Jessica’s straight cracked into Valerie, the sound echoing off the walls all throughout the gym. Valerie was forced to take it full-on, a small shower of sweat and spit thrown from her temporarily warped jaw. The sudden force of the hit rattled her to the core, and as she stumbled back a couple steps, she shook her head a bit to clear and refocus her vision. Jessica did not immediately pursue, but breathed an internal sigh of relief that she managed to connect with a decent couple punches. She resisted the rising urge to taunt Valerie, as Valerie had cockily done to her in the beginning of the fight. For now, she was content to let her fists do the talking.
”Huh…so that’s what your fists feel like…” Valerie thought as she grit her teeth. ”Ears are still ringing. We can’t have any more of that. You think you’ve figured me out, Hawke? Beaten me already!? I’ll rip you apart!”
Valerie nostrils flared, and after a brief moment to collect herself, she charged forward with a fierce yell. Jessica steeled herself, eyes narrowed as she prepared for Valerie’s imminent arrival. As Valerie got into range, Jessica tossed a preemptive jab, though Valerie’s rage-induced focus gave her ample time to slip it without missing a beat, swinging a wild haymaker of a right for Jessica’s cheek. Jessica weaved to her right with gloves up, allowing the punch to roll off her guard. However, Valerie pivoted on the spot and unloaded a left hook from the opposite angle, just as Jessica was coming back up from the weave. Jessica didn’t have enough time to fully block, but was able to throw up her right glove just before impact, her forearm clashing with Valerie’s. The last-second parry reduced Valerie’s incoming force, although she still bulldogged her way around it into a glancing blow to Jessica’s chin.
Jessica’s head snapped back from Valerie’s jabs, but rather than allowing herself to become disoriented, she focused her concentration and reformed her guard in front of her face, in time to block an incoming third jab from the Ripper. She pondered how best to mount her own offensive, but Valerie seemed bent on not giving her the opportunity as she dipped in, heading downstairs this time with a looping body blow. For now, the Nova Striker would need to remain on the defensive as she shifted her guard downward, protecting her abs once again from Valerie’s attack. Valerie was insistent though, and threw another low hook that thudded into Jessica’s blocking arms as soon as the first was deflected.
“Ugh….she won’t…ugh…let up!” Jessica thought as Valerie tirelessly pounded her red gloves into Jessica’s toned arms. “…Maybe I can use this though. Her head’s...agh…wide open…”
After a low right hook rolled off her guard, Jessica rose while attempting to swing a tight right uppercut for the Brit’s unguarded chin. However, Valerie had found a groove and would not be denied. She saw Jessica’s counterattack coming, and accelerating even further, interrupted it before it could really launch by seamlessly transitioning from low hooks to high ones. The speedy left hook caught Jessica completely by surprise with how much faster it was than the lows she was successfully blocking only moments before. It crashed into her jaw with a solid whap, forcing her to turn to the left, and leaving an arc of sweat and saliva in its wake. The brutal right hook that followed it slammed into her opposite cheek, violently rocking her head and entire upper body from one side to the other.
Liz focused on her jabs but occasionally waved and smiled at the at the spectators. While she wanted to warm up she figured it would be rude to not acknowledge the people who supported her.
She and her coach Brenda climbed in the ring. Tonight Liz had thigh high boots with high heels on. When Liz had found out about “High Heels Night” she thought the idea was ridiculous as it would be difficult to fight in high heels due to the complex moves a boxer had to make via heels and toe motion.
However Liz's doubts about the existence of the event were cleared, when she saw Jessica and other boxers from Fosters and another organization called "Beat Rush Boxing"duking it out in the unusual boxing footwear. Compared to "tag team matches" or "classic night" this was a fairly normal boxing match. If you could call anything that Foster Corps does "ordinary".
Brenda spoke up while glancing at Liz's new accessory ,"so how are the heels treating you. I've never seen you in high heels before come to think of it."
Liz laughs, "thats because I generally wear only tennis shoes or the nicer looking flat shoes. I haven't really thought about wearing high heels for some reason. There not as tricky to move around in as I thought. I guess Fosters Reinforce must enhance balance."
"Or you're just naturally better at wearing them than most people. I see all the fellows in the crowd are drooling more than they usually are even you box topless and you haven’t even removed your robe yet. Those thigh high heeled boots really make you sexier if that's even humanly possible."
Liz just laughed and blushed as she did whenever Brenda glorified her figure or looks. She honestly felt that there were better looking girls than her even if she was in the cafegory one of the best looking girls.
Liz laughter abruptly ceased when the announcer spoke up again."Ladies and Gentlemen a special guest from 'Beat Rush Boxing' who has started literally making heads roll, Jessica 'Nova Striker' Hawke.The obsidian robed figure walked to the ring under an equally loud hail if cheers. She displayed the same entrance as Liz had just done which was appreciating the fans that had been waiting for her to come back to Foster's to mowed down yet another girl who was brave enough to step in the ring with her. All the while was practicing her one two and jabs as well exactly like Liz.
She claimed through the ropes as well.
Liz and Jessica disrobe which was quite a sight to witness in itself. Liz's large assets where barely contained by her bikini top giggled when she removed her robe. To say everyone in the crowd was pleased would be a very mild way of stating the situation. Liz thought she was going to go deaf, mostly thanks to the fact her hearing was many times better than normal people.
Jessica disrobing was no less welcome as her assets where only a tad bit smaller but stilled bounced as freely when she removed her robe. She was also quite muscular as well.
The two gorgeous ebony skinned women head to the center of the ring for the usual ref rule lecture which they have heard at least hundreds if not thousands of times.
Liz met eyes with her slightly taller foe. She had witnessed vids of her on both Foster Fights and Beat rush boxing ,overpowering and confusing her opponent with her style changes. She determined that while boxing style Kaizen should be enough to neutralize the style change, she still decided that she'd exercise caution when she approached her offensively.
(Note:Kaizen a martial art style used by Nalgus Mercenaries and QN's officially known as the counter style)
Jessica thought as Liz did that her style of changing might throw off her fellow ebony skinned opponent but that counter style looked liked it was capable of neutralizing styles that the user hadn't even had experience in fighting. Either that or the user was exceptionally good as clearly Liz was according to the Foster Fight vids she had seen.
The bell rang and then two ladies circle around each other.
Jessica activated analysis mode taking up an out fighters stance. Liz on the other hand, took a similar mode but assumed her typical counter style.
Jessica decided to see how scary this counter style actually was by shooting some jabs toward her dreadlocked opponent.
Liz bobbed right and left to evade the obsidian leather and returned with a few of her own jabs toward Jessica.
Jessica leaned and bobbed out of the way of the jabs and proceeded to follow by sending more jabs.
Liz then started to deflect the jabs downward and to the side with her out right held gloves.
This trading of and skillful of jabs lasted a full minute of the 3 minute round until Liz finally made an offensive move and took a big swing at the Nova Strikers head.
The Nova striker easily leaned out of the way of her shorter opponent s fist , coming within a few inches of the Jamaican themed leather and the attempted to counter with an uppercut directed at Liz's chin.
Liz whose eyes never left Jessica's arms even after her "miss" suddenly parried the glove out of the way and stepped forward moving Jessica's glove widely to the right putting the taller woman slightly of balance while delivering a walloping hook to Jessica's cheek.
Jessica's head was thrown to the side considerably hard when the punch connected with her cheek, letting some saliva loose.
Jessica however recovered from the punch and was about to retaliate when she saw Liz press towards her yet again with an uppercut this time.
The punch was blocked by Jessica moving her muscular arms in the the form of a cross arm block.
Jessica then went to Liz's body with a double hook combo that Liz intercepted by dropping her elbows and letting the leather harmlessly but forcefully hit.
Liz then shot a one two that first punch of the one two was avoided by Jessica with a weave and then she attempted to counter the second with a straight of her own.
However Liz again was watching her taller muscular opponents arms and knocked down her opponents counter with her free glove and crashed a straight right into Jessica's forehead knocking off bits of sweat from it.
Liz again made a telegraphed right hook at Jessica's side.
Fearing that it might be another trap, Jessica steps back and unloaded a powerful straight right into Liz's unguarded stomach.
The smaller woman made a surprise grunt folded in half and nearly spit her mouth piece out. Out of the corner of her eye, she then saw the Nova Striker pull forward and launch an unforgiving follow up right straight but luckily threw up her own left glove from her hunched over position in time to keep the punch from crashing into her face.
"Her reflexes are fast enough to block from that position?"Jessica then decided it was probably safer to keep Liz at a distance rather than remain in her range so that she can keep luring her in and parrying her punches. To this end she threw more jabs at longer ranges that are easily deflected by Liz.
Liz feints another head hunting straight but the statuesque darker skinned woman is on to Liz's counter style and she see's Liz going low with a hook to the rib cage.
Nova striker lowers her elbow in time for the punch to collide into her elbow.
The muscular woman now attempted to switch to a more offensive style a bit sooner than she planned to try to catch Liz off guard but Liz still watched her arms like she predicted the style change.
A hook to the body was parried away and the follow up attack grazed Jessica's face as she leaned to the right.
"I think I'm starting to get used to this weird style. Unless that's what she wants me to think."
Jessica picked at Liz head with a couple jabs that she knew would be deflected and then brought an overhand right down on Liz that she quickly deflected and arced her own power punch at Jessica.
Jessica knew the punch was coming so she temporarily adapted Liz's style and deflected the punch to the side and sent a bomb directly into Liz's nose.
"I think I'm liking this style Jessica says to herself, I'll just add it to my list of styles to change from."
Liz's head flew back along with some spit and then the bell rang.
Liz headed back to her corner as did Jessica.
Liz plopped down on the stool and Brenda prepared to scold and praise her.
"Not one of the best first rounds Liz but I certainly didn't expect her to adapt to that style of yours so quickly. Despite that you got some hits in."
"In other words her rank and reputation in Foster Fights and Beat Rush Boxing Is well earned."
"Yeah Yeah, ranks and fancy titles are nice until you actually hop in the squared circle. Just keep bringing her to you." Brenda said matter of factly.
"Still she did use her own style against you so just be cautious of her and I don't even need to talk about her power she packing."
"No I think my aching nose and stomach pretty much says it all."
Brenda then attended to the blood under Liz's nose from the straight.
In the other corner Jessica stood with her assigned second.
"Keeping her at a distance was good but it still a bit dangerous to trade with her while she's using that style."
Jessica replied while panting ,"I think I'm getting used to it though. though I don't really know all about it yet. It could all be a plot to get me comfortable so she can catch me when I slip up."
"And people say boxing is all about punching people in the face. Still she seems to falter just a bit when you let her come.to.you keep that up."