(SEPT 17) Last night
at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, I was
fortunate enough to have been able to attend the fights at that
event. I say this because I witnessed yet another great
women's boxing match up.
Photo credit: CSB Photography
Marcia Agripino (1-0-1) of
Groton, Connecticut, and Federica Bianco (2-1) of New York
fought each other this night in a non-stop action bout.
Many things about this fight that
were so impressive, but what struck me the most is that both of
these ladies had been out of the ring for quite sometime.
Agripino had not fought since 2013, and Bianco hadn't fought
since May of 2016.
You would not have known this by
the way these two fought last night. Both came forward with the
energy and intensity, that it takes to win a tough fight
like this one. The fourth round was all-action with both
ladies were toe-to-toe the duration of the round trading hard
punches with neither one letting up for a second---truly
something great to watch, in fact brought tears to my eyes to
see all of that heart and determination in there.
I'll admit it is hard for me to
be unbiased. Ihave known Marcia personally and we have been
sparring partners for a long time.
I know how far she has come to be
ready to return to the ring. How great of a person she is inside
and outside of boxing, always doing good and helping other
people. Its hard to watch someone you know get in
there---especially when you know what every aspect of what they
are going through feels like, the sounds of the crowd when you
land a shot or get hit with one, those bright lights, and the
agony when its your opponents hand that gets raised and not your
All that being said both of these
ladies got in there and left it all in the ring last night.
And if you asked anyone who was
there watching the fights---they would tell you that they stole
The final scores were
39-37,39-37, 40-36 a unanimous decision for Federica Bianco.
But there were no losers in this
fight, Marcia Agripino got in there and fought her heart out
these ladies are what makes boxing great.
Thank you both for putting on an Impressive show and for being a
great representation for the sport of women's boxing. It takes a
lot to get into that ring and you both did it well last night.
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