Before: After making weight, girls square off for photos...Minka pushes her forehead into AJ's; AJ pushes right back, bringing both girls to the brink of fisticuffs: good healthy compete level between two like-branded beauties. "You guys know the deal," Minka says in prefight. "I'm 'cutest of the tuff; tuffest of the cute'. Know what that means? No room for AJ. None. Girl's gonna get her ass beat - end of story!" Cook disputing Minka's narrative: "I'm just gonna wade into Minka and beat her down," confident AJ insists. "She's good, but she's right: there's not enough room for us both in this space, so I'm pushing her off my turf. She'll dig in her heels, but it's not gonna matter: one way or the other, I'm coming out on top of Minka Kelly!" Minka in bright blue sport top with thin straps; yellow sport bikini bottoms; small yellow mitts; brunette ponytail with long bangs bracketing her cheeks. AJ in pea green sport top with thin straps; baby blue sport bikini bottoms; small powder blue gloves; long blonde ponytail with bangs bracketing her cheeks. Frosty stare-down; good-girls touch gloves, but with lips a-snarling.
During R1: AJ: dukes curled into chin as she bobs-and-steps her way forward via batting hooks, beating Minka on her lats/ribs, backing her up early. Kelly firming at apron, halting blonde forward progress via stubby right uppercut inside, then hooking AJ's tummy, forcing blonde into defensive crouch. Hooks dig at Cook's right hip, tucking in behind right elbow - snarling Minka batting away, then stepping in with left shoulder to bump AJ back. Kelly steadily retakes all the lost ground to midring, then beats down resistance in a series of sharp, compact exchanges to drive AJ to far ropes. Final minute - both girls with the same compact, elbows-in/dukes-at-chin look...Minka squared away, bobbing on the spot, hooking out of her crouch to whack AJ's paunch/right shoulder; dropping stubby little right hands onto AJ's jaw as blonde girl sits in ropes behind her guard. Bell: Minka chests up, breathing hot in AJ's face; snarling blonde girl pushes brunette off - ref moves in as tempers flare through 1.
R2: Minka continues her bullying ways, taking the fight to AJ. Lead right hand from Minka - straight to AJ's pate; hooks thereafter - palm down across AJ's mouth, or dug deep to blonde right flank. Minute mark: blonde backside hits ropes: Kelly pushes and jostles to prep, then sets her hips to the task of whacking hooks to body. AJ: teeth bared in grimace; eyes wincing; dukes at temples...she's taking it tuff to the body - Minka really laying in the harm here. Second minute no better for AJ: tuff pushing and punching from busy Minka: Kelly dominating her blonde, reducing her in the pocket. Third minute - girls exchange rising left hooks from the thigh once, twice...MINKA'S KNEES BUCKLE! Kelly's eyes suddenly all "how-could-you" glassy: AJ's eyes ice cold, ice hard. Cook hooking the sternum, then gathering Minka up behind the elbows to twist her round/shove her back into ropes. Minka's head lollling, mouth open...curvy legs holding her up as she's momentarily spellbound, badly hurt here. AJ cleans up stout - popping hips-right to POUND hooks amidships; left shoulder bumps Minka upright; right hands chop down and in, kissing Minka across the chin and leaving her a-swoon. Bell: Minka wobbly-butt, blinking and pouting in stupor; AJ all nostrils flaring, forcing hard eye contact as ref moves in.
R3: Minka proves resilient, shaking off AJ's round-stealing late power to get right back on her blonde. Girls in compact, bobbing stances: Minka's stubby lead right hand setting up her hooks...she's winning the exchanges, backing AJ up. First minute all about Minka winning canvas from AJ; second minute all about Minka consolidating those gains - squaring on AJ; hooking her body/head out of the bob; feeding her shoveling right hands up into the ribs. Tremendous body work getting done by Minka Kelly - her ponytail tossing side to side as she pours in righty - that back (right) foot skipping up off canvas with the effort of these blows. AJ suffering, but tuff in the pocket...down the stretch, she gets to hooking with Kelly again - both girls clanging away with rising left hands off the hip...KELLY'S WHIPSAWING IN PLACE! Minka staring, hurt by hooks to jaw, body/legs all loose and warping...extra left hook by AJ bingo on the chin as she steps in BLOWING MINKA TO HER BACKSIDE! Kelly lifted off her feet/dropped to her buns...she's a stunned little beauty, sitting up pretty, blinking in confusion, lips parted. "Get up Minka!" AJ shouts down all frowning with Minka-hate - ref pushes blonde girl away so he can start the count. Kelly up at 9, swaying in the wind...eyes unfocussed, legs shabby at the bell.
R4: Minka rickety up off her stool: AJ charges across the ring, attacking Kelly in the LOOKOUT corner. Right hand clouts across Minka-chin, putting Kelly's right shoulder against ropes, her left side tilted towards AJ. Cook teeth bared; eyes blazing...wide, straight-arm left bats at Minka's mouth, knocking her head back; another sidearm left to mouth buckles Minka's legs, sitting her on turnbuckle. AJ steps in close, arm-curling a tight right uppercut to chin: Minka's head bobbing sleepily; hands dropping to her lap. Finishing touches for AJ: meanspirited hook across the chops as Cook's looking down at sleepy Minka; tuff, scooping right uppercut between the breasts actually props Minka up, stopping her from pitching forward; extra left hook toggles Minka's chin, shutting her eyes in slumber as ref moves in. Kelly out on her feet as official cradles her to safety: TKO4 in brawny fashion, AJ Cook!
After: Minka mumbling in ref's arms, her eyes closed/slightly frowning as legs struggle to take her weight. AJ smiling brightly, SO cute in her corner...she overcomes Minka's superior workrate to devastate one of the world's sexiest brunettes tonight. "She can still be 'cutest of the tuff' if she wants," AJ mocks in postfight, citing Kelly's trademark with derision, "but I took the 'tuffest of the cute' part away from her tonight. She wants it back, she knows where to find me!"
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