Saturday’s Battle of the Goldfields, down in Australia, the Main Event for the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight title between hometown hero Shannon O’Connell (11-4-1, 6 KOs) and Colombia’s Dayana Cordero (13-5-2, 9 KOs) ended unexpectedly and prematurely.
In “Shotgun” O’Connell’s highly anticipated return to action following her Premier Boxing Champions bout in New York in September, her promoter Hosking Promotions tabbed her for the Feature Bout back home for the honorable stepping title of the WBC against South America’s multi world champion challenger Cordero.
O’Connell found the marks with the left jabs and gaining momentum, but the cut sustained from a clash of heads opened up to the point that the ringside doctor interjected and stopped the bout in the 3rd round.
Due to the early stoppage, the bout was ruled a Technical Draw.
O’Connell’s message to fans, from Facebook:
Words can’t explain how gutted I feel right now. I put so much in to this and it was all for nothing 😢
I have had so much support from not only all over Australia but all over the world and it has truly been amazing.
The fight was called a technical draw because it was stopped from a head clash before the 4th round. If it had gone past the 4th it would have gone to the score cards and it would still not have been a great way to finish but I would have won on points.
I fought a dirty fighter, she hit me with a clean combo after the bell and then lead with her head the next round. The second head clash opened me. That’s boxing 😏…