Press Conference for
Vonda Ward/Martha Salazar

Written By Jerry Bak
Three is not a charm says Vonda Ward as she gets ready to square off with rugged Martha Salazar for the third time. Martha had lost her previous two bouts to Vonda; one a four round split decision which left doubts in some fan's minds, and the other a ten round unanimous decision.
During the press conference Martha promised her latino following that she will leave the ring with the now vacant World Boxing Council  heavyweght title. Vonda replied with "I let my hands do the talking". Although confident, Vonda expects 230 lb. Salazar to come in swinging and looking to land that right hand that previously given Vonda problems. Expecting to weigh in at 180 lbs. herself, Vonda's 6' 6" frame and boxing skills present a formidable foe. 
When asked what the future will bring. Vonda replied that she is trying not to look beyond Martha, but she did dispel any rumours that were bruited about her retiring. Vonda says that not anywhere in the near future. Ward did admit ideally she would avenge her ko loss to Ann Wolfe just prior to her retiring, whenever that may be.  In May of 2004 Ann Wolfe scored a first round knockout over Vonda by landing a devasting right hand at 1:08 seconds of the round.  Such was the effect on Vonda that Mike Laquatra, Vonda's cut man, stated that that was the second time in his long career that he thought that a fighter had been killed in the ring.
On the undercard of the Ward/Salazar fight promoter Terry Young Bey promises to entertain us with three heavyweight bouts and one welterweight. Thanks to Terry, who in his 5th promotion of professional fighting in Cleveland, boxing is still alive here.