Atomweight Louisa Hawton Keeps Title and More Female Fight News
By David A. Avila
For the second time in less than two months fighters from the lesser known weight divisions – in this case the atomweights – were showcased on the big stage. Again they were equal to the task.
WBC interim atomweight titlist Louisa “Bang, Bang” Hawton met Southern California’s Lorraine Villalobos at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday Dec. 7, and the two 102-pounders slugged it out to the amazement of the crowd and those watching Showtime around the world.
These little girls indeed pack firepower.
It’s a misconception that the tiny girls can’t punch. Villalobos knocked down Hawton with a well-timed left hook and down went the Aussie power-puncher in the sixth round during one of their many vicious exchanges. The crowd oohed and aahed their willingness to slug it out.
Hawton barely beat the count and despite slowly getting up was able to continue. By the next round both were back to exchanging lethal blows and looking to end the fight with a single big shot.
Back and forth the two California-based fighters went looking to find an extra advantage that would propel them to a win. Hawton continued to be the more active aggressor and Villalobos was content to slip and counter whenever possible. There were very few slow moments.
It was quite a contrast to the men’s heavyweight world title fight held earlier in the day where a towering heavyweight Anthony Joshua was content to jab and move and hold to victory. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hawton and Villalobos, who combined don’t equal 205 pounds, were punishing each other with power shots and each looking to end the night with a knockout. What a dichotomy.
Hawton managed to win by unanimous decision with three judges scoring it in her favor 95-94 over Villalobos. It was a very close fight that could have gone the other way.
But though Villalobos was deemed the loser, she did show that their first encounter one year ago was merely a warmup for this fight. Hawton also showed why many including this publication consider her one of the most exciting boxers in the female boxing world. She never stops.
Their fight was not an aberration but a continuation of what the smaller weight divisions can do.
Last month in Las Vegas, East L.A.’s Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada and Marlen Esparza slugged it out for nine rounds in a flyweight title fight. The difference was they fought in three-minute rounds. That extra minute proved to be very important in giving the winner Estrada the time to show superiority with stamina and power over Esparza.
Estrada also was able to exhibit her fighting skills and ability to change tactics due to the extra minute and emerged victorious.
In both separate bouts the women fighting below 112 pounds proved that they may pack more power pound for pound than the bigger women. Though Estrada did not win by knockout over Esparza, she had a four-fight knockout streak prior to the fight.
This past Saturday, Villalobos showed how she won her previous two fights by knockout. The tiny Mexican fighter should be called the “Mini Destroyer. ” Though she possesses boxing skills, she can easily win by knockout if she puts hands on them. She also showed why west coast fighters prefer knockouts.
The west is also known for being home to many fighters below the flyweight divisions. This weekend the world saw what the lower weight divisions are all about. They can fight.
Mary McGee finally reached the top with her convincing knockout win over Argentina’s Ana Laura Esteche in the 10th and final round to win the vacant IBF super lightweight world title last Thursday. It happened in New York City.
It was McGee’s third attempt at a world title and this time she took no chances with a withering attack on Esteche and did not stop punching until the referee broke it off at 30 seconds into the 10th round.
Now that McGee holds the IBF title she could potentially have a showdown with Chicago’s Jessica “CasKilla” McCaskill who holds the WBC and WBA versions of the super lightweight title. That’s a compelling match.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor recently defeated Greece’s Christina Linardatou for the WBO version but seems headed for a showdown with either Amanda Serrano or welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.
The super lightweight division looks very promising for fans of female boxing.
NABO featherweight titlist Tiara Brown defeated Brazil’s Simone Aparecida Da Silva by unanimous decision on Saturday Dec. 7.
Brown, a Washington DC police officer, was nearly left standing without a fight when her previous opponent pulled out. Da Silva stepped in within a week before the fight and the two went the distance.
The victory assures Brown her place as one of the top featherweights and super featherweights in the country.
More Female Fight News
Augustina Belen (4-0) beat Antonella Molina (1-7-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday Dec. 6. The bantamweight fight took place in Buenos Aires.
On Friday Dec. 13, bantamweights Micaela Sarfati (2-0) and Lucrecia Belen (0-0) meet in a four round bout at Buenos Aires.
Kim Clavel (11-0) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Esmeralda Sagahon (7-4) on Saturday Dec. 7. The NABF light flyweight title fight was held at Montreal. Also Martin Vallieres-Bisson beat Tereza Dvorakova (0-3) in a featherweight fight.
Mikenna Tansley (3-0) beat Ann Ruth Castro (1-3) by decision after four rounds on Friday Dec. 6. The super bantamweight fight was held in Edmonton.
Tamara Demarco (9-3) defeated Amira Hamzaoui (12-3-1) by decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The WBF flyweight title fight was held at Marne.
Amel Anouar (2-0-1) beat Helena Claveau (1-2-2) by unanimous decision after eight rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The French featherweight title fight was held at Marseille.
Sandra Morcet (2-0) won by split decision after four rounds versus Sabrina Flamand (0-1-1) on Saturday Dec. 7. The super featherweight fight took place at Val de Marne,
Hasna Tukic (12-8) beat Gabriella Mezei (9-22-5) by majority decision after six rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The super featherweight bout was held at Hameln.
On Saturday Dec. 14, light flyweights Sarah Bormann (11-0) and Lotta Loikkanen (6-0) meet in a 10 round fight for the GBU, WBF and WIBF titles at Karlsruhe.
On Saturday Dec. 14, featherweights Lara Ochmann (3-0) and Kim Jaeckel (3-1) meet 10 rounds for the German title at Elmshorn.
On Sunday Dec. 15, bantamweights Tomomi Takano (11-5) and Sachiko Kondo (2-4-2) meet in a six round contest at Kariya.
On Saturday Dec. 14, super flyweights Guadalupe Martinez (19-9) and Debani Balderas (11-3-2) meet 10 rounds for the WBC world title at Tulum, Quintana Roo.
On Saturday Dec. 14, super lightweights Linda Soto (7-6) and Monserrat Garcia (2-1) meet six rounds at Sonora.
On Saturday Dec. 14, flyweights Anna Levina (4-1) and Sarafina Julius (3-3-1) meet 10 rounds for the IBA title at Moscow.
On Sunday Dec. 15, featherweights Yoo Ye Lee (2-0) and Yoo Ri Lee (1-1) meet in a six round bout at Seoul.
On Saturday Dec. 14, flyweights Joana Suarez (4-1) and Oksana Romanova (10-28-1) meet in a six round fight at Bilbao.
On Wednesday Dec. 11, super welterweights Mikaela Lauren (31-6) and Paty Ramirez (12-7) meet in a six round fight at Gothenburg.
On Saturday Dec. 14, super bantamweights Maja Malenkovic (9-10) and Nana Dokadze (1-2) meet in a six round fight at Basel. Also, super flyweights Gabriela Timar (2-0) and Teona Pirosmanashvili (2-5) meet in another six round bout.
On Saturday Dec. 14, welterweights Olivia Belkacem (9-1) and Bianka Majlath (3-4) meet in a six round fight at Fribourg.
On Sunday Dec. 15, featherweights Nastaran Fathi (1-0) and Thanchanok Phanan (3-1) meet in four round fight at Pattaya. Also, featherweights Ranee Klinratree (0-2) and Pornchita Seehaburan (2-2) meet for four rounds.
Rhiannon Dixon (2-0) beat Bojana Libiszewska (5-39) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The lightweight match was held in Bolton. Also, Vaida Masiokaite (2-7-3) defeated Ebony Carlin (0-1) by decision after four rounds in a super lightweight bout.
On Friday Dec. 13, welterweights April Hunter (1-0) and Monika Antonik (1-18) meet in a four round fight at Tyne and Wear.
On Saturday Dec. 14, bantamweights Amy Timlin (3-0) and Claudia Ferenczi (20-72-8) meet in a six round fight at Lancashire.
On Sunday Dec. 15, lightweights Lucy Wildheart (5-1) and Denisa Cicoova (3-3) meet in a four round fight at Hampshire.
Louisa Hawton (10-2) won by decision after 10 rounds versus Lorraine Villalobos (4-3) on Saturday Dec. 7. The WBC interim minimum weight title fight took place in Brooklyn, New York.
Tiara Brown (10-0) was the winner by unanimous decision after eight rounds versus Simone Aparecida Da Silva (17-14) on Saturday Dec. 7. The NABO featherweight title fight was held in Sterling, Virginia.
Hanna Terlep (4-0) won by decision after six rounds versus Patricia Juarez (4-3) on Saturday Dec. 7. The super lightweight bout was held in Denver.
Marcia Agripino (4-2-1) beat Michelle Cook (1-2-2) by decision after six rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The featherweight fight was held in Mashantucket, Conn.
Jenna Thompson (2-3-1) defeated Kara Wiggins (1-2) by decision after four three-minute rounds on Saturday Dec. 7. The welterweight fight was held at Toledo, Ohio.
Samantha Pill (5-1) defeated Kayla Williams (0-4-1) by decision after four rounds on Friday Dec. 6. The super middleweight fight was held in Salem, West Virginia.
Mary McGee (26-3) was the winner by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Argentina’s Ana Laura Esteche (14-6-3) on Thursday Dec. 5. The IBF super lightweight world title fight was held at New York City.
Rianna Rios (1-0) won by unanimous decision after four rounds versus Elizabeth Tuani (0-1) on Thursday Dec. 5. The bantamweight fight was held in Costa Mesa, Calif.
On Wednesday Dec. 11, featherweights Andrea Wright (1-0) and Jennifer Woods (0-1) meet in a four round bout at Cheyenne, Wyoming.
On Saturday Dec. 14, lightweights Alycia Baumgardner (8-1) and Cristina Del Valle (11-12-2) meet in an eight round fight at Harrisburg, Penn.
On Sunday Dec. 15, welterweights Summer Lynn (1-0) and Latasha Burton (4-13) meet in a four round bout at Gary, Indiana. Also, bantamweights Samantha Guzman (0-0) and Myasia Oglesby (0-5) meet in a four round match.
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