KALISPELL — The first women's title fight in Montana history ended in a majority draw in front of 2,000 fans here Saturday.
Kalispell native Shelley Burton (8-2-1) and Seattle's Dakota Stone (7-4-4) fought to a 10-round majority draw in a North American Boxing Federation bout for the vacant middleweight title. Two judges ruled the bout a 95-95 draw, while one scored Burton a 98-92 winner.
Promoter Bob LeCoure of Butte said the title belt remains vacant.
"We're talking about a rematch. Boy it was a hell of a fight," said LeCoure. "I thought the draw was an excellent call and not from a promoter's standpoint of a rematch."
Burton told the Kalispell Daily Inter Lake she enjoyed fighting in her hometown.
"I'm glad I fought in my hometown," she said. "I threw some good hits. I'll be ready next time, more so than I was this time. So that's all I have to say."
In the semi-windup at 170 pounds, Butte's Matt Palmer (1-0) beat Kalispell's Terrence Crow (0-2) by a 39-36, 39-36, 40-34 unanimous decision. Palmer knocked Crow down twice in the fourth round.