It's fair to say that female boxing has gained a lot of traction in the last few years thanks to the likes of Katie Taylor, Claressa Shields, Mikaela mayer, Nicola Adams, Delfine Persoon and one or two other ladies who have managed to land big fights on British and US TV. Previously the big female boxing hotspots were Asia, with Japan and South Korea, and Latin America, with Mexico and Argentina leading the way.
The main European interest was Germany, which has sadly faded away drastically as female boxing has began to rise.
In 2013 female boxing got one of it's biggest upsets ever, as one of the sports biggest names was taken out. Inside a round!
April 27th 2013
Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Riyo Togo (9-4-1, 8) Vs Mariana Juarez (36-6-3, 16) I
We suspect most with a passing interest in female boxing have heard of Mariana Juarez. She is a star in Mexico, a massive boxing name in the country and one of the few true female boxing stars from before the current rise of the sport. Back in 2013 she was working her way towards a WBC Super Flyweight world title bout. Although not the best fighter out there she was a very good fighter, with superstar looks, incredible natural charisma and a body that could turn heads.
Had she chose to model Juarez could likely have made it pretty far, just off her looks. She however chose to box and following some early struggles, losing 2 of her first 3 bouts, had proved to be very successful in the sport. She had real success at Flyweight, winning the WBC Female Flyweight title before moving up in weight with the aim being to add the WVC Super Flyweight title to her collection.
Togo on the other hand was a part time fight who was also reportedly a truck driver. She had done little in the sport other than lose in a Bantamweight world title bout to Yaneth Perez and win the OPBF female Bantamweight title, which at the time had next to no real standing in the sport. Like Juarez she had struggled early on, going 4-2-1 in her first 7 bouts. Despite the set backs she had proven to be a puncher, and was regarded as a very dangerous fighter early on, with 6 wins in the first 3 rounds.
On paper this was supposed to be little more than a stepping stone for Juarez. She was meant to take the next step towards another world title. She was supposed to be the Mexican face of the sport. Sadly for her no one told Togo.
The bout started with the two women boxing, but within seconds the bout had quickly become a brawl with both women letting shots go. Less than a minute into round Juarez seemed to be hurt, but instead of holding and clearing her head she swung and tried to force Togo to back off. From there on we ended up seeing some small breaks, as Juarez found some space to work, but she couldn't get Togo's respect. Instead Togo was trying to walk through Juarez's shots.
With 15 seconds of the round left the two began to trade again and a quick right-left, both on the chin, dropped Juarez. To her credit she got to her feet, but she wasn't looking the most stable. With just seconds left the referee waved off the bout, giving us one of the biggest upsets ever seen in female boxing.
Sadly for Togo a rematch a few months later saw Juarez take a decision, and this win was later clouded over by a glove tampering incident before their rematch, leading some to suggest that Togo had used tampered gloves here. Strangely, given the tempering of the gloves ahead of the rematch, there was seemingly no punishment give to Togo or her team.
Thinking Out East
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