Second bantamweight fight of the night features former AWUBA Featherweight champion Zoe Ventoura (BronzedOz Boxing) and Jodi Albert (Foxfire Atlantic). Ventoura lost her title in the newly formed ACB bantamweight division to Miranda Kerr after a wide decision and looks to bounce back from that defeat in her maiden showing on European turf against a woman who has fought only twice in her career. Albert last entered the ring in October where she lost in the preliminary round of the inaugural BBU championship tournament to another journeywoman Amy Nuttall. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the bantamweight division.
Zoe Ventoura wearing a dark blue bikini and black gloves. Jodi Albert wearing a white bikini and black gloves.
Zoe squares straight up to her rival throwing a big hook to the head. Jodi gets caught in the ear, but responds with a left hook on her own and the Aussie was slow to react, getting laced in the nose herself. Both women immediately start to trade punches in the middle of the ring, hardly any defence to speak of and the crowd gets excited as Zoe lands a couple of more hook on Jodi's cheeks, snapping her head back and forcing to jump away. Ventoura leaps forwards, keeps pounding Albert from both flanks, landing more shots to the head. Jodi ducks and weaves around the ropes and her response is weak, chaotic jabs cut through the air as Zoe dekes around her and counters from the side to firmly bury Albert in the ropes. Jodi sinks on her knees under the continuous onslaught and is eventually saved by the bell, her face already flashing red after extensive leather testing from the Aussie.
Encouraged by the opening round Ventoura immediately closes the distance and starts the jabbing punishment, landing several shots on Jodi's midsection and pushing her easily along the ropes. Albert covers up and tries to respond with some single jabs, but gets countered by Zoe who mercilessly nails her with a big left hook that almost sends Jodi down on the canvas. English girl wobbles on her knees, and gets nailed in the stomach before Zoe unloads a nasty uppercut that breaks her guard for good. Couple of jabs land on Jodi's mouth and she can only lean on the ropes and absorb more punishment. However Zoe gets overexcited by her advantage and crashes into her with a badly timed jab and enabled Jodi to clinch as both girls nearly wrestle each other to the floor with the referee having trouble separating them. When he finally does, Zoe throws a big hook to the head which misses and Albert answers with a jabbing combination to the ribs before following up with a nasty hook to the face herself. She catches Ventoura in the mouth and the Aussie jumps away, circling around the ring until the bell as Jodi does likewise, happy to weather her opponent's storm for the time being.
Zoe back with an aggressive approach, jabs her rival straight from the bell but Jodi responds with a big hook to the mouth and that splits Ventoura's mouth, drawing blood. Albert with a big smile on her face, being given a shot of confidence jabs couple more times, working over the Aussie's mouth and Zoe jumps away to the ropes, clearly stunned by her wound. Jodi tries to land a low combination to the stomach, but Zoe clinches her and manages to stop the rout. Jodi gets upset, tries to lace her in the back but gets shoved away by the ref and her follow-up misses as Ventoura dances around the ropes and keeping the distance. Few faked punches from Jodi make little impression on the Aussie who leaps forward in the closing stages of the round and nails the Foxfire girl in the cheek, but Jodi covers up well afterwards and Zoe's final charge crashes off her arms and gloves.
Jodi gets more aggressive, looking to cause further damage but Zoe, with her lip sealed now, covers up for the early attacks and counters with a big hook to the ribs which makes Albert cringe in pain. Ventoura works on her midsection, breaking through the low guard and landing several nasty jabs to the stomach. Jodi almost shouts in pain and tries to clinch before lacing Zoe in the back of the head, but the Aussie shoves her to the ropes and pins there with a big stiff jab to the face. Jodi's mouth gets squashed by that one and she gets rooted to the spot with Ventoura unloading a series of jabs to the chest and a big uppercut that breaks Albert's guard with ease. Jodi leans on the ropes, unable to jump away to either side and gets nailed right in the nose with a powerful hook. Knees buckle and down goes the English girl, helped by another hook to ear as she was heading to the canvas already!!! Ref starts the count as Jodi shakes her head, looking stunned by that knockdown however beats the count at seven. Zoe doesn't let her off the hook landing couple of more jabs to the face, and further pinning the hapless Jodi against the ropes. She can only cover up and wait for the bell to save her in this round, but Zoe lands a number of punches from both flanks, catching her in the side of the head as she goes all the way around the gloves. Jodi's guard can't keep up anymore, Zoe throws a huge uppercut in the middle of her charge and that sinks Jodi on the ropes for good. Brutal onslaught from the former AWUBA champ, Albert unable to throw a single punch in resistance and the ref jumps in to stop the fight as Jodi slides down on the canvas crying... TKO R4 Zoe Ventoura!!!
Zoe jumps up & down around the ring as the crowd celebrate the victory with her! She checks on Jodi who remains seated on the floor, wiping out the tears before finally standing up. "b###h, I made you cry! That's what you get for trying to hurt me!; Zoe mocks the loser and has to be pushed away by the security to avoid any post-fight bust-ups. Jodi leans on the ropes and looks like she wants to get out of the arena as soon as possible, but she has to endure the verdict announcement with Zoe shouting loudly all the time, enjoying her success. It's two for two for the guests from Down Under even discounting the Gabrielle Cilmi's loss in the previous bout. "Cilmi has betrayed the Oz boxing community by hooking up with the British stable. I wish I could mess her up the way Thomas did! Maybe I'll have a chance to rough her up soon?" Ventoura targets her future victims already as she leaves the ring in gleeful fashion.
Final result: Zoe Ventoura def. Jodi Albert TKO4.
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