(SEPT 8) Susianna Kentikian left no one
in doubt about the rightful ownership of the WBA Women's Flyweight
Belt last night. It took her less than 3 rounds to defeat English
contender Shanee Martin, who never got into the fight.
Kentikian does not usually spend the first round feeling out her
opponent, and last night in Düsseldorf was no exception. She came
out more focused and determined than ever, and left neither Shanee
Martin nor the audience in doubt, that she meant business.
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Martin was unable to capitalise on her
reach advantage. Throughout the first round Kentikian stood her
ground, when Martin came forward. She was able to dodge most of the
Englishwoman's jabs and countered with her fast combinations, both
high and low. Kentikian sustained a cut over her left eye late in
the round, presumably caused by a clash of heads.
Round 2 followed the same pattern.
Martin tried to keep Kentikian at bay with her jabs, but was unable
to deter her smaller opponent, who found and punished the slightest
openings in Martins defence. Kentikian frustrated Martin with double
jabs, hooks and uppercuts coming from all angles, and as the round
progressed it became abundantly clear, that Martin was out of her
Kentikian continued the chase in round 3 and caught Martin with some
powerful punches during the first part of the round. The end for the
brave English girl came 1 minute into the round when Kentikian
caught her with a vicious right to the chin, that sent her to the
canvas. Martin got up on the count of four; she raised her gloves
indicating, that she was ready to continue, but the Italian referee
decided that he had seen enough and stopped the fight. The official
time was 1 minute 14 seconds into round 3.
Kentikian's previous title defence ended in a win by split decision
over Nadia Hockmi of France. She expressed dissatisfaction with her
own performance after that fight, but it was all smiles after her
hands was raised last night. Before the Hockmi fight the new star of
women's boxing in Germany was very much in the media, with live late
night TV appearances the last two days before her fight. This time
she chose to cut down on media appearances and concentrate on her
task in the ring, and that clearly paid off.
The reigning WIBF Flyweight champion Regina Halmich co-hosted the
show with Jan Stecker, and interviewed Kentikian after the fight.
The seasoned boxing queen, was taken somewhat by surprise, when her
young successor took the opportunity to express her admiration and
gratitude to Halmich, for her hard work during the last 12 years, in
getting women's boxing to where it is today, and paving the way for
the flourishing 2nd generation of women boxers in Germany.
(European TV viewers able to receive NDR TV, have the opportunity to
watch an interview with Susianna Kentikian on Sunday 9th September
at 10:45 pm CET)
The second women's world title fight of the evening was won by
Karolina Lukasik, who stopped the over challenged Argentinean
Gabriela Marcela Zapate in the 8th round. Zapata was sent to the
floor at the end of the first round, but managed to beat the count.
Her good chin, rather than her boxing ability, kept her in the fight
until 8 round, when the referee stopped the fight after a hard left
from the Polish southpaw, and no doubt, the state of fatigue of
Zapata. This was the first stoppage by Lukasik, who improved her
record to 8-0-0, and could leave Düsseldorf with no less than 4
belts - WIBF, GBU, WBC & WBA.
The two other women's bouts on the card resulted in UD wins for
Flyweight Rebekka Hermann over Maria Kriwoschapkina and Super
Flyweight Magdalena Dahlen over Petra Jachmanova.