Amy Pirnie captured the Lion Fight World Super Flyweight Title in emphatic fashion Saturday, as the Scot brutalized Sandra Godvik’s body for a first-round stoppage victory. The women’s bout headlined the Lion Fight 54 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Early in round one, Pirnie landed a hard body kick. She followed up with three left hooks to the body and a knee, before Godvik went to the canvas. Godvik arose but was still in obvious pain as the fight was waved off by the referee.
Pirnie improved to 22-3-1. Sweden’s Godvik, who trains in Thailand, is now 27-6.
East Survives Stripling
The CBS Sports Network broadcast opened with a battle of two unbeaten heavyweights just starting their professional careers. Local lad Cody East improved to 2-0 with a unanimous points verdict over “Bazooka” Joe Stripling, but it wasn’t easy.
East had the edge in the early rounds, and floored Stripling with a one-two combination in the second. Stripling continued to pressure East, who appeared to punch himself out in round two, and a cut opened over East’s right eye in the third stanza that was checked out by medical staff before the bout was allowed to continue.
The cut appeared to energize East, who battled back. Stripling continued to walk down East and tried to land a big elbow, but he couldn’t land the big shot to change the outcome. Stripling did land some good body kicks during the bout, but you got the sense if he invested in more body punching, it could have made a difference as East appeared gassed at times.
East improves to 2-0. Stripling suffered his first pro loss to slip to 4-1.
There were two other televised bouts. Brett Hlavacek won a shutout unanimous decision against Adany Mora to win the Lion Fight North American Light Heavyweight Title.
The more-experienced Hlavacek (19-5) was content to let the southpaw bring the fight to him. Hlavacek was able to see a lot of Mora’s techniques coming at him, and the veteran caught Mora’s kicks and swept him a few times.
Hlavacek was also superior in the clinch, landing some nice knees to the body and elbow shots upstairs. Mora (4-2) suffered a cut or two in the scalp area.
All three judges scored the bout 50-45 for the victor, who is also the Lion Fight North American Cruiserweight champion.
In a match up for the inaugural Lion Fight North American Super Bantamweight Title, Whitney Tobin (33-13) was too crafty for newcomer Candice Mitchell (13-3), winning a unanimous decision. The smaller Tobin was the sharper fighter, even getting the better of the action in the clinch against her bigger opponent. Scores were 50-45 (twice), and 49-46.