Mississauga, Ontario, Canada: Featherweights
Featherweight Sandy “Lil Tyson” Tsagouris (12-2, 6 KOs) of Toronto won her second consecutive fight since returning to the ring from a three-year hiatus in February by stopping hard punching Maria Jose Nunez (16-11, 14 KOs) of Uruguay. It was the fifth stoppage loss for Nunez, who began her career as a flyweight.
Tsagouris, earlier in her career, won minor titles at super-featherweight and lightweight and unsuccessfully challenged Ina Menzer (L-10) and Hyun-Mi Choi (KO-3) for world featherweight titles.
Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany: Lightweights
German born, Nicole Wesner (8-0, 3 KOs) now of Vienna, Austria, faced the toughest challenge of her young career pounding out a ten-round unanimous decision over Kremena Petkova (11-12-1) of Bulgaria.
Mexico City, Mexico: Super-bantamweights
Popular Mexican slugger Jackie Nava (30-4-3, 13 KOs) of Tijuana, won the WBC female super-bantamweight title and defended her interim WBA super-bantamweight strap with a ten-round, majority-decision over New York’s Alicia Ashley (20-10-1, 3 KOs) by the scores (95-95/97-93/98-92). For Nava, the victory was the second since returning from a two-year interruption (childbirth) to her career.
The Spin: Winning the WBC title offers Nava many options. Yessica Marcos, the WBA champion is the #2 WBC contender, WBO champion Marcela Acuna is rated #3 by both the WBC and WBA. Acuna and Marcos fight out of the women’s boxing hotbed of Argentina and enjoy extreme fan support. A title match with either would be considered a super-fight. In 2009, Nava lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Acuna tasting the canvas in the tenth round. The ageless Ashley (47) is still a viable contender and worthy of title opportunities.
Puebla, Mexico: Super-flyweights
Arguably Mexican’s most popular female boxer, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (40-7-3, 17 KOs) of Mexico City, won her fortieth bout retaining her WBC International female super-featherweight title by knocking out Argentine Carla Romina Weiss (9-3-1) in the third round.
The Spin: The best fighter at super-flyweight is WBA champion Naoko Fujioka (12-0, 6 KOs) of Japan, but the biggest fight is Juarez facing WBC champion Zulina Munoz (42-1-2, 27 KOs) who is nearly as popular as Juarez and is a brutal puncher. This fight is highly anticipated by many that follow women’s boxing and needs to happen late this year or in early 2015.
Brooklyn, New York: Flyweights
Betting favorite Eileen Olszewski (9-5-3, 1 KO) of New York fought to an eight-round draw with Christina Fuentes (3-6-5) of Laredo, Texas, by the scores (74-78/77-75/76-76). The 22-year-old Fuentes is likely better than her record would indicate as she battled undefeated super-bantamweight tough in February losing a split-decision. Olszewski, a former world champion, is still respectable at the age of 45, but is better served facing aggressive slugger types than counter-punchers like Fuentes.
San Diego, California: Multiple Fights
Future star Kenia Enriquez, 110, of Tijuana, Mexico, won a one-sided, eight-round unanimous decision (80-72 x 3) over Mayela Perez, 109, also of Mexico. With the win, Enriquez improves to (12-0, 6 KOs); her NABF female light-flyweight title was not at stake in this battle. Perez, a former contender who is now relegated to trial horse status drops to (11-16-4) with the loss. Enriquez is on the cusp of great things and should get a crack at a world title sooner than later.
In front of a hometown crowd, hard punching light-flyweight Jolene Blackshear, 108, did not give Susan Reno, 108, New York City, a chance to get comfortable knocking the New Yorker out at: 50 mark of the first round. The 44-year-old Blackshear improves to (9-5, 4 KOs) where Reno, a former amateur star in New York, drops to (1-3-1).
In a battle consisting of two super-bantamweights making their professional debuts, Haley Pasion, 124 ½, of Hawaii, won a four-round majority decision over Jillian Lybarger, 131 ½, of Phoenix by the scores (40-36/39-37/38-38).