(APR 12) Last night the four round
fight between Sarah Pucek, 133, and Tammie Johnson, 131, at
the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington was fought in a style
more to the liking of Johnson, though she did not like the result.
Johnson answered the opening bell showing the aggressive tendency
she has in other fights. Pucek initially fought in a similar manner,
standing in front of Johnson while trying to slip shots between
Johnsonís arms. Then after thirty seconds of exchanging punches,
Pucek stepped out, slid to her left and used her jab, trying to slow
the frenetic pace. Johnson however, would not oblige, and the round
ended the way it began, both women were in the middle of the ring
slugging it out.
In the middle of the first round
Johnson was able to score when she pinned Pucek on the ropes.
Pucek turned the tables in the second, and backed Johnson in to
the ropes. There was plenty of action in the opening rounds as
Johnson swung from the outside in, most often her target was
Pucekís chin. Pucekís weapon of choice in the first two rounds
was the right hand. She was unable to make it land effectively
in the first round, but in the second she landed some big shots
inside, and they caught Johnson square.
In the third round both fighters appeared a bit slower, mostly
due to the fast pace of the opening rounds. The round gave both
of them a chance tofight a bit more defensively, a tactic rarely
used prior to that. Johnson again was able to land shots when
she backed Pucek to the ropes, but Pucek proved elusive, and
slipped out of harmís way keeping anything from landing solid.
The fourth round was a good round for both fighters. Johnson
dropped her punches down to connect with Pucekís body. Pucek
used the round to land solid shots to Johnsonís chin. Like the
third round, this one was close.
Before the fight results were announced, the Emerald Queen crowd
rose to their feet to cheer the two women. After the standing
ovation the crowd heard that one judge scored the fight 39-37
for Pucek, the other two scored the fight even at 38. The
majority draw means Pucek remains unbeaten, while Johnson
notched her second draw in the last two fights.