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Showdown of the Amazons: Fabian Weber

Regina Halmich (Germany), WIBF Champion
Jill Matthews (USA), IFBA & IWBF Champion

Stuttgart - August 1999 For more than a year Regina Halmich, the queen of European female boxing, has been calling for a big fight against an American world champion. On 18 September her request will finally become reality.

Regina Halmich, the 23-year-old WIBF jr.flyweight champion will be challenged by her IFBA and IWBF counterpart, the American female star Jill Matthews. The New York City born Matthews is the reigning jr.flyweight champion of the International Womens Boxing Federation and the International Female Boxing Association.

Matthews, 7-3-1 (5 KOs), captured both titles with a victory over Anissa Zamarron, a tough woman that Halmich defeated herself by decision last year. The bout between Matthews and Zamarron which was nominated for "Fight of the Year" was described by the Associated Press as "matching any major men's fight held last year in Atlantic City for its fury and drama". It was the third fight between the two women. Their first bout was won by Zamarron, whereas the second one ended in a draw.

It's clear that this challenge will be the biggest test for Regina Halmich, 28-1 (9 KOs), who held the WIBF title at flyweight as well. It will be the 17th defense for the young German, who broke the record for most world title defenses in female boxing a long time ago. Even though both women are world champions, only Halmich's WIBF title will be at stake.

It will be the first time that Halmich, who was born in Karlsruhe, will fight in South Germany's Stuttgart. The event that will feature an attractive undercard will take place in the Alte Reithalle and will be broadcasted by DSF in Germany. On the undercard will be WBC-International super lightweight champion Oktay Urkal, weltweight contender Michel Trabant and International-German middleweight champion Armand Krajnc from Sweden.

Fabian Weber
International Press Spokesman
Universum Box-Promotion GmbH
Am Stadtrand 27
22047 Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 696559-0
Fax:+49 40 696559-50

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