World light flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (26-1, 12 KO’s) retained the WBA and WBO titles in Argentina with a second round stoppage over Ana Fernandez (14-7, 10) at Club Los Padres Capuchinos. The victory also earned her the WBA’s “Super” world title.
After a slow first round, it took less than a minute into the second for Bopp to finish off the challenger. A right hand from the champ stunned Fernandez, who took a series of punches along the ropes before being driven into the corner and felled by a pair of left hooks to the body. The referee waved off the action after Fernandez corner entered the ring to aid their fighter.
Overall, this was Bopp’s 19th world title contest. She won her first major belt in just her seventh professional bout in 2008, taking a 10 round decision over Ana Fernandez in the pair’s first match up where the interim WBA title was up for grabs. The following year she stopped Paulina Cardona in two rounds to earn the full WBA championship, and defeated Ana Arrazola later that year to win the WBO title. Her lone defeat came earlier this year when she was outpointed by Jessica Chavez in Mexico, a bout where her world titles weren’t at stake. This was Fernandez’s first fight in nearly 18 months, and her fifth failure in an attempt at a world title.
In Frankfurt, Germanys Christina Hammer (16-0, 8 KO’s) remained undefeated, stopping Carmen Garcia (10-3, 5 KO’s) in the first round, retaining the WBF and WBO middleweight titles. Hammer landed the right hand at will throughout the opening frame, and nearing the rounds end, landed a series of unanswered punches on Garcia, with the bout being waved off at the 1:42 mark. This was Hammers seventh title defense, and third of this year. Garcia has now fought six times in 2013, but this was her first experience against a world class opponent.
Also on the card, super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KO’s), who holds the WIBF, WBF, and WBO titles, out boxed Renata Domsodi (11-4, 5 KO’s) for five rounds before closing in and stopping her in the sixth. Kuehne used her advantages in height, reach, and speed to control the bout throughout, and simply overwhelmed the challenger in the end, having the action stopped by the referee in the closing seconds of the sixth round. Domsodi was game, and finished on her feet, but was simply outclassed by the world champion. The two have fought once previously in 2012, with Kuehne winning by eighth round TKO.
Saturday night, also in Germany, the “Killer Queen”, WBA flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KO’s) met former flyweight and super flyweight world titlist Simona Galassi (19-3-1, 4 KO’s), of Italy, who currently holds the EBU flyweight title. The world champion was at a disadvantage in height and reach, but kept her activity level high, which allowed her edge out many of the rounds, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 98.5-94, 99-91.5, and 97-95.5 to retain the world championship. It was the first defense in Kentikian’s second title reign since winning back the belt from Carina Moreno, who defeated her a year ago by a close decision.
Austrian flyweight Eva Voraberger (17-3, 9 KO’s) successfully defended the WIBF flyweight title for the first time, making short world of Fleis Djendji (16-21-1, 10 KO’s) in Vienna. Voraberger won the title in May, taking a 10 round decision over Polina Pencheva. She followed the bout with an attempt at the WBF super flyweight strap, but lost to Raja Amasheh over 10 rounds.
Lissette Medel (9-1-1) took home the vacant IFBA super featherweight title with a 10 round decision win over Melisenda Perez (8-6-1, 4 KO’s) in California, USA. This was Medel’s first title bout; Perez had previously failed twice in bids for the WBO light middleweight strap.
WBC featherweight title holder Jelena Mrdjenovich (31-9-1, 16 KO’s) had an easy night in a non-title affair, stopping Wanda Ozuna (9-6, 3 KO’s) in the first round, making this four straight fights for Ozuna that haven’t made it past the first frame; she’s won two and lost two. Mrdjenovich has also held titles in the super featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Interim WIBA light flyweight title holder Jolene Blackshear (8-4, 3 KO’s) lost a non-title bout to Maria Suarez (7-0-1) by six round decision.