The WBO and WBA light flyweight world champion, Yesica Bopp (24-0, 11 KO’s), made a successful defense of her belts Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bopp faced Carolina Alvarez (10-5-2, 7 KO’s), who was fighting in Argentina for the first time.
The difference in skill was obvious from the start, as the champion used her superior technique, hand, and foot speed to land clean combinations and get out of range, causing her opponent to miss the majority of punches she threw. Though Alvarez had the height and reach advantage, she was unable to use it to gain any edge in the fight. Bopp became more aggressive as the bout moved along, and took greater control with each round. By the end of the fifth round, Alvarez and her corner had seen enough and opted to end the bout, awarding the champion the victory, retaining her world titles and keeping her undefeated record in tact.
Bopp remains one of the world’s most skilled female boxers, and is extremely popular in her homeland of Argentina. Between the two world titles, this marked her 14th defense and third consecutive bout that has ended inside the distance. She’s held both belts since 2009, though they were won in separate bouts. For Alvarez, she now failed in four world title attempts.
In Germany, Klara Svensson (8-0, 2 KO’s) who holds the WBC Silver and WIBF world light welterweight titles, saw non-title action against Rita Kenessey (1-3). Svensson used her jab and straight right to control the bout, keeping Kenessey at a safe distance. After stunning Kenessey in the second round, Svensson took solid control of the bout, and had Kenessey lunging forward, throwing wide lopping punches that missed the target nearly every time. Kenessey was dropped in the fourth round and once again in the fifth courtesy of a left hook. Though she beat the count, the referee chose to halt o the bout, awarding Svensson the win by knockout. The day of this bout, undefeated Cecilia Braekhus, holder of the WBA, WBO and WBC welterweight titles, posted on her Twitter account “Klara Svensson fighting for a Champion belt today in Bernau! My weightclass..Challenge her or too easy?” My opinion…too easy. (BoxRec.com did not have this listed as a title bout).
On the under card, Natalia Smirnova moved to 2-0 (1 KO) with a first round TKO of Gabriella Vicze (3-21, 1 KO)
The WBC Youth flyweight title changed hands in Cancun, Mexico. First time title challenger Yesenia Gomez (6-2) won a comfortable, unanimous 10 round decision over Arely Valente (11-1, 6 KO’s), taking the title and dealing Valente her first career defeat. Valente was making her first defense, having won the title this past October when she stopped Liliana Ordonez in the sixth round. Scores were 98-92, 98-93, 97-93.
Another world champion took part in a non-title affair in Switzerland: WBC Silver and WIBF world super flyweight champion Aniya Seki (22-2-2, 1 KO) took an eight round decision win over Fleis Djendji (15-18-1, 9 KO’s).
Canada: Alisah McPhee (2-0) defeated Wendy Roy (1-8) by five round decision
Mexico: Magaly de la Vega (6-2-4, 4 KO’s) stopped Maria Concepcion (0-1) in the second round, and Isabel Millan (5-1-1, 3 KO’s) won a six round decision in her rematch with Veronica Rodriguez (3-7, 2 KO’s). Just one month ago, Rodriguez defeated Millan by six round decision.
U.S.A.: Noemi Bosques (1-0-1) drew in four rounds with Vanessa Greco (1-2-2) and Kelsey Jeffries (41-10-2, 4 KO’s) drew in six rounds with Claudia Gutierrez (3-1)
Argentina: Mayra Gomez (9-2, 3 KO’s) stopped Marta Juncos (4-12-3) in the fifth round and Daniela Asenjo (2-0) won a four round decision over Jorgelina Obregon (0-4)
Japan: Kei Takenaka (4-0, 1 KO) defeated Chukatarn Kratinghat (0-1) by four round decision.
Mexico: Guadalupe Martinez (4-2, 3 KO’s) stopped Mercedes Castro (0-2) in the sixth round, Fernanda Ortega (1-0) won a four round decision over Sara Ramirez (0-1), and Arlette Martinez (1-2) won in four rounds over Claudia Becerra (0-1)