Alajuela fighter Hanna Gabriels wins in Uruguay

Hanna Gabriels retained her world title at 154 pounds Sunday night when she defeated U.S. boxer Melisenda Pérez in Uruguay.

Ms. Gabriels, the favorite, went into the ring at 153.5, a pound heavier than her opponent. The victory was on a technical knockout in the 10th and final round. Referee Rodolfo Stella called the fight at 1:04 of that round when it became obvious that Ms. Pérez could not defend herself. Ms. Gabriels had her opponent against the ropes.

Ms. Gabriels of Alajuela also was five years older at 27 than her opponent.
The event was at the Hotel & Casino Conrad at Punta del Este. The fight was televised live in Costa Rica by Teletica.

Ms. Gabriels maintains her unbeaten record at 11-0 with one draw.

Casa Presidencial reported that President Laura Chinchilla talked by telephone with the boxer before the fight.

Ms. Gabriels won the championship last May in an astonishing 11-second fight against Gardy Pena in Puerto Rico. In December 2009, she won the 147-pound women’s championship in a fight in Nicaragua.

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