Jennie Nedell not only put on a fundraising kickboxing event in memory of her Dad, Laurence Nedell, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, she also fought in the main event.  Putting on a sporting event is no easy task, and there are hundreds of things that can go wrong, but Jennie had it all under control on September 10th, and the show ran very smoothly.  And then, in the main event of the evening, the kickboxing promoter, who is also the PKF's NY State Women's Champion, took on the PKF Florida State Champion and won a dramatic split decision victory.  Talk about an eventful day!

I was honored to be the ring announcer for this show, and the fans turned out in droves to help raise money for the Ceder Beach 9/11 Memorial.  It was standing room only once the fights got underway, and the fighters all gave it everything they had inside the ropes.  There were kid's matches, women't bouts and men's fights, and everyone who fought on the card had reason to be proud of their performances.

But it was Jennie Nedell who really shined throughout the night.  You could tell that the day was emotional for her.  But even under the stress of putting on the event and fighting in it, Jennie stayed cool, calm and collected.  Her dad must be very proud of her right now.

In her fight, Jennie took everything her opponent had and gave it right back.  She fought tough, and the fight was a very close split decision win for Nedell.  Which was a perfect ending for a perfect evening.  The fight, and the event showed, that nothing is easy in this life, but if you persevere, like Jennie Nedell did, you will come through victorious.

Congrats to Jennie and the team she put together to make this show possible.  And congrats to all the fighters who showed up and gave it their all in the ring.  It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this great event!




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