Iman Barlow successfully defended her Enfusion Live championship on July 8, 2017 and won her 100th career fight against, Ashley Nichols via split-decision, in the main event of, Enfusion Live 51 in Canada.
In what was a busy five rounds of ‘kickass kickboxing’, both women cranked up the tempo in the fifth and final round in a very even match-up. Nichols the older by six years at 30 years of age, used her every bit of wit and experience to apply a strategic approach that kept Barlow’s high volume of kicking to a minimum for most of the fight which, has been a major challenge for past opponents.
The early rounds would see Nichols coming forward, eating low kicks and punching her way in to close the distance and making the “Pretty Killer” look a lot less dominant compared to, more recent title defences under the Enfusion banner.
According to Enfusion commentator Julie Kitchen, the defending champion had been recently ill leading up-to Enfusion Live 51. However, Barlow’s engine and effort levels didn’t falter under pressure throughout the fight, earning her a split decision victory on Canadian soil.
Props to Ashley Nichols for pushing the champion all the way and after such a close decision, it would be a shame to not see the Canadian fighting again as soon as possible under Enfusion rules (and not risk losing her to MMA).
Enfusion Live 51 – Results:
Iman Barlow [c] (UK) vs. Ashley Nichols (Canada) via split decision – 54kg world title defence
Ariel Abreu def. Thomas Dalziel via split decision – 80kg
Phanomsack Bounpaserth def. Bineaba Otoru by decision
Chris McMillan def. Kyle Nelson by Rd3 KO – 70kg
Joey George def. Mark McKinnon by Rd3 TKO – 85kg