Wesner & Vicot Clear WBF Winners In Vienna
Austria-based German Nicole Wesner retained the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Lightweight title for the fifth time on Saturday night, July 6, in the main event of a show at Gym 23 in her adopted home-town of Vienna.
Dedicating the fight to recently departed administrators Olaf Schroeder (WBF) and Jurgen Lutz (WIBF), Wesner scored a unanimous decision over Pasa Malagic from Bosnia & Herzegovina, controlling the action most of the way.
After ten rounds of action, judges Dominic Kuhaupt, Ralph Koch and Baron Gottwald scored the fight 96-93, 98-91 and 97-92 respectively.
Wesner (41), who made her professional debut very late at 35 in 2012, appears to be on top of her game as she improved her unblemished record to 16-0 (7). 24-year-old Malagic, who entered the paid ranks two weeks after Wesner at 18, drops to 12-6 (3).
In the evenings co-feature, Prisca Vicot, from France but fighting out of Leipzig in Germany, captured the Interim World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Welterweight title, out-scoring Ukrainian Olena Medvedenko.
Judges Ralph Koch and Baron Gottwald both scored it 98-92, while judge Bulcsu Gabris had it 97-93, all for Vicot who takes her professional ledger to 11-6 (2). Medvedenko is now 6-6 (2).
The longest reigning current World Boxing Federation (WBF) World titlist, Womens Lightweight Champion Nicole Wesner, is dedicating her fifth title-defense, set for July 6 in Vienna against Bosnian Pasa Malagic, to late former WBF Executive Director Olaf Schroeder and recently passed Juergen Lutz from the WIBF.
“Olaf put all his heart into boxing and the people behind it”, says Wesner. “I always loved talking to him about not only boxing, but about many things in the world.”
“Juergen was one of the people who paved the way for female boxing to be where it is now. Both left the earth too early, but left us here to remember them. I am dedicating my fight on July 6 to their memory.”
An Austria-based German, Wesner, 15-0 (7), won the WBF and WIBF World titles in December of 2014, stopping Gina Chamie (11-1) from Hungary in three rounds. She has since made four successful defences, and added the GBU belt to her collection.
In Malagic, 12-5 (3), she will be facing a tough challenger, who has only lost to very good opponents such as current WBO World Champion Ewa Brodnicka, current WBA and WBC World Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich, then unbeaten Zerina Mehmedovic and French contender Prisca Vicot.
The aforementioned Vicot, 10-6 (2) will fight in the evenings co-feature, as she takes on an opponent to be confirmed for the Interim WBF Womens World Light Welterweight title. The undercard will feature both boxing and K1 bouts.
Otha Jones III Looks For 2nd Win in 7 Days on Saturday Night in Providence
This Saturday night in Providence, Rhode Island, prized prospect Otha Jones III will look for his 2nd win in seven days on two continents as he takes on Matias Agustin Arriagada.
It was just last Saturday when the 19 year-old Jones stopped Michael Horrabin in the 1st round at York Hall in London.
Jones, who is managed by Split-T Management, is wasting no time as he was asked to stay busy as soon as he landed on American soil, and he was placed on the Saturday night fight card at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
In Arriagada, he is facing a battled tested fighter from Argentina, who has a record of 6-4 with three knockouts. Arriagada has wins over two undefeated fighters.
Jones (2-0,1 KO) of Toledo, Ohio is ready for the task on Saturday night, and the fight will be streamed live on DAZN.
“After being in London, and experiencing that, it was a great feeling to make a lot of fans over there. Now I am in Rhode Island making more fans. It’s an amazing feeling to share the card with some of my amateur teammates in Raymond Ford and Alexis Espino as well as an idol of mine, Demetrius Andrade. I want to thank Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing as well as my team.”
Jones, a native of Toledo, Ohio, was a remarkable amateur as he was a 21-time National Champion, where he compiled a staggering 283-13 amateur record highlighted by representing Team USA in several international tournaments including winning a Gold Medal at the International Youth Continental Americas Tournament and Silver Medal at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament as well as winning several national tournaments such as the winning gold medals in United States National Championships (Twice) and the World Championship Qualifier.
Jones was also a four-time State Wrestling Champion.
Jones is promoted by Matchroom Boxing.