Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: February 2015
1- Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs) Norway
2- Delfine Persoon (32-1, 15 KOs) Belgium
3- Marcela Eliana Acuna (42-6-1, 18 KOs) Argentina
4- Ibeth Zamora Silva (21-5, 8 KOs) Mexico
5- Jackie Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) Mexico
6- Susi Kentikian (34-2, 17 KOs) Germany
7- Erica Anabella Farias (21-1, 10 KOs) Argentina
8- Jelena Mrdjenovich (34-9-1, 18 KOs) Canada
9- Yesica Patricia Marcos (26-0-2, 9 KOs) Argentina
10- Melissa McMorrow (10-5-3, 1 KO) USA
11- Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6 KOs) Japan
12- Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) Germany
13- Diana Prazak (13-3, 9 KOs) Australia
14- Zulina Munoz (44-1-2, 27 KOs) Mexico
15- Jessica Chavez (21-4-3, 4 KOs) Mexico
16- Yazmin Rivas (32-8, 9 KOs) Mexico
17- Arely Mucino (21-2-2, 10 KOs) Mexico
18- Alicia Ashley (22-10-1, 4 KOs) USA
19- Mariana Juarez (40-8-3, 17 KOs) Mexico
20- Ana Laura Esteche (11-3-2, 2 KOs) Argentina
Dropped out: Anne Sophie Mathis (retired) Yesica Yolanda Bopp (pregnancy)
Boiling Under the Surface: Klara Svensson, Ji-Hyun Park, Svetlana Kulakova, Ava Knight, Anabel Ortiz, Jessica Nery Plata, Amanda Serrano, Naoko Shibata, Carolina Rodriguez, Kenia Enriquez, Layla McCarter, Ayaka Miyao, Shindo Go, Fernanda Soledad Alegre, Oxandia Castillo, Alejandra Marina Oliveras, Hyun-Mi Choi, Hanna Gabriel, Nikki Adler, and Martha Salazar.
Important results in February.
Melissa McMorrow SD-10 Kenia Enriquez: McMorrow (10-5-3, 1 KO) pounds out a ten-round, split-decision over Enriquez (13-1, 6 KOs) and wins the WBO female flyweight title. In the main event, Jackie Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) retained the WBC and WBA female super bantamweight titles with a sixth-round technical knockout of Mayra Alejandra Gomez (16-4).
For Enriquez, who is a future star in the sport, the loss is a learning experience that will lend her well in the future. McMorrow remains one of the most underrated fighters in female boxing and performs on a level greater than her record would otherwise indicate.
Delfine Persoon (32-1, 15 KOs) defeated Florence Muthoni (11-5-2, 5 KOs) by a technical knockout in the eighth and final round. Persoon is the WBC lightweight champion and will defend the title in April against Nicole Boss.
Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) retained the WBF super-welterweight title by battling to a ten-round, split draw with the hard charging Oxandia Castillo (13-2-3, 10 KOs) by the scores 96-94(Mathis), 96-94(Castillo), and 95-95. Mathis, a notorious slow starter had difficulty with the speed and aggression of Castillo early but settled in down the stretch to earn the draw. It appears from social media postings that Anne Sophie Mathis has ended her certain Hall of Fame career for a career in law enforcement.
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (11-3-2, 1 KO) scored a six-round, unanimous decision over Ashley Nee, an MMA participant who suffers a loss in her first professional prize fight.
Nancy Franco (14-6-2, 4 KOs) in a mild upset, won the IBF minimumweight title for the second time with a ten-round, split-decision (96-94, 96-94, 92-98) over Victoria Argueta (13-2, 4 KOs). Argueta drops the title in her second defense. This title fight was a rematch of the May 2014 bout where Argueta wrestled the IBF title away from Franco (UD-10).
Amanda Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) stopped Marisol Reyes (14-10-1) in the third round of a scheduled eight. It was the sixth stoppage loss for Reyes.
At the age of 42, Simona Galassi (23-3-1, 4 KOs) defended her EBU female flyweight title with a ten-round, unanimous-decision over Loredana Piazza (10-3) by the scores (97-93, 97-93, 96-94). Due to her experience, the two-time former champion will be a difficult fight for any of the world champions at flyweight.
#2 Delfine Persoon
Residence: Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Style: Stalking slugger
Strength: Power, aggression, ring generalship
Issued Florence Muthoni (TKO-8) her first stoppage loss in February. Muthoni, who has challenged for world titles in the past, was merely a stay busy opponent for the WBC lightweight champion who defends her title against Nicole Boss (13-4-2, 7 KOs) in April. Persoon defeated Boss in March 2011 pounding out a ten-round unanimous decision victory winning at least nine of the ten rounds on each card. Persoon, at the age of 30 has improved since the 2011 outing and is currently at the peak of the game. Look for a late round stoppage or a dominate ten-round win for Persoon.
#7 Erica Anabella Farias
Residence: Virreyes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Style: Aggressive mid-range left hooker.
Strength: Punching power (right hand), improved boxing ability
Weakness: Can be out maneuvered, open down the middle defensively
“La Pantera” the former long-time WBC lightweight champion now holds the WBC super-lightweight (light-welterweight) title. On May 2 she faces Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) who has the style to defeat her. Svensson, a deceivingly effective boxer-puncher, with an emphasis on boxer throws primarily straight punches and could take advantage of the holes in the defense of Farias (down the middle). Svensson of Malmo, Sweden, will have the home ring advantage as the bout will be held in Denmark. Farias went 3-1 in 2014 most notably defeating Alejandra Marina Oliveras by a split decision in November and losing her WBC lightweight title to Delfine Persoon early in the year.
#11 Christina Hammer
Residence: Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Style: Long-range boxer
Strength: Movement, Jab, long-range boxing ability
Weakness: One dimensional, in-fighting ability
The flue knocked Hammer out of a middleweight title defense against America Kali Reis (7-3-1, 3 KOs). After the fiasco against Anne Sophie Mathis last summer, Hammer needs to be at 100% before entering the ring again. Many years ago, John Tate was besting Mike Weaver in a heavyweight title fight when in the 15th round, Weaver landed a right hand that ended the fight.
After the knockout loss, every legitimate fighter that faced Tate tried to take him out with the right hand. Hammer will face the same problem when she resumes her career after hitting the canvas for nearly 20 seconds against Mathis last summer. Reis, who isn’t short on power in the right hand, will surely try to land the shot. The question isn’t if Hammer is bigger and more talented than Reis, she is, but does she have the confidence to take the punch? How will she react when she gets hit with the right hand? The fight has yet to be rescheduled.