On July 24 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yohana Belen Alfonzo, 135, of San Luis, won the vacant WBO World female lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision (97-93, 99-91, 98-92) over former champion Maria Elena Maderna of Las Flores, who scaled 133 ¼ for the contest.
The title was vacated by American Amanda Serrano (24-1-1, 18 KOs) who defeated Maderna (KO-6) for the strap in August 2014. Although her record now stands at a pedestrian (15-11-3, 2 KOs), the 39-year-old Maderna was a worthy challenger having held the WBO lightweight title previously for 14-months successfully defending it three times during that span.
Alfonzo, 28, with the win improves her record to (13-2, 1 KO) and secures her first world title. She previously held two minor titles at super-featherweight.
Mark A. Jones