Swedish boxing starlet Mikaela Lauren convincingly retained her Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Female World Super Welterweight title on Thursday evening (March 27) in front of a packed arena at the Gota Kallare in her hometown Stockholm.
Lauren faced strong and tough South African Champion Esther Mashiya, but proved to be at another level than her game challenger. Lauren took control from the first round, and frequently connected with perfectly-timed combinations on her way to a wide unanimous decision.
After eight rounds of boxing (distance due to Swedish law not allowing ten rounds), judges Andreas Stenberg, Ake Johansson and Hakan Sindemark scored the fight in favor of the reigning champion with scores of 79-73, 79-73 and 80-72. Referee was Michael Hook.
“I have never fought anyone who could take this much punishment”, said a relieved and happy Lauren after the fight. “Already after two rounds my knuckles were hurting (from connecting on Mashiya), and I was thinking about the fact that there was still six rounds to go.”
“I thought she was about to go in round five, but then she came back strong. I tried to get her out of there in round six, seven and eight too, but she was just impossible to get rid of.”
Lauren, who was also the promoter of the show, improved her impressive professional record to 21-3 (8). Mashiya, S.A. national champion at Super Middle, Middle and Super Welterweight, travels home at 9-5-2 (1).
On the undercard, former UBO World Featherweight Champion Abdu Tebazalwa returned to action after almost five years of inactivity. Tebazalwa (13-6, 10 KOs), a Ugandan based in Sweden, scored a unanimous decision over four rounds against former Venezuelan champion Franklin Varela.