Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia:
In a battle for the vacant WBC Silver female featherweight title, “Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell, Slacks Creek, hoped for a title-winning performance in front of her fellow countrymen over 19-year-old slugger Dayana “El Diamante” Cordero of Barranquilla, Colombia. O’Connell’s dreams were dashed when she suffered a substantial cut from an accidental clash of heads resulting in an early stoppage in round three. The bout was ruled a technical draw (TD-3).
The draw moves the 32-year-old O’Connell to a still impressive (11-4-1, 6 KOs) whereas Cordero witnesses her docket slide sideways to (13-5-2, 9 KOs).
Cordero, who turned professional at the age of fourteen, has challenged for world titles in four weight classes (five bouts) failing in each attempt; however, she is getting closer to securing a world title. In her previous two attempts, she dropped a split-decision to slick boxer Carolina Rodriguez for the IBF World female bantamweight title in Chile and pounded out a majority draw in a bid to secure the vacant IBO World female super-bantamweight title against slugger Sayda Mosquera in Panama.
The winner was to be the #1 contender for WBC World female featherweight champion, Alicia Ashely.
Toolon Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland:
Hometown favorite Eva Wahlstroem, 136 ¾, the WBC World female super-featherweight champion, in a non-title fight, pitched a shutout winning every round (80-72 x 3) over Gina Chamie, 135 ¼. It was the second stay-busy fight for Wahlstroem since winning the title in April 2015. With the win, Wahlstroem improves to (16-0-1, 3 KOs) whereas Chamie drops to (12-5, 5 KOs).
Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, USA:
Southpaw banger Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 128 ¾, of Brooklyn, stopped a game Djemilla Gontaruk, 135 ½, of Belgium in the third round of a scheduled eight by assigned referee Sparkle Lee. Trusted reports indicate that although Serrano was dishing out much better than she received, the fight was stopped early.
With the win, Serrano improves to (26-1-1, 19 KOs) and bests yet another C-level opponent. Gontaruk drops to (9-3, 1 KO) and is at least a willing combatant.
Photo Credit: Ed Diller (Amanda Serrano Photo)
Mark A. Jones