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Regina Halmich outskills American Jill Matthews: Fabian Weber

Stuttgart - 18 September 1999. In her to date toughest challenge record keeping female world champion Regina Halmich defended her WIBF jr.flyweight world title last night with a unanimous decision against tough American Jill Matthews.

The 35-year-old Matthews, a former IFBA and IWBF jr.flyweight champion, fought aggressively from the beginning and at times was able to land hard punches to the head of the German title holder. However, the 22-year-old Halmich kept her cool, displayed her superior skills and won seven to nine of the ten rounds on the judges‘ score cards. The final results were 98:95, 97:93 and 99:92. Halmich improved to 30-1 (10 KO4s), whereas Matthews dropped to 7-4-1 (5 KO4s). It was the German‘s 17th defense of her jr.flyweight title. Halmich, the most successful female fighter in history, also held a world title at flyweight in 1998.

"I took on Matthews, because I wanted to open the eyes of the American public", Halmich said after the fight, explaining why she took on a tough challenger who was far better than her record might indicate. Matthews was ranked #2 in the world by the WIBF - second only to Kim Messer, who Halmich already defeated in 1995. With Matthews Halmich has beaten all current female fighters in the top-5 of the different woman boxing organizations to a great extend.

„I want them to realize that I'm the best and it's a must to make me come to the US to compete against the best Americans there", Halmich continued. „When they offer me enough money I'm ready to leave tomorrow."

Earlier this year Halmich received an offer for a fight on ESPN, but turned it down. „They offered me only $20,000 for a fight in the US. That‘s not the amount I was expecting", Halmich reported unsatisfied. „I hope with my win over Matthews I also increased my financial value." Halmich‘s favorite opponent would be Jolene Blackshear, the world flyweight champion.

In the chief supporter undefeated WBO #1 welterweight contender Michil Trabant knocked out American Bob Elkins with two consecutive left uppercuts at 2:12 of the second round, improving his record to 29-0 (13 KO4s). Also on the undercard was European jr.featherweight champion Michile Aboro, who stopped her Polish opponent Dorota Kosatka in the opening round with a vicious combination to the head. The undefeated Dutchman Aboro, 13-0 (10 KO4s), is considered by experts the uncrowned world champion of her weightclass. The 30-year-old woman is due to get a shot at WIBF champion Silke Weickenmeier.

Further Results: Stipe Drvms (Croatia) KO4 Laszlo Mikes (Hungary), light heavyweights; Armand Krajnc (Sweden) TKO5 Peter Kluge (Germany), middleweights; Alexander Petkovic (Germany) D6 Silvio Meinel (Germany), cruiserweights

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