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Garland stops Hill in eight to win women’s titles in historic bout

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Lisa Garland of York, SC scored an eight-round technical knockout over Little Rock, AK’s Kerri “The Rage” Hill to win two world titles in the first-ever scheduled 12-round contest with each round going three minutes in length. The bout was the main event of the G Promotions card at EchoStage Lounge in Washington, DC. The two boxers were no strangers to each other as they had fought twice before with Garland winning both previous contests. They also were familiar with the three-minute round length, having gone 10 rounds with the added time in the first two contests.

On this night, however, Garland seemed to have a distinct advantage as she repeatedly beat Hill to the punch in almost every exchange. By the third round, Hill looked very fatigued and Garland was able to move and push Hill around the ring.

Eventually, Garland was able to trap Hill along the ropes and in the corners. In the first minute of the eighth round, Garland landed a straight right hand that rocked Hill enough for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the contest at 1:06.

Garland raised her record to 11-6, six KO’s and won the WIBC (Women’s International Boxing Council) and WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Welterweight titles. Hill falls to 4-25-1, one KO.

After the contest, Garland revealed exclusively to Fightnews that she was fighting with a heavy heart.

“Next week, I go to see a surgeon about some lumps in my breast,” Garland tearfully said. “So, I wanted to do this before I retire so if I’m not able to fight again, I can go out as a champion with some dignity.”

Washington, DC has made history with females in boxing before. In August of 2012, two female referees — Michelle Myers and Sharon Sands — became the first women to work an entire boxing card by themselves.

The main event was the lone bright spot in what was a very non-competitive card. None of the seven other bouts on the card made it out of the first round.

The co-feature bout between Stevensville, MD middleweight and WBC Fecarbox champion Tony “Mo Better” Jeter and Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc of South Boston, MA ended in a no-contest after 1:08 of the first round. Jeter is now 15-3-1, 10 KO’s, one NC while LeBlanc is now 13-25-4, five KO’s, one NC.

Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry “Slug” Forrest scored a TKO over Derrick Aiken of Wilson, NC in just 36 seconds. Forrest is 7-0, six KO’s while Aiken is 2-12, two KO’s.

White Plains, MD lightweight Terron “Kid” Grant stopped Joseph Dixon of North Carolina at 1:47. Grant is 6-0, four KO’s while Dixon is 0-4.

DC featherweight Marcus Bates dropped Joshua Hinnant of North Carolina with a right hand that eventually forced Hinnant to give up the bout at 1:34. Both boxers made their pro debuts.

Baltimore super featherweight Gervonta “Rambo” Davis used a wicked body shot to stop Jonathan Gears of Wilson, NC at 1:36. Davis is 3-0, three KO’s while Gears was making his pro debut.

Jordan “The Kidd” Peters of DC blasted Wilson, NC’s Jonathan Ganaway with a right hand that put him away at 48 seconds in the debut bout for both boxers.

DC welterweight Jarrell “Hell-Rell” Harris got the knockout parade going in the curtain-raising bout of the night with a stoppage of Rahim Williams of Wilson, NC at 1:19 of the first in his pro debut. Williams is 0-2.




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