WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6: It was like a scene from Laurel and Hardy; both fighters bewildered, scratching the top of their heads.
Of course, pointing this out to either Teresa Perozzi or Tori Nelson outside their locker rooms at the Berkeley Institute would have guaranteed yourself a swift right to the temple.
But there was nothing comical about the boxers in the ring. Both were warriors, putting on a superb show in front of a packed house on Saturday night.
The vacant WBC Middleweight belt was on the line at the Teachers Rugby’s Fight Night 15 and the home crowd urged their girl Perozzi on. The pair left nothing in the ring.
The trouble is, sports men and women speak the language of winning or losing; of elation or despair. A win is vindication, a defeat, however tough, is confirmation of what must be improved. But a draw — especially a second one in a row for these two — does none of that.
Perozzi struggled to explain it. “I don’t know”, she said (25 times during the interview) as she attempted to get her head around why she didn’t get the verdict this time.
She was not alone. “This is a Pacquaio-Marques thing,” said Nelson. “It’s getting ridiculous.”
Perozzi admitted the decision “hurt” before beginning an immediate inquest into what she could have done differently.
“I don’t know if I’m trying to think too much, trying to box too much… I’m not really sure because her power doesn’t… I felt a lot… It’s not… I don’t… I don’t know what to say I’ll be honest.”
The opposite corner was left equally dumbfounded.
“I really don’t know what more I could do,” said Nelson (11 times, by the way). “I don’t know what the judges want. I changed everything to make sure I could satisfy them and it wasn’t enough so I don’t know.”
The judges, none of whom were from Bermuda it must be noted, simply could not separate two equally-matched fighters. One went Perozzi, one Nelson and one a draw.
But while the scores failed to find a winner, the crowd couldn’t argue they didn’t get their money’s worth.
After a hustling opening two rounds, the fight exploded into life in the third when Nelson sent Perozzi crashing to the canvas for the first time in her career with a superb right.
But any hopes the American had of dominating from that point were immediately quashed when a thundering left from Perozzi left her horizontal.
In the next few rounds Nelson held the upper hand, even drawing blood from the Bermudian’s nose in the sixth.
However, the local girl was far from done and she finished the stronger, noticeably getting the partisan crowd on their feet in the eighth.
Taken together the judges’ verdicts were inconclusive — a message that neither had done enough to earn the belt, leading to inevitable questions about a third instalment of this rivalry.
If that is to happen, it would appear most likely to be in the States, with Nelson admitting she’s unlikely to “leave her kids again” to return to the island.
Perozzi, meanwhile, initially said it was time to “move on”. But options are limited and she also refused to close the door on fight #3, insisting “I’d totally go over there”.
When the self-analysis by both fighters is over, another rematch is likely to become more attractive.
After all, two draws hardly provides the sporting closure these two fine athletes crave.