Hamadouche retains IBF Title


1-21-17

France

IBF World female super-featherweight champion Maiva Hamadouche, 128 ¾, successfully defended her title for the first time with a ninth round stoppage of contender Milena Koleva, 128.  With the win, the 27-year-old champion improves to (15-1, 12 KOs) whereas Koleva drops to (9-7-1) with the loss.

Hamadouche, of France, won the IBF World female super-featherweight title in November with a unanimous decision victory over Jennifer Salinas. Her lone loss came in November 2015 to longtime lightweight champion Delfine Persoon.

Hamadouche displays a nice left to the body and is rapidly becoming one of the better pound-for-pound fighters in women’s boxing.

Koleva, 28, of Bulgaria, was on a three-fight winning streak coming into the contest. Her pedestrian record is deceiving as she’s been employed as an opponent against high-level combatants such as Klara Svensson (L-8), Ina Menzer (L-8), and Delfine Persoon (L-8). Impressively, she earned a draw against current WBC World female super-featherweight champion, Eva Wahlstrom (19-1) in 2011 and defeated Aline de Cassia Scaranello (UD-10) in 2015.

Photo Credit: J. Prevost/L’Equipe

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