Women get ready to rumble
Two fighters who bring high energy into the ring are matched up for the main event tonight at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s Special Events Center.
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid and Mary “The Heat” Ortega have only lost five times between them in 56 professional fights. And as far as Reid is concerned she’s only lost once.
They are set to fight for the World International Boxing Association flyweight championship on Rock and Sock’s five-fight “A Ring of Their Own” boxing card starting at 7 p.m. in Stateline.
“Mary’s a good, little boxer with a great record, but she hasn’t fought the toughest opponents,” said Reid, who arrived to the area last Friday to adjust to the altitude change. “She comes forward and is an exciting fighter, which will make this fight something people will definitely have fun watching.”
Reid’s opponents shouldn’t become fooled by her soft nickname. The southpaw has five knockouts and enjoys mixing it up, whether she’s sparring with men in training or fighting heavier women.
“It definitely fits,” Reid said. “People call me Baby Doll; it’s part of me. It’s a good nickname. I’m very feminine. Boxing is my passion and more than that I love being a female.”
Reid (17-3-5), who grew up in Phoenix and now resides in Las Vegas, has been on the cusp of winning a world title before, but controversial decisions in each title bout in Germany sent her home empty-handed.
“The only tough thing was being completely robbed,” said Reid of the 10-round unanimous decision that was awarded to once-beaten Regina Halmich in Magdeburg, Germany on Dec. 3, 2005. “I won that fight hands down. I’m not the type of person to cry over everything, but it was obvious.”
The two also fought to a 10-round draw in September of 2004. Besides a loss early in her career, Reid was TKO’d in the seventh round by Alicia Ashley of New York on March 26, 2005. A severe cut above her right eye led to the stoppage.
“Lacerations heal very fast and I’m definitely knowledgeable about taking care of myself and taking the proper time off,” Reid said.
Reid last fought in the area on July 2, 2005, when she collected a unanimous decision over Stephanie Dobbs at the Reno Events Center.
Ortega (30-2-1), a 108-pound champion, also owns a win over Dobbs. She scored a second-round technical knockout of Dobbs in March, 2005.
Both boxers have been fightless in 2006 – Ortega because of a broken hand and Reid due to several matchups that fell apart. Reid’s trainer Brian Spicer said Ortega’s right hand has been fine for some time.
“She’s more than ready to go,” Spicer said. “She’s had tremendous sparring for this fight.”
Reid’s claim that she has fought higher-caliber fighters than Ortega disturbs Spicer.
“I don’t think it’s a step up for Mary; this is a step up for Elena Reid,” Spicer said.
Ortega’s pro blemishes are a 10-round loss to Puerto Rico’s Ada Valdez in a 2001 WIBA 122-pound championship bout, a four-round draw with Kelli Cofer of Willard, Ohio, in 2002 and a fifth-round TKO defeat to Jerri Sitzes in 2004.
Lisa “Bad News” Brown will fight on a four-bout undercard. Brown (12-2-3, 4 KOs) recently fought to a majority draw with Jeannie Garside for the WIBA super bantamweight title in June. She’ll meet Belinda “Brown Sugar” Laracuente (22-15-3, nine KOs) in a four-round junior lightweight exhibition match.
Tickets will be on sale for $25 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first bout set for 7 p.m.
For a complete list of bouts, see B4.