Niagara Gazette — In Pete Mazzeo’s own words, it was a fight he didn’t know a result of until his hand was raised.
A back and forth contest, which captivated the audience throughout, resulted in Mazzeo capturing the light heavyweight title. Every takedown and missed punch appeared to have been felt by the crowd of nearly 1,000 at Sportsplex as greatly as Mazzeo.
“The guy who sorts himself through chaos is the one who’s going to win,” Mazzeo said. “I felt like I just had to get stronger as I was going otherwise I was going to lose that.”
Mazzeo’s split-decision victory went all five rounds as he extends his career record to 7-0-1.
Earlier in the boxing ring, Michael Christopher of UB Boxing had his first fight in over a year. After a shaky first round, his second and third rounds were enough to earn him the victory in decision.
“I haven’t fought in a year, so a lot of ring-rust I had to shake off,” Christopher said. “I wasn’t really happy with my performance, but came out with the win, so that was important for us”
Team Victory’s Valerie Aspaas was one of the co-headlining fighters on the boxing card the boxing card. It was the first career boxing fight for one of the most talented amateur MMA fighters in the country.
Even to the surprise of herself, Aspaas wasn’t as nervous as she expected when the bell was set to ring.
“I was a lot more calm than I expected to be since I knew no one was going to be sitting on top of me throwing punches,” Aspaas said.
Knowing the weakness of her MMA skillset was her standup, she opted to head to the ring to face her problem with a live challenger.