By Andrew Rivera at ringside; Holly Holm gained revenge against France’s Anne Sophie Mathis with a unanimous decision by scores of 96-94, 99-91 and 97-93. Unlike the first fight where Holm stood and punched with the powerful Mathis which ended in Holm getting stopped; she would have none of it this time as she boxed circles around Mathis to regain the world welterweight titles.
Round one saw very little action as Holm circled around the ring trying to avoid the power of Mathis; Mathis pressed forward trapping Holm in the corner to landed two hard right hands, one on the glove of Holm the other glancing Holms head, but it was obvious Holm was not going to stand and trade as she spun Mathis around and back peddled away from Mathis. Holm didn’t win the round due to not throwing but maybe 4 or 5 punches but the theme for the fight was set.
Holm picked up the pace in round two by starting to find the range with her jab, and lead left hands, Mathis would stalk Holm but missed wildly many times in trying to land her power shots on Holm.
Rounds three and four saw Holm circle the ring popping her right jab in Mathis face catching her coming each time she charged in; Holm would land two maybe three shot combinations then tie Mathis up to avoid getting into any exchanges, at one pint the crowd got excited when Holm trapped Mathis on the ropes and unleashed a combination, only to have Holm back peddle once again to take the fight to the center of the ring.
As the rounds progressed Mathis seemed to get frustrated as she was unable to engage Holm into a slugfest as in their first bout; landing maybe one shot, but Holm would immediately tie up Mathis getting Mathis frustrated that Holm would not engage, it wasn’t an exciting fight but Holm was putting the rounds in the bank and building a comfortable lead.
The pattern remained the same in the final rounds as Holm was able to land quick flurries then move out of the way or tie up Mathis, Mathis at one time tried to run after Holm only to trip and fall to the canvas, on a second attempt to run at Holm she stepped on Holm’s feet and both hit the canvas, no damage was done as both would regain to their feet and continue where they left off.
The final round had Holm moving still but this time timing Mathis coming in with right hooks to the head followed by hard lefts. Mathis was unable to catch Holm and looked beaten as the fight ended.
When the verdict was announced that Holm had recaptured her Welterweight titles she showed emotion and get teary eyed.
“I stuck to my game plan and no matter what I was here to get the W” said Holm “It didn’t matter if we didn’t get fight of the night as long as we won.”
Holm, 31-2-3 credits her trainer Mike Winklejohn a team mates from Jacksons Gym for helping her prepare for the fight of her life.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare, it was a team effort, it’s been an emotional last 6 months but we got through it and we can now move ahead.”
Holm who recently got married within the last two months will take a much earned vacation then decide who is next for her to defend her title against.
Unbeaten Cecelia Braekhus is one fighter who has been mentioned to be a Holm opponent and a fight women’s boxing would like to see. Let’s hope the fight can be made.
The co-main event saw Raymond Montes 5-2 knock out Jamie Gutierrez with a hard right hand that put Gutierrez flat on his back and down for the count.
Christian Cabral remained unbeaten with a four round tko over game but out classed Victor Silva. Cabral peppered Silva most of the fight with hard jabs and left hooks to the body. Cabral who is now 3-0, seems to have talent but needs to be more active, having his last fight seven months ago.
John “Smiley” Herrera 2-3-1, seemed to end the career of Bryan Garcia who was bloodied for most of the four round fight. Garcia who had not fought in five years fell to 7-19 needs to retire before he suffers unnecessary physical damage.
In the opener Jose Luis “El Guero” Sanchez(1-0, 1 KO) took out Farmington’s Guy Youell (0-1) at 1:13 of the fourth round.
June 16, 2012