After almost fourteen months out of the ring due to injury, World Boxing Federation Women’s World Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kuehne is back!
On March 2 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany she will defend her title against Halana Dos Santos from Brazil. This will be the fourth defense for Kuehne, 19-1 (6), who won the WBF crown in 2010.
Last time out, in January 2012, she stopped Hungarian Renata Domsodi in eight rounds, but has since been on the sidelines due to knee injuries which she had surgery for last May.
“It’s been hard to come back from injury and surgery like this. Even though you don’t start totally from scratch, it’s not far off. So I am so thrilled to make my comeback in Potsdam.”
“This is has been a dream of mine, and I am really looking forward to going home”, says Kuehne and refers to the fact that Potsdam borders Berlin, the city where she was born thirty-three years ago and lived for many years, and is close to Grossziethen where she resides today with husband and trainer Stephan.
23-year-old Halana Dos Santos, 14-4 (4), has experience from three previous title fights, but must be considered a clear underdog against Kuehne. The champion feels confident that she will be able to perform at world-class level again, and has not studied her opponent too much:
“You can never say for sure until you are in the ring, but I believe that I will be just as good as before my injury. I have seen a little bit of video on Dos Santos, but I am going to focus on my own performance and not hers.”
For this fight Kuehne has included former two-weight world champion Graciano Rocchigiani in her team, to assist with the mental part of preparations. And with the advice and experience of “Rocky” in her corner, there is no hesitation in her voice when she concludes:
“I am not going to let her beat me, that’s for sure!”
Promoted by Ulf Steinforth and his SES Boxing, Ramona Kuehne´s WBF World Super Featherweight title defense on March 2 against Halana Dos Santos will be televised live throughout Germany on Sport 1.