Perozzi: 'I was the better fighter'
Teresa Perozzi insists she was the better fighter and deserved to win both belts at last night’s ‘all or nothing’ WBC and WBA middleweight unification championship bout at Fairmont Southampton.
The local southpaw’s bruising ten-round bout with challenger Tori Nelson in front of a sell-out crowd ended in a majority draw.
Judges Lynn Carter (USA) and Claude Paquette (Canada) both scored the fight 95-95 while local judge Vic Richmond scored it 98-93 in Perozzi’s favour.
“I definitely feel I won the fight and even more so now,” Perozzi said. “I was certainly the better boxer and clearly won the first half of the fight so I’d probably give her three rounds.”
Perozzi was far from satisfied with the outcome of a fight many felt could’ve gone either way.
“Even though I successfully defended my belt a draw doesn’t feel good and the fact they are taking the WBC belt back on the plane doesn’t feel good to me, it’s still vacant,” she said. “I am disappointed and don’t feel good about it.”
American Nelson, who has yet to be beaten as a pro, also felt she had won an absorbing slugfest with Perozzi that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
“I felt I won. . . I felt I did what I was supposed to do but I guess it wasn’t enough,” she said.
In the remaining professional boxing bout, featherweight Jennifer Salinas moved a step closer to a shot at a title after recording a points win against Karen Dulin. Salinas controlled the entire six-round contest and was never really tested by her fellow American rival.
The main kick-boxing event saw Canada’s Daniel Kechecgo claim the AMTAC Intercontinental Middleweight Championship after edging Bermuda’s Sentwali Woolridge on points.
Local junior middleweight fighter Nikki Bascome warmed up for his upcoming Dynamic Fighting Championship title bout in Florida with a solid display in an exhibition match with Canadian Justin Garant. Bascome stood in for compatriot Chris Wilson who withdrew at the 11th hour through injury.
Recording a maiden win as an amateur at the first attempt was Royal Gazette senior sports reporter Stephen Wright who prevailed against Deondre Burgess on points.
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