Female boxing got started Thursday night with a double header in Tokyo Japan. Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1 KO) defended the WBC atom-weight title against Gretchen Abaniel (13-5, 4 KO’s), it was the third title defense for Miyao, who snatched the title from Mari Ando just over a year ago. The champ scored a 10 round decision over Abaniel, a former WIBA minimum-weight title holder who was a three fight winning streak after dropping three consecutive title bouts. This was the ninth straight win for Mitao.
Also on the card, Nancy Franco (12-5-2, 4 KO’s) scored a 10 round decision over Kayoko Ebata (7-5, 4 KO’s) to win the vacant IBF minimum-weight strap. It was the fourth straight win for Franco, who also won the IBF Inter-Continental Female minimum-weight title when she defeated Ana Arrazola in May. Ebata was coming in on a four fight winning streak, and also holds a regional title; the OPBF flyweight belt which she won in her last outing against Cho-Rong Son in July.
The vacant World Boxing Federation featherweight title was won by undefeated Gaelle Amand (11-0, 1 KO) in France Saturday night. Amand scored a comfortable 10 round decision over Irma Balijagic Adler (14-5, 7 KO’s) in the co-feature bout at Esplanade de Paris. This is the first world title for Amand, who has also held the France and EBU featherweight titles. Adler once held the WIBA featherweight strap, but has lost bids for the super featherweight and lightweight titles. She’s currently the GBU super featherweight champion.
A pair of top females fought in separate bouts at Deportivo Agustín Ramos Millan in Toluca, Mexico. Janeth Perez (19-2-2, 4 KO’s) met Bulgarian Galina Koleva Ivanova (14-8-3, 2 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Ivanova held a number of titles in different weight divisions in prior years, but after losing the WBC bantamweight title to Usanakorn Kokietgym in 2009, didn’t fioght for two years. She came back to win three straight leading into this bout, but couldn’t pull of the victory, as Perez took a 10 round decision. This is the second world title for Perez; she held the WBA bantamweight belt through 2011 and 2012 before losing back to back fights with Irma Garcia earlier this year. A 10 round win in July led her to this match up.
WBC super-flyweight champ Zulina Munoz (40-1-2, 26 KO’s) kept her 26 fight unbeaten streak alive, defeating Marisa Johanna Portillo (15-9-2, 4 KO’s) by eighth round disqualification. This was the 10th consecutive title bout victory for Munoz who’s defended not only the WBC world title, but also the WBC Silver bantamweight and super-flyweight titles in match ups going back to 2011. She also had a stretch as the WBC Youth bantamweight champion, and hasn’t lost since 2007. Portillo’s an active fighter, but has lost in six separate title attempts at both the regional and world levels. To her credit though, she’s never been stopped.
Germany’s Nikki Adler (11-0, 6 KO’s) won the vacant WBC super-middleweight title, winning a 10 round decision over Zane Brige (2-4-1, 1 KO) on a card in Russia. Brige, who’s has now lost three times to Adler, came in overweight and wasn’t eligible to win the belt, which would have remained vacant had Adler lost. This was the third world title fight of 2013 for Adler; she won the WBF and WIBA super-middleweight titles earlier this year.
In a non-boxing related fight of sorts, a women being identified as Beverly Rose, a 44 year old former professional boxer, aided in the capture of a criminal in Oak Hill, Florida. As reported by TheBlaze.com, a group of men were trying to break into the home of Rose’s neighbor when they were sent running by the armed homeowner. Rose tackled and detained one of the men until police arrived. She later stated, “When I got him and I tackled him, I put him in like a full nelson so he couldn’t reach (for a possible gun) … I could have tackled him on the grass to be honest with you, but I wanted him on the asphalt.”
*Boxrec.com had no listing for Rose, but it’s possible she had fought professionally under a different name.