Women's Boxing: Maureen Shea; Fire vs McMorrow; Carina Moreno

boxingSaratoga Springs, NY (July 7, 2010) – World-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) will face rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round feature fight with regional title implications July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The fight, sanctioned by the NABF for a regional 126 pound title, will be featured on Pugnacious Promotions' annual "Night of Future Champions" summer fight card during the beginning of racing at the historic Saratoga thoroughbred horse track. Doors to this year’s boxing event will open earlier to showcase some of the area’s best amateur boxers in preliminary bouts supporting the pro fight card.

Shea, 29, first gained notoriety as Hillary Swank’s training partner as the Oscar-winning actress prepared for her role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Swank not only trained and sparred regularly with Shea, but attended the Bronx native’s amateur bouts in the New York area. A New York City fight attraction since that time, Shea is now world-ranked by three championship sanctioning bodies. In her most recent effort, Shea defeated Norma Farris by third round TKO in a fight televised on the Spanish-language channel Telefutura in May..

Martinez, 26, is a native of Dominican Republic and a 10-year veteran of the ring. She has faced a number of world-class women – including world champion Alesia Graf (24-1, 9 KOs), top-ranked Jenna Shiver (11-4, 2 KOs) and Dominican prospect Katy Penelope Hernandez (12-0, 8 KOs) – and challenged Magdelena Dahlen (10-2, 3 KOs) for a European title in November, 2009.

"I am so pleased to finally have Maureen on our card," said Lisa Elovich. “Her reputation precedes her as the ‘Real Million Dollar Baby.’ She’s a great addition to our card featuring young local prospects.”

Guilderland, New York lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (11-0, 5 KOs) will face Pawtucket, Rhode Island's Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Also appearing on the card are Troy, New York light heavyweight Shawn Miller (2-1, 1 KO), Delmar, New York lightweight Zach Smith (3-1) and other fighters to be announced.

Amateur boxers include Saratoga Springs junior-welterweight Mike Barcia and super heavyweight Josh Dulmer, plus the rematch of the region’s amateur welterweight bout of the year between Albany’s Amir Iman and Troy’s Ray Velez.

Tickets and VIP tables, including dinner by Brindisi's Restaurant and table service throughout the evening, are available from Pugnacious Promotions at 518-527-0160 or

Fire Returns July 28th vs Melissa McMorrow

Keisher “Fire”Mcleod-Wells steps back into the ring on July 28th against Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow at the BB King Blues club and Grill in Times Square, NY.

The Dibella Entertainment fight card will feature many of NY’s up and coming stars with the likes of Argenis Mendez, Gabriel Bracero and Willie Monroe Jr all seeing action.

Mcleod-Wells (3-1) is coming off a convincing unanimous decision win on March 31st against the undefeated Mexican fighter Laura Gomez. In what was supposed to be a tough outing, Mcleod-Wells dominated her opponent and is now looking forward to her next challenge. That challenge will come against the tough and experienced McMorrow (4-1-3) who herself is coming off a points win on May 13th over Gloria Salas in her home state of California.

Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow hails from San Francisco, California and has been boxing professionally for 2 years. In that time she has stepped through the ropes 8 times and has only suffered 1 defeat by way of majority decision.

In what looks to be a very competitive bout, New York’s Keisher “Fire” Mcleod-Wells and the California native Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow will square off on July 28th over 6 rounds at BB Kings Blues Club and Grill on 42nd Street in Times Square.


July 6, 2010 - This past 4th of July holiday weekend, world champion Carina "La Reina" Moreno, greeted fans in Aptos California at gathering titled "The Worlds Shortest Parade." Moreno, strolled through town waving to fans as they cheered her on

"It's an honor to be invited to special events in my hometown area," stated Moreno. "Giving back to my fans is very important to me. I'm hoping to get back in the ring soon."

Plans to have Carina fight in her hometown of Watsonville California are in the beginning stages. If all goes well a possible venue and date will be announced in the near future.

Moreno is eager to return to the ring as she said, "I've been out of the ring for a long time and I can't wait to get back. This layoff has given me time to address my restaurant business, but I'm ready to start fighting regularly again."

Article posted on 08.07.2010

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