Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Holm Takes Decision Over Mathis To Avenge KO Loss

By Jake Donovan

It was sweet revenge for Holly Holm, who scored a unanimous decision over Anne Sophie Mathis in their 10-round main event Friday evening at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerquem New Mexico. 

Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and a bit jaded 99-91 in favor of Holm (31-2-3, 9KO), who avenged a vicious 7th round knockout loss at the hands of Mathis (26-2, 22KO) last December.

Failing to land anything with enough conviction to keep her opponent at bay last time around, Holm wisely boxed for much of the sequel. Mathis struggled at times to keep or effectively cut off the ring, allowing Holm to pile up rounds whenever the action didn't take place in a phone booth.

Mathis managed to impose her will in the middle rounds. The difference, however, was that Holm was ready for the incoming. The initial shock of getting with Mathis' heavy hands last year was long gone, as Holm had a backup plan every step of the way.

The late rounds momentarily threatened to repeat history, as Mathis slowly began to close the gap. Holm refused to once again fall prey in her own backyard, this time standing her ground and making her presence felt.

Such was the biggest difference between the two fights, as Holm proudly crossed the finish line looking more like the pound-for-pound queen many had hailed her as far back as her win over Mary Jo Sanders several years ago. 

The loss is a bitter pill to swallow for Mathis, who hoped to head back to Europe in pursuit of a showdown with unbeaten Cecilia Braekhas. Instead, she endures her first loss since early in her career, while Holm once again resumes her winning ways. 

In the final preliminary bout of the evening, Ray Montes (5-2, 4KO) came out swinging and produced an early end to his bout with Jamie Gutierrez (4-6, 0KO). A right hand floored Gutierrez, separating him from his senses as the referee wisely waved it off midway through the opening round.

Christian Cabral (3-0, 2KO), a local 18-year old welterweight, turned pro on the undercard of the first fight between Mathis and Holm. He continues to cruise along, scoring a 4th round knockout of Victor Silva (0-1, 0KO). Cabral scored a knockdown in the opening round and applied pressure throughout before forcing Silva to wilt in the final round of their scheduled four-round preliminary bout.

Gene Perez (1-0, 0KO) managed to do just enough in each round to take a unanimous decision over Eric Gonzalez (1-2-1, 1KO) in their four-round featherweight bout. Scores were 40-36 across the board, though hardly indicative of the back and forth nature of the bout, which most ringside observers believed could have gone either way.

John Herrera (2-3-1, 0KO) found his way to the win column for the first time since Nov. ’10, pitching a four-round shutout over fellow New Mexico clubfighter Brian Garcia (7-19, 2KO). Scores were 40-35 (twice) and 40-36.

In the opening bout of the evening, local welterweight Jose Luis Sanchez (1-0, 1KO) enjoyed a successful pro debut with a 4th round knockout over Guy Youell (0-1, 0KO), also making his debut. Official time was 1:13 of round four.

(Disclosure: All results as told by Boxingscene sources (non-credentialed) in attendance at the venue)

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Shawn Porter Withdraws From Thomas Dulorme Clash Skoglund Sparring With Kessler, Ready To Shock Callum Smith Kopylenko vs. Scott Set For September 15 in Rosemont Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo Ordered To Purse Bid on August 28 Roach Says He'll Pick Sparring Partners for Pacquiao This Time Indongo Does Not Rule Out Lipinets Mandatory Showdown Roach: Mikey Garcia Wants Pacquiao - I'd Love To See That Fight! Sanchez: Canelo Best Counter-Puncher, Not Biggest Puncher for GGG Cleverly: Me and Badou Jack Could Be 'Real Fight' of The Night Maurice Hooker on Return, Feels Crawford Will Stop Indongo Late Bradley Skeete Vows To Chase Down Jeff Horn Title Fight Arum Eyes Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings, Next Spring on ESPN 30 Day Weight: Gennady Golovkin Comes in at 170-Pounds McGregor: I Don't Even Believe Mayweather Will Exit Round One! Alamo-Vaas, Ortiz-Lavinanza: WBC Belts at Stake in Puerto Rico NSAC Head: Glove Change Was in Best Interest of Fighters, Fans Dana White: May-Mac 'Biggest Fight Ever,' Will Break All Records McGregor To Malignaggi: Shut Up & Join the Queue to Fight Me! Video: Miguel Cotto Discusses His Long Career, More Mosley Explains That Botched Surgery Forced Retirement Decision Roach is Confident That Miguel Cotto Will Knock Kamegai Out Conor McGregor Reacts To Boxers Doing The 'McGregor Challenge' Photos: Miguel Cotto Putting in Work For Kamegai Showdown McGregor: Mayweather Fight Isn't a 'Black Versus White' Thing Ellerbe: Smaller Gloves Will Have Impact on Mayweather-McGregor Photos: Bryant Jennings, Gvozdyk, Shakur Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Terence Crawford, Julius Indongo - Putting in Work Terence Crawford Didn't Know Who Julius Indongo Was a Year Ago Frampton Reportedly Close To Parting Ways With Barry McGuigan Joseph Diaz vs. Jorge Lara in Play For Canelo-Golovkin Ellerbe Confident: Mayweather-McGregor Ends in KO, Likely Early Photos: Luis Nery Shocks Shinsuke Yamanaka For WBC Crown Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov - Ticket Information Michael Bisping Willing To Do 'Boxing Match' With Tony Bellew Mayweather vs. McGregor: NSAC Approves Use of 8-Ounce Gloves Mayweather-McGregor: Robert Byrd as Referee, Judges Selected Indongo in Great Shape For Crawford, No Issue With Weight Mayweather: I Won't Be Cautious, Fans Deserve a Blockbuster Michael Conlan Excited, Details a Very Active Fight Schedule Oscar Valdez Wants to Fight Winner of Santa-Cruz-Mares Rematch
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement