Sarah: The first of our Bantams coming out now. This will be a really interesting fight as Natalie Bassingthwaighte is clearly in the worst form of her career. She lost to Alesha Dixon at the Ashes then copped a pasting at the hands of Pilar Rubio at the Lioness Club event. Scherri-Lee Biggs on debut, stepping out of the Miss Universe role and into the ring for the first time tonight. Scherri-Lee, how have you prepared for this?
Scherri: Tania and Kimberley have been patient with me, basically just teaching me the ropes so to speak. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by jumping in the ring with one of the greatest AWUBA Superbantams. She is out of form and we will be trying to play on that tonight.
Sarah: And NatBass, you must be frustrated with your form of late?
NatBass: Iíll tell you what Sarah, I will be a lot more frustrated if I donít come away with a win tonight. She might be a lot younger, 15 years I think, but Iíve got all that experience, you know.
Sarah: Ok. Back to you Kylie and Kristy
Biggs game against the experienced NatBass, attacking her with hard shots at the head, stepping to and working in close with ripping shots at her ribs. NatBass dancing away, looking ok, using all of the ring, manages to lean away from Biggs advances, and places the odd jab in return. Biggs though continuing to take the fight to her and bangs her head back and forth. NatBass a little more attacking now, clips Biggs chin with a tidy little hook and the debutant skips away, defense at the ready, as NatBass works low and hard at her torso, but she weathers the storm. Final minute see NatBass control the tempo, but Biggs holds up well to the body assault. Thereís the bell and NatBass is happy with that.
Kylie: Good round from both girls really. Great to see Biggs to the fight to Nat, particularly with her current state of mind which would be scarred from previous outings.
Kristy: Biggs is a solid Bantam. Iíve watched her sparring with Tania and she can punch hard. She may be a bit nervous so expect to see the power come in in the next round or so.
Biggs showing something different, getting in close from the start, banging little jabs into NatBass mid-section, sheís hurt the older girl! Biggs driving a HUGE UPPERCUT into the sternum and NatBass is winding, sucking in a big breathe, buckling over and protecting her head but Biggs springs out of the crouch and crashes a MIGHTY LEFT UPPERCUT right in the face. DOWN GOES NATBASS! Biggs standing there stunned, arms out to her side palm up just looking to her corner and shaking her head. NatBass on hands and knees, blood trickling from the nose, real tears from the eyes. Sheís sobbing!! Gets to feet at 7, straightens her apparel and wipes the trickle away. Can the debutant finish her? Full attack from Biggs but NatBass is dancing around, holds her defense together, starts finding little openers where the newcomer is a little disrespectful and forgets she still has to defend. Two full minutes of this and NatBass holds it together well. Biggs just inexperienced. The bell ends the round and Biggs takes it.
Kristy: Thatís exactly what I was talking about. NatBass taken down by the sheer power from the punch of Biggs. She should have finished it there and then. I cannot believe NatBass was openly sobbing mid-ring, thatís a very distraught boxer right there. She is still crying as her corner tries to get her under control.
Kylie: Itís been a tough road for Nat. It wasnít really spoken about in the beginning but there is a huge difference in age here. Scherri is only 21, she may not have the in ring experience but she is probably at her peak in terms of fitness and strength. I know she was expected to finish it there but she should just take her time as her endurance will see her through this.
Biggs has NatBass on the back foot, that knockdown is playing on her mind. Biggs working from the outside now, then stepping to and clips NatBass on the nose with a LIGHTNING QUICK RIGHT HOOK. NatBass stopped in her tracks, wobbling back to the ropes. Biggs approaches crab like, bending the knees and twisting into roundhouse hooks at the torso, NatBass taking hard shots, wincing, mouth tight, bloody nose, oh THUNDEROUS RIGHT HOOK sends NatBass sideways and into the corner, as she takes the full glove to the left side her face and catches herself on the top rope. Sheís in trouble. Still tears from NatBass. Biggs banging away at her ribs, NatBass unsteady but fighting back with little hooks to the openings, OH LEFT UPPERCCUT BIGGS and NatBass head snaps back and comes back to rest in time for some tidy little one two combos. She shoves Biggs away and manages to slide along the ropes and for the final stages she stumbles around, staying out of the way of the impressive youngsters reach. The bell ends another big round for Biggs.
Biggs: FIGHT ME YOU BIG SOOK!
Kylie: Iím not sure what to make of Nat at the moment. This is pretty much the way all of her fights have gone of late. Except this time she hasnít really taken the fight on with that dominant style we are used to.
Kristy: This could get ugly. Scherri is roughing her up. The doctor is checking Natís nose, it could be broken. I think someone should have a word with Scherri though. She shouldnít be disrespectful, not on debut. She has a lot to learn still.
Kylie: Nat has to start fighting it on her terms, thatís how she won 30 odd AWUBA titles at this weight.
Biggs a little over confident, storms over and walks into a one two combo smacks into her mouth and nose. Really hit for the first time and she is rocked by that. Nat Bass sensing it, still a bit dazed, but bounces to ducking a left hook from Biggs and thrashing her right side with a hard body shot. The youngster crippled as NatBass places a left uppercut on the chin and that pops her head up and a SWIFT RIGHT HOOK lands perfectly on the eye and the youngster stumbles sideways and DOWN GOES BIGGS! NatBass, still teary eyed, but this time out of sheer determination. Biggs quick to her feet but nursing swollen left eye. NatBass charges in and the youngster is actually running away. The Ref and her corner warning her to fight. She gathers herself up but itís all NatBass to the bell with Biggs offering nothing.
Kristy: A much needed knockdown there and Scherri just got exposed. She has to stay game and brave. You canít dominate for 3 rounds and then get punched for the first time and run scared.
Kylie: Thatís something she will learn after she has been punched hard a few more times. When you get knocked down for the first time, itís a huge learning curve.
The veteran takes control of this. Bell to bell workman like round for NatBass. The youngster staying in the fight but highly defensive and weakened by the knockdown. NatBass just working behind the jab, putting the fight together and finally working it on her terms. Biggs barely throwing anything until the final minute but NatBass is using her punches to push her into the ropes and gets some great work in down below. Then comes upstairs with the left and right cross to the cheeks and the round finishes with Biggs spinning off the ropes and running away again.
Kristy: Ok so now itís up to the corner to manage this one or maybe things could get really ugly for Scherri-Lee.
Kylie: Maybe a lesson in that for you to Hinzy. How quickly a fight can turn and calling it early can sometimes be a mistake. A long way to go in this fight still, and youíre right, Tania and Kimbo need to get inside Scherriís head and talk about good old fashion heart.
Message Thread | Skip to this response ↓
« Back to index