DANGER WOMAN DINA DOES IT AGAIN
WHO? WBO world bantamweight champion Dina Thorslund
WHAT? Thorslund successfully defended her title for a second time when she out-classed Niorkis Carreno in Holstebro, Denmark.
The 28-year-old, who now holds a 18-0 professional record, won in front of her home fans at the Graakjaer Arena with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.
WHAT NEXT? Thorslund wants massive unification fights next.
The Danish danger woman believes she is the strongest fighter at 118lbs and would relish a scrap with any of the other champions.
Immediately after her impressive victory on Saturday, talk turned to the other bantamweight title holders with Thorslund having spoken about the prospect of a fight with Ebanie Bridges – the IBF champion – in the build-up.
“It would be amazing to fight Ebanie but the result would not come as a surprise to people because I would win because I am better than her,” Thorslund said.
BACK WITH A BANG AFTER LENGTHY ABSENCE
WHO? Former world title challenger Alex Dilmaghani
WHAT? On the undercard in Denmark, the 30-year-old ended a near two-year absence from the ring with a clear points victory over Victor Julio.
Super-featherweight contender Dilmaghani, who had Anthony Crolla in his corner, won 78-74, 77-75 and
77-75 on the scorecards after eight rounds.
He is now 20-2-1 as a pro.
“I don’t really pick and choose who I fight, it is down to my manager and promoter to come up with the plan,” Dilmaghani told probellum.com
“I just ask: when, where and how much?! But we are looking at a big, big fight in the summer. I may be able to get another fight before that.
“I am really happy with how my career is going now.”
TAGOE GIVES GARCIA NEW TEST
WHO? Emmanuel Tagoe, the former IBO lightweight champion
WHAT? Tagoe faced the returning Ryan Garcia, one of the stars of the 135lbs division, in San Antonio, Texas in front of almost 15,000 fans on Saturday night.
Garcia won the fight on points after the judges scored the contest 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109.
Tagoe touched down in round two but protested the decision.
WHAT NEXT? After a fractious build-up, Tagoe earned the respect of Garcia after taking him the full 12 round distance for the first time in his career but was unable to derail the 23-year-old American.
The defeat ended Tagoe’s remarkable 32 fight winning streak and was only the second loss ‘The Gameboy’ has ever suffered.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for Tagoe,” Garcia said afterwards.
“He fought a hard fight and he made it a little difficult for me. He was crafty with the holding and stuff and he was holding a lot.”
Tagoe’s pedigree means he can quickly rebuild from the defeat and the Ghanian remains one of the leading lightweights in the world.