Marija Pejakovic (Serbia) claimed the Women’s WBF World Super-Middleweight crown at the Arena Sparta in Prague last night. The win came via a split decision over hard working and talented Latvian Zane Brige.
The contest was all action from the outset with both fighters giving everything they had and trading punches right to the death.
Ultimately, though there could be just one winner and it was Pejakovic that got the nod from two of the three judges. Marek Oravsry scored 96-97 for Brige, Ondre Holcbek had 96-94 in favour of Pejakovic and rather bizzarely Linka Vladimir, perhaps watching a different contest, scored 100-91 to Pejakovic.
Considering the quality and heart displayed by both fighters a Pejakovic and Brige re-match is a scintillating prospect for a first defence of the title. Certainly by the closeness of the scoring (nonsence aside!) this has to be a real possiblity.
Also on the bill Miguel Velozo (Cuba) won the Vacant WBF Inter-continental Light Heavyweight title against Ata Dogan (Turkey)
Velozo, the taller man, looked calm and purposeful through out the contest and used his long reach to control proceedings behind an extremely effective jab eventually opening up a cut on Dogan’s eye and forcing him to retire on his stool before the 11th round.
Dogan though displayed true grit and resiliance from the very start and found his mark a few times during the 11 rounds. But Velozo’s defence was as good as his jab and he was able to handle the few attacks coming from Dogan.
Both men looked tired by the 10th round and judging by the pace of the contest this was no surprise. Velozo had outclassed his difficult opponent and his impressive proffessionalism will stand him in good stead for a potential World title challenge.
The show was promoted by Milutin Ilic in association with Pound4Pound Box promotions.
Mullins Of Europe
December 1st 2011