Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
This reporter has no knowledge on Hungary but Lazzlo Pap who won the gold medals in three Olympic Games to his credit and retired undefeated from professional activities in 1964. Hungarian 19-year-old girl, WBC female flyweight champ Renata Szebeledi (16-9, 10 KOs) will put her belt on the line against Japanese puncher Go Shindo (11-2, 8 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Wakayama, Japan.
It will be a very competitive card between the blond champ who makes her initial defense and the boyish challenger, 25, who failed to win the belt on a disputable split decision loss to Mariana Juarez in Los Angeles last July. Szebeledi, formerly a kick-boxer prior to her entry into the international styled boxing in 2008, suffered five consecutive defeats from her debut, but zoomed up to become the world titleholder by dethroning Italian Simona Galassi on a third round stoppage last October.
At the press conference of today, Renata confidently and cautiously said, “Shindo is an aggressive and tough fighter, bit I’ll win to bring back the belt to Budapest.” Shindo responded to the champ, “For me it was a very good lesson that I could exchange gloves with Mariana Juarez, and I hope to win the belt at my second attempt. This time I will not lose again.”
The WBC officials will be as follows: referee Kyoungha Shin (Korea); judges Hubert Minn (US), Dongahn Park (Korea) and Masahiro Noda (Japan).
Yours truly remembers a famous emotional music named Hungarian Rhapsodies composed by Liszt. It was as hot as tomorrow’s contest.