Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: August 2014
1- Cecilia Braekhus 25-0, 7 KOs (Norway)
2- Marcela Eilana Acuna 42-6-1, 18 KOs (Argentina)
3- Anne Sophie Mathis 27-3, 23 KOs (France)
4- Yesica Yoland Bopp 27-1, 12 KOs (Argentina)
5- Delfine Persoon 29-1, 13 KOs (Belgium)
6- Diana Prazak 13-2, 9 KOs (Australia/USA)
7- Jackie Nava 30-4-3, 13 KOs (Mexico)
8- Erica Anabella Farias 20-1, 10 KOs (Argentina)
9- Christina Hammer 17-0, 8 KOs (Germany)
10- Jelena Mrdjenovich 32-9-1, 16 KOs (Canada)
11- Naoko Fujioka 12-0, 6 KOs (Japan)
12- Ibeth Zamora-Silva 20-5, 8 KOs (Mexico)
13- Zulina Munoz 42-1-2, 27 KOs (Mexico)
14- Susi Kentikian 33-2, 17 KOs (Germany)
15- Melissa McMorrow 9-5-3, 1 KO (USA) * See below
16- Jessica Chavez 21-3-3, 4 KOs (Mexico)
17- Mariana Juarez 40-7-3, 16 KOs (Mexico)
18- Amanda Serrano 21-1-1, 16 KOs (Puerto Rico/USA)
19- Ava Knight 12-2-3, 5 KOs (USA)
20- Alicia Ashley 21-10-1, 3 KOs (USA/Jamaica)
Best of the rest: Fernanda Soledad Alegre, Melissa Hernandez, Ji-Hyun Park, Arely Mucino, Alejandra Marina Oliveras, Shindo Go, Daniela Romina Bermudez, Monica Silvina Acosta, Carolina Rodriguez, Yesica Patricia Marcos, Hyun-Mi Choi, Ana Laura Esteche, Yazmin Rivas, Dahiana Santana, Carolina Raquel Duer, Tori Nelson, Naoko Shibata, Yazmin Rivas, Anabel Ortiz, and Ramona Kuehne
* The McMorrow Conundrum. Melissa McMorrow, by any reasonable judgment, defeated Mariana Juarez, Arely Mucino, and Jessica Chavez, but was robbed of decision victories by incompetent judging. She defeated both Susi Kentikian and the defensively gifted Nadia Raoui in Germany. Kentikian and Raoui both campaign out of Germany. As a result, I ranked McMorrow higher than her record would otherwise allow. In addition, fighters are ranked P4P based on their most recent (two-three years) performances and perhaps their overall standing among the top fighters from other weight classes.
#1 Cecilia Braekhus
Boxrec: P4P #3
Braekhus will own each of the big four championship titles at welterweight with a victory over IBF welterweight titlist, Ivana Habazin on 9-13 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Braekhus enjoys an enormous speed advantage in this matchup and should cruise to a decisive victory.
#2 Marcela Eilana Acuna
Boxrec: P4P #1
Acuna topped featherweight champion Edith Soledad Matthysse by unanimous decision on August 23 retaining the WBO light-featherweight title.
#3 Anne Sophie Mathis
Boxrec: P4P #66
Mathis relentlessly talked Christina Hammer (17-0) in July winning the bout via (KO-5), but the win was pulled out from under her due to incompetent refereeing. The fight was later changed to a no-contest.
#4 Yesica Yolanda Bopp
Boxrec: P4P #5
Bopp won a unanimous decision over Daniela Romina Bermudez in April winning the WBO female flyweight title which is the last time she has graced the ring. Nothing is rumored currently, and Bopp has dropped back to light-flyweight where she holds the WBA and WBO titles. She has defended the WBA strap 14 times.
#5 Delfine Persoon
Boxrec: P4P #7
Persoon defeated long-time WBC lightweight champion Erica Anabella Farias in April to become the reigning queen of that division. She is scheduled to defend against the speedy Judy Waguthii on September 27 in Belguim.