Love athletic ladies? There was a fantastic fight this past Saturday at the Olympic Arena in Volgodonsk, Russia.
Over the weekend, undefeated German fighter Nikki Adler went up against young Latvian talent Zane Brige in an exciting rematch. The two fighters first faced off in 2011, when Nikki beat Zane. Zane, who had a startling record for her short pro career, attempted to reverse this record, but was narrowly beaten by Nikki Adler. Adler now has ten wins with no losses, and won the Womens World Super Middleweight title.
Zane became the Latvian champion in what was only her second fight back in 2008, and now participates in matches around the world. She lost a fight against boxer Marija Pejakovic in the Czech Republic in 2011; her record is now an impressive 2-3-1.
Boxing is a popular sport in much of the FSU, largely because of the emphasis on athletics during the Soviet era. Many FSU countries have produced top boxing contenders. Perhaps the most famous are Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who both hold PhDs in addition to their boxing titles. Vitali, of course, has hung up his gloves for now to focus on politics in his role as the leader of the UDAR (Punch!) Party in Ukraine’s parliament.
Learn more about Russian and Ukrainian boxers here.