(NOV 15) Last night, in the
co-main event, Sandy Tsagouris of Brampton, now 10-1
(4KO), pounded her way to a decisive 60-55, 60-54 and 60-53
unanimous decision victory over now 5-1 (4KO) Mayrline Rivas of
Venezuela in a six-round contest.
In the opening round, Tsagouris
pressured Rivas and landed crisp head and body shots mixing up
her combinations well. However, Tsagouris was warned for hitting
behind the head and Rivas protested loudly to the referee.
The same action continued through rounds two and three as
Tsagouris utilized her jab, cut off the ring well and started to
break down Rivas' defence. To her credit Rivas was a hard
puncher with a lot of heart and determination who kept trying to
unload bombs. In the fourth round Tsagouris was cut over the
corner of her left eye however it did not impair her vision.
In round 5, Rivas came out strong and nailed Tsagouris with two
hard rights to the head however she seemed to punch herself out
and was only able to fight in spurts for the rest of the round.
Throughout round six Rivas looked exhausted as she continually
backed up and tried to hold on. Tsagouris was able to pound away
at Rivas but was unable to drop her. A game Rivas showed a lot
of heart and won over the Hamilton crowd and is definite
contender. She deserves a lot of credit for her determination.
In a women's Featherweight match Lucia Larcinese, now 3-4
from Montreal handed hometown girl Kara McLeod 2-1, her
first professional loss in a four rounder, with judges scores of
39-37, 39-37 and 38-38 with a majority decision.
There was a lot of back and forth action by both women however,
Larcinese was able to land the cleaner and harder head shots
through out the bout.
McLeod was able to land some
effective body punches in rounds two and three but could not put
together enough scoring combinations. Larcinese stunned and
confused McLeod with effective straight right hands and kept the
pressure on her. Larcinese used her strength and ability to
pressure McLeod on the inside. Larcinese won over the Hamilton
crowd by her skill and determination to win the bout even though
it was not her home town.