Friday night saw live boxing action at the Sycuan Resort Casino in El Cajon, California. The fights were broadcasted on UFC Fight Pass and promoted by Dibella Entertainment. The opening bout saw once defeated Alma Ibarra, 0-1 (4 KOs) of Mexico, taking on Canada’s Kandi Wyatt, 10-3 (3 KOs). Ibarra was coming off a win over Maricela Cornejo in March on the Ring City USA broadcast.
The first round opened with the two fighters starting fast but getting tangled early. Ibarra was the first to land a succession of sharp rights. Wyatt pressed forward but took a number of solid right uppercuts from the countering Ibarra who won the round convincingly.
The two fighters started the second round similarly with each meeting each other in the middle of the ring looking to get off their offense. Whyatt continued to press forward but was not able to land cleanly as Ibarra did a good job of using straight punches to keep her off or tie her up. Ibarra closed the second with a nice right and left hook to maintain control.
In the third, Ibarra continued to land effective hooks. Ibarra remained on the back foot but was successful with accurately landing and staving off Wyatt who continued to try and figure out a means to land solid shots on Ibarra.
Ibarra continued her onslaught in the fourth as she stepped on the gas landing a multitude of flurries for which Wyatt was unable to block. Ibarra charged out in the fifth continuing to engage. Wyatt was able to land a single shot but Ibarra fired back with combinations that throttled Wyatt’s offense. Ibarra started to sit down on her punches more and mixed in a number of good body shots.
Wyatt pressed on the front foot in the sixth but seemed very reluctant to throw after having taken a number of shots in previous rounds as she charged in. Ibarra worked behind her jab in a patient manner as both fighters maintained a lower output in the round.
The pace of the fight remained slower in the first minute of the seventh before Ibarra unloaded with a flurry of shots including two head snapping uppercuts that hurt Wyatt. Ibarra followed that up with a number of hooks and straights to the head as she looked to try and finish Wyatt who was able to stay up through the bell.
The eight picked up where the previous round left off though Wyatt was more determined and active during this round and even landed a few solid shots on Ibarra. Ibarra continued to move and counter Wyatt as she came in. Ibarra landed another hard right uppercut with around 30 seconds remaining before Wyatt closed the round with a solid shot ending what was an exciting, but dominant clash in Ibarra’s favor.
In the end, the judges scored the fight in Ibarra’s favor via unanimous decision with Wyatt winning only one round on one scorecard, and two rounds on two of the judge’s cards. In relation to the win, “I felt good but I’m not happy with my performance. I want to make things right,” stated Ibarra. Ibarra didn’t hold back in sending a message to the Rick Ramos camp that she was ready to throw down. With the win, Ibarra is now in line for a title shot against undisputed World Welterweight Champion Jessica McCaskill.