No weekly wrap up this week fans. With zero world title bouts and just a handful of four round fights taking place this past weekend, I’ve opted to look ahead at the three world title bouts taking place this week.
Friday night in Argentina, WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion Yesica Patricia Marcos (21-0-1, 7 KO’s) will
defend her titles against Marcela Eliana Acuna (37-6, 17 KO’s). Marcos has held a few regional and interim titles before becoming a world champion. After holding the interim WBO super bantamweight belt, she won the “real” version of the title with a 10 round decision over the reigning champion Ana Julaton in March of last year. Marcos was also the holder of the WBA interim belt (same weight division), when she fought Dayana Cordero in her next bout in October. Cordero was the holder of the “real” WBA title, which Marcos took possession of when she stopped the champion in the sixth round. Marcos fought and won a non-title eight rounder against Paula Morales in November and now moves on to defend both of her world titles.
Acuna is former regional titlist as well as the former super bantamweight champion of the WIBA, WBA and WBC. S
he currently holds the WBC’s silver version of the super bantamweight belt. In December, she had an 18 bout winning streak snapped when she dropped a 10 round decision to former super flyweight champion Carolina Duer in a non title bout. Prior to the defeat, Acuna hadn’t lost since 2005. Both fighters have fought primarily in Argentina: Acuna’s first two professional bouts were in the United States (both losses to Christy Martin-L 10, and Lucia Rijker-KO by 5 respectively) while Marcos has never fought outside the country.
Saturday night in Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s most popular boxers, Yesica Bopp (22-0, 10 KO’s) puts her undefeated record and WBA and WBO light flyweight titles up against Marisa Portillo (13-6-2, 2 KO’s). Bopp is coming off a seventh round stoppage of Marisol Miranda in September when she defended her WBO title in Puerto Rico on the under card of a PR Best Boxing promoted card featuring the Arroyo brothers. She has held the WBA title since 2009, defeating Paulina Cardona by second round TKO. Later that same year, Bopp picked up the vacant WBO title with a shut out 10 round decision of Ana Arrazola. Since taking possession of the two belts, she’s won 11 bouts, 10 of those being title defenses.
Marisa Portillo has never held a world title, but she has made two unsuccessful attempts at world belts as well as one losing try at the Argentina title. The majority of her wins have come in scheduled four round bouts, in the three scheduled 10 round bouts that she has fought; she’s lost all three on points. In her last outing, she bested the undefeated Ivonne Cordoba in four rounds.
Moving up north to Chihuahua, Mexico also on Saturday, American flyweight Ava Knight (10-1-3, 5 KO’s) defends her IBF and WBC Diamond flyweight belts against Susana Vazquez (8-7-1, 3 KO’s). Knight and Vazquez have met once before: in June of last year Knight won a relatively one sided bout en route to a 10 round unanimous decision. Knight would go on to meet the WBC champion Mariana Juarez in her next outing, beating Juarez over 10 rounds, winning the WBC Diamond title and dealing Juarez her first loss in 21 bouts. Including the Juarez victory, Knight is 5-0-1 in her last six, the draw coming against Kaliesha West in 2011, a bout contested for the WBO bantamweight title. Knights only defeat was a 10 round decision loss to Ana Maria Torres in August of 2009 for the WBC super flyweight title.
Vazquez is the former holder of the Mexican and WBC International super flyweight titles as well as a short stint as WBC bantamweight champion. Her last bout was previously mentioned loss to Knight, she is 4-2, 1 KO over her last six bouts.
As stated earlier, there was no world title action this past weekend, but results for what bouts did take place is as follows: Lucia Sanchez W 4 Karina Gallegos, Alondra Garcia W 4 Joana Medina, Yesenia Gomez KO 1 Patricia Garcia, Elvia Trevino W 4 Carolina Garcia, Luciel Quiel TKO 1 Aralis Diaz, Shelly Vincent W 6 Nydia Feliciano.