Another highly interesting World Boxing Federation title fight will take place on October 20 in Sedan, Ardennes, France, when undefeated Anne Sophie Da Costa takes on former two-time World Champion Teeraporn Pannimit from Thailand for the vacant WBF Women’s Straw-weight Crown.
While it may not exactly have the “Super Fight” status of the December 7 Holly Holm vs. Myriam Lamare WBF title fight in Albuquerque, it is a genuine top fight between two of the world’s best in the weight class, and on paper it looks like a real 50-50 matchup.
30-year-old Da Costa turned to professional boxing in 2009, and made her debut in December of that year with a second round stoppage of Bulgarian Ivelina Ivanova. Since then she has not looked back, and can now enter her first world championship bout with an unblemished 13-0 (6) record.
Teeraporn Pannimit is, although not undefeated, far more accomplished than her French adversary. Since turning pro in 2007, with a loss, she has compiled a 17-6 (5) ledger against some of the best female fighters in the world. In 2010 she won the WBO Minnimumweight title, and made one successful defense before losing on points in Germany to Susi Kentikian in a bid for the WBO, WBA and WIBF titles at Flyweight last year.
In her next fight, this past January, she lost a world title challenge at Light Flyweight to Jessica Chavez in Mexico, but three months later she rebounded to win her second world championship when she beat Filipino Gretchen Abaniel for the WBO title she gave up when challenging Kentikian.
She lost the title two months later to undefeated South Korean Su-Yun Hong in China, but came back with a victory in July to tune up for the opportunity to become a three-time world champion against Da Costa on October 20. Da Costa will have the fans on her side at the Salle Schmitt in Sedan, but Pannimit has a major advantage in experience.
Whoever wins, it is bound to be a fantastic fight!