If you are one of those guys that still thinks that female boxing is nothing more than a dog and pony show, I suggest that you take some time out of your busy schedule this Saturday and head down to Sports Arena inPico Riverawhere Kaliesha West will defend her bantamweight title against Ava Knight. “It is going to be a great fight,” saidDavid Avila, a veteran scribe, who covers women’s boxing. Twenty three year old West is out to prove she is the best by defending her WBO title and trying to avenge the only loss of her professional career.
Ava Knight defeated West in an eight round contest in 2008 by unanimous decision.” I am not the same fighter I was then, “said Kaliesha who has been boxing ever since she can remember under the guidance of her father and trainer, Juan West.
“What kind of boxer are you?” I asked when I saw Kay spar with Rhonda Luna inMonrovialast year. “I am a cross between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley,” said Kaliesha smiling. I just hope it is not the same Mosley we saw against Pacquiao earlier this year. With over a hundred amateur fights and a Junior Olympics medal behind her, West is turned into a complete fighter as a professional. She combines fluid movement and intelligent defense with aggressive combination punching offense. In short she is a complete fighter.
Boxing correspondent for an Uppercut magazine, Kaliesha West knows boxing. You could hear her talk about it on a local radio talk show.
West won her title last year when she stopped Angel Gladney at theStaplesCenterinLos Angeleson the undercard of her hero, Shane Mosley facing Sergio Mora. Fans got to see first hand her versatility, skills and explosive power. Riding high on the wings of her victory last year Kay West was supposed to have a break out year in 2011, but her plans got delayed after she was involved in an automobile accident in January of this year. I saw Kaliesha right after the accident at the local fight night at Fantasy Springs Hotel inPalm Springs. Even though no bones were broken she moved laboriously and had difficulty breezing. Curiously, her opponent Ava Knight was featured on the card that night. It only took her one hundred and fifteen seconds to destroy Gloria Salas. Speedy Knight fights tall with power in both hands. She reminds me a lot of Amir Khan.
These two ladies, Kaliesha West, 23, and Ava Knight, 22 are as comfortable inside the squared circle as they are walking down the street. They have been practicing their craft for a long time and a lot more skillful than most men, club fighters we see today.
It is no wonder that female boxing will be featured in the next Olympiad.
So if you are a true fan of Sweet Science, I highly recommend a ten round championship fight between Kay West (13-1-2,4 KO’S) and Ava Knight(6-1-2,3KO’S) this Saturday at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. Tickets are available at the box office.