Amy Timlin & Carly Skelly Battle To A Split-Draw
10 x 2 mins vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title
AMY TIMLIN v CARLY SKELLY SD10 (96-95 Timlin, 97-96 Skelly, 95-95 draw)
Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly battled to a split draw in the opening fight of the night at The SSE Arena, Wembley. The pair had been due to open the card on Sky Sports Facebook but were bumped up to the Sky Sports Box Office segment of the show after Kash Farooq vs. Martin Tecuapetlawas called off on Friday night due to a positive COVID-19 test in Farooq’s team.
With the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title on the line, Skelly appeared to edge the early rounds with sustained aggression, but Timlin gradually began to find her range with crisp counter punches and the judges could not separate both fighters.
Timlin received a 96-95 tally from one judge, while another official favoured Skelly with a 97-96 score, and the final judge made it a 95-95 draw, meaning the Commonwealth belt remained vacant.
“It was heartbreaking because I’ve trained so hard for it,” Timlin told Sky Sports afterwards. “You can’t really fault the result because it was a close fight, and I thought I won some rounds and she won some rounds. I think it was a fair decision. I would love to do that fight again. I think styles make fights. That was a really good fight and I’d love to do the rematch. It could have gone either way.”
“It’s frustrating,” Skelly told Sky Sports afterwards. “It was quite close early on but I thought I came on stronger at the end. It’s hard to say. I’ll have to watch it back and see what I think. I thought I done enough. Just being here tonight was a boss opportunity for the both of us. Hopefully we get to do it again and we’ll get it decided in the next one. 100% I’d do it again.”
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