Popular WBC mininumweight champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno is a prime example of good things coming in small packages.
The 5-foot, barely over 100-pounds Moreno, 11-1 (5), faces WIBA flyweight title-holder and former New York Knicks dancer, Eileen “The Hawaiian Mongoose” Olszewski, 5-0-1, fighting out of New York City by way of Honolulu, in a 10-round fight June 13 for the IFBA junior flyweight crown on the “Finally” pay-per-view show, airing live at 10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT from Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The main event features the top two women boxers in the world today, Albuquerque favorite Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, 21-1-2 (6), recognized as the No. 1 welterweight in the world, versus the world’s No. 1 middleweight, Detroit icon Mary Jo Sanders, 25-0 (8), squaring-off in the 10 round main event for the vacant IFBA junior middleweight crown and universal pound-for-pound supremacy.
“This is going to be the biggest women’s boxing show ever and I’m blessed to be part of it,” Moreno said. “I’m very excited to fight on pay-per-view at a casino and area I’ve never been to. It’s really going to help women’s boxing. All-around, I’m anxious and can’t wait. \
"I know Eileen. We were both on Team USA for two years and trained together. She fought at 112 pounds, I was 106. We sparred quite a bit because we were the two smallest. Everybody stopped to watch us. The smaller fighters are fast and throw a lot of punches. There’s always a lot of action.
“Eileen’s coming down to 108 for this fight and I’m moving up. It’s going to be a good, exciting, tough fight. I’m faster, she’s stronger. I don’t know if she’s changed her style. As an amateur, she applied a lot of pressure and came right at you. She didn’t slip a lot of punches.
"I’m not sure what to expect from her. I saw one of her pro fights and she had that New York-style, hands down, but she held her hands high as an amateur. She’s always in tremendous condition and I assume she’ll be putting a lot of pressure on me. I did a lot of slipping and ducking, but we went at it as amateurs, I didn’t back down.”
Moreno owns and teaches classes at a gym, Noble-Moreno Boxing, that she owns with her trainer, Rick Noble, in Watsonville, California. She’s finishing up at Cabrillo Community College and will soon transfer to San Jose State to pursue her business degree. On weekends, Carina helps out at her parent’s restaurant in Santa Cruz, “Tacos Moreno.”
“I’m going into my fight with Eileen to take care of business,” the WBC 2007 Female Fighter of the Year added. “I’d love for it to be the best fight of the night. I’m going to do my best to steal the show. There are going to be a lot of fans watching in Albuquerque and on pay-per-view. They’re going to see a lot of action. Smaller fighters like us seem to be more entertaining. We’ll be throwing a lot of punches. We’re going to put on a great show for everyone.”
WIBA/IBA junior lightweight title-holder Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback, 26-5-2 (11), fighting out of Tampa, Florida, takes on WIBA featherweight champion Jeannine “G9” Garside, 7-0-1 (3), of Ontario, Canada, in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant IFBA lightweight championship that has all the makings of a female version of Gatti-Ward.
IBA junior flyweight champion Wendy “Little Thunder” Rodriguez will be seeking revenge June 13 when she fights one of only four opponents to ever defeat her, Hollie “Hot Stuff” Dunaway, in their 10-round bout for the vacant IBA strawweight and IFBA mini-flyweight belts.
Rodriguez, 18-4 (3), of Los Angeles, lost an eight-round decision March 15, 2007 to Dunaway, 21-6 (10), the reigning WIBF-GBU/WIBC minimumweight title-holder and NABF flyweight champion, fighting out of Las Vegas by way of Van Buren, Arkansas. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $50.00, $100.00, $150.00, $200.00, $350.00 and $500.00, are on sale March 18 at the Isleta Casino and Resort box office, www.tickets.com or at Fresquez Productions, Inc. (508.884.7484). For more information go to www.fresquezproductions.com or www.holmvssanders.com. Doors open at 5:30 PM/MT, first bout 7:00 PM/MT, first televised bout 8:00 PM/MT.
The greatest collection of women boxers on one show, including five independently No. 1 rated fighters, are scheduled to battle in four world title bouts for five different belts on “Finally,” promoted by Fresquez Productions, Inc., is being produced and distributed by Integrated Sports for live viewing in the United States and Canada (10 PM/ET) on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN DEMAND, TVN, Shaw Communications, DirecTV, Bell Expressvue and StarChoice for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.