Claressa Shields, Seniesa Estrada and More Female Fight News
By David A. Avila
A couple of young budding super stars return to the boxing ring when middleweight Claressa Shields defends her grip on the world championship and light flyweight Seniesa Estrada attempts to win her first major title on Saturday.
Both fights will be available to see on streaming and television.
Claressa (6-0, 2 KOs) was on the verge of one of the biggest female confrontations of all time against Christina Hammer. But when a malady struck the undefeated German fighter and forced a cancellation, plan B went into effect and now the two-time Olympic gold medalist Shields opposes Scotland’s Hannah Rankin (5-2) on Saturday Nov. 17, in Mulvane Kansas.
Their encounter will be streamed on DAZN.
Though the Hammer cancellation postponed a mega fight, it did allow for Shields and her team to discover her worth. Instead of Showtime, she will now be fighting on DAZN and could bring viewers to the new platform.
Just five months ago Claressa engaged in one of the best female fights of the year when she battled Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriels in a 10-round slugfest. Fans saw a pair of talented and gritty women showcase female prizefighting in its highest form.
Fans were also very excited about the Shields-Hammer matchup that would have been shown on November. That fight will still take place and be televised on Showtime, but not until sometime next year. It’s a true mega fight.
When Rankin steps in the ring against Shields the world will not see a mega fight, but it will be able to see the “uber” athleticism of the Michigan fighter and also allows her to adapt to the new training regimen of new coach John David Jackson. The reason Claressa made the change was for one major reason: she wants knockouts.
That’s bad news for Rankin who has never been knocked out.
Another budding super star Seniesa Estrada comes from the West Coast of the U.S. and she vies for the WBC Silver light flyweight title against Debora Rengifo on Saturday Nov. 17, in Mexicali, Mexico. Azteca TV will televise.
For Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) its’ her first venture into Mexico a country filled with many of the top light flyweights in the world. Rengifo (11-5-1, 6 KOs) fights out of Venezuela and though she packs some power has never beaten anyone with more than three pro fights, but she has fought for the world title three times. That’s valuable experience.
East L.A.’s 26-year-old Estrada has riddled the competition in the past two years and easily defeated Mexico’s always tough Anahi Torres when they fought. Estrada has not lost a round in more than two years despite fighting much heavier competition at times.
If Estrada wins the WBC Silver title, she will be ranked right below Tijuana’s Kenia Enriquez who has the WBC interim light flyweight world title. It would not be a shock to see Enriquez in the audience for the fight in nearby Mexicali.
Speaking of Tijuana, three world titlists performed for the boxing crazy fans of Mexico’s second biggest city.
On Friday, WBC atom weight titlist Brenda Flores beat Lucia Hernandez by decision in an eight round bout in Tijuana. She is expected to fight Louisa “Bang, Bang” Hawton in a rematch. The slender Flores won the first encounter last September in one of the top fights of the year.
On Saturday, Yazmin Rivas defended the WBA super bantamweight title against Argentina’s Cristina Del Valle and won by decision after 10 hard-fought rounds in Tijuana. On the same card Jackie Nava knocked out Venezuela’s Carolina Alvarez in a bantamweight fight in the seventh round. It was set for 10. It’s unclear what title Nava won, it’s even more unclear on what caused Nava’s expected challenge against WBC bantamweight titlist Mariana “Barby” Juarez to be cancelled weeks before the fight was to take place.
WBC super welterweight titlist Ewa Piatkowska of Poland made the second defense of her title and defeated Switzerland’s Ornella Domini by unanimous decision in Poland. That country has been in the news lately especially with the announcement that Aleksandra Magdziak has been selected to face Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus on Dec. 8, in Los Angeles for the welterweight world championship.
Magdziak lost to Piatkowska for the super welterweight world title in September 2016.
Polish prizefighting is on the rise and Piatkowska’s solid win could lead her into a discussion of a possible confrontation with Braekhus who plans to move up or down in weight for mega fight opportunities.
Another all-female fight card takes place in Tokyo next week on Tuesday Nov. 20. Japanese boxing has exploded the past five or more years and throughout the country boxing cards are being held. It’s much like in California where a similar explosion of boxing cards has occurred.
Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall has become legendary for its weekly schedules of two or more fight cards. Lately, women are surfacing on many of those fight cards. Its exciting times for boxing lovers. Japanese fighters are among the most entertaining for their willingness to go all out.
More Female Fight News
Rachel Loder (2-0) knocked out Gailene Alarcon (0-1) in the first round on Saturday Nov. 10. The featherweight bout took place at Tweed Heads, New South Wales.
On Saturday Nov. 17, middleweights Tayla Harris (4-0) and Sarah Dwyer (3-4-1) meet in an eight round fight for the Australian title at Flemington.
On Saturday Nov. 17, super flyweights Shelly Barnett (4-0-1) and Margarita Angeles (3-4) meet in a six round fight at Toronto.
On Friday Nov. 16, super flyweights Daniela Asenjo (8-2-2) and Daniela Barbara (7-1) meet in an eight three-minute rounds at Valdivia.
Oshin Derieuw (10-0) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Dahiana Santana (36-10) on Saturday Nov. 10. The super lightweight fight for the WBF title took place at Henin-Beaumount.
Laetitia Arzalier (12-1) won by decision after six rounds against Ivanka Ivanova (1-4-1) on Friday Nov. 9. The flyweight contest took place at Cahors.
On Saturday Nov. 17, lightweights Myriam Dellal (16-8-3) and Taoussy L’Hadji (5-7-1) meet in an eight round fight for the French title at Hyeres, Var.
On Saturday Nov. 17, featherweights Lucie Sedlackova (11-0-1) and Nina Meinke (7-2) meet in a 10 round fight for the EBU title at Dessau.
On Saturday Nov. 17, flyweights Xenia Jorneac (9-3) and Oksana Romanova (9-23-1) meet in a four round contest at Bayern.
On Sunday Nov. 18, minimum weights Eruka Hiromoto (3-0) and Charimae Salvador (4-0) meet in a six round fight in Hiroshima.
On Tuesday Nov. 20, seven female bouts take place including atomweights Ayaka Minao (22-7-1) and Nao Ikeyama (18-4-3) in a 10 round clash at Tokyo. Other bouts include Chaoz Minowa for the OPBF flyweight title.
Yazmin Rivas (39-10-1) defeated Argentina’s Cristina Del Valle Pacheco (11-12-2) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Nov. 10. The fight for the WBA super bantamweight world title took place at Tijuana. Also, Jackie Nava (35-4-3) won by knockout of Carolina Alvarez (14-10-4) in the seventh round in a bantamweight title fight. Plus, Paulette Valenzuela knocked out Jessica Diaz in the fifth round of a
Brenda Flores (15-4-1) defeated Lucia Hernandez (6-10) by decision after eight rounds on Friday Nov. 9. The atomweight fight took place at Tijuana. Flores, 26, holds the WBC atomweight world title but the title was not at stake.
Ana Arrazola (28-12-3) won by knockout of Estefania Fonseca (7-3) in the fourth round on Sunday Nov. 4. The minimum weight fight took place at Tlalnepantla, Mexico City.
On Saturday Nov. 17, light flyweights Seniesa Estrada (14-0) and Debora Rengifo (11-5-1) meet in a 10 round fight at Mexicali for the WBC Silver title.
On Sunday Nov. 18, bantamweights Phannaluk Kongsang (4-7-1) and Urvashi Singh (3-0) meet in an eight round contest for the WBC Asian title at Manila. Also, super flyweights Carleans Rivas (6-6-3) and Gretel De Paz (5-4) meet in a six round fight for WBC Asian title.
Ewa Piatkowska (12-1) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds against Switzerland’s Ornella Domini (13-2) on Saturday Nov. 10. The WBC super welterweight world title fight took place at Gliwice. Piatkowska, 34, was making her second defense of the title she captured since winning it on September 2016 against Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes.
On Saturday Nov. 17, flyweights Eun Hye Lee (11-1) and Xiuli Liang (2-3) meet in a 10 round fight at Hadong for the WIBA title. Also, bantamweights Soo Rin Kim (0-0-1) and So Young Lee (0-1) meet in a four round bout.
On Friday Nov. 16, featherweights Vanessa Caballero (1-4-1) and Enerolisa De Leon (1-1-1) meet in an eight round fight at Madrid. Also, super lightweights Miriam Gutierrez (7-0) and Mari Tatunashvili (3-6-2) meet in a six round fight.
On Saturday Nov. 17, bantamweights Cristina Garrobo (4-1) and Eliza Patruban (0-0) meet in a six round contest at Castilla-La Mancha.
Patricia Berghult (11-0) won a unanimous decision over Yamila Belen (6-3) after 10 rounds on Saturday Nov. 10. The welterweight fight took place at Orebro.
Lauren Parker (2-0) defeated Rozmari Silyanova (0-2-1) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Nov. 10. The bantamweight fight was held at Bedford, Bedfordshire England.
Savannah Marshall (5-0) knocked out Klaudia Vigh (3-26-1) in the second round on Friday Nov. 9. The super middleweight fight was held at Lancashire, England.
On Saturday Nov. 17, flyweights Cathy McAleer (0-0) and Teodora Hristova (2-7-1) meet in a four round bout at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
On Saturday Nov. 17, middleweights Claressa Shields (6-0) and Hannah Rankin (5-2) meet in a 10 round clash at Mulvane, Kansas for the WBA, IBF and WBC middleweight titles. It will be televised by DAZN.
On Saturday Nov. 17, heavyweights Seini Draughn (2-0) and Monika Harrison (1-0) meet in a four round fight at Charlotte, North Carolina.