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Laracuente Wins Title over Del Valle
Photos/Story by Lori Steinhorst
June 16, 2007

     
   
   
   
   

(JUN 16) Last night at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Belinda Laracuente, 137, won the GBU light welterweight title by a 12-round unanimous decision  (115/113, 115/113, 116/112) over a tough and gritty Melissa Del Valle, 139.

Although neither Del Valle or Laracuente ever anticipated encountering each other in the ring, there they were standing face to face listening to the referee’s instructions. An earlier commitment to each other, not to fight each other, due to a bond of friendship, set aside.


standoff between the two

The first several rounds appeared awkward for both of them and they struggled to work through whatever issues this had created for them. It was no surprise when natural instinct took over and both women began to exchange meaningful punches.

Del Valle, who had a change of opponent and a long layoff from boxing to deal with, came in with determination, and a 'no excuses' attitude. Though not happy with either, she gave Laracuente a tough time. Even with a long layoff, Del Valle is strong and talented.

However, this night belonged to Belinda Laracuente.

Laracuente has long been a Champion in this sport, and last night she was awarded the belt that goes with the name. The inspiring trainer who makes Champions is now the re-inspired Champion herself. The strength and courage she carried in her heart, she is now wearing around her waist.

 
     
     
   
 
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