Ladies’s Rankings Replace:  Nava bows out, Moneo breaks in, Gonzalez upsets Juarez   

One other eventful weekend of girls’s boxing generated a number of actions in our trailblazing Ladies’s Rankings.

In a single remaining bout in entrance of her adoring followers, girls’s boxing legend Jackie Nava lastly retired with a win over Argentina’s Gloria Yancaqueo. “The Aztec Princess” was the WBC’s first-ever titlist, and remained a fan favourite and a perfectly conditioned athlete all through her stellar profession.

“Jackie is for sure certainly one of our best practitioners on this sport,” stated Rincon Rojo journal editor Irene Deserti. “Her profession has been good and I believe she is to be counseled for taking over a rival who didn’t make it straightforward for her.”

“What a “swan track” for Jackie Nava, whose profession defines first-ballot admission to the Corridor of Fame,” agreed boxing historian Malissa Smith. “This was no walkover both, Gloria Yancaqueo put every little thing she had into this struggle. She had pace, aggression, defensive and offensive expertise, and but, the warrior Nava pushed Yancaqueo again at factors within the struggle together with stinging punches in a really fast-paced battle. I believe the struggle was nearer than the scorecards however kudos to Nava for a wonderful profession.”

Mark Jones additionally summarized Nava’s profession after her 40th skilled win by saying that “(simply) like Marcela Acuña final week, Nava is Canastota-bound and is arguably the best super-bantamweight of all time.”

With Nava’s exit as our No. 1 on this division, a emptiness was generated and stuffed by Argentina’s Juliana Basualdo, who has confirmed that her win over legendary champ Yesica Bopp was no fluke throughout her 4-0 streak since that main upset.

The brand new No. 1 within the division is Dina Thorslund, however her place is up for evaluate for a chronic inactivity at this weight, and she or he might exit the division quickly until a struggle at 122 is introduced.

Within the light-weight division, one other emptiness was created when Terri Harper somersaulted her technique to the junior middleweight division. The spot was stuffed by Uruguay’s Maira Moneo, who defeated Yamila Reynoso through the weekend in one other show of explosiveness and energy.

Maira Moneo (heart) – Photograph by Nelson Quispe/Boxeo de Primera

The panel had blended emotions about bringing Moneo in, however she made the reduce anyway.

“The struggle with Reynoso was a avenue struggle,” stated author Yesica Palmetta, earlier than acknowledging that “you must acknowledge her effort for the bodily situation she holds and for being an aggressive fighter” earlier than she lastly voted her in.

Smith added that “what little I noticed of the struggle was sloppy at greatest, although very energetic and fast-paced,” and Deserti closing the argument by saying that “I nonetheless don’t like Moneo’s model. I see it tough for her to proceed to prosper in any division if she doesn’t enhance her protection and apply a extra clever offense. Contemplating that Harper is out of this division, it appears solely proper for Moneo to take this place. This inclusion might pace up a conflict with Gutierrez, Mosely or Persoon, permitting us to see the place she stands on this division.”

Lastly, a seismic upset occurred within the junior bantamweight division, the place unrated Asley Gonzalez surprisingly defeated our perennial No. 1 Lourdes Juarez in a really shut majority choice.

The panel didn’t mince phrases of their evaluation.

“Christmas got here early for Asley Gonzalez, whose mauling model happy the hometown crowd,” stated columnist Mark Jones. “In my estimation, Lourdes Juarez, the much better technical boxer, received six or seven of the ten rounds. Nevertheless, two of the three assigned judges scored in favor of the hometown challenger.”

“It was positively a significant upset for Gonzalez to take the title from Juarez,” stated Lupi Gutierrez-Beagle, in reference to Juarez’s WBC junior bantamweight belt, whereas Palmetta stated that “the struggle was shut, however the win, for my part, was good for González who linked a better variety of correct blows towards the champion.”

Palmetta’s colleague and co-author of “Abran Paso,” a e book celebrating girls’s boxing in Argentina, concurred by saying that “I’m a bit stunned with this outcome, as a result of Juarez is unquestionably a extra versatile fighter than Gonzalez. Though I don’t suppose González dominated sufficient to take the championship from her (for me it was a draw), the reality is that Juárez needed to work from lengthy distance, utilizing her good footwork and her laterality, to attach with out being linked. In any case, I don’t detract from Asley’s efficiency, whom I had been following carefully and she or he all the time seems to be properly ready bodily and with an ideal offense.”

Because of this, Diana Fernandez turned the brand new No. 1 within the division, with Gonzalez taking No. 2 and Juarez dipping all the way in which to No. 3. Adelaida Ruiz was bumped out within the course of as properly.


Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He additionally wrote for, and lots of different magazines, web sites, newspapers and different shops since 1993. He’s a full member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and an elector for the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame. He has received two first-place awards within the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he’s the moderator of The Ring’s Ladies’s Rankings Panel. He served as copy editor for the second period of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is presently a author and editor for Comply with him on Twitter @MorillaBoxing


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