Marcela Acuna and International Fight News – One of the best female fighters of this era returns to battle with Argentina’s Marcela Acuna who began her career fighting back-to-back legends in her first two pro fights. Several other female fights take place this week in Europe and the United States.
Acuna was a newbie to pro boxing when she made her pro debut against the great Christy “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin back in December 1997. The fight took place in Pompano Beach Florida when Martin was still a force in women’s boxing. Acuna lost of course but after 10 rounds with the veteran Martin at super lightweight.
The next fight Acuna accepted took place nine months later against yet another legend Lucia Rijker. That’s like jumping from the lion’s den to the tiger’s den. Pick your poison. Acuna picked both. Against Rijker she was stopped in the fifth round of their clash for the vacant IBO super lightweight world title. But looking back, that was quite an accomplishment.
Perhaps realizing she was too heavy she dropped down four weight divisions to super bantamweight. It is at the 122-pound limit that she found a comfortable weight for her talent. Since finding the proper weight class Acuna has been a force.
Today, Argentina has become one of the most prolific female boxing capitals and has been able to stage female fights on a prolific basis. But Acuna was more than willing to travel to other countries. She’s captured world titles in the super bantamweight and featherweight division including wins over Yazmin Rivas, Jackie Nava, and Alejandra Oliveras. The only opposition who has given her trouble is Alicia Ashley who has two wins and one loss in three encounters.
Now, Acuna (43-6-1, 18 Kos) faces fellow Argentine Brenda Carabajal (11-2, 8 Kos) a 25-year-old from Jujuy, Argentina. Both will be fighting for the interim WBA featherweight title on Saturday in Caseros, Argentine which is home base for Acuna.
It should be a good match up. Look for the write up following the fight.
In Europe, a showdown between Swedish welterweights take place when Mikaela Lauren (27-3, 12 Kos) the current WBC super welterweight titlist drops down in weight to face rival Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 Kos) on Saturday in Stockholm. The interim WBC welterweight title will be the prize.
Lauren, 40, apparently does not like Svensson who is 28. They’ve never fought each other before. It should be a good rumble.
In Los Angeles vicinity, a light flyweight bout takes place on Saturday when undefeated Seniesa Estrada (7-0) of East L.A. fights former minimum weight champion Nancy Franco (15-9-2, 4 Kos) of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Estrada, 24, will be making her third appearance at the Inglewood Forum in two years. But this is the first time she fights someone with a winning record in Franco who has lost three consecutive matches but two of those were world title fights.
It’s the moment of truth for Estrada.
Franco, 27, was stopped only once and that was too Mexico’s super tough Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora back in 2011. She’s accustomed to tough competition.
Can Estrada compete at this level? We’ll see on Saturday.
Female Fight News from Around the World
In Las Heras, a super middleweight fight saw Nerina Ortubia (1-0) beat Gisela Ledesma (0-4-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday Sept. 2.
Argentine great Marcela Acuna (43-6-1) meets Brenda Carabajal (11-2) for the vacant interim WBA featherweight title on Friday Sept. 9. The featherweight clash takes place in Caseros, Argentina and is set for 10 rounds. Acuna, 39, has not lost a fight in four years. Also, Karen Carabajal meets Vanessa Del Valle Aguirre (7-8-3) in a featherweight bout set for six rounds.
Maria Rivera (9-4-3) faces Vanesa Taborda (8-7-3) in a 10-round super flyweight bout for the Argentine title. The fight takes place on Saturday Sept. 10, in Florencia Varela, Argentina. Rivera, 36, has a four-fight winning streak. Taborda, 32, has a three-fight losing streak including a vicious knockout loss to Zulina Munoz in July. Also, Debora Dionicius (22-0) fights Ana De Lujan Rios (8-7-2) in an eight round bantamweight fight. Plus, Jorgelina Guanini (3-0-1) meets Lilian Silva (2-3-1) in a four round bantamweight match.
The Brazilian light flyweight title will be at stake when Elica De Souza Santos (9-0, 5 KOs) fights Julia Silva (0-2) in a 10 round bout on Wednesday Sept. 7. De Souza Santos, 23, lives and fights out of Sao Paolo, Brazil where the fight will be held. Also, Ana Carolina (0-0) and Sandy Mayara (0-1) fight in a four round light flyweight bout.
In Toronto, a featherweight clash between veterans pits Sandy Tsagouris (14-2) against Galina Ivanova (16-11-4) in an eight round bout. The match takes place on Friday Sept. 9. Tsagouris, 35, fights out of Toronto and has a four fight win streak. Ivanova, 38, fights out of Bulgaria and lost her bid for the WBA bantamweight world title in her last fight a year ago.
In Langley, British Colombia, Sarah Pucek (6-2-1) meets Lucia Larcinese (7-11-1) for the Canadian featherweight title. The 10-round match takes place on Friday Sept. 9. Pucek, 29, fights out of Langley. Larcinese, 44, fights out of Montreal, Canada.
In Cartagena, a featherweight contest saw Maria Miranda (16-13) knock down Glenis Cardona (2-10-2) and win by decision after six rounds on Friday Sept. 2. Miranda, 32, fights out of Monitos, Colombia.
Sanna Turunen (0-0) meets Aliana Neibauere (0-1) in a four round middleweight bout on Saturday Sept. 10, in Mariehamn. Turunen is from Finland and Neibauere, 18, is from Rigo, Latvia.
A battle between featherweights saw Kleopatra Tolnai (8-7) win by knockout over Beata Salgo (0-8) in the first round. The fight took place Saturday Sept. 3, in Budapest. Tolnai, 19, has a two-fight winning streak after snapping a three-fight losing streak.
In Budapest, a super bantamweight contest saw Edina Kiss (10-1) emerge the victor by technical knockout over Timea Alfoldi (5-1) in the second round of their scheduled eight round bout on Friday Sept. 2.
A battle between bantamweight rivals saw Irma “Torbellino” Garcia (15-1-1) defeat Ana Maria Lozano (12-5-1) by decision after eight rounds. The fight took place in Zaragoza, Mexico on Saturday Sept. 3. Garcia, a former WBA bantamweight titlist, is a southpaw who fights out of Mexico City. Lozano, 30, was coming of a draw with former WBC bantamweight titlist Yazmin Rivas, but fell short against Garcia.
In Cuajimalpa, a super bantamweight battle saw Naroyuki Koasicha (6-1-1) defeat Miriam Rosales (0-2-1) by decision after four rounds. The fight took place on Saturday Sept. 3. Koasicha fights out of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
In Guadalajara, a clash between super featherweights saw Yareli “Chololita” Larios (8-0) remain undefeated by decision after eight rounds against Perla Hernandez (10-9-3). The fight took place on Saturday Sept. 3. Larios, 18, is the daughter of former world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios and lives in Guadalajara. Also, Arely Castillo (1-0) defeated Yadira Luna (0-1) in a battle of debuting bantamweights.
In Los Reyes La Paz, a battle of flyweights saw Mari Rodriguez (1-0) stop Erika Sanchez (0-2) in the third round to win her debut. The match took place on Friday Sept. 2. Also, Guadalupe Parra (2-1) won by disqualification over Joselyn Casilla in their light flyweight bout.
A bantamweight battle pits Georgina Becerril (0-2-1) versus Alejandra Bermudez (0-1) in a four round bout in Mexico City. The fight takes place on Saturday Sept. 9.
Rebecca Jennings (4-1) meets Leighann Banham (0-2-1) for the vacant New Zealand super featherweight title on Saturday Sept. 10. The match takes place in Kapiti. Jennings, 33, fights out of Wellington, New Zealand. Banham fights out of Brisbane, Australia.
Kimberly Labajo (0-0) meets Gretel De Paz (0-0) in a four round featherweight bout on Saturday Sept. 10, in Tarlac City. In another bout, Viberly Casero (0-0) faces Floryvic Montero (2-2) in a four round minimum weight bout.
Tatyana Zrazhevskaya (2-0) meets Mary Romero (1-1) in a bantamweight fight set for eight rounds on Saturday Sept. 10, in Solnechnyy. Zrazheskaya, 24, lives in Voronezh, Russia. Romero, 31, fights out of Murcia, Spain. In another bout, Snezhana Tsarikaeva (0-0) meets Yana Denisova (0-3) in a four round flyweight match.
Mikaela Lauren (27-3) fights Klara Svensson (16-1) for the interim WBC welterweight title on Saturday Sept. 10, in Stockholm. Lauren, 40, has the current WBC super welterweight title but is dropping down in weight to fight and has an eight-fight winning streak. Svensson, 28, fights out of Sweden as does Lauren.
Viviane Obenauf (7-1) faces Klaudia Szymczak (2-8) in a six round lightweight bout on Friday Sept. 9. The match takes place in Interlaken, Switzerland. Obenauf, 29, is a native Brazilian now based in Birsfelden, Switzerland. Szymczak, 27, is based out of Dabrowa, Poland.
In Mdantsane, a bantamweight clash saw Sharrodene Fortuin (6-1) defeat Brazil’s Simone Da Silva Duarte (14-10) by decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Sept. 3. Also, Nosipho Bell (4-1) captured the South African super featherweight title by defeating Nomapondomisa Xotyeni (5-2-1) by decision after 10 rounds. A third female bout saw Babalwa Nongongotha (1-0) win by decision over Sandiswe Gxogxo (0-5-1) by decision after six rounds in a bantamweight bout.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, a light flyweight contest matches Marina Ramirez (1-0) versus Rachel Sazoff (0-1) in a four round bout on Friday Sept. 9. The fight takes place at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center and is set for four rounds.
Seniesa Estrada (7-0) faces Mexico’s Nancy Franco (15-9-2) in a flyweight bout set for eight rounds on Saturday Sept. 10, at Inglewood, California. Estrada, 24, fights out of East L.A. Franco is a former minimum weight world champion out of Guadalajara.