Battle of champions marred by poor scoring
In a title unification fight, WBA super lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill defeated WBC titleholder Anahi Sanchez over 10 tight rounds at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland Saturday night.
Two of the judge’s scorecards (99-91, 98-92 for McCaskill) did not represent the competitive nature of the fight.
The third judges tally of 96-94, was more realistic.
The super aggressive McCaskill, defending her crown for the first time, pursued Sanchez in the opening rounds. She fired punch after punch. Some missed, other landed. Sanchez, switching from orthodox and southpaw, countered with punches of her own.
McCaskill (7-2, 3 KOs) ran into an uppercut in round three, as Sanchez (19-4, 12 KOs) picked her shots and did well. McCaskill landed a right and ate a big left in return.
Sanchez was warned for holding (silly) in round five by the referee. She moved slightly and landed a sweet left. McCaskill fought back in the last 30 seconds of the stanza.
Round seven was mostly fought in a phone booth. McCaskill appeared rocked after getting clipped with a right hook. Ten seconds later she appeared to buzz Sanchez with a combination and outhustled her to win the round.
The action finally slowed as round eight as both women looked gassed. McCaskill connected with two rights in last minute of the round. She did well in round nine, landing the bigger punches as Sanchez battled back. As the crowd roared, both fighters went for broke in the 10th and final round.
The ridiculousness of the scoring even surprised the victorious McCaskill.
“I do feel the scorecards were a little drastic,” said McCaskill.“She was a great fight. I enjoyed tonight.”
“I don’t think the judges gave me any love on the scorecards,” said Sanchez in what is easily the understatement of the year.