Lamare Impressive in Title Defense
World Boxing Federation (WBF) Women’s World Light Welterweight Champion Myriam Lamare of France decisively defended her title on Friday, September 9, at the Stade de l’Est in Saint Denis, Reunion with a wide unanimous decision over the game but outclassed Lely Luz Florez from Columbia.
Lamare, who’s company LM Sport Events promoted the bout , was making the second defense of the WBF crown she won in October 2009, and improved her impressive professional record to 19-3 (10). Florez dips to 16-6 (7).
Lamare and Florez fought at a high pace from the start, and both had their share of success in a first round that probably belonged to the gutsy challenger. But from the second round Lamare got her combinations flowing, and her speed and counter-punching got the better of Florez.
Rounds three through six also had Lamare in control, as she worked well with her jab and often connected with beautiful uppercuts. When Florez managed to get close, Lamare fired off excellent body shots to slow her down and followed up with more stinging shots to the head.
In round seven Florez seemed to get her second wind, and the South American girl swept the round to stay in the fight on the scorecards. But in round eight it was Lamare back in control, and the 36-year-old Marseille-resident got back in her rhythm to take the rest of the bout.
It was a clean and entertaining world title fight, and Austrian referee Ernst Salzgeber had a quiet evening on the job. The three judges at ringside scored 98-92 (Noel Monet), 100-91 (Zbigniew Lagosz) and 100-90 (Benny Decroos). WBF Supervisor was Jean Marcel Nartz of Germany.