Best Female Fighters Pound for Pound and More News
By the Prizefighters.com staff
Here at the Prizefighters.com our process for selecting those on the Pound for Pound list consists of basing each fighter by their skills, experience and fighting other high level foes. Popularity doesn’t matter. Regardless of television or streamed fights it all depends on the competition.
Fighters advance only if someone above loses, retires or decides to join the Olympic qualifications. Several who were on this list actually took this road and have been removed after losing to amateur fighters.
Here is the new list for June 2021.
Top 10 Pound for Pound List
1 Claressa Shields (11-0) USA – Currently the undisputed super welterweight world champion the two-time Olympic gold medalist could be heading to a showdown with former amateur foe Savannah Marshall if the money is right. We shall see. So far the money offered has not been adequate for Team Shields. Meanwhile she’s tipping her toe into the MMA world.
2 Katie Taylor (18-0) Ireland – Undisputed in the lightweight division she proved her mettle with two wins over former pound for pound rated Delfine Persoon. She can move up or down a weigh division in search of another undisputed ranking. Or she can fight Amanda Serrano. That’s a big fight and perhaps the best pay day for a women’s prize fight ever. Taylor continues to seek the biggest fights so don’t be surprised when it happens.
3 Amanda Serrano (40-1-1) USA – The Brooklyn southpaw put a whipping on fellow pound for pound fighter Daniela Bermudez. In that fight Serrano displayed her amazing array of fighting skills against top competition. There was no disputing the knockout ending scored by Serrano a seven-division world champion. A fight against Katie Taylor will surely be the biggest fight. A year ago many felt Serrano was afraid to face the Irish fighter. Not anymore. Instead, many are picking the Puerto Rican bomber to push Taylor where she has never gone before.
4 Jessica McCaskill (10-2) USA – The Chicago super lightweight world titlist defeated a fellow pound for pound fighter twice in Cecilia Braekhus and twice in Erica Farias. That’s not easy to do. Despite entering the fight game rather late, she’s right in the middle of big possible pay days in any direction she chooses. All she has to do is wait for an offer. Whether she stays in the super lightweight division or moves up to welterweight McCaskill has learned the recipe on how to win a fight. She is trouble for anybody.
5 Naoko Fujioka (18-2-1) Japan – Long considered Japan’s greatest female fighter Naoko Fujioka will be fighting Sulem Urbina in defense of the WBA flyweight world title next month on July 9, in Los Angeles. Fujioka has won five division world titles and has long been considered one of women’s boxing top pound for pound fighters for years by our publication. Asian fighters often get overlooked, but not by our publication. Fujioka has been ranked in our listing from the beginning.
6 Layla McCarter (44-13-5) USA – The super experienced McCarter has been fighting for more than two decades. Based in Las Vegas she has won multiple weight division world titles and fought many former pound for pound ranked fighters. But not lately. Time is running out for McCarter who is perhaps the most skilled fighter today. Her last loss took place more than 14 years ago. That is hard to imagine. A showdown with any of the titleholders in the lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight or super welterweight divisions remain her goal. Weight has never been an issue.
7 Cecilia Braekhus (36-2) Norway – The former welterweight champion lost twice to Jessica McCaskill but that doesn’t mean she’s incapable of regaining a world title. Sometimes certain styles don’t match up with other styles and that may be the case with Braekhus. The Norwegian fighter remains in the fight game and looking for a return soon.
8 Yulihan Luna (21-3-1) Mexico – Her victory over former pound for pound queen Mariana “Barby” Juarez was a shocking upset in some ways, but not to everyone. She is tall and strong and at age 27 the Mexican bantamweight could be around for a long time. She could easily move up a weight division or two.
9 Chantelle Cameron (14-0) UK – In her first visit to the USA the super lightweight titlist came, saw and conquered with a stoppage win over the formidable and skilled Melissa Hernandez. That was her best victory to date. Cameron showed focus, speed and a great understanding of her foe. It was a convincing victory for the British fighter. She is very good.
10 Seniesa Estrada (20-0) USA – The Southern California fighter known as “Super Bad” dominated long-time champion Anabel Ortiz with ease. It was the first time in years that the East Los Angeles fighter actually fought in her proper weight class. Ortiz was a former pound for pound fighter and had plenty of experience to cause problems. Now she will be moving up a weight division to fight Japan’s dangerous Tsunami Tenkai for the light flyweight world title on July 9, in Los Angeles.
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More Female Fight News
Connie Chan (1-1) defeated Ruby Hamilton (0-1) by technical knockout in the third round on Sunday June 6. The Australian middleweight title fight was held at Birtinya, Queensland.
On Saturday June 12, super lightweight fighters Djemilla Gontaruk (16-7-2) and Olena Medvedenko (10-8) meet 10 rounds for the EBU European title at Liege. Also, bantamweights Calliope Slagmulder (2-1) and Claudia Ferenczi (20-78-8) meet six rounds.
Yolis Marrugo (25-11-4) won by technical knockout in the fifth round versus Lira Huyke (1-2) on Saturday June 5. The super featherweight bout took place at San Antonio de Palmito. Also, Daniela Cruces (2-0) won by stoppage in round two over Luisa Meza (0-2) in a super featherweight match.
On Friday June 11, super featherweights Alycia Baumgardner (9-1) and Paulina Cardona (25-24-6) meet six rounds at Tolu.
Delphine Mancini (2-0) defeated Ivanka Ivanova (3-14-3) by unanimous decision after six rounds on Saturday June 5. The bantamweight match took place at Isere.
On Saturday June 12, super lightweights Monica Floridia (0-0) and Nikolett Szabo (0-2) meet four rounds at Roma.
On Friday June 11, super featherweights Federica Boni (0-0) and Asako Sugawara (0-0) meet four rounds at Tokyo.
Eva Guzman (18-1-1) won by unanimous decision after 10 rounds versus Isabel Millan (29-7-1) on Saturday June 5. The WBA interim flyweight title fight took place at Culiacan. Millan announced her retirement after the loss.
Diana Estrada (1-0) defeated Luz Mondaca (0-11-1) by stoppage on Saturday June 5. The super featherweight fight was held in Tijuana. Also, Maria Gonzalez (2-0) defeated Alexis Martinez by decision after four rounds in a light flyweight bout.
On Saturday June 12, super welterweights Rangi Hetet (0-0) and Miriata Callaghan (0-0) meet four rounds at Hamilton.
Olga Julio (34-18-2) knocked out Maria Miranda (16-18) in the first round on Thursday June 3. The bantamweight fight was held in Panama City.
On Friday June 11, flyweights Elena Saveleva (6-1) and Kristina Sargasyan (2-0) meet eight rounds at Krasnogorsk.
Ksenija Medic (2-20-2) defeated Dragana Golic (0-2) by decision after four rounds on Friday June 4. The lightweight bout was held at Becej. Also, bantamweights Marijana Dasovic (0-9-1) and Jovana Zdravkovic (0-1-1) fought to a four round draw.
On Saturday June 12, super bantamweights Ellie Scotney (2-0) and Vanessa Caballero (4-9-3) meet six three-minute rounds at Newcastle. Also, welterweights April Hunter (3-0) and Klaudia Vigh (3-27-1) meet six three-minute rounds.
Summer Lynn (5-0) won by stoppage at the end of round two versus Camille Casson (0-9) on Sunday June 6. The welterweight bout was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
On Wednesday June 9, featherweights Anyela Lopez (1-1-1) and Jaica Pavilus (1-2) meet four rounds at Los Angeles, California.