(DEC 14) Last night at the
Zaal Forum, Aalst, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon,
now 28-1-0 (13KO), won a 10th round TKO over Lucia Morelli, now
18-3-0, to win the WIBF, WIBA and WBF Lightweight titles.
According to Boxrec, Morelli went down in the sixth and the
ninth round, with Persoon being deducted a point for hitting
Morelli on the way down in 9th.
In a press release from the WBF,
they wrote the following:
"Belgian star Delfine Persoon put on a convincing performance to
dethrone Germany-based Italian Lucia Morelli of the WBF
World Lightweight title on Friday night, December 13, at the
Zaal Forum in Aalst, Belgium. This was a rematch of
their 2012 shootout which Persoon won by fifth round TKO after a
memorable back-and-forth brawl that some felt was stopped
prematurely, but this time there was no controversy as Persoon
dominated Morelli from the start."
The WBF described the fight as follows: "Despite Persoon
being in control most of the way, it was again an exciting fight
where Morelli had her moments, especially with her hooks to body
and head, but Persoon was the busier boxer and her combinations
seemed harder and were certainly more frequent. The
now former champion was knocked down in round six and nine, and
Persoon had a point deducted in the ninth when she hit Morelli
while she was on the floor. Referee Daniel Van de Wiele stopped
the bout at 1:40 of the tenth and final round, saving Morelli
from further punishment. At the time of the
stoppage, judges Jean-Marcel Nartz, Olena Pobyvailo and
Christophe Hembert all had Persoon (28) in front by 89-79."
This was Persoon's seventh fight this year!