A double header in Japan last Thursday, as WBC atom weight champion Momo Koseki (17-2-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Nora Cardoza (8-5-2, 4 KO’s) via 10 round decision to retain the world title. Koseki has been the reigning titlist since August of 2008, when she stopped Winyu Paradorn Gym in two rounds to win the belt. Since then she’s made 11 successful defenses, this bout included, with a technical draw back in 2010. She’s now unbeaten in her last 15 bouts since suffering back to back losses in 2007. This was Cardoza’s’ first world title opportunity, to date she hasn’t faced any notable opposition.
In the nights second world title affair, Naoko Shibata (11-3, 3 KO’s) took a 10 round decision over Alondra Garcia (8-1) to win the vacant IBF light flyweight title. It was Garcia’s first title shot, but Shibata’s third; a year ago she dropped two consecutive bouts in attempts to win the WBC light flyweight and WBA minimum-weight belts.
Svetlana Kulakova (9-0, 1 KO’s) made the first defense of her interim WBA light welterweight title against Florence Muthani (8-3-1) in Russia. Kulakova, who turned pro in 2007, fought four times before going inactive for nearly five years. She came back near the end of 2012 and won the WBA title this past August. Muthoni came into the bout off a draw with Jennifer Retzke for the vacant IBO welterweight strap. This was her first loss since 2007; she dropped her first two pro bouts before winning eight straight.
The vacant WBF super bantamweight title was won by Jennifer Salinas (15-3, 4 KO’s) in Bolivia when she defeated Yolis Franco (15-9-3, 7 KO’s) over 10 rounds. Salinas last title shot ended in defeat at the hands of Jackie Nava in 2010. She was inactive for all of 2011, and returned in mid-2012 to rack up three wins prior to this bout. Franco briefly held the WIBA super flyweight strap back in 2004. She lost in her last two title tries: one in 2010 and one in 2011.
On the under card of Nordic Fight Night, WBC Silver light welterweight champion Klara Svensson (12-0, 4 KO’s) remained undefeated with an eight round win over Borislava Goranova (6-37-1) in a non-title affair in Denmark. Svensson’s held the title since February, but in her five bouts since, hasn’t made one title defense.
Australian lightweight Eilleen Forrest (1-2-1, 1 KO) stopped Yarkor Annan (7-6-1, 3 KO’s) in two rounds to win the WBF (World Boxing Foundation) lightweight title. Forrest is relatively new to the pro ranks, but Annan’s been around a bit; she was unbeaten in her first eight bouts, going 7-0-1 before hitting a six fight losing skid which still holds current. She’s also had periods of inactivity, not fighting at all in 2009, 2011, or 2012.
Female title action in South Korea, as Anabel Ortiz (13-3, 2 KO’s) took a 10 round decision over Hye-Soo Park (3-7-1, 1 KO) to retain the WBA minimum weight title making her first defense a successful one. Ortiz has held numerous titles during her pro career, including the WBC silver minimum weight, WBC world minimum weight, and the Mexico light flyweight titles. Park currently holds the PABA super flyweight title.
Regional title action in Argentina, as Cecilia Mena (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Paula Morales (5-12-2) by 10 round decision to win the vacant Argentina featherweight title. Mena lost her pro debut in 2011 and has since remained unbeaten. Morales has now lost five in a row.