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    Women's boxing divisional rankings: A new No. 1 at flyweight and two new faces at lightweight

    By Michael Rothstein,

    2023-12-26

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    Gabriela Celeste Alaniz defeated Marlen Esparza in their rematch to win the WBC, WBO and WBA flyweight titles Saturday night inside the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.

    Alaniz (15-1, 6 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, traveled to fight in the U.S. for the first time last July and loss a majority decision to Esparza in a close fight -- the only loss of her career. The rematch was ordered and this time, Esparza struggled to make weight and was two pounds over at the official weigh-in, losing her belts on the scales. Only Alaniz was eligible to win the titles, and she did with scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 92-98.

    "I'm very happy. The belts are coming back to Argentina," Alaniz said after the fight. "The secret to winning against her was just knowing her. Right now, I just want to go home and celebrate with my family until whatever is next."

    Esparza (14-2, 1 KO) was coming off a seven-fight winning streak, and thought she'd done enough to edge another victory.

    "I thought the scorecards would be like last time, in my favor," Esparza said. "She doesn't really do much and I thought I was ahead of her. I want the rematch with Alaniz. And if I am successful, I would like to go after a fight with [strawweight undisputed champion] Seniesa Estrada. ... I'll be back, I know I will."

    Alaniz takes the No. 1 spot, with Estrada falling two places to No. 3 after the loss.

    Also on Saturday, but in Liverpool, England, Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira defeated Yanina del Carmen Lescano to win the vacant IBF lightweight title.

    Ferreira (5-0, 2 KOs) was dominating the fight when in the fifth round, Lescano suffered a cut over her left eye due to an accidental clash of heads. The fight was stopped in the sixth round and Ferreira won a technical unanimous decision, 59-55, 59-55 and 58-55. Ferreira enters the 135-pound rankings at No. 4.

    In China, Jessica Camara, of Montreal, continued her activity with her fourth fight in 13 months with a split decision victory over former junior welterweight champion Hyun Mi Choi.

    Camara (13-4, 3 KOs) outboxed Choi during the fight to win by scorecards of 98-92, 96-94 and 94-96. With the victory, Camara becomes champion Katie Taylor's WBA mandatory challenger. She takes the No. 5 spot at 135 pounds.

    Rankings will be updated every Tuesday. They'll be based on recent bouts, head-to-head competition and the quality of opponent. As with almost everything, until fighters square off against one another, there is a layer of subjectivity to it. Fighters who haven't fought in 18 months and don't have a fight scheduled will be removed from the rankings until they fight again.

    For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here . For women's P4P rankings, click here .

    175+ pounds - Super middleweight - Middleweight - Junior middleweight - Welterweight - Junior welterweight - Lightweight - Junior lightweight - Featherweight - Junior featherweight - Bantamweight - Junior bantamweight - Flyweight - Junior flyweight - Strawweight - Atomweight


    175+ POUNDS

    1. Lani Daniels Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 10-2-2, 1 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Desley Robinson, Dec. 2
    Next: TBA


    2. Alrie Meleisea Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 6-2-1, 0 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Lani Daniels, May 27
    Next: TBA


    3. Raquel Miller Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 13-0, 6 KOs
    Last: W (TKO1) Angie Paola Rocha, March 10
    Next: TBA


    4. Angie Paola Rocha Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 14-4-3, 7 KOs
    Last: L (TKO1) Raquel Miller, March 10
    Next: TBA


    5. Bolatito Oluwole Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 9-0, 5 KO
    Last: W (UD8) Blessing Abisoye, Dec. 26
    Next: TBA

    Editor's note: Hanna Gabriels, Danielle Perkins and Oxandia Castillo have been removed for inactivity.


    SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 168 pounds)

    1. Savannah Marshall Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 13-1, 10 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Franchon Crews Dezurn, July 1
    Next: TBA


    2. Franchon Crews-Dezurn Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 9-2, 2 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Shadasia Green, Dec. 15
    Next: TBA


    3. Shadasia Green Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 13-1, 11 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Franchon Crews-Dezurn, Dec. 15
    Next: TBA


    4. Raquel Miller Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 13-0, 6 KOs
    Last: W (TKO1) Angie Paola Rocha, March 10
    Next: TBA


    5. Olivia Curry Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 7-1, 2 KOs
    Last: Draw (SD16) Melody Popravak, April 27
    Next: TBA

    Editor's note: Christina Hammer has been removed for inactivity.


    MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 160 pounds)

    1. Claressa Shields Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 14-0, 2 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Maricela Cornejo, June 3
    Next: TBA


    2. Savannah Marshall Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 13-1, 10 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Franchon Crews Dezurn, July 1
    Next: TBA


    3. Mapule Ngubane Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 12-8-3, 2 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Rita Mrwebi, Dec. 9
    Next: TBA


    4. Olivia Curry Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 7-1, 2 KOs
    Last: Draw (SD16) Melody Popravak, April 27
    Next: April 27 vs. TBA


    5. Jesikah Guerra Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 3-0
    Last: W (MD4) Brianna Jimenez, Oct. 26
    Next: TBA


    JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 154 pounds)

    1. Terri Harper Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 14-2-2, 6 KOs
    Last: L (MD10) Sandy Ryan, March 23
    Next: TBA


    2. Marie-Eve Dicaire Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 18-2, 1 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Natasha Jonas, Nov. 12
    Next: TBA


    3. Ema Kozin Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 24-1-1, 12 KOs
    Last: W (SD10) Hannah Rankin, Nov. 18
    Next: TBA


    4. Femke Hermans Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 18-4, 7 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Ester Konecna, Jan. 13
    Next: TBA


    5. Cecilia Braekhus Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 37-2-1, 9 KOs
    Last: Draw (MD10) Terri Harper, Oct. 7
    Next: TBA

    Editor's note: Natasha Jonas relinquished her No. 1 spot after moving to welterweight.


    WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 147 pounds)

    1. Natasha Jonas Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 15-2-1, 8 KOs
    Last: W (SD10) Mikaela Mayer, Jan. 20
    Next: TBA


    2. Sandy Ryan Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 7-1-1, 3 KOs
    Last: W (TKO4) Terri Harper, March 23
    Next: TBA


    3. Jessica McCaskill Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 12-4, 5 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Lauren Price, May 11
    Next: TBA


    4. Mikaela Mayer Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 19-2, 5 KOs
    Last: L (SD10) Natasha Jonas, Jan. 20
    Next: TBA


    5. Maricela Cornejo Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 18-6, 7 KO
    Last: W (UD8) Kandi Wyatt, Feb. 2
    Next: TBA


    JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 140 pounds)

    1. Katie Taylor Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 23-1, 6 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 25
    Next: July 20 vs. Amanda Serrano


    2. Chantelle Cameron Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 18-1, 8 KOs
    Last: L (MD10) Katie Taylor, Nov. 25
    Next: TBA


    3. Jessica McCaskill Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 12-4, 5 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Lauren Price, May 11
    Next: TBA


    4. Jessica Camara Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 13-4, 3 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Hyun Mi Choi, April 27
    Next: TBA


    5. Anahi Ester Sanchez Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 23-6, 13 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Marisa Joana Portillo, Nov. 11
    Next: TBA

    Editor's note: Kali Reis has been removed due to inactivity. Sandy Ryan moved to welterweight.


    LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 135 pounds)

    1. Katie Taylor Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 23-1, 6 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 25
    Next: July 20 vs. Amanda Serrano


    2. Caroline Dubois Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 9-0, 5 KO
    Last: W (UD10) Miranda Reyes, Feb. 3
    Next: TBA


    3. Rhiannon Dixon Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 10-0, 1 KO
    Last: W (UD10) Karen Elizabeth Carabajal, April 13
    Next: TBA


    4. Beatriz Fereira Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 5-0, 2 KO
    Last: W (TUD6) Yanina del Carmen Lescano, April 27
    Next: TBA


    5. Jessica Camara Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 13-4, 3 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Hyun Mi Choi, April 27
    Next: TBA


    JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 130 pounds)

    1. Delfine Persoon Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 49-3-1 NC, 19 KOs
    Last: W (UD6) Agustina Marisa Belen Rojas, Nov. 6
    Next: TBA


    2. Elhem Mekhaled Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 16-2, 3 KOs
    Last: W (UD8) Yuliia Kutsenko, May 28
    Next: TBA


    3. Beatriz Ferreira Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 5-0, 2 KO
    Last: W (TUD6) Yanina del Carmen Lescano, April 27
    Next: TBA


    4. Bo Mi Re Shin Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 16-2-3, 9 KOs
    Last: W (TKO3) Pattarawan Thaosuwan, Oct. 8
    Next: TBA


    5. Hyun Mi Choi Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 20-0-1, 5 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Vanessa Bradford, Oct. 19
    Next: April 27 vs. Jessica Camara

    Editor's note: Alycia Baumgardner has been removed for testing positive for a banned substance.


    FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 126 pounds)

    1. Amanda Serrano Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 46-2-1, 30 KOs
    Last: W (UD12) Danila Ramos, Oct. 27
    Next: July 20 vs. Katie Taylor


    2. Sarah Mahfoud Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 14-2, 3 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Skye Nicolson, April 6
    Next: TBA


    3. Skye Nicolson Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 10-0, 1 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Sarah Mahfoud, April 6
    Next: TBA


    4. Daniela Romina Bermudez Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 32-4-3, 12 KOs
    Last: W (TKO3) Lucrecia Manzur, Sept. 23
    Next: TBA


    5. Nina Meinke Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 18-3, 4 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Laura Ledezma, Oct. 28
    Next: TBA

    Editor's note: Erika Cruz moved down to junior featherweight.


    JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 122 pounds)

    1. Yamileth Mercado Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 23-3, 5 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Linda Laura Lecca, April 27
    Next: June 29 vs. Ramla Ali


    2. Ellie Scotney Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 9-0, 0 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Segolene Lefebvre, April 13
    Next: TBA


    3. Erika Cruz Previous ranking: No 3

    Record: 17-2-1, 3 KOs
    Last: Draw (SD10) Nazarena Romero, May 11
    Next: TBA


    4. Mea Motu Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 19-0, 7 KOs
    Last: W (TKO2) Noppaket Srisawas, April 26
    Next: TBA


    5. Segolene Lefebvre Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 18-1, 1 KO
    Last: L (UD10) Ellie Scotney, April 13
    Next: TBA


    BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 118 pounds)

    1. Dina Thorslund Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 21-0, 9 KOs
    Last: W (TKO8) Mary Romero, Feb. 24
    Next: May 25 vs. Seren Cetin


    2. Diana Laura Fernandez Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 31-4-1, 5 KOs
    Last: W (TKO3) Soledad del Valle Frias, March 8
    Next: TBA


    3. Yuliahn Luna Avila Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 25-4-1, 4 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Dina Thorslund, Sept. 1
    Next: TBA


    4. Miyo Yoshida Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 17-4, 0 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Ebanie Bridges, Dec. 9
    Next: TBA


    5. Nina Hughes Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 6-1, 2 KOs
    Last: L (MD10) Cherneka Johnson, May 11
    Next: May 11 vs. Cherneka Johnson


    JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 115 pounds)

    1. Diana Laura Fernandez Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 31-4-1, 5 KOs
    Last: W (TKO3) Soledad del Valle Frias, March 8
    Next: TBA


    2. Asley Gonzalez Macias Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 16-2, 7 KOs
    Last: W (SD10) Lourdes Juarez, March 25
    Next: TBA


    3. Micaela Lujan Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 14-1-1, 5 KOs
    Last: W (TKO6) Vanesa Lorena Taborda, Nov. 25
    Next: TBA


    4. Irma Garcia Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 23-5-1, 4 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Stephanie Silva, Nov. 11
    Next: TBA


    5. Adelaida Ruiz Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 15-0-1, 8 KOs
    Last: W (UD8) Mayela Perez, Dec. 9
    Next: TBA


    FLYWEIGHT (Up to 112 pounds)

    1. Gabriela Celeste Alaniz Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 15-1, 6 KOs
    Last: w (MD10) Marlen Esparza, April 27
    Next: TBA


    2. Gabriela Fundora Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 13-0, 6 KOs
    Last: W (TKO10) Christina Cruz, Jan. 27
    Next: TBA


    3. Marlen Esparza Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 14-2, 1 KO
    Last: L (MD10) Gabriela Celeste Alaniz, April 27
    Next: TBA


    4. Kenia Enriquez Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 28-1, 11 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Maria Salinas, Feb. 2
    Next: TBA


    5. Arely Mucino Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 32-4-2, 11 KOs
    Last: L (KO5) Gabriela Fundora, Oct. 21
    Next: TBA


    JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (Up to 108 pounds)

    1. Jessica Nery Plata Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 30-2, 3 KOs
    Last: W (SD10) Sarah Bormann, Dec. 16
    Next: TBA


    2. Evelin Bermudez Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 19-1-1, 6 KOs
    Last: W (SD10) Kim Clavel, Oct. 7
    Next: TBA


    3. Sarah Bormann Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 17-1, 7 KO
    Last: L (SD10) Yesica Nery Plata, Dec. 16
    Next: May 4 vs. Tamara Elisabet Demarco


    4. Kim Clavel Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 18-2, 3 KOs
    Last: W (MD10) Fara El Bousairi, April 4
    Next: May 16 vs. Katherine Renee Lindenmuth


    5. Tania Enriquez Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 21-1, 10 KOs
    Last: W (TKO1) Cecilia Nino Rodriguez, July 29
    Next: TBA


    STRAWWEIGHT (Up to 105 pounds)

    1. Seniesa Estrada Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 26-0, 9 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Yokasta Valle, March 29
    Next: TBA


    2. Yokasta Valle Previous ranking: No. 2

    Record: 30-3, 9 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Seniesa Estrada, March 29
    Next: TBA


    3. Sarah Bormann Previous ranking: No. 3

    Record: 17-0, 7 KO
    Last: L (SD10) Yesica Nery Plata, Dec. 16
    Next: May 4 vs. Tamara Elisabet Demarco


    4. Tina Rupprecht Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 13-1-1, 3 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Fabiana Bytyqi, Jan. 13
    Next: TBA


    5. Anabel Ortiz Previous ranking: No. 5

    Record: 33-6, 4 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Yokasta Valle, Nov. 4
    Next: TBA


    ATOMWEIGHT (Up to 102 pounds)

    1. Eri Matsuda Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 7-1-1, 1 KO
    Last: W (SD10) Yuko Kuroki, Jan. 12
    Next: TBA


    2. Sumire Yamanaka Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 8-0, 3 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Mika Iwakawa, Jan. 12
    Next: TBA


    3. Tina Rupprecht Previous ranking: N/R

    Record: 13-1-1, 3 KOs
    Last: W (UD10) Fabiana Bytyqi, Jan. 13
    Next: TBA


    4. Yuko Kuroki Previous ranking: No. 1

    Record: 22-8-2, 9 KOs
    Last: L (SD10) Eri Matsuda, Jan. 12
    Next: TBA


    5. Fabiana Bytyqi Previous ranking: No. 4

    Record: 20-1-2, 5 KOs
    Last: L (UD10) Tina Rupprecht, Jan. 13
    Next: TBA

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