The 33-year-old Amsterdam had to knock in the second round of her fight due to a strangulation, a so-called triangle choke, with her Japanese opponent’s legs forming a triangle around her neck. Kielholtz staggered her opponent in the opening seconds of the match with a few striking punches, but in the remainder she was unable to play against Watanabe, who kept pulling her to the ground. In the second round, Kielholtz received a penalty point after kicking her opponent in the face.
The defeat in London is a major setback for Kielholtz, who narrowly missed the flyweight title in her last match against then champion Juliana Velasquez. At the time, she was beaten on points, although not all experts agreed with the jury’s decision.
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