Holly Holm Enacts Sweet Revenge With Decision Victory Over Anne Sophie-Mathis in Rematch at 'The Reckoning'
Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (31-2-3) showed Albuquerque and the world why she has been and continues to be known as arguably the best female pound-for-pound boxer in the world, when she defeated Anne "The Ace" Sophie-Mathis (26-2) at Fresquez Productions "The Reckoning", which took place on Friday, June 15, 2012 at Route 66 Casino Hotel Albuquerque.
The win brought back the title belts for three organizations: IBA Welterweight, WBAN and WBF. The event, attended by a sold-out crowd of about 3000 onlookers, was a rematch of Holm's one loss in the last seven years, which occurred last December 2, by knockout in the seventh round.
The crowd went from deafening cheers as the hometown favorite danced into the ring, to near silence, after introductions and anthems, as the first bell rang. The first round was eerily like the last fight, as Mathis took the lead, with Holm firing back and dancing away, Mathis using her reach and long legs to try and cut off the angles.
The seconnd round, however, saw the emergence a different Holm, a more aggressive Holm that struck first, and stayed inside for body and head combinations, using her angles but staying close enough to prevent Mathis from using the power of a fully extended blow with her longer reach.
This more aggressive and dangerous strategy allowed for some beautiful uppercuts by Holm, with a jarring right hook in the ninth, and kept Mathis from landing one of those devastating hooks that took Holm out in the last fight. Mathis was as tough as ever, and kept Holm on her feet every second of the fight, with a strong chin and the constant threat of a knockout punch.
"She has all those knockouts for a reason, so I did not want to be there when she threw those punches," said Holm afterwards. Holm finished the 10th round with one last jab, the crowd surged to its feet, and the unanimous decision, with scores of 96-95, 99-91, 97-93, was given to Holm. "I had to do this, not only for myself, but for those of you whose first of my fights that you saw was my last one, and for everyone who has believe in me from day one."
The co-main event of the evening featured Raymond "Hollewood" Montez (5-2 of Albuquerque) vs. Jaime Gutierrez (4-6 of Albuquerque) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. However, Montez made short work of Gutierrez, who struck first, but Montez blasted back and the crowd began to chant his name. He raised his arms in time to their cheers, then landed a straight right that knocked Gutierrez flat on his back. Although Gutierrez stood back up after the 10-count, the referee deemed him unable to continue, and Montez won the fight by TKO at 1:37 of the first round.
There were four other professional bouts that evening, featuring 4 professional boxing debuts from boxers around New Mexico:
Jose Luis "Guero" Sanchez (1-0 of Albuquerque) defeated Guy Youell (0-1 of Farmington) in a mutual professional debut. Although Youell scored a knockdown with a left hook early in the first, Sanchez came back strong, and after 3 more rounds of battle, Sanchez knocked Youell down for the count at 1:13 of the fourth round, giving him the win by TKO.
John Herrera (2-3-1 of Roswell) defeated the more experienced Bryan Garcia (7-19 of Santa Fe) after 4 rounds. Although Herrera started off defensively, he began to take charge by middle of the 1st round and went on to dominate the rest, bloodying the face of Garcia and taking the unanimous decision.
Cristian Cabral (3-0 of Albuquerque) remains undefeated after his win against Victor "The Warrior" Silva, who made his pro debut out of Socorro. Cabral knocked Silva down in the first round, but Silva came back and the next 2 rounds were nearly even. However, in the 4th round, Cabral asserted himself even more and after Silva failed to defend himself for an extended time, the referee ended the fight at 1:27, giving Cabral the win by TKO.
Gene Perez (1-0 of Belen) won his professional debut against Albuquerque's Eric Gonzales (1-2-1). Although Gonzales had height and reach advantage, Perez pushed the pace for all 4 rounds, without visibly slowing. Although Gonzales was no punching bag and did not get knocked down, Perez dominated each round and the judges all ruled 40-36 in Perez' favor, giving him the win by unanimous decision.