Argentine boxer Carolina Duer defends bantamweight boxing crown

Marcy Oster

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Carolina Raquel Duer of Argentina, the World Boxing Organization’s former super flyweight champion, defended her bantamweight title for the second time.

Duer, popularly known as “The Turk,” defeated Ana Maria Lozano of Venezuela by unanimous decision  of the judges on Friday night in Lanus, a city in Buenos Aires Province, to take the crown in the 115- to 118-pound class. After the 10 rounds, two judges’ scores were 98-92, and one was 97-93.

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The Jewish boxer raised her professional record to 17-3.

Duer, 35, was the World Boxing Organization’s super flyweight champion for fighters weighing 112 pounds to 115 pounds — a title she defended six times. She is the first Jewish woman to hold a World Boxing Organization crown.

The country’s National Public Television covered the fight live and broadcast it free under a federal program designed to make satellite television more accessible, including in high definition.

Duer this year began to announce boxing on National Public Television, and she will be in Las Vegas on Sept.  13 as the special commentator for Argentinean TV at the rematch fight between American boxer Floyd Mayweather and the Argentine Marcos Maidana.

Duer, a favorite in Argentina, is the daughter of Syrian immigrants. She attended the Jaim Najman Bialik Primary School in Buenos Aires and spent more than a month in Israel in her younger years working on a kibbutz and touring the country. Her bat mitzvah was celebrated at the Iona Hebrew Center.

As an amateur, Duer won 19 of 20 fights. She turned professional in 2007, capturing the super flyweight title three years later.

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