Moreno Valley’s rising female star Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West((13-1-2,4KO’S) scored an impressive seventh round knock out over South Carolina’s Angel Gladney(6-3-1,5KO’S) and thus won a vacant WBO bantamweight title at the Staples Center on Saturday night in front of mostly pro West crowd. “During the fight my father taught me to sit down on my punches more,” said elated West after the fight:” And so I did and a knock out just came.”
West controlled the action in the first round with an educated jab that landed regularly; she landed a crisp left hook and hard right hand to culminate the stanza. The shorter Gladney upped the pressure in the second creating several heated exchanges in the very competitive round.
Kaliesha opened up more in the third, landing a left hook followed by the right hand that made her opponent hesitant to initiate the action. Gladney hit the canvas in the fourth and even though referee Raul Caiz Sr. called a slip, west pressed the action backing up her adversary for most of the round. Heated exchanges opened a closed round five with local fighter having a slight advantage in accuracy.
Student of the sweets science Kaliesha dominated the early part of the sixth by hitting and not getting hit, but her fighting spirit took over when the later part of the frame turned into an inside brawl. Kaliesha’s advantage in skills started to be more obvious as rounds progressed. The fight ended abruptly in the seventh when a crisp left hook dropped Gladney on the seat of her pants. Referee Raul Caiz administered a count and found Angel not fit to continue despite her insistent protests. Kaliesha West was announced a winner by a knock out. Official time of the stoppage was 59 seconds of the seventh round.