RISING SUN – (MAR
27) – On Saturday, March 25th, at the Grand Victoria Casino
and Resort, a sellout crowd watched an upset and, perhaps, a rematch
in the making, when defending IBA Women’s Welterweight Boxing
Champion Sumya Anani was stopped by Terri Blair, when
the referee chose to stop the contest with only 23 seconds left in
the tenth and final round of the fight, leaving a somewhat surprised
and unhurt Anani asking why.
On paper, this
fight looked like an ‘easy’ match for Anani to win, but
anyone who knows Terri Blair also knows that she is not to be taken
for granted or lightly. Not that Anani took Blair for granted, and,
for Anani, this fight was anything but easy, as Terri Blair gave
Anani everything she could handle; and, then, some.
The fight itself
was a good fight and good for women’s boxing – a battle of
attrition, as to who would run out of gas first, and it looked like
Anani ran out, when Blair knocked her down with a right hand that
shocked everyone that saw it. Anani got up quickly, but when the
referee gave Anani a standing eight count, he apparently saw the
look in Anani’s eyes that warranted him to stop the contest.
It wouldn’t have
mattered much as to the outcome, if the fight would have continued,
because, for those that were seriously watching this fight, like
this writer, Anani was down by a point going into round 10 and
desperately needed to win the round BIG, by either knocking Blair
down or knocking her out, or else, just winning the round would have
resulted in a draw.
To put it simply,
Sumya Anani did not lose the fight; rather, Terri Blair won it.
As the victorious
Blair said after the fight, “I really wanted it”.
Well, for all those
that saw this fight, Terri Blair really earned it.
In respect for
Anani, after the fight, she asked me this question: “Tell me the
truth. What did you think?”
Well, in response
to her question, I paused and put my left arm around her, and said,
“Sweetheart, I had you down a point, going into the tenth. You
had to win a 10-8 round, by either knocking her down or out; or
else, just winning the round was only going to get you a draw.”
Needless to say, the opposite happened, with Blair knocking Anani
down, thus resulting in Blair winning it all, including the belt.
Anani and Blair, if there is a rematch between these two woman
boxers, with both bringing their ‘A-game’ into the ring,
there will definitely be another sellout and there won’t be any
ADDITIONAL INFO ON THE SCORE CARDS:
www.braggingrightscorner.com the official score cards had the
following: Quote - "What on paper seemed to be a sure shot for
Sumya Anani, 25-2-1 10 KOs, became a major upset when Terri Blair,
6-10-2, 3 KOs, stopped the talented Anani 1:37 into the 10th round.
Blair, 30, a southpaw from Louisville, Kentucky dropped Anani in the
tenth round, leading to an eventual stoppage. Of note is the fact
that Anani was ahead by one point in two of the judges' cards coming
into the last scheduled round of the championship fight."