World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Welterweight Champion Oshin Derieuw made a successful first defense of her title on Saturday night at the Espace Francois Mitterand in her home-town of Henin-Beaumont, France.
Having won the title last April at the same venue, the undefeated 31-year-old France-based Belgian remained champion by scoring a unanimous decision over former IBF and WBA World titlist Dahiana Santana from the Dominican Republic.
Emmanuel Demanet scored it a 100-90 shut-out for Derieuw, while Mohamed Hireche and Christophe Hembert gave Santana one round, both handing in 99-90 tallies, but despite the wide scoring it was in reality an interesting and entertaining fight.
Slightly too apprehensive at times, Derieuw appeared in control from early on, boxing nicely from a distance and on the inside, but Santana, who had one point deducted for being careless with her head, remained dangerous throughout and never stopped trying.
In round eight Deriuw shook Santana (34) badly, and might have been able to force a stoppage had she taken more risk especially at that point, but the Dominican´s toughness and experience saw her last to the final bell.
Also on Saturday, at the Palestra BFIT in Quartino in Switzerland, Andrija Petric won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Eurasia Cruiserweight title by clear, but hard-earned, unanimous decision over Bulgarian brawler Ivan Emilov.
Much better technically, Petric won the first four rounds clearly, but got floored by a left uppercut from Emilov in round five and needed a few rounds to recover before taking over again in the final stages of the fight. Emilov was also deducted a point for spitting out his mouthpiece in the ninth.
Judges Armin Bracher and Claudine Pascale scored the fight 97-91, while judge Paolo Bolognesi scored it 98-91, all for Andrija Petric (36) who improved his unblemished record to 9-0 (1). Emil Emilov (30) travels back to Sofia at 4-4 (3).
Banner Promotions is proud to announce the signing of former Olympian and current super middleweight Naim Terbunja.
Terbunja of Linkoping, Sweden by way of Pristina, Kosovo, represented Sweden in the 2008 Olympics. He currently holds a professional record of 10-2-1 with one knockout.
The 34 year-old Terbunja began boxing at the age of 14, as he was a young soccer player looking to get stronger. Terbunja took up boxing, and fell in love with the sport.
That sparked an amateur career that saw him go 200-36. Terbunja fought all over the world for the Swedish National team, and then to the 2008 Olympics where he lost to Matt Korobov in the round of 36.
Terbunja moved to Long Island and spent part of his amateur career in the United States and captured the National Golden Gloves title in 2009 by defeating Luis Arias in the finals.
Terbunja turned professional on April 27, 2012 with a unanimous decision over Vladimir Spasojevic in Sweden. Terbunja has fought six times in Sweden and twice in Kosovo.
Terbunja has a 1st round stoppage over previously undefeated Joel De La Paz (7-0) on July 23, 2016.
Terbunja is coming off a disputed draw with regarded Lanell Bellows on May 11th in Las Vegas.
“I am happy to sign with Banner Promotions,” said Terbunja. “If I have a good team around me, I believe that I can fight for a world title. Banner Promotions can help me where I need to go.”
“Naim has a blue chip pedigree. He was an Olympian, and the bout he lost was close. He has had one bad fight at super middleweight. I believe he has the ability to be in position to fight for a world championship. He has an awkward style, and a good chin. He now has a good opportunity with Banner Promotions to realize his potential,” said Terbunja’s manager, Pat Zagarino.
“We happy to have signed Naim. He was an Olympian, and we think he can become a player in the super middleweight division. We look forward to getting him in the ring before the end of the year, and we will get him in prime position in 2019,” said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo.