WBAN’s 20 Best Picks in 2021 for “Outstanding” Women’s Boxing Fights!

(DEC 26) Well, it’s a rap for women’s boxing for 2021, and we’ve seen some big fights unfold this year —- some (not all) of the top picks that have come up … Here is some of the favorites this year!
Drum roll……

May 1, 2021 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, UK –
Lightweight Katie Taylor, 134.5, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Natasha Jonas, 134.5. Taylor was defending his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles. Judges Endnotes 96-95, 96-94 and 96-95.

October 30, 2021 – Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico –
Super bantamweight Jackie Nava, 120 1/4, of Tijuana, Mexico, now 39-4-4- (16 KOs), won a ten-round unanimous decision over Mariana Juarez, 120 3/4, of Mexico City. The two were battling for the vacant WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight title. The judges’ final scores were 94-97, 90-100 and 91-99.

June 19, 2021 – Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas

Marlen Esparza beat very tough opponent Ibeth Zamora Silva in a 10-round title fight while battling for the WBC Flyweight World title. The two fought at. The final judges’ marks were: 96-92, 95-94, 96-94. Esparza is now 10-1-0 (1KO). Silva fell to 32-7-0 (12 KOs).

March 13, 2021 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Welterweight Jessica McCaskill, 144.5, of Chicago, Illinois, successfully defended her WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO welterweight titles against Cecilia Braekhus, 145, of Norway. The judges’ final scores were 98-91, 99-90 and 100-89.

March 25, 2021- Plaza del Quinto Centenario, San Juan, Puerto Rico –
Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 124¾, won by a ninth round knockout against Daniela “La Bonita” Bermudez, 125. The fight was scheduled for ten rounds. The two fought for the WBC, WBO title and the vacant IBO Featherweight title.

April 10, 2021 – Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London, United Kingdom-
Shannon Courtenay, 117.5, of Hertfordshire, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Ebanie Bridges, 117, of New South Wales. The final score was 92-98, 94-97 and 92-98. Courtenay won the vacant WBA bantamweight world title. Courtenay is now 7-1-0 (3KO), and Bridges suffered his first loss as a pro and is now 5-1-0 (2KO).

MMay 29, 2021 – Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Chantelle Cameron, 139 1/4, won by a fifth round TKO over Melissa Hernandez, 136 21/4. Cameron was defending his WBC Super Lightweight title.

May 14, 2021 – Embassy Suites Nashville SE, Murfreesboro, Tennessee –
The card featured three women’s on-card fights and one men’s boxing match. In the main line, Heather Hardy, 135¾, of Brooklyn, New York, fighting Jessica Camara, 135½, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds, in the lightweight division; In the first round, Camara suffered a knockdown (20 seconds in the first round) by Hardy, but the end result was won by unanimous decision with the judges’ final score of 79-73, 78-73 and 77-74. In a post-fight interview, Camara was overwhelmed with the victory and said she couldn’t even try to describe how she felt and that Hardy was one of her role models, having grown up in the sport. ..

June 19, 2021 –
Virgin Hotels, in Las Vegas, Nevada
Mikaela Mayer faced Erica Farias and took the win by unanimous decision in 10 rounds. The two were battling for the WBO Junior Lightweight World title. It was reported that Mayer adjusted, turned up the heat and beat Erica Farias. It was a successful first defense of his belt.

November 13, 2021 – Kolding Hallen, Kolding, Denmark-
Bantamweight Dina Thorslund, 117 3/4, won by knockout over Zulina Munoz, 117.5. The fight was scheduled for ten rounds. They were fighting for the WBO bantamweight world title.

July 16, 2021 – Gimnasio Municipal “Jose Neri Santos”, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico –
Lourdes ?? La Pequeña Lulú ?? Juarez, now 32-2-0 (4KO), of Mexico City, Mexico, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Diana “la Bonita” Fernandez, now 23-4-0 (4KO), of Ciudad Juarez. Lourdes was defending his WBC Super Flyweight title. The judges’ final scores were 95-95, 96-95 and 96-94.

August 27, 2021 – Sycuan Casino Resort in El Cajon, C
A- Split-T Management’s Kali “KO” Reis pulled off a first defense of her WBA Super Lightweight world title against Diana Prazak in the main line where she won by majority decision. The fight was the main fight of a UFC Fight Pass streaming card. Full story

July 9, 2021 Two best female fights on this card: [Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.-
Noako Fujioka, 111 3/4, of Japan, won by a 10-round
majority decision over Sulem Urbina, 112.  Fujioka
successfully defended her WBA Flyweight world title; in
a second female bout, Seniesa Estrada, 108, won a
ten-round unanimous decision over Tenkai Tsunami, 107
1/4.  The two were fighting for the WBO Light Flyweight

Noako Fujioka (left)
Sulem Urbina (right) Photo credit: Facebook

Seniesa Estrada raises hand in Victory

August 7, 2021 -  Matchroom HQ Garden,
Brentwood, England

Ebanie Bridges, 118¾,  fought Bec
Connolly, 119, scueduled for eight rounds, but the fight
ended in the third round (1:22) when Bridges TKO’d
Connolly. Courtesy photos by Matchbox at the weigh-in.  

19, 2021 –
Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire - 
female world title fight did not disappoint! The two
battled it out until the very end, with Reis having a
successful final tenth round going after Camara, even
through some noted exhaustion, nothing stopped these
warriors making every second count in this bout.  Coming
into the fight, 35-year old Kali “KO” Reis, weighed in
at 138 lbs.,  vs. Jessica “Cobra” Camara, 33, 136 lbs.

March 5,
2021 – Flint, Michigan-
one of four female bouts on the card,  Claressa
Shields, 153½, won a 10-round unanimous decision over
Marie Eve Dicaire, 152½. Final judges scores were 100-90
on all card. The two were fighting for the WBC, WBA, WBO,
and IBF Super welterweight world titles. 

October 9, 2021 Echo Arena, in Liverpool,
“The Miracle” Mitchell,  117½, who fights out of Las
Vegas, Nevada, and from Los Angeles, California, won a
10-round majority decision over Shannon Courtenay, 120½,
of Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.  The two were
fighting for the vacant WBA Bantamweight world title. 
Final judges scores were 94-96, 93-97, and 95-95. 


22, 2021-
Sugar Baby Rojas, Barranquilla, Colombia –
flyweight Yesica Bopp, 107¾, of Buenos Aires, Argentina,
now 37-2-0 (17KO), won by a fourth round TKO over Johana
Zuniga, 106¼, 16-01-0 (9KO), of La Victoria, Venezuela, 
in a 10-round title fight for the WBA Super World Light
Flyweight title.  

November 5, 2021 – Virgin Hotels in Las
Vegas, Nevada
Boxing fans were delighted with a superb display of a couple of the best
female boxers in the professional ranks.  Mikaela Mayer, 129½, of
Colorado Springs, Colorado, took on one of the toughest battles so far as a
pro after having a successful career in the amateurs, when she fought Maiva
Hamadouche, 128½, of Fontenay le Fleury, Paris, France went toe-to-toe with
Mayer, in what was described as one of the best female fights this year. 

Photo Credit:  Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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fights in 2021

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