Nadya Hokmi captured her second World Boxing Federation (WBF)
world title on Thursday night in Sarcelles, France, when she won
a well-fought ten-round majority decision over Mexico’s Linda
Soto to capture the vacant Bantamweight crown.
Hokmi, who previously held the WBF World Super Flyweight title
and never lost it in the ring, was in with a determined
challenger in Soto who clearly came to win and got off to a good
Photo: Facebook of Nadya Hokmi
The visitor fought aggressively and landed well to body and
head, but in the third round Hokmi seemed to find her rhythm and
after four stanzas the scores were dead even.
Soto, the reigning WBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight ruler,
remained dangerous and determined, and clearly had her share of
success in the remainder of the bout as Hokmi’s right eye
started to swell in round five.
But it was the local favorite who finished the fight best and
won most of the rounds on two of the scorecards.
After ten entertaining rounds that were a credit to women’s
boxing, judges Brahim Ait Aaid and Christophe Hembert both
scored in favor of Hokmi by 97-93, while Sergio Sotelo had it
even at 95-95.
The new WBF Women’s World Bantamweight Champion improved her
record to 20-6-1 (9), while Soto, ten years the younger at 26,
fell to 6-4 (3).
Also on the card, late substitute Fabriece Aurieng won the
vacant WBF International Heavyweight title with a wide unanimous
decision over seasoned Brazilian Raphael Zumbano.
Aurieng, fighting from his tricky southpaw stance, was
throughout the busier and hungrier fighter of the two, and
outlanded the more experienced Zumbano in practically every
Brahim Ait Aaid scored the fight 120-108, Sergio Sotelo had it
119-109 and Toni Tiberi 118-111.
Nicknamed “Big Boy”, Aurieng is an accomplished Kickboxer too,
and improved his professional boxing record to a deceiving 8-6
(2). Zumbano travels back to Brazil at 33-7-1 (26).
The World Boxing Federation doubleheader was promoted by Etoile