Baby Doll claims her first world title
STATELINE – Remove Elena “Baby Doll” Reid from the wannabe champion list.
Unable to win over the judges in her previous two championship bouts, Reid didn’t let a third opportunity slip away on Thursday night at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
Reid of Las Vegas repeatedly scored with right jab and straight left combinations and hooks to win an unanimous decision over Mary “The Heat” Ortega and capture the World International Boxing Association flyweight championship.
“It’s something that I can tell my grandkids about,” Reid said. “It’s something that will last forever, this moment in time, that 20 minutes that I won’t have again.”
Judges scored the bout 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93 for Reid (18-3-5). A near capacity crowd at the Special Events Center was treated to nonstop action from the opening bell.
Ortega (30-3-1) tried to force the action by constantly rushing forward, but the Kansas City, Mo., fighter paid the price throughout with Reid landing the cleaner shots.
“You definitely have to always start out strong, get them a little scared so the fight is a little easier than it might be,” Reid said.
But Ortega didn’t let up and eventually her short, wild combinations began to find their mark.
“I tried to rush in too much at first. I was too excited,” Ortega said.
Neither fighter was in trouble, although Reid wound up with some swelling under her left eye that sent her to Barton Memorial Hospital afterward.
Action rarely slowed and Reid elected to exchange shots with Ortega until the final bell. When it sounded, the 1,200 spectators in attendance gave the fighters a standing ovation.
On the undercard, the punch of the night thrown by Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey of Winter Haven, Fla. Ramsey’s first-round right hook sent Erin “Irish” Toughill through the ropes. When Toughill showed no signs of getting up and returning to the ring, referee Vic Drakulich waived off the bout at 1 minute, 28 seconds of the first round.
Toughill (7-3-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif., eventually climbed through the ropes and was given a warm ovation.
Earlier in the night, Melissa Hernandez of Bronx, N.Y., spoiled Stacey “Nature Girl” Rogers’ pro debut, scoring a technical knockout 42 seconds into the third round.