Lucia Morelli new GBU lightweight champion!

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Female lightweight Lucia Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs) won a close ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten former world champion Rola El Halabi (11-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Scores were 97-93, 96-95, 95-95. It was Rola’s first fight since June 2010. In April 2011 before a title defense, she was shot in the hands, feet and knees by her stepfather and former manager after she had fired him. Win or lose, it was an inspirational performance for El-Halabi. Morelli claimed both the vacant WIBA Women’s International belt and the vacant GBU belt with the win.

After the fight, Rola told the crowd, “People who want to celebrate should also celebrate Lucia’s victory. I’ll certainly be back in the ring soon. With such great fans I’d be stupid not to do it again. I will get my belts back I promise you.”