On Saturday night, November 22, at the Salle Rene Tys in Reims, France, local favorite Anne Sophie Da Costa lost the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Strawweight title to tough and determined Mexican challenger Susana Cruz Perez.
Making her second title-defense, Da Costa never found her rhythm against the forward-matching Cruz Perez, who implied a typical Mexican slugger-style and scored with the harder punches, while Da Costa tried to box but couldn’t keep her opponent off.
Twenty-four year old Cruz Perez, from the city of Tlalnepantla, set the pace from the start, and held a lead from the first round, and, although not always keeping the defending champion under control, she never allowed her to turn the table.
After ten rounds of boxing judges Christophe Hembert and Jean-Marcel Nartz scored the fight 96-94 and 97-93 for Cruz Perez, while Toni Tiberi had it 96-94 in favor of Da Costa, crowning a deserved new world champion by split decision.
Now finally a world champion after three previous failed attempts, Susana Cruz Perez returns to Mexico with an improved professional record of 17-6 (8), while Anne Sophie Da Costa (32) loses for the first time and drops to 18-1 (7).
While France lost one world champion in the ring, another one was celebrated by the fans at ringside as WBF Womens World Flyweight Champion Amira Hamzaoui (11-1, 5 KOs) was presented with the championship belt she won against Raja Amasheh in Germany this past October.