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Lamonakis Wins by Majority decision over Woodard
August 21, 2011


WORCESTER, MA-- Sonya Lamonakis has enjoyed a positive constant in her young boxing career. Last night at Worcester, Massachusetts, the Heavyweight utilized the proverbial wind at her back, that is defined as a extremely supportive group of family and friends to improve to 6-0, 1 KO, with a unanimous result over a sharp Tiffany Woodard.

Lamonakis, a native of Greece and former four time Golden Gloves champion in the State of New York took a 59-55, 58-56, 57-57, six round majority decision over Woodard of Wilson, North Carolina at the venerable Mechanics Hall, which was celebrating the 400th fight of the venues history dating back to the 1920s.

Woodard fell to 4-5-1, 3 KOs with the narrow margin defeat. This was the second go-around for the pair who were pitted against each other back in early December of 2010, the latest outing- eerily similar to last years bout which Lamonakis took 58-56, 58-57 and 58-56.

In her pro debut at Mechanics Hall in June of 2010, Lamonakis who currently resides in Turners Falls, MA had a noticeable hometown contingent in force. On Saturday, the trend continued. I need their support, said Lamonakis who weighted in at 223. I need all the energy they bring. Theyre my family, my heart and I want them with me always.

Despite the backing it was Woodard, (205lb.) who took the initiative to be the clear aggressor in the first round and again in the opening portions of the second. I knew she was going to be (aggressive), because when I fought her before she knew my style and I expected for her to come at me hard. I just kept working my defense and picking and popping, Lamonakis said.

In the third, Lamonakis delivered a straight left that stung her opponent and ultimately marked the beginning of a shift in the bout. I think once I started catching her clean, I think I got into her head, said Lamonakis.

I think we put our hearts out tonight, said Woodard. Im more of a brawler, shes more of a brawler. Early on, I relied on my boxing skills. I thought it was a good fight. She got a couple more good shots in but I think it was a draw, but you know it is what it is. If you dont go hard then youre not going to get it.

The latter rounds were characterized by a rise in quality exchanges. Again, Lamonakis secured those rounds by landing a majority of the heavy offerings. I did my thing, I was hitting her with body shots, said Lamonakis. I think I could have gone ten rounds.

I know it was real close, so I wont complain, Woodard said. I hope we can fight again. Well (both) fight again and hopefully become champions for women.

The victory opened up a number of interesting possibilities for Lamonakis in her view, I hope to move up to eight rounds next. Maybe a title shot. The WBC is vacant and Gwendolyn ONeil has been stripped of her title, so Im ready.

In the under card, unbeaten Super Bantamweight Luis Rosa (8-0, 5 KOs) of New Haven, CT scored a six round unanimous decision (59-55, 59-55, 59-55) over a game Steve Nichol of Lakewood, CO (5-6, 5 KOs). Also, Heavyweight Kelvin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) of New Iberia, LA bested Joseph Rabotte in a (60-54, 60-54, 60-55) UD. Rabotte, out of Atlanta, GA dropped to 11-17-1, 3 KOs) with the defeat.

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