|The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire|
May 26, 2001|
Grandma Loses One for the Ages
DORCHESTER, MA - In a competitive 10-round battle for the IFBA welterweight title, champion Missy Jeter, 146 of Rome, GA won a unanimous decision over Dawn George of Gardner, MA to retain her title for the first time. The scores, which read 100-90 and 99-91 didn't seem to jibe with what actually happened in last night's women's world title fight, the first held in Massachusetts.
After the first two rounds, which saw Jeter out-land George in most of the exchanges, George, 145 took control of the middle rounds when she switched to southpaw. George, a mother of 4, grandmother of one and prison guard of many landed most of the effective punches from rounds three through seven, but all 43 years of her caught up to George as well as some lead rights thrown by Jeter down the stretch. The CBZ conversely had it 95-95 but won't dispute that it should have gone to Jeter. She started and finished the fight better than George.
Last night's title fight was the headliner of a Doug Pandarvis promotion that included three of what should have been five additional fights at a venue called the Teachers Union Building. As a result of either faulty directions or bad driving skills, Hartford's Jose Torres didn't show up to fight Taunton's Hector "The Pit Bull" Sanjurjo until just before Jeter stepped into the ring to face George. Sanjurjo, who wasn't expecting Torres at the time he strolled in had just wolfed down an Italian Sausage with onions, peppers and mushrooms and didn't want to go through with it. Had they actually fought, my money would have been on Sanjurjo knocking out Torres with abominable belch. Felix Fernades, a 4-2 Brockton lightweight was also left stranded, but Pandarvis was able to find "suitable" opposition for a couple of young bucks.
Returning to the ring for the first time since October 20th, "Sugar" Gil Reyes, an impressive jr. middlweight from Haverhill, MA won a lopsided decision over Jerry Smith of Birmingham, AL. Reyes, 151 had little trouble landing hard, crisp hooks to the head and body of the well-traveled Smith but couldn't manage to finish Smith, who found out he'd be flying to Boston about 2 days ago. Smith, who came in at a career high of 165 pounds, gave a last-round rally, but Reyes pulled through landing the defining punches. Reyes is now 3-0 with 2 KO's while Smith is now 13-44 with 8 KO's.
Jimmy LeBlanc, 142 of South Boston made his first ring appearance since losing to Kevin Rooney prospect, Frank Houghtaling over a year ago when he decisioned Kevin Carter, 142 of Winston-Salem, NC over 6 rounds. LeBlanc, who was declared the winner by scores of 59-55 and 60-54 twice improved his record to 8-1-1 with 3 KO's. Carter is now 4-12 with 1 KO. Aaron Torres, 131, of Brockton upped his mark to 3-1 when his opponent, Bob Rarishea of Branford, Ontario surrendered at :45 of the third round. Torres, who had a celebrated amateur career that included PanAm and National P.A.L. titles, not to mention an 80-10 record had Rarishea on the mat once in the 2nd round and also in the 3rd.
Promoter - Doug Pandarvis
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