Melissa McMorrow may have to change her nickname from "Mighty" to "German Killer" as she successfully defended her WBO and WBIF world flyweight title with a split decision win over Germany's Nadia Raoui last weekend in Magdeburg, Germany.
It's McMorrow's second straight win over a top German fighter. She won her titles last May by handing Susi Kentikian the first loss of her professional career.
"I thought she was pretty dominant in the fight (over Raoui)," said Eddie Croft, McMorrow's trainer and manager, as well as owner/operator of San Mateo's B Street Boxing. "I felt Melissa was more effective and controlled the pace of the fight."
One judge had McMorrow, the second-ranked flyweight in the world, winning 99-91 -- essentially winning nine of the 10 rounds. The two other judges saw the fight 96-94, one for each fighter.
"I think the 99-91 (score) was more how the fight was. I gave the other girl two rounds. There were two other rounds that were close and could have gone in Raoui's favor, but there is no way that other girl won six of the 10 rounds," Croft said. "McMorrow was dominant, pushing [Raoui] back the whole time, kept the girl on the defensive most of the time. [McMorrow] did get caught coming in, but nothing damaging.
"I was so positive (going into the fight) Melissa would be utterly dominant. I thought Melissa would knock her out. Raoui fought better than I thought she would. She put up more resistance than I thought she would. If [McMorrow] would have lost that fight, I would have went ballistic."
McMorrow, an account manager for SolarCity and graduate of Mitty High School in San Jose, ran her record to 9-3-3 with the win and has won five of her last six fights. Her lone loss during that time was a controversial split decision to Mexico's Arely Mucino in February 2012.
So what's next for McMorrow? Croft isn't sure. The big fights out there are with Ava "Lady of Boxing" Knight, a Chico native who is fighting out of San Francisco. Knight is the top-ranked flyweight in the world. Watsonville native Carina Moreno is another option. Moreno is ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 9 in the world.
All three fighters, however, box for three different promoters and if there is one thing that keeps the best fights from taking place, it's the infighting between different promotions.
"I know our guys (promoter), SES, want Melissa to fight in Germany," Croft said, adding it may be hard in convincing Knight's promotion to make the fight there. "It would be really sad not to have Melissa fight Knight in California, specifically the Bay Area. It would be even worse if they didn't fight."
Not that Croft can just sit back and wait for McMorrow's next fight. Croft will be in the corner of Ricardo Pinell in Sacramento next month. The San Francisco native will be making his fourth appearance as a professional, coming off a majority-decision win over Nathaniel Richardson earlier this month. Pinell (2-0-1) will face Velvet Malone (0-4) at the Lions Gate Convention Center April 13. Also, amateur Casey Morton will be participating in the U.S. Boxing Nationals in Spokane next month. Morton has said she plans on turning pro after that tournament.
A reader pointed out a mistake I made in Tuesday's column about Serra's come-from-behind win over St. Francis last week. The game was played at Serra.
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