Big wins and shakeups in the rankings

Key fighters get wins and fresh rankings are out

Let’s tune in on Box TV with host Anna Schwartz for the Seconds Out boxing program. The former fighter goes on the air to present highlights and features so you know who did what.

Anna: “Welcome to our studio in Berlin. It was an eventful time in women’s boxing worldwide, with several big names stepping into the ring, and some of those stars shining brightly under the lights. I promise you won’t be bored since we will deliver the violence you are all craving for.”


Merciless Taylor

Anna: “Taylor Grant faced Allison Felix in New York City, in a Super Lightweight match which almost everyone felt was a given for the woman who loves white hair dyes, and who remains one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. In the prematch press conference, she thanked the promoters in advance for giving her an easy prey, which prompted Felix to wrestle her into the ground.”

Anna: “The imperial Grant waited for the fight itself to exact revenge, and she fully enjoyed destroying a game but overmatched opponent. She ripped a page from the Julio Cesar Chavez playbook, from when he fought against Greg Haugen in 1993. Grant outboxed Felix severely, but held back multiple times when she had clear chances to score a knockout, to stretch the beating. The sound of her punches, and Felix’s grunts, provide audible evidence.”

Anna: “The referee stopped the contest in Round 8, awarding the TKO to protect Felix, who was getting humbled by her opponent’s blazing speed. Grant’s record moved to an impressive 18-1 by looking sharper than ever before, making sure that she remains at the very top of the Super Lightweight division. Also, rumour has it that Chelsea Carter was cheering while watching the match from her flat in San Francisco.”


Chloé’s glory

Anna: “Two marquee fighters took to the ring at the same event at the Casino de Montréal, in Canada. Chloé Potvin headlined the show against the highly rated Delara Salimi, an Iranian-British fighter who is ranked number six in the Super Lightweight division.”

Anna: “Potvin edged a contested and action-packed affair with a unanimous decision. She didn’t seem to have problems with her previously injured right hand, using it to blast Salimi several times in the course of the action. With a record of 22 wins and 5 losses, the number one contender to Alesia Schumann’s crown hasn’t missed a beat despite past injuries.”


Heather’s leather

Anna: “On the same card, Heather Barker put together the most dominant performance of her career against journeyman Nancy Slater. The Kelowna native, who is a fan favourite in her adoptive land of Québec, was in charge of the action from the beginning to the end of this match. With this decision in her back pocket, she has a lofty record of 10 wins and one loss.”

Anna: “After the fight, Barker admitted that she felt so in control that she didn’t press for a knockout, so she could benefit from 10 full rounds of experience. A remark that Slater said she did not appreciate. When Barker offered a rematch to settle any dispute, Slater responded, and I quote: ‘No fucking way’.”


Wind of change

Anna: “In other news, BOX! Magazine have updated their rankings to reflect the last few months of action. There is a wave of change in the Super Lightweight division. While Alesia Schumann remains the top dog, she has new competition. Veterans Zohana Patel and Steffi Slater have entered the Top 5. New threat Chelsea Carter also enters the Top 10. Check out our Web site for more details.”

Anna: “In the Lightweight division, Zohana Patel still reigns supreme but several women are moving up and closing in. Heather Barker, Leyla Abdul and Elsie Nadege are all on the move. Top prospect Sophie Schumann remains at number 9 but she is rumoured to take on a Top 5 opponent soon. Our site gives you more details.”

Chloé Potvin
A Québec City fighter who follows the footsteps of many celebrated local boxers. A tough customer and contender in the Super Lightweight division.
Heather Barker
Heather Barker
A religious, caring and ambitious woman from Canada, now based in Marseille. One of the most tenacious boxers in the sport.
Leyla Abdul
Leyla Abdul
A Muslim boxer who doesn't mind going to war, works with the Philly shell and trades with anyone. A German Lightweight champion.