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.
June 1, 2013