Delfine Persoon retains her title of world champion


Last Saturday 4 June, Delfine Persoon, WBC world champion in the lightweight class, retained her title in her home town of Roeselare against the Dominican Christina Linardatou.

The Flemish 31 years old boxer called the "Belgian Boxing Queen", delivered a brilliant  performance to the 2500 spectators cheering for her. The referees unanimously decided to grant her victory.

Delfine Persoon was able to defeat a tough and dangerous, resourceful opponent who was punching from the left with power and precision. She was able to confirm her predominance by the end of the first round, putting "Black Mamba Linardatou" on the defensive in the second round. 

After four rounds, as the referees started awarding points, the Belgian Boxing Queen dominated the match, in spite of an injury to her left eyebrow. Against her opponent’s tenacity, Christina Linardatou started losing power in the seventh round and had to accept defeat in the nineth round.

Delfine Persoon, who has been elected sportswoman of the year 2015, has been defending her title to the end, encouraged by the cheers of her fans and to the delight of her coach-organiser,  Filiep Tampere. It was with great emotion that she dedicated her title to the person she regards as « the greatest boxer of all times », who died on the very day of the match,  Mohamed Ali.       

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