Katie Healy Claims The WBF Super-Bantamweight Title

Katie Healy Claims The WBF Super-Bantamweight Title

Katie Healy told me the bigger the challenge the better she performs. In South Africa, on Friday night she proved her point.

Healy 24, stuck to the game plan and beat the far more experienced South African Matshidiso Mokebisi to win the vacant WBF super-bantamweight title by virtue of a lopsided unanimous points decision. Scores of 97-93, 97-93 and a little too wide 100-90 gave Healy the thoroughly deserved victory.

The new champion won with some comfort and class, and despite her relative inexperience Healy was on a different level from Mokebisi.

Healy (5-0) used her reach and plenty of movement, boxing smartly behind her impressive jab to build an early lead and Mokebisi never remotely looked like closing it.

The WBF belt might be one of the lesser-regarded titles in boxing, but it could be a building block for much more. The impressive win gives Healy plenty of options going forward. And at multiple weights. Healy has no problem going up or down in weights, but her future could be in the crowded bantamweight division.

Fights with the likes of Ebanie Bridges and Jamie Mitchell, two reigning world champions would be taken with much enthusiasm. And a returning Shannon Courtenay would be a fight of much interest. But wherever her future lies, the performance Healy served up on Friday night gives much hope that she has plenty to look forward to as her career progresses.

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