On May 30 in South Korea, Ji Hyun Park, Incheon, South Korea, improved to (21-2, 6 KOs) with a six-round stoppage of 20-year-old Yokfah Mor Krungthepthonburi of Thailand. With the win, Park secures the vacant WIBA atomweight title to add to her IFBA World minimumweight title that she won in May 2006. Park has successfully defended the IFBA title 15 times. With the loss, the outgunned Krungthepthonburi drops to (9-9).
Thoughts: Park is one of the best at minimumweight, but stays in Korea where she enjoys popularity.
On May 29 in Brooklyn, New York, Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 122 ¾, of Brooklyn, improved to (13(2)-0; 1-NC) with an eight-round, split-decision over Noemi “No No” Bosques, 122 ¾, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who dropped to (8-3-2, 3 KOs) with the loss.
The key to having success with Hardy is to make her fight backing up. Hardy is best when she’s able to move forward and extend her arms. In the first round, Bosques was successful in sitting on the inside where she scored with the counter left hook. She failed to follow-up with the right hand that may have allowed her to secure a strategic position against the hometown fighter.
In the second round, Hardy, 33, moved forward with her two-fisted attack backing up Bosques, 32, and keeping her on the defensive. Hardy’s success in the second round was the theme for the remainder of the fight as her superior size and strength slowly wore down the noticeably smaller Bosques. Hardy enjoyed a three-inch height advantage.
Bosques, who boxed at the highest weight of her career, was game and was active enough to earn the nod from one of the assigned judges 77-75. The other two judges favored Hardy by identical scores of 77-75. In closing, the fight was a fist-flying affair and a credit to women’s boxing.
— Barclays Center (@barclayscenter) May 29, 2015
Thoughts: Hardy is improving defensively. She’s moving laterally and cutting down the ring better as well. Physically, she has and endless gas tank and is tough as nails. She is ranked #8 by boxrec.com and #4 by the WBC and holds the WBC International super bantamweight title. The WBC super-bantamweight champion is Jackie Nava of Mexico is a beast and is mentionable with the all-time greats of the sport. Hardy is an active fighter, so a July or August date against the ever tough TBA is likely.
More Thoughts: Bosques is a talented bantamweight and enjoys a nice sized fan base. She’s lost split-decisions to bigger fighters in her last two outings. Hardy has engaged at 122 pounds since her second professional fight and Nydia Feliciano, who defeated Bosques in March (SD-6), campaigned as a featherweight before flirting with the bantamweight division since 2012.
On May 29 in Memphis, Tennessee, southpaw Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 130 ¾, improved to (24-1-1, 18 KOs) knocking down Fatuma Zarika, 125 ½, in the first round in route to a dominate six-round unanimous decision. Zarika dropped to (24-11-2). The fight was televised on CBS. Serrano has won world titles at both super-featherweight and lightweight.
— Wombat Sports (@WombatSports) May 30, 2015
Thoughts: It was good to see women’s boxing on network television. Serrano owns the fan-friendly style that today’s boxing spectators desires, and it wasn’t a mistake to select her as the featured fighter for the CBS appearance. I’d like to see Melissa McMorrow on network television. She owns the same fan-friendly style and has faced superior competition. Also, there are more quality fighters at 112 than 130.
On May 28 in France, the EBU female super-lightweight champion Farida El Hadrati (8-0) of Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, France, scored an eight-round points win over slugger Loli Munoz (12-16-3) of Spain.
Loli Muñoz farida el hadrati de ayer en Francia gracias a ray sugar boxing http://t.co/5fwuuzHvB7
— boxeo_sport (@boxeo_sport) May 29, 2015
On May 28 in Panama, Janeth Asprilla (1-0-3) battled to a four-round draw with Carlota Santos (5-4-5). On the undercard, super-flyweights Luiciel Quiel and Juseth Arauz met. Arauz suffered a knockdown in the fourth and final round allowing Quiel to steal a unanimous decision.
Heather Hardy lead photo credit: Jason Rodriguez (super elite boxing news).