Women’s action is finally starting to pick up again. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Esteche (10-3-1, 2 KO’s) snatched the WBA light welterweight title from Monica Acosta (19-1-2, 5 KO’s) Saturday night with a convincing 10 round decision over the defending champ. Esteche, the former Argentina lightweight title holder, was coming in off a failed attempt at the IBF lightweight strap, losing a decision to Victoria Bustos. In 2012 she failed in two tries against WBO lightweight champ Enis Pacheco, losing the first bout and fighting Pacheco to a draw in the rematch. Acosta had held the WBA title since 2011 and had made three successful defenses, stopping all three challengers inside the distance. She is also a former WBC light welterweight champion, winning the title in 2009 and making seven defenses before relinquishing the belt.
In Chile, undefeated Carolina Rodriguez (11-0, 1 KO) made a successful first defense of the WIBA bantamweight title, scoring a 10 round decision over Simone Da Silva Duarte (14-5, 6 KO’s). Duarte has now failed in three tries at the world title level. She held the WIBA South American title briefly in 2007.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Yazmin Rivas (29-8, 9 KO’s) defeated Calixta Silgado (11-3-2, 8 KO’s) in Mexico, winning the vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight title. Rivas held the IBF strap from 2011-2013 and made five successful defenses. She was coming into this bout off a decision loss to Jessica Gonzalez for the interim WBC female bantamweight title.
On a card in Long Island City, New York, local favorite Keisher McLeod-Wells (7-2, 1 KO) took home the vacant WIBA flyweight title with a 10 round decision over Monica Flores (3-2, 1 KO) in the nights main event. Also on the card, IFBA flyweight champion Eileen Olszewski (9-5-5, 1 KO) won a non-title affair, taking a six round decision over Jodie Esquibel (6-7-1, 2 KO’s) who was making her first ring appearance since 2011. Jennifer Santiago (3-0) fought for the first time in just over a year, winning a six rounder over Canadian Peggy Maerz (2-5-1).