Women’s action this weekend was headlined by a triple-header of title bouts in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday night.
Long reigning champion Momo Koseki (15-2-1, 3 KO’s) successfully defended the WBC atom weight title for the 10th time, defeating Maria del Rufugio Cruz (9-6, 0 KO) by ten round decision. Scores of the bout were 100-90 across the board. Koseki, who had a losing challenge for the WBC light flyweight title earlier in her career, has held the atom weight belt since 2008 when she defeated Winyu Paradorngym by second round knockout. She is 9-0-1 (1 KO) in title defenses. This was Cruz’s 5th consecutive loss; she’s never held a title.
The WBA minimum weight title was on the line, as champion Etsuko Tada (12-0-2, 2 KO’s) defended against Yuko Kuroki (9-3, 5 KO’s). This was Tada’s ninth defense of the title she won in 2009, defeating titleholder Cho-Rong Son. Kuroki holds the WBC youth atom weight title, and came into the fight on an eight-fight win streak. Tada would come out on top, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 98-92. This bout included, Tada is 7-0-2 (0 KO) in title defenses.
The third title bout on the card featured Mexico’s Ibeth Zamora Silva (17-5, 7 KO’s) meeting Naoko Shibata (9-3, 3 KO’s) for the vacant WBC light flyweight title. Silva has held multiple titles in her career, including the WBA light flyweight, WBA minimum weight, and WBC Youth minimum weight belts. A loss to Jessica Plata in April of 2012 left her without a title. Shibata holds the OPBF light flyweight belt, her last bout being a loss in her challenge for the WBA minimum weight title. In a close fight, Silva would add another belt to her list of titles, taking a split decision by scores of 96-94 twice, and 94-96 for Shibata.
In Brandenburg, Germany on Saturday, Ramona Kuehne (20-1, 6 KO’s) made her fourth defense of the WIBF,
WBF, and WBO super featherweight titles against Halanna Dos Santos (14-5, 9 KO’s). Kuehne’s lone defeat was a sixth round stoppage to Ina Menzer in 2010, which cost her three world titles. She followed the loss with a fourth round knockout of Maribel Santana, where she won the three title she currently holds, and had made three winning defenses coming into this bout. Dos Santos came in with a spotty record in recent years; 6-4 (5 KO’s) in her previous 10 outings. Among those losses were challenges for the WBA lightweight and super lightweight titles. Dos Santos would remain unsuccessful in title challenges at the end of the night: Kuehne taking a one sided unanimous decision by scores of 100-90 twice, and 99-91. On the under card, Nicole Wesner (2-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated stopping Helga Petukov (0-2) in the second round.
Two title bouts in Mexico over the weekend. In Cuautla, Mexican minimum weight champion Victoria Argueta (10-1, 4 KO’s) added the vacant WBC silver minimum weight title to her stash as she defeated Guadalupe Ramirez (4-5, 0 KO) over 10 rounds. This was a third straight loss for Ramirez, Argueta came in off a 10 round loss to Naoko Fujioka in a challenge for the WBC minimum weight title. On the under card, Guadalupe Lopez (2-0, 0 KO) won a six round bout over Arlette Melendez (0-2).
In Rio Bravo, Mexico, newly crowned WBC super flyweight champion Zulina Munoz (37-1-2, 24 KO’s) made her first defense against Tenkai Tsunami (18-7, 7 KO’s). Munoz won the title last November defeating Maribel Ramirez. She has also held numerous titles including the WBC silver super flyweight, WBC silver bantamweight, WBC youth bantamweight and NABF bantamweight titles. Tsunami is a former WBA super flyweight and IFBA bantamweight titleholder, but was coming in on a three bout-losing streak. Munoz worked her way to a close, unanimous decision winning by scores of 95-93 twice and 97-92 to retain the title.
Other weekend action:
In France, Farida El Hadratti (2-0, 1 KO) won over Suzana Radovanovic (1-12) in six rounds, and Sandy Loget (2-0-1) won in six rounds over Audrey Tacconi (0-4-1). Narelle Leahey (1-0) won her pro debut in four rounds over Kori Farr (0-1) who was also making her pro debut in Australia. In Slovakia, Claudia Ferenci (6-26-5, 2 KO’s) stopped Ivetta Rigo (0-2) in two rounds. Abigail Villar (9-5-3, 2 KO’s) defeated Damiana Duran (0-6) by third round TKO in Panama. In Mexico, Yulihan Avila (6-0, 0 KO) won her rematch with Estefania Talamantes (1-3) by six round decision, and in another rematch, Lesley Morales (2-1-1) drew over six rounds with Jennifer Gutierrez (0-2-1). Alondra Garcia (6-0, 1 KO) won a four round decision over Alejandra de la Vega (0-2). In stateside action, on the under card of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at Foxwoods in Connecticut, Shelly Vincent (8-0, 0 KO) kept her undefeated record in tact, defeating winless Mikayla Nebel (0-4) by four round decision.