It was a light weekend for the ladies. In Mexico, Anahi Torres (11-10, 2 KO’s) broke the .500 barrier with a successful defense of the WBC Youth minimum weight title with a ten round decision over Jasseth Noriega (16-1-1). This was Torres’s third defense of the title she won when she took a 10 round decision over Maria Salinas in September of 2011. Since running up seven straight losses in 2010, Torres has turned her career around, going 8-1, (2 KO’s) since the start of 2011 and is now on a six fight win streak. For Noriega, who turned pro in 2007, this marks the first loss of her career. She was riding a three fight win streak since a draw with Mandy Fuentes a year ago.
Delfine Persoon (24-1, 10 KO’s), the current WIBF and IBF lightweight champion was in non-title action in Belgium. Persoon made quick work of Kremena Petkova (7-6-1, 1 KO), stopping her by second round TKO. This was Persoon’s third fight, and third win of the year. Petkova has fought twice so far this year, losing both bouts.
In Serbia, Fleis Djendji (16-18-1, 10 KO’s) scored a second round knockout of Eva Toth (0-7) and Daniela Bickei (3-16) won in four rounds over Marija Vukovics (0-5). Nicole Boss (8-4-2, 4 KO’s) won an eight round contest over Loli Munoz (11-11-3, 6 KO’s) in Switzerland, and in the United States Nohime Dennisson (5-2-2) won a six rounder over Amanda Crespin (7-5-1, 2 KO’s) in New Mexico and Jennifer Salinas (14-3, 4 KO’s) won in six rounds over DJ Morrison (3-17, 2 KO’s).
In amateur news, America’s 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields was named the American Boxing Confederation’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year. Shields was the first female Olympic boxer to win a gold medal for the U.S. this past summer, and went on to win her second National PAL title in October. She will be competing in the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships from April 1-6 in Spokane, Washington, joined by fellow Olympians Marlen Esparza, who won a bronze medal in London, and lightweight Olympian Queen Underwood, as well as 14 other boxers who competed in the female Olympic trials.