Melissa McMorrow headed to Mexico to fight the country’s own Jessica Chavez in hopes of adding the WBC International female flyweight tile to her trophy case.
After 10 rounds of controlling the fights, McMorrow (9-5-3, 1 KO) was sure she had the fight in the bag, as did everyone else that night – except for the judges, who awarded the fight to Chavez (21-3-3, 4 KOs).
In addition to the judges’ scorecard there is speculation that Chavez came in overweight on the day of the fight, however McMorrow didn’t get any financial compensation from the promoters.
This isn’t the first time McMorrow came up short on a controversial decision. Prior to fighting Chavez, McMorrow dropped a decision to Mariana Juarez. In 2012 she fought Arely Mucino, who won the fight via split-decision.
Jh12sports published an interview with McMorrow, who discussed the fight in Mexico.
McMorrow said she knew she was facing adversity going into Mexico, though it makes a victory that much better if she can overcome those odds. She added that she was proud of her performance and she’ll work on her punching power.
“There will be one point where I will get so good that you won’t be able to steal it.”
Sure there are politics in boxing and promoters and judges are known to make mistakes – that’s putting it lightly – but a fighter’s passion will always help them succeed and I think McMorrow will get to the point to where she is good enough opponents can’t rely on the judges to win.
I also agree with her on women boxing in the United States, though I think that’s slowly changing.
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