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Sara Haghighat-Joo WBA champion

Sara Haghighat-Joo WBA champion

By Vincent Morin

Photo credit Jeff Lockhart

Canadian Sara Haghighat-Joo became WBA regular world champion in light flyweight (108 lbs.) this Saturday in a gala presented by United Boxing Promotions at the Toronto Casino Resort in the Queen City.

A native of Vancouver, and now based in Etobicoke, Ontario, Haghighat-Joo (4-0, 0 KO) won by unanimous decision in 10 rounds over the reigning champion, Mexican Maria Guadalupe Bautista (23-12- 2 KO).

The WBA super world champion in the category, however, is Mexican Jessica Nery-Plata.

With her victory, the boxer trained by Stevie Bailey is now located at 7e world level among mid-flyweights on Boxrec. Montrealer Kim Clavel is currently at 5e rank.

With the victories of Haghighat-Joo and Jessica Camara this Saturday in South Korea, there are now three Canadians who currently hold a world title.

Haghighat-Joo (WBA regular light flyweight title), Camara (WBA Gold lightweight title) and Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse (WBC heavyweight title) all have a belt on hand.

Wagner still undefeated

In the evening's semi-final, Ontario's Josh “The Boss” Wagner (18-0, 9 KOs) defeated Argentine southpaw Geronimo Manuel Vazquez (17-2, 5 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the vacant title. IBF International welterweight (147 lbs).

The intense Orangeville boxer is now ranked 25e in the world on Boxrec.

In the middleweight (160 lbs), Jamaican Kemahl Russell (17-1, 15 KO) stopped Croatian Luka Lozo (8-2-1, 7 KO) in the third attack. He is now 16e in the world on Boxrec.

Lightweight (135 lb) Gisu Lee (11-4, 4 KO) won a third consecutive fight by stopping Mexican Alexis de la Cruz (9-4-2, 4 KO) in the seventh round.

The South Korean native is undefeated since moving to Toronto, winning his three duels on Canadian soil.

In the super-lightweight (140 lbs), Ontarian Bradley Wilcox (12-0, 7 KOs) dominated Argentine veteran Jose Luis Rodriguez (23-21-2, 3 KOs), stopping him in the fifth round.

Torontonian of Jamaican origin Joshua Frazer (10-0, 7 KOs) maintained his perfect record by winning by TKO in the second round over Argentinian super-middleweight (154 lbs) Carlos Daniel Aquino (21-17- 2, 14 KO).

In the curtain-raiser, Dan Almeida (2-0, 0 KO) defeated Drake Olchowecki (1-4-1, 0 KO) by unanimous decision in a clash between local super-middleweights (168 lbs).

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