Former world flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez (37-7-3, 16 KO’s) avenged her April defeat scoring a 10 round decision over Riyo Togo (10-5-1, 9 KO’s) in Mexico. The victory also gave Juarez the WBC International super-flyweight title.
Togo scored a major upset this past April when she stopped Juarez by first round TKO in Mexico. The hard hitter from Japan had come in off an eight round loss to mediocre Kimika Miyoshi that cost her the OPBF bantamweight title. Meeting Juarez, it was near the end of the opening frame that she landed a left hook, dropping the former world champion and having her on unsteady legs when she rose, prompting the stoppage. The rematch saw Juarez take a comfortable lead on three scorecards, with Togo failing to land the big shot as she did the first time around. Scoring of the bouts was 98-92, 98-93, and 97-93.
Juarez has held titles at flyweight and super-flyweight, and challenged for the bantamweight title in 2007, losing a 10 round decision to Monica Lovato. She followed that loss by winning the Mexico flyweight title, the WBC International flyweight title, the interim WBC world title, then finally the full WBC world title which she successfully defended seven times before losing to Ava Knight last December, snapping a 21 fight winning streak. She’s now 2-2 in her last four bouts.
In Germany, middleweight Christina Hammer (15-0, 7 KO’s) retained the WBF and WBO world titles taking a one sided unanimous decision over Mikaela Lauren (19-3, 7 KO’s). Lauren, who generated headlines by kissing Hammer at the weigh in, didn’t generate much on fight night, losing by scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 in a second failing bid for a world title.
Hammer won the WBO strap in 2010 and added the WBF belt in her next bout in 2011. The past weekend’s bout included, she’s now made six successful defenses with both titles being at stake in each bout. Lauren, who’s five fight winning streak ended with Saturday’s loss, last challenged for a world title in 2010, being stopped in seven rounds by Cecilia Braekhus.
In a non-title affair, WBO silver super-bantamweight champion Marcela Acuna (39-6-1, 17 KO’s) defeated Melissa Hernandez (18-5-3, 6 KO’s) over 10 rounds in Argentina. Acuna, who’s lost only one other time since 2005 is now 20-1-1 with 5 KO’s since 2006, the loss coming against Carolina Duer last December.
This was the second straight loss for Hernandez, and her second of 2013 after winning both of her fights and the WBC featherweight title in 2012. The bout was originally slated as a bid for the vacant interim WBO featherweight title, but as of this writing no title was associated with this fight.
Undefeated Patty Ramirez (8-0, 3 KO’s) retained the NABF welterweight title, scoring a 10 round decision over Yolanda Segura (14-6, 10 KO’s) in Mexico. It was Ramirez’s first defense of the title, and Segura’s second consecutive loss.
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