Women Boxers to Watch

Top Pro Boxing Women to Watch in 2010

There are some incredibly powerful and exciting women to watch this year in boxing; I don’t know who will successfully find match-ups, but I hope most of them will. Look for especially dynamic possibilities among the Lightweights and Featherweights; the amount of explosive talent and sheer experience in those classes makes my head spin. Oh, and a note about the weights — I’ve tried to get people in their main weights, but they will move around a bit for fights; Ragozina (who just won a Heavyweight title, but otherwise fights in the Middleweight class) is a good example of that. Martin has also dominated two classes in the course of her career. And so on.

So, set your alerts. It’s gonna be a great year for women’s pro boxing.

Heavyweight
Carlette Ewell (13-7-0)
Laila Ali (24-0-0) — possibly retired

Middleweight
Christy Martin (49-5-3)
Natalia Ragozina (22-0-0)
Ijeoma Egbunine (16-2-0)

Welterweight
Holly Holm (26-1-3)
Jaime Clampitt (20-4-1)
Myriam Lamare (17-3-0)

Lightweight
Mia St. John (45-10-2)
Layla McCarter (32-13-5)
Chevelle Hallback (27-5-2)
Belinda Laracuente (24-25-3)
Ann Marie Saccurato (15-4-2)

Featherweight
Kelsey Jeffries (41-10-1)
Ina Menzer (25-0-0)
Jackie Nava (20-3-2)
Lisa Brown (16-4-3)
Alicia Ashley (14-9-1)
Maureen Shea (13-2-0)
Olive Gerula (12-10-2)
Melissa Hernandez (11-1-2)
Ana Julaton (6-1-1)

Bantamweight
Melinda Cooper (20-0-0)
Ana Maria Torres (20-3-2)
Kaleisha West (11-1-0)

Flyweight
Carina Moreno (21-2-0)
Holly Dunaway (22-8-1)
Ria Ramnarine (13-5-0)
Yesica Yolanda Bopp (11-0-0)

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5 Responses to Top Pro Boxing Women to Watch in 2010

  1. Bonnie Mann January 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Great list Lisa….and hopefully this year there will a be a few of the oldies but goodies returning to stun the boxing world yet again!! There are at least 3 that I know of planning to do this and it will be awesome.

    Cannot mention names so don’t ask although you know of one!!! LOL

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe January 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks so much for looking this post over in advance and helping me flesh it out and clean it up.

      Truthfully, it’s the “oldies but goodies” that are still carrying women’s boxing forward with tremendous momentum. The younger, newer women have a great legacy to enjoy because of all the passion and energy you and your peers put into it!

      I would love more than anything to be able to see you fight in 2010. Just sayin’!

  2. Hillari January 10, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    Good post. Christy Martin is still boxing? I thought she had retired awhile ago. The pastor of my church recently gave me a copy of an old Sports Illustrated issue with her on the front cover.

    I doubt that Laila Ali is returning to boxing. She has a child, and that might influence her thoughts about taking on bouts again.

    By the way, thanks for the comment that you left on my blog! It’s true — very few of us middle-aged women around who are involved in boxing.
    .-= Hillari´s last blog ..Reading The Riot Act =-.

  3. Michael Todd January 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    hope you don’t mind if I add my two cents. A great boxer to watch out for in the welterweights is Cecilia Braekhus. After she has had a couple more fights under her belt, look for her and Holly Holm to link up in what would be a thrilling and exciting fight. Right now Holly has more experience, but that is a fight that I hope we all get to see. Very nice post here and I’m glad I came across it. Hope to see more here in the future.

    Michael

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe January 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      Good to know, Michael. Be sure to drop me a line when she gets that fight! Holly Holm is a worthy opponent for any up-and-coming welterweight to aim for.

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