We don't like to describe many female fights as "Super Fights" but every so often one such fight does come along and genuinely makes our jaws drop. One of those fights was announced recently. That bout will see former 2-weight world champion Naoko Fujioka (12-1, 6) battle against Mexican boxing icon-come-model Mariana "Barbie" Juarez (40-7-3, 17) in a bout that is amazingly mouth watering and almost certainly one of the best female match ups the sport could throw out.
For Fujioka this will be her second bout on the road after losing a close and disputed WBA female Flyweight title bout to Susi Kentikian in Germany. That loss denied Fujioka an opportunity to become a 3 weight world champion and left her questioning her future in the sport. Thankfully it wasn't to be the end and she'll be returning back up at Super Flyweight for this bout and she continues to test herself against some of the best fighters out there.
Juarez is herself a former world champion, in fact she claimed the WBC Female Flyweight title after a very long reign as the interim champion. Not only is she a former world champion but she is also one of the biggest names in female boxing and is widely regarded as one of the most popular figures in female boxing. Not only is "Barbie" popular for her looks and modelling but also her fighting and competition and her opponents in her long career read like a who's who of female boxing.
This fight is genuinely brilliant on paper and yet there is no world title up for grabs, instead the winner will claim the WBC International female Super Flyweight title and move towards another super fight with the excellent Zulina Munoz (44-1-2, 27), the current WBC female Super Flyweight world champion. Notably Munoz is also scheduled to be on this card defending her belt and getting up close with her possible next challenger.
This bout is set for March 14 and will take place at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan and will be one of two Japan Vs Mexico bout. The other will see Hayato Kimura (22-7, 15) battle against highly regarded Mexican puncher Julio Ceja (28-1, 26) in a Bantamweight bout. We'll admit this one excites us a lot less and looks like a big mismatch in favour of Ceja who is world class.
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