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Manteca fighter earns split decision

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Vince Bordi (center) and his team pose for a photo after their championship win over Miles Shaw Saturday In Lodi.


POSTED August 12, 2012 7:02 p.m.

LODI – The frustration Vince Bordi toted around for nearly a year after his first defeat could be summed up in one punch

 An eerily accurate Bordi right hand landed flush on opponent Miles Shaw’s chin, sending him to the canvas and Bordi on his way to the belt.

The staggering second round punch pushed Bordi into the driver’s seat of his Hooked On Endorphins Showstoppers four-main event bout, where the Manteca resident earned a split-decision victory over Shaw.

“It was belt or nothing,” Bordi said after the victory. “My entire M.M.A career is based on me continuing winning. That is what propels me to the next fight. The most important thing for my next fight is the last fight.

“If I would have lost there it would have been real difficult to come back.”

Bordi and Shaw were on the ground the majority of the first round after Shaw got a hold of Bordi after his first kick attempt in the fight. Raucous chants of “Bordi-Bordi-Bordi” echoed throughout the Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fairgrounds. Bordi responded.

He made an impressive switch late in the round, gaining control of Shaw and the round one scorecard. Shaw opened the second round with a nice punch, yet his punch seemingly ignited Bordi’s hand skills and changed the entire dynamic of the title bout.

“I don’t know if I have to get a better warm-up here, or start sparring in the back,” Bordi said. “But for some reason I always start off bad. I didn’t have confidence in my hands at first, but once I hit him with that one I was tagging him the entire time.

“I don’t think he landed one flush one on me and that’s something I was proud of.”

Every aspect of Bordi’s main event victory likely went his way. The victory will likely usher Bordi into another event and accelerate his aspirations to fight professionally. He admitted fatigue weighed in during the bout’s final round, but the damage he performed in the two early rounds left Bordi right in the position he wanted to be.

“I got the belt,” Bordi said. “And that was the main goal. We always want to get a knockout or a submission, or try and do something a little better. A split-decision just shows that I need to work harder.

“It showed me I’m at a certain point, but I need to get better.”

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