Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: August 2014
1- Cecilia Braekhus 26-0, 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 30-1, 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- Jelena Mrdjenovich 33-9-1, 17 KOs (Canada)
10- Christina Hammer 17-0, 8 KOs (Germany)
11- Naoko Fujioka 12-0, 6 KOs (Japan)
12- Ibeth Zamora-Silva 20-5, 8 KOs (Mexico)
13- Zulina Munoz 43-1-2, 27 KOs (Mexico)
14- Susi Kentikian 33-2, 17 KOs (Germany)
15- Melissa McMorrow 9-5-3, 1 KO (USA)
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, Carolina Rodriguez, Yesica Patricia Marcos, Hyun-Mi Choi, Ana Laura Esteche, Yazmin Rivas, Dahiana Santana, Carolina Raquel Duer, Naoko Shibata, Yazmin Rivas, Anabel Ortiz, Momo Koseki, and Ramona Kuehne
#1 Cecilia Braekhus
Boxrec P4P #3
On September 13, Braekhus dominated Ivana Habazin (13-2) to retain the WBA, WBC, & WBO welterweight titles. With the win, Braekhus picked up the IBF world title and now holds the ‘Big Four’ titles at welterweight. Braekhus is the #1 fighter in women’s boxing and calls all of the shots. She can move down to the already talented light-welterweight division where many interesting matchups exist. There was a rumor of a potential fight with WIBA champion, American Tori Nelson (11-0-3) who was lackluster in her most recent effort; a split-decision victory over Australian Arlene Blencowe (2-3). French power puncher, Anne Sophie Mathis has been professionally vocal about her desire to face Braekhus a second time. Braekhus won a unanimous decision over Mathis in September 2012. The nation of Norway, partially as a result of the lobbying efforts of the ‘First Lady” of women’s boxing, is about to legalize boxing.
#2 Marcela Eliana Acuna
Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boxrec P4P #1
‘La Tigresa’ is in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career that witnessed her battle Christy Martin (L-10) in her professional debut and Lucia Rijker (L KO-5) in her second bout as a professional. She reigned as a super-bantamweight champion from August 2006 through August 2010 compiling an excellent record of (16-0) during that span. After two-year hiatus from the ring, she returned winning the vacant WBC Silver female super-bantamweight title. She holds wins over Melissa Hernandez, Alicia Ashley, Jackie Nava, Yazmin Rivas, and Alejandra Marina Oliveras.
#3 Anne Sophie Mathis
Varangeville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Boxrec P4P #65
The huge power puncher from France (5’ 11”) is the heaviest puncher in women’s boxing. Her opponent on November, former WBO light-middleweight champion Oxandia Castillo has comparable power and is young and aggressive. Castillo is very raw, but can legitimately punch as her February 2013 knockout victory over Hanna Gabriel would indicate. In her last effort, Mathis was robbed of a knockout victory over Christina Hammer by a mistake by the assigned referee who disqualified Mathis for illegal blows. The referee’s decision, a disqualification win for Hammer, was changed to a ‘No Contest’ a few days later.
#4 Yesica Yolanda Bopp
Wilde, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boxrec P4P #5
Bopp defeated Daniela Romina Bermudez (UD-10) in April winning the vacant WBO World female flyweight title. She still holds the WBA & WBO female light-flyweight titles; she has defended the WBA title successfully 14 times and the WBO belt 12.
#5 Delfine Persoon
Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Boxrec P4P #7
Persoon defeated contender Judy Waguthii by a one-sided unanimous decision on September 27. In November, she will battle WBC super-featherweight Diana Prazak for the WBC World female lightweight title. Persoon won the WBC lightweight title with a victory over long-time champion, Erica Anabella Farias in April. The fight with Prazak has ‘Matchup of the Year’ potential.