The world of women’s boxing saw two major world titles up for grabs this past weekend. Action started a day early in Puerto Rico, where PR Best Boxing hosted a show Thursday night, headlined by McWilliams Arroyo. The co-feature showcased the women’s WBO and WBA light flyweight champion, Yesica Yolanda Bopp (22-0, 10 KO’s) defending her title and undefeated record against American boxer Marisol Miranda, in Miranda’s first world title challenge.
Bopp controlled the bout throughout, displaying a solid set of boxing skills. A cut over Miranda’s left eye caused the referee to stop the bout in the seventh round, Bopp retaining her title and undefeated record in tact.
Sunday night in South Africa, American Layla McCarter (35-13-5, 8 KO’s) met Noni Tenge (11-1-1, 9 KO’s) for the vacant WBA female light middleweight title. Tenge came into the bout undefeated, but had been inactive for well over a year. Experience and activity leaned heavily in McCarter’s favor, who won the bout and the championship by eighth round TKO stoppage. Both McCarter and Tenge said they were willing to meet again in the future.
In other action, Zulina Munoz (35-1-2, 24 KO’s), stopped the lesser experienced Gabriela Bouvier (8-3-1, 2 KO’s) in Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico. Munoz won the vacant WBC Silver super flyweight title. Bouvier’s two prior losses were stoppages to WBC flyweight champ Mariana Juarez.
The vacant WIBF light welterweight championship was up for grabs in Germany on the under card of the Danny Williams-Christian Hammer bout. Klara Svensson moved to 6-0, 1 KO with a 10 round decision over boxer Floarea Lihet (10-10-4, 3 KOs).
In Panama, Chantall Martinez made quick work of Maria Andrea Miranda, stopping her in the second round winning the WBC Latino super bantamweight title.