(MAY 15) History was
made on Sunday night, 2nd May 2010 in Tirana the capital city of
Albania is a small nation of 3.5 million people situated in
Southern Europe on the Adriatic coast opposite Italy.
It was in this city that the W.B.F. WORLD BOXING FEDERATION
chose to have its 1st World Convention from the 30th April to
the 3rd May 2010.
As part of the activities an exciting evening of boxing was held
on Sunday the 2nd May in the large old communist built concrete
Pallati i Sportif ďAsllan RusiĒ sports stadium in Tirana city
Fans of womensí boxing were able to witness history in the
making as the FIRST WOMENíS PROFESSIONAL BOXING MATCH IN ALBANIA
LAURA SAPERSTEIN v
Next to the top of the billís male World Championship fight was
this womenís 6 x 2 minute round International Light welterweight
LAURA SAPERSTEIN (38) was continuing her return to British
professional boxing after a yearís absence recovering from an
injury suffered in rugby training.
Born in Australia, Laura now lives in London, England. She is
qualified lawyer. Before this fight she had a professional
record of 8 wins and no losses. Her amateur record was 10 wins
and no losses, and in 2005 she was the England Womensí Amateur
Boxing Association Lightweight Champion. However in her amateur
and professional career she had never fought more than 4 rounds.
This was to be her baptism at 6 !
Her opponent , was DANIELA DAVID (4-18-0) a vastly more
experienced 28 year old super featherweight southpaw boxer from
Bucharest Romania. DAVID works as a secretary but is also a
University student studying physical education and expects to
graduate in two years time. She is a pleasant black haired
former amateur World boxing champion in 2002 with between 80 to
90 amateur fights on her record. Her last professional fight was
in Salford, England on Saturday 10th April 2010 against the
Russian/English boxer ANGEL McKENZIE to whom she lost on points.
DAVID seemed to have recovered from the badly bleeding nose
which she suffered in that fight.
At the Weigh In SAPERSTEIN weighed 61.2 kilos and DAVID 61.9
The arena lights were dimmed, loud music was played and
proceeded by a young woman with a large mastiff dog DAVID
entered the hall and climbed into the ringís Blue Corner, she
was clad in a black sports bra with a white protector and bright
red satin shorts with black side stripes. She received a cheer
of encouragement from the spectators.
A few minutes later SAPERSTEIN was similarly led into the arena
by a young blond lady in knee boots accompanied by a large black
mastiff dog. She took the Red Corner to polite applause.
SAPERSTEIN who owns a company - boxxer WORLD - which makes
boxing sportswear was wearing one of her own products. A bright
red sparkle sports bra with a brief red sparkle miniskirt with
ďLauraĒ embroidered on the waistband at the front and
incorporated a large black motif on her right thy and a
patriotic British Union flag across her bottom.
After touching gloves both boxers started by flicking their
gloves in each others face, but without any contact.
SAPERSTEIN made the first attack with a straight left and right
hook and then a swinging right hander aimed at the head, all
fell 6 inches short ! DAVID backed away. SAPERSTEIN continued
with her rush at her opponent throwing a straight left and right
which also did not connect. The force of her charge however
drove DAVID back against the ropes into a clinch. DAVID tried a
weak counter attack. More feinting. Both women threw more
punches but few connected until SAPERSTEIN drove DAVID into the
opposite neutral corner.
There were a series of short sharp exchanges of blows, with
again many failing to reach their intended target although
SAPERSTEIN got in two good right hand jabs to the solar plexus
and DAVID traded some of her piston like straight rights and
lefts. In a fighting melee DAVID briefly held SAPERSTEINíS head
round the neck. SAPERSTEIN was the more openly aggressive, but
DAVID demonstrated her skill at evading punches.
SAPERSTEIN was unused to fighting a southpaw style opponent.
SAPERSTEINíS style is to drop her right shoulder Ė with her
right glove protecting her face whilst holding her left arm more
loosely and much lower.
DAVID threw a good left hook as the round ended.
It was found out afterwards that due to a mistake on the part of
the Time Keeper the women boxed for 3 minutes in this round
instead of the 2 minutes stipulated.
SAPERSTEIN won this round.
After a few moments of feinting by both women SAPERSTEIN
attacked but missed with her punches and was quickly driven back
by DAVID who took more of the initiative in this round. DAVID
launched her own two handed piston like attack landing effective
blows. Although she appears to attack in a diffident manner she
is a strong girl and her punches can be deceptively heavy.
In the scraps SAPERSTEIN crouched so low to avoid DAVIDís blows
that she received a brief warning from the Referee.
Both women caught the other with solid punches to the head and
stomach. SAPERSTEIN getting the worse of it.
SAPERSTEIN then took the initiative with her aggressive lunging
two handed attacks with DAVID landing counterpunches.
DAVID was undoubtedly sharper this fight than her fight against
ANGEL McKENZIE. The tempo of the contest much faster. Whilst her
style was unaltered she was quicker in her punching and boxed
with greater determination. ( she told your correspondent that
she had been unwell when she boxed in Salford.)
This was definitely DAVIDíS round.
DAVID started the attack with fast right and left combinations.
SAPERSTEIN fought back.
In a tussle, DAVID briefly nearly fell through the ropes near
the Red Corner, but she quickly regained her equilibrium and
whilst SAPERSTEIN appeared to chase her round the ring Ė landing
some good punches, DAVID retaliated with good counterpunches of
The contest developed into a fast moving series of clashes,
usually instigated by SAPERSTEIN with a violent exchanges of
blows. Whilst SAPERSTEINíS strategy was to take the fight to her
opponent , DAVID responded with her own forays and her effective
counterpunching which gave SAPERSTEIN trouble
The action see sawed across the ring as first SAPERSTEIN and
then DAVID attacked and retreated. This was a hard fought round.
This was again DAVIDíS round.
The round started again with DAVID flicking her straight right
hand at SAPERSTEIN, but too short.
The pace seemed a little slower. There were a number of fighting
clinches Ė often ending up with SAPERSTEINíS head entangled in a
melee of arms.
SAPERSTEIN continued her attacks - a rush forward with straight
lefts followed by right hooks. Again not all reached their
intended mark. DAVID counter attacked forcing SAPERSTEIN
temporarily to back away. SAPERSTEIN kept trying to get through
inside, but DAVID was fighting more aggressively and getting in
some good blows of her own. Trying to take even more of the
initiative SAPERSTEIN launched an aggressive two hand charging
attack which briefly drove DAVID into a neutral corner.
DAVID delivered a heavy left hand hook to SAPERSTEINíS head as
the round ended.
This was again DAVIDíS round.
DAVID was the first to make a hesitant attack but SAPERSTEIN
fought back with a series of fast very heavy left hooks to the
head which fortunately for DAVID failed to land. However the
vehemence of the intended blows caused her to back away. A
clinch ensued. Then short encounters where they traded tough
The pace did not slacked with SAPERSTEIN keeping up her
relentless two handed attacks, but running into stout
resistance. Both women caught her opponent with stout blows to
the face. This was tough fighting with SAPERSTEIN covering up
before resuming her attacks.
SAPERSTEINíS round on aggression.
The last round started with a very brief period of feinting
followed by SAPERSONíS attack culminating in brief clinches.
SAPERSTEIN threw a heavy right hand aimed at the head which
DAVID ducked and in the ensuing tussle the Referee gave
SAPERSTEIN a brief warning for holding. Quite a lot of brawling
took place with fighting clinches with the Referee having to
intervene. It became DAVIDíS turn to put her head down and push
her opponent. Both women scored sharp heavy jabs to each others
face in the final seconds of the match.
They continued to fight to the last bell, trading blows in quick
succession. They were rewarded with the cheers and whistles of
This was SAPERSTEINíS round.
Judge Jean Marcel Nartz ( Germany ) scored 57 Ė 57 each, Judge
Artur Ellensohn ( Germany ) 57-57 each and Referee Anastas Kobuz
( Albania ) 60 Ė 56 in favour of SAPERSTEIN
After consultation amongst the officials the bout was declared a
DRAW on a majority decision, and both boxers were presented with
trophies and raised their arms in triumph.
As professionals, SAPERSTEIN advances to 8 wins, no losses and 1
draw and DAVID to 4 wins 19 losses and 1 draw.
This was a fast and attractive contest . Both women fought hard
and this was a good advert for womensí professional boxing which
was shown on Albanian T.V.
As I mentioned earlier in this report, this was the first time
that SAPERSTEIN had fought for 6 rounds and against such an
experienced opponent. She had also had difficulty in making the
weight. If many of her punches had found their intended mark she
would have won. She needs more experience. In the circumstances
she put up a very creditable performance
DAVID also put up a creditable performance. She fought better
than in Salford against ANGEL McKENZIE. If she can put more
speed into her footwork and aggression into her fighting she
would reverse her poor professional record.
A rematch is most certainly called for !
STOP PRESS 14th MAY 2010
LAURA SAPERSTEIN is fighting again on Miranda Carterís LEFT JAB
Promotion ď FATHERíS DAY AT YORK HALLĒ at 2pm on Sunday
afternoon 20th, June 2010 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
England. © John E.G.Wilson