13 October 2019 04:57

Jessica McCaskill fought Erica Anabella Farias in a rematch of their 2018 super lightweight title fight.

Jessica McCaskill wins majority decision over Erica Farias in rematch

Hometown fighter Jessica McCaskill retained her WBC and WBA junior welterweight titles in a rematch with Erica Farias, but the fight wasn't nearly as entertaining as their first meeting one year ago at the same venue in Chicago. Bad Left Hook scored the fight for McCaskill, 95-93 on two separate cards. Farias (26-4, 10 KO) hadn't fought in a year since that first meeting, and while the 35-year-old Argentine veteran and former titleholder started OK, she seemed to tire quickly and relied on a ton of sloppy holding, breaking any chance of the fight developing a watchable rhythm. The holding also got Farias docked a point in the fourth round, but that point came back in the sixth, when referee Christian Curiel took a point from McCaskill for a rabbit shot. Asked what she wanted to do next, McCaskill said she'd like to rematch Katie Taylor, who beat McCaskill in 2017 at lightweight, and also mentioned Amanda Serrano and welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.

The second time around wasn't nearly as entertaining, but it was barely enough for Jessica McCaskill to score a repeat win over Erica Farias. As was the case in their first fight on this very arena exactly 53 weeks ago, Chicago's McCaskill was the busier fighter, a pace she established right from the opening round in her first fight as a unified titlist and second defense overall of at least one belt. Argentina's Farias enjoyed the better singular moments, her best sequence of the round coming in the form of an overhand right which McCaskill absorbed before resuming her attack. Farias—who returned to her old trainer Jose Rafael Sosa amidst changes made during her year long hiatus from the ring following her title fight loss—was able to better time McCaskill's attack in round two, her straight right hands quicker to the mark than were McCaskill's looping punches. Action slowed in round three, which was marred by frequent clinching as Farias struggled to keep an onrushing McCaskill within her desired long distance punching range.

The same tactic was applied by Farias early in round four, missing wildly with left hooks then forced to hold on as McCaskill targeted her body. Farias came back with right hand shots, but not enough to deter the body attack by McCaskill who was threatening to pull away on the scorecards. Farias' frequent holding slowed down the pace of the bout considerably, with McCaskill doing her best to fight her way out every time the two became entangled. McCaskill regained control in round seven, much to the chagrin of Farias who held to the point of refusing to let go even upon the referee's command and attempt to physically separate the two. McCaskill advances to 8-3 (3KOs), with her current three-fight winning streak all coming in title fights since a lopsided loss to Katie Taylor, who is now the undisputed lightweight champion.

The win was her second defense of the title she lifted from Farias, who falls to 26-4 (10KOs). After ten rounds of physical activity WBC and WBA world super lightweight champion Jessica "CasKilla" McCaskill (8-2, 3 KO's) walked away with a bizarre MD victory. The rather highly anticipated rematch was greatly stained by an overall sloppy and clinch-filled performance of her opponent Erica Anabella "La Pantera" Farias (26-4, 10 KO's). Unfortunately, Farias fought like she trained for a Jujitsu match rather than a boxing contest. To the chagrin of the audience though, beginning in the fourth round, Farias began blatantly holding.

To combat the holding, referee Christian Curiel quickly took a point. In the sixth round, ref Curiel would oddly take a point from McCaskill in the ninth without warning. Jessica McCaskill fought Erica Anabella Farias in a rematch of their 2018 super lightweight title fight. One year ago, Chicago's Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) made her dreams come true by defeating Erica Anabella Farias (26-4, 10 KOs) to win the WBC super lightweight title. McCaskill and Farias were active in round 1. McCaskill found a home for her left hook in round 2. The clinching resumed in the final minute, but McCaskill landed a left, right combination that scored. McCaskill and Farias traded to start round 3. Every time McCaskill got in close, Farias held. Farias held excessively in round 4 and was deducted a point. McCaskill was able to land her left hook after the deduction, and she started to beat Farias up, but the holding reappeared. She opened up her arsenal and connected on left uppercuts and hooks to Farias' body. Things got closer on the scorecard after McCaskill was deducted a point in round 6 for hitting behind the head. The referee never offered McCaskill a warning, and he allowed Farias to continue holding. McCaskill hit Farias with an overhand right to begin the seventh but was held immediately after. Farias' holding became laughable in round 8. Farias tackled McCaskill in round 9, then complained of being hit behind the head even though McCaskill didn't throw a punch. After some ugliness, McCaskill and Farias traded hooks with each woman landing. In the final round, Farias looked exhausted and held McCaskill some more. Farias found an early home for her overhand right but seemed to forget about it as the fight went on. Perhaps because McCaskill started to land and Farias was more focused on holding. The referee awarded the fans some justice by taking a point away from Farias for holding in the forth round. Perhaps as the result of some frustration from the holding McCaskill was deducted a point for hitting behind the head. Boos echoed off the walls of the Wintrust arena in the seventh round as fans grew tired of the ref not able to pull Farias off of McCaskill. This was an ugly grimy fight but it's all due to Farias's incessant holding, McCaskill worked well when she could. One horrible judge scored the fight a judge but the other two got it right and awarded McCaskill the decision.