Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany:
16 July 2016
Multi-title world champion Ramona Kuehne, 131 ½, Berlin, secured the vacant WBA International lightweight title with a fifth-round retirement of Tunisian-born Ikram Kerwat, 132 ¼. Kuehne (25-1, 10 KOs) employed every bit of her experience advantage against the heavy-handed Kerwat (6-1, 5 KOs) winning every minute of the bout in route to the stoppage victory.
Kuehne, whose lone defeat came six years ago at the fists of retired featherweight and fellow German, Ina Menzer, has won legitimate world titles in three weight divisions (super bantamweight, lightweight, and super lightweight) and currently holds the WBO female super-featherweight title. In her last five outings, Kuehne has stopped four of her opponents.
The loss to Kuehne wasn’t entirely unexpected considering that it was a significant rise in competition for the Frankfurt-based lightweight. Of Kerwat’s docket, only Gina Chamie (14-6) could be regarded as a legitimate opponent. It is likely that Kerwat will use this loss as an experience that will assist her in future bouts.
The WBA Female lightweight champion is Cecilia Comunales (14-1, 9 KOs) of Uruguay. Like Kerwat, she owns significant punching power but has more experience.
Promoter: Wilfried Sauerland (Sauerland Event)
Referee: Joerg Mike
Round Limit: Two minutes
Photo Credit: BOXEN1
Television: Germany SAT.1