Boxing: Femke Hermans retains her world title


The Belgian boxer retained her IBO world champion belt in the super-welterweight category, with an easy win over Maria Lindberg from Sweden.

At the Fight Night event in Roosdaal (Flemish Brabant), Femke Hermans defended her IBO World Championship title in the super welterweight category (between 66.678 and 69.853 kg).

The 33-year-old from Brabant squared off against Maria Lindberg, a 46-year-old boxer from Sweden. But the fight was quickly over. In the very first round, a left jab followed by a masterful right hook to the temple sent the Swede crashing to the floor. As Lindberg struggled to her feet to reach the corner of the ring, her trainer decided to throw in the towel before the start of the second round.

The Belgian therefore retains the title she won in Canada in December 2022. As a reminder, she won the vacant IBO female super-welterweight title in a memorable bout at the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan, Quebec. Hermans then pulled off a surprise victory over Mary Spencer (38), the local fighter who was seen as the favourite for the title.

The Belgian also boasts an impressive record of achievements, including the WBO female super-middleweight title (2018), as well as the European middleweight title (2020).