Ash­ley hopes for Ja re­match

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Leroy Brown Gleaner Writer

LAST SATURDAY night in Flint, Michi­gan, Ja­maica’s Alicia ‘Slick’ Ash­ley lost her World Box­ing Coun­cil (WBC) Su­per Ban­tamweight ti­tle to Kenyan Fa­tuma Zarika by split de­ci­sion in what was a close fight.

A re­view of the three score­cards shows that she was one point away from a draw de­ci­sion and re­tain­ing her ti­tle.

Judge Her­man McKal­pain scored the fight 96-94 for Zarika, judge Katealia Cham­bers scored it 96-94 for Ash­ley, while judge Ray Michaux had it 97-93 for Zarika.

The con­sen­sus af­ter the fight was that judge Michaux was way off base, and saw a to­tally dif­fer­ent fight from that which was seen by his col­leagues.

Look­ing at the scor­ing in the first six rounds, judge Michaux gave all six rounds to Zarika. This meant that af­ter that round, Ash­ley had to knock her down a few times or knock her out to win.

On the other hand, judge Cham­bers, who voted for Ash­ley, had the score three rounds each, while judge McKal­pain, who voted for Zarika, had it four rounds to two on the Kenyan’s be­half.

In the last four rounds, judge Michaux gave three to Ash­ley and one to Zarika, judge Cham­bers scored it the same way, while McKal­pain had it two rounds each.

The key scorecard in the fi­nal equa­tion, was that of McKal­pain.

Both Cham­bers and Michaux scored the last round for Ash­ley, while he scored it for Zarika. If he had joined them in scor­ing the round for Ash­ley, and most peo­ple be­lieved that she won that round, the fight would have ended in a draw, which many peo­ple who saw the fight be­lieved was the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

DIS­AP­POINTED

In an in­ter­view with The Gleaner yes­ter­day, Ash­ley said that al­though she was very dis­ap­pointed, she took some of the blame for her loss.

“I started off slower than usual. I made her miss, but I did not coun­ter­punch, and could have lost the first two rounds. My tim­ing was off be­cause of my long lay-off, but I soon found my rhythm and scored more points af­ter that. I must say that she is a strong fighter, and that was no sur­prise, as she has fought in a heav­ier weight class,” she said.

“I am not mak­ing any ex­cuses, how­ever, and I am look­ing for­ward to the con­tracted re­match. I am not wast­ing any time ei­ther, and will be back in the gym to­mor­row,” Ash­ley added.

She also ex­pressed her frus­tra­tion at not be­ing able to fight reg­u­larly.

“My last fight be­fore Zarika was a year ago. Within that year, about five fights were ar­ranged and can­celled, and it has been a roller coaster ride for me. I would train sev­eral months for a fight, and then it was can­celled, and this re­peated it­self. I want to fight. I es­pe­cially want to fight in Ja­maica,” said Ash­ley.

“I wanted to de­fend my ti­tle be­fore my peo­ple, and it never hap­pened. I am beg­ging Luigi (her ad­viser) to try to make the re­turn fight hap­pen there in Ja­maica. That is where I would like to re­gain the ti­tle,” Ash­ley said.

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