Anne Sophie Mathis retained the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Welterweight title by the skin of her teeth on Friday night, February 27, at the Espace Venise in Sarcelles, France, when her defense against former WBO world champion Oxandia Castillo was declared a split draw.
In a very exiting and fast-paced fight in front of a packed arena, the reigning champion had problems with the skilled and determined 20-year-old Dominican challenger from the start, and looked hurt by hard shots from Castillo several times in the first three rounds.
But Mathis (37), a three weight world champion, seemed to find her rhythm better from round four on, and started to connect regularly with well-placed body punches, and also found more success in landing her jab and straight right hand.
After a ten round war with skilled boxing and plenty of power-punching, judge Christophe Hembert from France scored the fight dead even at 95-95, but judge Sergio Sotelo (Mexico) had it 96-94 for Mathis, while judge Alexander Plumanns (Germany) saw it as 96-94 for Castillo.
Mathis, making her second title-defense, is now 27-3-1 (23) in a career that started in 1995, while Castillo, a pro for only three years, travels home to Santo Domingo at 13-2-3 (10). Due to the closeness, quality and excitement of the fight, a rematch seems almost inevitable.
Promoter was Abdelila Rahilou and Etoile Verte Production.