By Francisco Salazar
Maureen Shea hails from the Bronx, New York and currently resides in Oxnard, California.
Regardless on what coast she is on, she is Rey familiar with one thing: winning.
Shea stopped Angel Gladney in the fourth round at the Performing Arts Center in Oxnard.
The bout headlined a seven-bout "ICE vs. FIRE III" card, presented by Top Players Promotions.
With the win, Shea won the vacant IFBA super bantamweight world title belt.
Shea was coming off a 10 round unanimous decision over Nohine Dennisson on March 15.
From the opening bell, she overwhelmed Gladney, beating her to the punch with overhand rights and left hooks to the head. With about 10 seconds left in the first round, Shea dropped Gladney with a left-right combination to the head. Gladney was able to survive the round.
While Gladney did all she could to stay in the fight, she was not able to keep up with the precision punching from
In the fourth round, Shea seemed to stun Gladney with a combination. Sensing Gladney was hurt, Shea went on the attack, landing at will. When it looked as though Gladney was unable to protect herself, referee Dr. Lou Moret stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:37.
With the win, Shea has won her last 11 fights in a row.
Shea improves to 24-2, 12 KOs. Gladney, from Columbia, South Carolina, drops to 8-10-1, 6 KOs.
Super featherweights Daniel Franco and Alberto Torres fought to a six round split decision draw. The southpaw Torres (4-0-2, 1 KO) was able to get on the inside of Franco's guard, beating him to the punch with hooks and crosses to the head. He was also able to land to the Franco's body. Franco (8-0-3, 5 KOs) came on in the second half of the fight. He pressed the fight and put Torres on the defensive. Franco was able to land more combinations to the head, as Torres slowed down. One judge scored the bout 58-56 for Torres, one judge scored the bout 58-56 for Franco, while the third judge scored the bout 57-57.
Super flyweights Gilberto Mendoza won a four round unanimous decision over Daniel Covielles. Mendoza (3-3, 1 KO) used his height and reach advantage to keep Covielles at bay, landing straight rights and uppercuts. Undaunted, Covielles (3-1, 1 KO) was able to land repeatedly when he got on the inside of Mendoza's guard. Mendoza swung momentum back into his favor by landing right hands flush to the head of Covielles in the final round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Mendoza, 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36.
David Rodela won an eight round unanimous decision over Tyrell Samuel.
After a year layoff, Rodela returned to the ring and looked like he had not lost a step. Rodela was the busier fighter, landing repeatedly with left hooks to the head and body of Samuel.
As the bout progressed, Rodela was in control, beating Samuel to the punch, especially with right hands to the head. Rodela stunned Samuel in the fifth and sixth rounds, with multiple combinations to the head.
Rodela almost let the fight get away when he was hurt in the final 30 seconds of the eighth round. Samuel hurt Rodela with a right hand to the head of Rodela, but was not able to follow up until the final bell sounded.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Rodela, 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
Rodela, who resides in Oxnard and has sparred the likes of Manny Pacquiao, improves to 17-9-3, 7 KOs. Samuel, from Baltimore, MD, drops to 15-6-1, 6 KOs.
Featherweights Manuel Romero and Lionell Kelly fought to a four round split decision draw. Romero (0-2-1) pressed the fight, throwing wild hooks and crosses that sometimes found their mark. Kelly (0-3-1) tried to load and counter with one punch, at times finding its mark. One judge scored the bout 40-36 for Romero, one judge scored the bout 39-37 for Kelly, while the third judge scored the bout 38-38.
Super bantamweight Indian Banuelos won a four round unanimous decision over Gabriel Braxton. Banuelos (3-1) was busier and landed the more telling blows throughout the four round bout. Braxton (1-3) tried to load up on one punch, finding success at times with occasional right hands to the head. In the final round, Braxton tired, allowing Banuelos to solidify the win. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Banuelos, 39-37, 39-37, and 40-36.
In the opening bout of the Top Players Promotions card, Joseph Bonas (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Greg Baca in the first round. After a mostly uneventful first round, Bonas landed a short right cross that dropped Baca to the canvas. Baca (0-5) got up on wobbly legs, prompting referee Sharon Sands to wave the fight over at 2:53.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing