|Team Braekhus breaks from Team Sauerland|
|New York Golden Glove Hall of Famer Jean Martin|
A Look Back At April 2014 in Women's Boxing:
|Enriquez beats Blackshear|
|Bopp is the best light flyweight in the world|
1- Yesica Yolanda Bopp (Argentina)
2- Ibeth Zamora Silva (Mexico)
3- Jessica Chavez (Mexico)
4- Arely Mucino (Mexico)
5- Jessica Nery Plata (Mexico)
On April 12 in Bolivar, Argentina, in her second fight back from a seven-year hiatus from the ring, brutal puncher Paola Gabriela Casalinuovo, 154, won the vacant IBF female light-middleweight title by stopping Yajaira Hernandez, 153, in the seventh round of what can only be described as a war. Casalinuovo (11-0, 11 KOs) of Buenos Aires, just another in a long line of Argentine female professional boxing champions, suffered a knockdown in round six; not to be outdone, she rallied dropping the wide-punching Hernandez, now (15-6, 9 KOs), twice with counter punches before the completion of the sixth round. In round seven, a visibly tired Hernandez suffered a third knockdown before a referee stoppage saved her from further punishment.
|Casalinuovo continues her comeback|
KO Digest Top Five Light-Middleweights (154):
1- Ann Sophie Mathis (France)
2- Maria Lindberg (Sweden)
3- Jessica Balogun (Germany)
4- Mikaela Lauren (Sweden)
5- Paola Casalinuovo (Argentina)
On April 20 in Zwevezele, Belgium, in a battle for supremacy of the lightweight division of women’s boxing, 2013 KO Digest Female Boxer of the Year Delfine Persoon won the WBC lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision victory (96-92/96-92/96-93) over Erica Anabella Farias. Farias (19-1, 9 KOs) Virreyes, Argentina, was making the twelfth defense of her former title. The prestigious WBC lightweight title will now join the WIBF, WBF, and WIBA lightweight belts around the waist of Persoon. Employing a size and strength advantage, Persoon (29-1, 13 KOs) Roeselare, Belgium, crowded Farias on the inside not allowing the arguably more skilled Argentine the room she requires to operate comfortably. During the course of the battle, Farias was deducted two points for headbutts (7th & 9th) and Persoon lost a point in round seven for an infraction of the rules, the nature of which was unclear.
|Persoon beat Farias to become top girl at lightweight|
KO Digest Top 5 Lightweights (135):
1- Delfine Persoon (Belgium)
2- Erica Anabella Farias (Argentina)
3- Maria Elena Maderna (Argentina)
4- Enis Pacheco (Colombia)
5- Mary McGee (USA)
On April 26 in Rio Grande, Argentina, the WBA & WBO light-flyweight champion, Yesica Yolanda “Tuti” Bopp, 110 ¼, elevated in weight and won the WBO flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Daniela Romina “La Bonita” Bermudez, 112, by the scores (98-92/97-93/97-93). Bopp is now top rated at flyweight and light flyweight.
|Bopp beats Bermudez to become #1 at 112|
KO Digest’s Top 5 Flyweights (112):
1- Yessica Yolanda Bopp (Argentina)
2- Melissa McMorrow (USA)
3- Susi Kentikian (Germany)
4- Ava Knight (USA)
5- Shindo Go (Japan)
Sweet Side Quick Hits from April 2014:
Ibeth Zamora Silva the WBC female light-flyweight champion, improved to (20-5, 8 KOs) with an eight-round unanimous decision over Judith Rodriguez (6-7) in a non-title fight. WBO female lightweight champion, Maria Elena “Tily” Maderna (12-8-3, 1 KO), who sports a 72” reach, successfully defended her title for the first time with a third round technical knockout of contender Dalia Vasarhelyi (7-5, 1 KO). IBF lightweight champion, Victoria Noelia Bustos (11-3), in a non-title fight, lost a six-round unanimous decision to southpaw Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre (6-1-3). It was Aguirre’s second win over Bustos in 11 months. 22-year-old Gabriela “La Gaby” Bouvier (12-4-1, 2 KOs), the IBF female flyweight champion, defended her title for the first time with a ten-round unanimous decision over hard-punching Carolina Alvarez (11-6-2, 8 KOs). Former minimumweight champion Katia Gutierrez (19-4) won a six-round unanimous decision over bright light-flyweight prospect Brenda Flores (7-2). Gutierrez has apparently left the minimumweight division behind as her last two starts have been at light-flyweight and flyweight. Jessica “Kika” Chavez (20-3-3, 4 KOs) in a non-title bout versus former long-time WBA super-flyweight champion, Tenkai Tsunami (20-10, 9 KOs), won a ten-round unanimous decision.
A look ahead to May 2014 in women's boxing:
|St John challenges Nelson in Virginia|
|Tori Nelson is #2 at 147 and fights St. John this month|
1- Cecilia Braekhus (Norway)
2- Tori Nelson (USA)
3- Oxandia Castillo (Dominican Republic)
4- Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (USA)
5- Ivana Habazin (Croatia)
On May 24 in Chiapas, Mexico, Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava (28-4-3, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, enters the ring for the first time in nearly two years (childbirth) when she battles Venezuelan born Alys “La China” Sanchez (12-1-1, 4 KOs) for the interim WBA female super-bantamweight title. The 34-year-old Nava, a two-division champion winning world titles at bantamweight and super-bantamweight, is a three-time WBC super-bantamweight champion and a two-time WBA super-bantamweight title holder. In her last fight, (August 2012) in perhaps her most impressive outing, she stopped Lisa “Bad News” Brown in three rounds successfully defended her WBA female super-bantamweight title. She is probably best known for her two epic battles with Mexican boxing star Ana Maria Torres (D-10) (L-10) in 2011. Nava holds wins over “Downtown” Leona Brown, Kelsey Jeffries, and Yazmin Rivas. The 27-year-old Sanchez is much more than a dip-your-toe-in-the-pool opponent having held the interim WBA female super-bantamweight title as recently as December 2012. With only one fight in the past 18 months, Sanchez will have to work off the rust in training to be competitive against Nava.
|Another title belt for Hernandez?|
|A bloody Mrdjenovich is the best female featherweight|
1- Jelena Mrdjenovich (Canada)
2- Melissa Hernandez (USA)
3- Edith Soledad Matthysse (Argentina)
4- Dahiana Santana (Dominican Republic)
5- Elina Tissen (Germany)
Sweet Side Quick Hits for May:
On May 10 Rola El Halabi (13-1, 7 KOs) will battle Victoria Cisneros (11-14-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant WIBA, WBF light-welterweight titles. El Halabi will also defend her WBF female light-welterweight title for the second time. Cisneros holds the WBC Silver female welterweight title which is not involved in this matchup. On May 10 “Defector Girl” Hyun-Mi Choi (8-0-1, 2 KOs) will defend her WBA female super-featherweight title for the first time against Keanpetch Superchamps (5-6-1). Choi won the WBA featherweight title in her professional debut and defended the belt successfully seven times before elevating in weight and winning the WBA super-featherweight title. On May 10 former WBA featherweight champion and current glamour model, Ogleidis “La Nina” Suarez (19-3-1, 8 KOs) will battle Calixta Silgado (11-3-2, 8 KOs) for the interim WBA female super-featherweight title. On May 15 in Brighton Beach, New York, former IBF super-featherweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (20-1-1, 15 KOs) will battle Belinda “Brown Sugar” Laracuente (26-28-3, 9 KOs) in a six-round bout. Serrano, a southpaw, is an elite offensive fighter and always provides a crowd-pleasing performance. On May 23 Nikki Adler (11-0, 6 KOs) will defend the WIBA super-middleweight title against Gifty Amanua Ankrah (3-3-1, 2 KOs). Adler also holds the WBC and WBF super-middleweight titles. On May 25 the WBC female flyweight champion, Shindo Go (13-2, 8 KOs) will defend her title against Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-2, 1 KO). It will be the second defense of the WBC flyweight title by Go who won the belt in May 2013.
Three Questions - Sweet Side Q&A with Shianne Gist:
|Three looks and three questions with Shianne Gist|
Now 21, Gist boasts numerous amateur titles including Golden Gloves in Pennsylvania and Cleveland.
Q: What attracted you to boxing?
A: To be honest I was an instant fan of MMA before I knew anything about boxing. I was young and didn't know any better obviously. Once I started boxing I instantly fell in love with the sport. I wanted to see if I had what it took to become a great fighter. The first time I went to a gym I was 17. It was where I met my coach.
He instantly knew I was a hard worker and wanted to be serious with boxing. So we took it from there.
Four years later I'm 9-4 and still in the gym with my coach training harder than ever.
Q: What are your amateur accomplishments?
A: Since I turned amateur I've been in 13 fights. I'm the 2012 KO Drugs Tournament winner, 2012 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Winner, 2012 Cleveland Golden Gloves Winner, and 2013 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Winner. I lost States in a split decision in my fight in Philadelphia. It was a tough lost, but I'm ready to go all the way to Nationals this year.
|That's just about the Gist of it|
If so, what weight class might you participate in?
A: Yes, I'm getting ready for big tournaments that will guide my way to the 2016 Olympics. My weight class will fall in anywhere from one hundred and forty one pounds to one hundred and fifty.
KO Digest Dynamite Dozen Pound-for-Pound Ratings:
|Braekhus still #1 P4P and now her own promoter|
2- Marcela Eilana Acuna 41-6-1, 18 KOs (Argentina)
3- Christina Hammer 17-0, 8 KOs (Germany)
4- Yesica Yolanda Bopp 27-1, 12 KOs (Argentina)
5- Delfine Persoon 29-1, 13 KOs (Belgium)
6- Diana Prazak 13-2, 9 KOs (Australia/USA)
7- Anne Sophie Mathis 27-3, 23 KOs (France)
8- Erica Anabella Farias 19-1, 9 KOs (Argentina)
9- Jelena Mrdjenovich 32-9-1, 16 KOs (Canada)
10- Ibeth Zamora-Silva 20-5, 8 KOs (Mexico)
11- Jessica Chavez 20-3-3, 4 KOs (Mexico)
12- Naoko Fujioka 11-0, 6 KOs (Japan)
"The Sweet Side of the Sweet Science" is written by women's boxing expert Mark A. Jones - exclusively for KO Digest. You can find more of Mark's work on his women's boxing blog: Boxing Jones