Cravens Etches out Ecsh…Again!
Capital Gym, Bejing, China – Southaven, MS, female boxer, Cristy Nickel was unable to capture the vacant IBA Light Middleweight Title over Kim Connors (Memphisboxing.com incorrectly reported that Miriam Brakache defeated Nickel as she was originally slated to face Nickel), in her first title bid. It was Nickel’s first 10 rounder as well. Nickel’s last victory was a split decision over Brakache at Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, MS (1/22/05). This was NIckel’s second consecutive heartbreaking loss to Connors.
In Heavyweight action, Eric “Butterbean” Esch” tried to topple, Ellisville, MS’s, Kenny Craven in a rematch but was once again handed a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Craven. All three judges saw the bout 39-37 for Cravens. Butterbean and Cravens fought in May ’05 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, MS where Cravens was the victor by majority decision.