You must remember this…..Undisputed unified welterweight champion, Colombian-Norwegian Cecilia Braekhus, emphatically defeated Sweden’s Mikaela Lauren with a sixth-round knockout at the Center Convention Center in Stokke, Norway.
In their first fight in 2010, the accomplished and powerful Braekhus halted a raw and then inexperienced Lauren in seven torrid one sided rounds, in what was considered a fundamental mismatch.
Lauren has improved a lot since then winning a world title in her own right. And… she tried to unsettle Braekhus in the build up to the fight, even kissing her on the mouth at the weigh in, to get her face duly slapped.
Braekhus, followed this up, with an unruffled, patient and systematic pummelling on Saturday night, to go one round better with this stoppage on this occasion.
With this victory, Braekhus improved her record to 32-0, 9 KO’s. While Lauren who had to take it on the “Kisser” embraced defeat, and was left with 29-5, 13 KOs.
In Japan, World Boxing Council light flyweight champion, Ken Shiro successfully defended the title that he won in May against Mexican Ganigan “Maravilla” López, winning by majority decision against former world champion Pedro Guevara, in an event organized by Teiken Promotions, at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
Shiro won with slick, fast boxing and an effective attack, especially to the body of the Mexican warrior. Guevara put in an admirable away from home supremo effect to make it competitive.
However, at the end of 12 rounds, Judges Mike Ross of the United States and Jun-Bae Lim of South Korea saw Shiro win with identical 116-112 cards, while Mexican Alejandro Rochin saw it as a 114- 114 draw.
The Referee was the affable, capable and talented Panamanian Héctor Afú.
Also on the bill, smiling yet formidable World Boxing Council flyweight champion and KO king Daigo Higa, efficiently and ruthlessly defended his crown for the first time with a TKO in the seventh round over lanky and brave French challenger Thomas Masson.
Master blaster Higa, won last May, blowing away Juan “Churritos” Hernandez. This Sunday victory with a “Sunday Punch,” improves Higa`s extraordinary record to 14-0, with 14 KOs, against a laborious challenger, who fell to 17-4-1 with 5 KOs.
The end of the fight came at 1:10 minutes of the seventh round, when Masson decided to withdraw from combat, suffering from a damaged eye socket.