The IBF female super flyweight title was up for grabs this weekend; undefeated Debora Anahi Dionicius (11-0, 4 KO’s) and Michelle Preston (7-7-1, 2 KO’s) met for the vacant title in Entre Rios, Argentina Saturday night.
For Preston, this was her first scheduled 10 rounder in the last three years and although she has held lesser regional titles in the past, her last three attempts at OPBF regional belts (in two different weight divisions) had all ended in decision losses. Dionicius, who entered the bout as the South American super flyweight champion, was in her fourth bout of the year, a slight step down in activity since fighting all of her first seven professional bouts in 2011.
Dionicius put on a boxing clinic and mixed her attack, effectively alternating her head and body shots throughout the fight. Keeping the action at a safe distance, she never allowed the bout to turn into a head to head slugfest and controlled the action with crisp, clean combinations. To Preston’s credit, despite being outclassed and out boxed at every turn, she never gave up and never appeared to be in serious trouble although she was being tagged with solid punches repeatedly.
Dionicius kept her undefeated steak in tact, winning the IBF super flyweight title by shut out scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
On the Ring Telmex card in Mexico City, last minute replacement Maribel Ramirez (4-4-2, 2 KO’s) put up a better than expected effort against Zulina Munoz (36-1-2, 24 KO’s) in the main event bout for the vacant WBC super flyweight title. Munoz, the former holder of the WBC Silver super flyweight and bantamweight titles, was originally scheduled to meet Guyanese boxer Shondel Alfred, but Alfred was removed from the bout after being found during a prefight check to be four weeks pregnant. Enter Ramirez, who came into the bout with two losses and a draw in her last three outings.
Although the much lesser experienced of the two, Ramirez put up a solid effort, and kept the fight close. It was Munoz’s experience and reach advantage however, that were enough to secure her a unanimous decision win by close scores of 96-94 on all three judges’ scorecards.
On the under card, Jessica Plata (8-0, 2 KO’s) remained undefeated with a third round stoppage of Guadalupe Ramirez (4-4, 0 KO’s)
In Denmark, the very minor BBU flyweight belt was won by Fadia Idrissi (3-1-1, 0 KO’s) with a six round decision over Elina Jurkane (0-2-1)