While her declared ambitions of a knockout victory failed, it was still a very successful evening for World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Ana Arrazola as she made her first title defense against compatriot Maria Del Refugio Jimenez Cruz on Saturday in Celaya, Mexico.
Jimenez Cruz proved to be a very game challenger, as she pressured the defending champion and often found a home for her right hand. However, Arrazola worked well with the jab and used her superior boxing skills to take control from the fourth round on.
None of the boxers looked close to going down at any point of the fight, and it remained competitive for the full ten rounds. In the end judges Martin Godinez, Sergio Gonzalez and Manuel Brizuela scored it 98-92, 99-91 and 100-90 in favor of Arrazola. Referee was Jesus Salcedo.
This was a rematch of their 2011 original encounter where Arrazola won an action-packed bout on points, and this time she was also made to work hard despite the wide scores of the judges. The winner improved her record to 19-9-2 (13), while Jimenez Cruz dropped to 10-7 (0).
The WBF world title fight was the main event of the first promotion staged by Hector Garcia’s Best Talent Promotions, and kicked off the season of what will be a weekly series of shows transmitted throughout Mexico by TVC Sports Network.