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October  6, 2007 - Lucky Eagle Casino-Rochester, Washington

Tammie Johnson, 145,  stepped in to the ring at the Lucky Eagle Casino, in Rochester, Washington,  for her pro debut to face Jana Simms, 145, who is still looking for her first professional win. At the opening bell of the four round welterweight fight both women swung wildly. First fight nerves seemed to be pushing Johnson, while Simms was swinging for a win. Half way through the first round the pace slowed considerably. Johnson threw fewer punches, which meant that Simms could look to throw a few back rather than duck out of trouble. Between rounds Johnson was settled down, told to keep a jab in Simms' face and then look for a right to the body. Simms was told to move, stay off the ropes, and fire her punches down the middle, an area Johnson left open with some widely thrown punches in the first. Johnson used her jab effectively, but still threw the swinging wide right. Simms was able to catch Johnson, but with only single punches; she was unable to mount any type of serious assault. Johnson won all four rounds on each judge's card for the 40-36 win. Jana Simms' hard luck continues as she drops to 0-2-2. Johnson looks like a young women who with a little work and discipline could gain some attention in the northwest. She has the first fight jitters behind her and should be a bit more focused in her next fight. As for Simms, somewhere out there is a welterweight she can beat, and Jana needs to find her. Story and Photos by Mike Blair

 
 
 

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