Dakota Fanning vs Dove Cameron (FCBA Free Agent vs Mirage Boxing) (2-2, 2 KO vs 3-6, 3 KO) BWO Rankings: #102 vs #104 Results: Lookout!; Story: Vassago
BEFORE: These blondes apparently couldn't hurt a proverbial fly but Dakota Fanning jumped into a fast career start against fellow free agents Nicole Gale Anderson and Miranda Cosgrove before Danielle Campbell and Ariel Winter poured some cold water over her looming hot streak. Meanwhile Dove Cameron wants to win her first fight as a member of the Mirage Boxing after Emma Stone pounded her into a pulp on the Empire stable war undercard. This is a perfect match-up for any flyweight-themed event and even BLONDE! Magazine voices their support of the girls involved claiming Dakota and Dove are simply underestimated in the big picture and can deliver the fireworks when neccessary.
Dakota Fanning wears a green bikini set with white trim and white gloves. Long blonde hair straight. Dove Cameron wears a light blue bikini set and brown gloves. Long blonde hair in loose waves. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the flyweight division.
Round 1: Dakota is two inches taller than her opponent and the superior reach comes to the fore during the opening round. She aims her aerial attack upstairs and rocks Dove's head back as the younger blonde's guard struggles to embrace the early drive. Dakota keeps digging her mitts into Dove's cheeks down the stretch and reels her opponent backwards however she can't quite land the big haymaker to claim ultimate superiority. Dove reverts into a hectic retreat before finally standing up to the pressure and delivering a couple of promising hooks when she runs out of real estate. Fanning tries to pin her to the turnbuckle but could use a proper switch to the body; her execution drops in the final minute and she begins to bounce off Cameron's high guard repeatedly in the dying seconds which doesn't really change the scorecards revenue.
Round 2: Fanning tries to blast her way through Cameron's high guard early in the second but she clips the top of the fellow blonde's shoulder and gets countered with a nasty hook on the nose that wobbles her on the heels on the spot. One could argue that's a result of Dakota's mediocre punching resistance rather than Dove's outright power but the Mirage recruit jumps into a steady jabbing assault thereafter and picks the older blonde off from point-blank range. As much as the lack of core strenght on both sides was discussed before the fight, the defense is anything but solid as well. Fanning's head snaps back under the Cameron onslaught repeatedly and the older of the two girls just doesn't have the movements of her foe so she sinks on jelly knees and begins to gurgle in pain once Dove clears the second minute in full control and fires away in a classic teenage fashion - even though she's no longer a teenager. Dakota wobbles back to the ropes and displays woeful counterpunching skills, she grazes Cameron's forearms but eats a clubbing hook on the fly and slides against the turnbuckle fortunate to hear the bell soon afterwards. Dove squeals in delight but the joyful outburst is more suitable for a maiden trip to Disneyland rather than FCBA boxing ring!
Round 3: Dakota struggles to match Dove's speed and wastes the opening minute in another fruitless counterpunching pursuit while the younger blonde delivers the juice upstairs and seemingly begins to wear her opponent down through sheer amount of strikes rather than outright power. That's hardly surprising and as both girls keeps firing away in the center of the ring, Cameron begins to stack up the numbers and leaves Fanning's pale skin well reddened come the second minute. Dakota eats every three punches for her own single one landing and scowls in pain when Dove finally cracks her ribcage in a sudden switch of targets. Ugh! Dakota bends forward like got clipped in the liver but she remains glued to the spot and only applies the clinching respite which is broken off by the referee. Dove leaps with a quick uppercut on the jaw and Dakota gets bounced off the ropes before another zipping cross nails her on the brow ridge and results in another swollen patch. The bell just couldn't come any sooner to save the older blonde from more punishment!
Round 4: Dakota's really upset over her facial lumps and vows to wipe the goofy Disneyland smile off Dove's face in the fourth. The gung-ho approach brings her an early success as she beats the younger blonde for the initial punch and camps into her cheeks however Cameron's footwork saves her from imminient damage. The older blonde might dominate with her jabbing production however she just can't tee off properly and allows Dove to escape into mid-range safety down the stretch. Both girls spend the second minute circling each other and gathering their thoughts before Fanning leaps into another aggressive drive that enables her to land more solid single punches upstairs. Still, she can't quite dump the Mirage blonde onto the ropes and lacks a proper combo to underline her intentions however she does enough to probably win the round as Dove barely landed a clean punch in this round.
Round 5: Fanning stopped leaking punches in the fourth and intends to bury her opponent under a similar aggressive charge she displayed minutes before however she falls foul to Dove's supreme footwork one more time and cuts thin air over hee shoulder while leaning too far forward. A quick strike on the nose bends her sideways before a well-placed uppercut finds the jaw and sinks the older blonde into spasms! Dakota's feet are left behind and she rolls down the windows with her arms just to stay upright however Dove squares up to her in a hurry and bangs away at the swollen brow ridge which begins to look even worse now... a quick series of unanswered strikes cripples Fanning amid more spasms and she can't actually lock a clinch anymore as Cameron whips her on the heels with another vicious uppercut! Dakota's arms collapse by the side and the Mirage prospects lands another cross on the lips followed by a laser of a left hand on the ear... Where did she learn that? DOWN GOES FANNING!!! The shot to the ear simply ragdolls the older blonde to the boards and she rolls onto her back with eyes closed. Her punching resistance was questioned tonight already and she flinches into knockout spasms sooner rather than later! KO5 Dove Cameron!!!
AFTER: For someone who allegedly couldn't hurt a fly that was a monster of a finish from Cameron! Joining forces with Mirage might be the best thing that has happened to the blonde cutie ever and the main reason she uppended a girl with a very similar upside tonight. There's truly nothing to choose physically between both Dove and Dakota - and Boxing World Online rankings seem to confirm that - but having a stable backing always brings you confidence the uncertain free agency waters fail to provide.
Dove dances around the fallen blonde for a while but the giggles stop when someone from the crowd mentions the Pretty Little Punchers snub she (un)officially experienced back in 2014: "Contrary to some rumours, they didn't choose Danielle Campbell over me! Okay, so maybe they did... stupid Ariana Grande loss robbed me of that opportunity! But that doesn't matter anymore! I have a management who believes in me now! So if your name is Sarah Hyland, Sammi Hanratty or Stella frickin' Hudgens, you're in DEEP trouble now! Ready or not, here I come! The Cute Assassin!"
Final result: Dove Cameron def. Dakota Fanning KO5.
Shenae Grimes vs Juno Temple (LCA sparring partner vs Foxfire Atlantic Boxing) (4-2, 4 KO vs 0-1) BWO Rankings: #70 vs #134 Results: Lookout!; Story: Vassago
BEFORE: Former CW's 90210 lead heroine Shenae Grimes is still best known as Jessica Lowndes' sparring partner over at the Bradenton gym however she vows to maintain the hot streak that saw her win a total of three fights last season. Yes, official sparring partners can have a nice journeywomen careers as well even though Grimes' performances have escaped the mainstream hype thus far.
On the other hand Juno Temple returns to boxing action after over two and a half years away; she made her FCBA debut at the Asylum Hall in January 2015 and actually took Leighton Meester into a decision but has mysteriously vanished from the Foxfire's match-making schedule ever since. She remains tight-lipped over this lenghty inactivity period and claims that "future is the only thing that matters" ahead of tonight's comeback effort.
Shenae Grimes wears a red bikini top, white knickers and black gloves. Long dark brown hair tied in a sleek ponytail. Juno Temple wears a navy blue bikini set and white gloves. Long blonde hair tied in a half-up ponytail. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the flyweight division.
Round 1: Both girls seek early success and trade punches in close range but they lack precision and either bounce off each others' guard or cut thin air in a spirited but otherwise lacklustre exchange. Juno shows more agility and ducks more of these punches while trying to loop something over the top but it's a common belief she's the weaker of the two strikers and needs more effort to tame the brunette's alleged supreme aggression she'd learned from Jessica Lowndes. It's perhaps safe to say Shenae is the poor man's Lowndes but apparently that's enough to keep Juno from making instant progress as she keeps banging away without much success. A late hook nails the blonde on the chin but Grimes lacks the follow up and allows her rival to step back thereafter.
Round 2: Shenae turns up the heat as she beats Juno to the punch and snaps her head back with a quick one-two combo on the cheeks. Juno tries to swing something from the back foot but finds nothing but thin air and gets clubbed on the nose with a straight-forward piledriver that sends her reeling onto the ropes. However Grimes just doesn't have the speed neccessary to close her down in time and spends the next minute or so in a fruitless pursuit with Temple ducking and weaving away from the brunette's charge. Things finally settle down in the third minute where Juno shows some courage and tries to sweep the Canadian around the elbows but only eats a quick hook on the jaw right at the bell.
Round 3: This time Grimes misses the initial approach and wobbles straight into a jabbing combo on the chin that allows Juno to step up with the leather juice as she snaps the brunette's head back and makes her groan in pain in the proccess. Juno leans on the front (left) leg and delivers a power punch on the temple that even catches some fans by surprise; Grimes drops on her heels but gets quickly pounded to the ropes as Temple just fires away from point-blank range and subdues the Canadian on the spot. Shenae spends the remainder of the round covered behind a high earmuff but neutralized along the ropes and if only Juno could actually find more core strenght she'd have knocked the brunette foe down for the count according to most of the audience.
Round 4: This isn't exactly the Jessica Lowndes school of boxing and a glaring example why Shenae doesn't stand a chance of signing a full-time LCA contract anytime soon. She remains under the cosh in the fourth, obviously still hurting after that Temple drive in the previous round... and the Foxfire girl nicknamed "Temple of Juno" takes full advantage of her opponent's lukewarm approach. She outworks her in close range and keeps head hunting her until she reels her back onto the ropes again where she sticks her mitts downstairs to really sting Grimes into spasms. The Canadian can only clinch herself into a brief respite but Juno barks in her ear and demands immediate response if Shenae can actually find one. She can't and Juno blasts her on the ribcage to run away with a dominant performance in the fourth!
Round 5: Shenae's hot streak is under extreme pressure but she avoids Juno's leather rush to start the fifth and settles into a counterpunching drill which allows her to neutralize the blonde's charge during a cagey opening minute. Temple tries to close her foe down but bounces off the high guard repeatedly and loses her patience down the stretch. Grimes becomes more aggressive in the second part of the round, she swings a couple of fine hooks that find the blonde's temples and drives one straight up the gut which catches the Foxfire girl completely by surprise. Grimes adds another uppercut shortly afterwards and dumps the fellow actress on her heels when she lands a left/right combo on the nose exposing the blonde's guard in the proccess. Juno tries to swing one from the back foot but is beaten to the punch and Shenae cuts her lower lip up with a powerful hook that sends the blonde into retreat on the spot. The clocks expires few seconds later and halts Grimes' pursuit much to her visible dismay.
Round 6: Grimes seems to have recovered from a couple of difficult rounds and begins to stalk Temple around the wounded lip. She sends in a plethora of piledrivers from point-blank range and Juno simply looks rattled by the lip injury so much she gets her gloves shoved into her face as the Canadian increases the workload. Juno's superior footwork has deserted her as well and she just soaks up leather abuse during the opening minute which breaks down her resilience much faster than anyone around Staples Center would have anticipated. And there's more blood coming from the wounded lip that only fuels Grimes' desire to blow the door off her foe next... Juno gets backed into the ropes but offers nothing and crumbles under the onslaught when Shenae picks her off and splits her mitts repeatedly. There are visible red stains on Temple's white gloves and she cries out in pain when the Canadian clubs her with a left/right combo on the nose which prompts the referee's reaction. HE STEPS IN TO SAVE TEMPLE FROM AN UGLY DEMISE that was knocking on her door courtesy of the brunette's punching. TKO6 Shenae Grimes!!!
AFTER: This wasn't a fight between immediate flyweight contenders but Shenae showed enough of the evil edge to draw blood from her opponent. As relaxed as Juno looked while dishing out the juice, she really crumbled when the brunette cut her up and was in no mood for recovery ever since. However Grimes still got exposed during Temple's best two rounds in the third & fourth which proves why she doesn't exactly threaten to unseat the ex-902010 co-star Lowndes from the Lioness Club spotlight anytime soon. Apparently the sparring partner fee is big enough though for her to swallow her pride and keep acting in the understudy role - which was exactly reversed when the two of them shared the CW screentime back in the day.
Final result: Shenae Grimes def. Juno Temple TKO6.
Roxanne Pallett vs Jennette McCurdy (Kear's Kats vs Beever's Babes USA) (7-5, 7 KO vs 9-8, 9 KO) BWO Rankings: #34 vs #39 Results: Lookout!; Story: Vassago
BEFORE: The long-standing rivalry between Kear's Kats and Beever's Babes dates back to the founding days of the BBU but the most promising members of these stables are now making the noise on the other side of the Atlantic where Roxanne Pallett continues on her crossover way and is hell bent on knocking out the former JMD champion Jennette McCurdy tonight.
The former Emmerdale starlet keeps turning heads and boasts a positive record in the FCBA competition however Nickelodeon stalwart McCurdy is widely regarded as the better prospect being 10 years Pallett's junior among other things. She's also fought better opposition - with mixed results - and that's why her inferior ranking compared to the English brunette is somewhat misleading according to the pundits. Well, Jennette has the perfect opportunity to establish the correct pecking order and prove why she's the better woman of the two!
Roxanne Pallett wears a violet bikini set with black trim and black gloves. Long dark brown hair tied in a half-up ponytail with bangs. Jennette McCurdy wears a silver bikini set with red trim and red gloves. Long blonde hair tied in a sleek ponytail. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the flyweight division.
Round 1: Jennette is a fairly feisty operator considering her JMD success in the past but she gets blitzed during the opening minute as Roxy gallops into a steady jabbing rush and deploys the all-in tactics which is so familiar in the 110 lbs division. The older actress nails her rival with a quick combo and settles into a head hunting assault that forces immediate earmuff cover from the blonde who needs to really find her feet if she's to survive the initial onslaught. She fails to do that and gets pounded back to the ropes as Pallett keeps picking her off in numbers. The blonde's guard improves during the second minute but she remains trapped on the ropes and the single hand response from behind the cover only bounces off the brunette's mitts. Roxy drives a left hook on the guts to bend the American into early spasms but refuses to switch her targets and keeps bombing away upstairs for remainder of the round leaving McCurdy completely subdued in the proccess.
Round 2: Both girls engage in a furious close range battle as Jennette wants to finally get off the mark after that poor opener, she digs her mitts into Roxanne's jelly and triggers that enjoyable shrieking sound from the brunette's mouth which fuels her aggression and allows her to sink more crisp shots to the body. However Pallett refuses to back off and loops a solid response over the top which tags the blonde's temples a couple of times. Jennette's execution proves to be superior on the long haul though and she reels the Brit on her heels before tackling more ribcage for a good measure. The repeated body assault leaves Roxanne a little banged up come the final minute and McCurdy is unfortunate not to pound her butt-in-ropes to underline her recovery.
Round 3: Another close range tangle gives the American the edge early on but Roxanne improves her footwork once she reads through her attacking pattern and responds in a similar fashion. Both girls lean onto each other and are determined to chop some tummy into a mush but they actually clash heads in their furious pursuit for domination and have to take a quick breather to gather their thoughts. Jennette fires away a little quicker at first but bounces off the brunette's forearms and gets picked off to the solar plexus instead as Roxy lands a nice one-two combo on target and moves up to clip the blonde's chin thereafter. McCurdy didn't see that strike coming and wobbles back on her heels which allows the dark-haired Cumbrian to stalk her upstairs with several menacing swings that don't quite land on target but force the younger actress into a hectic retreat in the closing seconds of the round.
Round 4: The girls keep coming back at each other and fancy another close range tussle; Jennette stalks the brunette's midriff and almost catches her with a not-so-unintentional headbutt but gets stunned with a vicious cross on the nose and aches out in pain while Roxy adds more juice upstairs. Jennette's ponytail spins around her neck as the Brit lands her aerial attacks but the Beevers' girl brawls herself back into contention when she finally drops the body assault and nails Pallett with a seemingly wayward hook on the lips. Roxanne also wobbles to the side amid a loud yelp and both girls resume the phone booth-like exchange, Jennette rewinds some old JMD tape and uppercuts the brunette's mounds and despite Pallett having experience in this genre herself, she jumps back to safety in a rare sign of thinking better off it. However McCurdy slams another left/right combo on the mouth and reels the older woman to the ropes where she harpoons her to the body with a quick switch and pounds away at the tummy until the bell halts her progress.
Round 5: Jennette's eyes glare with nothing but disdain as she tackles the brunette to the body again but Roxy manages to stick a heavy right hand on the blonde's temple and then slices through the high guard with a textbook one-two combo that finds the chin and sinks the American on soft knees. Jennette refuses to yield real estate and throws a hook aimed upstairs however Pallett dekes away from it and counters with a left hook that nails the blonde on the jaw one more time and spins her towards the ropes. McCurdy just doesn't want to retreat her but she can't find her feet in time and gets blasted upstairs again as Pallett suddenly rains punches in close range taking full advantage of the wayward defense. Jennette eats a number of clean punches and simply disappears onto the ropes as she fails to land her response anywhere other than the brunette's forearms before a massive hook slams her on the left eye and results in visible swelling. Perhaps that's down to the previous amount of punches she soaked up but regardless Roxy just tears into her face during the last twenty odds seconds and rocks the blonde's head back & forth to dominate the action; McCurdy slumps on soft knees with eyes closed at the bell and her extended yelps only fuel Roxy's desire to finally break her resilience next. Or has she actually achieved that goal already?
Round 6: McCurdy for once tries to bide her time in mid-distance but Roxy matches her footwork and squares right up to her in the center of the ring following a brief ducking battle. She beats the blonde for a quick overhand and targets the swollen left eye with repeated slaps from point-blank range. Jennette drops on her heels and the poor mobility suddenly paves the way for a heavy Pallett assault as she dwarfs McCurdy's high guard and knocks more juice into the American's face.... and the moans are getting louder and louder as Roxy turns up the heat and is well on her way to add more facial damage... Jennette begins to squeal as she gets pounded back to the ropes, her arms collapse by the side when the Brit half-spins her with another vicious hook however there's room for another brutal hook that blasts the aching blonde on the jaw AND SENDS HER SLIDING DOWN ON HER KNEES moments later. The one-sided nature of this round takes it's toll on McCurdy who slides onto all fours during the count and she simply can't recover from the beating she just got handed by the petite brunette. It's a no-go here at the ten and subsequently KO6 Roxanne Pallett!!!
AFTER: That's a very impressive win for the Cumbrian veteran who soaked up all the juice the proud American threw at her before storming back and knocking her down for the count. A nasty slugging affair with neither girl ready to quit until Jennette simply couldn't take it anymore following that slump in the latter stages of the fifth round. Roxanne's crossover career keeps blossoming and she's well placed to make a Top 30 entry in the next flyweight rankings, a truly incredible achievement given the lacklustre start to her BBU tenure. The icing on the cake? The Kats score one over their bitter Beevers rivals and there's no wonder head trainer Gail Kim is unable to contain herself during the post-event VIP party.
Final result: Roxanne Pallett def. Jennette McCurdy KO6.