Myriam Dellal from France achieved a long-standing goal to become a world champion on Friday night, October 9, in her home town of Clermont Ferrand, when she won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Welterweight title.
At the Maison des Sports, Dellal improved her professional record to 12-5-3 (2) by scoring a close but unanimous decision over tough and proven Bulgarian Milena Koleva, who put up a great effort but sees her ledger drop to a misleading 6-6-1 (0).
With around 2000 spectators having enjoyed a good fight, judges Tonio Tiberi and Uwe Lorch, from Luxembourg and Germany respectively, both scored the fight 97-94, while French judge Pascal Philibert had it 96-94. Referee in charge was Bertrand Chagnoux from France.
Milena Koleva started the fight best and edged the first three rounds by landing hard shots to body and head. She even hurt the local favorite with a well-timed uppercut in the third, but then appeared to tire as she let Dellal back into the fight.
While Koleva did have her moments in the second half of the bout, it was clearly Dellal in control and she was now the aggressor and landing combinations to both head and body. Koleva tried her best to turn the fight back in her favor, but Dellal was too smart and accurate with her punches.
Promoted by Pierre Robin, the Myriam Dellal vs. Milena Koleva WBF world title fight was televised live in France by Ma Chaine Sport.