Turkish boxing fans witnessed two Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) World champions being crowned on Friday night, October 7, at the Besirli Spor Salonu in Trabzon.
Fighting in his home-town, 2012 Olympian Fatih Keles won the vacant UBO World Super Welterweight title, stopping game Tanzanian champion Kulwa Bushiri in the eighth round.
After three even stanzaz, the local hero started taking over from round four. Bushiri was the busier, but Keles landed the harder shots.
Photo: New UBO World Super Welterweight Champion Fatih Keles.
The end came when Keles got his opponent against the ropes and landed a hard shot to the liver, flooring Bushiri with a delayed reaction. Unable to stand up, Bushiri was counted out. Official time: 2:16.
Keles (32), a former WBO European titlist, improved his professional record to 15-1-1 (9). Bushiri (29) travels back to Dar Es Salaam at 15-7-1 (6).
In the co-main event, 19-year-old UBO European champion Dilara Yucel captured the vacant UBO World Female Super Welterweight crown, scoring a unanimous decision over another Tanzanian in Grace Mwakamele.
In a competitive fight where both boxers were momentarily stunned, “She Wolf” Yucel took her record to 11-0 (9) but had plenty to deal with from the awkward African, who at times gave as good as she got.
Photo: New UBO Female World Super Welterweight Champion Dilara Yucel.
However, after ten rounds of action there was no doubt that Yucel had done enough to deserve the victory, and judges Emre Aydin, Ibrahim Saki, and Furkan Caliskan scored the fight 97-92, 99-90 and 99-90 in her favour.
Mwakamele (28) had won six of her seven bouts since making a comeback last year, but drops to 6-4 (4) after doing herself proud.
Promoted by Dalkiran and Kazaz Promotion, the event was televised in Turkey by Canli Sports TV.