by Kyle Swenson
Scene’s favorite local lady boxer Cashmere “Lady Cash” Jackson steered for the tropics late last month to compete in the Women’s World Championship in Barbados. Curious readers will be glad to know the one-woman kick-ass factory has been churning out wins on the island nation, including a Wednesday victory that not only propelled Jackson into the medal round but was dripping with international intrigue.
Readers might remember this is Jackson’s first international tournament, and despite clinching a US title this year, she was widely considered to be one of the least experienced fighters on the Barbados-bound US squad. This, however, has not been apparent, considering the beat-downs she’s been graciously gift-wrapping and handing out to the competition.
In her first bout, Jackson easier dispatched India’s Pratibha Jakhar. The next day, she went toe-to-toe with China’s Yang Qingin. Lady Cash wrapped up that victory 13-7. She was next scheduled to fight Suk Yong Ri from international loose-cannon North Korea, not only waist deep in an ongoing leader-swap, but well-known for its dislike of losers. This proved to be Jackson’s toughest match yet. According to a report on the USA Boxing Web site:
Jackson grabbed a slim early lead, taking a 3-2 advantage after the opening two minutes of action. Suk came back strong in the second, winning the round by a 4-1 margin, and Jackson trailed 6-4 at the midway point in the bout. Yet, Jackson reclaimed the momentum in a critical third round, and she enjoyed a small 9-7 advantage at the end of three. She held on to her tenuous lead over the final two minutes to win the 11-10 final decision and advance on to the semifinal round.
For her next fight, Jackson proudly follows in the footsteps of Rocky IV, facing off against Russian Vera Slugina. We’ll keep you posted on the results.