(SEPT 30) On Saturday September 27th,
2008 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada the Main
Event of the evening saw Sandy “Lil Tyson” Tsagouris (8-1, 3 KO’s)
of Toronto faced off against Paraguay’s Maria Jose Nunez (9-5, 7
KO’s) for the N.A.B.A. Featherweight championship. The winner of
this bout would secure a World title shot for 2009 so the stakes
were high for both women.
Tsagouris came out in round one
aggressively throwing accurate combinations and broke down Nunez’s
defense early. To counter this, Nunez would back up trying to
counterpunch Tsagouris as best she could but it was to no avail.
Round two saw much of the same as Tsagouris was able to land big
right hands behind an accurate jab but a very game Nunez held in
there and exchanged with Sandy as best she could.
By the midway point of round three
Nunez was finally dropped by a Tsagouris right hand. Nunez was up by
a 5 count and was able to hang in there to finish the round. The
effects of Tsagouris’ combinations were showing as Nunez was
overwhelmed by short accurate punches and was once again dropped by
a right hand early in round 4. Nunez was once again able to get up
and continue but was dropped by a left hook near the midpoint of the
round. Nunez beat the count but was very unsteady on her feet.
Tsagouris saw the opening to finish
the fight and pinned Nunez on the ropes where she landed a half
dozen unanswered punches before the referee stepped in stopping the
bout at 1:24 mark. With the victory Tsagouris moves to 9-1, 4 KO’s
and is now the Canadian Super Featherweight champion and the
N.A.B.A. Featherweight champion. The victory also secured a World
title shot in 2009.
Nunez deserves credit
for coming into Toronto as an underdog for this match. She could
have stayed down early on and collected her pay and nobody would
have thought any less of her but instead she kept getting up and
fought her heart out. She just was unable to match Tsagouris’
superior skills but the willpower was definitely there. Nunez stated
that she wants to fight more often in North America and Europe
because there is more opportunity and the skill level is much higher
than in South America.
I was able to interview Sandy Tsagouris who was the Toronto Sun’s
Sunshine Girl for September 27th about her plans for the end of 2008
and what 2009 holds in store. Tsagouris is now a member of Jimmy
Burchfield’s promotional company CES (Classic Entertainment and
Sports) which is based out of Rhode Island. Tsagouris’ manager Billy
Martin stated that they are in the final stages of signing a 3 year
contract with CES. The CES team also includes fellow Canadian and
World Champion Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt. Tsagouris is
obviously very excited about this opportunity!
Tsagouris also mentioned what a great experience it was to fight in
Germany against Ina Menzer and would someday like to travel back to
Europe to fight for that World title.
Tsagouris told me that her short term goals are to get a couple more
fights in before her World title match. I asked if she would be
willing to move up or down in weight if a big opportunity came her
way and Sandy explained that she is comfortable at her current
weight and there are still women in her division that she wants to
face but in the future there is a possibility of moving up or down
in weight if the right opportunity is presented.
The opening bout of the
evening was a four-round featherweight contest between two Toronto
based fighters, Bernadette Hume (0-1) and Priscilla Trompowsky who
was making her pro debut.
The bout was action
packed with both fighters landing hard combinations during all four
rounds. However Trompowsky was able to land more effective punches
than Hume throughout the fight. The judges scored it 40-36, 39-37
and 39-37 giving Trompowsky the unanimous decision win. The victory
moves Trompowsky to 1-0 while Hume slips to 0-2.
Credit should also be given to the
promoters who joined together to host the event: Stele Promotions,
Title Fight Promotions and Buxton Promotions. All three promotional
companies try their very best to put on entertaining events and are
stanch supporters of women’s boxing.