It was a good weekend for the ladies of the sport, five world titles at stake and some good all around action.
Argentina got us started on Friday night in Buenos Aires, where the vacant IBF super featherweight world title was contested between Claudia Andrea Lopez and Maria Elena Maderna, both of Argentina. Maderna, coming in on a five fight win streak had a distinct height and reach advantage over Lopez, but lacked the speed or technique to utilize either one. Lopez, a southpaw, did a good job of slipping Maderna’s shots and countering with overhand rights and left hands to the body. She mixed her attack well, and landed clean combinations.
Madernas best moment came in the sixth round, when she knocked down Lopez with a wide right hand that appeared to catch Lopez off balance. The knockdown fired up Maderna, as she turned up her attack once the action resumed in hopes of scoring her first professional stoppage. Despite her added aggression, Maderna was still being out boxed by the shorter Lopez, who became more aggressive in return, and backed Maderna to the ropes more often over the last three rounds of the bout. In the end, a unanimous decision awarded Claudia Andrea Lopez the win and the world championship, scores were 98-92, 97-92 (twice) all for Lopez. Lopez’s record improved to 21-6, 5 KOs while Maderna fell to 8-8-3, 0 KOs.
Also on Friday night, a minor title was decided in Sweden. Mikaela Lauren (17-2, 6 KOs) defeated Eva Halasi (10-6, 9 KOs) by six round decision to win the WBPF and UBO women’s junior middleweight titles. It was the second meeting between the two; Lauren had also won the prior by second round TKO. This was Halasi’s first bout since September of last year.
Back to Argentina to kick off Saturdays action, undefeated Yesica Patricia Marcos (20-0, 7 KO’s) and Dayana Cordero (9-3, 2 KOs) headlined a card in San Martin. Marcos was defending her WBO super bantamweight title, a belt she won from Ana Julaton in March, ending Julaton’s two year reign as champion. The vacant WBA super bantamweight title was also at stake. This was Cordero’s second shot at a world championship, her first being in May of this year which resulted in a fifth round TKO loss at the hands of world light welterweight champ Monica Sylvia Acosta.
Using a stiff jab and solid straight right hand, Marcos backed Cordero to the ropes, where she would then hammer Cordero with wide thudding left hooks to the body. Cordero did her best to return fire, but failed to land anything solid and couldn’t keep Marcos away.
The bout came to a bizarre ending: with her corner man still in the ring, Cordero was issued a count at the start of the sixth round while she remained seated on her stool. Cordero got up at the count of eight, only to have the bout waved off, giving Marcos the win via TKO stoppage and unifying the WBO and WBA super bantamweight titles.
In Tepic, Mexico, Janeth Perez (17-0, 4 KOs) kept her undefeated record in tact by taking a 10 round decision over Japans Tenkai Tsunami. It was Perez’s fifth defense of her WBA bantamweight title and the fourth of 2012 alone. Tsunami (18-5, 7 KOs) is a former WBA super flyweight titlist, this was her second consecutive loss.
Back stateside, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and Diamond’s Love Foundation teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to put on a two day event, “KO Cancer, Boxing for the Cure” in Pomona, California. The main event of the two day show was the IFBA super bantamweight world title bout between Kaliesha “Wild Wild”West (16-1, 4 KOs) of Moreno Valley and Christina Ruiz (6-5-2, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas. West, who also holds WBO bantamweight title, took a one sided unanimous decision, winning the vacant IFBA belt. Don’t let the scoring fool you though, Ruiz was in the fight the entire length. West was simply the sharper of the two, and landed more clean scoring punches, edging out Ruiz each round. The final round had the audience on their feet as the two stood toe to toe, going punch for punch until the final bell. Finals scores were 100-90 (twice), 99-91 all for West.
A look ahead:
A slow upcoming weekend on the women’s circuit, but we’re looking at what should be a great fight on Saturday, October 13th in Mexico City. WBC flyweight champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (35-5-3, 16 KOs) will meet IBF flyweight champion Ava Knight (9-1-3, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBC Diamond flyweight title.
In the Bahamas, American boxers Teresa Perozzi (9-4-1, 1 KO) and Tori Nelson (6-0-1, 0 KO) will meet in a unification bout for Perozzi’s WBA middleweight title and Nelson’s WIBA middleweight title. The vacant WBC middleweight belt will also be up for grabs.