Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: Dec-2013

Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: December, 2013

1- Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) Norway, welterweight

2- Erica Anabella Farias (18-0, 9 KOs) Argentina, lightweight

3- Christina Hammer (16-0, 8 KOs) Germany, middleweight

4- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (26-1, 12 KOs) Argentina, light-flyweight

5- Ann Sophie Mathis (27-3, 23 KOs) France, light-middleweight

6- Marcela Eilana Acuna (40-6-1, 17 KOs) Argentina, light-featherweight

7- Jessica Chavez (19-3-3, 4 KOs) Mexico, light-flyweight

8- Jelena Mrdjenovich (31-9-1, 16 KOs) Canada, featherweight

9- Delfine Persoon (27-1, 12 KOs) Belgium, lightweight

10- Diana Prazak (12-2, 8 KOs) Australia/USA super-featherweight

11- Ibeth Zamora Silva (19-5, 8 KOs) Mexico, light-flyweight

12- Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs) Japan, super-flyweight

13- Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KOs) Germany, flyweight

14- Ava Knight (12-2-3, 5 KOs) USA, flyweight

15- Monica Silvina Acosta (19-0-2, 5 KOs) Argentina, light-welterweight

16- Alejandra Marina Oliveras (31-2-2, 16 KOs) Argentina, light-welterweight

17- Zulina Munoz (40-1-2, 26 KOs) Mexico, super-flyweight

18- Marina Juarez (38-7-3, 16 KOs) Mexico, super-flyweight

19- Melissa McMorrow (9-3-3, 1 KO) USA, flyweight

20- Ji-Hyun Park (19-2, 5 KOs) South Korea, minimumweight

Best of the rest: Arely Mucino, Esmeralda Moreno, Hyun-Mi Choi, Irma Sanchez, Myriam Lamare, Ronica Jeffrey, Amanda Serrano, Tori Nelson, Melissa Hernandez, Jessica Balogun, Jessica Gonzalez, Shindo Go, Alicia Ashley, and Anabel Ortiz.

#1 Cecilia Braekhus “First Lady of Boxing”

Home: Bergen, Norway

Record: 23-0, 7 KOs

Titles: WBA, WBC, & WBO welterweight champion

Age: 32

Last fight: Win (TKO-9) Oxandia Castillo

Next fight:  1-18 Myriam Lamare

Style: Boxer-puncher

Best wins: Anne Sophie Mathis, Mia St. John

* Far and away the best female fighter currently campaigning. She has a stiff title defense in the aggressive, hard-punching Myriam Lamare in January.  Lamare elevates in weight from the light-welterweight class to challenge for welterweight supremacy.

#2 Erica Anabella Farias “La Pantera”

Home: Virreyes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Record: 18-0, 9 KOs

Titles: WBC lightweight

Age: 29

Last fight: Win (UD-10) Mary McGee

Next fight: Delfine Persoon in Belgium

Style: Stalker, slugger

Best wins: Ann Saccurato, Melissa Hernandez

*A super-fight with Persoon was agreed to and will take place in Belgium, the home country of Persoon. In the victory over American, Mary McGee, Farias displayed maturity as a fighter maneuvering around and out boxing the slower American. Farias is perhaps the most vicious puncher with the right hand in the sport.

#3 Christina Hammer

Home: Dortmund, Germany by way of Novodolinka, Kazakhstan

Record: 16-0, 8 KOs

Titles: WBF, WBO middleweight, WBO super-middleweight

Age: 23

Last fight: Win (TKO-1) Carmen Garcia

Next fight: TBA

Style: Long-range boxer

Best win: Teresa Perozzi

* Blasted Garcia (10-3) out is less than one round. Opportunities are slim to none in the middleweight and super-middleweight divisions. Her most legitimate challenger, Tori Nelson moved down to the talented welterweight division to pursue opportunities there. Hammer, like fellow German-based Kazakhstani, Natascha Ragosina (22-0, 13 KOs), will eventually become the heavyweight champion; her next challenge will have to come from light-middleweight or welterweight. *NOTE: Ragosina campaigned as a super-middleweight and retired after winning the heavyweight title in 2009.

#4 Yesica Yolanda Bopp “Tuti”

Home: Wilde, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Record: 26-1, 12 KOs

Titles: WBA & WBO light-flyweight titles

Age: 29

Last fight: Win (TKO-2) Ana Fernandez

Next fight: TBA                                                                                           h

Style: Ambush fighter, volume puncher

Best wins: Jessica Chavez, Carina Moreno, and Daniela Romina Bermudez

* With the impressive dismantling of Fernandez, the diminutive (5’0”) Bopp is likely in the prime of her career and should face legacy defining competition in 2014. All-encompassing bouts with Zamora, Mucino, Moreno, or a rubber match with Jessica Chavez are in order. Bopp should be at her best in 2014.

#5 Anne Sophie Mathis

Home: Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Record: 27-3, 23 KOs

Titles: WBF light-middleweight

Age: 36

Last fight: Win (TKO-5) Yajaira Hernandez

Next fight: TBA

Style: Stalker, slugger

Best wins: Holly Holm, Myriam Lamare, & Jane Couch

*Nothing is scheduled. Maria Lindberg (8-1-2, 2 KOs) of Sweden is the most worthy challenger. A Mathis vs Lindberg match would draw well.

Mark A. Jones

Syracuse, NY



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