On September 17 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, Ewa Piatkowska, 147 ¾, secured the vacant WBC World female super-welterweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, 148 ¼, by the scores (96-93/96-93/97-93). This blogger scored for Piatkowska 96-94.
The 32-year-old Piatkowska, Warsaw, used her superior speed and aggression to get the better of the action over the ten rounds. The new champion said of her performance, “Ola is a very smart, great technically. I was surprised that it is so good. Blows were stronger than expected. This fight gave me a lot of experience for the future.” With the win, Piatkowska improves to (10-1, 4 KOs).
Lopes, 36, Marshfield, Massachusetts, via Gliwice, Poland, showed well in defeat displaying excellent technical skill and movement from her southpaw stance. She said of Piatkowska, “Eve was faster and had greater range than I thought. She surprised me.” In July 2016, Lopes secured the WBC Silver female welterweight title and remains a threat at either welter or super-welter. With the loss, Lopes drops to (16-4-2, 1 KO).
30-year-old Alicia Napoleon, Lindenhurst, New York, holds the WBC Silver super-welterweight title and should be the first defense for Piatkowska. Napoleon, who started punching for pay in 2014, owns elite punching power and currently holds a record of (7-0, 5 KOs).
On September 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, Klara “Swedish Princess” Svensson, 144 ½, won the interim WBC World female welterweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Mikaela Lauren, 145, by the scores (98-92/96-95/97-93). This blogger scored the bout, 97-93 for Svensson.
Svensson, 28, of Malmo, was technical brilliant befuddling her more experienced opponent with superior speed and movement. Svensson owned the interim WBC World female super-lightweight title before dropping the strap to Erica Farias in May 2015. With the win, Svensson improves to (17-1, 5 KOs).
Lauren, 40, of Stockholm, showed her age against the younger and livelier Svensson consistently falling just short of the mark with her punches. As always, Lauren was entertaining pre-fight with her antics choosing to spray Svensson with bug spray at the official weigh-in for this bout. Previously, she kissed her opponent and doused another with a bottle of water. Entering this fight, Lauren had stopped her four previous opponents each before the sixth round. In women’s boxing, age is just a number. Lauren is still a dangerous out from welterweight to middleweight. She’s had better success in the heavier weight classes where her opponents, except Christina Hammer, are bigger and slower. With the loss, Lauren drops to (27-4, 12 KOs).
If welterweight queen Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) gets past Ann-Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) in October, a European super-bout between Svensson and Braekhus will be made. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (16-4-2, 1 KO) holds the WBC Silver welterweight title and may also be in line for a shot at Braekhus.
On September 9 in Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcela Eliana Acuna, 124 ¼, retained the interim WBA World female featherweight title with a lopsided ten-round unanimous decision over Brenda Karen Carabajal, 124 3/3. The judges ruled (99-91/100-90 1/2/98-92) for the champion.
The 39-year-old Acuna, an all-time great, is an expert at doing just enough in a round to convince the judges to see it her way. This fight was no different in that she moved, rested, and countered her aggressive opponent when forced. Otherwise, she coasted – a skill in which she should teach a course to young and upcoming fighters.
After a nearly two-year hiatus from the ring, Acuna, Caseros, Argentina, returned May 2016 to dominate Mayra Alejandra Gomez (17-4) to win the interim WBA World female featherweight title. The victory over Carabajal was her first defense of the strap and the win propelled her to (44-6-1, 18 KOs). Acuna has held multiple titles at super-bantamweight and held the WIBA featherweight title.
Carabajal, 25, of San Salvador, Argentina, is a competent battler, but short on experience. She holds the Argentina female super-featherweight title and will likely develop into a championship caliber fighter. With the loss, she drops to (11-3, 8 KOs).
Jelena Mrdjenovich will battle Gaelle Amand for the WBA World female featherweight title on October 8 in France.
On September 3 at the Deportivo Zaragoza in Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico, Irma Garcia, 119, edged past Ana Maria Lozano, 119, by an eight-round unanimous decision. No titles were at stake in this donnybrook. This blogger scored 79-71 for Garcia.
Garcia, Mexico City, is a former WBA bantamweight champion and a southpaw, can be described as the “John Ruiz” of women’s boxing. She jabs, slides inside, and clinches; she’s great at it. The former champion scored well with her right jab and countered enough with the right hook and uppercut at close quarters to keep Lozano frustrated. Lozano, Caracas, Venezuela, had difficulty putting together any momentum and became frustrated with Garcia’s style. Lozano lost points in the 6th and 8th rounds for hitting behind the head and was warned for hitting low and holding and hitting.
With the win, Garcia improves to (15-1-1, 2 KOs) and Lozano drops to (12-5-1, 8 KOs).
Women’s Boxing Pound-for-Pound Rankings: September 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- Marcela Eliana Acuna (44-6-1, 18 KOs) Argentina
6- Jessica Chavez (27-4-3, 4 KOs) Mexico
7- Susi Kentikian (36-2, 17 KOs) Germany
8- Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) France
9- Naoko Fujioka (15-1, 6 KOs) Japan
10- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (29-1, 12 KOs) Argentina
11- Anabel Ortiz (22-3, 4 KOs) Mexico
12- Esmeralda Moreno (33-9-1, 11 KOs) Mexico
13- Amanda Serrano (29-1-1, 22 KOs) USA/Puerto Rico
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- Daniela Romina Bermudez (21-3-2, 6 KOs) Argentina
19- Maiva Hamadouche (13-1, 11 KOs) France
20- Klara Svensson (17-1, 5 KOs) Sweden
On October 1 at The Spectrum in Oslo, Norway, the pound-for-pound best in women’s boxing Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, Bergen, Norway, will defend the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBO, and IBF welterweight titles against power-puncher Anne-Sophie Mathis of France.
This fight is a rematch of their September 2012 matchup that Braekhus won via a unanimous decision by a reasonably comfortable margin.
Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs), inactive since battling crude middleweight Oxandia Castillo to a split-draw in February 2015, works as a police officer in Nancy, France. She holds wins over all-time greats Holly Holm and Myriam Lamare and is one of the top ten fighters in the history of women’s boxing.
In boxing, punching power is the last trait lost by a fighter. Mathis, at 5’11” and 21 years of boxing experience, owns a destructive right cross that has allowed her to compile a 72% knockout rate which is enormous in women’s boxing.
Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) is a boxer-puncher with the all-around skills that likely have never been witnessed in women’s boxing. Since the first meeting with Mathis, Braekhus has fought more aggressively scoring stoppage victories against Mia St. John and Oxandia Castillo. She battered all-time great Myriam Lamare, who holds a win over Mathis, nearly stopping her in route to a wide-margined unanimous decision victory in February 2014.
Mathis, nearing 40, is a step too slow to earn a win against Braekhus, but she does possess the experience to make her competitive. Braekhus will force Mathis to chase her around the ring while pounding out a unanimous decision victory, 8-2 in rounds.
Braekhus will be fighting in her adopted home country of Norway for the first time.
Pick: Braekhus UD-10 Mathis 98-92