JENNIFER GARNER (FOXFIRE BOXING) VS YVONNE STRAHOVSKI (LOOKOUT! BOXING)
The next stop in the Jennifer Garner Farewell Tour was to be Lookout! Boxing and Yvonne Strahovski was eager for the shot at the retiring Hall of Famer.
“Jen beat me by 1 point the last time we met and I am glad I’ve got the chance to even things up,” Yvonne said. “Plus it keeps me busy. I feel I am seriously underrated in the division and that was really because I was unable to be as active as I needed to be. All that has changed and I am really happy about it. I primed to beat Jen Garner and I can’t wait for the bell to ring.”
“I can’t wait either,” Jennifer Garner acknowledged to Skip. “Yvonne is motivated to beat me and I want someone who is determined against me. It makes for a more exciting fight and the excitement is the one thing I’ll miss when I hang them up.”
“Well, there are always cougar fights,” Skip pointed out.
“Yes, but that’s not the same as fighting all the time and competing for a title. I came into the FCBA a lot later than most girls and so I think my time in the ring means more to me. I want to go out a winner and winner over worthy opponents. Yvonne will be one of them. Of course, I never claimed to be able to win all my fights, but I have won enough of them to know what a pleasure that can be.”
“What about another fight with Charlize?”
“Not going to happen, I guess,” Jen said. “I am sorry about that. I think it would have been very interesting, but I can understand Charlize and her people feel I am a closed chapter. I do not accept defeat easily, but after 4 years I have to admit she was better fighter. HOWEVER--there are still plenty of fighters than I am superior to and Ms. Strahovski is one of them. So I’m going to wind up my career on my terms and enjoy myself in the process.”
Another tough fight for Jennifer Garner. Skip thought she had a very good chance of beating Yvonne Strahovski, but it would be a close-run thing as the Lookout blonde was going to be a formidable opponent, well able to snatch the win. Should be great contest, he thought.
CAT DEELEY (BEEVER’S BABES) VS SERINDA SWAN (FRONT STREET GYM)
“Actually, I think I am little insulted,” Serinda Swan told Skip, “because I think I deserve a better level of opponent than one these British chicks you have look up on Google to figure out who they are. Besides, Deeley isn’t even that good a fighter. I don’t mind fattening up my record on some jobber, but it could at least be someone I’ve heard of before.”
“Well, excuse me for not being known by someone named Serinda Swan,” retorted Cat Deeley. “I had to Google her and what I found isn’t all that impressive. I gather she has been fortunate enough to win some fights in the FCBA against equally obscure opponents. Well, after I have defeated her arrogant arse, she should have no trouble recalling who I am. I’m the girl who beat her!”
Cat Deeley was plainly fired up at Serinda Swan’s disrespect, but Skip didn’t think that was going to be enough for her to actually overcome the Front Street fighter. It looked to be another Serinda Swan win.
UNIFIED LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE CH TAYLOR COLE (FIGHTING ACADEMY) VS ADRIANNE PALICKI (SCEEJ BOXING)
“I got to say, Adrianne’s a good sport to give me a title shot,” Taylor Cole observed. “I mean, I’ve beaten her twice--just last September I knocked her out in four. I think she’s the kind of fighter who just won’t accept being inferior to another fighter no matter how many times she loses. Of course, this time it’s going to cost her the title belts, but they always did look better on me.” (She chuckles at that).
Adrianne Palicki made a face when Skip told her what Taylor had said. “I suppose she’s right--even though she’s beaten me twice, I don’t accept that she is actually the better fighter. That first fight ran 13 rounds and it was a decision loss. Okay, she nailed me the second fight, but this time she’s the one who loses. I don’t lose three times to anyone especially not someone like Taylor Cole!”
This looks to be a hard-fought battle between two opponents who didn’t seem to much like each other. Skip did think that it was unlikely for Adrianne to loses 3 straight fights to Taylor, so he gave the edge in the fight to the champion to retain her title.
PAULA PATTON (INDEPENDENT) VS AMANDA RIGHETTI (FLOYDIAN)
“I wanted to fight at welter as well as light and if you are going to do that, you will have to fight Righetti. I’m just doing it sooner rather than later,” Paula Patton explained. “Amanda may not be champion at the moment, but you know she’s going to be one again. I expect to get a lot of very useful experience in this fight. I am no fool, I know I am the underdog, but I pay attention when I fight. I would love to be able to beat her, but I expect to come away a better fighter than I was when I came in.”
“I certainly feel I should be able to beat Paula,” Amanda Righetti acknowledged, “but fighting newer, younger fighters can keep you sharp. I expect her to test me. I’ll pass the test, but it will be a good fight for me--and yes, she’s right about one thing, I will be Welterweight champion again--the sooner the better.”
Frankly, Skip felt that Paula Patton was a serious underdog to Amanda Righetti, but with no one expecting her to win, she would have little to lose. That, Skip concluded, could make her more dangerous than Amanda was anticipating. He was looking forward to seeing if his hunch were right.
MILENA GOVICH (INDEPENDENT) VS ALI LANDRY (JERI’S KNOCKOUTS)
“I will admit that I see this as a ‘stay busy’ fight,” Ali Landry admitted to Skip. “Govich was 2-2 last year, but she only beat Katrina Law and Michelle Ryan. That should be good enough for me to some decent rounds and get me ready for some better opponents--including a shot at the title. I hear Righetti thinks she’s getting it back. Sorry, Mandy, but I’m beating you to it!”
“I am just glad to be getting the fight,” Milena Govich said earnestly. “When you’re unmanaged you have to be ready when an opportunity comes knocking. Sure the odds makers don’t think much of my chances, but that just makes me want to prove them wrong. An upset of Ali Landry would make everyone finally remember my name.”
Skip appreciated Milena Govich’s dreams of an upset, but he also thought that this was not a very likely result. More likely was that this would be a brisk workout for Ali Landry and serve as a prep for some bigger fight down the road.
(UNIFIED WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ?) CH BRIDGET REGAN (BAZZ FIGHT CLUB) VS CHARLIZE THERON (GINNY’S ACADEMY)
At the time Skip conducted his interviews, it was not clear if this bout would be a title shot, and even now, as he studied his notes, he was uncertain about. Still he found the fighters had some interesting things to say.
“I’ve beaten Ali Landry, I’ve beaten Amanda Righetti--twice, so I don’t feel in the at least intimidated in taking on Charlize Theron,” stoutly declared Bridget Regan. “Still, I realize she will be a very difficult opponent and I am training hard to be ready for her. I believe in myself and I believe I can beat Charlize.”
“I see the press is discussing my career again,” Charlize Theron remarked to Skip. “I generally ignore it. I stick to my fighting. As always, I like new and an interesting opponents. Ms. Regan is both. I must say she’s built a nice little career even though her celebrity status is, to be polite, somewhat suspect. I am sure she is excited at the prospect of fighting me. What fighter wouldn’t be? Alas, for whatever hopes she may have, I am well able to dash them by defeating her. I trust the public will be properly entertained by it.”
Certainly both fighters were not lacking in confidence going into this fight. Skip knew there were some experts who thought Charlize was slipping, but Skip thought she still had plenty of skill and determination that could bring her a win over Bridget Regan. At the very least, he was expecting a exciting contest.
Skip closed his notebook. There were so many good fights on this card that he regretted having to wait to see them actually happen. However, he consoled himself with the thought that when they did happen, he would be there, watching from ringside.
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