(SEPT 21) Saturday night at the
Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington, Stephanie Eggink, 123,
and Brittany Cruz, 123, faced each other for the second time. Eggink
scored her first professional win in January when the women faced
each other in Ferndale, a fight in which Cruz tasted defeat for the
The opening round seemed to pick
up where the women left off eight months ago. Both of them carry
long arms and so they jabbed at each other though nothing really
stuck until the mid point of the round. At that time Eggink
backed Cruz against the ropes and landed a flurry of punches.
Cruz answered in the second round when she began to pump her
left hand at Eggink, finding a target on the lanky local’s body.
Cruz’s problem was that too often she was stepping away from the
punch instead of in to it and that meant less sting on the
punch, and it allowed Eggink to continually step to Cruz,
negating some of the long reach.
Eggink stepped up her offense in the third, and she was able to
move in close enough to land body shots to Cruz’s ribs. Cruz,
late in the round, showed a bit of power when she slipped a
straight right through Eggink’s defense, but that was all the
offense that Cruz would offer.
The fourth round was close, perhaps because each woman figured
that in order to come out with a win, they would have to capture
the round. Cruz, in a change from round two, fought well when
she was in close. Eggink continued to move out of arm’s reach
while keeping her left in Cruz’s face.
After four rounds one judge scored the fight 39-37 for Eggink,
the other two saw the fight even at 38. Eggink has one win in
the two fight series, and now a majority draw. If they fight
again, their managers may want to consider a five round affair.