Ivana Baquero vs Heidi Range May 29, 2019 8:05:18 GMT via mobile
Post by girlsfriday on May 29, 2019 8:05:18 GMT
Ivana Baquero vs Heidi Range
(Girls Friday vs Lioness Club)
(12-2, 11 KO vs 16-13, 14 KO)
Results: BBU; Story: Vassago
BEFORE: Catalan hot rod Ivana Baquero claims she deserves a shot at the BBU flyweight title sooner rather than later but when you consider stablemates Alessandra Ambrosio & Joan Smalls hold the divisional belts already then it's fair to wonder if she ever breaks free from the "close but no cigar" bracket? Merseyside singer Heidi Range thinks she won't and points out poor Ivana was snubbed for last year's Contender Six tournament where "the true stars" were present. Heidi didn't exactly cover herself in glory back then but she remains in the spotlight nonetherless which is a solid achievement given how long it's been since the Sugababes disbanded. Unlike Amelle Berrabah and even top prospect Jade Ewen, the blonde Scouser keeps popping up on the BBU charts and can really derail an elite hype train tonight if she defeats the Catalan troublemaker.
Ivana Baquero wears a red & yellow vertically striped bikini set & red gloves. Long dark brown hair tied in a curly ponytail. Heidi Range wears a red bikini top, white hotpants & white gloves. Long blonde hair tied in a half-up ponytail. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds in the flyweight division.
Heidi tries to keep the brunette in mid-distance early on but struggles to embrace the aerial swing as Ivana powers ahead with a jabbing galore and sends the singer into a hectic retreat once she begins to land some cruel punches. Heidi responds over the top but lacks precision and only secures a single-striking success that does nothing to stop the Baquero charge. The Catalan babe gets vocal as she bounces off the blonde's face in more volume but fails to trap her along the ropes as Heidi shows some nifty footwork to avoid real trouble. However she remains too defensive during the latter stages of the round which only fuels Ivana's attacks; a somewhat disappointing clinch eventually interrupts the Catalan hussle which leads into some verbal taunting from the younger girl.
Ivana keeps plugging the aggressive juice up the middle and Heidi's head snaps back too often here for her not to channel some slugging response however the brunette remains too determined in her execution and outworks the Scouser during the opening minute. She sticks her mitts upstairs to leave some early bruises on Range's face before a well-measured hook on the liver area folds the older girl into spasms. She tries to lock another clinch but gets whacked on the solar plexus and allows Baquero to turn her onto the ropes where the brunette begins to wreck havoc downstairs! Ugh! That's too much downstairs as she belts Heidi on the groin and gets pulled back by the ref. Suddenly she pretends English is beyond her knowledge which only delays the command and allows the Scouser to gather her breath but Ivana evantually escapes a deduction. She tries to smack the blonde up the middle again but Heidi's too fast on her feet and stays clear in mid-distance thereafter which makes the Catalan tourist verbally upset at the bell... again.
Ivana becomes too upset over some of the stuff going on and loses her aggressive grip while getting picked off over the top instead and the hitherto subdued singer suddenly takes off with vicious aerial assault that bangs into Baquero's pretty face! Ugh! She gets neutralized in the center of the ring before sliding on her heels when Heidi whacks her across the nose and adds a belting double on the ribcage. More Catalan spasms incoming when Heidi delivers a jug-punishing uppercuts series and Ivana has to yield real estate afterwards. She doesn't have the speed to avoid more quick punches blasting her up the middle though and becomes trapped in the corner late on while Range keeps clubbing her on the midriff to close out the round.
Heidi becomes more aggressive now as she pushes with some aerial juice and Ivana struggles with her timing to find a proper counter-punching haymaker which allows the singer to carry on pouncing! She blasts the brunette across the mouth repeatedly before sending an uppercut drive on the chest that staggers the elite contender into more spasms. Ugh! Ivana tries to swing back but flies over the blonde's shoulder and gets SMOKED with a brutal uppercut on the jaw that wobbles her forward with eyes closed. Heidi sets herself up and DRILLS her opponent on the jaw which promptly SENDS BAQUERO CRASHING DOWN ON HER BACK!!! How about that!?! The ex-Sugababe threatens a genuine upset and Ivana really takes her time in recovery... she gets up at eight but remains glued to the spot and has Heidi thumping more leather into her face immediately after the command. She pounds the ailing foe onto the ropes where more hooks dissect the guard and drop Ivana into loud spasms and there's too much time left on the clock for Heidi to work with... it's a desperate push from the Scouser but she finds the two uppercuts that slump the brunette into a screaming mess before a left hook nails her on the nose and half-spins against the turnbuckle... AND THE REF STEPS IN to haul a rampant blonde off her prey! TKO4 Heidi Range in mild upset fashion!!!
AFTER: Ivana bends against the ropes and needs few seconds to recover her thoughts but coach Lauren Berlingeri is furious over the premature stoppage. That's premature if you follow the Girls Friday logic but Ivana looks stunned more than anything else right now. She goes into hollow mode of sorts while Heidi begins to parade around the ring and claim she still belongs to the flyweight elite: "There's a damn reason why Ivana missed the Contenders cut! She's just not good enough!"
BBU TV's Denise van Outen believes Ivana really struggled to make her mark and looked surprisingly slow on her feet compared to the older foe who might not be a dancer by trade but avoided the fatigue factor and stormed through to earn a stoppage on UK soil. Ivana was favored to win if the fight crossed half-distance but it didn't and the Catalan babe just didn't show enough wrath to put Heidi away quickly enough. This is a true downer for the Girls Friday crew after Ivana made her mark in a heated rivalry against Jenna Coleman over the years.
Final result: Heidi Range def. Ivana Baquero TKO4.