The Slovenia Times

Slovenia's best boxer remains world champion


Slovenia's best woman boxer Ema Kozin defended her WBF world champion title in the light middleweight category by defeating Hungary's Timea Belik by unanimous decision after ten two-minute rounds in Altdorf, Germany on 24 June.

"I won all ten rounds and achieved a decisive victory. The Hungarian turned out to be an exceptionally strong and durable fighter. I did my best and I have to be satisfied with the outcome," Kozin said after the fight.

The Hungarian, who hails from a respectable boxing gym, threatened the Slovenian with some individual attacks. "There were really some strong punches from her side as well, but she couldn't take advantage of that," Kozin said.

The 24-year-old from Ljubljana admitted that she had not expected her opponent, who replaced the original challenger, the injured Brazilian Helena dos Santos only at the beginning of the week, to be so strong and competitive.

It was never a secret in Kozin's camp, though, that the match was only a warm-up for the September fight with Scottish boxer Hannah Rankin in London for the title of world champion challenger in the WBC and WBO organisations.

"I needed this fight after a one-year break. I think I showed progress, but I still need to train to change certain things. The fight was important in the run-up to the next match," said Kozin after her 22nd professional victory.


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