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Da Costa Aiming For Resurrection On May 12
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PREVIEW   Photo: World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Anne Sophie Da Costa. (Click photo to see full poster!).

After a rough period with plenty of adversity in the ring, World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Anne Sophie Da Costa, 24-3 (11), from France is hoping to resurrect her career on May 12 in her home-town Reims.

The 35-year-old has had a splendid career, winning WBF world titles at both Strawweight and Light Flyweight, but back-to-back losses last year appeared as a sign that, while still world class, her best days were probably behind her.

In October she was outpointed by compatriot Justine Lallemand, losing the WBF title, and two months later she came up short, also on points, when she moved down in weight to challenge for the WBC World Strawweight title against Tina Rupprecht in Germany.

But then news broke that Lallemand had failed a doping-test, the result of their fight was changed to a No-Contest, and Da Costa was rightfully reinstated as WBF World Light Flyweight Champion. Now she gets a chance to prove that she has plenty left to offer when she defends the title on home soil.

The challenger will be streaking Tanzanian Halima Vunjabei (25), who despite a modest 6-3-1 (3) record has showed that she is a very capable fighter. Her last defeat came in November of 2016 when she lost a decision to undefeated Fabiana Bytyqi in the Czech Republic.

Since then she has won three straight, including a fight for the UBO International Light Flyweight title this past March in Dar Es Salaam. With over two months to prepare for the big opportunity in France, Vunjabei is reportedly full of confidence and expected to make a good account of herself.

For Da Costa it is more or less a must win fight, and for Vunjabei it is an opportunity of a life-time to become the first female world champion from Tanzania. With a lot at stake for both, it is an intriguing match-up almost guaranteed to entertain.

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