Melissa Hernandez Reloads and Female Fight News April 29, 2019
By David A. Avila
If anyone thought the new wave of young talented fighters coming from the amateur world signals a takeover, just hold on a minute. There are plenty of skilled veterans remaining to remind boxing fans that speed, power and youth are not always enough in the prizefighting world.
Melissa Hernandez came out of the shadows of retirement and showed young budding star Selina Barrios some valuable lessons in the sweet science and also gave a wake-up call to the professional fight world. The Puerto Rican fighter who turns 40 next year won convincingly last Saturday.
It should not have been a surprise.
At one time Hernandez was among the best female fighters pound for pound though she has seven losses in her career. Of the seven losses, six were against opponents considered among the top 12 pound for pound fighters at one time or another.
Three of Hernandez’s losses came against Layla McCarter who is seen by this publication as the top female pound for pound. Like Hernandez, the Las Vegas fighter McCarter has many losses but those were more than 12 years ago and also to top fighters. She has not lost a fight since.
Ironically, the last person to beat McCarter was Hernandez and that came exactly 12 years ago on Saturday April 27 when she was handing Barrios a defeat in Louisiana. It should not come as a surprise that Hernandez won, but that she seemed to be sharp as ever.
“It feels like I needed the layoff,” she said on Saturday night to ThePrizefighters.com
Hernandez also said she will continue to fight between 140 and 147 pounds. She returns to the fight game at a very good time.
If not for Texas fighter Barrios willing to fight Hernandez the fight world would not have seen the prize fight on DAZN.
Barrios showed guts and confidence in facing Hernandez. She wasn’t caught unaware of the Puerto Rican’s exploits. But she willingly accepted to fight “the Shark” and that says a lot about Barrios.
Undefeated records really don’t mean a thing unless they come against top opposition. Barrios will learn from the loss the same way one of her formerly vanquished foes learned from losing to her. In boxing, you never stop learning. At 26 years old Barrios will remain a major part of the boxing scene for years if she chooses. And years from now she will in turn beat some upstart with an undefeated record.
Las Vegas card
Miami’s Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0) soundly defeated Martina Horgasz (5-3) in a rematch last Thursday night at Sams Town Casino in Las Vegas. It was the second time in six months the undefeated bantamweight defeated the Hungarian with four knockouts in five wins.
Rodriguez, 32, is eager to face major competition but not for free. She is managed by Mercedes Vazquez and seeks a match with Ava Knight who lives in Las Vegas. There are others on her radar as well said Vazquez.
Box Fan Expo
In Las Vegas the fifth edition of the Box Fan Expo takes place this coming Saturday May 4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center on 3150 Paradise Road. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Dozens of current and former boxing stars will be there to meet in various booths and platforms including Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns and Floyd Mayweather among other past champions. Current champions expected to appear are Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman. Many others will be at the event including Mia St. John.
For information go to: http://BoxFanExpo.com
More Female Fight News
Jennifer Rasjido (9-0-1) beat Virginia Carcamo (4-9-3) by unanimous decision after six rounds on Friday April 26. The bantamweight fight was held in Catamarca.
Gloria Yancaqueo (6-10-3) beat Elizabeth Britos (1-9-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday April 26. The super featherweight bout was held in Santa Rosa, La Pampa.
Lauren Eagle (21-4-1) beat Mexico’s Mayra Gomez (18-9) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Friday April 26. The IBA super featherweight title fight took place at Hurstville, New South Wales.
On Friday May 3, middleweights Matija Paradzik (2-0) and Marija Vukovic (0-9) meet in a four round contest at Capljina.
On Saturday May 4, super lightweights Jessica Camara (5-1) and Edith Ramos (5-2-1) meet in a six round bout; Annie Mazerolle (6-3) and Claudia Ramirez (1-5) meet in a six round heavyweight clash; and super flyweights Jani Babineau (0-2) and Yesenia Nicholas (1-2) meet in a four round bout.
Hadria Bader (0-0-1) and Buchra El Quaissi (1-0-1) fought to a draw after four rounds on Saturday April 27. The flyweight match was held in Auch.
Sabah Ghades (4-0) defeated Sandra Maran (0-3) by decision after six rounds on Saturday April 27. The flyweight bout took place in Villarupt.
Elise Bussiere (4-4) beat Emilie Beaugeard (1-2) by decision after six rounds on Saturday April 27. The featherweight fight took place in Moulins.
On Saturday May 4, super featherweights Aurelie Froment (1-0) and Helena Claveau (0-1-1) meet in a four round fight at Marseillan.
On Saturday May 4, light flyweights Sarah Bormann (10-0) and Anne Da Costa (28-4) meet in a 10 round title fight at Frankfurt.
On Sunday May 5, super lightweights Elena Ghezzi (2-0) and Giulia Grenci (2-1) meet in a six round clash in Rome.
Kasumi Saeki (4-0) won by technical knockout over Elizabeth Lopez (6-2-4) in the sixth round on Saturday April 27. The WBO minimum weight world title fight took place in Osaka. Also, Etsuko Tada (19-3-2) stopped Kanyarat Yoohanngoh (6-3) in the seventh round in a light flyweight bout; Wakako Fujiwara (8-2-2) stopped Arasa Nimnoi 4-3) in the second round of a light flyweight bout; Kaito Okubo (3-0) beat Aoki Sameshima (3-2) in a featherweight fight; and Rin Murai (1-0-1) beat Kaoru Iga (0-1-1) in a light flyweight contest.
Miki Matsuda (5-5) knocked out Asami Jinnari (6-4-1) in the fifth round on Sunday April 21. The Japanese featherweight title fight took place at Kanazawa.
Marisa Takehisa (1-0) won by third round knockout over Hotaru Kawabata (0-1) on Sunday April 21. The minimum weight fight took place in Ube.
Guadalupe Martinez (19-9) defeated Jessica Chavez (30-5-3) by split decision after 10 rounds on Saturday April 27. The WBC super flyweight world title match took place at Ecatepec. (For more on this fight read Felipe Leon’s story on this web site that appeared on Sunday.)
On Friday May 3, light flyweights Katia Gutierrez (19-7) and Karla Islas (2-10) meet in a six round bout at Los Mochis.
On Saturday May 4, heavyweights Dianne Beazley (0-0) and Ashley Campbell (0-2) meet in a four round clash at Lake Karapiro.
Yarameis Reluz (1-2) knocked out Teresa Almengor (1-2-2) in the first round on Saturday April 27. The super bantamweight fight was held in Panama City.
On Monday April 29, super flyweights Tamara Melkonyan (0-1) and Lidia Sakhonchik (0-1) meet in a four round fight at Moscow.
On Saturday May 4, featherweights Nurshahidah Roslie (12-2) and Benjamat Phakra (9-15) meet in a six round match at Singapore. Also, featherweights Amanda Chan (0-0) and Jantima Tansimi (0-2) meet in a four round bout.
Hee Eun Gang (1-1) beat So Young Lee (0-3) by decision after four rounds on Sunday April 28. The super bantamweight bout was held in Seoul.
Viviane Obenauf (14-5) was the winner by unanimous decision after six rounds versus Monika Antonik (1-16) on Saturday April 27. The featherweight but took place in Interlaken.
Thananith Yothnithithipaisarn (6-0) defeated Supansa Aimdee (2-2) by technical knockout in the second round on Saturday April 27. The bantamweight fight took place at Bang Phli. Also, Rawiwan Saikrajang (1-0) knocked out Wannapaporn Likhitpanyarat (0-1) in the second round of a super flyweight bout.
Himeki Kameda (5-0) was the winner by technical knockout in the second round over Kannika Bangnara (1-2) on Wednesday April 24. The light flyweight title fight took place in Sara Buri.
Linda Dostalkova (2-0) beat Anelle Massey (0-1-1) by decision after four rounds on Saturday April 27. The welterweight fight was held in London.
Chantelle Cameron (9-0) won by second round technical knockout over Feriche Mashauri (7-4) on Friday April 26. The lightweight match was held in London.
Chris Namus (25-5) defeated Yamila Reynoso (11-7-3) by unanimous decision after six rounds on Friday April 26. The super welterweight fight was held at Salto.
Melissa Hernandez (23-7-3) defeated Selina Barrios (5-1) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Saturday April 27. The lightweight bout took place in Lafayette, Louisiana. Hernandez returned from a three-year retirement.
LesSandra Franklin (1-1) knocked out Julie Metzner (0-3) in the second round on Saturday April 27. The lightweight fight was held in Neosho, Missouri.
Alex Love (3-0) won by technical knockout in round two over Kanisca Ruiz (0-1) on Saturday April27. The super flyweight bout took place at Loveland, Colorado.
Marlen Esparza (6-0) defeated Jhosep Vizcaino (9-9) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Thursday April 25. The flyweight contest took place in Indio, Calif. It was Esparza’s first fight in a year after taking time off to have a baby. (For more on this fight read the story that appeared on this web site on Thursday.)
Rosalinda Rodriguez (9-0) was the winner by unanimous decision over Martina Horgasz (5-3) after six rounds on Thursday April 25. The bantamweight fight was a rematch and took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rodriguez, 32,fights out of Miami, Florida. In another bout, Shurretta Metcalf (6-3-1) defeated Mikayla Nebel (2-7) by unanimous decision after four rounds in a bantamweight contest.
On Saturday May 4, super featherweights Cristina Fuentes (9-10-7) and Ayanna Vasquez (5-1-1) meet in a 10 round title fight at San Antonio, Texas.
On Saturday May 4, super lightweights Michaele Nogue (0-1) and Brittany Evans (0-0) meet in a four round match at Waldorf, Maryland.