Bolivar, Argentina– In her second fight back from a seven-year hiatus from the ring, brutal puncher Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo, 154, won the vacant IBF female light-middleweight title by stopping Yajaira Hernandez, 153, in the seventh round of what can only be described as a war. Casalinuovo (11-0, 11 KOs), just another in a long-line of Argentine female professional boxing champions, suffered a knockdown in round six; not to be outdone, she dropped the wide-punching Hernandez, now (15-6, 9 KOs), twice with counter punches before completion of the round. In round seven, a visibly tired Hernandez suffered a third knockdown before a referee stoppage saved her from the head snapping punches of Casalinuovo. Hernandez protested the stoppage vehemently, but to no avail. The élite punching power of Casalinuovo will vault her into contention with the élite of the division.
Casalinuovo is an interesting opponent for middleweight and super-middleweight champion Christina Hammer (18-0, 9 KOs) who has essentially cleaned out the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions.
Boxing Jones Top Five Light-middleweights:
1- Ann Sophie Mathis
2- Maria Lindberg
3- Mikaela Lauren
4- Paola Casalinuovo
5- Esther Mashiya