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Garbatt and Hernandez fight to a questionable draw!
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Fight Leaves Much Unsettled
By Rick Wright / Journal Columnist
Sunday, 17 October 2010 03:08
SANTA ANA PUEBLO - In a classic contest between speed and power, neither prevailed.
In a fight with three title belts at stake, none went around either fighter's waist.

Professional boxers Melissa Hernandez and Lindsay Garbatt fought to a tense, yet intense 10-round majority draw Saturday night at Santa Ana Star Casino. After a long delay in announcing the decision because of an apparent discrepancy in the scoring, the official cards read 95-95, 95-95 and 98-92 for Hernandez.

The Journal scored the bout 96-94 for Garbatt.

Hernandez, of the Bronx, N.Y., is 13-2-2 with four knockouts. Garbatt, of Oshawa, Ontario, is 5-3-1 with three KOs.

The three titles in question - the GBU, WIBA and WBAN 130-pound belts - will have to wait, perhaps for a third bout between the two.

Last June in Evansville, Ind., Garbatt defeated Hernandez by eight-round, majority decision.

Predictably, each fighter thought she won the rematch.

"I thought I was faster, cleaner, more well-rounded," Hernandez said. "... She fought hard, but I don't think she's on my level."

Garbatt thought her aggressiveness carried the fight - or should have.

"I thought I pressured her more," she said. "I thought I pushed the fight; that's what I planned to do ... But all props to (Hernandez). She was slick and had a good game plan."

Both fighters said they were ready for a third fight - as early as today, if that were possible.

"Heck, yeah," Garbatt said. "I'm ready for a trilogy. That was a great fight out there, and I'm sure everybody enjoyed it."

Hernandez was equally emphatic.

"I'll do it 10 times," she said. "... What she got last time was a gift, and what she got (Saturday) was an ever bigger gift."

A crowd of some 300, perhaps held down by the lack of a major local attraction, attended the all-female show.

The card, promoted by Albuquerque's Stephanie Jaramillo, was a benefit for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. A portion of the proceeds were earmarked for breast-cancer research and awareness.

The fans who showed were treated to a terrific boxing match.

Garbatt, taller and bigger-framed, seemed to have the advantage early in most rounds - only to see Hernandez rally and perhaps steal a few in the final 30 seconds.

Hernandez, quick and flashy, spent perhaps too much time on the ropes and/or with her hands down. But her speed of hand and foot clearly bothered Garbatt.