Maureen Shea Ventura boxer Maureen Shea, won a hard-fought 10-round decision over New Mexico’s Nohime Dennisson this past Saturday to win the WBA International Featherweight title.

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By Chris Jay 03/20/2014


Female boxer takes the title
Last week’s VCReporter cover girl, boxer Maureen Shea, won a hard-fought 10-round decision over New Mexico’s Nohime Dennisson this past Saturday to win the WBA International Featherweight title. The Ventura-based fighter is now in line for a world title shot later this year. Shea’s fight headlined a six-bout card at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, which also saw several local fighters in action. Santa Paula’s Indian Banuelos won a four-round majority decision, taking his record to 2-1; Oxnard’s Abraham Lopez looked impressive, stopping his opponent in the third round and moving his record to 5-1; and in a shocking upset, Oxnard’s Irvin Garcia of the famed Garcia family, fell to 10-2 after being knocked out in the second round by Mexico’s Adrian Rodriguez Garza. With a near-sellout crowd in only itssecond event, local promoter Top Players Promotions is already looking at holding another local show this summer. For more information and full results of the night, visit

BMX Ventura goes big
Ventura BMX is moving on up. The little dirt race track that could, located at Ventura Community Park, will be an official location for the BMX Nationals Tour. Ventura BMX will host the Seaside Nationals taking place May 2-4. The tour comes to roughly 30 cities throughout the country each year and top riders in the sport of all ages appear, with the finals taking place in November in Oklahoma. With Ventura BMX’s track only in operation since December of 2012, it’s an amazing feat to have landed a spot on the tour. In addition, it will be a serious boost to the city’s economy that weekend, with thousands from out of town expected to ride into Ventura, pun intended. Could landing the location for the filming of RAD 2 be far off? For more information on Ventura BMX and the Seaside Nationals, visit

Local NFL alumni giving back to the kids
The Ventura YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day has been growing steadily every year, but 2014 looks to be something extra-special as it will be teaming up with some former NFL players who have a lot in common with local kids, having once been local kids themselves. Kevin Thomas, who played with the Indianapolis Colts; Lorenzo Booker, who played with the Miami Dolphins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings and, most recently, the Chicago Bears; Ronney Jenkins, who played with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints; and Terrail Lambert, who is currently with the Oakland Raiders, will all be appearing at the event for a free football clinic and, of course, an autograph session. The event is open to the public and completely free. In addition to the football pros, Major League Baseball’s Hit, Pitch and Run competition will be using the event as an official location and will be sending all that day’s winners on to the regional finals with a chance to compete at the 2014 Major League Baseball All Star Game in Minnesota. The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place on Saturday, April 26. Visit for more information.

VC’s women’s basketball wins it all
The Ventura College women’s basketball team won the state championship, 68-55 over Mount San Antonio at Cerritos College, this past Sunday. The school’s famed women’s basketball program wrapped up another amazing season, winning its seventh state championship, a remarkable achievement. With several of the team’s starters still only sophomores, including forward Adrianne Sloboh, who led the team with 27 points, there’s an extremely good chance they’ll be defending their championship this time next year.

Pirates snap near-historic losing streak
On the opposite end of the college sports spectrum, last week finally saw some good news for Ventura College’s baseball team as it won 7-1 over Los Angeles Pierce. The Pirates snapped a 10-game losing streak that nearly reached the college baseball team’s worst losing streak ever. It’s a dubious record that has stood the test of time for more than 30 years and hopefully will stay that way.

Our Ultimate Fighter returns
Ventura’s mixed martial artist Chris Beal, who was on the last season of the UFC’s popular TV show The Ultimate Fighter, will finally return to the cage on Saturday, March 28, at the Commerce Casino as part of BAMMA’s Badbeat 12. The undefeated Beal, who has been recovering from an injury, will appear on a card that also features Oxnard resident Joseph Henle. Henle, the intimidating 185-pound fighter often referred to as “Buff Jesus,” who is  also coming off an injury, will be looking for win number 10, as he currently boasts an impressive record of 9-1-1.


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