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Battle of the sexes

McGregor dominates Chow in male-female boxing match

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Posted: Thursday October 14, 1999 08:05 PM

  Margaret MacGregor was the busier fighter throughout the bout and never looked intimidated by Chow. AP

SEATTLE (AP) -- Man vs. woman in the ring turned out not to be a fair fight, after all.

Margaret McGregor won every round on every card of her four-round, history-making bout Saturday night against Loi Chow, a jockey who showed virtually no boxing skills.

McGregor, a 36-year-old hometown favorite from Bremerton, Wash., towered over Chow and threw combinations that racked up points, even if they didn't seem to do any damage.

All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in McGregor's favor.

McGregor, in a red sports bra and gold trunks, landed a right to the head in the first two-minute round, then a four-punch combination. Chow responded by bouncing away. He kept bouncing all over the ring, smiling and doing not much else.

Chow, 0-3, hardly posed a worthy opponent. The 33-year-old from Vancouver threw punches awkwardly, covered up most of the fight, and landed only a few punches. Listed as 5-foot-2, he seemed a head shorter than the 5-4 McGregor.

McGregor, 4-0, threw punches like a trained fighter, even if she never came close to hurting Chow. She was the busier fighter throughout the bout, and never looked intimidated by Chow or the occasion. As the fourth round came to a close, the crowd chanted, "Margaret, Margaret," and she responded with a combination to the body.

"It was like my dream was coming true right before my eyes," McGregor said of those chants. "This is the biggest day of my life."

The crowd of 2,768 roared with delight at the decision in her favor, but booed Chow for his defensive, lackluster effort.

"I fought my best tonight," McGregor said. "All I want to do is keep getting better and better. I don't care who it is, I'll fight anybody."

Chow's blood pressure was high an hour before the fight card started, and the doctor told him to rest a while before taking it again to make sure he was OK. Chow passed the test the second time.

Chow blamed his loss on his high blood pressure, saying that his blood pressure actually peaked at 185 over 115 before he took some medication to bring it down.

"I didn't feel right," Chow said. "I don't think I got whipped. I hit her with a couple of good shots."

Asked what, if anything, the bout proved, Chow responded with a smile and a bit of bravado: "It proves a woman cannot hurt a man."

Asked the same question, McGregor said: "Just that I'm a winner."

A lot of fans, though, attached more significance to the fight.

"I think it's breaking a lot of barriers. I feel like I'm taking part in this big event in history," said Rosemarie Moore, 18, Seattle, attending her first fight.

"Women are saying, `Hey, we're just as good as you.' We've come a long way."

Another fan disagreed.

"It's not a good thing for boxing," said Sherman Daniels, 47, from Renton, Wash. "With all the controversy, this might be the first and the last time a man and woman fight."

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