It was a rather crazy night at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC on Saturday night. The scheduled WIBA Middleweight Title match between champion Tori "ShoNuff" Nelson and challenger Maria Lindberg was cancelled about an hour before the two ladies were to step into the ring.
Details are sketchy on what happened but this is what we do know: The District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission received word from the Association of Boxing Commissions Saturday that there was an issue with Lindberg's medical record. What we don't know is why this issue -- whatever the issue is -- didn't surface prior to Saturday. Both boxers along with promoter Cassandra White apologized to the crowd who seemed to take the explanations very well.
The co-feature turned out to be the showcase matchup as Manassas, VA featherweight "The Bolivian Queen" Jennifer Salinas won a six-round unanimous decision over a very game DJ "So Fly" Morrison of Denver, CO. Salinas landed brutal body shots and showed solid head movement offensively and defensively to score a shutout (60-54) on all three judge's scorecards. Salinas is now 14-3, four KO's while Morrison is 3-17, two KO's.
The opening bouts ended in first round TKO's for Beltway Boxers. DC light heavyweight Greg Newby (6-0, four KO's) stopped Ivan Burke of Wilson, NC (0-3) at 2:02 while DC junior middleweight David "Day-Day" Grayton (4-0, four KO's) finished Tyrone Braswell (0-6) at 1:04.
There were also amateur bouts featuring wins by two boxers who will be competing in the Novice Division Championships of the Washington Golden Gloves on April 13 in Waldorf, MD -- Shaundre Kellum-Gee of Mobtown Gym in Baltimore and Drayvontay Speed-Rawls of No Xcuse Gym in Capitol Heights, MD.
Here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up:
Also, we have an interview with Jennifer Salinas: