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The recent career of Lebanese born fighter Rola El Halabi (13-1, 7) has been genuinely remarkable. She has gone from being a gunshot victim to a world champion, and this past weekend she made the first defense of her world title as she stopped Georgian Sopo Putkaradze (6-1-2, 1) in the sixth round.
The bout, coming just a month after El Halabi had won WBF Light Welterweight title title, was a mismatch from the off and it showed. El Halabi took the initiative from the opening bell and by the end of the opening round it looked like she was super-woman compared to her out classed foe.
Although Putkaradze did well to see off the first 5 rounds she wasn't fortunate to see out the sixth with the referee forced to call a halt to proceedings with the Georgian being stopped on her feet.
It's hard to defend mismatches like this, though we do feel that if anyone deserves an easy one it's El Halabi, a fighter who has had bigger fights out of the ring in recent years than she should ever have had.
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Ina Menzer (31-1, 11) was, for many years, one of the top female fighters on the planet and widely regarded as one of the truly elite Featherweights. Her career however may now be over.
Menzer was in action earlier today as she took on the Lithuanian born German based Goda Dailydaite (8-1, 2) a fighter who was coming in to the ring with an unbeaten record and youth on her side.
Despite the youth advantage of Dailydaite, Menzer showed what experience can do as she controlled the bout from the onset using her skills, her nous and her speed to genuinely dominate her opponent. It was difficult from the off to see how Dailydaite could cope with Menzer and this proved the case to be the case round after round.
Menzer took the opening two rounds comfortably before hurting and twice dropping Dailydaite who did well to see out round 3. Unfortunately for the crowd this was as close to a stoppage as we got as Menzer just did as she wished winning round after round without any real challenge from the younger fighter.
Come round 9 it was obvious that Dailydaite, a renowned "non-puncher" was going to need a stoppage, something that was never going to happen as Menzer continued to sweep the championship rounds to easily claim the WIBF, WIBA and the WBF "interim" Featherweight titles. Sure they aren't the WBA, WBC, WBO or IBF titles but they all mean something a fighter like Menzer who wants to win titles.
Although Menzer looked in scintillating form it appears that she made a very clear suggestion that this would be her final bout, being quoted in the German press as saying "Das war mein letzter Kampf" ("That was my last fight") though some suspect that if a promoter offers her some backing she will return to the ring.
If she doesn't return this was a fitting send off to one of the most popular female boxers in German boxing history, despite the fact she was born in Kazakhstan.