Some good bouts took place on the women’s side of the sport this past weekend. In Mexico, WBC super flyweight champion Zulina Munoz (38-1-2, 25 KO’s) made her second title defense against Soledad Macedo (11-9-1, 4 KO’s). Munoz, who is also a former silver and youth bantamweight title holder, used her long jab and straight right to keep Macedo at a safe distance that had the challengers punches just missing their intended target. After establishing control early, the defending champion began to follow her jab with wide winging shots that landed almost at will.
A glancing right hand dropped Macedo in the second round. She beat the count, but Munoz continued to be the aggressor and in the fourth frame, went in for the finish. A right hand to the jaw dropped Macedo for the second time and though she managed to beat the count again, the fight was waved off seconds later after Munoz landed a series of unanswered body shots.
The victory extends Munoz’s unbeaten streak to 24 bouts (including two draws). Her lone defeat came in 2007 at the hands of Alesia Graf in a bid for the GBU super flyweight title. Macedo has now lost four of her last five outings, and is unsuccessful in five title attempts.
An entertaining bout in Argentina left a vacant title unclaimed when former WBO super flyweight champion Carolina Duer (14-3-1, 5 KO’s) and interim WBA bantamweight champion Sabrina Perez (10-0-1, 2 KO’s) fought to draw, battling for the vacant WBO bantamweight championship.
Perez did well early, landing clean headshots on her taller opponent. Duer managed to close the gap in the second half, but the shots she took early on showed their effects, as she was bruised and swollen under her right eye.
The deciding factor in the fight was a point deduction from Perez in the final round for holding. With final scores of 96-92 for Perez, 95-93 for Duer, and 94-94 even, that one point cost Perez the bout. The draw saves Duer’s unbeaten streak; she entered the bout with 12 straight wins, not being defeated since a three fight-losing streak in 2008.
In the United States, undefeated Ronica Jeffrey (13-0,1 KO) picked up another title belt; defeating Olivia Gerula (13-14-2, 3 KO’s) over 10 rounds in White Plains, N.Y. Jeffrey, holder of the interim WIBA and WBC Silver super featherweight titles, added the IWBF super featherweight belt to her collection with the victory. Scores were 99-91 twice, and 98-92 all in favor of the champion.
Gerula has now lost four in a row. After a shaky start turning pro in 1997, she found success from 2008-2010 where she ran up a five fight win streak and held the WBC super featherweight title for a shirt time before hitting the losing column again.
In Russia, WIBA super middleweight champion Nikki Adler (10-0, 6 KO’s) won a rematch against Zane Brige (2-3-1). Adler’s belt wasn’t up for grabs, but with the win she adds the WBF super middleweight title to her credits and keeps her undefeated streak alive. Brige, who had started off with a pro record of 2-0 in 2008, went inactive for all of 2009 and 2010. She’s went 0-3-1 since returning to the pro ranks in 2011, the first loss in her return was her first meeting with Adler, who took a six round decision.
Bronx native Maureen Shea (20-2, 11 KO’s) fighting for the second time this month, picked up the second win of her comeback, taking a six round decision over Alma De la Cruz (1-5) in Mexico. Shea, a former WBC featherweight title-holder was inactive for all of 2012.