Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: April 2015
1- Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs) Norway
2- Delfine Persoon (32-1, 15 KOs) Belgium
3- Ibeth Zamora Silva (22-5, 8 KOs) Mexico
4- Marcela Eliana Acuna (42-6-1, 18 KOs) Argentina
5- Jackie Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) Mexico
6- Susi Kentikian (34-2, 17 KOs) Germany
7- Layla McCarter (36-13-5, 8 KOs) USA
8- Jelena Mrdjenovich (35-9-1, 19 KOs) Canada
9- Naoko Fujioka (13-1, 6 KOs) Japan
10- Erica Anabella Farias (21-1, 10 KOs) Argentina
11- Melissa McMorrow (10-5-3, 1 KO) USA
12- Yesica Patricia Marcos (26-0-2, 9 KOs) Argentina
13- Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) Germany
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- Diana Prazak (13-3, 9 KOs) Australia
19- Amanda Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) Puerto Rico/USA
20- Mariana Juarez (40-8-3, 17 KOs) Mexico
Dropped: Ana Laura Esteche, Alicia Ashley
Added: Layla McCarter, Amanda Serrano
Boiling Under the Surface: Klara Svensson, Alicia Ashley, Ji-Hyun Park, Svetlana Kulakova, Ava Knight, Anabel Ortiz, Jessica Nery Plata, Naoko Shibata, Carolina Rodriguez, Kenia Enriquez, Ana Laura Esteche, Ayaka Miyao, Shindo Go, Fernanda Soledad Alegre, Oxandia Castillo, Alejandra Marina Oliveras, Hyun-Mi Choi, Hanna Gabriel, Nikki Adler, Esmeralda Moreno, Tyrieshia Douglas, Mikaela Lauren, and Martha Salazar.
#7 Layla McCarter (36-13-5, 8 KOs)
Hometown: Las Vegas
Turned Pro: 1998
I likely underrated her for the duration of my pound-for-pound rankings (4 years). Her win over Diana Prazak (TKO-7) in BKB was stellar and a clinic in counter-punching and efficient movement. At 35, she looks to be at the peak of her career. Her pinpoint, counter-punching can only be rivaled by Marcela Eliana Acuna (Argentina).
Spin: Now is the time for a fight with Amanda Serrano, who boasts the WBO lightweight title. The contrast in styles would make for a great matchup.
#1 Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs)
Residence: Bergen, Norway
Turned Pro: 2007
The “First Lady of Boxing” will be cooperating with Wladimir Klitschko/K2 Promotions and IMG. She has left Sauerland Promotions. Braekhus holds the four major welterweight titles (WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF), but currently not scheduled to defend her title.
Spin: Since she is calling her shots, look for Braekhus to fight in Norway, which recently legalized boxing. Braekhus was the main thrust of the process that allowed boxing to be legalized in Norway. Her contract with Sauerland expired in February.