Women’s Boxing Results June 27-29:
On June 28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dahiana Santana, 123, in front of her hometown fans, established herself as one of the première featherweights in women’s boxing by winning the interim WBA female featherweight title with a one-sided unanimous decision victory (99 ½-92/100-90/100-90) over contender Francia Elana Bravo, 124. For Bravo (16-4-2, 9 KOs) of Cerete, Colombia, the loss ends her seven-fight win streak, the longest such streak of her career. With the win, Santana (34-6, 14 KOs) becomes a two-time world featherweight champion having previously held the IBF title. With the WBA belt firmly around her waist, the 29-year-old Santana now owns a bargaining chip in the belt game at featherweight.
Boxing Jones Top Five at Featherweight:
1- Jelena Mrdjenovich (Canada)
2- Melissa Hernandez (USA/Puerto Rico)
3- Dahiana Santana (Dominican Republic)
4- Ronica Jeffrey (USA)
5- Edith Soledad Matthysse (Argentina)
On June 28 at Feja Fitness, in Budapest, Hungary, lightweight prospect Gina Chamie, Budapest, returned to her winning ways by punching her way to a six-round points win over southpaw Alexandra Gorog, Dunafoldvar, Hungary. Chamie (9-1, 4 KOs) defeats Gorog (5-16-1) for the second time in 2014. Sandwiched between the two victories’ is a sixth-round retirement loss (injured elbow) to super-featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (22-1, 8 KOs) in a bid for the WBO, WIBF, & WBF titles. It was the first world title shot for Chamie whose inexperience was on display against the long-time champion.
Give this fighter a title shot! On June 28 in Mexico City, Mexico, one of the most under-appreciated female boxers currently swapping blows is 19-year-old Jessica Nery Plata, Mexico City, defended her WBC light-flyweight title for the seventh time with a ten-round unanimous decision (97-93 x 3) over upstart Christina Vargas, Guanajuato, Mexico. Plata, an excellent fighter from medium and long-range, in most other weight categories would boast a world title, but in the light-flyweight division, arguably the most talented in women’s boxing, she sits behind other deserving fighters. With the win, Plata improves to (14-0, 2 KOs) where Vargas drops to (2-1). This fight was the main event of a six-bout card promoted by “Boxeo de Gala.” On the undercard, Sandra Hernandez (3-7-2, 1 KO) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Fredee Gonzalez (6-13-1, 2 KOs).
Boxing Jones Top Five at Light-Flyweight:
1- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (Argentina)
2- Jessica Chavez (Mexico)
3- Ibeth Zamora-Silva (Mexico)
4- Ava Knight (USA)
5- Jessica Nery Plata (Mexico)
On June 28 in Hidalgo, Mexico, Canelo Promotions gave women’s boxing proper respect by placing five bouts, four of them high-profile, on a nine-bout card. In the co-main event, Zulina “La Loba” Munoz, Mexico City defended her WBC female super-flyweight title for the sixth time with a technical knockout (TKO-6) over bantamweight contender Renata Domsodi of Budapest, Hungary. Munoz (42-1, 27 KOs) proved to be too strong for the 39-year-old Domsodi (12-5) who was game, but outgunned by a wide margin. The immensely popular Munoz, who holds the title once held by the come backing Ana Maria Torres (28-3-3, 16 KOs) is playing a waiting game in hopes that high-profile battles with either Torres or longtime nemesis Mariana Juarez (39-7-3, 16 KOs) materialize.
On the under-card Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas, Torreon, Mexico, becomes a two-time bantamweight champion securing the WBC female version with a dominate ten-round unanimous points win (99-91/98-90/98-90) over former champion Alesia “The Tigress” Graf, Australia. It was the fourth loss in six fights for Graf who held the GBU super-flyweight title for nearly four years. She briefly held a world title at super-bantamweight. It is the second consecutive win for Rivas since dropping a controversial split-decision to Jessica Gonzalez (5-1) in November 2013. Rivas previously held the IBF female bantamweight title successfully defending the strap four times over two years.
Also on the under-card, in a non-title fight, interim WBC female bantamweight champion Jessica “Magnificent” Gonzalez, Mexico City, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Yulihan Luna Avila, Gomez Palacio, Mexico. With the win, Gonzalez improves to (5-1) and Avila drops to (10-2, 1 KO) with the loss.
Esmeralda Moreno (27-7-1, 9 KOs) UD-8 Lorena Mendoza (1-8-1)
Estefani Casillas (1-1) KO-2 Lorena Cruz (1-1)
Boxing Jones Top Five at Super-Flyweight:
1- Naoko Fujioka (Japan)
2- Zulina Munoz (Mexico)
3- Mariana Juarez (Mexico)
4- Melissa McMorrow (USA)
5- Daniela Romina Bermudez (Argentina)
Boxing Jones Top Five at Bantamweight:
1- Carolina Rodriguez (Chile)
2- Carolina Raquel Duer (Argentina)
3- Jessica Gonzalez (Mexico)
4- Yazmin Rivas (Mexico)
5- Irma Garcia (Mexico)
On June 28 at the Du Burns Arena, in Baltimore, Maryland, WIBA welterweight champion Tori Nelson, Ashburn, Virginia, defended her title for the third time with a ten-round unanimous decision (95-94/98-92/98-92) over Nicole Woods, Stone Mountain, Georgia. Woods (11-14-3) proved to be a tough customer displaying more skill than her pedestrian record would otherwise believe she owns. With the win, Nelson improves to (10-0-3, 1 KO) and continues to wait for the call to battle the division’s most decorated fighter, Cecilia Braekhus (25-0, 7 KOs). This fight was the main event. On the under-card, flyweight prospect Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, improved to (5-0, 1 KO) with a six-round unanimous decision victory (60-54/60-54/58-56) over Christina Fuentes (3-6-3). Fuentes battles out of Laredo, Texas.
Boxing Jones Top Five Welterweights:
1- Cecilia Braekhus (Norway)
2- Tori Nelson (USA)
3- Oxandia Castillo (Dominican Republic)
4- Jessica Balogun (Germany)
5- Ivana Habazin (Croatia)
Jennifer Han UD-8 Christina Ruiz * Han moves to (11-3-1, 1 KO) and wins a UBF featherweight world title eliminator here.
Brenda Carabajal TKO-2 Valeria Almiron * Carabajal (2-0, 2 KOs) is a powerful fighter and an excellent featherweight prospect.
Amaris Quintana UD-8 Susana Uribe * Quintana (8-2-2, 1 KO) at the age of 24 is coming into her own and wins the NABF female minimumweight title in this battle. Uribe, no slouch, drops to (3-1).
Sandra Robles UD-8 Zenny Sotomayor * Robles (8-1, 3 KOs) dominates trial horse Sotomayor winning a minor state title at flyweight.