Club Sportivo America, Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina:
In her hometown, Victoria Noelia Bustos (12-3) defended the IBF lightweight title for the first time with a ten-round unanimous decision ( 98-92/96-93/99-90) over Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre (7-2-3) Cordoba, Argentina. Bustos is best-known for a 2012 unsuccessful challenge of Erica Anabella Farias (L-10) for the WBC lightweight title in only her seventh professional bout. Aguirre, who holds two non-title wins over Bustos at super-featherweight, was knocked down in round one.
Bustos is worthy of holding a world title bout in the now crowded lightweight division. Brooklyn slugger Amanda Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs) knocked out Maria Elena Maderna (13-9-3, 2 KOs) earlier in the month winning the WBO lightweight title. Farias, who has twice defeated Bustos, has left the lightweight division behind for the possibly greener pastures of the light-welterweight division.
Bustos will eventually have to face either Delfine Persoon or Serrano if she wishes to unify the lightweight belts. Although she is better defensively than the two more decorated champions, she has little firepower and owns little chance of defeating either. Farias, although her last bout is still ranked #1 at lightweight by the IBF, could be in line for a title shot if she desires. Aguirre, ranked #2 is followed by Nicole Boss (Switzerland) and Cindy Serrano (USA).