Hometown-girl Anne Sophie Da Costa did herself and her fans proud on Saturday night, November 21, when she defeated Thailand´s Ploynapa Sakrungrueng to become a two-weight World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Champion in Reims, France.
A former WBF Strawweight Champion, Da Costa did everything right on her way to capturing the vacant WBF Light Flyweight crown by impressively stopping Sakrungrueng in five rounds, much to the joy of the noisy and enthusiastic crowd at the Salle Rene Tys.
Having fought for world championships on three previous occasions, Sakrungrueng entered the fight with plenty of experience at top level, but, while she tried her hardest to take Da Costa out of her stride, it was never enough, and the Frenchwoman was primarily in command.
In round five Da Costa came out fast and determined, and put together a hard combination early in the stanza which clearly hurt Sakrungrueng and made her go to one knee. Visibly shaken, the Thai stayed in that position and was counted out by referee Ernst Salzgeber.
The 33-year-old new world champion, eleven years older than her opponent, improved her professional record to 20-2 (9), while Sakrungrueng drops to 13-7-1 (1) in a career that started when she was still only sixteen.
Promoted by Christian Martin, the undercard included a welcomed return from an injury lay-off by reigning WBF World Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Averlant (22-8-2, 4 KOs), who got back in the swing of things by defeating Lithuanian Kiril Psonko in a six rounder.
Averlant (31), who last defended his title in March against American Shawn Miller, is scheduled to make his second defense against undefeated Interim champion Denis Tsaryuk (12-0, 10 KOs) from Russia early next year.