Female Fight News for week of Jan. 23, 2017
European female boxing got started with a bang this week with several top fights taking place in France and Belgium.
The big one was supposed to take place this weekend with Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus defending her welterweight belts against Swedens Karla Svensson. It was postponed when Braekhus was stricken by the flu bug.
The welterweight championship fight already sold out tickets in Oslo, Norway and will now be moved to February 24. It’s a monster of a fight between the talented Braekhus and somewhat newcomer Svensson who shot past Mikaela Lauren this past summer with a strong showing.
Braekhus was disappointed in being forced to postpone the fight.
“I was in the best shape of my life before I got knocked out by the flu. This is the worst that can happen to a fighter so close to battle, but health and safety comes first of course,” said Brækhus, 35.
This past weekend France had three elite female fight cards with IBF super featherweight titlist Maiva Hamadouche leading the way.
In Asia we’ve seen China begin to stage female fight cards in the past year. This year India is now breaking into the female fight world and has two bouts planned: one in Bhopal and another in Imphal, India. That country has been strong for years in the amateur world and now those amateurs are getting their pro licenses. In the next five years we could see domination from that continent if the female fighter membership grows in proportion to their populations.
In North America, the country of Mexico had several elite bouts take place including Anabel Ortiz back in action. In the United States of America several female fight cards took place and more are coming this week.
According to sources, Claressa Shields, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano could all be fighting soon in February or March.
Female Fight News
Lizbeth Crespo (12-3) defeated Gloria Yancaqueo (3-7-2) by decision after a six round bout on Saturday Jan. 21. The super featherweight fight took place in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Also, Natalia Sisterna (1-0) beat Gisela Ledesma (0-5-1) by decision in a super middleweight fight.
Femke Hermans (4-0) beat Borislava Goranova (10-46-2) by decision to win the vacant WBFI super middleweight title on Saturday Jan. 21. The eight round fight took place in Vlaams Brabant, Belgium.
Jijing Yu (1-0) won her pro debut by split decision over Russia’s Daria Shevchuk (0-1) on Saturday Jan. 21. The four round featherweight bout took place in Shijiazhuang, China.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Puerto Colombia, super flyweights Micaela Lujan (0-0) and Angie Silgado (0-0) meet in a scheduled four round bout.
Dina Thurslund (8-0) beat Germany’s Xenia Jorneac (7-2) by decision to win the vacant WBC Youth title on Saturday Jan. 21. The 10 round super bantamweight fight took place in Struer, Denmark. Thorslund, 23, fights out of Copenhagen, Denmark.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Vaasa, Finland, middleweights Sanna Turunen (1-0) and Kinga Magyar (1-3) meet in a six round bout.
Maiva Hamadouche (15-1) kept the IBF super featherweight world title by knockout of Bulgaria’s Milena Koleva (9-7-1) in the ninth round on Saturday Jan. 21. The match took place in Levallois-Perret, France. Hamadouche, 27, was making her first defense of the title that she won by decision against Jennifer Salinas last November.
Licia Boudersa (7-1-1) won the vacant EBU title by decision over Ericka Rousseau (10-1) on Saturday Jan. 21. The 10 round featherweight bout was held in Lille, France. Boudersa, 24, was fighting in her hometown. Rousseau, 30, fights out of Charente-Maritime, France.
Stephanie Ducastel (7-3-1) won by technical knockout of Katarina Vistica (1-6) in the third round on Saturday Jan. 21. The featherweight contest took place in Strasbourg, France. Also, Angelina Panza (0-0-2) and Pauline Leconte (1-0-1) fought to a draw after a four round lightweight match.
On Tuesday Jan. 24, in Bhopal, India, light flyweights Purnima Rajput and Gaiane Panian make their pro debuts in a scheduled four round contest.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Imphal, lightweights Laishram Sarita Devi (0-0) and Hungary’s Zsofia Bedo (19-39-1) meet in a four round bout. Also, bantamweights Pinki Rani (0-0) and Slovakia’s Claudia Ferenczi (16-54-6) meet in a four round contest.
Kayoko Ebata (10-7) defeated Suda Chaimaroeng (0-3) by technical knockout in the fourth round on Tuesday Jan. 17. The flyweight match took place in Tokyo, Japan.
On Sunday Jan. 29, in Macao, super featherweights Die Hu (0-0) and Ya Hong Yu (2-0) meet in a six round contest.
On Monday Jan. 30, in Macao, minimum weight IBF titlist Etsuko Tada (16-2-2) defends against Zong Ju Cai (8-1) in a bout set for 10 rounds. Tada, 35, is making her first defense of the title. She is a former WBA minimum weight titlist. Also, lightweights Lili Xie (1-0) and Tantip Chimpalee (0-2) meet in a six round match.
Anabel Ortiz (24-3) defeated Brenda Ramos (9-5) by unanimous decision on Saturday Jan. 21. The 10 round light flyweight bout took place in Mexico City. Ortiz, 30, holds the WBA minimum weight world title. Also, Valeria Perez (7-2) knocked out Alejandra Soto (1-3-1) in the third round of their bantamweight fight.
Erika Hernandez (3-0-1) beat Elisa Sanchez Cruz (0-2) by decision on Saturday Jan. 21. The super lightweight bout took place in Michoacan, Mexico. Also, Karina Mondragon (2-0) beat Noemi Rodriguez (0-3) by decision in a four round welterweight fight.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Ocatlan Jalisco, middleweights Angelica Lopez (3-0) and Laura Gutierrez (0-1) meet in an eight round bout.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Guadalajara, flyweights Nancy Franco (15-10-2) and Veronica Ixehuatl (1-4) meet in an eight round contest. Also, bantamweights Victoria Torres (2-0) and Angelica Vazquez (0-0) meet in a four round bout.
On Monday Jan. 30, in Bacoor, minimum weights Jessebelle Pagaduan (8-1-1) and Beverly Casero (0-1) meet in a six round fight.
Aleksandra Vujovic (1-0) won her pro debut by technical knockout of Milica Hajagos (0-2) in the third round of their super lightweight fight. The bout took place on Sunday Jan. 22, in Becej, Serbia.
Fatuma Yazidu (13-3) beat Sakina Rashid (1-2) by knockout in the second round on Friday Jan. 20. The light flyweight fight took place in Mbozi, Tanzania.
Jessica McCaskill (3-1) beat Carla Torres (5-4) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Jan. 21. The lightweight fight took place in Chicago, Illinois.
Raquel Miller (3-0) defeated Latashia Burton (4-8) by decision after six rounds on Saturday Jan. 21. The middleweight bout took place in Pleasanton, California. Miller, 31, fights out of San Francisco, Calif. Burton, 34, fights out of Houma, Louisiana.
Colby Fletcher (2-1) beat Ronni Nanney (0-1) by split decision after four rounds on Thursday Jan. 19. The super bantamweight fight took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Selina Barrios (1-0) knocked out Tammy Franks (2-27-1) in the first round of their welterweight fought on Saturday Jan. 21. The match took place in San Antonio, Texas.
On Saturday Jan. 28, in Indio, Calif. flyweights Sulem Urbina (3-0) and Selene Lopez (3-6-3) meet in a four round bout. Urbina is a former Mexican Olympian.