Kaliesha West and other Female Fight Chatter May 23, 2016
By The Prizefighters.com staff
PALM SPRINGS, Ca.-Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West recently signed a promotional contract with Blueprint Promotions announced the Northern California company last week
“I pretty much lived my entire dreams already. I’ve done so many things. I’ve traveled. I fought for world titles and had so many fights. But while I’m still young and still have it in me, I just want the opportunity to get busy before I get any older and do what I love to do. Because I know I’ll look back when I’m older and say man, I should have fought more fights. I know I have a few more great fights in me,” said West while in Palm Springs.
West, 28, is considered one of the top female fighters pound for pound in the world and fights in the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions. She resides in Moreno Valley, California and is trained by her father Juan West. She recently was endorsed by the Mediterraneo Resort of Palm Springs.
At age 18 the spunky bantamweight broke into the pro ranks after a successful amateur career and in her debut defeated Suzannah Warner in Highland, California. A year later, Warner would fight for a world title. West became immediately known as a female fighter unafraid to take chances.
Travels to Denmark, Peru, Mexico and Canada have seen the speedy fighter West tangle with some of the best female fighters on their own turf including an impressive draw against Denmark’s Anita Christensen who had one loss in 25 pro bouts.
West grabbed the WBO bantamweight world title by knockout against Angel Gladney at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2010. She defended that title four times with two taking place in Mexico. She then moved up in weight and won the IFBA super bantamweight title in 2012.
Her last fight took place in 2014 against a hometown Canadian fighter in Canada. She’s eager to return to the battles.
“I’m still healthy and blessed to not have any major injuries. I am so healthy and so thankful. Many fighters my age have experienced at least one major injury,” said West who was born in Michigan but moved to California early in her life. “Thank God I’ve never been floored or knocked out or concussed. I’ve never had any broken bones or fractures. I think I took pretty good care of myself to say the least.”
Blueprint Boxing Promotions made the announcement on Tuesday May 17.
“I am proud to welcome a talented former two division world champion boxer like Kaliesha to the Blueprint Boxing Promotions team. Kaliesha West is a hard working boxer who wants to fight the best boxers.” stated Macke Roberts, Global Operations Officer, Blueprint Boxing Promotions.
West said she has no specific foes on her target list but does have an overall career goal to be remembered.
“I don’t call out people. That’s not my style. I just do my job. I don’t have anyone in particular I’m trying to go after. It’s just about finishing my career on top. All I plan on is fighting whoever I sign a contract to fight, and win,” she said.
“The plan is to just fight great fights and to make the women’s boxing hall of fame. I don’t want to spend 20 of my years in boxing and not make it to the hall of fame,” said West.
In Buenos Aires, Julia Sachi (1-0) won her pro debut by decision over Rocio Perez (0-1) who was also making her pro debut. The four round super bantamweight fight took place on Saturday May 21. The rounds were set at three-minute rounds not two-minute rounds. Sachi is 23 and lives in Buenos Aires. Perez is 25 and also lives in Buenos Aires.
Cintia Castillo (0-0) makes her pro debut against Irene Villablanca (0-2) in a featherweight bout on Tuesday May 24. The four round bout takes place in Cordoba, Argentina.
Marie Dicaire (3-0) faces Ashleigh Curry (7-9-4) on Tuesday May 24, at Montreal. The welterweight bout is set for six rounds. Dicaire, 29, is a southpaw fighting out of Quebec. Curry, 30, is also a southpaw fighting out of Saint Joseph, Missouri in the U.S.
Zong Ju Cai (7-1) meets Samson Tor Buamas (37-3) for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental minimum weight title on Wed. May 25. The 10-round fight takes place in Beijing, China. Cai, 24, lives and trains in Jinan, China. Tor Buamas, 33, lives and trains in Bangkok, Thailand and has a 11-fight win streak that goes back to 2012. Her last six wins have come via knockout.
In Caucasia, interim WBA bantamweight titlist Dayana Cordero (15-5-2, 11 KOs) scored two knockdowns before stopping Maribel Ramirez (9-9-2) of Mexico at the end of the seventh round to retain the title. The fight took place on Friday May 20. Cordero, 20, fights out of Panama City but is originally from Colombia. It was her first defense of the title. Ramirez, 29, fights out of Mexico City. It was her third consecutive loss.
Yokasta Valle (9-0) seeks to remain undefeated when she meets Lorena Mendoza (2-11-1) on Saturday May 28, in San Jose, Costa Rica. The minimum weight bout is set for eight rounds. Valle, 23, fights out of San Jose, Costa Rica and has six knockout wins. Mendoza fights out of Mexico City, Mexico and has fought many top Mexican fighters.
In Herault, a fight for the WBF mini flyweight world title saw Laetitia Arzalier (11-1, 3 KOs) defeat Aline Scaranello (9-4, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday May 21. Arzalier, 22, was fighting in front of her hometown. Scaranello, 27, fights out of Sao Paulo, Brazil and fought as high as 137 pounds in January 2014. For this fight the weight limit was 105 pounds and she weighed a total of 103 pounds. That’s a remarkable weight loss.
In Nord, a super featherweight battle saw Segolene Lefebvre (5-0) remain undefeated by decision after eight rounds versus Bojana Libiszewska (2-15) on Saturday May 21. Lefebvre, 22, fights out of Nord, France and won by scores of 80-72 on all three cards. Libiszewska, 27, lives and fights out of Poland. It was her fourth consecutive loss but she has never been knocked out.
In Paris, a super featherweight fight saw Angelique Duchemin (11-0) remain undefeated after six rounds by unanimous decision over Taoussy L’Hadji (4-5) on Friday May 20. Duchemin, 24, fights out of Thuir, France. L’Hadji, 39, fights out of Creil, France.
Maiva Hamadouche (12-1) tangles with Enis Pacheco (15-3-2) for the vacant WBC Silver female lightweight title on Friday May 27 in Paris, France. The bout is set for 10 rounds. Hamadouche, 26, fights out of Clichy la Garenne, France. Pacheco, 28, is a former WBO lightweight world champion from Colombia.
Anne Sophie Da Costa (20-2) faces off with Soledad Macedo (13-11-1) in a light flyweight bout set for 10 rounds on Saturday May 28 in Marne, France. Da Costa, 33, fights out of Marne and is defending the WBF light flyweight title. Macedo, 33, fights out of Salto, Uruguay and is the current Uruguay super flyweight champion. She’s dropping down in weight for this fight.
In Budapest, Agnes Nick (4-0) defeated Alexandra Vlajk (10-5) by decision after eight rounds in a featherweight bout on Sunday May 22. Also, Georgina Oana won her pro debut in a super flyweight bout against Timea Grof (2-6) after six rounds.
In Kobe, a minimum weight fight saw Minayo Kei (2-2) defeat Natsuki Tarui (0-4) by unanimous decision after four rounds. The match took place on Monday May 16. Kei, 24, fights out of Okinawa, Japan. Tarui, 24, fights out of Tokyo, Japan.
Miyo Musashi (2-0) fights Kana Makino (0-1) in a bantamweight bout set for four rounds on Tuesday May 31 in Tokyo, Japan.
Estrella Valverde (13-5-2) collides with Belen Gonzalez (1-6-1) on Friday May 27, in a super flyweight bout set for 10 rounds in Mexico City. Valverde, 31, fights out of Mexico City and is defending the Mexico super flyweight title. Gonzalez, 20, is known as “Muneca” and fights out of Queretaro, Mexico. She has lost four consecutive fights but has never lost by knockout.
In Moscow, Sofya Ochigava (1-0) won her pro debut by unanimous decision after four rounds against Firuza Sharipova (0-1) who was also making her pro debut. The super featherweight bout took place on Saturday May 21.
In Jinju, a battle for the vacant WBF super featherweight title was captured by Hyun-Mi Choi (13-0-1) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds against Unathi Myekeni (10-3-1) on Saturday May 21. Choi, 25, goes by the name “the Defector Boxing Girl” because she was originally born in North Korea and now lives in South Korea. She is a former WBA featherweight world champion moving up into the super featherweights. Myekeni fights out of South Africa.
Joana Pastrana (5-0) meets Melinda Pantis (0-1) in a minimum weight fight set for six three-minute rounds on Friday May 27, in Madrid. Pastrana is 25 years old and lives in Madrid, Spain. Pantis, 21, is looking for her first win and lives in Romania. Also, Angela Cannizzaro (5-2) of Italy faces Katherina Tharnderz making her pro debut in a super featherweight bout scheduled for four three-minute rounds. Thanderz, 28, was born in Norway but not lives in Spain. She is managed by former middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez.
Mary Romero (0-1) and Vanesa Caruso (0-3) meet in a battle of winless bantamweights on Friday May 27 in Murcia, Spain. The rounds will be set for three-minutes. Spain seems to be leading the charge on three-minute rounds instead of two-minute rounds that most female fight cards have.
Viviane Obenauf (7-1) faces Kristina Boras (1-4) in a lightweight match set for six rounds on Saturday May 28, in Visp. Obenauf, 29, fights out of Birsfelden, Switzerland but was originally born in Brazil. Boras, 18, lives in Croatia and is looking to snap a four-fight losing streak.
In Richmond, California, Casey Morton (4-0-2) remained undefeated by unanimous decision after a five round flyweight contest versus Peggy Maerz (2-10-1) on Saturday May 21. Morton, 32, lives in Northern California. Maerz, 44, has not won a fight in four years and has lost eight consecutive fights. But she has never been stopped. On the same card, Raquel Miller (1-0) won her pro debut by first round knockout of Sara Flores (0-1) making her pro debut in a middleweight match. The end came at 1:14 of the first round.
In San Antonio, Texas, Emily Garcia (2-0) won by technical knockout of Angela Arguello (0-1) at 1:34 of the first round of their bantamweight clash on Saturday May 21. Garcia is 25 years old. On the same card Briana Gonzalez (1-0) won her pro debut by decision against debuting Bernadette Palugod (0-1) in a four round featherweight fight.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a super featherweight match Mayra Hernandez (5-0) knocked out Lucretia Meacham (3-17-1) at 46 seconds into the second round on Friday May 20. Hernandez, 29, lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Meacham, 32, fights out of Arkansas and has lost seven consecutive fights including back to back knockout losses.
In Rochester, New York, a super bantamweight clash saw Federica Bianco (2-1) defeat Elisa Collaro (0-1-1) by decision after four rounds on Thursday May 19. Also, Rosalinda Rodriguez (3-0) stopped Maria Clarke (0-1) at 59 seconds into the second round of their bantamweight contest. Rodriguez, 29, fights out of Miami, Florida.
In Caracas, in a minimum weight fight Rosana Colmenarez (2-0) won by knockout of Ana Garcia (0-1) at 15 seconds of the second round on Saturday May 21. Colmenarez, 25, lives in Valencia, Venezuela. Garcia is also 25 and lives in Maturin, Venezuela.