After two weeks of little action to report on, the women’s activity picked up a bit this past weekend. The major match ups took place Friday night, with Saturday’s bouts being four, six, and eight round contests.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florencia Canteros (6-4-1) took home the vacant Argentina flyweight title, outpointing Yessika Munoz (1-9-2) over 10 rounds. It was the third time the two have met; in April of 2011 they split a pair of four round decisions fought just two weeks apart, so now Canteros holds the edge with wining the rubber match.
Also in Argentina, in Santa Fe, the WBC lightweight title was on the line as undefeated champion Erica Farias (10-0, 9 KO’s) retained the title with a 10 round decision over Mary McGee (20-3, 11 KO’s). Farias has only held the world title for three years, but in that time has made 10 successful defenses, this weekend’s bout included. She won the interim title in 2010 with an eighth round knockout of Darys Pardo and nearly a year later after making two defenses she took an technical decision over Ann Saccurato to win the “official” title which she has held ever since.
McGee is most recently known for being Holly Holm’s farewell opponent this past May. McGee dropped a 10 round decision in a bout contested for Holms IBA and WBF light welterweight titles. At one point, McGee was undefeated at 17-0 and held the WBC International lightweight title and NABC lightweight title. Since winning those belts in 2009, neither has been defended or held by another fighter.
Non-title action for world champ Delfine Persoon (26-1, 11 KO’s) who took an eight round win over Irma Adler (14-4, 7 KO’s) in Belgium. Persoon, holder of the WIBF and IBF lightweight titles, has fought five times this year with only one bout being a title defense. Since winning the WIBF strap in early 2012 she’s only made one defense despite fighting nine times since. She won the IBF belt just over a year ago and has yet to defend that.
Irma Adler was 2-3, winning her last two outings coming into this bout and had won the vacant GBU super featherweight title in her last contest by stopping Fleis Djendji in two rounds. She’s also a former WIBA featherweight title holder and was 12-0 before stepping up to face world class competition over the last three years.
In London, Jennifer Retzke (13-1-1, 9 KO’s) won in 10 rounds over Angel McKenzie (4-30) to become the GBC welterweight champion. In 2011, Retzke won the IBF welterweight title, stopping Eva Halasi in five rounds. McKenzie has now lost 12 straight.
Lack of bouts last week caused us to sideline the Weekly Wrap. In the lone title contest, Betiana Vinas (9-4-3, 2 KO’s) made her second successful defense of the WBC silver featherweight title, taking a 10 round decision over Edith Matthysse (11-6-1, 1 KO) in Argentina. The win extends Vinas’s win streak to four while Matthysse is now 2-2 for the year after losing her only bout of 2012.