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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Carolina Duer Drops Decision to Gabriela Bouvier

Super bantamweight Carolina Duer dropped a split decision to Gabriela Bouvier tonight in their high-level crossroads fight at Polideportivo los Polvorines in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Duer and Bouvier are both former world champions.

Duer, a 44 year old from Buenos Aires, outboxed Bouvier over the first three rounds. In a masterful display of ring generalship, Duer dictated when and where the two fighters would exchange. Weathering two headbutts and a low blow, she landed flush shots at will. Carolina switched stances and found a bit more success as a southpaw. 

Bouvier, a 31 year old from Uruguay, managed to trap Duer in the corner in the fourth. With Duer stationary, Bouvier was able to put her punches together. Both found some joy in the fifth, a swing round that Bouvier may have edged.

Duer found her rhythm again in the sixth and walked Bouvier into big shots over the next three rounds.

The Argentine fighter landed a hard right towards the end of the eighth round. Bouvier, though, was relentless. She caught Duer again in the ninth and landed a number of clean blows in the round. She carried the momentum into the final round although Duer had her moments in the tenth.

Two judges scored the bout for Bouvier: 97-93 and 96-94. One had is for Duer 96-94. The Jewish Boxing Blog scored it 96-94 for Duer. When the decision was announced, Bouvier looked shocked and began to weep teas of joy. 

After the bout, a dejected Duer and her coach stated that they felt Carolina deserved the decision. Duer, a legend in the sport, is now 20-7-2 with 6 KOs. Bouvier improves to 17-12-1 with 3 KOs.

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