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Morelli Wins by a Majority Decision over Rola El Halabi
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January 13, 2013
     
   
   
   
   

(JAN 13) WBAN has just received the results from Germany where
Germany-based Italian Lucia Morelli won the vacant World Boxing Federation Women’s World Lightweight title last night. The boxing event took place at the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu Ulm, Germany, scoring a close majority decision over Rola El Halabi.  [The two were also fighting for the vacant WIBA and vacant GBU lightweight titles]

According to the WBF press release they stated the following:

"More than 5000 fans showed up to support and celebrate El Halabi, who was miraculously returning to the ring after being shot in hands, knees and feet by her estranged stepfather in April 2011, but after an inspired and admirable performance it was not enough in the end.

Both fighters started cautiously, feeling each other out, but Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs) may have nicked most of the early rounds by being more precise with her punches. Midway through the bout things got more heated and the exchanges more frequent, as both had their success.

After ten good, close rounds Morelli was declared the victor by scores of 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95, but El Halabi must still be considered a major winner for defying the odds and coming back from tragedy to perform at world class level
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“I congratulate Lucia on the victory”, said El Halabi after the fight. “She was just a little bit better than me, but I gave it everything I had and it was not quite enough. I lost the fight, but I gained so much and I am happy. I’m back in my life!”

When asked if she perhaps should have returned against an easier opponent, El Halabi, who lost for the first time as a professional (11-1, 6 KOs), didn’t want to offer any excuses for the defeat, saying:

“I was having a hard time finding my distance and it took me two or three rounds too long to find it, but I didn’t want to return against an easy opponent. I wanted to fight someone as tough as Lucia. I wanted an honest fight, and I lost honestly. That’s the way sports should be!”

El Halabi expressed her gratitude towards the many fans in attendance, and promised them that she would return soon and eventually become a world champion again. Both camps expressed interest in a rematch, and there is no doubt that the loyal fans of El Halabi will turn out again to cheer her on.

Also on this card, super middleweight Nikki Adler won a 10-round unanimous decision over Edita Lesnik. The two were fighting for the vacant WIBA super middleweight title.

Lastly,  Irma Balijagić Adler won by a second round TKO over Fleis Djendi. The fight was scheduled for ten rounds and for a title belt. WBAN learned that Djendi was a last minute opponent. This appears at this point to be a non-title bout. Also, Adler fights at 130, whereas Fleis fights at 112....way out of weight class. 

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