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Not Surprising--Harding stopped in the third round...
by Sue TL Fox
June 25, 2005
  (JUNE 25) Tonight in Edmonton, Canada, Tonya “America’s Bad Girl” Harding, 33, 135 lbs.,  was stopped 1:04  in the third round, after taking a “beating” in Edmonton, Canada.   Probably not a good idea to fight as a "lightweight", when a boxer Tonya’s size, would fare much better as a Junior bantamweight or bantamweight.

When WBAN learned of Harding weighing in at a whopping ten pounds over the original weight of 125 lbs., for this fight with 22 year old Amy Johnson, 132----it was a “no brainer” as to what would happen.   Johnson, now 2-0-1, is a natural lightweight who fights comfortably in the 130’s.  Johnson stands at 5’5”, with Harding giving away not only the reach advantage---but the height. 

According to news sources on the net, Harding was booed when she entered the ring, and when she was pummeled by Johnson, the boxing fans jumped to their feet cheering.

Earlier this week, news was a buzzin’ about Harding being offered a million dollars to fight for a world title shot.  The boxing community were livid at even the mere thought of such a thing. 

Michael Korff wrote to WBAN, “Tonya Harding fighting for a Million Dollars?  I do not think so.  I hope that it is only a false report.  If it is true I hate to use this term as many others do, but this would be a real phoney baloney fight, if there was ever was one.” 

A Boxing trainer, Jordan M. wrote, “Who would be so silly to even entertain the thought of Tonya Harding fighting for a title.  She has not even had a credible opponent. She fought Shannon Birmingham to a decision.  Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano TKO'd Shannon in less than one minute. Her trainer must be living in a fantasy world, thinking Tonya is worth more than the couple of hundred the average decent female fighters gets. It's an insult to even think about her making more money than these real fighters.  So let's not feed into this insanity. If it does happen, which in boxing crazier things have happened. Don’t spend a penny on this crap.  Now without viewers her percentage of the PPV would be exactly what the fight is worth---ZERO.”

Another avid boxing fan, Nick C. wrote, “She isn't worth a million bucks if she fought Nancy Kerrigan. AND I'd bet on Nancy to beat her and maybe KO her. Who comes up with this garbage? The fight game, male and female has gone Loony Tunes.”

Leonard Lukshaitis cut right to the bone when he wrote into WBAN, “Lots of BS in this story, but just the thought of her fighting for a million instead of real fighters like Rijker, Anani, Wolfe, etc. makes me want to puke.”

One of the very talented female boxers in the sport, Janaya Davis, wrote,  “It's very sad that only in women's boxing can you have someone who has not earned a shot at a title fight, can not box and is not ranked,  fight for $1 million. There are no laws that apply to title fights for women like there are for men.  These women make a joke out of female boxing.  This is why we are not taken seriously as boxers and will never gain the respect from the public or make the money that top ranked men make. I'm still waiting for a title fight or even a big money fight.  This is why it is so insulting to ask a ranked fighter to fight a six rounder for $600. Women boxing is becoming a big joke! I'm disgusted.”   

Harding pulled in $25,000 for tonight’s fight.  There were no reports that gave the amount Johnson was paid. 


Tonya takes a tumble
Disgraced American figure skater turned boxer knocked out of commission by Sherwood Park's Amy Johnson  LINK



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