In women’s boxing, unlike the era when Christy Martin was being showcased on Don King cards, all the weight classes south of light-middleweight are loaded with talented boxers. In the United States, female boxers, even those on the elite level are regional attractions. When they battle for world titles, they must travel outside of the United States to do battle. Recent examples are Melissa Hernandez traveling to both Argentina and Canada. The trip to Canada was to defend a world title in the hometown of the challenger (Hernandez lost on a technical decision). American prize fighters Melissa McMorrow, Ava Knight, and Carina Moreno each within the past year punched for pay outside the United States.
The talent is there, media outlets such as ESPN, Showtime, and HBO need only to stock the shelves and the fighters will construct followings in similar to those of “Rowdy” Rhonda Rousy in MMA.