Vizaniari TKO-10 Rivers; Wins WIBA Heavyweight Title

On November 6 at Jupiters Hotel & Casino in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, Lisa Marie Vizaniari, 269 ¾, stopped southpaw, Kathy Rivers, 180, with two seconds left in the tenth and final round winning the vacant WIBA heavyweight title. It was the first fight in 7 ½ years for Hollywood, Florida’s Rivers who was outweighed by nearly ninety pounds, but at six feet tall, held a four-inch height advantage over the new champion. With the win, Vizaniari, 42, improved to (8-0, 4 KOs) whereas Rivers dropped to (14-6-3, 5 KOs) with the tough-luck loss. Rivers suffered a knocked down from the right hand in the last minute of the tenth round. Exhausted, Rivers took to her feet but failed to evade a last-ditch effort by Vizaniari to render the score cards moot. Rivers absorbed an onslaught of heavy blows while trapped against the ropes causing the assigned referee, Phil Austin to end the contest just two ticks before the final bell. Hopefully, both fighters stick around and continue to campaign as heavyweights adding much-needed depth to a weight class in sore need of capable boxers.



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