Mexico’s Kenia Enriquez and Lulu and More News and Notes
By David A. Avila
(Photo by Barbara Ramos)
Along the Mexican blue water shores Kenia Enriquez proved that more than two years of inactivity in the prize ring was not enough to prevent a knockout win over previously unstoppable Gabriela “La Bonita” Sanchez in their flyweight clash.
Enriquez is back and just as strong as ever.
“It felt natural like a fish in the water,” said Enriquez, 28, on returning to action.
Tijuana’s Enriquez (24-1, 10 Kos) moved back to flyweight after five years as a light flyweight and was able to defeat a determined effort by Sanchez (8-5) who never wavered on Saturday May 28, at the Mexican resort town of Nuevo Vallarta.
After years of forced limbo as the WBC number one light flyweight contender, Enriquez remained vigilant and always ready to fight. Though that sanctioning organization never allowed her to fight the champion Yesenia Gomez, she kept quiet and kept ready.
Now Enriquez is fighting as a full-fledged 112-pound flyweight.
Sanchez, 27, proved willing and ready to meet Enriquez and from the opening bell never backed off against the Tijuana fighter. Despite her nickname of “La Bonita” the flyweight from Puebla, Mexico was fearless and aggressive.
Enriquez advanced behind a very stiff jab that often moved Sanchez backward and the Tijuana fighter never fought in her counter-punch style that previously was her trademark. Apparently, those days are gone under her new trainer Raul “Jibaro” Perez a former two-time world champion. Now she’s a full on Mexican-style hunter.
In the fourth round Enriquez connected with a right cross and down went Sanchez. However, the referee called it a slip despite a clear punch had caused the knockdown.
“I believed I knocked her down,” said Enriquez.
Enriquez continued to pummel away at the resilient Sanchez and often seemed to be on the verge of stopping the Puebla fighter, especially in the seventh round when a left hook connected solidly
“From the first round I thought I would knock her out, but she was very strong,” Enriquez said of Sanchez.
In the 10th and final round Enriquez unloaded quickly with a four-punch volley and connected with a left hook that staggered Sanchez. Then Enriquez opened up and the referee stepped in to stop the fight though Sanchez was still standing. It was a good stoppage.
With her newly adapted hunter style, Enriquez feels confident she can achieve her goal of becoming an undisputed flyweight world champion.
“My goal is to impressively beat Marlen Esparza so I can win two of the flyweight world titles, said Enriquez. “I want to become undisputed world champion.”
WBC super flyweight world titlist Lourdes “La Pequena Lulu” Juarez (33-2) returns and defends against Debora Vanesa Gomez (7-7-2) on Saturday June 4, at Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico.
This is Juarez third defense of the title she won back in 2020 when she took the world title from Guadalupe Martinez. She has not lost since her fifth fight back in 2014 when she was still learning the pro game. That was 31 fights ago.
The younger sister of Mariana “Barby” Juarez has proven to have a different boxing style than her sister. Lulu is more of a counter-puncher who uses movement to dart in and out and shows expert timing.
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