Nantes (AFP)

Estelle Mossely, reigning IBO lightweight champion, retained her belt by beating German Verena Kaiser (98-92 - 97-93 - 98-92) in points on Friday night at the H Arena in Nantes.

The fight preceded that of her husband Tony Yoka, who is aiming for a first professional belt, against the Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko for the vacant title of the European Union.

Faced with Estelle Mossely (28 years old, now 9 wins in 9 fights), Verena Kaiser (28 years old, 14 successes, including 6 before the limit, now 2 defeats) wanted to demonstrate from the outset that she had not come for play stooges.

But it was risky, and it was above all exposing itself to the cons of an Estelle Mossely who took no risk content to wait for a loophole in the defense of the German.

This tactic did not prevent her from placing a few straight shots to mark her territory and remind us that the defending champion was her.

The 2016 Olympic champion's hold became more evident over the rounds, even though Kaiser continued to press.

But it was for the honor because Estelle Mossely had known for a long time that she had acquired victory.

Besides, hardly got out of the ring she will confirm it: "I did not want to take any risk, but just to know if I was able to respect the instructions of my coaches during the whole fight. This was the case and why I am happy. "

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