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Henry Clay boxer victorious in national title rematch

The referee declared Henry Clay High Schooler Samantha Kinchen the winner in a decision over Taylor Carroll.
The referee declared Henry Clay High Schooler Samantha Kinchen the winner in a decision over Taylor Carroll. Herald-Leader

Seeing is believing, and Samantha Kinchen showed plenty Saturday night.

The 17-year-old boxer out of Henry Clay High School, fighting in her home Lexington Legends ring on Versailles Road, scored a four-round decision over Taylor Carroll of Monroe, Mich.

The same Taylor Carroll that Kinchen beat April 6 for the USA Boxing national championship at 152 pounds.

"I think that most all of my punches gave her trouble," said Kinchen, a 5-foot-7 right-hander. "She can't take my power, so that's what I was trying to do."

Not that everyone saw things the same, though.

Carroll and her trainer, Todd Riggs, didn't believe the outcome.

"I think I won," said Carroll, who has one more year to go at Monroe High School. "I definitely landed more punches than she did. I believe that wholeheartedly."

Said Riggs: "It was a good fight. But the problem is Samantha won the first round but she lost the last three rounds, and she lost the last three rounds big. She sat there and held her hands up, and my girl was killing her to the body and straight down the pipe. But I didn't think we were going to win anything here anyway because the judges are from Kentucky, the referee is from Kentucky. But we know who won the fight, and they know who won the fight. They can celebrate all they want. We know who won the fight."

Sarge Farris, who trains Kinchen, naturally saw things another way.

"We take nothing away from Taylor Carroll. But we have the No. 1 girl in the country. When you come to Lexington, Ky., you're going to have to take it because nothing's going to be given to you," Farris said. "Samantha fought her heart out. She was the most effective punching. She was aggressive. She had excellent defense — punches were catching on her elbows and forearm and gloves. ... I know that their people thought that they should have got a decision, but nobody could argue with that decision. And I'm surprised that it went that long."

Kinchen, who scored a TKO over Carroll 1:41 into the first round of their April bout, landed several combinations in the first round. One flurry sent Carroll to the corner for a standing eight-count.

Another standing eight in the third round drew the ire of Carroll and Riggs.

"I didn't agree with the eight counts at all," Carroll said.

When it was over, Kinchen left the ring with the gaudy Legends of Lexington belt. And, no, she wasn't worried.

"At no point in the fight was I like 'Oh, gosh, I've got to hurry up,'" Kinchen said. "I controlled the fight the entire time. The one thing that I found interesting, I didn't get more eight counts. I thought that I deserved more. Which is fine with me — I got more work.

"None of my fights have ever gone four rounds, so that was a test. But at the end of the fight, I felt good about it."

As for her future, Kinchen has plans both big and small.

"In these kind of fights, it's to win," she said. "But the main goal is 2016 Olympics, so nobody's coming in our way. We're knocking everybody out."

■ On the all-male undercard: GerQuan Miller of Cincinnati won in a decision over Vance Dick of Joe's Boxing (Mich.) at 55 pounds; T.J. Dicks of Joe's scored a first-round TKO over Robert Simpson of Westwood Boys Club at 141; Mark Weathers of Blaze Boxing (Louisville) decisioned Jordan Satterly of Rock Boxing at 141; Alex Stancato of Blaze decisioned Austin Watkins of Joe's at 141; and Jong In-Choi of Blaze beat Scott Martin of Legends when the referee stopped the contest. ... John Richard served as ringside doctor and two-time middleweight champ Darrin Van Horn announced.

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