Women’s Ratings Update: Micaela Lujan Enters Top 5 at 115lbs

Young talent, tough contenders and one of the very first women’s boxing cards in history. Last weekend had a bit for everyone in the realm of women’s boxing.

In the only fight that produced significant changes in our ratings, Argentina’s Micaela Lujan beat Mexico’s Irma Garcia with a junior bantamweight belt on the line in the headliner of an all-women’s card in San Luis, Utah. Argentina.

It was a much narrower win than the scorecards suggested, and there’s no shortage of observers who saw Garcia win. But the win, coupled with former No. 3 Yessica “Kika” Chavez’s inactivity (more than a year) paved the way for Lujan to break into the Top 5.

The vote was almost unanimous, but it met with some reluctance.

“Lujan showed she was able to withstand the pressure from Garcia, albeit in an inelegant way,” said historian Malissa Smith, before admitting that “I agree that a victory is is a victory, it is a victory, and on this basis, it should enter the No”. . 5 spot.

Lujan’s compatriots on the panel agreed, but reluctantly.

“Lujan is Argentina’s youngest champion and has talent,” said Argentine writer Yesica Palmetta. However, it must be said that in her fight against former champion Irma Garcia, she struggled to resolve the fight against the veteran. But the truth is that Lujan beat a complicated Irma Garcia, who deserved to win way more than Lujan this time. At least the cards should have been a draw or a closer decision, at least.

Irene Deserti, co-author of the women’s boxing history book “Abran Paso” with Palmetta and editor-in-chief of Rincon Rojo magazine, said that “Yesica explained perfectly what was seen in the ring. Fortunately, in chatting with Micaela on Sunday, she admitted to us that she was very aware that this victory was not hers, which suggests that she will be able to work on her mistakes and mature as a champion. is a win and given Kika Chavez’s inactivity, it seems right for Lujan to enter the hearings.

In another action, top-notch prospect Ramla Ali made history by becoming the first woman to fight in a card in Saudi Arabia when she got rid of Crystal Garcia Nova just seconds after her fight. in the Usyk-Joshua II submap. And while his performance was stellar as usual, the obvious lag made it impossible for the panelists to even suggest a promotion.

“What an unfortunate matchmaking!” exclaimed Smith, who went on to say that “Ramla Ali is a talented fighter who deserved a solid opponent who would make her work for her victory over much of the eight rounds. What a disservice to her career because she really needs more rounds before she can challenge for a title.At this point, she’s still a great prospect, but isn’t ready for ranking in this division.

Columnist Mark Jones agreed, saying “I’m fine with leaving Ramla Ali off the charts for now”, although “she’s proven worthy of the Prospect of the Year of the Ring Magazine which was awarded to him last year”.

Diego M. Morilla has been writing for The Ring since 2013. He has also written for HBO.com, ESPN.com and many other magazines, websites, newspapers and other media since 1993. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has won two first place awards at the BWAA’s annual writing competition and is the moderator of The Ring’s Women’s Review Panel. He was copy editor for the second era of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is currently a writer and editor for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter @MorillaBoxing

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