Post by Dee Williams on Apr 25, 2009 10:03:00 GMT -5
On April 23, 2009 at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, California, Jessica returned to the ring at a trim 130½ lbs after giving birth to a baby boy and taking a one year layoff from boxing. She won a six-round unanimous decision over Belinda Laracuente (133½ lbs) of New York in a bout that saw her shake off ring rust in the early rounds to score a 58-56 decision on all three scorecards. According to Rich Bergeron in UnilimitedFightNews.com, "In the opening round, Rakoczy started off slow while trying to find her timing. As the fight continued, Rakoczy used her jab more effectively and found a home for her left hook. Laracuente had some brief moments where she landed some nice overhand rights that won her a couple of rounds. Entering the final stages of the bout, it was clear Rakoczy had found her rhythm and started to land at will." Rakoczy improved her record to 30-3-0 (11 KOs) while dropping Laracuente to 23-25-3 (9 KOs).