Anne Sophie Mathis proved that she is still one of the best female
boxers in the world, when she defeated Dominican Yahaira Hernandez to
win the vacant WBF light middleweight title at the Salle Roger Boileau
in Dombasle, France on Saturday.
After two straight defeats to Holly Holm, to whom she lost her WBF
Welterweight title, and Cecilia Braekhus, Mathis returned at her new
weight with clear determination to show her hometown fans that she is
back and on the hunt for a rematch with Braekhus.
Yahaira Hernandez started the fight fast, and seemed to surprise
Mathis with her aggressiveness. The 25-year-old from Santo Domingo was
probably winning the first round, until Mathis countered her with a
well-timed uppercut to score a knockdown.
From then on the fight was an all-out war with both fighters throwing
bombs and the crowd going wild. Mathis, however, was the more accurate
of the two and thus won the rounds, but Hernandez fought her heart out
in what was a competitive and brutal bout.
In round three an accidental clash of heads opened a nasty cut above
the right eye of Hernandez, but she was allowed to continue by referee
Toni Tiberi and the ringside doctor. In round five, as they both
continued to slug away, Mathis landed a massive shot to the liver of
Hernandez who turned away in pain. She couldn’t recover, and Tiberi
counted her out at 1:59 of the round.
With the victory Mathis improved her professional record to 27-3
(23), and became only the third woman boxer to win a WBF title in two
weight classes. Hernandez falls to 14-5 (8).
The fight was promoted by Mathis’ long-time trainer and manager René Cordier.