Female Fight News for week of Jan. 16, 2017
By David A. Avila
A new year brought door busting attention as Brooklyn’s Amanda Serrano kept her WBO super bantamweight title and gained the WBC Diamond belt with her impressive win over Mexico’s Yazmin Rivas this past weekend.
It was the first time in years that a female bout was televised by Showtime and the performance by Serrano and Rivas let the American public discover what other countries around the world already knew: the women can indeed fight.
The doors are open for female boxing in the U.S.A. and now a spark of optimism seems to be lit. Around the country more females seem to be busy in the boxing gyms than in years before. Meanwhile the rest of the world continues to showcase women boxing on a consistent basis.
A number of big female bouts are looming such as Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus about to defend her numerous welterweight world titles against Sweden’s Karla Svensson in an epic Nordic battle in two weeks. Others like America’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields are getting set for battle in March. And Ireland’s Katie Taylor is looking to make her American debut soon.
All in all female boxing seems to be on the verge of eruption.
Female Fight News for week of Jan. 16, 2017
Sanae Jah (13-2-1) defeated Evgeniya Zablotskaya (8-13) by technical decision after six rounds on Sunday Jan. 15. The Belgium flyweight title fight took place in Brussels.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Brabant, super middleweights Femke Hermans (3-0) and Borislava Goranova (10-45-2) meet in an eight round bout for the vacant WBF International title.
On Friday, Jan. 20, in Santos Sao Paolo, lightweights Rosa Volante (8-0) and Natalia Del Valle Aguirre (7-10-3) meet in a six round bout. Also, super bantamweights Danila Ramos (0-0) and Amanda Lopes (1-2) meet in a four round bout.
Vanessa Bradford (4-0-1) beat Karla Zamora (3-4) by split decision after five rounds on Friday Jan. 13. The super featherweight fight took place in Edmonton, Canada.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Shijiazhuang, China, featherweights Jijing Yu (0-0) and Daria Shevchuk (0-0) meet in a four round bout.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Struer, super bantamweights Dina Thorslund (7-0) and Xenia Jorneac (7-1) meet in a 10 round bout.
Elhelm Mekhaled (2-0) beat Valentina Keri (1-3) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Jan. 14. The lightweight match was held in Bourgoin, France.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Levallois-Perret, super featherweights Maiva Hamadouche (14-1) Milena Koleva (9-6-1) meet in a 10 round bout for the IBF world title.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Lille, featherweights Licia Boudersa (6-1-1) and Ericka Rousseau (10-0) meet in a 10 round bout for the vacant EBU title.
Edina Kiss (12-2) won by technical knockout of Timea Alfoldi (5-3) in the third round on Thursday Jan. 12. The super bantamweight fight took place in Budapest. Also, Nikolett Papp (3-0) won by technical knockout in the sixth round of a welterweight bout over Katalin Menes (3-1). Plus, Szilvia Szabados (15-8) beat Diana Marcz (3-5) by technical knockout in the fifth round of a super welterweight fight.
Kleopatra Tolnai (12-9) beat Alexandra Lazar (9-4) by decision to win the vacant Hungarian super flyweight title on Monday Jan. 9. The 10 round bout took place in Vecses, Hungary.
On Tuesday Jan. 17, in Tokyo, flyweights Kayoko Ebata (9-7) and Suda Chaimaroeng (0-2) meet in a six round bout.
Hazel Alvarez (1-1) defeated Valeria Diaz (0-1) by decision after four rounds. The super flyweight bout took place in Numaran, Michoacan, Mexico. Also, Berenice Alvarez (2-0) beat Luz Fonseca (0-5) by decision after a four round super flyweight fight.
Jacqueline Coutino (1-2) defeated Fabiola Valente (0-1) by decision after six rounds on Saturday Jan. 14. The super flyweight bout took place in Chiapas.
Sakina Rashid (1-1) beat Fatuma Akida (0-2) by decision after four rounds. The light flyweight fight was held in Mbozi, Tanzania. Also, Fatuma Yazidu (12-3) beat Lydia Mgaya (0-2) by knockout in the second round of a light flyweight bout.
Amanda Serrano (31-1-1) defeated Mexico’s Yazmin Rivas (35-10-1) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Jan. 14. The battle for the WBO super bantamweight world title and the WBC Diamond belt title was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Trenton, New Jersey, featherweights Carla Torres (5-3) and Elizabeth Anderson (5-8) meet in a four round bout.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Pleasanton, Calif. middleweights Raquel Miller (2-0) and Latashia Burton (4-7) meet in a six round bout.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Montebello, Calif. lightweights Lisa Porter (1-0) and Katonya Fisher (1-0) meet in a four round contest at the Quiet Cannon.
On Saturday Jan. 21, in Chicago, Illinois, a lightweight bout featuring Jessica McCaskill (2-1) and another takes place.