Vanquished female Brazilian boxer wants rematch

10:06, June 01, 2010      

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Brazilian female boxer Duda Yankovich who lost her Women International Boxing Association (WIBA) light-welterweight belt to Zambia's Esther Phiri on last Saturday has said she wanted a rematch, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Monday.

The former WIBA light-welterweight champion lost the fight 100-99, 100-95 and 100-91 at the Mulungushi International Conference in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to succumb to her second consecutive defeat in her 13-fight career, Daily Mail said.

But Yankovich said she wanted a rematch because she was not satisfied with her performance after losing on unanimous points and that the rematch should be held in a month's time in Brazil, saying her sponsors were ready to stage the bout.

The Brazilian pugilist, who was out of action for a year following a broken nose, said her performance was disappointing because she had not fully recovered.

"Esther is physically fit and I think she is a good boxer. She is, however, technically poor... her trainer should work on that for Esther to fight acclaimed boxers," Yankovich was quoted as saying by the paper.

This is the sixth belt for the Zambian boxer.



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