Taylor explodes for a vicious finish
With Round 7 about to begin, Taylor knows that she must convince if she is going to win this fight. Sitting champs usually get the benefit of the doubt in such a title match.
In this must-win situation, the challenger opts to increase the pressure. The brunette responds well in the early going. Her work rate matches the ambition to be one of the best fighters in the world.
Counterpunches are coming fast and that’s why the incoming attacker gets caught downstairs in the middle of a combination.
Elsie: “Did you hear that little grunt from Taylor? Lovely.”
Sky: “You’re a savage.”
The round goes swimmingly for a little while. One of the problems in Chelsea’s fighting history since adopting the switch hitting method comes back to bite, though. She throws a threatening left cross after pivoting on her left foot but the hand drops after missing. Fighting in stealth mode, Taylor detects the mistake and comes in with a thunderous left hook on the counter. PISH.
Jim: “Grant is given an opportunity and she jumps on it! A strong left hook in the jaw. No doubt that Carter felt this one.”
Chelsea is hurt but she’s learn to “poker face” her opponents by now. Not showing any sign of the pain that consumes her body and weakens the legs. She hopes to bail herself out by circling around the predator. All it takes is a few seconds of ‘rest’ to come out of it, right?
Not with Peppermint. She gambles on the potential chance to do more damage after landing a cracking shot, pursues High Voltage and zips a green glove to her face again. This time a right hand from an angle to bang the other cheek.
This time there’s nothing the champion can do to conceal the pain. Two bombs landing in succession drop the San Franciscan. The crowd cheers for the New Yorker’s success.
Jim: “Carter is down! Can she pick herself up?”
Warren: “The answer is yes, Jim. She’s already moving at the count of two and… already on one knee at four. There’s willpower in this young beast even though Grant’s punches appear to be the most dangerous in this ring.”
Jim: “Almost as dangerous as you when given too much freedom.”
Jim: “The champ beats the count but can she be steady enough?”
Steady or not, a hungry black panther pounces on her prey in no time as soon as there’s no ref in the way. Chelsea throws a left hook to defend herself but Taylor’s left uppercut crashes in the middle of her face as soon as she’s open. PAFF.
The crowd cheers and murmurs as a champion is in the danger zone.
Sam: “GET HER NOW!”
Chelsea had vast reserves of resolve, but the green gloved fists emptied the tank. There’s nothing left. High Voltage retreats, covers up and tries not to get caught. Purely survival mode.
Confident that she can finish and given the order to do so, Taylor pumps up the intensity to “maximum”. She throws the fierce volleys that made her trademark earlier in her career. Chelsea’s tight cover-up defense absorbs some of the shots but not all.
Jim: “Carter is in real trouble here with more than a minute to go in the round. She isn’t throwing back.”
Warren: “Remember the Wild West version of Taylor Grant, when she knocked chicks out, left and right? She kept it inside. Now all hell is breaking loose. It’s as impressive as it’s scary.”
Out on her feet
Chelsea gets pinned in her own corner, which only makes Taylor become more aggressive. There’s no stopping the heavy rain of punches falling upon the girl in red and black. The landing rate increases fast and she’s still not throwing back.
Amid the pounding, a plowing right hand slips under her guard to find the stomach. The crowd is cheering wildly, having smelled blood and getting a solid ration of violence.
Jim: “Carter is out on her feet in the red corner. I can’t imagine the referee letting that happen for too long.”
Jim: “Referee Jeffrey Cain stops the action at 11:11 in Round 7! What a strong finish by Taylor Grant. A powerful surge to stop Chelsea Carter and become the American Super Lightweight champion.”
Warren: “What we’ve just witnessed is a brilliant, more experienced boxer teaching a lesson to a great but less mature fighter. Grant showed us the patience that was missing in her game in the past, and it makes her a more dangerous boxer.”
Jim: “What say you, Alesia?”
Alesia: “I agree. Chelsea fought very well. Taylor endured under a barrage of punches before exploding when provided a single opportunity. Once she had Chelsea, she left no room for an escape.”
Jeffrey: “It’s over. Take your time now.”
Mercedes gets ready to climb into the ring to take care of her cousin. “Man, she thinks. We had it together. I hope this doesn’t dent her confidence.”