TREMENDOUS TINY TINA TRIUMPHS
Local hero Tina Rupprecht is the new WBC Women’s Silver Minimumweight Champion, defeating Joana Pastrana from Spain by a close decision on Friday night in Augsburg, Germany.
At the final bell, 1,000 fans at the sold out Eventcenter Koenigsbrunn, were on their feet giving a standing ovations to two outstanding, still standing warriors after ten marvelous rounds of world class boxing.
Rupprecht got off to a busy start, applying plenty of pressure in the first rounds, but Pastrana adjusted and stole the middle rounds by using her height and reach advantages, establishing her jab.
Although both fighters hadn’t gone past six rounds before, stamina was never an issue. They even increased the pace in the remaining rounds, with Rupprecht throwing and landing more punches earning the win by unanimous decision.
After ten close and very entertaining rounds, judges Maurizio Rinaudo and Juergen Langos both had it 96-94, while Irene Kostenko saw it 98-94 – all in favor of the 24-year-old German.
“This is a dream come true”, said Rupprecht after the fight. “I have worked for the last ten years to get to where I am now. I have always dreamed about winning the green belt. Words cannot express how proud and happy I am. I want to thank my team, my fans, my promoter but also my opponent who put up a fantastic performance.”
Former WBC Amateur Champion Joana Pastrana was taken to the hospital after the fight and will leave Germany with a cast because she broke her right hand.
“We are very sorry for Joana and we wish her a speedy recovery”, stated promoter Jochen Pawlisch. “She was very strong, coming very close to winning the fight, even though she had a broken hand. We are open to discussing a rematch, once Joana’s hand has healed. It was a great bout and I think everybody who saw it will want to see it again.”