WBC super bantamweight world champion, Yamileth Mercado was a special guest on “Coffee Tuesday” to discuss her successful defence last Saturday against rugged Alejandra Guzmán from Hermosillo, Sonora, in what became a rousing candidate for Fight Of The Year.
Yamileth, who made the first defence of her title, was extremely emotional and without being able to hold back her tears, she talked about how she persevered, as from the fifth round she suffered an injury to an eardrum that made her feel very bad, affected her balance and put her victory at risk.
“It was a very complicated fight, I felt very bad during the last five rounds, when I lost my timing as I had vertigo and I did not know what was happening. At the end of the fifth round I was hitting Alejandra hard and I didn’t really feel any blow. I only heard a kind of chime, when I returned to my corner and I was very stunned. I commented about this to my corner, but we didn’t know what was happening. However, Alfredo encouraged, inspired and he guided me, making me feel assured.
“The last rounds were very difficult, I heard many voices, and it was difficult for me to listen Alfredo’s instructions. I could not gauge the distance well. In the eighth we got a rumour that I was losing by one point. I couldn’t believe it, so I went out with everything, as I wasn’t going to lose my title. In the ninth round, I pushed myself too hard, and that cost me because I was agitated and the vertigo came back with great force, but I remembered the work on the ropes and that was where I felt safe. I had to force Alejandra to the corner, and that’s what I did . I am sure that I got the victory thanks to the training I did. It was a very hard job, but having sparred with men, was the key to victory.”
Yamileth, who once again demonstrated that she is a warrior and that her fortitude comes from the heart. She stressed that it never crossed her mind to throw in the towel, on the contrary, she knew that despite how she felt she had to go ahead and would retain her crown.
She also commented that at the end, she hugged Alejandra, encouraging her not to give up, and that she is on the right track, as that is exactly what Fatuma Zarika sportingly did when she fought against her for the first time. Yamileth was expecting a difficult fight, and thanked Alejandra in a very special way, because she also fought a great battle even though she injured her arm.
The champ clarified that for the moment her injury will be dealt with via a specific treatment under the strict supervision of the doctor. However, it is not possible to rule out the possibility of surgery.
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