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5'4" bantamweight Simone Aparecida da Silva Duarte boxes out of gyms in São Paulo and São Vicente, Brazil.

Simone is the daughter of a retired boxer, Erotildes Baltazar. She began boxing at the age of 6 and was Brazilian 57-kg amateur champion at age 19.

She made her pro debut on December 9, 2005 at Ginasio Giodesico in Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil. She weighed in at 119 lbs and won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-35,40-36) decision over Renata Cristina Dos Santos Ferreira (120 lbs) of Brazil who fell to 0-2-0.

On September 30, 2006 at Companhia Athletica Brooklin in São Paulo, she won a four-round unanimous (40-37,40-36,40-35) decision over pro debuter Naime Santana of Brazil.

On November 25, 2006 at Companhia Athletica Brooklin in São Paulo, Simone (121 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-55) decision over 33-year-old Silvia Raquel Gervasi (125 lbs) of Argentina who fell to 0-3-0.

On March 17, 2007 at Companhia Athletica Brooklin in São Paulo, Simone (121½ lbs) won the WIBA South American Super Bantamweight title with a sixth-round TKO of Patricia Alejandra Quirico (122 lbs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina in a scheduled eight-rounder. With the contest clearly slipping away from her, the 45-year-old Argentinian – according to da Silva Duarte – resorted to constant clinching before deliberately butting her in the face. At his point the 23-year-old Brazilian, no longer content to coast to an easy points win, went ballistic and took her apart, though the fight was stopped – early in the sixth – before she could impose the ultimate sanction of knocking Quirico out. Quirico not only fell to 10-5-0 with this loss but was also stripped of her UBC World Super Bantamweight Title, under a rule by which UBC champions must forfeit their titles if they lose a non-title fight inside the distance.

Quirico's tenure of a world title was itself controversial - following her KO by Marcela Acuña's first punch in her boxing debut, she had fought mostly winless opponents (losing to any with winning records) and had won the UBC belt by defeating the same (winless) Renata Cristina Dos Santos Ferreira who Simone had defeated in her own pro debut.

On June 16, 2007 at the Maksoud Plaza Hotel in São Paulo, Simone (118 lbs) TKO'd Paola Esther Herrera (116½ lbs) of Cartagena, Colombia at 0:24 in the fifth round of a scheduled eight rounder for the WIBA South American Bantamweight Title. Herrera, who had previously been matched against Marcela Acuña for the WBA Junior Featherweight title, fell to 13-2-2 with this loss (but there are different versions of the number of wins on her record), 

"I showed that I was well prepared and confident", said Duarte. "I was facing an experienced opponent with good technique but I still managed to land a good many blows. I was surprised she didn’t go down earlier.”  Some reports of this fight say that Simone showed more skill than the better-known Duda Yankovich, who fought for the WIBA world Junior Welterweight title in the card's Main Event.

On September 15, 2007 at Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, Simone (117 lbs) won an eight round unanimous (80-71,80-71,80-71) decision over Paulina "La Niña" Cardona (117¼ lbs) of Barranquilla, Colombia defending the WIBA South American Bantamweight Title. The 17-year-old Cardona fell to 9-3-3 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On April 19, 2008 at Companhia Athletica Brooklin in Sao Paulo, Brazil, SImone won an eight-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Valeria Dos Santos, also of São Paulo.

On December 13, 2008 at Tenis Clube Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Simone won a scheduled eight-rounder over Natalia del Pilar Burga of San Luis, Argentina when Burga was disqualified in the sixth round. Burga fell to 4-3 with the loss.

On April 9, 2010 at Anfiteatro Municipal in San Martin, Argentina, Yesica Marcos of San Martin, Argentina won a clear ten-round unanimous (99-91,97-94,97-91) decision over Simone for the WBA Interim Junior Featherweight title.  The taller Duarte was unable to match Marcos's busy work rate and boxing skills and Marcos was able to wear her down with body punching in the later rounds. Marcos advanced to 15-0-1 (4 KO's) with the win. 

On April 9, 2011 at Ginásio de Esportes de Candangolândia,in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil, Simone (122½ lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Betina Garino (123¾ lbs) of Santa Fe, Argentina who fell to 15-10-1 (2 KO's).

On August 20, 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil, Simone TKO'd pro debuter Bruna Perez of Criciuma, Brazil at 1:54 in the first round of a scheduled six rounder.

On October 8, 2011 at Estadio Polideportivo Gustavo “Toro” Rodríguez in San Martín, Mendoza, Argentina, Yesica Marcos (122 lbs) of San Martin scored an impressive TKO over Simone (122 lbs) for the WBO and WBA Interim Junior Featherweight titles.. Duarte was unable to come out for the start of the fifth round after enduring a relentless barrage from the hard hitting Marcos. Marcos set a furious pace from the start and peppered the taller Duarte with hard shots to the head and left hooks to the liver followed by uppercuts to the chin. Duarte was unable to slow Marcos down and was often backed into the ropes where Marcos threaded hard combinations to the face and body through her defense.  The fourth round ended with Duarte, who had put on a brave show of not being hurt by Marcos's barrage, suddenly in obvious pain. Between rounds Duarte complained of an injured left hand as well as the evident punishment she had taken to her head and body. Marcos moved her record to 18-0-1 (6 KO's) with a dominant performance while Duarte fell to 10-2 (3 KO's) with her second loss to Marcos.

On April 13, 2012 at Polideportivo Municipal de Necochea, Argentina, Alejandra Oliveras (132) of Argentina stopped Simone Da Silva Duarte (134¼ lbs) in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-rounder with no title on the line.  The Brazilian was kneeling on the canvas after taking three consecutive body shots when the referee stopped the fight. Oliveras improved her record to 25-2-2 (11 KO's).

On October 10, 2012 at Ginasio Esportivo in Sao Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil, Simone Da Silva Duarte won by a TKO when debut fighter Alina Lobo, also of São Paulo, retired at the start of the third round in a scheduled six-rounder.

On November 3, 2012 at Club La Unión in Colon, Entre Rios, Argentina, Simone Da Silva Duarte (135 lbs) lost a ten-round unanimous (100-90,99-92,99-91) decision to Cecilia Comunales (134½ lbs) of Paysandu, Uruguay, for the WBA Lightweight title.   Comunales took the initiative and controlled a slow paced fight while Da Silva Duarte appeared content to box defensively.   Comunales improved to 10-1 (6 KO's).

Layla McCarter and Simone Duarte
Layla McCarter with Simone Da Silva Duarte
in East London, South Africa

On June 2, 2013 at the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Simone Da Silva Duarte won a ten-round majority (96-94,97-94,95-95) decision over undefeated local favorite Unathi Myekeni for the vacant WBA International Junior Featherweight title.  Myekeni fell to 8-1 (3 KO's) with the loss.

On July 6 2013 in São Paulo Simone Da SIlva Duarte (119 lbs)  TKO'd Carina Maria Britos (122 lbs) of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil in the fourth round of a scheduled eight.  Britos fell to 11-16 (7 KO's) with the loss. 

On August 17 2013 in São Paulo Simone Da Silva Duarte TKO'd Silvia Lescano of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil in the third round of a scheduled ten.  Lescano fell to 9-10.

On January 18 2014 at Gimnasio Enrique Donn Muller, in Constitucion, Chile, Carolina Rodriguez (118 lbs) won a ten round unanimous (100-89,100-89,99-98) decision over SImone Da Silva Duarte (118 lbs) for the WIBA Bantamweight title.  Duarte was down in the eighth round.  Rodriguez improved to 11-0-0 while Da Silva Diarte fell to 14-5 (6 KO's)

Simone's husband and trainer Marcos Duarte thinks she “... needs to show a bit more tranquility in the ring. Boxing isn’t just about knocking someone out. In fact, the more you go looking for the knockout, the less likely you are to find it. A knockout is the logical outcome of a well fought fight.”


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