TLFox: How many days before your fight did you go
Kathy: We got into Germany on Jan 30, 2000 (Sunday)
and I didn't fight until Feb 5, 2000 (Saturday). It was nice getting in
early but I think it was too many days.
TLFox: What was your reception for you when you
Kathy: We didn't have any reception. We had two
people pick up us at the airport that couldn't speak English. They took us
to the hotel and we heard nothing until the next day (Monday) when the
hotel reception called me and told me I had a press conference.
TLFox: Did all the fighters stay at the same
Kathy: No, all the Universum fighters stayed at one
and the opponents at another. Two hotels were only about two minutes from
TLFox: How did your press conference go, since it
was in another country?
Kathy: It was very hard because it was all in
German. The person spoke to the press and then said "ladies
first" and was expecting me to talk, but I was unsure about what. I
said how I felt about the upcoming fight and then he translated it to
German for them. When they spoke to Daisy it was in German and no one
translated to English for us. So I was just sitting there not knowing what
was going on.
TLFox: How did you feel the night of the fight?
Kathy: I felt good the night of the fight. A little
nervous but pretty confident. Anxious to get in the
TLFox: Did you feel comfortable in the way that
you were treated during your time in Germany?
Kathy: For the most part I felt comfortable. The
staff at the hotel we were stay were excellent. They tried very hard to
accommodate us and some spoke a little English. The people from Universum
we never saw unless we went to there hotel or there was something to do
with the press. Because we were there for so long it would have been nice
to have someone there to show us around a little, someone who could speak
TLFox: Can you describe how you felt the fight
Kathy: I felt the fight was going good. I was moving
well not getting hit with lots of punches. I was stepping to her and
hitting her with good hard punches. I had her hurt a couple of times and
was trying to end it but she keep holding. Until the slip. Once I slipped
and the ref counted it as a knock down I new that I would probably have to
knock her out or at least down to have a chance in winning. But of course
you just can't go knock someone out when you want it, it just happens.
TLFox: Did the crowd boo when the decision was
Kathy: Yes. Actually at the end of the fight when we
took our gloves off waiting for the decision I put my hands in the air and
the crowd started cheering. When she did the same thing they started
booing. Then when the decision was read the crowd again began booing. When
I walked out the ring the fans near me started to cheer so I waved a towel
in the air for appreciation and the whole place started cheering again for
me. It was a nice feeling.
TLFox: How do you feel about boxing fans saying
that you were ripped off about the decision?
Kathy: Fans know the truth. It makes me feel good to
know that they feel the same as me and my coach. We both knew that I was
ripped off and it was nice to hear the fans agree and then when the person
put it on the internet made me feel better. I even had some fighters from
over there that said I won the fight, but what can you expect.
TLFox: Would you fight in Germany again after the
outcome of the judging?
Kathy: No, unless it was against an Amercan or
someone not from there.
TLFox: Is there anything you would like to tell
Kathy: I would like to thank all the fans that
supported me and wished me good luck in the fight. Also the ones that
still support me. It is nice to have people on your side. I would also
like to thank Rod Mahaffey my agent for getting me all my fights and
showing the confidence in me and would like to thank you for giving me the
chance to voice my opinion and thoughts. You are doing a great thing for
women's boxing, keep up the good work.
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