Female welterweight champion Holly Holm (32-2-3, 9 KO’s) added two more world titles to her resume when she defeated Diana Prazak (11-2, 7 KO’s) in Albuquerque, New Mexico Friday night. Holm pitched a ten round shut out, scoring 100-90 on all three judges scorecards to win the vacant IBA and WBF female light welterweight championships. For Prazak, this loss shuts down an 11-fight win streak. The former super featherweight champion suffered her last defeat in her professional debut in 2010.
This was Holm’s second win since suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Anne Sophie Mathis just one year ago, that loss was avenged in June when Holm won a convincing ten round decision over Mathis in the rematch. That loss however, was used as hype against Holm in a video issued by Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus just one day before the Holm-Prazak bout took place.
The undefeated Braekhus (21-0, 5 KO’s) holds the WBA, WBC and WBO female welterweight titles, and used the video to officially “call out” Holm. Braekhus stated plainly, “next July I will be in Las Vegas, you want to meet me there? Let’s find out who’s the best female fighter in the world.” Braekhus’ last bout was a ten round decision win over Anne Sophie Mathis in Denmark.
In Kingston, Jamaica, two world titles were up for grabs. Alys Sanchez (12-0-1, 4 KO’s) remained undefeated and won the interim WBA female super bantamweight title with a ten round decision over Maria Villalobos (12-8-1, 5 KO’s). Scores were 96-94 across the board for Sanchez. This is the first world title for Sanchez; she’s also a former WBA Fedefem featherweight titlist. Villalobos, who’s now on a three fight losing streak, has never held a world title but is a former holder of the WBC Silver and Mexican super bantamweight titles.
Also on the card, WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (15-3, 4 KO’s) made her sixth successful defense defeating Marylin Hernandez (23-9, 14 KO’s) over 10 rounds. Malpartida won the title in 2009 when she knocked out Maureen Shea in Madison Square Garden, and she hasn’t lost since. Hernandez, the former WIBF super bantamweight champion, came in on a three-fight win streak.
In Canada, Sarah Pucek (5-2-1, 1 KO) won a ten round decision over Lucia Larcinese (5-10, 0 KO) to capture the vacant Canada female featherweight title.