Alycia Baumgardner Wins WBC Belt
This past weekend 23-year-old, Alycia Baumgardner earned the title of the new World Boxing Council Super Featherweight Interational female champion at 130 pounds.
With only four professional fights to her name, Baumgardner fought 8 rounds for the World Boxing Council Super Featherweight International title against champion Nydia Feliciano of the Bronx, New York who touts a professional record of (9-10-3).
Ohio's unbeaten Baumgardner stayed active through-out the fight and demonstrated her furious pace inside the ring. However, the 29-year-old Feliciano was frustrated with the effectiveness of Baumgardner's offense which was consistent throughout the fight.
The arsenal of punches from Baumgardner began early in the second and third round. Feliciano continued to put pressure on her young opponent but to no effect. It was clear that Baumgardner would go to the distance for the first time and win the fight via points.
In the fifth round, Baumgardner hit a beautiful straight-right and it seemed to have a moment to attempt her knockout streak. Feliciano continued to give her best shots, but it was Baumgardner in which landed the heaviest and most effective shots. Baumgardner managed a unanimous decision and became the WBC Super Featherweight female champion with scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice.
"With my hard work and help from my manager, Nelson Lopez Jr. and world-class trainer Jonathan Banks it was possible to capture my dream of being a world champion," said Alycia Baumgardner, who also traveled to Norway to train with female fighter and undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Brækus!
Just a short year ago I met Alycia in Casselberry, Florida where she was taking tickets and helping with a promotion at the Orlando Live Event Center for a small card. She was incredibly nice and was constantly running back and forth, in fact she seemed to be everywhere, I’m sure that’s the same feeling Nydia Feliciano had on Saturday evening. Keep an eye out on this Champ as she continues progressing in her boxing career.
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