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The North Providence Breeze 11-26-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 3, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 minute rounds, and when the dust settled, D'Errico, who went by the nickname "Vicious Vicky D," won the bout via split decision and received the Rough 'N' Rowdy New England women's championship belt. So what is Rough 'N' Rowdy? Barstool Sports, which is a popular sports and pop culture blog, defines it as an event with "amateur fighters with no defense throwing haymak- ers," and that was noticeable in almost all of the 24 fights that took place before last Friday's high-energy crowd. And what was D'Errico's real story? While most folks, especially Cruz and most of the Rough 'N' Rowdy fans before the fight, regarded D'Errico as a cheerleader who was "putting down her pom-poms" for the fight, very few knew that she had been kickboxing since she was 12, and a few months ago, began boxing at Legendary Boxing and Fitness on Smith Street. "One of the main reasons I love to fight so much is because it empow- ers women that we can fight too," D'Errico said on Sunday afternoon, "especially with my appearance – I love to prove people wrong. Girls can fight too, and hopefully, I can inspire other women and younger girls." Entering last Friday's fight, D'Errico had never fought in an official ama- teur fight, but she did step into the ring for two developmental bouts, "and in my last developmental fight, they had to stop the bout," she recalled. "I got (my opponent) in the corner and hit her with two body shots and then a hook to her head. Had it counted, it would have been a TKO." And while all the fighters had to send in an audition tape to land a spot on last Friday's card, D'Errico was simply training one day at Legendary Boxing and Fitness when one of the show's producers came down to the North Providence gym to check out another fighter on the card, Warwick's Mike Live, who was scheduled to take on a fighter from Braintree, Mass., for the New England championship. "They saw me and they were like, 'I think you would be the best fit for it,'" D'Errico recalled. "Technically, I had zero fights in the books. I had that cheerleader image and I go to Providence College. So I said, 'Yeah, sure,' I thought it would be a local, small thing, so I was like, 'Any oppor- tunity to fight.'" "And then it blew up," she added with a laugh. "All of a sudden, I'm on Barstool (Sports). I'm like, 'Wow, I'm just going to run with this.'" 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