On November 30, in Mexico, on a Canelo Promotions fight card, one of Mexico’s many talented female fighters sees action as Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (39-1-2, 26 KOs) Mexico City, defends her WBC female super-flyweight title against tough-n-ready Marisa Johanna “La Nena” Portillo (15-8-2, 4 KOs) Rosario, Argentina.
Munoz held the WBC Youth, WBC Silver, and the NABF titles at bantamweight and has shown excellent thus far since moving down to the super-flyweight division where she won the WBC female super-flyweight title in September, 2012 with a ninth-round stoppage of Gabriela Bouvier. She has defended the strap for times most notably defeating long-time WBA super-flyweight champion, Tenkai Tsunami by a unanimous decision in March. In that fight, as she has in previous contests, Munoz got off the deck after an early knockdown to battle back and win the contest in impressive fashion. Only Tsunami’s experience saved her from a stoppage loss.
Portillo is a safe opponent dropping decisions to Yesica Patricia Marcos, Ana Maria Torres, Carolina Raquel Duer, and Yesica Yolanda Bopp in attempts at world titles. She has a penchant for losing points on fouls as she did in three of the four above mentioned bouts. On November 16th, she scaled a career-high 135 pounds in a sixth-round stoppage of Yessica Flavia Munoz; 27 pounds heavier than her January loss to Bopp in an attempt to secure the WBO, WBA light-flyweight titles.
The chances of a stoppage victory for the hard-punching Munoz are increased due to the conditioning problems Portillo is demonstrating.
Name: Zulina Munoz
Titles: WBC female super-flyweight
From: Mexico City, Mexico
Strength: Punching power, punch volume, aggression
Weakness: Defense, Suffers knock downs
Best win: Yazmin Rivas
Losses: Alesia Graf
Last Bout: Win KO-1 Maribel Ramirez
Boxrec rank: #3
The Good: The Rocky Balboa of female boxing, very popular, very exciting, and very vulnerable.
The Bad: Nothing in this fight
Name: Marisa Johanna Portillo
From: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Strength: Experience in big fights, good jab, and durability so far.
Weakness: Fouls often, very stiff, squares up often at close range, doesn’t use height well
Best win: Ivonne Anahi Cordoba
Losses: (8) none by stoppage
Last Bout: Win TKO-6 Yessica Flavia Munoz
Boxrec rank: #21 bantamweight
The Good: She can move a little and has a good jab, but often starts her attack to late or from too far away.
The Bad: With her recent weight problems, she could go down and out in this one.
Punch volume: Munoz
Experience/Quality of opposition: Portillo
Intangibles: Munoz * bout is in Mexico
In the end: Munoz issues Portillo her first stoppage loss TKO-6.