Monica Acosta (18-0-2, 4 KO’s) and Darys Pardo (25-13-3, 20 KO’s) met for the second time this past Friday at Gimnasio Municipal in Argentina to contest for the WBA light welterweight championship currently held by Acosta. The undefeated champion was making the second defense of the title.
Acosta’s accuracy allowed her edge Pardo in the opening two rounds, before really opening up in the third. Pardo spent most of the round backed to the ropes with no answer for the champion’s offense. That big round was all it took, Pardo retired on her stool prior to the start of the fourth frame, Acosta retaining the title by an official RTD 4 ruling.
Acosta is also the reigning WBC light welterweight champion; she’s held that belt since 2009 and had made seven successful defenses. Ironically, she won that belt, which was vacant at the time, with a 10 round decision win over Pardo in their first match up. That title wasn’t up for grabs in this bout.
Pardo entered this bout with a 2-2 record over her previous four outings, having two victories sandwiched between two losses. She briefly held the WBC interim lightweight title in 2010 but lost the belt in first defense.
In Germany, Christina Hammer (14-0, 7 KO’s) made a jump in weight to challenge WBF super middleweight champion Zita Zatyko (15-1-1, 11 KO’s) on the under card of Wladimir Klitschko’s world title defense against Francesco Pianeta. Also up for grabs was the vacant WBO super middleweight belt.
Hammer, the former WBF and WBO middleweight champion easily took a unanimous 10 round decision by scores of 100-89 and 99-90 twice to pick up her third and fourth world titles and remain undefeated. As a middleweight, Hammer made four successful defenses of her titles, all by 10 round decisions that were shuts outs or very close to it. This was Zatyko’s first defense of the WBF strap she won well over a year ago; she also holds the Hungary super middleweight title which she won over a year ago as well.
In Austria, flyweights Eva Voraberger (16-2, 8 KO’s) and Polina Pencheva (4-12-1) matched for the vacant WIBF flyweight title. Voraberger won, earning her first world title with scores of 99-92 twice and 98-91. Since losing two of her first three professional bouts back in 2008 and early 2009, she’s racked up 15 straight wins. Pencheva came into the bout with a 1-4 record in her last five outings.
Non-title action in Durango, Mexico where Ivoon Rosas (8-6-1, 1 KO) won a 10 round split decision over Nora Cardoza (7-4-2, 4 KO’s) by scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 94-98.
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