Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, Seniesa Estrada and more fight news
By David A. Avila
One of boxing’s best years in a decade culminates with Katie Taylor delivering another salvo of her brand of fighting.
We saw battles between top super featherweights like Mikaela Mayer, Maiva Hamadouche, Alycia Baumgardner, and Terri Harper tangle in superior contests. We also saw super lightweights Kali Reis, Jessica Camara, Chantelle Cameron and Mary McGee slug it out.
In the next two weeks three of the top female fighters pound-for-pound perform.
First, Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs defends her undisputed lightweight world champion status against Kazakhstan’s Firuza Sharipova (14-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday Dec. 11, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. DAZN will stream the Matchroom Boxing card live.
It’s been many years since prizefighting saw a year like this especially in the women’s side of fighting. The best are facing the best all around the world except this fight pitting Ireland’s Taylor against Kazakhstan’s relatively unknown Sharipova.
But you never know.
Anything can happen in boxing. All it takes is one slip up and down you go. Though Sharipova doesn’t have the same resume as Taylor she has two fists and only one loss, so far.
According to Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn, if Taylor wins this weekend and Amanda Serrano wins next weekend the two will meet in a showdown early next year. Of course, they tried to meet before but the circumstances just weren’t right. Now things seem to be lined up perfectly. We shall see.
Taylor has been paving the way for women’s boxing with a relentless pursuit of greatness. She has been fighting the best in her division and knocking them off one by one. In this fight it seems like she is taking a fight to maintain momentum and keep sharp for her showdown with Serrano.
Brooklyn’s Serrano has a tougher task in her upcoming fight against Spain’s Miriam Gutierrez a strong lightweight who was defeated earlier in the year by Taylor.
Serrano, a featherweight, sparkled in knocking out Argentina’s Daniela Bermudez a fellow pound for pound fighter last March in Puerto Rico. Then she dominated Mexico’s super bantamweight world titlist Yamileth Mercado last August in Cleveland. But both of those fights were smaller fighters moving up. Now she is the smaller fighter moving up.
Though Serrano has incredibly captured world titles in seven weight divisions, the brunette southpaw really has a petite body. More model than bodybuilder and more demure than you might expect. She lets her co-manager Jordan Maldonado do the talking and she does the fighting.
On September 18, Serrano has a date to fight Gutierrez who went the distance with Taylor last year. It was the Spanish fighter’s only career loss. She is very strong, but so is Serrano. They meet in Tampa, Florida on the same card as Jake Paul versus Tyron Woodley.
Paul signed Serrano to a lucrative promotional contract which seems to have boosted the pretty Boricua’s presence with fans not familiar with women’s boxing or boxing.
Not to be out-shown, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada fights one last time in 2021 a year that saw her win world titles in the minimumweight and light flyweight divisions. Many rate her among to top fighters pound-for-pound and with reason.
Estrada easily handled Anabel “La Avispa” Ortiz last March to take the WBA title away from the minimumweight champion from Mexico City. Then, she met Japan’s light flyweight world titlist Tsunami Tenkai and the two furiously battled it out for 10 rounds. It was the best fight of the entire card. Estrada won the WBO light flyweight world title in a back-and-forth struggle.
Boxing does not get better than that.
Now Estrada (21-0, 8 KOs) drops back down to 105 to defend the WBA minimumweight title against Maria Santizo (9-0, 5 KOs) on Dec. 18, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. DAZN will stream the Golden Boy Promotions card that also includes Marlen Esparza fighting Anabel Ortiz.
This past weekend two female fights featuring Ava Knight and Mia Ellis in separate bouts took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Ava Knight fought and defeated Nancy Franco in a tight struggle. It had been two years since the former world titlist had fought. She was scheduled to fight another, but that fight was scrapped. Franco accepted the fight at 118 pounds.
Franco was tough and nearly went the distance against the powerful Adelaida Ruiz last September. Against Knight the two warred all six rounds. Knight won by unanimous decision and looks capable of winning another world title.
Mia Ellis, who trains at the same gym as Gervonta “Tank” Davis, fought Elizabeth Tuani in a four-round bout held in the super featherweight division. Ellis is tall, quick and tough. She was forced to fight at close quarters by Tuani and their fight was very entertaining.
That’s what boxing is all about…entertainment.
It was pleasing to see Mayweather Promotions put two female fights on their boxing card. Maybe one day Premier Boxing Champions will do the same. They have never put a women’s bout on their fight card. Here’s hoping.
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Juliana Basualdo (6-2) beat Vanesa Taborda (10-13-3) by decision after 10 rounds on Friday Dec. 3. The Argentine super bantamweight title fight took place in Cordoba.
On Saturday Dec. 11, featherweights Marianela Ramirez (7-7-1) and Lorena Agoutborde (1-0-1) meet four rounds at Cordoba.
Jasmine Parr (1-0) won by unanimous decision after eight rounds versus Nicilia Costello (2-1) on Saturday Dec. 4. The super flyweight match took place at Eatons Hill, Queensland. Also, Brooke Cooper (1-1) beat Amanda Klein (0-3) by knockout in the fourth round of a lightweight fight.
Taylah Robertson (4-1) was victorious by decision after eight rounds against Kylie Fulmer (7-2) on Saturday Dec. 4. The bantamweight contest was held at Fortitude Valley, Queensland.
On Saturday Dec. 11, super featherweights Tywarna Campbell (1-0) and Jessica Adams (0-0) meet eight rounds at Condell Park, New South Wales.
On Saturday Dec. 11, bantamweights Calliope Slagmulder (3-1) and Angela Cannizzaro (6-12-1) meet eight rounds at Liege.
Daniela Cruces (7-0) defeated Arlis Tapias (1-2-1) by decision after six rounds on Saturday Dec. 4. The featherweight bout took place at Santa Marta.
Souad Masmoudi (2-0) beat Dragana Golic (0-6) by decision after four rounds on Friday Dec.3. The flyweight bout was held at Chaumont.
On Saturday Dec. 11, super bantamweights Jeyssa Marcel (4-0) and Sandra Morcet (3-0) meet eight rounds for the French title at Pierrefitte.
Elina Tissen (25-2) defeated Effychia Kathopouli (4-3) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds on Saturday Dec. 4. The WBF featherweight title fight took place at Warendorf.
Sarah Liegmann (2-0) was the winner by unanimous decision after four rounds against Nana Dokadze (1-12) on Saturday Dec.4. The super bantamweight fight was held at Cologne.
Christina Hammer (27-1) knocked out Daniele Bastieri (3-2) in the first round on Friday Dec. 3. The super middleweight match was held at Ilsenburg.
On Friday Dec. 10, flyweights Pearl Adjetey (0-1) and Blessing Bukola (1-0) meet six rounds at Accra. Also, featherweights Geraldine Larley (0-1) and Abigail Quartey (1-0) meet six rounds.
On Sunday Dec. 12, light flyweights Suman Kumari (4-3-1) and Sima Bunkar (0-0) meet four rounds at Liluah.
Chaoz Minowa (7-3) knocked out Yumemi Ikemoto (7-2) in the second round on Thursday Dec. 2. The OPBF flyweight title fight was placed at Tokyo.
On Wednesday Dec. 8, flyweights Ai Kuwahara (0-0) and Saki Horiguchi (1-4-1) meet four rounds at Tokyo. Also, featherweights Mika Yagio (0-1) and Asako Sugawara (0-0-1) meet four rounds.
On Thursday Dec. 9. Minimumweights Nanako Suzuki (5-2) and Sayo Segawa (1-1) meet six rounds for the Japanese title at Tokyo.
Marija Malencia (2-0) beat Esmeralda Novruzaj (0-1) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Dec. 4. The lightweight match was held at Tetovo.
Montserrat Alarcon (17-4-2) was victorious by majority decision after 10 rounds versus Silvia Torres (20-3-2) on Saturday Dec. 4. The minimum weight clash took place at Leon, Guanajuato.
On Friday Dec. 10, super featherweights Miriam Hernandez (0-0) and Diana Gutierrez (0-2) meet four rounds at Juarez. Also, super flyweights Karla Saenz (0-1) and Jessica Renteria (0-0) meet four rounds.
On Saturday Dec. 11, bantamweights Kenia Judith Enriquez (4-0-2) and Andrea Navarrete (1-2) meet four rounds at Tijuana.
Laura Wollenman (1-1) defeated Luciana Ascanio (2-1-1) by split decision after four rounds on Friday Dec. 3. The super flyweight contest took place in Panama City.
On Friday Dec. 10, super flyweights Angelika Krysztoforska (2-0) and Tetiana Perevzetseva (0-3) meet six rounds at Zukowo.
Sharadene Fortuin (13-1-1) won a decision over Melissa Miller (5-12-3) after 10 rounds on Saturday Dec. 4. The South African bantamweight title was held at Durban. Other results super bantamweight Bathabile Ziqubu (3-1) beat Nosiacwase Dube (0-3-1); super bantamweight Asandiswa Nxokwana (7-4-2) beat Gabisile Tshabala (10-5-1); super featherweight Ntomboqala Tolashe (5-2) defeated Raider Muleba (4-13-1). Cruiserweight Razel Mohammed (1-0-2) beat Lillian Molala (2-10-2).
On Sunday Dec. 12, featherweights Jennifer Miranda (5-0) and Jorgelina Guanini (9-2-2) meet 10 rounds for a regional title at Madrid.
On Friday Dec. 10, flyweights Chian Huei Chin (0-1-2) and Xiu Ru Liu (0-0) meet four rounds at Taipei.
On Saturday Dec.11, light flyweights Sara Alex (0-0) and Sandra Mohamed (0-0) meet four rounds at Arusha.
Chelsey Arnell (1-0-1) defeated Sangeeta Birdi (1-3) by decision after four rounds on Saturday Dec. 4. The featherweight match was held in London.
Nina Hughes (1-0) won by decision over Claudia Ferenczi (20-87-8) after six rounds on Friday Dec.3. The super bantamweight fight was located in London.
On Saturday Dec.11, lightweights Katie Taylor (19-0) and Firuza Sharipova (14-1) meet 10 rounds for the undisputed lightweight world championship at Liverpool, England.
On Sunday Dec. 12, super welterweights Ellis Hopkins (2-0) and Ester Konecna (1-11-1) meet six rounds at Leicester, England. Also, lightweights Paige Murney (0-0) and Karina Kopinska (14-45-4) meet six rounds.
Ava Knight (20-2-5) defeated Mexico’s Nancy Franco (19-16-2) by unanimous decision in a six round fight on Sunday Dec. 5. The super flyweight bout took place in Los Angeles. Also, Mia Ellis (3-0) remained undefeated by unanimous decision over Elizabeth Tuani (1-5) after four rounds in a super featherweight bout.
Jessica McCaskill (11-2) defended the undisputed world championship title by knockout in the seventh round against Kandi Wyatt (10-4) on Saturday Dec. 4. The welterweight world championship fight was held at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Raquel Miller (11-0) decisioned Sonya Dreiling (4-2) after six rounds on Thursday Dec. 2. The light heavyweight fight took place at Costa Mesa, Calif.
On Friday Dec.10, atomweights Alexis Martinez (0-3) and Dialika Perkins (0-1) meet four rounds at Glendale, Arizona.
On Saturday Dec. 11, featherweights Brittany Ordonez (2-3-1) and Jasmine Clarkson (4-13) meet four rounds at San Antonio, Texas.
Eva Guzman (19-1-1) won by technical knockout over Yanetsy Gomez (0-6) in the fourth round on Tuesday Nov. 30. The light flyweight bout took place in Caracas. Also, super bantamweight Ana Maria Lozano (21-11-1) knocked out Paola Hernandez (0-1) in the first round.