Before: "Lots of folks think I should be sidestepping Cole," Pallicki says in prefight, "but I disagree. I'm not a sidestepper. I'm not a picker-and-chooser. Taylor Cole's at the top of my list, because last time we fought, she outcompeted me, and I'm not accepting that. Call it stupid if you want, I don't care: Taylor took from me, now I want to take from her. The belts, the fact that she's a top contender...all that's just gravy. I owe Taylor Cole and I'd fight her in an alley if I had to, to pay her back!" Cole equally focussed - she's confident vixen coming in. "I put my finger on Adrianne's soul last time we fought," Taylor contends at podium. "Took her into deep, deep water; used her up. She's a strong-minded girl to be giving me a shot - I respect that - but she's in way over her head. I'm poison for Adrianne; she knows it deep-down, she just hasn't accepted yet. After this fight, she will." Adrianne in scarlet crochet bikini; black gloves; hair in long black ringlets. Taylor in purple bra-style bikini with twist-tie between cups; black gloves; long straight black hair.
During R1: Girls in wide-stances midring; orderly rotation clockwise: one vixen covers up as the other belts her tummy rising, rangy hooks from outside - each taking her turn. Patient punchers working behind long jabs, sorting each other out: Pallicki places a right hand clean on Cole's chin late - rattling Taylor's cage...it's the difference in an otherwise drawn round.
R2: Cole wary, in retreat: Pallicki walks Taylor down, stalking her to corners, batting away whacking left hands to body, then looking one-two up top as Cole shows earmuff, blocks, ties up for breaks. Shutout Adrianne: bossy minutes for the champ sees her build methodical lead.
R3: Cole trying to penetrate...nimble legginess from Pallcki sees her fade pressure while issuing check-jabs in retreat, then walking Taylor into a SLAMMING right hand to chin. DOWN GOES COLE! Taylor spilling to all fours as Adrianne prances away hands-high: champ nodding her head, scowling furiously as Cole rallies off the deck. Pallicki attacks the pocket at ropes - encounters sharp-punching resistance from the earmuffed-up Cole...Adrianne backs off, deciding now's not the time to go all in. Cole recovering well, getting her legs back - she's actually stalking Adrianne late, trying to bring the fight to elusive champ at bell.
R4: Taylor doubles up the jab on approach; steps into tummy-hooking range...Pallicki stooping forward in earmuff, grunting on the take. Tuff exchanges of lefts and rights at medium/close range go to Taylor: she's clouting either Pallicki jawline, backing her off. Adrianne making good use of the check-jab to problematize pursuit...Taylor never able to pin ears back and really get after Adrianne care-free.
R5: Adrianne back in charge: wide stance dominating midring position; stiff, slamming-door jab lumping Cole up; right hand cocked and menacing at shoulder, occasionally pouring forward. Cole's hands at temples as she blocks outside...Taylor unhurt, but unable to negotiate terms as Adrianne shows leggy quality.
R6: Taylor leaning in and down, twisting to drag wide lefts and rights into champion's flanks: loud, spanking blasts back Adrianne to ropes. Pallicki in earmuff/elbows in...Taylor able to square up behind a measure jab, then work the waist tuff, ringing right/lefts. Taylor shortening up stroke, really putting thump onto Adrianne's toned paunch: champ resolute behind her guard, soaking it up tight-lipped, then tieing up head-and-elbow for ref's breaks. Listless stuff from Adrianne: Taylor jabbing champ to ropes at will, then working the waistline thick, thudding shots for points. Bell: Pallicki getting a bit of a talking-to during the break: can't be laying on the ropes against Taylor Cole.
R7: Adrianne fists-at-cheeks, stepping in a methodical long left jab...she's driving Taylor before her in methodical first minute. Second minute - Cole reading champ's jab well, chopping short rights over top and finding Adrianne's chin...Pallicki's legs give a shimmy as challenger hits paydirt. Taylor quickly pouring in: left hook hoisted up into midsection; overhand right clouting ear...Adrianne stunned, stumbling backward into ropes, then POLEAXED by a swinging, straight-arm left hand looped in from outside Pallicki's left shoulder. Adrianne's head blasted back over top rope and CHAMPION GOES DOWN! Pallicki bouncing off ropes to all fours...she's a rickety vixen as Taylor bellows down in triumph. Ref clears space; Pallicki strugges up at 8, blinking and swaying against ropes in swoon. ON COMES TAYLOR! Adrianne sleepy, covers up earmuff, stoops forward...Taylor squares away close - top of her head bumping Adrianne's guard as OH the body blows bounce off paunch. Thumping lefts and rights in tight-curling arcs - Cole in there strong, pounding away and DOWN GOES PALLICKI! Adrianne stricken, dropping down and rolling onto her back while hugging throbbing bod...Cole seething down, looming over her conquest until ref pushes her away. ADRIANNE BEATS THE COUNT! She's shabby, swaying in the wind, but Adrianne Pallicki's up in the nick to save her title!
R8: Pressure up the middle from oncoming Taylor...Adrianne retreating, check-jabbing...check-jabbing...walking Cole into clinch. Repeat again and again...Pallicki visbily reduced, but boxing smart, feeding Cole the retreating jab, walking her close, tying her up. Taylor the aggressor, but ineffective - she puts no extra mileage on a hurting champ, allowing Adrianne the priceless opportunity to recover.
R9: Taylor able to jab Adrianne to ropes; clout her a swinging right to chops...Pallicki gobbles it, comes back a rising right to rack, then the girls are in the muck, slopping it to each other. Adrianne cornered, but punching - Cole banging away on both arms, trying to find the head, but Adrianne blocking-and-answering efficiently. Leads to a slugging stalemate - both girls open mouthed and busting up...Pallicki able to walk forward in final minute, help herself to paunch via rising left hooks: it's Cole tying up late, her mouth open on Pallicki's shoulder at bell.
R10: Same again - Taylor jabbing Pallicki to neutral corner, then laying siege: Adrianne organized in the pocket, blocking-and-answering as tall girls shorten up stroke to slop away. Two minutes of even slog - both women belted shabby, but it's Adrianne coming forward late, picking Cole's chin up via stout left uppercut, then punching her hard right hands across the breasts. Taylor dismayed in final minute, legs giving way...she's forced to tie up as Adrianne bodies her to ropes, pushes off, then beats her rangy to bell. Comes back UD10 in workmanlike fashion for the winner and STILL champ - Adrianne Pallicki.
AFter: Pallicki adding to her multi-dimensionality...confounding a very tough Taylor Cole with a tactical, methodical approach throughout. "I'm starting to get what my guys have been preaching," a banged up, but glowing Adrianne P says in postfight. "Slugging with Taylor...it's a crapshoot you know? We both hit the canvas; we both knew we could hurt each other. But Taylor was expecting me to be right-hand happy tonight and that's just not me anymore. I stung her with it; I'm still throwing it...but I like to think I outboxed and outclassed Taylor tonight, even as I outmuscled her. Looking at Taylor now...I'm very satisfied and pleased with what I was able to do with her."
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