(MAR 22) Susie Q Ramadan
retained her Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super
bantamweight title in Melbourne, Australia on Friday night in an
action packed ten rounds against New Zealander Michelle Preston.
The scores 98-92, 96-94 and 97-93 didnít reflect the cliff-hanger
qualities in the early rounds of the bout which revealed
improvements in both boxers since they first met in November.
Preston was concentrating more on movement, making sure she wasnít a
sitting duck and forcing Ramadan to work for every punch landed.
Although Prestonís footwork looked a little ungainly at times she
was effective in exchanges, often clipping Ramadan at the end of her
combinations, before she had a chance to shift out of range.
Ramadan worked best when throwing long punches and counter rights
that capitalized on Prestonís sloppier left hand. But the rounds
appeared close and both fighters had a sense of urgency, which made
for an exciting encounter. But as in their first fight the tide
turned towards Ramadan from the middle rounds when she started
landing cleaner and catching Preston with some solid shots that
looked like they might have had her in trouble. The final three
stanzas were Ramadanís as she upped the tempo and made the pace.
Once again the Manchester born Preston showed that she was serious
about boxing, making a concerted effort to implement ring movement
and defense into her game, but the world kickboxing champ wasnít
able to follow through with her plan to take the belt home.