Ashley too slick for Dom Republic's Nova - Jamaican scores seventh round TKO
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Former World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight Champion Alicia 'Slick' Ashley scored a brilliant seventh-round technical knockout victory over Grecia Nova from the Dominican Republic last Saturday night in one of the feature bouts on a five-fight card in Haiti, promoted by Jacques Deschamps, who manages World Boxing Association champion Jacques Deschamps. Walters was a special guest at the promotion and received loud cheers from the audience when he was introduced.
This was Ashley's first time back in the ring following the loss of her title on September 6, to Mexican Jackie Nava by way of a majority decision in Mexico City. The decision was controversial and was labelled home town because the consensus was that Ashley's skill gave her the edge over her opponent.
Speaking with The Gleaner, Ashley said that the decision bothered her then, but she had put it behind her and was now looking forward to the return fight early next year that had been promised to her by the World Boxing Council.
On Saturday night, she completely dominated her opponent. She is taller than Nova, and used her skill and punching power to win every round. From the outset, she made it clear that she would be living up to her 'Slick' moniker as she danced in and out, firing jabs and hooks. Her well-built opponent tried to get close to her to throw punches to the body, but Ashley was too elusive for her.
By the fourth round, a frustrated Nova was in serious trouble as she kept getting hit while finding her opponent impossible to deflect. The pattern kept going until the seventh round, when Ashley, obviously deciding that it was time to end it, launched a two-fisted attack that kept snapping back her opponent's head. After one minute and seventeen seconds, referee Samuel Borgos had seen enough and called a halt to the fight.
The only complaint that Ashley had after the fight was that her knuckles hurt from the punches she threw to her opponent's head. "She has a tough head," was her comment. Her manager, Luigi Olcese, told The Gleaner that it was a good warm-up for his fighter, and that he was hoping to get her another fight soon to keep her in top condition for the title fight return next year.
His closing comment was, "I hope that it will be in Jamaica, as Alicia badly wants to fight at home."