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Wednesday weigh-ins complete for Thursday’s “San Diego Fights: Dangerous Divas”

Jolene Blackshear poses for photos at the weigh-ins on Wednesday afternoon.
Jolene Blackshear poses for photos at the weigh-ins on Wednesday afternoon.
Jim Wyatt

Thursday evening, September 4th, Hall of Fame promoter Bobby D. Philippis will be at it again showcasing another exciting lineup of boxers from near and far. It was announced this show San Diego Fights: Dangerous Divas, set to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort in Mission Valley, will be the first time a boxing show in southern California has three female bouts on the fight card.

In the main event, it will be San Diego’s Jolene Blackshear (left) taking on Susan Reno (lower right) of New York, N. Y. in a six round light flyweight contest.
Jim Wyatt

In their main event, it will be San Diego’s own two-time world champion Jolene “Classy Assasin” Blackshear (8-5, 3 KOs) taking on Susan Reno (1-2-1) of New York, N. Y. in a six round light flyweight contest.

Reno, no stranger to San Diego, was here in April to battle San Diego’s Amaris Quintana. After that losing sortie, she’s back to exact her revenge but this time it will be against Blackshear a longtime sparring mate of Quintana.

This will also be Blackshear’s second fight of the year and second in her hometown. Blackshear made her presence known as far back as 1997 when in just her third fight as a pro, she travelled to Lula, Mississippi to defeat Anissa Zamarron to win the IFBA Light Flyweight Title.

The following year she won and defended the IFBA Flyweight title. Then, last year at the age of 43 she travelled north to Ontario, CA to knock Sindy Amador off her feet twice on her way to win the WIBA Women’s light flyweight title.

Blackshear is now 3-2 with 1 KO in her last five bouts with wins over Amador, Lili Barajas and Linda Soto and losses to the youngsters Kenia Enriquez and Maria Suarez. With a win on Thursday night, Blackshear hopes to get back into title contention.

In the co-feature scheduled for eight rounds, undefeated NABF light flyweight champion 20 year-old Kenia Enriquez (11-0, 6 KOs) of Tijuana will be facing her most experienced opponent to date in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico’s Mayela “La Cobrita” Perez (11-15, 7 KOs).

The 29 year-old Perez has fought 157 rounds against 26 opponents in comparison to Enriquez’s 11 bouts and 40 rounds. Over her 11-year career, Perez has faced the very best in the lighter divisions to include Ana Maria Torres, Melissa McMorrow, Carina Moreno, Jessica Chavez and Sindy Amador. Light as a feather (she weighed in at 109 pounds) and currently the WBC Silver Strawweight champ, she will have her hands full slipping the punches of the younger, taller and stronger Enriquez.

Enriquez is coming off the biggest win of her career when she stopped the aforementioned Blackshear in seven rounds to capture the NABF title. Also, in February, she took a six round unanimous decision from the talented Noemi Bosques of Florida. As the word gets out, Enriquez, who averages four bouts a year, will find it harder and harder to find opponents. In the meantime, this phenom, recent high school graduate, keeps busy by running 10 Ks up and down the avenues of Tijuana.

In the third female bout of the night, they have Hawaiian amateur standout Haley Pasion of Honolulu, Hawaii looking to continue her success against fellow first timer 28 year-old Jillian “Justice” Lybarger of Goodyear, Arizona in a four round contest.

Pasion, who is trained by the former WBA & IBC Super Bantamweight Champion Jesus “The Hawaiian Punch” Salud, came to town weighing 121 pounds to meet the required catch weight of 122 pounds (limit for a super bantamweight).

When her opponent Jillian Lybarger arrived, they discovered she weighed 135 pounds. Pasion was then asked if she could come up in weight to 126 or more and they’d ask Lybarger to come down in weight to 130 pounds so they would be at the most four pounds apart. Over night that disparity will have to be worked out.

Lybarger, a former student at Mesa College in San Diego, can not use the excuse of, ‘this is my first professional fight’ because she’s fought under the same requirements as an Amateur and as a professional MMA fighter. Plus, these weight requirements are always mandated by the various State Athletic Commissions.

In her last MMA bout on May 26, 2014, the 5’7” Lybarger weighed 125 pounds. In that fight she suffered a TKO loss to Danielle Taylor. She’s now 0-2 as a pro Mixed Martial Artist and 5-5 as an Amateur MMA fighter.

Lybarger's twin sister Jocelyn “Lights Out” Lybarger (3-1 Pro MMA, 4-2 Amateur MMA) and Jillian are part of the first ever set of twin sisters to fight MMA.

The 28 year-old Jillian Lybarger, who worked four years with the Phoenix Police Department, was asked why she switched to boxing. Jokingly she said, “I took the fight just to stay busy.”

Described as a tough gal with tremendous heart, she has trained with Robert Drysdale at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas, Nevada and more recently at The Lab in Glendale, Arizona where John Crouch is the head instructor. Lybarger mentioned that about half of Crouch’s fight team is with the UFC.

The remainder of this fight card features a six-round welterweight clash between undefeated Miguel “Zurdo” Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) of San Diego by way of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico going up against Tijuana’s Ivan “Oso” Zavala (6-6-2, 2 KOs).

Sanchez, who has a reputation for ending his opponent’s night early, had six of his eight opponents stopped before the bell sounded to end round two.

Next up, we get to see the pro debut of Mulapi Enjani of San Diego by way of the Congo. The 27 year-old is set to face 22 year-old Juan Urbina 0-2-1 of Los Angeles by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The 5’5” Enjani has been training for seven years with California Hall of Fame boxer Tiger Smalls at the San Diego Combat Academy in Mission Valley. As an amateur Enjani had an impressive record of 27-2.

When people see Enjani in perpetual motion, they often wonder where he gets his energy. Is it that bowl of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions each morning or the can of spinach? Whatever it is, he is a dynamo.

Juan Urbina, who is the same size and height as Enjani, stated he has benefitted big time from training at the Pound for Pound gym in Los Angeles where many Hollywood Stars train, people like Denzel Washington. He’s also travelled about the LA circuit to spar at the Wild Card and Maywood gyms. As a pro, Urbina has faced three opponents with a combined record of 6-1-1 and as an amateur his record was 10-5.

“San Diego Fights: Dangerous Divas” is brought by Bobby D. Presents in association with Mossy Automotive Group, Everlast, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Car Czar and Pepsi. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 2270 Hotel Circle N., in Mission Valley. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, you can call (619) 420-8866 or visit their website at SanDiegoFights.com.