BEFORE: It doesn't get any more exotic than this as former Miss World Priyanka Chopra and Hawaii's very own Nicole Scherzinger are ready to duke it out in the ring next. Priyanka's arrival at the elite Hawkeye gym must be regarded as an upset signing of the year and unfortunately for the Indian stunner, the results just are not there to justify the head-scratching move from one of the most successful stables in the FCBA history.
Meanwhile Nicole has a point to prove herself, following her extended tenure at Front Street she played second fiddle to Minka Kelly on the Lookout bantamweight corps and jumped ship to Lioness Club of America full of confidence she can muscle the divisional Alpha status from Eva Mendes (who once smoked her inside the opening round though). However the very same Minka Kelly then followed suit on a free trade and won the stable's maiden bantamweight championship which killed any hopes Scherzinger had of becoming that Alpha woman. She has to settle for the unofficial Queen Of The Beach title she won against Laura Vandervoort in June 2015 but that's not good enough to put her Lioness future in perennial jeopardy.
Priyanka Chopra wears a golden one-piece swimsuit with black trim and white gloves. Long dark brown hair tied in a curly ponytail. Nicole Scherzinger wears a white bikini set with red trim and red gloves. Long raven-black hair tied in a sleek ponytail. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the bantamweight division.
Round 1: Mind over matter stuff from both women early on; you could argue these are two 19 year olds in their flyweight debut but the pressure to score that all important victory seems to get the better of them at this stage. Priyanka's scattered attacks fail to break the Hawaiian guard and Nicole thumps her foe with a vicious jabbing delivery instead; as the intensity of this contest grows, the singer finds more success with her high-octane jabbing and outworks the actress to the point Chopra simply has to yield real estate in order to avoid facial damage. Scherzinger keeps firing upstairs most of the time and lands a late double on the cheeks that finally stumbles an aching Indian to the ropes but the clock expires before the Lioness fighter can dish out more leather.
Round 2: Priyanka's woeful execution keeps handing the American a clear advantage as the seconds tick away; there's just no way through for the Indian woman and Nicole's high guard withstands everything being thrown at her before another head hunting assault snaps Chopra back to the ropes and this time Scherzinger's right on the money whipping her otherwise sluggish foe into an earmuffed standstill. Since Priyanka's all covered up upstairs, the singer finally switches to the body and harpoons that toned breadbasket which raises the moaning volume from her foe, a swift left hook then pierces the mitts and snaps Chopra's head one more time so the late rally to the guts almost comes as a bonus since the singer stays on top of the action all the way through here. This is anything but a trademark Hawkeye success story and the decision to sign Chopra looms as a massive bust at this stage.
Round 3: One has to give credit to Chopra for trying, she swarms all over the Hawaiian brunette in the third again and prevents further damage upstairs but the body assault bounces off the forearms and only triggers a lenghty wrestling struggle that admittedly halts Scherzinger's charge but doesn't really win the judges' approval. However Priyanka just refuses to let go of the clinch and gets warned by the ref a couple of times until a visibly annoyed singer smacks her with a left hook to the nose and follows up with more midriff-checking efforts that reel the former Miss World to the corner. It's a familiar sight here in MSG when the clock expires, Chopra's trapped butt-in-ropes and just soaking up more Hawaiian heat.
Round 4: Nicole continues to read the whitewash script; it's like a throwback to her Asylum days but nobody calls a Hawkeye fighter 'tomato can' around the place even though the punches just stack up on Priyanka's face and render her into a mobile punchbag at the very least. Nicole's always up for a brief dancing routine and easily tracks down the Indian's effort to escape to the back row before slicing her high guard up with more jabbing menace. She has the actress right where she wants her but she needs that one big punch to really rattle Chopra off her comfort zone. Despite adding more Hawaiian juice in the final minute, Priyanka does well to survive the onslaught and actually rips a left/right cross spot on the bell that finds the singer's mouth and wobbles her into a thunder uppercut on the jaw! That landed long after the bell but Chopra escapes the late blow with a mere warning, it's better to be lucky than good but the HISC crew needs more than just a single punch to turn things around here. It's 40-36 Nicole on the cards, a rare scoreline according to the record books.
Round 5: Scherzinger gestures towards the crowd and vows to end this one quickly now; well, despite all the scorecards blues, Priyanka's mental attitude has hardly been cracked and the windmill like execution finally brings her some joy early in the fifth. She beats the flamboyant singer for the initial punch and whacks her on the nose before driving an uppercut to the solar plexus that stacks the older brunette breathless for a moment... suddenly a flurry of belting harpoons tackle the midsection and reel Nicole on her heels, she gets bumped further back when Priyanka applies a classic jug-to-jug contact and whips another perfect hook that tags the ear and sends the Hawaiian girl into a tailspin. All changed at the bell now; it's Chopra ripping through the other woman's guts and LCA head trainer Claudia Schiffer gets vocal for the first time tonight as she tries to somehow distract the HISC brunette but Priyanka goes all-in on her foe's midriff and has to be pulled off by the ref at the bell. Scherzinger is livid with that treatment and vows to avenge her troubles as soon as the bell rings again.
Round 6: Here we go! The unneccessary Hawaiian comeback is on! Nicole's ego was damaged by that pillar-to-post beating in the fifth and instead of sitting on the wide points lead, the singer tries to take the Indian's head off... with catastrophical conseqences... she loops a hooking combo that cuts thin air as Chopra channels her past modelling days moves and BLASTS a screamer on the counter drill... she almost shove her glove into Nicole's mouth and half-spins her into a stumble.... next thing the older brunette notices when she looks up is Priyanka's right hook tearing a huge cut over her left eye AND SENDING HER CRASHING FACE DOWN ON THE CANVAS!!! What in the world? Nicole's butt sticks up in the air as she tries to keep her lips from sucking the boards but she eventually sits down at around seven and makes a desperate lunge to beat the suspiciously quick count... She's up at nine... ooof, that was close but wait a minute... the blood is streaming down from that deep cut over the left eye and the ref orders a quick fix... by the time Nicole gets patched up, a significant swelling develops around the right eye too and the ref wants to have another look at this one... Nicole claims she's good to go but gives the wrong anwers upon seeing four fingers instead of two... Oh dear, the ref must be a Chicago Cubs fan still nursing a hangover because HE CALLS IT OFF!!! The Hawaiian is deemed unable to continue this fight despite still leading on the cards! Controversial TKO6 Priyanka Chopra in come-from-behind fashion!!!
AFTER: "F#### robbery in broad daylight! Hawkeye bribed the damn ref!", LCA coach Claudia Schiffer loses her temper and tries to get physical with the officials but it's a lost cause. Priyanka doesn't mind getting lucky to stop her losing skid and claims "she would have blasted Scherzinger all the way back to Hawaii anyway" in wake of that knockdown that turned the fight on it's head and neglected one of the biggest possible scorecards leads. The Indian stunner lost four of the first five rounds yet somehow got the win in what must be described as a solid contender for 'Comeback Of The Year' fight awards regardless of the controversy that was attached to it.
The Hawkeye entourage takes extra pleasure from the anguished efforts by the Schiffer & Scherzinger tandem to reverse the original call. It's so obvious the verdict will stand but perhaps the almighty Consortium finds enough respect to the community to offer the otherwise distraught singer a rematch down the line. The Chopra/Scherzinger match-up looks like a special evening treat under any place in the sun and the Lioness front office vows to salvage whatever's left from the Hawaiian pride to make the rematch happen sooner rather than later.
Final result: Priyanka Chopra def. Nicole Scherzinger TKO6.
BEFORE: Ali Landry hasn't officially retired from the ring yet allthough being a member of Tractorpull's Hall Of Fame certainly allows the pundits and fans to judge her career as a complete project. On the other hand Paula Patton continues to ride the late-blooming career success and only few weeks removed from taking down the Pete Rose of FCBA, Gena Lee Nolin, she's ready to face one of the most decorated fighters that have ever graced this universe.
Paula Patton wears a black one-piece swimsuit and orange gloves. Long black hair tied in a sleek ponytail. Ali Landry wears a turquoise bikini set and black gloves. Long dark brown hair tied in a high ponytail.The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the welterweight division.
Round 1: Paula shows plenty of respect to the Hall Of Famer early on and allows Ali to thrive on a rangy jabbing supply that forces the younger actress into a hectic retreat once a vicious strike finds the lips ad throws Patton off her comfort zone. Landry's determined to prove that those calls for her official retirement are somewhat premature and sticks more point-blank range punches up the middle, clipping both the jugs & Patton's chin in the proccess. Paula responds well over the top and prevents getting reeled into the ropes but her aerial counter meets a stubborn defense as Ali's not the fastest girl across the boards anymore but stands her ground and outworks the fellow brunette in a high-tempo jabbing exchange that raises few eyebrows around the Garden. This is round one though so don't expect this tempo to linger on much but that's as good opener for Landry as anyone could have hoped for.
Round 2: Patton becomes much quicker on her feet now as she abandons the idea of another close range dust-up and forces Landry into a fruitless jabbing pursuit that finds little success and allows the younger actress to channel the counterpunching drill instead. The aerial attack crashes into Ali's temples from both side and staggers her in the center of the ring before a well measured uppercut snaps the head and drops Landry onto her heels. Paula sends immediate jabbing follow up to secure a good connection with the cheeks and Ali's thinking about a clinchings stalemate already but she's whooped to the tummy regardless and basically enables her foe to bulldoze her into the ropes where Patton dominates the final minute with more midriff-slicing strikes. Ali suddenly looks extremely vulnerable while soaking up so much pressure and her punching resistance is nowhere near the Hall Of Fame level at this stage.
Round 3: Landry lands an early hooking combo that squashes her opponent's lips but fails to deliver a proper follow up and gets muscled away into mid range by a slightly annoyed Patton. Both women loop single hand assault thereafter until Ali blinks first again and launches a body assault that catches Paula off guard a little. This time the 'Warcraft' actress has to yield real estate and gets stacked on the ropes as Ali desperately tries to dissect her liver area in an otherwise chaotic push for glory. The wrestling along the ropes lingers on until the final minute and while the older brunette lands more strikes in this phone booth-like exchange, she doesn't really hurt Patton and eats a late uppercut on the jaw herself as Paula recovers from a difficult period well and throws more aerial leather once Ali steps back to milk the clock.
Round 4: Patton enforces another close range stanza and clatters into Landry's boobs with a double uppercut drive before blasting her foe on the ear with a vicious left hook. Ugh! Ali's legs buckle for a moment and she wobbles into a chin-busting uppercut which folds her guard and allows Paula to WHACK her with another left hook on the brow ridge... Oi, Ali! The Hall Of Famer winces in shock but suddenly realizes the force of gravity is about to take over... And Patton's quick enough to land another monster hook on the nose THAT SENDS LANDRY CRASHING DOWN ON HER BACK!!! That was an elite drive to open this round and most of the Madison Square Gaden audience is stunned by the instant departure of such a prolific fighter like Landry! The Hall Of Famer tries to sit up but stares down at the referee's feet and looks to be badly rattled badly by the injection of Patton's fury. She slumps down on her elbow when she just doesn't find the strenght to fend off the looming disaster blaze and rolls into embrional position when the merciless count reaches ten! Is this a genuine upset or just the final nail in Landry's FCBA coffin? KO4 Paula Patton!!!
AFTER: This is a stunning result even considering the circumstances; Paula might be riding a late-career hot streak but you just don't deck a Hall Of Famer like that, do you? Some trigger-happy pundits believe that Ali's set to join the likes of Jessica Alba and Jaime Pressly as FCBA's official "has been" material but one woman's loss is another's gain and Patton isn't scheduled to fade away into the distance anytime soon despite the fresh inlfux of talent north side of 130 lbs. Girls like Tahnee Atkinson or Karlie Kloss should be best advised to watch their backs because this cougar aims to keep spoiling the divisional odds one way or another!
BEFORE: "It's not over 'til it's over!", Rebecca Romijn is another woman who dismisses retirement talk here in the Madison Square Garden tonight even though her last victory dates back to the infamous Charlize Theron 'Crusade' relay that quite frankly didn't result in FCBA's living legend hanging up her gloves. Some pundits indicate that as long as Theron stays active, women like Romijn or Ali Landry will indeed continue to put their body at risk but setting up a clash against one of the more recent welterweight powerhouses like Cassidy Freeman seems ill-advised at best.
However Romijn is no stranger to fighting an elite schedule and as long as she's not affected mentally by the string of losses, she should provide a strong gatekeeper test to whoever feels ready for a 40+ year old blonde California stunner. Rebecca turns 44 tomorrow and there's no prize for guessing what birthday present she aims for tonight!
Rebecca Romijn wears a navy blue one-piece Speedo swimsuit with white trim and yellow gloves. Long blonde hair pulled back into a sleek ponytail. Cassidy Freeman wears a light green one-piece swimsuit with black trim and brown gloves. Long red hair tied in a braid wrapped around the back of her head. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the welterweight division.
Round 1: The Knicks smacked the Bulls away from home the other night and it's clear an Illinois native like Freeman is no fan favorite in the Garden whatsoever however Romijn's a California blonde and only the desire for a neutral setting of this Main Event pins both these women in the Big A landscape. Rebecca's height & reach advantage plays a big part in the redhead's slow start but the older woman doesn't make the most of that opportunity and settles into a single hand assault that puts no pressure on the Lioness faithful. Plenty of duck & weave from Freeman who rides out the slow pace of the opener until the end and Romijn might well regret not going after her even though Cassidy's well known for her one-punch destruction highlight reel.
Round 2: Rebecca's a former multiple champion in her own right and finally shows some muscle as she tackles the redhead with an aerial drill but spiking Freeman's temples a couple of times ain't gonna do the trick and the Illinois girl squares right up to the blonde to stiff her in the center of the ring through a heavy jug sluggin' from the inside. Cassidy doesn't channel her slow burner attitude any longer as rumours mount around her upcoming plans ever since LCA announced she was pulled from the November PPV line-up. She outworks Romijn in close range for the time being and shuts the lanky blonde on offense wholesale before driving her down to the ropes where she harpoons the midsection and slumps Rebecca into a clinching survival come the dying seconds of the round. Romijn has all the tools to cause a smaller girl like Freeman trouble but she's not fast enough even by otherwise pedestrian welterweight standards.
Round 3: Romijn finally takes full advantage of her superior reach and bombs away at the redhead in fury, she catches her with a couple of solid hooks and visibly reels Cassidy backwards however the lack of a proper follow up enables the younger woman to escape to safety. Rebecca's not a speed demon across the canvas so she can't wrap her foe up in a leather dash but keeps plugging forward and has Freeman wary of that one-punch threat. Thankfully for the LCA supporters, their favorite is a wiley veteran who knows a thing or two about surviving a dry spell even if it comes at a cost of a forfeited round on the cards. Romijn hassles her along the ring and scores few one-off strikes to boost her confidence even further but Cassidy looks as calm as ever at the bell and the LCA coach Claudia Schiffer likewise keeps it strictly business during the break. No need to hit the panic button just because a former champion landed a clean punch or two!
Round 4: Rebecca believes she can really upset the pecking order tonight and swings another big cross over the top but Cassidy ducks underneath and piles a flurry of jabbing menace on the rack to stack the blonde up on her heels. Romijn struggles to stretch her elbows properly and needs space to work with at first but a series of uppercuts cleans out her Speedo cleavage and wobble back as Freeman bursts her jaw with a left hook followed by a ripping right on the eye! Ugh! Romijn loses her footing AND GOES DOWN ON HER BACKSIDE! This literally came out of nowhere! The Illinois redhead channels some raw power at a proud Californian's expense but Rebecca gets up quickly and indicates she slipped rather than fell under the Freeman's punches. Well, nobody buys into that story east of Mississippi River and Romijn's pounded back to the ropes thereafter as the actress picks up the pace and buries the lanky blonde under a repeated jabbing drive that shatters the high guard near the end and snaps Rebecca's head back & forth with the crowd dwelling on the sudden injection of pure boxing wrath. Romijn slumps at the ropes at the bell and sports a couple of cuts under the left eye; that was extremely difficult round for her and the look that Cass gives her before turning back to LCA corner is as lethal as they come!
Round 5: Romijn wants to bide some time here but she fails to match the redhead's footwork and gets wrapped into a vicious jabbing tangle in the middle of the ring that has Freeman BLASTING one cross after another... the number of cuts on the blonde's pretty face increases with every second but it only takes a belting hook on the navel to wobble the towering ex-model into a jaw crushing half-uppercut! The bigger they are, the harder they fall! Rebecca goes all TIIIIIIMBEEEEERRRRR and remains motionless on her left side as the count slowly passes her by! Ugh! We've seen this kind of shot from the redhead before, haven't we? Vintage KO5 Cassidy Freeman!!!
AFTER: Cass keeps it strictly business and even checks up whether everything's OK with the fallen blonde. She high-fives her coach Schiffer but the laid back atmosphere in the LCA corner indicates they were never concerned with the possibility of an upset California victory tonight. One might say Freeman's never concerned with anyone not named Righetti but some pundits would really love to see her take a shot at some of the youngsters making noise in the division lately. However the message from coach Schiffer is clear: "We don't shoot at those kids. They have to come to us first. We've earned ourselves this much respect!"
Final result: Cassidy Freeman def. Rebecca Romijn KO5.