Cleveland-native, lady boxer extraordinaire and Scene staff bodyguard, Cashmere “Lady Cash” Jackson has been down in Barbados duking it out under the palms at the Women’s World Championship. After a strong run, Jackson suffered her first lost in competitive boxing on Friday night, a hard fought semifinal match with Russian heavy Vera Slugina. Jackson will still be marching home with a bronze medal, and that’s a hell of an accomplishment. Hat’s off.
According to reports online, the first round between Jackson and Slugina was close, with the Clevelander trailing 5-3. But as the second round cooked up, Drago . . . er . . . Slugina pushed ahead, closing with a 11-5 lead. The final decision was 27-9. Slugina went on to lose her next match against Gulsum Tatar, the standing European Women's champ.
The tournament was Jackson’s first international match; facing tough matches from national champions from India and North Korea, she was able to put on an impressive ass-kicking performance for a young fighter.