Seliina Barrios vs. Melissa Hernandez and More Female Fight News
By David A. Avila
Texas born Selina “Aztec Queen” Barrios travels a rocky path that most professionals with less than two years-experience seldom partake. She fights anybody who wants to fight regardless of record or experience.
She doesn’t worry about it.
But out of the shadows of retirement a former multi-division world champion once considered one of the best fighters pound for pound decided to return to the wars.
Her name is Melissa Hernandez.
The undefeated Barrios (5-0, 2 KOs) eagerly awaits the challenge of fighting Puerto Rico’s talented Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday April 27 at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana. DAZN may stream the fight, if time allows.
Barrios knows all about her next opponent.
“I know she was a former world champion and has experience being in the ring. I don’t pay attention to it. I pretty much go there and do what I do,” said Barrios, 26, who lives and trains in San Antonio. “She has a brawling kind of style. Every single person I fight, the style is going to be different. In the actual ring anything can happen.”
So far Barrios has fought former amateur stars with box and move styles, brawlers and Mexican style fighters like Patricia Juarez the sister of Mariana Juarez. This time she’s facing a veteran in Hernandez who has massed world titles in the super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Hernandez last fought against Layla McCarter about three years ago when the Las Vegas fighter could not find an opponent. She has fought the pound for pound fighter four times and is the last to beat her. That was more than 11 years ago.
Few can match Hernandez’s skills, but it’s been since 2016 that she last entered the prize ring. But if she’s ready, anything can happen and Barrios says she is ready.
“My dad said I’m pretty much coming out of now where. I expected to fight these girls with names in female boxing in every one of my fights,” said Barrios whose dad trains her and brother Mario Barrios a top welterweight contender. “Each of them has had some type of experience. When they told me about this fight it wasn’t surprising to me.”
Two years ago Barrios won the vacant NABF lightweight title and is now ranked in the top 10. A win over Hernandez would keep her in a short line to possibly face the winner of the lightweight unification world title clash between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon.
“They have the titles in my weight division and it’s just a matter of time I will fight either one of them,” said Barrios. “Like I say what every boxer wants is to fight for any title any big title. Katie Taylor has the majority of them so that’s a definite yes to fighting her.”
But first there’s Melissa Hernandez. She’s never been easy for anyone.
“It’s a good challenge for me,” said Barrios.
WBC super lightweight titlist Jessica “Caskilla” McCaskill (6-2) will be fighting Argentina’s Anahi Sanchez (19-3) the WBA super lightweight titlist in a unification bout on May 25, at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill
, Maryland. DAZN will stream it.
Unification is in the air. The mega fight between middleweight champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer seems to have opened the door.
Last week it was announced Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon will be fighting in a lightweight unification bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1. DAZN will stream the clash.
A rumor has been floating that now undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus could be facing undisputed middleweight champion Shields in a possible clash set in the super welterweight division at 154 pounds. Nothing has been signed but the wheels are in motion.
Braekhus is traveling to Los Angeles to resume training.
More Female Fight News
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Micaela Sarfati (1-0) beat Antonella Molina (0-5) by majority decision after four rounds on Friday April 19. The super bantamweight match was held at Mar delPlaa, Buenos Aires.
On Saturday April 27, bantamweights Iara Altamirano (5-0-1) and Lilian Silva (4-7-1) meet in a four round fight at Lanus.
On Friday April 26, super bantamweights Lauren Eagle (20-4-1) and Mexico’s Mayra Gomez (18-8) meet in a 10 round fight for the vacant IBA title at Hurtsville, New South Wales.
Tanja Ovsenik (3-0) defeated Christina Barry (1-5) by decision after four roundson Saturday April 20. The welterweight bout was held in Toronto.
Victoire Piteau (2-0) beat Helena Claveau (0-1-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday April 19. The lightweight fight took place at Herault.
On Sunday April 28, bantamweights Shivani Dahiya (0-1) and Saroj (1-1) meet in a four round bout at Hyderabad.
Nao Ikeyama (18-5-4) and Yuko Kuroki (18-6-2) fought to a split draw after eight rounds on Sunday April 14. The atomweight fight took place at Kyoto. Also, Shione Ogata (11-6) beat Charimae Salvador by fifth round knockout (4-2) for the OPBF light flyweight title; and Tamao Ozawa (16-5) beat Hye Soo Park (5-8-1) by decision for the Japanese flyweight title after six rounds.
On Saturday April 27, minimum weights Kasumi Saeki (3-0) and Mexico’s Elizabeth Lopez (6-1-4) meet in a 10 round fight for the WBO title at Osaka. Also, minimum weights Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (6-2) and Etsuko Tada (18-3-2) meet in a 10 round title fight; Akari Arase (6-5) fights Minayo Kei (6-4) in a six round minimum weight fight; Wakako Fujiwara (7-2-2) fights Arasa Nimnoi (4-2) in a six round featherweight match; Aoi Watanabe (1-1) fights Saeka Hori (0-0) in a four round flyweight bout; and Rin Murai (0-0-1) meets Kaoru Iga (0-0-1) in a four round minimum weight contest.
On Saturday April 27, lightweights Consalata Musanga (8-4-3) and Asha Ngedere (4-7-3) meet in a six round fight at Nairobi. Also, middleweights Florence Muthoni (12-7-2) and Jamhuri Said (1-4) meet in a six round fight.
Montserrat Alarcon (12-4-2) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Nora Cardoza (14-6-2) on Saturday April 20. The WBA atom weight world title match took place at Atotonilco, Jalisco.
On Saturday April 27, super flyweights Guadalupe Martinez (18-9) and Jessica Chavez (30-4-3) meet for the WBC world title at Ecatepec, Mexico City. Chavez, 30, has been inactive for almost two years due to pregnancy. She’s ready to come back and challenges Martinez at a higher weight class.
On Saturday April 27, bantamweights Teresa Almengor (1-1-2) and Yaremis Reluz (0-2) meet in a four round fight at David.
Firuza Sharipova (10-1) won by technical knockout over Anastasia Trisheva (0-1) in the third round on Saturday April 20. The super lightweight match was held at the Floyd Mayweather Boxing Academy in Zhukovka.
Soo Rin Kim (4-0-1) beat Yukumi Kasajima (0-1) by decision after four rounds on Saturday April 20. The bantamweight fight took place at Goyang.
On Sunday April 28, super bantamweights So Young Lee (0-2) and Hee Eun Gang (0-1) meet in a four round bout at Seoul.
On Saturday April 27, super featherweights Viviane Obenauf (13-5) Monika Antonik (1-15) meet in a six round fight at Interlaken.
Tassana Paladsrichuay (4-4) beat Kannika Thimsuk (0-1) by majority decision after four rounds on Sunday April 21. The light flyweight fight was held at Bangkok.
On Friday April 26, super lightweights Chantelle Cameron (8-0) and Feriche Mashauri (7-3) meet in a six round bout in London.
On Saturday April 27, featherweights Bec Connolly (1-4) and Vaida Masiokaite (1-3-1) meet in a four round contest at Swindon.
On Friday April 26, super welterweights Chris Namus (24-5) and Yamila Reynoso (11-6-3) meet in a six round match in Salto.
On Thursday April 25, flyweights Marlen Esparza (5-0) and Jhosep Vizcaino (9-8) meet in an eight round fight at Indio, California. DAZN will stream the fight live. Esparza, 29, is a former Olympic bronze medalist.
On Thursday April 25, bantamweights Rosalinda Rodriguez (9-0) and Martina Horgasz (5-2) meet in a six round fight at Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, bantamweights Mikayla Nebel (2-6) and Shurretta Metcalf (5-3-1) meet in a four round fight. UFC Fight Pass will stream the events.
On Saturday April 27, lightweights Selina Barrios (5-0, 2 KOs) and Melissa Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KOs) meet in a six round fight at Lafayette, Louisiana. Hernandez, 39, last fought nearly three years ago against Layla McCarter.
On Saturday April 27, super flyweights Michelle Morales (0-0) and Leesa Daniels (1-4) meet in a four round match at Joliet, Illinois.
(Photo by Mario Serrano)