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Melissa McMorrow Fights For WBO Title Saturday in Mexico

Melissa McMorrow is one of the best fighter in the world yet most don’t know her name. Even after claiming multiple titles, the attention to the sport of women’s boxing has been next to nothing since the times of Laila Ali and some could argue even that was next to nothing. Sadly for that reason along with promoters in California not wanting to offer the same type of money that say German and Mexican promoters will she fights almost exclusively outside of her home ethos. In fact McMorrow hasn’t had a fight in California since 2011 and has found her self in a similar spot to famed fighter, Glen Johnson, constantly being a road warrior.

McMorrow who trains at Eddie Croft’s B St. Boxing in San Matero, CA is a master with time as she balances being a professional fighter with being an architect at a top level solar company in the San Francisco Bay Area. McMorrow reflected early this year that “…[her] job is great, because it allows flexibility to do things in the day.” Namely what McMorrow was referencing was sparring which is the holy grail for all fighters , but for women in particular as the amount of live bodies with in the small sample size makes sparring frustrating to find.

McMorrow will take on Kenia Enriquez, who currently holds the WBO women’s world title. The bout which will air on Azteca TV as part of the “Box Azteca” series that has produced such fights as Jose Pinzon vs. Saul Roman. For McMorrow it is frustrating as she has never won a fight in Mexico, where this fight is being held. It appears that the judges have not been favoring her style which many pundits find frustrating as she controlled the action in her past two fights coming forward and dictating the pace leading some to believe the judges may have had scoring inaccuracies. Nonetheless, McMorrow couldn’t be happier to fight in front of such educated fight fans in Mexico, who respect athletes who put it on the line.

This will be McMorrow’s third title fight in a row in Mexico as she hopes to bring back a belt to her native Palo Alto, CA. Kenia Enriuez will take on Melissa McMorrow for the WBO flyweight women’s title in Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico on February 28th.

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Lukie Ketelle

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