(SEPT 7) It was in the
cards that the challenge of Irma Balijagic Adler could easily be
the toughest fight to date for World Boxing Federation (WBF)
Women’s World Lightweight Champion Nicole Wesner, and this was
exactly the case when they clashed on Sunday night at the
Markthalle in Wismar, Germany.
Making her first defense of the
title she won last December in her adopted home-country of
Austria, Wesner got off to a good start and won the early
rounds. At that point she looked the more skilled and focused
boxer, and landed more than her game adversary from Bosnia &
But the theme of the fight was
set already in the first stanza, when an unintentional
head-clash almost ruled out Adler. In the second it was the
other way around, as a terrible clash hurt the nose of Wesner
and again almost ended the fight.
The head-clashes continued throughout the fight, and in round
seven both boxers were deducted a point by referee Goran
Filipovic. At this stage of the bout, the fight had shifted in
Adler´s favour and Wesner looked to be in deep water, fighting
purely on instinct and will-power to survive.
Adler repeatedly landed big shots, but the champion showed what
she is made of by refusing to go down. A few times it looked as
if she was only one punch away from a knockout defeat, but
Wesner stayed upright and incredibly Adler was herself too tired
to land the finisher.
In the end, the early work proved to be enough for Wesner who
won a close unanimous decision. Judges Rosario Triolo, Ruben
Zaburov and Arnold Golger all had her ahead after ten rounds,
scoring the dramatic encounter 95-93, 97-95 and 97-92 for the
Wesner improved her undefeated professional record to 11-0 (5),
while former Featherweight and Super Featherweight world titlist
Adler drops to 15-6 (8). The fight was promoted by Wesner, in
cooperation with PSP Boxteam.