The first round has started off slowly, but not out of fear. They two pugilists are feeling each other out and following rounds fire up the crowd.
Van Soest is the first one out of the corner, grabs Huyer’s kick and swoops her to the canvas. Huyer pops back up and is showing she isn’t scared of the American, landing a right hands only to press in her right elbow to follow. Van Soest, jukes and jikes then lands a left jab that floors the Italian. She goes in for the kill, but Huyer holds back and even though her nose is bloodied, she lands a beautiful back fist. Round number two ends in a clinch, but Huyer’s right eye appears to be closing up.
The doctor’s make sure Huyer is ready for the third round and goes on the attack. Van Soest uses her footwork and slips the jab only to land a stomp kick to Huyer’s sternum. Van Soest is continuously on the move, for every blow landed by Huyer, the American answers with three of her own. Van Soest is not phased by Huyer’s counters and the Italian’s nose is bloodied yet again.
Three rounds down and two to go. Early in the fourth and Van Soest lands a jumping left knee, but Huyer answers with a right hook before entering a clinch and exchanging knees with the former champion. Huyer is swinging for the fences, but whether she misses by an inch or a mile, they can’t seem to connect against Van Soest.
Heading into the fifth and final round and the fighters are being cautious in their approach. Van Soest kicked Huyer so hard, she fell out of her top, as she turned to adjust, the referee calls off the fight as an automatic forefit, ending it at 56 seconds in the fifth and final round. A poor call to end a fight that she was already winning.