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Swede claims women’s boxing world title

Swedish boxer Maria Lindberg took the middleweight world champion boxing crown on Sunday, registering a resounding victory over Brit Sara Davis in Rülzheim, Germany.

The Swedish champion, who recently rejoined the world of boxing after an imposed ten year ban following a cerebral haemorrhage, dominated the match, which was only her fifth fight as a professional.

With final scores of 91–99, 92–98 and 92–100, the bout marked an unquestionable victory for the Swede.

“I was close to finishing her off several times,” Lindberg the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“In the fifth round I felt like I really had her, but I chickened out.”

Lindberg hopes her new title as middleweight champion for the Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) will pave the way for more prestigious fights on the international women’s boxing circuit.

Although the Swede is scheduled to meet her defeated British opponent once again in England for a European title match, Lindberg described the prospect as “a bit dull” and is instead looking forward to continuing her boxing career in Germany.

Lindberg fought the first European professional match of her career in November of last year, where she won a points-based victory over German opponent, Pia Porter.

With one world championship already under her belt, the Malmö-native is off to an undeniably impressive start to what is set to be a stellar career on the world stage.

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BOXING

Swedish boxer Badou Jack misses title after draw with Canada’s Adonis Stevenson

Haitian-born Canadian Adonis Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title on Saturday after fighting Sweden's Badou Jack to a majority draw in which no judge scored him a winner.

Swedish boxer Badou Jack misses title after draw with Canada's Adonis Stevenson
Badou Jack (L) punches Adonis Stevenson (R) during their WBC Light Heavyweight title fight in Toronto on Saturday. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP
Stevenson, a 40-year-old southpaw, kept the title after two judges scored the bout 114-114 and the third saw Jack as a 115-113 winner in the title bout at Toronto. In a fight nobody lost, both fighters saw themselves as winners.
 
“I thought I definitely won the fight,” Jack said. “No judge had him winning.”
 
Stevenson's record went to 29-1-1 while Jack settled for his third career draw against 22 wins and a lone defeat.
 
“I feel I win the fight,” Stevenson said. “I hurt him in the body. He got slowed down. I keep pressure on him. He moved slick but I touched him more all the time. I think I win this fight.”
 
All three judges awarded Jack the 12th round to lift him into the draw, which could set the stage for a title rematch.
 
“I feel I win this fight but Badou is a good fighter, two-time world champion,” Stevenson said. “I can give him a rematch if he needs one.”
 
Jack is ready, but wants Stevenson to fight outside Canada for the first time since September 2011. On Twitter, the Swedish slugger set the stage for another bout against the Canadian. 
“Let's do a rematch. Let's do it in Vegas,” Jack said. “I came to his place. Now it's his turn to come to my place.”
 
Jack settled for a draw two fights ago in January 2017 with James DeGale and wondered if the fact he is promoted by retired unbeaten champion Floyd Mayweather played a role in his struggles to get more than draws.
 
“I have no idea,” Jack said. “It could be they are jealous of Floyd. I'm one of Floyd's top fighters. I don't know. I can't do anything about it. I'm not the judge. I've got to respect.”
 
Stevenson extended the second-longest active reign in boxing. He knocked out Chad Dawson for the crown in 2013 and since then stopped six of eight prior foes with two other victories by unanimous decision.
 
Stevenson, who had not fought since stopping Poland's Andrzej Fonfara last June in Montreal, dominated early but struggled late as Jack, with Mayweather at ringside cheering him on, bloodied the champion's nose in the eighth round and controled the pace to the finish.
 
Jack, a 2008 Olympian for his father's homeland of Gambia, owned the WBC super-middleweight crown from 2015 to 2017 and stopped Britain's Nathan Cleverly last August for the World Boxing Association crown, but relinquished the title for the chance to fight Stevenson.