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Kerin and Rivers fight to a draw!
August 27, 2004 - Chicago,
©Report and Photos by Bob Marovitz
Elizabeth Kerin
, 3-0-1, stepped up to the plate and fought Kathy Rivers, now 13-4-2, in a slugfest that ended in a four-round draw at the Ramada Hotel. Rivers took the fight on two days notice after Kerin, with the help of Bonnie Canino challenged Rivers to fly to Chicago for the fight. Rivers, who fights Leatitia Robinson next month was ready and both women weighed in at 176 pounds.  Rivers and Kerin were well matched and content to keep the fight inside for the better part of four rounds. Kerin was able to use her jab effectively in the first stanza, but Rivers tried to smother it during the last three rounds with several sharp uppercuts. Rivers and Kerin fought evenly along the ropes, but Referee Pete Podgorski stepped in on the infighting before any damage could be inflicted. After the fight, both fighters said they'd like to fight again and judging from the crowd reaction, this would be an excellent rematch.  Kerin wanted to step up her career in her fourth pro fight and battle a contender. It has been problematic for promoter Bobby Hitz to find good competition in the light-heavies division for Kerin to fight. Kerin got on the phone and called Canino who said Rivers was available and willing to fight. After the fight, Rivers added, "Hey, I'm a fighter and even though I had not heard of her (Kerin) I took the fight because it allows me to keep busy in prep for my fight next month with Robinson. After that fight, I'd like to do a rematch with Kerin." Kerin agreed she'd fight Rivers again, but before the year is out Kerin has her goal set on fighting Valerie Mahfood  and/or Vonda Ward.  


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