Takam Stops Botha, New WBF Champ; Ju Hee Kim Retains WBF World Title
France-based Cameroonian Carlos Takam is the new World Boxing Federation International Heavyweight Champion after scoring his biggest victory so far on Saturday night in Noisy-le-Grand, France, stopping former World Champion Francois Botha in the eleventh round. The 31-year-old Takam, a 2004 Olympian, improved his impressive professional record to 25-1 (20), while South African Botha falls to 48-7-3 (29), and could be at the end of the line after an impressive career that saw him capture IBF and WBF world titles, and included fights against some of the sportís biggest names..
Article posted on 01.04.2012
Botha fought well in the early rounds, and had his moments against the lesser experienced hometown favorite, but as the rounds went by the physical advantage and punching power of Takam took its toll, and he slowly but surely began to wear the visitor down.
After the bout an ecstatic Takam praised Botha for putting up a good fight, and promised his fans that the victory is only the first of many big triumphs to come. It certainly was an impressive performance by the winner, who could be in line to face WBF World Champion Michael Grant in the future.
The Carlos Takam vs. Francois Botha WBF International Heavyweight title fight at Gymnase Jean Richepin in Noisy-le-Grand was promoted by Joseph Germain.
Ju Hee Kim Retains WBF World Title
South Korea icon and hero Ju Hee Kim showed exactly why she is the light flyweight champion with an emphatic 6th round stoppage over the game Ploynapa Sakrungrueng from Thailand to retain her World Boxing Federation World Title Friday March 30 in Seoul.
Before a packed University Hall of almost three thousand, Kim thrilled the many students at the university where she studied with a dominant display, and improved her impressive record to 16-1-1 (7). Sakrungrueng dropped to 5-2 (0).
After an even and slow paced first round, Ju Hee showed impressive skills and a good work rate, while Sakrungrueng was always dangerous on the counter. However, as the fight wore on the champion gained more and more control, and finally overwhelmed the challenger in the sixth.
Ju Hee will defend again in North Korea at the end of the year. Special mention must be made of WBF representative Moon Sung for his outstanding contribution to the excellence of the event. WBF Supervisor in attendance was president Howard Goldberg from South Africa.
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