Ms. Gabriels’ boxing rematch tonight is an historic event

Ms. Gabriels and Ms. Pérez at weigh-in. Photo: Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad

Tonight for the first time a Costa Rican woman will defend a world sports title on national soil.

Hanna Gabriels again meets the U.S.-Mexican boxer Melisenda Pérez at the new national stadium tonight. The championship match is the final fight on the boxing card that begins at 7 p.m.

The weigh-in was Wednesday at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, which is a sponsor of Ms. Gabriels. Both fighters were pronounced fit at the obligatory medical check.

There are a number of invited guests for tonight, including Francisco Valcárcel, president of the World Boxing Organization, and Daryl J. Peoples, president of the International Boxing Federation.

Ms. Gabriels is a two time World Boxing Champion at 147 pounds and now at 154 pounds.

Last May Ms. Gabriels defeated Gardy Pena in an 11-second fight in Puerto Rico to win her current title. Two years earlier she had defeated Wanda Pena, Gardy’s sister, in seven seconds when she broke her opponent’s jaw.

In January the 28-year-old fighter defended her title with a 10th round technical knockout over Ms. Pérez in Punta del Este.

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