West Fleming is boxing champion
Delfine Persoon is the new European lightweight women’s boxing champion, after defeating the Swiss Nicole Boss last weekend in Lichtervelde, West Flanders, to take the vacant title on a points decision after 10 rounds.
Persoon (pictured) started out by following her older sister to ballet class, where she says she got on well, but couldn’t really get into the whole feel of the thing. At the age of six, she took up judo, going on to win medals at the national level, narrowly missing a medal at the Youth Olympics in Murcia, Spain, in 2001. There, she lost her semi-final match after a contested decision by a Spanish referee.
After qualifying as a sports teacher, Persoon trained for a year at the West Flanders police academy, where she entered a boxing ring for the first time. “That sport clicked with me immediately,” she says. She turned professional in 2009, and her record stands at 12 wins out of 13 matches, five with a knock-out, including four in the second round.
“For me, boxing is mainly a hobby,” the new champion said. “Although I still want to reach as high as my abilities will take me in the sport.” www.boxingdelfine.be