The WBC and WBA World Female Super Lightweight Titles were on the line on Saturday, May 25, when Chicago’s own Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill, 6-2 (3 KOs), clashed with Anahi Sanchez, 19-3 (11 KOs) of Argentina. The action went down at the MGM National Harbor and was broadcast live via DAZN.
McCaskill came out of the gates looking to set an aggressive and fast pace offensively. Sanchez actually landed the first significant shot with a hard right hook that snapped McCaskill’s head midway through the first. She followed this up with another near the 10-second bell and the two fighters started to slug it out for the remainder of the round in what was the start of tense action.
Both fighters exchanged hard hooks in the second with each finding success though Sanchez seemed to gain the edge as far as significant shots landed. Sanchez opened the third round with a hard left hook that landed cleanly on the wide open McCaskill. McCaskill rallied with a few shots of her own as the two again threw hard shots to close the round.
Sanchez landed a set of head snapping hooks in the fifth round that seemed to be tone setters as far the story of the fight in itself. While McCaskill was the aggressor, the harder shots seemed to be landed by Sanchez in greater numbers by comparison. It was a similar script in the sixth though the best shot was a right hook from McCaskill.
As the rounds continued on, there seemed to be the makings of what would be a very tough fight for the judges to score in favor of either fighter. McCaskill thought she had a breakthrough in the ninth when a right hook seemingly led to Sanchez going down. It was rightfully ruled a push by the referee.
McCaskill opened up the 10th and final round with pure aggression and bad intentions as she was looking to stop Sanchez. She was able to land a number of sold rights early as the fighters closed the round and fight in exciting fashion.
Neither fighter offered much on the defensive side so fans were treated to action throughout. It was essentially going to come down to whether the judges favored McCaskill’s reckless aggression over the planted, winging Sanchez.
When it was all said and done and the scorecards were read, the judges had it 99-91, 98-92, and 96-94, in favor of the winner and newly unified champion, Jessica McCaskill. The fight was full of action but two of the judges seemed to only favor the work done by McCaskill. At any rate, the fans were treated to a great matchup McCaskill moves on to larger fights and the potential looms for becoming the undisputed champion of the division. #86Boxing