Women’s Boxing Today


Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany

16 July, 2016

Multi-title world champion Ramona Kuehne, 131 ½, Berlin, secured the vacant WBA International lightweight title with a fifth-round retirement of Tunisian-born Ikram Kerwat, 132 ¼. Kuehne (25-1, 10 KOs) employed every bit of her experience advantage against the heavy-handed Kerwat (6-1, 5 KOs) winning every minute of the bout in route to the stoppage victory.

Kuehne, whose lone defeat came six years ago at the fists of retired featherweight and fellow German, Ina Menzer, has won legitimate world titles in three weight divisions (super bantamweight, lightweight, and super lightweight) and currently holds the WBO female super-featherweight title. In her last five outings, Kuehne has stopped four of her opponents.

The loss to Kuehne wasn’t entirely unexpected considering that it was a significant rise in competition for the Frankfurt-based lightweight. Of Kerwat’s docket, only Gina Chamie (14-6) could be regarded as a legitimate opponent. It is likely that Kerwat will use this loss as an experience that will assist her in future bouts.

WBA Female lightweight champion is Cecilia Comunales (14-1, 9 KOs) of Uruguay. Like Kerwat, she owns significant punching power but has more experience.

Promoter: Wilfried Sauerland (Sauerland Event)

Referee: Joerg Mike

Round limit: Two minutes

Television: Germany SAT.1

 

Polideportivo Soraya Jimenez, Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico

 July 16, 2016

Anabel Ortiz, 108, Tepic, Mexico, the WBA Female minimumweight champion, in her second fight in a month entertained the fans in a non-title affair with an eight round pasting of a fringe contender in Kareli Lopez, 108, Mexicali, winning a unanimous decision (78-74, 78-74, and 77-75).

With the win, Ortiz improves to (22-3, 4 KOs) and Lopez drops to (9-7-3, 2 KOs). In June 2016 Ortiz successfully defended her world title for the seventh time with a stoppage win over San Diego’s Jolene Blackshear (TKO-8).

Ortiz is one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in women’s boxing as her 3-year-reighn, and seven successful title defenses would indicate. This bout was in the light-flyweight division and only serves as a “stay active” fight for Ortiz. The #1 contender for the WBA minimumweight title is 24-year-old Zong Ju Cai (8-1, 1 KO) of Jinan, China.

Promoter: Fernando Beltran (Promociones Zanfer)

Round limit: Two minutes

Television: Mexico Azteca, USA beIN Sports en Español, USA Azteca America

 

Centro de Espectaculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, Mexico

 July 16, 2016

Ibeth Zamora Silva, 108, San Cristobal, successfully defended her WBC World female light-flyweight title for the seventh time with a one-sided stoppage victory over Keisher McLeod-Wells, 106, Brooklyn, when the challenger could no longer continue at the 1:35 mark of round seven.

With the win, the 27-year-old Zamora improves to (26-5, 11 KOs) whereas McLeod-Wells, 39, drops to (8-3).

Zamora is one of the pound-for-pound best in women’s boxing and faces a tough test in #1 challenger Naoko Shibata (15-3-1, 5 KOs) of Japan if the fight should materialize. Zamora defeated Shibata (SD-10) in a battle for the vacant WBC World female light-flyweight title in March 2013. Shibata is scheduled to fight southpaw slugger Maria Salinas in August for the IBF World female light-flyweight title and her victory in that bout could ruin a potential Zamora matchup.

On the undercard, in the flyweight division, Sonia Osorio pounded out a four-round unanimous decision over Leticia Uribe both of Mexico. Osorio improves to (8-2), and Uribe drops to (3-7).

Promoter: Reginaldo & Oswaldo Kuchle (Promociones del Pueblo)

Round limit: Two minutes

Referee: Abdiel Barragan

Television: Mexico Televisa

 

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

 23 July 2016

Jessica Chavez, 111 1/2, Mexico City, defended her WBC World female flyweight title with a ten-round majority decision (95-95, 96-95, 97-93) over former WBC World female light-flyweight champion, Esmeralda Moreno, Mexico City, who also scaled 111 ½. The victory was harder than expected for Chavez, who defended her strap successfully for the third time, as the challenger was coming off a disturbingly close decision win (MD-10) over limited Austrian light-bantamweight, Eva Voraberger in April.

Chavez, primarily a counter-puncher, built and early lead in the contest, but had difficulty with the aggression of Moreno after round seven dropping the last three stanzas making the bout more interesting that it should have been.

With the win, Chavez improves to (27-4-3, 4 KOs) whereas Moreno, for her respectable performance, drops to (33-9-1, 11 KOs). Chavez remains one of the elite pound-for-pound female boxers in the sport and may host #1 challenger “Raging” Raja Amasheh (19-0-1, 4 KOs) of Germany before the end of 2016.

Boxing Jones Scorecard: Chavez 96-94

Promoter: Jose Gomez (Cancun Boxing)

Round limit: Two minutes

Referee: Bill Clancy

 

Other Women’s Boxing Results:

Amanda Serrano (29-1-1, 22 KOs) defended the WBO featherweight title for the first time with a first-round stoppage of Calixta Silgado (14-7-3, 9 KOs). Silgado was down twice in the opening round leading experienced referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to give the judges the night off and stop the contest. Serrano has finished eight of her last ten opponents inside the distance.

Susi Kentikian (36-2, 17 KOs) stayed busy by pounding out a ten-round unanimous decision over 36-year-old Nevenka Mikulic (6-7-1, 5 KOs). Both the WIBF and GBU World female flyweight titles were retained by Kentikian in this epic affair. She also holds the WBA World female flyweight title which thankfully wasn’t at stake.

Fast rising light-middleweight Alicia Napoleon (7-0, 5 KOs) knocked around Kita Watkins (7-14) winning a six-round unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55) in the process. Napoleon, 30, is impressive in and out of the ring and has likely exhausted the talent pool at light-middleweight in the United States.

Popular super-bantamweight Shelly Vincent moved to (18-0) with an eight-round majority decision (76-76, 77-75, 77-75) over tough battler Christina Ruiz who drops to a deceiving (7-9-3) with the loss. The bout was too close for comfort for those in the Vincent camp who were looking forward to a Heather Hardy matchup. Vincent did enough work at close range to eke out the win, but there were plenty in social media who scored for the San Antonio-based Ruiz.

Naoko Shibata (16-3-1, 5 KOs) retained the IBF World female light-flyweight title with a ten-round, majority-decision (96-94, 96-94, 95-95) over Maria Salinas (11-5-3, 4 KOs). The two battled to a ten-round, split-draw in November 2015 for Shibata’s title. The victory was Shibata’s fifth successful title defense since winning the strap in 2013.

Christina Hammer (19-0, 9 KOs) returned from a 14-month hiatus by pounding Melinda Lazar (5-4) into submission (TKO-6). Lazar, during her brief two-year career, has faced first-level competition in losing to prospects Kelly Morgan (UD-6), Alicia Napoleon (TKO-3), and dropped a decision to Maria Lindberg (UD-6). Hammer, although barely active, remains the best middleweight in women’s boxing by a mile, but there are new kids on the block; two of them mentioned in this blurb (Morgan and Napoleon).

Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: August 2016:

1- Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) Norway

2- Ibeth Zamora Silva (26-5, 11 KOs) Mexico

3- Delfine Persoon (36-1, 16 KOs) Belgium

4- Erica Anabella Farias (23-1, 10 KOs) Argentina

5- Susi Kentikian (36-2, 17 KOs) Germany

6- Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) France

7- Jessica Chavez (27-4-3, 4 KOs) Mexico

8- Marcela Eliana Acuna (43-6-1, 18 KOs) Argentina

9- Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6 KOs) Japan

10- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (29-1, 12 KOs) Argentina

11- Amanda Serrano (29-1-1, 22 KOs) USA/Puerto Rico

12- Anabel Ortiz (22-3, 4 KOs) Mexico

13- Esmeralda Moreno (33-9-1, 11 KOs) Mexico

14- Layla McCarter (38-13-5, 9 KOs) USA

15- Zulina Munoz (47-1-2, 28 KOs) Mexico

16- Christina Hammer (19-0, 9 KOs) Germany

17- Jelena Mrdjenovich (36-10-1, 19 KOs) Canada

18- Mikaela Lauren (27-3, 12 KOs) Sweden

19- Kenia Enriquez (17-1, 8 KOs) Mexico

20- Maiva Hamadouche (13-1, 11 KOs) France

Matchups for August/September:

Carnage at Coney Island

On August 21 In Coney Island, New York, in a much-anticipated matchup, Heather Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) will perform in front of her Brooklyn fans when she battles Providence, Rhode Island’s, Shelly Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) for the vacant WBC International female featherweight title.

In the early stages of her career, Hardy moved forward and unloaded a high volume of punches, most without meaning. With every fight, she’s improved and now should be considered a boxer/puncher who unleashes a high volume of punches instead of just an amateurish volume puncher.

Hardy, 34, since early 2015, has displayed the ability to switch stylistic approaches to overcome the fighting style of her opponent. In April 2016, Hardy was successful in bullying Swedish import Anna Hultin, who owns a classic European standup boxing style, into the ropes and the corners and unleashing a body attack that caused Hultin to quit in round four. Against the more aggressive Noemi Bosques five months earlier, Hardy boxed primarily from the outside winning all eight rounds on two of the three scorecards.

The 37-year-old Vincent is a boxer/puncher and is at her best when she’s working at close-range and punching in combination. Against the long and lanky Mikayla Nebel, Vincent slipped inside her long reach and successfully landed in combination at close range while avoiding damage herself. At only 5’, Vincent will need to employ this strategy successfully against the 5’5” Hardy to win the most important fight of her six-year career.

What Hardy needs to do to win: She must avoid allowing Vincent to establish and inside presence that may cause her to be pushed back. Hardy is more comfortable moving forward and creating a rhythm with her left hand. Hardy would be better served by keeping the fight at medium or long range forcing Vincent to reach for her which will open opportunities.

What Vincent must do to win: Make Hardy fight backing up. Don’t allow her to set a rhythm with her left hand. Jackie Trivilino was successful in spots with this tactic and Hardy sustained numerous cuts, some possibly from headbutts, as a result. Vincent has good timing, but she isn’t out boxing Hardy from range. To win, she must battle Hardy at close range.

Power: Hardy

Speed: Even

Accuracy: Vincent

Chin/Durability: Vincent

Experience: Even

Conditioning: Hardy

Size: Hardy

Corner: N/A

Skills: Hardy

Defense: Vincent

Ring Generalship: Hardy

Intangibles: Hardy * the fight in NYC.

 

Heather “The Heat” Hardy

Age: 34

Style: Boxer/Puncher

Strength: Punch volume/ aggression

Weakness: Cuts, defense

Best win: Anna Donatella Hultin

Losses: N/A

Last bout: Win, UD-8 Kirstie Simmons

 

Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent

Age: 37

Style: Combination puncher

Strength: In-fighting, timing

Weakness: Small for a featherweight/ lack of power

Best win: Jackie Trivilino

Losses: N/A

Last bout: Win, MD-8 Christina Ruiz

Pick: Vincent makes it interesting in spots, but fades down the stretch; Hardy 7-3 in rounds.

Villaguay, Entre Rios, Argentina:

On August 27 Debora Anahi Dionicius (22-0, 5 KOs) will defend her IBF World female super-flyweight title against Ana Maria Lozano (12-4-1, 9 KOs). This fight will be the eighth defense of the IBF title that Dionicius won in November 2012. Lozano has defeated two fighters that owned a winning record when she faced them. Most recently, Lozano was awarded a three-round technical draw against former world champion Yazmin Rivas (34-9-1, 10 KOs) when the bout was stopped (cuts) due to an accidental clash of heads. Lozano is (0-5) in world title fights. Dionicius is a solid fighter, nothing special. Her quality of opposition, or lack thereof, is an indication that she’s to an extent, protect. Pick: Dionicius UD-10

Mexico City, Mexico:

On August 27 the WBO World female super-flyweight champion Daniela Romina Bermudez (20-3-2, 6 KOs) will battle perhaps the most famous female boxer in Mexico, Mariana Juarez (43-8-4, 17 KOs) in a WBC bantamweight title eliminator scheduled for ten rounds. Bermudez has lost once in the past five years (Yesica Bopp) and has secured three titles over that span (WBA bantamweight, WBA super-flyweight, and WBO super-flyweight). Juarez has a rough 2015 receiving an early Christmas gift in July in the form of a ten-round, split-decision victory over Vanesa Lorena Taborda. In the October rematch, the two battled to a ten-round draw. Juarez has bounced back in 2016 pitching ten-round shutouts over Noemi Bosques and Tamao Ozawa. The key statistic in this fight is age. Bermudez, 27, is at or near her prime while Juarez, although solid thus far in 2016, will turn 37 in January. Pick: Bermudez UD-10

Buenos Aires, Argentina:

On September 9 one of the true greats in the history of women’s boxing, Marcela Eliana Acuna (43-6-1, 18 KOs) will battle for the WBA World female featherweight title (interim) against the ever-tough TBA.  In May, Acuna returned from a near two-year layoff to secure the above mentioned WBA title by outdueling Mayra Alejandra Gomez (UD-10). Acuna, formerly a kickboxer, made her professional debut in December 1997 losing to against Christy Martin (UD-10). In her second professional bout, Acuna was competitive but was stopped by Lucia Rijker in five rounds. Except two brief retirements (2012, 2015) she’s held a world title at super-bantamweight or featherweight since 2005. Her January 2013 bout against Yesica Patricia Marcos was attended by more than 40,000 fans.  Pick: Acuna

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