Veronica Rucker vs Valerie Mahfood





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Published on Feb 2, 2009

Veronica Rucker, 167½, won by a six-round unanimous decision over Valerie Mahfood, 163 ½. Final judges scores were 58-56, 59-55, and 59-55.

On November 4, 2006 at at the Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, Valerie (163½ lbs) lost a six-round unanimous (58-56,59-55,59-55) decision to Veronica Rucker (167½ lbs) of Cleveland, Ohio. According to Byron Spurlock of FightNews, "Rucker used her quickness and steady jab to ward off Mahfood and win a decisive fight ... Rucker used a quick jab to disrupt any type of rhythm that Mahfood tried to gain. At times in the bout, Mahfood looked like she was aging, round by round until, in the later rounds, many ringsiders thought Rucker stood a chance to knock out the former champ. Mahfood did not convincingly win a single round in the six scheduled."

Im disappointed in the loss here, but one thing people have to not pay attention to so much is Ruckers record — she is a good fighter, said Mahfood. Ive lost to fighters with losing records before, because fights are so hard to get at times the ladys record doesnt mean so much. As for why I lost the fight, I think she was more of a boxer than me. I consider myself more of a brawler, and she was able to catch my punches, and I was not able to get off too much. I felt that she was the quicker, fighter tonight. I dropped down in weight and she came in a little heavier Im used to fighters standing right there and wanting to brawl, but that whats she didnt do tonight.

Rucker improved to 4-6-1 (1 KO) with the win while Mahfood fell to 19-12-3 (19 KOs).

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