(JULY 13) On Friday night Jennifer Hamann
faced Ariel Beck to open the show in a four round super
featherweight fight at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton,
Washington leading up to the ESPN2 television broadcast. Beck
entered the fight with three wins, all coming in her native
Montana, though she has not been in the ring since 2012. Hamann
was making her professional debut.
In the opening moments of the first round Beck stepped to Hamann
to assert her strength. She threw hard punches, but Hamann, who
had the quicker feet, was able to slip out of trouble. Then,
nearing the thirty second mark, Hamann landed a solid punch that
dropped Beck. Beck stood and fought hard and fast to regain some
The frenetic pace of the opening round settled a bit
in the second. Hamann used her quickness to jab her way in close
and then throw quick rights targeting Beckís head and
midsection. Beck continued to load up her right hand and throw
it hard trying to catch Hamann.
Hamann continued to rely on her combinations in the third round,
and she was quite effective in moving Beck around the ring.
Though most of Hamannís punches were aimed at Beckís body, she
shot a right hand to the head just often enough to keep the
stronger Beck from getting too close. Beck appeared to tire a
bit and was throwing single punches, often from the outside,
which sailed wide.
Sensing that she needed a burst of scoring
punches to win the fight, Beck answered the bell for the final
round with some of the aggression she showed in the first round.
She continued to fire hard shots at Hamannís head, but she was
unable to connect. Hamann moved out of range of the power shots
and got herself in to a position to throw body shot. As the
round closed, Hamann backed Beck across the ring and landed a
few solid right hands to her head.
At the end of four rounds two judges scored the fight 40-35, the
third scored the fight 40-36, all in favor of Jennifer Hamann.