Tears of joy keep rolling for Dyer
Krista Dyer's tearful celebrations after having her hand held aloft in victory are becoming increasingly common.
The sanshou fighter delivered one of the most eye-catching displays on the “Undefeated” undercard with a win over Ragan Beedy at the Fairmont Southampton on Saturday.
She admits her team-mates often tease her about her emotional outpouring in the ring, but says she has no intention of turning off the waterworks anytime soon.
“I'm not sure why I do that,” said Dyer, of the Bermuda Sanshou Association. “I guess I must wear my heart on my sleeve in that regards; it's probably the only time I do!”
The 29-year-old said she fully expected Beedy, a three-times American champion and World Wushu Championships bronze medal-winner, to pose a serious test. After all, Beedy had defeated Talia Iris, one of Dyer's BSA team-mates, in the final of the Pan American Wushu Championships in San José, Costa Rica, in 2014.
Dyer, however, made the most of her superior power, taking down her opponent repeatedly, with Beedy seeming reticent to let her hands go.
“She's definitely had more international exposure than me and that played on my mind,” Dyer said. “I knew she was going to be tough and I didn't want to psyche myself out and be too disappointed if I lost. I knew I had it in me, though.”
Dyer, who improves her record to three wins and three defeats, says her well-rounded performance was the most satisfying of her career.
“My primary goal was to perform the techniques I practised over the past few weeks,” said Dyer, a silver medal-winner at the Pan American Championships in Lubbock, Texas, last year.
“We were a closer match than some of my previous matches. I've been paired with kung fu masters and people who have had just one fight before. I'm really proud of this one.”
Dyer said she took up sanshou, also known as Chinese kick-boxing, 3½ years ago as it appealed her natural competitive streak and physicality.
“I'm just a sucker for competition and I love all sorts of physical challenges,” said Dyer, a trainer at Aries Sport Centre on Queen Street. “If they say I can come first in something, I'm going to dip my toe in.”
In Saturday night's other sanshou bout, Q Robinson defeated BSA team-mate Shelton Martel Thompson.