WBO super flyweight champion Daniela Romina Bermudez (17-3-2, 5 KO’s) successfully defended her title this past weekend, edging out challenger Vanesa Lorena Taborda (8-3) over 10 rounds in the headlining bout on a card in Maciel, Argentina. Final scores were 96:94 twice with one judge scoring the contest even at 95:95.
Bermudez won the title a year ago, following a 16 month reign as the WBA’s interim title holder in the same weight class where she’d won four defenses. An attempt at the vacant WBO flyweight strap saw her on the losing end of a 10 round decision, being comfortably out pointed by light flyweight champion Yesica Bopp in what was her only other contest of the year. The five year pro had been beaten by Bopp in 2011 as well, in what was her first world title challenge when Bopp held the WBA light flyweight belt.
This was Taborda’s first trip into a world title contest, though she was coming in off a November victory that earned her the WBC Latino flyweight title. Suffice to say that Bermudez was a solid step up from anyone she’s faced in her young career, yet she still managed to give a good account of herself keeping the fight close.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, former world lightweight champion Maria Elena Maderna (14-10-3, 2 KO’s) met newcomer Ruth Stephanie Aquino (7-1, 1 KO) for the vacant Argentina lightweight title. The former WBO champ was looking to get back on track after being knocked out by American Amanda Serrano in an August bout that cost her the title. Since then she had won a six round contest leading into this bout.
Aquino had come in at what appeared to be a severe disadvantage, having just a fraction of the pro experience of Maderna and a ledger of opposition that hadn’t seen more than four pro bouts. This was also her first 10 round outing, never having been past the sixth frame before.
In the end, the 39 year old former champ gave way to her younger counterpart, dropping a 10 round unanimous decision (scores were unavailable), and giving her a second loss in her last three bouts.
Former world boxing champion Holly Holm, who made the transition to MMA and recently joined the UFC, has been added to the EA Sports roster. The “EA Sports UFC” game has been updated with a new group of downloadable fighters and bantamweight Holm is among them. The former three division boxing title holder was set to make her UFC debut last year, but was delayed by an injury. She is now slated to face Raquel Pennington in the opening match of the UFC 184 pay per view later this month. Holm’s MMA record stands at 7-0 with 6 knockouts, as a professional boxer, her tally was 33-2-3 with 9 knockouts.
Another boxer-turned-mixed martial artist, Ana Julaton, is looking to return to the ring this coming year. The former super bantamweight champ spent 2014 with the One FC MMA organization where she went 2-1 with 1 knockout, the loss being a close split decision. Originally her return to the squared circle was scheduled for early March in Macao, but lack of an opponent has caused her to be removed from the card. Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler told Julaton that there is a possibility of her fighting in Manila for Top Rank later this year.