Kali Reis Confirmed for World Title Defense in SoCal and More News
By David A. Avila
Two world title fights are headed to Southern California.
A pair of super lightweight world titlists WBA champ Kali Reis and IBF champ Mary McGee headline a fight card on Friday August 20, at Sycuan Casino Resort in El Cajon, California. UFC Fight Pass will stream the DiBella Entertainment card.
It’s a great opportunity for Southern California fight fans to see two exceptional East Coast-based fighters perform on the West Coast. It’s also a chance for fans throughout North America to watch women prizefighters at its best via streaming.
Reis (17-7-1) defends the WBA belt against former super featherweight world titlist Diana Prazak (14-3) of Australia. In the co-main event McGee (27-3) defends the IBF and fights for the vacant WBO title against former world titlist Victoria Bustos (21-6) of Argentina.
Both Reis and McGee are managed by Brian Cohen and could potentially meet each other should they both win their title defenses. The WBO version was held by Christina Linardatou but she is out of action for a while. All four belts could be the reward later in the year.
Prazak, 42, had been inactive for several years but returned this past March and recorded a unanimous decision win in Tijuana, Mexico. As a super featherweight she wielded serious firepower. Will her power carry to a heavier weight class?
The champion Reis grabbed the WBA title by defeating Kandi Wyatt via unanimous decision in November 2020. She is also a former middleweight world titlist but dropped down three weight divisions and seems very comfortable at the 140-pound weight class.
Bustos, 32, formerly held the IBF lightweight world title and has faced world class competition including Katie Taylor, Erica Farias and Cecilia Braekhus. That’s pretty heavy-duty experience.
Defending will be McGee who defeated another Argentine in Ana Laura Esteche to win the IBF version in December 2019. She has one defense and that was a technical knockout win over Deanha Hobbs in February 2020.
Both world title bouts should be highly entertaining.
“There are already discussions of the winners of these bouts entering into a tournament to crown an undisputed champion,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.
At press time USA flyweight Ginny Fuchs defeated Russian boxer Svetlana Soluianova for the only victory so far by an American female. Though she seemed to win every round two judges somehow scored it for the Russian boxer.
“I know at times it was a little sloppy,” said Fuchs who was able to attack the taller fighter and score with quick punches. “
USA featherweight Yarisel Ramirez lost to Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic by unanimous decision 5-0. She is the first man or woman to lose in the Tokyo Olympics.
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