OLSZEWSKI STOPS ALCIVAR IN BITTER REMATCH, CAPTURES VACANT IFBA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Added by Luis Vazquez on September 29, 2013.
At the five star Banquet Hall in Long island City, NY this past Wednesday night, 9/25, a packed house witnessed two superb women athletes who resumed their rivalry that started when Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcivar upset Eileen Olzewski for the New York State Flyweight championship this past March 27th.
Olszewski, nicknamed “The Hawaiian Mongoose,” a former two-time women’s world champion, was just looking for a stepping stone victory that March evening. However, she ran into a buzz saw in Patricia Alcivar, a former two-time New York Golden Glove champion.
Eileen,45, landed her share of power blows that night, but Alcivar being gritty and determined, introduced her jab as a major player in that contest, and through it ignited her combinations, which kept Eileen at the end of it as Patty rallied to win an eight round decision and the NY State championship.
Olszewski lands counter hook hard on Alcivar
But this is where the politics of boxing rears it’s ugly head. Eileen’s people harassed Patty vigorously for a rematch. Patricia wanted something else- a world championship match. At the least, she wanted to defend her state title in a high profile match.
Going into this next card, Patty was offered a rematch with Eileen. That was not what Patricia had in mind. Olszewski soon after was announced as being on the card with a shot at a world championship, while Alcivar could not even get a fight lined up.
Two weeks before the fight, suddenly the announcement was made that these two fighters would rematch after all with the IFBA World Championship as the prize and the bait. Patty could not pass on this opportunity.
The match was set as the main event and would be set for ten rounds. The nature of this contest was set from its opening moments, as these two brawled for the first three rounds at an intense pace, the Mongoose landing her counter hooks with a thud, while Patty absorbed it and countered with non-stop flurries.
Yet, there was an underlining theme that played silently. Patty was hurt in the first. It showed in her eyes and she was surprised. “I felt like I was getting hit with a hammer,” explained Alcivar, now 7-2 with 3 KO’s, “But I still kept up the pressure. Her power in six months was crazy and unusual.”
The blueprint of the fight was a fixed point. Alcivar could not stop mixing in the trenches and she looked like she was going uphill, even though she landed quite a few big blows herself.
It was at this point that Olszewski made the tactical change that was to change the course of the fight. She came out in the fourth using more movement. She used a jab and stiff right, and when Patty strode into mixing range, she started to get the better of the exchanges.
Olszewski and Alvicar facing each other
Patty’s flurries started to wane and were less prevalent as the rounds continued. The period from the fourth through sixth rounds saw the Moongoose land the counter left hook more and more, while Patricia’s power diminished. In the sixth, Patty tried to use her jab to make space and ignite her attack and finally found some breathing room, but towards the end of the round, Eileen landed three straight counter hooks that should have stopped a truck.
But Patty, who was bleeding and had a face puffy, started to show signs of crumbling. She hung in there, but it was becoming obvious after the seventh that Patty needed a miracle to change the direction of the fight. Patty’s corner was crowded and it appeared she would resign on her stool, but she rose, and when asked the question, she answered affirmatively, but her body was saying no.
The eighth saw Eileen go in for the kill, and as she started to get the better of an exchange, referee Sparkle Lee, stopped it by the ropes where Alcivar stood. Eileen Olszewski (8-5-2) was elated in victory. The trap that was sprung eight months back finally had snared its prey, and Patty walked right into it. She also received a trophy from Uprising promotions for the “fight of the night,” an easy call.
Olszewski with title belt after her victory
The attraction of a rubber match between these two is a must. Its a rivalry that has excited the New York local scene and beyond. They match up well and have produced two classics. Who is the better fighter? Only a third match will tell for sure. But for now, even with some organizational questions leading up to the fight, Eileen fought the smarter fight and now stands for the third time as the women’s world boxing champion in the flyweight division.