Las Vegas Hosts WBC World Title Fight Wahlstrom vs Jeffrey and more Female Fight News
By David A. Avila
In the heart of Las Vegas two top notch female prize fights including a world title match take place on Friday Aug. 2, and will be free to the public compliments of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions.
WBC super featherweight titlist Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1) defends against Brooklyn’s Ronica Jeffrey (17-1) in a battle set for 10 rounds between two boxing stylists at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. It’s not the only female bout. A super bantamweight clash showcases local fighter Jamie Mitchell (5-0-1) versus Britain Hart (3-3-1) in a six round bout.
UFC Fight Pass will stream the fights live.
Wahlstrom, 38, recently moved up a weight division to challenge Ireland’s Katie Taylor this past December at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was his first taste of fighting outside of her native Finland. Now she’s back at super featherweight again.
The Finnish fighter’s last title defense was against another New Yorker, Melissa St. Vil that was hotly contested and ended in a majority decision in April 2018. Even a knockdown scored by St. Vil was contested and ruled a slip by the referee. It was a point of dispute that could have changed the outcome.
It’s been more than a year that Wahlstrom defended the WBC super featherweight title.
Jeffrey, 36, established a reputation as an extremely polished boxer with speed and agility. The New York fighter has been boxing professionally for 11 years and won the NABF super featherweight title in 2011 and the WBC Silver super featherweight title in 2012. But offers to face the actual WBC champion did not occur. Now, eight years later, she finally gets a crack.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Jeffrey about the title shot and fighting in Las Vegas. “I’ve seen some of her fight with Melissa St. Vil.”
Fans will be admitted free to the fight card. Go to this link to obtain free tickets: https://www.unlvtickets.com/eventInfo/spe/739/roy-jones-jr-boxing/
And of course, the fight card can be seen on UFC Fight Pass that is seemingly jumping into the world of boxing with both feet.
In the other side of the U.S. a massive boxing card will feature a female bout between the always dangerous Helen Joseph (15-3-2, 10 KOs) and Hungary’s always-willing-to-fight Edna Kiss (15-10, 9 KOs) on Saturday Aug. 3, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Joseph, 30, is originally from Nigeria but trains in the U.S. and has developed a reputation as one of the few female prizefighters that can end a fight with a single wallop. Because of that power, its’ difficult to find opposition willing to meet in the boxing ring. Now she has backing and they have put her on this large boxing card.
“I am very ready for the fight. I am ready for my opponent. But, I want to show the people I am a force,” said Joseph who is co-managed by Devonne Cannady and Brian Cohen. “I have the power and skill to be the best.”
Kiss, 29, fights out of Budapest, Hungary and has faced multiple world champions in the U.S. and now fights a contender like herself who is on foreign soil. The matchup pits two featherweights with power and experience against each other.
Joseph likes the competition.
“People will see the real Iron Lady from Nigeria, the princess of Africa,” said Joseph.
At press time it was not certain if the fight will be streamed.
Argentina’s Daniela Bermudez steamrolled Mexico’s Valeria Perez to win by technical knockout in the eighth round this past weekend in defense of the WBO bantamweight world title.
Bermudez, 30, fights out of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina and has risked her near spotless record by traveling to Mexico and Japan in defeating Mariana Juarez and Tomomi Takano in their home turf.
Since her pro career began Bermudez has only one loss and that was against Argentina’s legendary Yesica Bopp. It also occurred five years ago in the flyweight division. Since that loss in 2014, the fighter known as “La Bonita” has become one of the top female fighters pound for pound. She’s fast, skilled and relentless.
Speaking of Mariana Juarez, her younger sister Lourdes Juarez defeated Alondra Nava in a 10 round elimination bout for the WBC flyweight title on Saturday in Mexico City.
Lourdes “La Pequena Lulu” Juarez now has 30 pro fights in six years and has made tremendous leaps in skill and ring intelligence since her pro debut in October 2013. At 32 years old it’s now or never for the clever Mexico City prizefighter. She’s eager for her shot.
Spain title fight
An important minimum weight clash takes place when IBF world titlist Joana Pastrana defends against former champion Yokasta Valle of Costa Rica on Saturday Aug. 3, at Andalucia, Spain.
Pastrana, 28, fights out of Madrid and has only one loss that happened three years ago against Tina Rupprecht in Germany.
Valle, 26, has only two losses and both occurred on foreign territory. A year ago she traveled to Germany and also lost to Rupprecht. In December 2017 she traveled to Japan and lost to legendary five-division world champion Naoko Fujioka by decision.
Both Valle and Pastrana eagerly accepted the fight.
More Female Fight News
Daniela Bermudez (26-3-3) was victorious by eight round technical knockout over Mexico’s Valeria Perez (12-7) on Saturday July 27. The WBO bantamweight world title fight took place at Rosario, Santa Fe.
Malakay Moukayber (3-0) won by technical knockout in the fifth round over Visila Lagilagi (2-2-2) on Saturday July 27. The WBF super welterweight title fight was held in Condell Park.
Isis Macarena (6-1) was the winner by unanimous decision after six rounds versus Maria Nunez (3-2) on Saturday July 27. The flyweight match was held in Santiago.
Zheng Ying Nong (1-0) defeated Lian Zhang (0-1) by decision after four rounds on Wednesday July 24. The minimum weight fight was held at Wenshan.
Susuna Panameno (1-0) defeated Junieth Ortega (0-1) by decision after four rounds on Saturday July 27. The light flyweight fight was held at Guatemala City.
Mandy Cortis (3-0) was victorious by decision after four rounds versus Sylwia Doligala (0-1) on Saturday July 27. The super bantamweight fight was held at Paola.
Lourdes Juarez (28-2) defeated Alondra Nava (4-3-2) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday July 27. The flyweight world title elimination bout took place in Tlalnepantla, Mexico City.
Ana Laura Reyes (5-6) beat Maria Hernandez Torres (4-2) by split decision after six rounds on Friday July 26. The minimum weight fight was held in Mexico City.
On Saturday Aug. 3, bantamweights Margarita Angeles (3-5-2) and Maricruz Rodriguez (3-6) meet in a six round fight at Mexico City.
Munguntseteg Enkhjargal (0-0-1) and Ochirbat Jargalan (0-0-1) fought to a draw after four rounds on Thursday July 25. The light flyweight bout took place at Ulan-Bator.
On Friday Aug.2, middleweights Lani Daniels (4-2) and Tessa Tualevao (1-6) meet in an eight round title fight at Auckland.
On Saturday Aug. 3, minimum weights Jessebelle Pagaduan (11-1-1) and Charimae Salvador (4-2) meet in a six round fight at Barangay Vergara.
Oksana Romanova (10-26-1) was victorious over Anna Levina (3-1) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Wednesday July 24. The light flyweight bout was held in Moscow.
On Sunday, Aug. 4, minimum weights Joana Pastrana (15-1) and Yokasta Valle (17-2) meet in a 10 round clash for the IBF world title at Marbella, Andalucia.
Chin Ya Chiu (3-1) beat Pei Chi Ke (0-2) by decision after four rounds on Sunday July 28. The featherweight bout took place in Taipei.
Puneh Akhundtabarmazandarani (3-1) beat Burcin Cakir (0-1) by decision after four rounds. The super bantamweight fight took place in Kiev.
Dani Hodges (5-2) was the winner by decision over Emma McCulloch (1-1) after a six round contest on Sunday July 28. The flyweight match was held in Midlands, England.
On Saturday Aug.3, lightweights Maira Moneo (4-0) and Estefania Alaniz (4-2-1) meet in a six round contest at Montevideo.
Christina Breault (1-0) won by first round knockout in her pro debut over Jessica Bird (0-3) on Saturday July 27. The lightweight match took place at Grand Junction, Colorado.
Christina Ruiz (9-9-3) beat Brittany Ordonez (2-3-1) by unanimous decision after six rounds on Saturday July 27. The featherweight fight took place at Floresville, Texas.
On Friday Aug.2, super flyweights Hailee Wemple (0-0) and Cydnee Winger (0-0) meet in a three round fight at Aurora, Colorado.
On Friday Aug. 2, super featherweights Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1) and Ronica Jeffrey (17-1) meet for the WBC world title at Las Vegas. Also, super bantamweights Jamie Mitchell (5-0-1) and Britain Hart (3-3-1) meet in a six round bout.
On Saturday Aug. 3, featherweights Helen Joseph (15-3-2) and Edina Kiss (15-10) meet in a six round match in Brooklyn, New York.
On Saturday Aug. 3, lightweights Selina Barrios (5-1) and Nina Gallegos (0-3) meet in a four round fight in San Antonio, Texas.
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