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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Carolina Duer Keeps Rolling

Carolina Duer earned her fourth straight stoppage and her tenth consecutive win in her fifth defense of the WBO super flyweight belt last night. She stopped Corina Carlescu in the fifth round at Club Universitario in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The hometown crowd sang at full throat, urging on their champion, until the fight began and the place fell eerily quiet. Duer began working behind the jab, but quickly dispensed with that strategy to fire punishing left hooks to the body and head. Her flowing hair whipped with the force of her shots. Carlescu relentlessly came forward, but did little else besides absorbing punches in that opening stanza.

In the corner, Duer needed a hairstylist more than a cutman. Her hair was wrapped in a tight bun to avoid it from blinding her when she stopped her movement, planted, and attacked Carlescu. For Carlescu's part, throughout the fight, she seemed to gradually heat up like an old car on a cold morning until disaster struck in third.

In that round, Duer put a stunned Carlescu down with a left hook. To Carlsecu's credit, and speaking to her courage, she rose and continued to come forward. In fact, she probably deserved the fourth as her right hand seemed to become friendlier with Duer's face.

But the fifth round was another story entirely. Duer rocked the Romanian early with a frightening overhand right 30 seconds into the round. After throwing pot shots for about a minute, the champion began jumping in, landing devastating combinations, and jumping out, only to repeat immediately thereafter. Once she realized the win was within reach, Duer ran through the finish line, not pausing to give Carlescu a chance. The referee, Gustavo Tomas, stepped in to wave off the fight with 23 seconds left in the fifth.

After her fifth knockout, Duer moves to 12-3. Carlescu tumbles to 8-5-1 with five KOs.

In other women's boxing news, Hagar Finer is scheduled to defend her WIBF bantamweight belt on Saturday, July 14 at the Impact Gym in Munich, Germany. Finer hasn't fought since a split decision victory in January of 2011. No opponent has been named as of yet

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