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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Knight Stops Tor Buamas in 10th, Retains Title

By Ryan Maquiñana
Knight (right) rips Tor Buamas with a left hook to the body.

Ava "The Lady of Boxing" Knight (8-1-3, 5 KOs) successfully defended her IBF flyweight title for the first time with a 10th-round stoppage of Thailand's Hongfah Tor Buamas (15-5, 2 KOs) at the Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"[Tor Buamas] is so tough," said the Chico native who trains in San Francisco. "I ripped her to the body and she was hurt numerous times, but she wouldn't go down. I give her all the credit in the world, and I thank her to the fullest for taking that fight. I'm glad she said she wasn't scared, because if she was, it wouldn't have been no fight."

Knight's trainer Ben Bautista hinted that they would pursue unification bouts with 112-pound champs Mariana Juarez of Mexico (WBC) and Susi Kentikian of Germany (WBA/WBO), or even a rematch with HG Boxing stablemate Ana Maria Torres, the 115-pound WBC titlist who is regarded by many as the top female pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Photos courtesy Team Knight/HG Boxing.

Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiñana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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