Feb. 13, 2014
by Jim McGrady
Four world champions retained their titles this past weekend as Delfine Persoon, Zulina Munoz, Momo Koseki, and Yesica Bopp all had successful outings.
Friday night in Belgium, WBC lightweight champ Delfine Persoon (37-1, 16 KO’s) made quick work of Ruth Stephanie Aquino (8-3, 1 KO), scoring what appeared to be a first round stoppage. The official result was ruled a disqualification however, when it was determined that Aquino basically failed to fight. It was unfortunate for the champ, who has now defended the belt five times.
Also on Friday, Momo Koseki (23-2-1, 9 KO’s) racked up her 17th world title defense with a fourth round TKO of Chie Higano (6-5, 2 KO’s) at Korakuen Hall in Japan, retaining the WBC and WBA atom weight titles. Higano took a lot of solid shots in this one and to her credit, was on her feet at ring center when the fight was waved off. She didn’t appear dazed or hurt, but at that point it was clear she had little chance to do anything more in the contest.
Zulina Munoz (48-1-2, 28 KO’s) retained the WBC super flyweight title. Challenger Carolina Alvarez (12-7-4, 9 KO’s) was nearly shut out over 10 rounds, with the scores coming in at 99:90 twice and 97:92 all in favor of Munoz. The champ hasn’t lost in nearly 10 years and has now made 10 successful defenses of the WBC strap she won back in 2012.
WBA light flyweight champ Yesica Yolanda Bopp (30-1, 12 KO’s) also scored a convincing win, she defeated former Youth title holder Anahi Torres (15-15-1, 2 KO’s) in 10 rounds, retaining her title by scores of 100:90, 99:91, and 98:92. It was Bopp’s first title defense since regaining the belt in June with a win over Nancy Franco. The champ had taken a two year maternity break from the sport and has won all three of her fights since returning in April.
Jim is one of the Tribunes original members and has been Involved in the sport for over 35 years as a competing amateur, fight collector, and computer fight simulator. Follow him on Twitter: @_GreenMachine_