WBO bantamweight champion Carolina Raquel Duer (17-3-1, 5 KO’s) retained her title with a unanimous 10 round decision over Ana Lozano (8-2, 6 KO’s) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Duer won by a comfortable four point margin on two of the judges scorecards (six points on the third), but the champ didn’t escaped unscathed, leaving the bout with bruises and swelling under both eyes. She was defending the title for the second time since her win over Mayra Gomez a year ago that earned her a second WBO world championship.
Duer held the WBO’s super flyweight belt for two years; from 2010 to 2012 she defended that title on six occasions before moving up to the bantamweight class. Since a three fight losing streak early in her career in 2008, she is unbeaten in 16 contests. Lozano’s been a pro for just over two years, with both of her defeats coming in world title bouts. Last August she lost in a try for the WIBA bantamweight title, but earlier this year she won the regional WBA Fedalatin super bantamweight belt.
In Spain, WIBA and UBO light middleweight champ Mikaela Lauren (22-3, 8 KO’s) fought in a non-title contest at the Pabellon Municipal, defeating Kali Reis (6-3-1, 2 KO’s) by eight round decision. Lauren, who has also challenged for middleweight and welterweight world titles, didn’t have the easiest of nights, winning the fight by just two points on two of the judge’s scorecards. This was her third straight win since a decision loss to Christina Hammer a year ago.
Former WBO lightweight champion Erin McGowan (16-2, 9 KO’s) picked up a victory in Australia. McGowan stopped Keanpetch Superchamps (6-9-1) in the second round, making this her second win since losing back to back title challenges to Monica Acosta for the WBC light welterweight belt and Delfine Persoon for the IBF lightweight title in 2011 and 2012. Following the Persoon loss, she was inactive for 18 months before her return earlier this year.
United States Women Go Three-for-Three in Mexico City
At the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico City, the United States competitors stole the show, with all three of the female competitors (as well as their male counterpart) taking gold medals in the final round Sunday. 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (132 lbs., Seattle, Wash.), 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (112 lbs., Houston, Texas) and 2012 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields (165 lbs., Flint, Mich.) were the States’ winners in the tournament finals. Underwood won four bouts, Esparza and Shields each took three wins. America’s male participant, Cam F. Awesome (201 lbs., Lenexa, Kansas) also won gold, giving the States a perfect 4-4 gold medal turnout for the festival.
The final rounds results were as follows:
112 lbs/female: Marlen Esparza dec. Sulem Urbina, MEX, 3-0
132 lbs/female: Queen Underwood dec. Victoria Torres, MEX, 2-1
165 lbs/female: Claressa Shields dec. Yenebier Guillen, DOM, 3-0
201+ lbs/male: Cam F. Awesome dec. Edgar Ramirez, MEX, 3-0