing from the Eastside Boxing Club in Kansas City, Mo., and Phoenix resident Reid, 17-3-5, 5 kayos, promise an exciting night of boxing under the beautiful Sierra skies.
The fights will be telecast on ComCast Sports and worldwide on the Internet, said John Packer, the director of entertainment for Harrah’s and Harveys.
“Some people think of women’s boxing as somewhat of a novelty but they take it as seriously as men’s boxing,” Packer said. “There are some really good fighters rising thorough the ranks and some of them will be on this card.”
“Baby Doll” Reid found her start as a kickboxer at the age of 17, winning the Arizona Kickboxing championship her first year in the ring. Reid says she gets and keeps her edge by working out with both female and male sparring partners.
“Sparring with girls is good because I fight girls, but I enjoy sparring with guys more,” the petite pugilist said. “When I spar with guys that are heavier then me, it helps build my confidence.”
One of her male sparring partners said, “I don’t think of Elena as a girl, rather a machine so I don’t mind hitting her. Besides, she can take it and hits as hard as I do.”
Ortega last saw ring action in August 2005, and since has recovered from a hand injury, which has barely slowed her down and she is not worried about her time away from fighting.
“I’m not worried,” she said. “I broke my hand in September, dislocated my thumb. I was still hitting the bag and mitts and running, just working left-handed.”
Fighting Reid will be Ortega’s fourth time to try to claim a title and she’s prepared to win.
“I’m training hard, training for the win, and I know Elena is too,” she said. “I never take anything lightly. I’m coming in to the fight knowing it’s gonna be a war and I hope it is because that’s what people want to watch.”
Also on the card is the highly anticipated rematch between middleweights Erin “Irish” Toughill, 7-2-1, and Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey, 5-2, 1 kayo.
Ramsey is eagerly anticipating her next date with Toughill after suffering a narrow defeat at the Hollywood Palladium in January.
“I was less intense than usual, my training was considerably more laid back and that affected my performance,” Ramsey said. “I lacked intensity. So stay tuned. The best is yet to come from Lady Ram.”
Of course, Erin Toughill sees things differently.
“What won the fight for me in Hollywood was me wanting to win more, because I knew if I lost, that would set me back that much further,” Toughill said. “But condition is king going into this fight and I will be in unbelievable condition. (Ramsey) won’t be in condition and I am going to be prepared.”
The welterweight match-up is expected to be a doozy, featuring Daria “D’ Hit Woman” Hill, 3-3, 3 kayos vs. Jill Emery 6-0, 6 kayos.
Two bouts recently were added to the card. In a special junior lightweight four-round exhibition Lisa “Bad News” Brown 12-2-3, 4 kayos will face Belinda “Brown Sugar” Laracuente 22-14-3, 9 kayos. In a four-round lightweight bout Mellisa “Hurracan” Hernandez, 4-0-1, 1 kayo fights Stacey “Nature Girl” Rogers, who is making her pro debut.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind championship event are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets and http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $25, plus all applicable taxes and fees. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.
“A Ring of Their Own” professional women’s boxing is a presentation of Rock & Sock Productions, Inc. of Sherman Oaks.
A grand prize of dinner for two at the Cabo Wabo Cantina, a night’s stay at Harveys and two tickets for “A Ring of their Own” women’s boxing Thursday night at Harrah’s Special Events Center will be given away in a drawing this week. Another nine pairs of tickets will also be given away.
Entries must be e-mailed to TParsons@TahoeDailyTribune.com by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, with the subject line “Boxing contest.” Each entry must include your full name, e-mail address, and phone numbers where you can be reached. Winners will be notified Wednesday night.
To enter the drawing, listen to the audio podcast on TahoeDailyTribune.com and see the Podcasts page for details.