Lulu “Bang, Bang” Hawton and Lorraine Villalobos Meet Again
By David A. Avila
Two title fights in the super lightweight and mini-flyweight divisions take place in New York two days apart this week. Both are expected to be streamed.
Argentina’s Ana Laura Esteche (14-5-3) arrives to face Indiana’s Mary McGee (25-3) in a 10-round clash for the vacant IBF world title at Terminal 5 in New York City. UFC Fight Pass will be streaming the prizefighting event live.
Esteche was the name bandied about several times as a possible foe for Chicago’s Jessica McCaskill who clasps the WBC and WBA super lightweight titles. Instead, a rematch with Erica Farias took place and Chicago’s only world champion walloped the former champion from Argentina like a whipping post.
McGee, 33, formerly fought as a lightweight and even ventured as heavy as a middleweight, but despite a 14-year career she’s had only two cracks at world titles – she lost to Holly Holm in 2013 and later that same year to Farias.
After six years of waiting in the trenches for another opportunity this might be her time.
A couple of days later in Brooklyn, WBC interim minimum weight titlist Louisa “Bang, Bang” Hawton (9-2) and Lorraine Villalobos (4-2) meet in a rematch at Barclays Center on Saturday Dec. 7. Showtime may stream the fight. It has yet to be confirmed.
The last time Hawton and Villalobos met in the boxing ring both erupted in a whirlwind of impressive blows for such tiny women. But after four rounds Villalobos –who was a last minute fill in- gassed out and Hawton took over with some vicious blows that forced the referee to stop the fight in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round title fight. The loss didn’t sit well with Villalobos.
Since that fight Villalobos has fought twice more and won her last by devastating knockout. She’s feeling her oats. Hawton just wants to fight and doesn’t care who steps in the boxing ring.
“The people thought the first fight was exciting and when the opportunity presented itself to fight her again I said cool, let’s do it,” said Hawton a native of Perth Australia.
The Aussie fighter Hawton just might be female boxing’s most exciting fighter. She loves to bang and would probably fight someone twice her size.
“Light up the Barclays and show them what Bang Bang Lulu’s all about,” said Hawton.
She’s never been in a boring fight yet.
Those fans familiar with the little bangers know they don’t tire and are fearless. Hawton and Villalobos will deliver.
Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus shook off the year’s rust and handled Argentina’s Victoria Bustos decisively all while learning a few new tricks from “Mexican style” trainer Abel Sanchez. The new wrinkles were noticeable as the welterweight champion seldom backed up.
Following the decisive win her new promoter Eddie Hearn told the world that a showdown with lightweight and super lightweight titlist Katie Taylor will be hatched sometime next year.
Hearn added that each will fight at least once more before meeting in the boxing ring.
Braekhus will remain in Big Bear, California where Sanchez has his training camps. No doubt she will be quite comfortable in the snow that blanketed the mountains this past weekend. The welterweight world champion is the first female that I can recall Sanchez focusing on. It will be a new adventure for Sanchez, but his right hand man happens to be Ben Lira, who’s renown as the best trainer for female prizefighters in Southern California.
Lira taught Mexico’s super star Mariana “Barby” Juarez and the younger sister Lourdes Juarez the foundation for boxing and now Barby is close to becoming her country’s first female four-division world champion. He also taught several other USA national champions the art of boxing.
The tall lean welterweight has always been one of boxing’s best athletes and has faced many of the top welterweights in the world. But a pending clash against Ireland’s legendary Taylor could be a true test for Braekhus.
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