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EXCLUSIVE FIGHT REPORT 
BY PETER GEUDENS,
SPORTS WRITER FROM BELGIUM
February 20, 2000

     
     
     
   
   
   

 

   
   
   

DANIELLA SOMERS VS. CHERYL NANCE
IWBF SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE (10x2):
DANIELLA WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION
94-98,
 94-98 and 95-99

ROUND 1
Both fighters start cautiously, basically feeling each other out. There are no important exchanges as yet.

ROUND 2
The pace is still not too high. There are a few attacks from both sides, but DaniŽlla takes more initiative.

ROUND 3
DaniŽlla attacks regularly, using her reach advantage and especially her right jab effectively to score some points. She definitely wins this round on my card.

ROUND 4
A fierce start this time. We get action from both sides. Cheryl tries to avoid DaniŽlla's jabs by ducking away and getting closer to her. Most exchanges end with the fighters holding each other.

ROUND 5
In the first minute of this round, there is a real standstill with the fighters looking and feinting at each other rather than boxing. There are just a few very brief exchanges. A dull round.

ROUND 6
Still not too much action. Most attacks come from Cheryl now, who seems to be behind on points. DaniŽlla keeps countering.

ROUND 7
This round shows the same pattern with Cheryl attacking, and DaniŽlla countering whereupon Cheryl ducks and holds her opponent.

ROUND 8
Cheryl keeps trying to get close at DaniŽlla, but can't really hit her. She takes more initiative, though.  At the end of the round, there is one very fierce and fast exchange.

ROUND 9
DaniŽlla seems to land more punches than Sherri, making effective use of her reach advantage.

ROUND 10
A wild start by Cheryl, there is a lot of infighting for most of the round.  The referee has to separate the fighters several times.

SCORE: DANIELLA WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION:

94-98, 94-98 and 95-99

COMMENT: The bout was worth watching, but it was certainly not a great fight. Cheryl's abilities proved to be too limited for the world title, but DaniŽlla didn't fight at her best either. She scored the most points in the first half of the bout, but just played it safe in the second.  Before the fight, she had already told the press that she was not in top condition, because her preparation was thwarted by the death of her father-in-law.

After the fight, she said she was very pleased but she also felt she was getting old and would retire by the end of this year.

EXCLUSIVE FIGHT REPORT 
BY PETER GEUDENS,
SPORTS WRITER FROM BELGIUM
November 21, 1999

DANIELLA SOMERS VS. CORINNE GEERIS
IWBF SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE (10x2): DaniŽlla Somers champ BEL WUD10 Corinne Geeris chal NL points score: 99-91; 98-93; 99-93

ROUND 1
A very wild start by Corinne, she comes in like a real tornado. DaniŽlla defends herself quite well. While Geeris is more aggressive and takes the initiative, Somers seems to have a better technique.

ROUND 2
Corinne keeps attacking relentlessly. Both fighters land quite a few punches. The pace is very, very high, but slackens towards the end.

ROUND 3
The picture remains the same with Corinne always on the attack and DaniŽlla showing good defensive skills.

ROUND 4
A lot of action from both sides. So far, Corinne has had a slight advantage, but this round is pretty even, with DaniŽlla landing several jabs.

ROUND 5 + 6
Both rounds show the same picture: the pace is still very high. Both fighters keep pounding but neither of them takes the upper hand.

ROUND 7
DaniŽlla starts by launching a fierce attack and manages to take control of the fight for a while, then Corinne retaliates. Towards the end of this round, DaniŽlla  comes out strong again and knocks the gumshield out of Corinne's mouth.  Corinne looks unsteady when she goes to her corner. This might well be the turning point of the fight!

ROUND 8
Both fighters are clearly getting tired, they can't keep up their tremendous pace from the opening rounds. DaniŽlla lands more punches and this is definitely a round for her.

ROUND 9
Corinne starts well and corners DaniŽlla, but then the Belgian fighter takes control again. She lands several good jabs.

ROUND 10
A fantastic opening by DaniŽlla! She launches a fierce attack and has Corinne in real trouble. Corinne merely manages to survive now. DaniŽlla wins this round big time.

SCORE: DaniŽlla wins by unanimous decision: 93-98,93-99 and 91-99.

While I agree that Somers won the fight, it was definitely not as one-sided as that. The first three rounds were for Corinne, the middle rounds were even and  only in the second part of the fight DaniŽlla could really make the difference. The Dutch beauty gave her a very hard fight though, she really went for it and gave it all she got.

I'd like to add that it was a very exciting fight, a lot more interesting than the men's fights on the undercard.  DaniŽlla is clearly 'back in town' after her defeat against Christy Martin.

It's good to see that women's boxing is really catching on over here. The 2800 seats of the 'Arena Hall' were virtually sold out and this was the
first boxing match in more than 5 years that was broadcast live on Belgian national television!

There were two interesting women's amateur bouts on the undercard as well.  In the first, up and coming girl Kim Morre thrashed French champion Vanessa Ruyet and rightly won by unanimous decision. In the second, another French champion, Aroussia Adhadjam, easily dominated Ilse Vanderstappen and also took a unanimous decision.  Peter Geudens

 
     
     

 

     
     
     
   
 
     
     
 
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