Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
In addition to the main bout between Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters and Daulis Prescott on the Wray and Nephew Rumble on Jamrock promotion for the World Boxing Association featherweight title, there were three other title fights - two for female world titles - on the exciting card that was promoted by SportsMax, at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday night.
The eagerly awaited return fight between Jamaican boxers Rikardo Smith and Sakima Mullings saw Mullings winning by majority decision, with one judge having it as a draw.
The promotion had the added boost of being a part of the WBA's KO to Drugs promotion and on hand were the president of the WBA, Gilberto Mendoza, and executive director, Gilberto Mendoza Jr, who handed out KO to Drugs medalllions to several boxers and officials last Saturday night.
Receiving top billing was the WBA super featherweight title fight between champion Kina Malapartida of Peru and Marylin Hernandez from the Dominican Republic, who came in as a last-minute substitute for a sick Stacey Riley. Hernandez gave a good account of herself and scored a shock knockdown of the champion in round four. The champion rallied, however, to end up with a comfortable unanimous decision.
The interim world super bantamweight title fight between Alyn Sanchez from Venezuela and Mexican Ana Maria Villalobos was won by Sanchez by way of a close but unanimous decision that was very unpopular. Villalobos, a wily, hard-hitting veteran, hurt Sanchez several times during the fight, but just came up short. The crowd did not agree with the decision and booed vociferously.
In a WBA Fedelatin fight for the vacant super middleweight title, Jaime Barbosa from Costa Rica scored a come-from-behind unanimous victory over Mauricio Reynoso from Peru. Reynoso bled from the nose from early in the fight and was examined by the doctor several times. This was a messy affair and everyone was happy when it finally ended.
The return fight between Smith and Mullings did not provide the expected excitement. Smith did not bring any fire into his performance and lost the first three rounds. He rallied to win the next two, but did not show up again until the final round of the eight-round contest.