This is a contrast of styles, with the stylish, hard-hitting, but ageing Sarah, taking on a shorter, brawling Sophie.
Sophie takes to the ring first, in her red bikini, her body drawing ribald comments, ad she is soon joined by the taller Sarah, demure in a silver one-piece.
It’s a surprisingly quick start from these two big girls, with Sarah soon finding Sophie’s face an easy target to hit, and she has the Brit moving backwards until she has her back touching rope, and the Australian can maybe put Sophie away in the first round as she pops the glamour girl’s head backwards with another well-aimed jab. But Sophie’s a tough cookie, and she rams two hard right hooks into Sarah’s body, then cracks a left uppercut into her face as she falls forwards, putting the statuesque model on the canvas, her nose dribbling blood. Sarah’s up at 6, but Sophie hurts her again to the body with a good left-right combination before the bell.
Sophie comes out body-hunting again, and cracks into Sarah’s ribs with some neat hooks, pushes her to the ropes to punish her – then is turned in superb fashion, takes three, four, five shots to the face, and slides down the ropes to her knees, taking a count of 7. There’s a long time for the brunette to last out here, as Sarah finds her rhythm, those punches landing in the Brit’s face one after another, and she’s getting pretty much beaten up by the taller girl, who just can’t quite nail her with the big shot to finish her off.
Sarah lands some more swift jabs in Sophie’s bruised face, but the Brit is still resilient, and she hits her back to the body, and she seems to have the Australian moving away again, seeking refuge on those ropes, her punching possibly taking the speed out of Sarah’s legs as she pounds the older girl to the body. Sarah tries to turn Sophie again, but the Brit’s having none of it, and she lands some thudding shots into the taller girl’s belly as the round closes.
It looks like a turnaround here now, with Sophie using Sarah’s body for target practice right off the bell, pushing and moving the taller girl around the ring, always following each push with a rapping bodyshot. Sarah’s not offering a great deal other than holding and wrestling the younger model around, and it’s all getting a bit scrappy as Sophie gets frustrated, losing her cool rather badly, and she ends up getting a two fisted bumping to the face to end a round she was dominating early on.
Sophie pops another couple of punches into Sarah’s midriff early in the round, but this time the tall Australian isn’t fazed, and she lays into Sophie with a flurry of punches to her face, knocking the brunette backwards, then spreading her across the ropes with a left hook to the mouth, rocking her backwards with two hard jabs, she then floors her with her right hook, and the Brit looks messed up on the canvas, left cheek all puffy as she rolls over and gets up at 7 again, Now it’s Sophie’s turn to clinch and hold, but she’s getting knocked around by the big blonde, those punches zinging into her face, and almost putting her back on the canvas as the bell ends the fifth.
Sarah seems to have the measure of Sophie at last, and she’s ripping punches into the younger model’s face now as she traps her in a neutral corner and strives for the knockout. Sophie’s trying her best to counter-punch, but these are tough times for the British girl, who is finding it hard to see much out of that left eye, and she stumbles into the willowy blonde when she goes to clinch and hold. Parted by the referee, who isn’t keen to call a halt anytime soon, it seems, the girls regroup, then Sophie bravely thuds a couple of shots into Sarah’s midsection, before attempting the uppercut again, narrowly missing this time, and Sarah ends the round laying back on the ropes, swaying away from a late Howard assault.
Sophie’s still keen to take the fight to Sarah, but she can’t focus on the big blonde, who now starts to really batter the girl, left jab, and another, right hook, left jab – they’re all landing, and Sophie’s eyes are starting to glaze, Sophie’s in Sarah’s corner, looking well beaten, her gloves flapping helplessly, and Sarah shows her how to throw an uppercut, smashing her right glove up, into and beyond the Brit’s jaw, the senseless brunette just sliding down the turnbuckle.
Sarah Murdoch knocked Sophie Howard out in round 7.
Sarah may be 39, but she still has it! And she could be the boxer to take on Sabrina Washington soon – let’s wait and see!
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