her ring too: female boxing thrives | Katie Taylor | Amanda Serrano | Jessica mccaskill
2021 has been a banner year for women’s boxing. We have seen thrills and overflows, upheavals and dominations. The Undisputed Champions reminded us of their skills and the Challengers reminded us of the danger that always lurks around the corner. Here are five of the women who defined a landmark year for the sport.
Jake Paul receives a lot of criticism within boxing, and almost all of it is justified. What cannot be faulted are his efforts to spotlight one of the supreme boxing talents in the world. WBC and WBO featherweight champion Amanda Serrano battled over Paul’s last two cards, putting her in front of a vast new audience.
His skills justify the platform. “The Real Deal” took three wins in 2021, while also finding time for a win in MMA. Daniela Romina Bermudez was stopped in a title defense in March, before decisive wins over Yamileth Mercado and Miriam Gutierrez on the aforementioned Paul pay-per-views. The seven-weight world champion has made no secret of her desire for a showdown with the next boxer on this list.
“The Bray Bomber” made no secret of her desire to face Serrano, calling the Puerto Rican after defending her undisputed lightweight championship against Natasha Jonas in May. The decision victory was the first of three outings for ‘KT’ in 2021.
Jennifer Han fought bravely at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, but was crushed by the Olympic gold medalist in front of 20,000 fans. To close the year, Taylor defeated Firuza Sharipova to retain her title for the twelfth time.
Serrano isn’t the only potential superfight on the horizon for the Irish superstar. A clash with the next name on our list would be electric.
“CasKILLA” became the undisputed welterweight champion in 2020. After winning a rematch with the woman she beat that night, Cecilia Braekhus, she made history once again by becoming the The Ring’s first female welterweight queen.
McCaskill would end the year by knocking out Kandi Wyatt in a title defense, and she made no secret of the fact that she wanted to meet Katie Taylor next. The American was in the building for Taylor’s victory over Jennifer Han, and the pair appear to be on a collision course that could provide the most exciting fight of 2022.
The former Team USA fan has made waves this year, solidifying as the leader of the super featherweight division. Erica Farias fell during Mayer’s first WBO belt defense she claimed last year. The Rio 2016 Olympian then turned her attention to the woman who had reigned for five years as IBF champion, Maiva Hamadouche.
Their title fight also crowned a new Ring champion, and Mayer stood on his feet after ten rounds. 2022 presents a great opportunity to clean up the division, and a fight with Delfine Persoon is one of the most exciting super featherweight fights out there. If Mayer is successful, then she could pursue challenges higher in the weights.
Few fighters are as box office as ‘The GWOAT’. The star quality of the outspoken Olympic gold medalist shines as brightly as her unblemished professional record. When not defending the world championships she holds simultaneously in the light middleweight and middleweight divisions, she calls out the Paul brothers or tries her hand at MMA.
In between all of that, she managed to step into the ring and remind us why she may be the biggest name in women’s boxing in 2021. Shields became the undisputed lightweight middleweight champion when she unified her straps WBC and WBO with those of IBF and WBA champion Marie-Ève Dicaire. The decision victory was Claressa’s only outing of the year, but she is back next month to defend her unified middleweight crown against Ema Kozin in Cardiff.