It was a relatively slow week on the female side of the sport, with just three world title bouts over the weekend.
In Bakersfield, California, Tiffany Junot (10-3-1, 6 KO’s) scored an upset win over WBC light
middleweight champion Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KO’s). Junot came into the fight on two weeks notice, her last being a six round decision loss in July. It was her first world title bout, though she did hold the Texas State female light welterweight title for a stretch. Scores, all in favor of Junot, were 98-94, and 96-94 twice. St. John won the vacant title in her second bout with Christy Martin earlier this year, a bout that was supposed to be her last, and turned out to be one of her more notable victories. She has also held the WBC International lightweight and IFBA lightweight titles.
IBF female light flyweight champion Jessica Chavez (16-3-2, 4 KO’s) added the interim WBF female light flyweight title with a shut out decision over Thailand’s Kanittha Kokietgym (17-5, 6 KO’s) in Ecatepec, México. 100-90 across the board was the scoring as Kokietgym failed to win a single round. The win marks the sixth straight for Chavez; her IBF title was not at stake. Kokietgym, who lost in her bid for the WBC minimum-weight title in 2011 is the current holder of the WBC Asian Boxing Council female light flyweight title. This was her fifth fight, and first loss of 2012.
In rare Monday action, Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan played host to the WBA female super flyweight title bout between reigning champion Naoko Yamaguchi (20-3-3, 16 KO’s) and Judith Rodriguez (6-4, 4 KO’s). This was Yamaguchi’s first defense of the belt she won from Tenkai Tsunami in July. For Rodriguez, this was her second consecutive title shot, the prior being a decision loss to Daniela Romina Bermudez for the interim version of the WBA female super flyweight title. Scoring of the bout was 98-92 twice and 97-93 all for Yamaguchi.
In a non-title bout, WIBF super bantamweight champion Marylin Hernandez (23-8, 14 KO’s) stopped Mirna Batista in the first round. Batista’s on a streak: seven losses, seven KO’s. In Argentina, WBO and WBA super bantamweight titlist Yesica Marcos (21-0-1, 7 KO’s) won an eight round decision over Paula Andrea Morales (6-9-2, 0 KO’s), the titles were not on the line. Mikaela Lauren (18-2, 6 KO’s) beat Angel McKenzie (4-29, 0 KO’s) over six rounds in Sweden. Lauren holds the WBPF World Junior Middleweight and UBO World junior Middleweight titles, neither was at stake. It was McKenzie’s 11th straight loss.