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Jackie Nava defeats Alys Sanchez to retake her throne

Competitors from Saturday night's fights in Tijuana.
Competitors from Saturday night's fights in Tijuana.
Zanfer Promotions

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Jackie Nava of Tijuana (29-4-1, 13 KOs) reclaimed her WBA super bantamweight title after destroying Alys Sanchez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) of La Victoria, Venezuela. She scored the knockout victory at 46 seconds of round seven.

The working Mom returns to work full time. (photo, right) While holding her nephew Alex, Jackie Nava shows off her ripped stomach (six pack) pre-fight.
Jackie Nava

Nava, perhaps a bit rusty after her one year and eight month layoff, became the victim of a flash knockdown in round one after being caught by one of Sanchez’s overhand rights which sent Nava flying backwards and taking a seat on the canvas. After the wake-up call, she came at Sanchez with this, shall we say assertive vengeance. How dare she do such a thing in my hometown in front of family and friends?

For the majority of time, Nava’s aggressive style had her opponent either backing up or circling in a perpetual retreat. With Sanchez’s strategy of circling to her left, she kept getting clobbered by Nava’s overhand rights which sent her to the canvas three times. Her only recourse was to either hold or keep sticking Nava with the stiff jab.

Sanchez went down twice in round #6, even though one was ruled a slip. With Nava coming on so strong, taking one punch in order to deliver three, Sanchez must have felt helpless as if she were fighting an armored tank.

Then, in the seventh round, with Nava again pummeling her opponent, Sanchez got caught with a devastating chopping, overhand right which had her crumbling in reverse. After her legs gave out and she fell to her knees, referee Romina Arroyo could see she was in trouble and stopped the match. The most noticeable indicator was this ugly, inch and a quarter long, wide gash between Sanchez’s eye and eyebrow.

Nava’s previous fight, in defense of her WBA Super Bantamweight crown was back on August 18, 2012 when she knocked Lisa Brown out in the third round. Since that time, she hasn’t fought. She quit temporarily for the most important reason of any woman, to become a mother. After giving birth to Frida Mendoza Nava, both Mom and daughter headed right back to the gym.

How she lost the weight, regained her physical conditioning, and mentality to get back to 122 pounds and the six pack of a stomach, is remarkable. And now, with this big win and her family of three, it appears she is more motivated than ever.

And by the way, Saturday’s boxing show did include some male competitors, plus another world championship fight, and another duel between Mexico and Venezuela.

In the evening’s Main Event, David "Tornado" Sanchez of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico (24-2-2, 19 KOs) defeated Breilor "Zulianito Gold" Teran (13-9 -1, 6 KOs) from Caracas, Venezuela to win the interim WBA World Super Flyweight title. The 11th round knockdown of Teran sort of cemented the deal as all three judges had it 116-111 for Sanchez.

Also on the docket, the popular Super Bantamweight Edivaldo "Indio" Ortega (18-0-1, 9 KOs) managed to get the win, despite a point deduction for a head butt in round five, over the more experienced Enrique "Duende" Bernache (20-7-0, 11 KOs).

Former world Super Flyweight champion, 34 year-old Edgar Sosa (50-8-0, 30 KOs) reached the 50th win milestone after the 34 year-old Omar Salado (24-8-2, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, ended up calling it quits at the close of round four. At this point in his career, Sosa's record stands at 10 wins, 3 losses (6 KOs) in World Title fights.

The results of the undercard can be seen in the attached slideshow.

Pre-fight Press Conference
On Thursday afternoon, Zanfer promotions held their press conference at the High Performance Centre in Tijuana. It was attended by the First Lady of the State, Mrs. Brenda Vega Ruacho. She was in attendance because the Boxing Show is part of a fundraiser for the Children's Rehabilitation Center Telethon, a project headed by the First Lady. Zanfer Promotions stated they were supporting the cause by donating 100 percent of the gate from Saturday’s show.

On the night of the fight a regular who’s who was on hand

The narrators from Box Azteca, the team of the "House of Boxing" Carlos Aguilar, Rodolfo Vargas, Eduardo Lamazon, Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez were available throughout to sign autographs and take souvenir photos. Along with several TV personalities, you had the Governor of the State, boxers Antonio Margarito, Jorge Arce, Giovanni Segura, etc., etc.