Erica "Pantera" Farias is the new super lightweight WBC Champion after defeating Alejandra "Locomotora" Oliveras, in a rugged all action ten round fight at Cancun's Bullring.
the strategy of Alejandra, who was stalking most of the fight, was to catch up with her compatriot and run over her like an express train. Evidently Erica, had other ideas. As the old timers would say, she used her boxing skills, by milling on the retreat.
The results of the accurate counter punching were evident on Oliveras' face. A peach of a purple hue black eye formed and swelled under her welling right eye. But she never ever gave up the pursuit for a moment, launching an all out last ditch attack in the ninth and tenth rounds.
In the tenth, Alejandra's eagerness going forward, throwing caution to the wind, in her quest for a KO, meant she walked smack into a well timed eye watering counter overhead right, but undaunted she hurt Erica with a superb and powerful left hook, seconds before the final bell. It was a truly magnificent fight, with no quarter asked or given, no love lost and non stop fighting.
The judges scores were 97-93 and 97-94 in favor of Farias and 99-92 for Oliveras.
Better boxing skills on the night saw Erica home, but to say it was plain sailing would be a palpable lie. She was constantly in the eye of an intense storm, and she had to box every inch of the way to weather it.