A women’s boxing highlight show hosted by Laila Ali showcases some of the fighters building their records.
Laila: “Hello everyone and welcome to the Women’s Boxing Wrapup here on DAZN. I am your host, Laila Ali. Coming up, we have highlights from around the world of women’s boxing, so that you can catch up on all the fights you may have missed from the ever growing sport of women’s boxing.
At Virani’s cushy condo in Toronto, the show has two very interested watchers in Emma McGale and Virani MacVicar.
Virani: “Is the popcorn ready yet?”
Emma: “It’s not done popping!”
Virani: “Last time I put you in charge of getting the snacks ready.”
Emma: “Just hit pause, it’ll be ready in a moment.”
Laila takes the viewers around the world of boxing, showing highlights such as Chelsea Carter’s recent win over Juana Sanchez, before the American host comes to some highlights that are more to the watchers’ direct interest.
Laila: “Let’s look now at the Featherweight division – for a long time this had been considered to be a division without much talent, but as of right now it is one of the most competitive in women’s boxing.”
Virani: “She really should have mentioned me here.”
Emma thinks: “Ego, Virani, ego.”
Laila: “In Ottawa, Ontario a few weeks ago, we had the return of a fighter that many had claimed was one of the division’s hottest prospects – Kasandra Sobieski. She lost her undefeated record, and a lot of the hype around her, after her loss to Leanne Storm back in November. The Polish fighter took on Cornelia Estefan, on the undercard. We’ll take you now to the best parts of the fight.”
On screen, the fight is dominated by the tall Polish fighter, as she intelligently uses her jab to keep the well-built but outclassed opponent trapped in the corner.
Kasandra follows that up with a scything right hand as Cornelia tried to escape the corner. Kasandra swarms the overwhelmed fighter, but she can’t or doesn’t want to put her opponent away.
Laila: “Sobieski won the fight easily, 60-54 on all scorecards in this 6 round fight. Her record moves to 5 wins with one loss. The Polish fighter appears to be back on track, and we hope to see her again on DAZN soon.”
Virani: “It’s a win, but…”
Emma: “Doesn’t mean much.”
Virani: “Kasandra has talent, and she works hard, there’s just that something missing.”
Emma: “If she doesn’t develop it shortly, its going to be too late. How many more ‘warmup’ fights can she take? She’ll have to be thrown to the wolves at some point.”
Virani: “At a certain point, talent and hard work only takes you so far. She’s got to have that desire to be the best, the desire to say ‘I’m the better woman and I’ll do whatever it takes to prove it.’ I wonder if she’s too nice.”
Emma: “I’m nice. But I’ll still knock anyone out that stands across the ring from me.”
Virani: “I wonder if that’s a lesson she’ll ever learn.”
Emma: “If she does, she’s better than all of us.”
Virani thinks: Not me, she isn’t.
Laila: “We stay in Canada and check in with the Canadian Featherweight champion, Mechelle Gauthier as she takes on Crystal Nosek, in Montreal.”
Emma: “This was like a free with for Mechelle. That girl was a punching bag.”
Laila: “Gauthier cruised comfortably through her first defence of her Canadian title, as she overwhelmed Nosek in 5 rounds and cruised to a 5th round stoppage.”
Virani: “Say what you want about Mechelle, but she is very, very pretty. Not sure I love the new outfit – I kind of dug the old schoolgirl style. Maybe if she’s leaving it open, I should appropriate it.”
Emma: “I think when you look like Mechelle, there isn’t a bad outfit you can pick.”
Virani: “You want a rematch with her?”
Emma: “Fuck yes, I fought dumb in the first fight. I need to fight more patient, work inside more and wear her down. Mechelle isn’t a bad fighter, and I have respect for her ability, but I can and will take that pretty title from her.”
Virani: “I want to see it. Anything you need from me, you’ll get.”
Emma: “Thanks, Virani. So if I need you to bribe the ref or a judge or two?”
Virani: “Anything that isn’t illegal you will get from me.”
Emma: “Just had to clarify.”
Laila: “Moving on in the Featherweight division, we had one of 2020s upset winners continue on a trend upwards as Leanne Storm demolished the respected veteran Carly Hampton in 4 lopsided rounds.”
Virani: “How do you feel about this.”
Emma: “Oh, I’m happy for Leanne. She’s my half-sister. How could I not be happy for her?”
Virani: “Well, it’s uh, complicated, with the thing with your dad.”
Emma: “Yeah. And I’ll prove that I’m heir to his legacy. But that has nothing to do with Leanne.”
On screen, Leanne punctuated a fight filled with power punches by landing a big left hook that caught the attention of both the Featherweights on the couch.
Hampton went down hard and the ref wasted no time, calling a halt to the fight.
Virani: “She looks gigantic for a Featherweight. And she’s a good puncher too.”
Emma: “Leanne knows how to grind her opponents into dust. Like her dad. She’ll eat boxer types like Carly for lunch. Now, someone that might hit her back, I think that will be a different sort of challenge. I’m happy for her though.”
Virani: “This division feels like its getting more and more good fighters.”
The Prospect Finds Another Victim
Laila: “And our last fight from the Featherweight division, features the fighter that many, including myself are most excited about – Tanille Taylor.”
Emma: “Not her again…”
Laila: “As we’ve seen time and again, Tanille demolished her opponent, Ava Price in 4 rounds, landing the sort of combinations that only get seen on Youtube highlight videos.”
Virani: “Maybe put her in the ring with someone half decent again?”
On screen, the impressive and lovely Tanille put on a crowd pleasing show against an obviously overmatched opponent, before landing a savage right hand that collapsed the blonde girl’s legs.
Laila: “Referee Frank Herbert drew a round of criticism online for not stepping in earlier, and waiting before Ava hit the canvas before stopping the fight.”
Emma: “How about criticizing the promoter for putting this killer in the ring with a girl that trains part time?”
Laila: “Taylor continues to rack up wins and knockouts, and is now 9-0 with 6 KOs. She seems to have corrected her early career flaw of not being able to finish her opponents. Her promoters have continued to stress that they want to bring the young and talented American along slowly, but performances like this one have only made the public want to see her fight the upper echelon of the division.”
Virani: “I hate this. They are just finding girls to put in the ring with her so she can rack up a massive undefeated record.”
Emma: “You’d think she’d fight someone better after beating me and Jessimin Reed last year, but Ava was just a warm body.”
Setting Up the Title Fight
Laila: “And next week on DAZN, we have the first title defence for ‘The Empress’ Hee Jung Park as she will take on Wendy ‘Storm Surge’ Pozler, the #7 contender in the Featherweight division, in a fight that many are calling “The Showdown in Seoul.”
Virani: “Maybe after she polishes off this chump, she’ll actually fight me. I bet she’ll make some excuse. She doesn’t want the smoke. She’ll probably retire after she wins.”
Emma thinks: For a fighter coming off a loss, you sure are confident.
Laila: “Wendy Pozler agreed to travel to Seoul to fight the champion in her hometown, and for that you have to salute her toughness. The Czech fighter recently achieved her highest ranking to date, and on a 4 fight win streak, she will hope to extend that against her toughest opponent to date.”
Virani: “What do you think, Em? Does Pozler stand a chance?”
Emma: “No. Pozler’s decent. Tough. Well rounded. But not much of a puncher and eminently too hittable for someone like The Empress. She’s interesting because she’ll have a reach advantage and she’ll know how to use that. But beyond that, I don’t think she’s got the talent. I think Hee Jung gets a stoppage.”
Virani: “I’ll be cheering for her to give Hee Jung a good fight. I want to see more of the Empress. And hell, maybe she flukes out a win and I’ll get to fight her for the title.”
(Hat tip to Alesia for another of her wonderful poster designs which she has generously donated)