San Diego, CA – On Friday evening nationally recognized female boxing promoter, Bobby DePhilippis, head of Bobby D Presents and Tijuana co-promoter Zanfer Promotions, made history as “Dangerous Divas II” gave “America’s Finest City” its first ever female boxing title fight.
Bobby DePhilippis, who has earned a reputation for highlighting women’s boxing and received an award from the NABF for his efforts to promote females and the sweet science, gave local San Diego fight fans an exceptional fight card Friday night that ended with Tijuana native and rising star Kenia Enriquez taking home the vacant WBO Female Flyweight belt. The victory gave the young, physical fighter her second title of the year and cemented her place on the boxing landscape going in 2015.
In addition to the first ever female title fight in San Diego, Bobby D Presents “Dangerous Divas II” also showcased two local boxers who train under 2013 California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Priest “Tiger” Smalls. The two young fighters, which included the two-time champions son, Prince Smalls, and super bantamweight Mulapi Enjani, gave local fans an opportunity to see these two rising stars in action and they did not disappoint.
Lastly, the card was rounded out with a feature bout between Leon Spinks III, the grandson of iconic fighter and former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and Tijuana fighter Ivan Zavala. Spinks brought some serious energy to the room with his entrance song alone and backed it up with fast hands and quick feet inside the ring.
With a packed ballroom and exceptional energy from the San Diego fans, “Dangerous Divas II” provided a great night of boxing action and capped off a fun year of fights for the local promotion.
Main Event: Kenia Enriquez, 109.5lbs (12-0, 6KO’s) vs Ana Arrazola, 112lbs (21-10-3, 13KO’s) for the vacant WBO Female Flyweight Title
In the main event of the evening, history was made as Kenia Enriquez and Ana Arrazola squared off for the vacant WBO Female Flyweight title, an honor that Enriquez was grateful to be a part of. The fight would be Enriquez’s fifth fight of the year and second shot at a title. Her opponent, a tough battle-tested veteran, Ana Arrazola would prove to be Enriquez’s toughest fight to date . . . or so it seemed.
Enriquez entered the ring with some serious swagger and backed it up out of the gate with an exceptional first round. The Tijuana native made it clear from the start that she was there to win and take home her second belt.
Throughout the fight Enriquez peppered Arrazola with straight right hands and short left hooks that had the Mexico City native on her heels for the entire bout. Enriquez stayed composed behind her jab and relied on a vicious straight right to take home the unanimous victory and her second belt of the year. Enriquez, who has excelled this year and grown as a fighter, earned the vacant WBO Flyweight title and gave local San Diego fight fans something to look forward to in 2015.
Co-Main Event: Prince “Tiger” Smalls (5-0-1) vs Jose Iniguez (7-18, 1KO)
When it comes to boxing and San Diego the name “Tiger” carries weight, and on Friday night Priest Smalls walked behind his son, Prince Smalls, as the equally proud father and son made their way to the ring. Priest Smalls, a California Boxing Hall of Famer and former two-time champion, is the trainer, coach and confidant of his young son, Prince Smalls, who is a unique talent at over 6’0” tall with good speed and footwork.
Smalls (Prince), who just started boxing five years ago, had an exceptional amateur career and entered the ring with five wins under his belt. Smalls met Tijuana brawler, Jose Iniguez, in a four round bout that had excitement written all over it.
From the start, the advantage was apparent, as Smalls towered over the much shorter Iniguez. Smalls was able to control the early part of the fight with his feet and long jab and never fell into much trouble as Iniguez made several attempts to land the looping overhand right. After some short work to the body by Iniguez, Smalls landed a thunderous straight right that sent Iniguez to a knee and brought the crowd to their feet.
Iniguez escaped the round and took additional punishment in the final round before the fight finally came to an end. Prince “Tiger” Smalls came away with the unanimous victory as all judges had the fight 40-35 for Prince Smalls.
The packed house, who included a huge contingent of fans from local gym San Diego Combat Academy, brought exceptional energy to the fight and were proud to see their fighter and coach walk away with the well-deserved win.
Lightweight – 6 Rounds – Leon “3rd Generation” Spinks, 138lbs (8-1-1, 3KO’s) vs Ivan “Oso” Zavala, 138lbs (6-7-2, 2KO’s)
The entertainment continued with the third fight of the night as Leon Spinks III, grandson of legendary former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, came to the ring with a hype-man who made the phrase “Whup Dat Azz” a jingle that I will never forget.
Spinks, a rangy lightweight would take on tough Mexican brawler Ivan Zavala, a fighter who has enjoyed many bouts inside the Bobby D ring. Zavala, who is not an easy out by any means did his best to bring the fight to Spinks and he won some exchanges throughout the first two rounds.
In the third round, Spinks used his speed and quickness to overpower Zavala and landed short, six-punch combinations on Zavala that he simply couldn’t handle. Zavala took a knee in the middle of the ring and the fight was stopped. Leon Spinks III earns his ninth win and looks to carry the family name with him throughout the remainder of his career.
Super Bantamweights – 4 Rounds – Mulapi “The African Mexican Enjani, 118lbs (1-0, 1KO) vs Don Jose Jr., 121 lbs (0-3)
If you arrived late to the fight and walked into the ballroom as Mulapi Enjani was making his way to the ring, you would’ve thought the main event was going down early. Enjani, a local fighter who fights out of Tiger Smalls Boxing and is coming off a debut victory this summer, had the crowd in his corner for this fight and carried that energy into the first round.
His opponent, Don Jose, came out strong in round one and used solid footwork to keep Enjani at bay. Enjani, who enjoys working on the inside was unable to gain any momentum in the first two rounds as Jose appeared to take rounds one and two. The fight became interesting very fast however, as Enjani opened up an onslaught in round three that had Jose backpedaling and playing defense for the entire round.
Going into the fourth and final round, it would appear that Enjani may need a knockout to win, and he did his best to get it. However, the tough brawler from Stockton stood firm and absorbed the punishment to take the fight to the cards. Being ringside, you could sense that a draw was forthcoming and to the crowd’s displeasure, a 38-38 draw on all three judges’ scorecards was read by the ring announcer.
Super Middleweights – 4 Rounds – Alberto Fundora, 167.5lbs (2-0, 1KO) vs Fernando “Pantera” Najera, 165lbs (1-4)
The first fight of the night started fast and ended furious as Alberto Fundora and Fernando Najera gave the crowd a jolt with four rounds of exciting action. Fundora, the taller and more active fighter used his jab to set the pace and was able to control the ring for most of the fight.
Najera found some luck on the inside when he was able to bait Fundora to fight close, however, the undefeated super middleweight smartly used his feet to avoid long engagements on the inside. Alberto Fundora walked away with a shutout victory as all judges had the fight 40-36 for Fundora.