Hanna Gabriels showed why she is a champion and recovered from a fall to retain her WBA Super Welterweight crown in her country against Dominican Oxandia Castillo. San Jose de Costa Rica witnessed the second fight between the two boxers, which had moments of drama but, in the end, saw the local boxer win.
The judges’ cards were 97-92, 96-93 and 96-93, with which the Central American defended her championship for the second time. The match was very interesting because it was the possibility of revenge from the champion, who in 2013 suffered her only professional setback against the Dominican.
When Gabriels was knocked down early in the fight, the ghosts of the first knockout she suffered against the same rival four years ago hovered over the Costa Rican capital. However, the courage of the WBA Champion helped her to recover and to save the fight. Gabriel’s good boxing and strength allowed her to impose herself by unanimous decision.
The champion now has a record of 18 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw and 11 knockouts, while Castillo has a balance of 16 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws and 13 knockouts.