|AIBA Women's Boxing Ambassador Katie Taylor|
A look back at July 2013 in women’s boxing:
|Victorious “Killer Queen” Kentikian|
Also on July 13, in a WBO featherweight title eliminator, Argentina’s Marcela Eliana Acuna (39-6-1, 17 KOs) defeated well thought of Melissa Hernandez (18-5-3, 6 KOs) by a unanimous decision in Argentina. The victory has significant implications in the present and future. Acuna is now the #1 contender to the WBO featherweight title currently held by fellow Argentine, Alejandra Oliveras. The win also propels her from a borderline to a solid Hall of Fame candidate once her career is concluded and the waiting period has elapsed. During a six six-year period from 2006-12, she was unbeaten campaigning as the WBC female super-bantamweight champion defeating such notables as Alicia Ashley, Jackie Nava, Yazmin Rivas, Maribel Santana, and Oliveras. Whatever Acuna accomplishes going forward is icing on the cake.
|Hammer Time for the kissing bandit Mikaela Lauren|
Lauren brought a significant spotlight to this match-up when, to lighten the mood after a somewhat contemptuous weigh-in, she suddenly kissed Hammer square on the lips while taunting her. The actual fight in the ring was decidedly anti-climactic, witnessing Hammer, a supreme technician from long-range; dominate the action by relegating the skilled Scandinavian to clumsily lunging with punches in hopes to land something lucky. Said the victorious Hammer after the fight, “I am very happy to have won and I got a little revenge for the kiss of Mikaela Lauren along with it.”
|Sweet revenge for Juarez over Togo|
On July 19, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, KO Digest’s #6 pound-for-pound female boxer, Yesica Yolanda “Tuti” Bopp (25-1, 11 KOs) Wilde, Buenos Aires, Argentina, returned to her winning ways winning a ten-round unanimous decision victory over tough battler, Anastasia Toktaulova (14-12, 2 KOs) Leesburg, Florida, by way of Yoshkar-Ola, Russia. Bopp dominated the score cards winning every round on each successfully defending her WBA light-flyweight title for the thirteenth time and her WBO light-flyweight title for the eleventh time. In the lone loss of her stellar career, a closely contested decision loss to Jessica Chavez in June, the WBA and WBO titles were not on the line. With the loss, Toktaulova has lost four of her last five each loss coming against high-level opposition.
|Prospect "Baby Girl" Douglas goes to 3-0|
A look ahead to August 2013 in women’s boxing:
|Suarez stops Palmera in seven|
This is a rematch of their October 2012 meeting that witnessed Suarez stop Palmera in seven rounds retaining the interim version of the WBA featherweight title. Since, Palmera battled lightweight champion Erica Anabella Farias for the WBC lightweight title losing by a third round knockout. Palmera, the ultimate gunslinger, is 4-4 over her last eight fights all ending by knockout. The most impressive win on the record of Suarez is a split-decision win over the current IBF super bantamweight title holder, Katy Wilson Castillo in October 2011.
On August 14 at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York, New York, USA, highly ranked heavyweight, Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis (7-1-2, 1 KO) New York, New York, was originally scheduled to face Taren Pennell (1-1) Irving, Texas, a failed eye exam later and “The Scholar” is now scheduled to face the ever-tough TBA.
|Jeffrey looks to upgrade her title belt|
On August 24 in Moenchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the former WBC, WBO, and the WIBF featherweight title holder, Ina Menzer (30-1, 11 KOs) attempts to win the interim WBF and vacant WIBA featherweight titles in her home town against Goda Dailydaite (8-0, 2 KOs) Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Menzer, born in Kazakhstan, won the WIBF title in 2005 and defended it successfully fifteen times until losing to Jeannine Garside in 2010. Six successful defenses of the WBC featherweight title and one defense of the WBO featherweight title were mixed into those fifteen defenses. During her nearly five-year title run, Menzer established herself as one of the best in the sport holding impressive wins over Ramona Kuehne, Esther Schouten, Laura Serrano, and Yazmin Rivas. Menzer was inactive for fourteen months after her decision loss to Garside and has since taken the slow road back to relevance engaging in only one bout against a fighter with a winning record in her last four outings.
Three Questions - Sweet Side Q&A with American Alex Love:
Alex Love of Bellevue, Washington, is currently serving in the United States Army at Fort Carson, Colorado in the World Class Athlete Program. During her amateur career, she compiled an impressive record of 53-8 culminating in her inclusion in the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team Trails for female boxers in 2012. During the trials, Alex won her first match but fell short of making the Olympic Team losing her next two contests, but her crowd-pleasing aggressive boxing style was noticed, making her a serious contender for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
|Love of Combat Sports|
A: I joined the Army to pursue my boxing career. The Army gave me an outlet that provided support, which is exactly what I needed. I needed someone in my corner to help me get to the next level.
Q: What will your job (MOS) be as an Army soldier?
A: I joined the Intelligence Unit to ensure that I had a career under me.
Q: What was the first ever female U.S. Olympic Team Trails like for you?
A: My Olympic Trials experience was fantastic. I was part of history in those contests. Female boxers have been fighting for the right to participate in the Olympics for a long time. I’m proud that I was able to participate in the first ever U.S. Olympic Trials for women. I fought my heart out, and I’m ready to go for a Gold Medal in Rio in 2016.
KO Digest's Dynamite Dozen Pound-for-Pound Ratings:
|Bopp is #6 Pound for Pound|
2- Erica Anabella Farias (17-0, 9 KOs) Argentina
3- Ava Knight (12-1-3, 5 KOs) USA
4- Christina Hammer (15-0, 7 KOs) Germany
5- Jessica Chavez (19-3-2, 4 KOs) Mexico
6- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (25-1, 11 KOs) Argentina
7- Ann Sophie Mathis (27-3, 24 KOs) France
8- Jelena Mrdjenovich (29-9-1, 14 KOs) Canada
9- Esmeralda Moreno (25-6, 9 KOs) Mexico
10- Diana Prazak (12-2, 8 KOs) Australia
11- Marcela Eliana Acuna (39-6-1, 17 KOs) Argentina
12- Melissa McMorrow (9-3-3, 1 KO) USA
"The Sweet Side of the Sweet Science" is written and compiled by women's boxing expert Mark Jones - exclusively for KO Digest. You can find more of Mark's work on his women's boxing blog: Boxing Jones