Wins by a majority over Percival
by Bill Ortega
July 22, 2006
MORONGO CASINO, CALIF.-In a junior
bantamweight showdown Monica Lovato stepped into overdrive during
the last four rounds of a six round bout to beat Heather Percival in
a battle between world ranked female fighters on Friday at Morongo
“She was tough, but I felt I
won four out of six rounds,” said Lovato (8-1, 4 KO).
The New Mexico junior bantamweight southpaw used a steady
stream of left hands to keep Percival from landing too many
combinations before an excited crowd in the desert area
casino near Palm Springs.
“I felt I won enough rounds,” said Percival (7-3), who hit
and moved throughout the fight. “I ran too much.”
Lovato gave up two rounds quickly to
Percival who seemed much quicker and more elusive than the New
Mexico fighter. But in the third round, Lovato increased the
pressure and began landing thudding left hands every time Percival
got near the ropes.
“She was a very good fighter,” said Lovato, whose nose was bloodied
in the fourth round from some pinpoint combinations from the Fontana
fighter who is ranked number seven in the world. “She hits hard.”
Percival was unable to move completely out of range and was hit at
the end of Lovato left hands. By the fourth round, she gave up that
tactic and began moving quickly to her right, but into the range of
the left hand.
Though Percival often began each new round quickly, Lovato ended
each round impressively and won the judges favor.
“She was moving too much,” Lovato said. “I prepared for someone who
moves, but not like that. She was hard to hit. She was better than I
though she was.”
Percival said she wants a rematch and welcomes it soon.
“Sure I’d love to fight her again,” Percival said.
The judges scored in 57-57, 59-55, 58-56 for a majority decision in
favor of Lovato.