Joselyn Arroyo, new WBA interim champion

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Joselyn Arroyo, new WBA interim champion

In the co-feature fight of the World Boxing Association (WBA) KO Drugs Boxing Festival c the Mexican (Jalisco), “Tapatia Princess” Joselyn Arroyo, defeated, her countryman, Maribel “pantera” Ramírez, by split decision in ten rounds, to conquer the WBA women flyweight interim title.

Faithful to women’s boxing, both fighters came out to exchange punches, with lots of action, from the opening Bell. Ramirez reached forcefully in the face of Arroyo.

For the third round, Ramirez did not seem affected by Arroyo’s advantage in reach and height, entering easily with the jab and connecting power shots, from different angles. Arroyo was confused, and surprised.

Ramirez continued pressing in the fourth, forcing the fight, walking forward, while triggering her blows boldly. Arroyo tried to find her “comfort zone” to do the same.

Same thing happened in the fifth and the sixth round. Arroyo counter attacked throwing her punches one to one.

Arroyo did better in the seventh, although Ramirez kept the pressure punching with power, after the exchanges. One of them was an accidental head butt hurting Arroyo’s nose.

The eighth grew in intensity after every second, until another head butt (accidental, in our discretion) made the referee Romina Arroyo deduct a point from Ramirez. Immediately, Ramirez attacked Arroyo ferociously unleashing a hurricane of blows with a negligible response of a bloody Arroyo. It seemed that the referee Arroyo was about to stop the action when the bell rang.

The ninth round was pure action, Ramirez keeping her advance, while Arroyo counter attacked from the distance, with caution, protecting her nose.

For the last round of championship the fight was all for Ramirez, who punished and hurt Arroyo from corner to corner until the last belt rang. Arroyo seemed without resources, almost giving up.

At the end, a disputed split decision, where two judges scored for Arroyo 98-94 and 96-94.5. The third judge saw win Ramirez with 95-94.5 points.

Joselyn “Tapatía Princess” Arroyo wins the WBA interim flyweight title and improved her record to 18-0 and 7 KOs. Maribel “pantera” Ramirez record move to 12-8 and 5 KOs.



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