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Swedish woman claims world boxing title

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Nov 2010, 10:12

Published: 28 Nov 2010 10:12 GMT+01:00

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The 27-year-old Swede from Åtvidaberg in central Sweden, took the fight to Gerula in front of a lively crowd at Stockholm's Hovet arena.

"It feels great. This is really massive for me. It is fantastic that I was able to be a part of this gala. I did everything I could and it went well, anyway," Wallberg said in a television interview after her win.

The boxer conceded that she had been feeling the effects of a cold, but managed to hold off the Canadian to win over the judges.

"She was a really tough. A really awkward boxer. But it went my way."

The judges gave Wallberg a unanimous decision 77-75, 78-75 and 78-75.

The Swede expressed a hope that the success would enable her to focus her energies on fighting full-time.

"We just need to find the sponsors so that I don't need to work," her manager and coach Wally Munteanu told the Expressen daily.

Frida Wallberg is Sweden's most successful female boxer of all time. She won 48 of her 53 fights as an amateur before turning professional in 2004. She has won the Nordic title twice and currently holds the WIBF world lightweight title.

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Munteanu told Expressen that Wallberg could consider changing weight class in order to add to her titles and eyed a match with US southpaw Holly Holm.

"She is the world's best boxer pound for pound," he told the newspaper of the welterweight.

But first Wallberg is required to offer her Olivia Gerula a rematch within six months.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:38 November 28, 2010 by jack sprat
Sign of the times, methinks.

Half a century has passed since Sweden had a male heavyweight World boxing champ and now the Women are showing their true colours.

Time for the Swedish guys to throw away their mops and kitchen aprons and jump back into their trousers before it's too late,..that's if it isn't already. lol.
21:10 November 28, 2010 by Rishonim
@Jack sprat. And who do you expect to do the rearing, cooking and breast feeding??? ;-))
00:29 November 29, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Viking Woman! Breed with me! I bet she'ed spank her kids and pity the fool judge that would give her nine months.
06:24 November 29, 2010 by Colt891
Congratulations from the USA! Nice victory. Even though Womens boxing is seemingly non existent here.
10:22 November 29, 2010 by damsugare
.........i am fairly sure that swedish women dont hit their kids very often.........they seem to have retained their viking strength and stamina for sports.......womens boxing should get more coverage..........even if it was for the wrong reasons and the want of a spanking i am sure men would be strong supporters.......there is a great irish boxer called katie taylor who is hailed to be the real life million dollar baby it would be good to see a fight between the Celts and the Vikings ;-)
16:42 December 3, 2010 by jbkulp
Wasn't she the one sunbathing in the other article?
19:26 December 4, 2010 by Coalbanks
Canadian Attacked by Scandanavian Bully!
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