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- Delfine Persoon 30-1, 13 KOs (Belgium)
5- Diana Prazak 13-2, 9 KOs (Australia/USA)
6- Jackie Nava 30-4-3, 13 KOs (Mexico)
7- Erica Anabella Farias 20-1, 10 KOs (Argentina)
8- Jelena Mrdjenovich 33-9-1, 17 KOs (Canada)
9- Christina Hammer 17-0, 8 KOs (Germany)
10- Naoko Fujioka 12-0, 6 KOs (Japan)
11- Ibeth Zamora-Silva 20-5, 8 KOs (Mexico)
12- Zulina Munoz 43-1-2, 27 KOs (Mexico)
13- Susi Kentikian 33-2, 17 KOs (Germany)
14- Jessica Chavez 21-3-3, 4 KOs (Mexico)
15- Amanda Serrano 21-1-1, 16 KOs (Puerto Rico/USA)
16- Mariana Juarez 40-7-3, 16 KOs (Mexico)
17- Yesica Patricia Marcos 25-0-2, 9 KOs (Argentina)
18- Yazmin Rivas 31-8, 9 KOs (Mexico)
19- Alicia Ashley 21-10-1, 3 KOs (USA/Jamaica)
20- Melissa McMorrow 9-5-3, 1 KO (USA)
Dropped Out: Yesica Yolanda Bopp (pregnancy, inactivity), Ava Knight (inactivity), Ji-Hyun Park (inactivity)
Added: Yazmin Rivas, Yesica Patricia Marcos
Best of the rest: Kenia Enriquez, Fernanda Soledad Alegre, Melissa Hernandez, Arely Mucino, Alejandra Marina Oliveras, Shindo Go, Daniela Romina Bermudez, Nikki Adler, Carolina Rodriguez, Hyun-Mi Choi, Ana Laura Esteche, Dahiana Santana, Irma Garcia, Carolina Raquel Duer, Naoko Shibata, Anabel Ortiz, Momo Koseki, and Ramona Kuehne
#1 Cecilia Braekhus
Boxrec P4P #3
The #1 fighter in women’s boxing will place her four welterweight titles on the line on November 29 versus 29-year-old Jennifer Retzke of Berlin, Germany. Retzke, the former IBF light-middleweight champion, currently holds two minor welterweight titles (IBO, GBC). Over her nearly five-year career, Retzke has punched her way to an outstanding record of (15-1-1, 9 KOs). In similar fashion to Ivana Habazin, who was dominated by the First Lady of Boxing (Braekhus) in September, Retzke has very good punching power, but is slow and moves in straight lines. Her deficiencies should be easily exploited by Braekhus.
#2 Marcela Eliana Acuna
Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boxrec P4P #1
You can tell a great fighter by how easy they make dominating another high quality fighter look. In August, “La Tigresa” coasted in spots expending just enough energy to best the current WBO World female featherweight champion, Edith Soledad Matthysse by 6, 4, & 2 rounds on the scorecards. If pressed, with relative ease, she could have won every round. Currently, no title defense is scheduled for the 38-year-old champion.
#3 Anne Sophie Mathis
Varangeville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Boxrec P4P #61
In December, the 5’11” Mathis, who is as dangerous a puncher that has ever laced up gloves in women’s boxing, faces the crude, but hard punching, Oxandia Castillo (13-2-2, 10 KOs). Heavy leather will be flying in this one and undoubtedly, it won’t go the distance. 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 Delfine Persoon
Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Boxrec P4P #7
On November 11 Persoon will battle Lucia Rijker-trained, Diana Prazak (13-2, 9 KOs) in defense of her WBC World female lightweight title. Prazak, the current WBC super-featherweight champion, is smallish for a lightweight, but she carries legitimate punching power and almost unprecedented late-round punching power. Prazak is also an improving in-fighter and is already proficient enough at close quarters to qualify as the best that Persoon has ever faced. No disrespect to Erica Anabella Farias, but she needs room to punch to land her crushing right cross. If Persoon, who has displayed a granite chin thus far during her career, can last the distance, she should prevail on the scorecards.
#5 Diana Prazak
Los Angeles, California, USA
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Boxrec P4P #2
Will attempt to dethrone Delfine Persoon (30-1, 13 KOs) and secure the WBC World female lightweight title on November 11 in Persoon’s home country of Belgium. When thinking about this fight, Prazak’s body work against Wallberg comes to mind. Prazak, under the tutelage of Lucia Rijker is becoming a proficient fighter at close quarters. Can Persoon take the right cross of Prazak, who unlike any fighter in women’s boxing owns late-round punching power, after Prazak lands four to five rounds of effective body shots? I’m not sure. The major kink in the formidable armor of Prazak is that she’s a slow starter. Persoon will jump on her early in an attempt to render the score cards moot.
Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas (31-8, 9 KOs) with recent victories over Alesia Graf and Susie Ramadan has entered the pound-for-pound discussion. She was likely always there since her most recent loss to Jessica Gonzalez was controversial. Rivas, the current WBC World female bantamweight title has boxed to a tune of (10-1) including five defenses of the IBF World female bantamweight title.