(NOV 18) Ina Menzer retained her WIBF
Featherweight Title after a exciting and tough fight against Laura
Serrano of Mexico in Magdeburg, Germany last night. It turned out to
be the classical boxer vs. fighter match. Although Menzer
controlled the ring throughout the bout, the smaller and more
aggressive Mexican kept her busy all the way, and was able to get
through Menzer's defence with more punches than usual for the
technically well skilled German.
Southpaw Serrano occasional succeeded in
confusing Menzer by changing stance, and occasionally succeeded with
telling blows, but most of her punches were lacking in precision to
have a serious effect; while Menzer had obviously problems getting
through with her usually very reliable left jabs. The judges scored
the bout 97-93, 97-93 & 98-92 all in favour of Menzer.
40-year old Serrano had proclaimed
before the fight, that a defeat would mean the end of her career in
the Ring, and she confirmed this after the fight. She also expressed
her disappointment at the verdict, and was of the opinion, that she
had won the fight. Under all circumstances, she gave the fans a
fight showing all the best of Mexican virtues: relentless
aggression, a big fighting heart and giving it all until the last
Although the outcome of the fight was
not what she had hope for---she can be proud of her last appearance
in the square Ring. Menzer, in her post fight interview,
acknowledged that Serrano had been a one of her toughest opponents,
and expressed her surprise that a 40-year-old could keep her under
pressure right to the end. It prompted her to make the comparison
between women and good wine. It gets better with age.
In a second women's bout Asiye Ozlem Sahin won her Junior Flyweight
bout against Renata Depciyh of Poland by TKO in the 3rd round.
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