On November 1 in Vienna, Austria, Eva “The Golden Baby” Voraberger (19-3, 9 KOs) in her hometown retained the WIBF and WBF super-flyweight titles with a razor-thin, split-decision over Renata Domsodi (12-6, 5 KOs) of Budapest, Hungary. Domsodi is a serviceable challenger having failed four times earlier in her three-year career at securing world titles. She holds two minor international titles at bantamweight and the Hungary female bantamweight title. Voraberger remains one of the most vulnerable world champions in women’s boxing and will likely continue to defend against pedestrian competition.
On November 1 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Maria Lindberg was in action against somebody. It appeared to be more of a sparring session between a skilled fighter and a newbie having one week of work in a legitimate gym. Lindberg won by first round knockout; the opponent turned her back and discovered a lovely spot to fall. Boxrec posted (NC-1) for the result. Lindberg was defending her WIBA and WIBF world titles at light-middleweight. Lindberg (9-1-2, 3 KOs; 1-NC) appears to be a talented fighter, but needs to step up the competition. The last time she entered the ring against an A-level opponent was her 2011 decision loss to Christina Hammer in a clash against the long-time middleweight queen.
On November 1 in Fukuoka, Japan, hometown favorite, Yuko Kuroki (12-4-1, 6 KOs) successfully defended the WBC World female minimumweight title with a ten-round, split-decision over Katia Gutierrez (19-5, 4 KOs) of Mexico. The scoring was (96-94, 96-94, 93-97) in favor of the champion. On the undercard in the minimumweight division, Sana Hazuki (1-0) pounded out a four-round unanimous decision victory over Sayaka Aoki (0-2).
On November 1 in Mexico City, Mexico, flyweight Lourdes Juarez (6-2, 1 KO) won a six-round, split-decision over Jacqueline Calvo (0-2). Lourdes Juarez is the sister of Mariana Juarez who is a huge star in Mexican women’s boxing. Lourdes Juarez isn’t much of a prospect, but will likely receive a shot at a minor title eventually. On the same card, Yesenia Tovar (2-0) won a four-round unanimous decision over Karla Zarate (0-2) in the super-flyweight division. Tovar has the ability to develop into a star eventually.
On October 31 in Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ruth Stephanie Aquino improved to (5-1, 1 KO) when she stopped Laura Martinez (TKO-4) who made a dubious debut to professional boxing. Aquino previously battled in the lightweight division; the victory over Martinez was contested in the light-welterweight class.
On October 31 in San Martin, Argentina, Yesica Patricia Marcos, 122, defended her WBA World female super-bantamweight title for the seventh time with a first round knockout of Estrella Valverde, 119. Marcos is likely the biggest draw in women’s boxing did not disappoint the hometown crowd improving her record to an impressive (25-0-2, 9 KOs) with the great effort. Valverde of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, drops to (10-5-2, 1 KO) with the loss, but had her moments before the knockout. Marcos, who is equally adept at fighting at close quarters or from range, forced Valverde on the ropes where she landed a barrage of flush punches, two on the liver, knocking the challenger halfway through the ropes where she was counted out by the assigned referee, Uriel Aguilera.
Who Marcos will face in her next defense is arbitrary; New York’s defensive wiz, Alicia Ashly, in the WBA’s most recent rankings, is the highest rated super-bantamweight. What is known is that Marcos will defend the title in Argentina and likely in her hometown on San Martin. In January 2013 Marcos vs Acuna, held at the same venue as this battle, drew in excess of 40,000 fans.
On October 31 at City Hall Arena in Trnava, Slovakia, hard punching slugger Zita “The Giant” Zatyko (16-1-1, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBF and Hungarian female super-middleweight titles with a ten-round unanimous decision (99-91, 96-94, 98-92) over Szilvia Szabados (5-1). Zatyko, with the exit of Christina Hammer, is likely the best of the rest of the super-middleweight division in women’s boxing.