(My scoring in brackets)
Halmich was much the busier fighter in this opening round and appeared
to be landing more to the body than in some of her recent fights (e.g.
against Jill Matthews). (9 - 10)
Gonzalez got her jab going in this round. She was much more effective
than in round 1 and landed a good left hook to Regina's jaw. Halmich
came back with 2 solid shots to the head but Gonzalez hooked her again
to good effect. (10 - 9)
Both women landed hard punches in this round but Halmich was more
effective to the body as well as the head. But she went back her
corner slightly marked under her right eye.(9 - 10)
Halmich was again the busier and landed more. But she was being hit
harder and more often than for some time and she was caught with a great
one-two to the head right on the bell. She appeared to have let up on
the body punching in this round. (9 - 10)
Again Halmich was the more accurate. Delia's punches were a bit wild
and tending to miss. There was once more some attention to the body by
the champion but Gonzalez was taking it well.
(9 - 10)
Regina hammered in two fierce rights into Delia's ribs but Gonzalez
landed a couple of power punches
to the head and suddenly Halmich
was in trouble. She was forced
to hang on. Then the
challenger didn't manage to
follow up as the champion
backpedalled a bit desperately.
(10 - 9)
Suddenly Halmich was being hit! Gonzalez landed at least 4 really
good shots to the head, leaving the champion looking disarrayed and not
a little concerned. (10 - 9)
The fight was developing into a war. And when was Halmich last
involved in one of those? Delia was now throwing the heavier punches
and they were rocking the champion. Gonzalez went back to her corner
bleeding from a cut above her left eye. However, this wasn't a wound
of Heike Noller proportions and posed no stoppage threat. (10 -
Regina came forward firing but Gonzalez constantly backed her up with
hard shots to the head. Halmich was not used to this sort of thing.
(10 - 9)
Halmich was on the retreat throughout most of the final round and
Gonzalez landed the greater number of punches and the heavier punches.
(10 - 9)
So I gave the fight to Gonzalez by 96-94.
But the judges scored it 96-96, 98-95 and 96-94 in favour of Halmich.
However, at least it will be noted that one judge scored it a draw. So
the inevitable unanimous decision was avoided on this occasion and the
champion had to settle for a majority decision. Halmich improved to 32-1 while
Gonzalez fell to 10-5-3