Estelle Mossely Retains World Title On Historic Night
Estelle Mossely retained her IBO lightweight title with a
split decision victory over Yanina del Carmen Lescano after
an absorbing contest in Dubai.
Mossely and Lescano were making history by clashing in the
first ever female world title fight to be held in the Middle
East – and the fight lived up to expectations.
At the end of 10 close and highly competitive rounds, the
judges were split but two of the officials gave the nod to
France’s Mossely, with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, while the
other gave it to Lescano with a score of 96-94.
The 29-year-old – an Olympic gold medallist from 2016 –
admits she will need at least two more fights before she is
ready for a unification contest with either Katie Taylor or
Amanda Serrano, who meet next month in New York.
But Mossely’s third defence of her lightweight title keeps
alive hopes of a huge showdown later in the year.
Mossely has also made no secret of her desire to return to
the amateur ranks to compete in May’s World Amateur
Championships before coming back to the professional side of
“It was a hard fight, I had not fought in more than a year
and she was very tough,” Mossely, now 10-0, said after her
“I must have two or three more hard fights to be ready for a
unification bout with either Taylor or Serrano.”
Argentina’s Lescano, 26, was bitterly disappointed with the
judges’ decision and was adamant she had done enough to take
the IBO strap from Mossely, but two of the ringside judges