BEFORE: Tisdale intense, but cordial in prefight. "I think we were all pretty shocked by the way Allison took down Sarah Carter," Ashley admits at podium. "I know I was. I saw a young, hungry, VERY aggressive fighter take it to someone I respect very much, and when this fight got made, I knew I couldn't take Allison lightly. I can't let her go Carter-Tisdale...she'd be taking down two elite fighters right out of the chute...that just can't happen. I've had to fight so hard for status...a girl like this could take everything away from me. Elite fighters don't lose to newbs, and that's how I'm looking at this. I've got to beat her with authority; I've got to get the respect out of Allison that Sarah couldn't." Scagliotti grinning, enjoying the post-Carter buzz of speculation...could she be the Next Big Thing at flyweight? "You know, I'm just taking it one girl at a time," Allison shrugs. "Tisdale's a good fighter, but I'm the bigger girl coming in, and I think I proved my athletic cred against Sarah, so I think I'll have a good shot here. I honestly don't know what to expect - just going to hit her hard to the body, see what her compete's like, then take what she gives me. If I can get her to back down early, get big on her, I think I can roll a girl like this up!" Scagliotti in royal blue sport top with thin straps; crimson boy leg bottoms; small white gloves; hair in red punk-bob. Ashley in white "Wildcats" sport top; royal blue cheerleader spanky bottoms; small white gloves; top knot keeps hair off her brow, dangling down her back in long brown curls.
During R1: PIK-PIK-PAK! PIK-PIK-PAK! Ashley rotating clockwise, feeding Alli two jabs, then a straight right hand in crisp cadence. Tizzy's face/eyes SO intense, eyes wide as she's getting off...number of stiff, small-glove strikes to Allison's face force her into earmuff, whereupon Tisdale leans in, whirling right/left/right in brisk lather across redhead waist. Scags frowning, on her heels...she tries to answer back throughout middle minute but Tisdale's too busy, too quick: straight, sticking lefts and rights spank against Scagliotti's face, pre-empting her work. Down the stretch, Scags in earmuff, suffering paintstrokes across her paunch...grimacing, she storms forward, looking to brawl...Tisdale fits Alli for the pinpoint left uppercut to chin; slides back to lure a stumbling Scagliotti forward; scrubs Allison short right/left shoeshine across the mouth with elbows-in-tight configuration and SCAGLIOTTI GOES DOWN! Allison staggering forward, getting a facial buffetting...she clatters to all fours, lips parted, eyes stunned. No gloating from Tisdale...she jogs to neutral corner, eyes still super-intense, clearly anticipating that Allison will beat the count.
R2: Scagliotti able to hook Ashley's taut tummy early on - leaning in on front (left) leg and packing a few biting left hands into firm cheerleader beef. Tisdale scowling, answering in kind: she digs hooks in receipt to Allison's tummy, finding the beef firm and tight as well. Girls work up-torso with hooks, swiping each other's jugs...both keeping right hands tight to cheeks during the hook-session. Second minute, Tisdale slowly taking the initiative - outworking Scagliotti inside; feasting on tummy via the hook; sidestepping clockwise to turn Allison midring. Down the stretch, Scagliotti breathing hard, hands at temples, leaning forward in discomfort: workmanlike Tisdale stands upright in close chipping/scraping short left uppercuts from left plant-leg/right uppercuts from right plant-leg, just clipping away on point of Allison's chin. Scagliotti's knees give a shimmy - Tisdale keeps scraping the 'cuts and ALLISON TAKES A KNEE! Scagliotti blinking, giving her head a shake...Tisdale scampers to neutral corner again sans-attitude: she's 100% focussed on cleaning Allison up - no clowning.
R3: Allison falling off the pace: Ashley being very aggressive, getting off first, turning Alli's right flank, then driving her backward under flurrying pressure. Tisdale loves to hook tummy - leaning in close on front (left) leg and hoisting left hands home all back-and-buns on short, stuffing delivery. Circling clockwise, Ashley strafes Allison the PIK-PIK-PAK double jab/straight right hand routine - chipping away on Allison's raised defences and face/pate. Withering body/head attack...Allison turning, turning, getting worn down...by the final minute, she's stooping forward behind her gloves, all too available for Ashley's busy, scouring uppercuts. Tisdale clipping away uppies: weight on left leg as she jerks the left uppercut, her hand following through to right cheek after chipping off Allison's chin; weight-shift to right leg to work the short right uppercuts - right hand following through to left cheek after scraping off chin. DOWN GOES ALLISON! Wobbling descent - accumulation of tuff, close-in, hard-working shots dazing Scagliotti...she lowers herself to all fours, head bowed. Ashley quickly looking up at ref, asking: "3 knockdown rule?" hoping for the cheap win: Ref shakes his head as he starts the count.
R4: Scagliotti busting up, eyes bleak, really getting her head handed to her: she's bravely off her stool, but Ashley's right THERE, bringing the fight to the I.F.F.I corner. Fusilade of rights and lefts beats into Allison's tummy, putting her butt-on-turnbuckle...redhead's eyes shut tight, lips pursed, arms hugging her gut as she cringes forward. Uppercuts from Ashley: close in, tightly thrown with elbows close to body...scraping punches kiss at Allison's sleepy face, brushing her upright, forcing her into earmuff...redhead abs go on sale: opportunistic Ashley hunts for bargains via straight-stamping, palms-down straight left/rights into Allison's throbbing body. Up and down, up and down - Ashley working Allison over like it's some kind of elaborate aerobics exercise - tireless Tisdale working and working, always touching. Scagliotti breaking down in her corner, reactions sluggish - she's getting hit where her guard ain't, forcing her to alternate between crossed-arm at the body/earmuff at the temples. Down the stretch, Scagliotti cringing forward face-in-gloves, elbows in tight to her gut; Ashley Tisdale bares her teeth, whirls away lathering lefts and rights - small mitts skidding and bouncing off Allison's presented back and hips. That's it - ref pushes Ashley off, collects Allison even as her legs are giving way...brutal TKO4 Tisdale leaves Scagliotti trembling.
After: Tisdale shaking hands with badly battered Allison, giving her a quick hug; shaking hands with Scagliotti's seconds...Ashley proving a true professional before, during and after getting Allison tuned up. "I came in here knowing that I'm an elite fighter, and I wanted Allison to know it too," earnest Ashley says, looking up at interviewer. "I came to work; I wanted to get off first, keep her on the defensive, get into her reserves and start breaking her down from the get go. Helps when you get into a girl's legs in the first round - I knew she was shellshocked and feeling overwhelmed, and I just didn't let up on her. I'm at the peak of my powers right now...I really hope I can book a title bout off this, because I battered Allison the way a true contender should!"
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