Now in Vegas, tensions rise
It’s the day before fight night. For the fighters there’s one task at hand before the fight – the weigh-in. For both Kayleigh and Virani, it’s the culmination of weeks of dieting to get to the Featherweight limit, and then immediate rehydration to their normal weight for the fight.
By this point in their careers, though, they are used to the process and have it down to a science. Virani finds it a little bit harder to cut down to the limit of 126 pounds. Perhaps it is age or another factor but the Canadian spends more time in the sauna, sweating off the last few pounds, than she’d like.
Greta Reider MC’s the weigh in on behalf of Final Bell.
Greta: Welcome to the weigh in for the main event of the ‘Grand Finale!’ Please welcome the former WBU Featherweight champion, Kayleigh Parsons!”
Kayleigh walks out on stage with her usual confident display. There’s a little less showboating than usual, reflecting, perhaps, an increased seriousness.
She steps onto the scale and receives the good news.
Greta: “The challenger makes weight. 126 pounds for Kayleigh Parsons!”
Greta: “Please welcome to the stage the defending and popular champion, Virani MacVicar!”
Virani makes her way onto the stage in a businesslike manner, before stripping down to an outfit that you’d only ever see on a beach. Not only does it show off the fine physique of the champion, but the lightweight attire is needed to ensure that she can make the Featherweight limit, given her challenges throughout the week.
Virani steps on the scale and after some adjustments by the officials gets the good news.
Greta: “The champion also weighs in at 126 pounds! We have a main event!”
Kayleigh and Virani are brought to the front of the stage for pictures, with neither being too happy to get into another war of words. Being 24 hours away from a physical encounter, there’s no more need for verbal barbs.
However, there’s no mistaking the mutual dislike between the parties, with Kayleigh dismissing the champion as she strikes a pose for the cameras. That moment is just as effective selling the fight as any verbal barrage could be. A picture, as they say, says 1,000 words.
We now teleport 24 hours into the future, where it is time for the main event of the evening. Once again, Greta Reider has the microphone.
Greta: “There’s no more waiting, it’s time for the main event of the evening! Presented by Final Bell and Star Sports 2, this bout is scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds and is for the WBU Featherweight championship of the world! Sponsored by the MGM Grand Casino, it’s time for the Queens of Leather to show down! It’s time for a fight!”
The crowd roars appreciatively. The undercard was good, but there all here to see a main event years in the making.
Greta: “Introducing first, the challenger. Tonight, she fights out of the red corner. She comes to us from London, England! Her professional record is an excellent one, 12 wins, two losses and nine of those wins coming by way of knockout! Known as ‘The Fluke’ and the ‘Blonde Bomber’ this former amateur standout is coached by Jim Parsons. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the former WBU Featherweight champion, Kayleigh Parsons!”
Kayleigh raises a hand into the air as the fans in the arena salute her. There’s a small but dedicated number of British fans that make themselves known.
Laila: “The former champion is here to regain her crown. Parsons went through her dark night of the soul, losing to Michaela Sommer and Kasandra Sobieski before bouncing back to form against Tanille Taylor. The blonde is a fighter with all the talent in the world and all the self-belief that goes with that. She wanted this trilogy fight with MacVicar and she’s got it tonight.”
Greta: “Introducing her opponent, fighting out of the blue corner. This popular fighter fights out of the Cobra Gym in Toronto, Canada. She comes into tonight with a professional record of 15 wins, five defeats and one draw, with 12 of those wins coming by way of knockout! She is the REIGNING and DEFENDING WBU Featherweight champion of the world! Ladies and gentlemen, the beautiful, the dangerous, ‘The Canadian Cobra’ Virani MacVicar!”
The crowd noise rises for the popular Virani. She raises an arm and flexes, showing off that corded muscle that has felled many a fighter before her.
Laila: “At this point, Virani is a known quality. She’s in the best form of her career under Sandra Blohm, who may have taken away a little of her power but given her a more well-rounded game. A rare fighter at this weight that can end any fight with one punch. This will be the second defence of her title and if she wins, she solidifies herself as one of the very best.”
Greta: “Once the bell rings, the referee in control of the action will be Kanti Agrawal.”
Laila: “A familiar sight to boxing fans, Agrawal will ensure things proceed fairly without intervening too heavily in the action. Expect little controversy.”
Kanti: “Ladies, to the middle please.”
Virani and Kayleigh come to the middle of the ring. They maintain eye contact with the other as Kanti goes over the instructions.
Kanti: “We went over the unified rules in the dressing rooms. This fight is scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds. There is no three-knockdown rule. There is no standing eight-count. You cannot be saved by the bell in any round. If you knock your opponent down, you have to go to a neutral corner before I start a count. Protect yourself at all times. Obey my commands at all times. Have yourselves a good clean fight. Now, touch gloves.”
Kayleigh offers immediately, and it takes a long few moments for Virani to touch them up.
Laila: “That was about as frosty as you might expect between the two of these ladies. They are not fans of the other. We are about to see the 15th round of action between the two. And like the first fight, I sincerely doubt we will be going the distance.”
Quietly hidden from the fray is friend to both women, Alesia Schumann. Despite her championship status and celebrity she is anonymous in the crowd. Like everyone else, she holds her breath as the bell rings to begin the fight.