A double header of women’s action covered the co-features on a card in Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico. WBC light flyweight champion Ibeth Silva (18-5, 8 KO’s) made the first defense of the world title, stopping Maricela Quintero (11-4-1, 0 KO) by eighth round RTD.
Silva won the vacant title in March, taking a close split decision over Naoko Shibata, this was her third bout, and third win of 2013 after taking back to back losses in her final bouts of 2012. She has also held the WBC youth light flyweight title and the WBA minimum weight world title.
This was the second straight loss for Quintero. The former Mexico minimum-weight title holder had done relatively well since losing in 2010 to Esmeralda Marcos, going 6-0-1 before losing the return bout with Marcos a year later. That was her last bout prior to Saturday night.
In the accompanying co-feature, IBF bantamweight titlist Yazmin Rivas (28-7, 9 KO’s) extended her winning streak with a 10 round decision over challenger Kimika Miyashi (8-6-1, 0 KO). Scores were 100-90 across the board for the defending champion.
Rivas’ last defeat came in 2010 at the hands of Zulina Munoz, after which she took part in a Mexican reality boxing series, where she went 3-0-1 on the show (all bouts are shown as “no contest” on her official professional record). Following the series, Rivas set out on what would be a seven bout winning streak, winning the NABF flyweight title as well as the IBF bantamweight belt which she defended five times including this weekend’s bout with Miyoshi. This was Miyoshi’s first loss since August of 2011. The OPBF bantamweight champ started out as a 3-5-1 fighter before racking up five consecutive wins, leading up to her losing effort against Rivas.
In South Africa, Gabisile Tshabalala (8-1-1, 0 KO) moved up in weight and suffered her first professional defeat to Australia’s Shannon O’Connell (8-2, 5 KO’s) in a bout for the vacant WBF featherweight title. This is the first world title for the Australia/Queensland title holder, who has now fought three times this year after five outings in 2012. Tshabalala still holds the South African super bantamweight title.
Two world champions saw non-title action over the weekend. In Brazil, WIBA super flyweight champion Rosilete Dos Santos (29-5, 15 KO’s) stopped Silvia Lescano (8-9, 6 KO’s) in the sixth round. Dos Santos, who has now won eight straight, was in her second non-title affair of the year. After winning the belt in 2011, she defended once that year followed by one defense in 2012. This was Lescano’s third outing of the month after being inactive for over two years. She had been stopped in her last four bouts before taking time away from the ring, and has went 1-2 since returning.
Amanda Serrano (18-1-1, 13 KO’s) scored an RTD 3 win over Dominga Olivo (8-8-1, 0 KO) in the United States. Serrano, the WIBA featherweight champion has now won four in a row since losing to Frida Wallberg in April of 2012. Her title wasn’t at stake this time out. Olivo has now lost three straight, and four of her last five.