Women’s Monthly Boxing Ratings
October 6th 2019
The introduction of female boxing in the 2012 Olympics has strengthened the credibility of the sport, providing it with an internationally recognised seal of approval. Women’s professional boxing is flourishing, and the depth of quality fighters is increasing.
Unfortunately, just like with men’s boxing, it is littered with a confusing array of “world” title belt holders, and vacant titles are often decided via mediocre match-ups. BoxRec provides a useful reference point, but its ratings are computer-based, and are therefore open to oddities, so deciphering who the best fighters are is problematic.
Our authoritative, monthly divisional rankings (which began on, April 6th, 2019), which are compiled by knowledgeable experts, aim to provide a degree of much needed clarity.
We will use our ratings to identify who the top contenders in a weight class are, and, as is tradition in prize fighting history, a box-off between these contenders, will crown a new Lineal World Champion. Champions will only lose their title if they are defeated in the ring, retire or move weight divisions. In contrast to the various sanctioning bodies, our Lineal Champions will not be “stripped,” and there will be only ever be one world champion per weight division.
October 2019 Ratings - Updates
Featherweight: Amanda Serrano enters at #1 after her emphatic 10 round decision over previous #1, Heather Hardy. Erika Hernandez, #5 last month, exits. Hardy drops to #3, and Jelena Mrdjenovich stays at #2. Last month’s #3 and #4 each drop one place.
Junior Lightweight: Ewa Brodnicka defeated Edith Matthsse, but struggled, winning by split decision, so drops to #5, switching places with Eva Wahlstrom.
Super Middleweight: Ema Kozin enters at #5 after a narrow points win over Maria Lindberg. Elin Cederroos exits.
Heavyweight: Last month’s #2, Geovana Peres, defeated #1 Claire Hafner, by 8th round TKO to become our inaugural Champion. Annie Mazerolle enters at #5.
Pound-For-Pound: Our overall Pound-for-Pound top 10 is now worked out by allocating points to each panellist’s top 10, and totalling the figures – so, 10 points for each panellist’s #1, 9 points for #2...1 point for #10. Under this new approach, Bopp has risen to #7. Bermudez and Juarez have each dropped a place.
1 Claressa Shields - In just 9 fights Michigan’s “T-Rex” Shields has proved she is willing to face all rivals between 160-168lbs. In 2018 she defeated the experienced Tori Nelson at Super Middleweight, and then triumphed in an exciting bout with Hanna Gabriels, but it was her emphatic victory over P4P #10 and #2 rated Middleweight, Christina Hammer, in April 2019, that crowned her our first female Lineal World Champion. Shields has now set her sights on P4P #3, Cecilia Braekhus.
2 Amanda Serrano - While most boxers seem content outpointing their opposition, Serrano looks for the KO. In a 22 fight winning streak - that has seen her defeat solid opposition from as low as 114lbs, right up to Junior Welterweight – Amanda has stopped 18 women. Serrano has declared she is keen on fighting P4P #4 Katie Taylor. A victory over the talented, naturally bigger Taylor would move Serrano firmly to the top of the P4P rankings.
3 Katie Taylor - In March, the Irish super-star outclassed Brazil’s rugged, previously undefeated, Rose Volante, and then less than three months later, won a close decision at Madison Square Garden against Delfine Persoon to become the new Lineal Lightweight World Champion. A rematch with Delfine looks likely to be next.
4 Cecilia Braekhus - Cecilia made her professional debut in January 2007, and since then has been a consistent, dominating force at Welterweight. Her collection of sanctioning body belts has grown, but significant match-ups against the experienced Holly Holm and the unbeaten Tori Nelson, did not get made. A 147lbs clash with P4P veteran Layla McCarter for the vacant Lineal World Championship, or a catch-weight mega-fight with Claressa Shields would be the most formidable tests of her career.
5 Layla McCarter - In a career that has spanned over 20 years, Layla has demonstrated her prodigious skill-set and ring IQ, from Featherweight to Junior Middleweight. The American has been unbeaten for 12 years, and has frequently called out Welterweight rival, Cecilia Braekhus – frustratingly, due to boxing politics, this intriguing match-up still seems no closer to being made.
6 Delfine Persoon - Delfine, a full-time railway policewoman, used every ounce of her decade long professional career, to push the division’s star attraction, Katie Taylor, to the wire; in a terrific bout that many felt the Belgian was unfortunate to lose. As soon as the fight ended, the fans were demanding a rematch.
7 Yesica Yolanda Bopp - (Argentina) - Bopp, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the last woman to defeat Daniela Bermudez, and is our #1 rated Junior Flyweight. “La Tuti” has stopped her last three opponents, and at age 35, seems to be getting better.
8 Daniela Romina Bermudez - Since 2016 Bermudez has competed across three weight classes, including victories over #1 rated Bantamweight, Mariana Juarez, and #1 rated Junior Featherweight, Marcela Acuna. A rematch of her terrific 2016 battle with Juarez, would crown a new Lineal Bantamweight World Champion.
9 Mariana Juarez - Since her loss to Bermudez, Mariana’s record at Bantamweight has been outstanding, going 9-0 against quality opposition, earning her the #1 spot in our 118lbs rankings.
10 Kenia Enriquez - Another Mexican/Argentinean rivalry is brewing. Tijuana’s Enriquez, our #2 rated Junior Flyweight, seems destined to fight Yesica Bopp, the winner of which would become the division’s Lineal World Champion.
Jake Chaney: Editor of LinealBoxingChampion.com. United Kingdom.
David Avila: 2019 Inductee IWBHF. Experienced journalist at The Sweet Science. California, USA. @AvilaBoxing
Suzy Smith: Women’s boxing historian. United Kingdom. @SuzyQSmith360
Daniel Yanofsky: Women’s boxing journalist. New York, USA. @DanYanofsky
Ireneusz Fryszkowski: Women’s Boxing Journalist. Poland. @RingBlogpl
October 12th – Mary McGee Vs Ana Esteche
October 12th – Mariana Juarez Vs Carolina Duer
October 12th – Sarah Mahfoud Vs Enerolisa de Leon
October 12th – Erica Farias Vs Jessica McCaskill
October 26th – Mikaela Mayer Vs Alejandra Zamora
November 2nd – Katie Taylor Vs Christina Linardatou
November 9th – Chantelle Cameron Vs Anahi Sanchez
November 11th – Delfine Persoon Vs Helen Joseph
November 23rd – Marie Dicaire Vs Ogleidis Suarez