Women’s outdoor boxing card coming to Harveys
Professional women’s boxing makes its Lake Tahoe debut when “A Ring of Their Own” comes to Harveys Outdoor Arena with a Women’s International Boxing Association world championship main event on Aug. 31.
The three-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 (7 KOs), hails from the Eastside Boxing Club in Kansas City, Mo., and Phoenix resident Reid, 17-3-5 (5 KOs), promise an enthusiastic night of boxing under the Sierra summer skies.
Reid got her start as a kickboxer at 17, winning the Arizona Kickboxing championship. Reid said 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,” said the petite pugilist. “When I spar with guys that are heavier than me, it helps build my confidence.”
Opponent Mary Ortega last saw ring action in August of 2005 and since has recovered from a hand injury, which barely slowed her down.
“Even after I broke my hand in September, I was still hitting the bag and mitts and running, just working left handed,” Ortega said.
The fight with Reid will be Ortega’s fourth title attempt and she’s prepared to win.
“I’m training hard, training for the win. And I know Elena is too. 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,” she said.
Also on the card is the highly anticipated rematch between middleweights Erin “Irish” Toughill (7-2-1) and Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey, 5-2. Ramsey is eagerly anticipating her next date with Toughill after suffering a narrow defeat at the Hollywood Palladium in January.
The welterweight match-up is expected to be a doozy, featuring Jill Emery 6-0, boasting a perfect record of six wins by knockout versus Daria “D’ Hit Women” Hill, 3-3, (3 KOs).
Tickets are now on sale for $25 through Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.