Delfine Persoon Keeps Title and more

WBC lightweight champ Delfine Persoon Wins Again, plus other Female Chatter

By staff

WBC female lightweight titlist Delfine Persoon (36-1) of Belgium retained the title by unanimous decision against Dominican Republic’s Christina Linardatou (8-1) on Saturday. The 10-round bout took place in Roeselare, Belgium.

Persoon, 31, has long dominated the lightweight division but has never fought outside of Europe. The rather tall prizefighter cruised all 10 rounds against Linardatou who fights out of Greece, but is originally from Dominican Republic.

Linardatou was knocked down by Persoon early in the fight but managed to survive until the end against the always attacking Persoon. So far only two women have been able to compete with the Belgian and that was Argentina’s Erica Farias who traveled to Belgium and lost the WBC lightweight title by decision. It was a close battle. The other was France’s Maiva Hamadouche who was undefeated and won four rounds on the judge’s score cards.

Other than those two opponents, Persoon has not come close to losing a fight since November 2010.

More than a few consider her among the top fighters pound for pound but one female could topple her reign in the U.S. Layla McCarter has been chasing her for years but so far no luck. Could they end up fighting in the U.S. for a mega sbowdown?



In Mansfield, a super bantamweight clash for the Queensland State title saw April Adams (3-0-1) win by unanimous decision after six rounds against Julie Livet (2-3) on Saturday June 4. A lightweight bout saw Deanha Hobbs (1-0) win her pro debut by knockout of Tantip Chimpalee (0-1) in the first round.

In Bankstown, a battle between featherweights saw Lauryn Eagle (15-4-1) defeat Lee Dittmar (2-3-1) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Saturday June 4. Eagle, 28, is a tall featherweight at nearly 5’9 and lives in Peakhurst, Australia. Dittmar, 41, is from Brisbane, Australia.

Chemeka Johnson (1-0) faces Atitaya Saisin (0-0) on Saturday June 11, in a four round bantamweight bout in Bendigo, Australia. In another female bout Marina Ramirez makes her pro debut against Saranyaphong Theinthong (0-5) of Thailand in a flyweight contest.




In Alberta, a lightweight contest saw Sheena Kaine (4-0) remain undefeated by majority decision against Christina Barry (0-4) after four rounds on Saturday June 4. Kaine, 31, fights out of Edmonton, Canada. Barry, 35, fights out of Winnipeg, Canada.



Liliana Palmera (26-11-3) meets Jessica Gonzalez (6-1-1) on Saturday June 11 for the vacant WBA female super bantamweight title in Colombia. Palmera, 34, has competed multiple times for various lightweight world titles but has always lost. She is moving down several weight divisions for this title opportunity. Gonzalez, 28, fights out of Mexico City, Mexico and has the WBA interim bantamweight title.



In Ondres, a featherweight match saw Ainara Mota (1-0) win her pro debut by decision after four rounds against veteran Sandra Zekic (2-9) on Saturday June 4. Mota, 34, fights out of Tarnos, France. Zekic, 35, is a southpaw from Serbia.



In Tokyo, a super flyweight battle saw Miyo Yoshida (3-0) defeat Kana Makino (0-2) by decision after four rounds on Tuesday, May 31 to remain undefeated. Yoshida, 28, fights out of Tokyo. Makino, 22, also fights out of Tokyo.

In Tokyo, Yuko Kuroki (16-4-1, 8 KOs) knocked out Philippine’s Norj Guro (7-6-1) at 2:09 of the eighth round to retain the WBC minimum weight world title on Monday June 6. It was 25-year-old Kuroki’s fourth world title defense since winning it in May 2014. In another female bout, Jun Yabuki (5-0) remained undefeated with a knockout of Thailand’s Daorueng Saknarong (0-1) at 1:39 of the third round in their flyweight bout.

Kimika Miyoshi (12-8-1) meets Kai Johnson (5-9-3) for the OPBF female featherweight title on Tuesday June 7, at Tokyo, Japan. Miyoshi is a 32-year-old from Kawasaki, Japan moving up to featherweight. Johnson, 34, fights out of Tokyo.

Naoko Fujioka (14-1) defends the WBO female bantamweight world title against Shindo Go (16-3) on Monday June 13. The 10-round bout takes place in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, 40, is a former flyweight and minimum weight world champion now defending the bantamweight title for the first time. Go, 28, fights out of Osaka, Japan and a former WBC flyweight world champion.



In Cancun, a bantamweight clash saw Irma Garcia (14-1-1) defeat Miriam Avila (5-7) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday June 4. Garcia, a southpaw, holds the WBC International bantamweight title fighting out of Mexico City. Avila also fights out of Mexico City. Another female bout saw flyweight Yesenia Gomez (13-4) win by first round knockout over Clarisabel Nataren (2-1). Gomez fights out of Cancun. Nataren, 21, fights out of Chiapas.

In Guadalajara, a light flyweight bout for the WBC Youth title saw Alondra Garcia (16-2-1) win by majority decision after 10 rounds against Monserrat Alarcon (7-3-2) on Saturday June 4. Garcia, 20, lives in Guadalajara. Alarcon fights out of Mexico City.

In Mexico City, a super flyweight saw Jessica Martinez Castillo (1-2) knock out Amy Berezowski (2-7-1) in the third round on Saturday June 4. Castillo, 23, fights out of Pachuca, Mexico. Berezowski, 35, lives in South Korea.

Estrella Valverde (13-5-2) faces Celeste Belen Gonzalez (1-6-1) in a 10-round bout for the Mexican female super flyweight title on Friday June 10 in Mexico City. Valverde, 31, fights out of Mexico City. Gonzalez, 20, has lost four in a row and fights out of Queretaro, Mexico.



Erika Hanawa (4-0) encounters Christine Latube (1-9-2) in a six round atom weight bout on Friday June 10, in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Both will be fighting for a vacant title at the 102-pound atom weight limit.



Nurshahidah Roslie (2-0) clashes with Wondergirl Sithsaithong (0-1) in an eight-round bout for the vacant UBF Intercontinental super featherweight title on Friday June 10 in Singapore. Roslie lives in Singapore. Sithsaithong is only 17 and fights out of Bangkok, Thailand and is very tall for that weight class at 5’7”.



In Sturova, Edina Kiss (8-1) handed Agnes Nick (5-1) her first loss of her career by technical knockout in the fourth round of their super bantamweight clash on Sunday June 5. Kiss, 26, fights out of Hungary. Nick was upset in her home country.



In Malaga, a bantamweight contest between Aouatif Al Kallachi (3-5-1) and Katherine Quintana (0-7-1) ended in a technical draw in the fourth round on Saturday June 4. Kallachi, 30, fights out of Torremolinos, Spain but is originally from Morocco. Quintana snapped a seven-fight losing streak and lives in Valenciana, Spain. The female bout was fought in three-minute rounds.



Vissia Trovato (4-0) challenges Renata Domsodi (14-9) for the vacant EBU female featherweight title on Saturday, June 11. The 10-round bout takes place in Ascona, Switzerland. Trovato, 33, fights out of Vimercate, Italy and began boxing professionally last year. Domsodi, 41, fights out of Budapest, Hungary.



In Bagamoyo, a battle of light flyweights saw Halima Vunjabei (3-2-1) stop Jennifer Rukwalize (1-2-1) in the third round of their bout on Sunday June 5. Vunjabei, 23, fights out of Tanzania and Rukwalize, 20, also is a native of Tanzania. A battle between lightweights saw Joice Awino (3-3-1) knock out Sakina Abilah (0-1) making her pro debut in the third round.



In Bangkok, a light flyweight clash saw Monique Sciberras (3-0) knock out Kanyanat JVP Gym (0-1) in the second round of their fight that was scheduled for six on Tuesday May 31. Sciberras is only 15 years old and fights out of Bangkok but was born in Australia. All of her bouts have been six round affairs and all have ended in knockouts.


United Kingdom

Kelly Morgan (3-0) faces Gifty Amanua Ankrah (4-4-1) for the vacant WBC silver middleweight title on Friday June 10, in Swindon, England. It’s a 10-round bout. Morgan, 35, barely started fighting professionally a year ago. Ankrah, 34, fights out of Accra, Ghana.



In Montevideo, a fight for the vacant WBA female lightweight title saw Cecilia Comunales (14-1) knock out challenger Valeria Rodrigues dos Santos (6-5) at 49 seconds into the eighth round on Saturday June 4. Comunales, 27, has not lost a fight in six years. Rodrigues, 36, fights out of Londrina, Brazil.



In Los Angeles, California, a super flyweight bout saw Seniesa Estrada (7-0) survive a knockdown in the third round by Christine Fuentes (4-8-5) to cruise to a unanimous decision victory after six rounds on Friday June 3. Estrada, 23, fights out of East L.A. and Fuentes, 24, fights out of Laredo, Texas.

In Queens, New York, a super welterweight contest saw Alicia Napoleon (6-0) remain undefeated by knockout of Latashia Burton (4-7) on Friday June 3. New York’s Napoleon, 30, stopped Burton at 1:43 of the eighth round in their fight set for eight rounds.  Burton, 33, came in at 162 pounds while Napoleon weighed 153.

In Hollywood, Florida, a super welterweight bout saw Latondria Jones (4-0) remained undefeated by decision over Latoya Burton (0-2) after four rounds on Friday June 3. Jones, 29, is from Washington D.C. and signed by Mayweather Promotions. Burton, 27, fights out of Greenville, North Carolina.



In Petare, a battle between flyweights saw Leiryn Flores (2-0) defeat Edith Segura (0-3) by unanimous decision after four rounds on Monday May 30. In a super featherweight bout, Franyuli Riascos (1-0) won the battle of debut fighters with Rita Luzardo (0-1).