World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom retained her title by fighting to a 10-round split draw on Friday with challenger Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Wahlstrom vs. Jeffrey was the main event on another RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS series installment. It was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports
RJJ Boxing Promotions offered free admission to reward its loyal Las Vegas fans. 5,400 turned out to watch the action.
Wahlstrom (22-1-2), fighting out of Finland, was coming off a loss by decision to undefeated Irish star Katie Taylor this past February at famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. The skilled Finn has been the WBC titlist since 2015 and this was her fifth successful title defense.
Jeffrey (17-1-1, 1 KO), a former IWBF world champion from Brooklyn, was riding a four-fight win streak going into last night’s fight against Wahlstrom.
Wahlstrom and Jeffrey are both tactical, pure boxers who fought that way. They went back and forth without either being hurt.
It was an even fight that could have gone either way with judge Tim Cheatham scoring it a draw (95-95), Richard Ocasio slightly favored Walstrom (96-94), and Lisa Giampa inexplicitly had Jeffrey winning all 10 rounds (100-90).
In the co-featured event, former top 10 rated junior middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (19-1, 11 KOs) moved up to middleweight, after losing for the first time as a pro last March in France to Michel Soro by way of a 12-round decision. Vera, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, won a six-round decision against his Uzbek opponent, Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2, 13 KOs), the former WBA FEDALATIN welterweight champion.
Las Vegas-based super bantamweight Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs) and Virginian Britain Hart (3-3-2, 2 KOs) battled to a six-round majority draw.
Local favorite Trevor Covington won his professional debut, taking a four-round unanimous decision in the Fight of the Night against Los Angles super flyweight Ming Freeman (1-4-1), who had a point deducted for a low blow.
MAIN EVENT – WBC WORLD FEMALE SUPER FEATHRWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-2, 3 KOs), Champion, Helsinki, Finland
SD10 (96-94, 95-95, 90-100)
Ronica Jeffrey (17-1-1, 1 KO), Challenger, Brooklyn, NY
(Wahlstrom retained world title)
CO-FEATURE – MIDDLEWEIGHTS
John “The Phenom” Vera (19-1, 11 KOs), Fort Worth, TX
WDEC 6 (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan
Jamie Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs), Las Vegas, NV
MD6 (589-56, 57-57, 57-57
Britain Hart (3-3-2, 2 KOs), Roanoke, VA
Trevor Covington (1-0), Henderson, NV
WDEC4 (37-36, 37-36, 37-36)
Ming Freedom (1-4-1), Los Angeles, CA