(JULY 30) Last night on the
"Night of Champions" card, at the Jean Pierre Sports
Complex, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago, Ria Ramnarine,
32, 106½, from Trinidad, lost a 10-round unanimous decision to
Russian boxer Anastasia Toktaulova, 34, 106.
WBAN was told by our correspondent that the fight was close,
with Ramnarine appearing to bring the fight to Toktaulova.
Toktaulova moved nicely in the ring, but Ramnarine reportedly
being more aggressive in the bout. Regardless, the judges saw
the fight go to the Russian in this particular bout.
One observation of the fight, was that Toktaulova, a much
shorter boxer than Ramnarine seem to find her way into some
repeated headbutting----which is unknown if that was because of
the height difference or maybe happening a little too much to be
a mere coincidence.
We were also told that some of the
fans who had come to see this bout were not happy with the
The two were fighting for the two
titled belts. One belt was for the WBC 108 lbs. "International"
Bonnie Canino told WBAN, "Last
night both girls Ria Ramnarine and Anastasia Toktaulova took it
in the ring. It was an upset with Ramnarine camp thinking they
did enough to win the fight. But the judges gave the fight to
Anastasia. She was surprised and happy for the victory. Well
fought fight from both boxers. Ramnarine is looking to rematch
her as soon as possible. It was filmed for television which
should be broadcast in the next couple of weeks."
In a second women's title bout for the vacant WBC middleweight world title, another
upset, when Lorissa Rivas, 156, of Las Vegas, Nevada (and Trinidad),
lost a split decision to Tori Nelson, 154½.
In this fight, Nelson stood her
ground throughout the bout, and somewhat took the fight to
Lorissa in a "Joe Frasier" style. Nelson absolutely came
to fight this night---giving it everything she had in the ring.
One comment that seem to echo at the event with some of the
people in attendance though was the fact that why were these two
fighting for a title in the first place. With one fighter having a 4-1 record
and the other 3-1, to get a WBC World title?
[Nelson is rated #3 with WBC,
Middleweight, and Rivas is rated #6 with WBC, Middleweight]
Our correspondent said, "Isn't that taking away from what a
world champion really is? Isn't that an insult to the
girls who really work their way up and fight tooth and nail to
get a title shot? I must be honest with you....I'm losing
my respect for it all."