Female Fight Chatter March 21st – Southern California’s Mikaela Mayer and Michigan’s Claressa Shields earned their spots as U.S. Olympians. Shields win in the semi-finals guaranteed her a spot and Mayer accomplished the feat with three wins in Argentina. Both will participate in the Olympics in Rio De Janiero this summer along with 2012 London Games. Ginny Fuchs lost in the semi-finals but has other opportunities to advance to the Olympics. Shields is attempting to win back to back gold medals. The super middleweight grabbed her first gold medal in the London Games in 2012.
Female Fight Chatter March 21st
Finland’s Eva Wahlstroem (17-0-1) defeated Dahiana Santana (35-8) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds to retain the WBC super featherweight world title on Friday. Their match took place in Espoo, Finland. Wahlstroem lives in Helsinki, Finland and Santana hails from Dominican Republic. It was the Finnish girl’s first title defense that she won last April 2015 against Natalia Del Valle Aguirre. Santana is a former featherweight champion who was moving up in weight.
Maiva Hamadouche (11-1) stopped Angel McKenzie (4-32) in the first round of their female super featherweight bout on Friday. The bout took place in Clichy la Garenne, France where Hamadouche resides.
Naoya Okamoto (9-5) defeated Masaya Kohama (6-4-1) by unanimous decision after eight rounds in a female bantamweight bout on Friday. The match took place in Tokyo, Japan. Both girls fight out of Japan.
Alejandra Jimenez (6-0, 4 Kos) defeated WBC female heavyweight titlist Martha Salazar (13-5) by majority decision on Friday that stirred controversy worldwide. Most felt that Salazar was the clear winner of the entertaining fight that took place in Cancun, Mexico. Jimenez became the first native Mexican to win a heavyweight world title.
Anahi Sanchez (12-0) meets Great Britain’s Areti Mastrodouka (9-0) for the vacant IBF super featherweight title
South Africa’s Noni Tenge (16-1-1) defeated Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados (11-6) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds to win the vacant WBF super welterweight world title. The match was held Friday in Durban, South Africa.