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Swedish woman claims world boxing title

Frida Wallberg beat defending champion, Canada's Olivia "The Predator" Gerula, to become WBC lightweight champion in Stockholm on Saturday.

Swedish woman claims world boxing title

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.

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.

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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.