THE WBC WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT WORLD CUP
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
Women´s boxing is a reality. Those pioneers who had to overcome so many obstacles, abuse and discrimination in all forms and manners can proudly see that women have made it to the big leagues in the boxing world. Women deserve the opportunity to fight on major cards in the USA, just as they do in many other countries. In Mexico, at least once a month the main event on both Televisa and Azteca is a women’s fight. In Germany, there have been champions that make 500,000 Euros per fight! UFC had their main star also a women.
There are specific rules which protect the integrity and health of women. There has been thorough medical research to confirm data and facts and UCLA’s Dr. Choe made a sensational presentation that must be followed. Rounds last two minutes instead of three and fights are scheduled for a maximum of ten rounds. These two rules have a simple explanation. Dehydration + fatigue make the risk factor go up and women have 80% more probabilities of a concussion than men. These are pure facts and that is why the WBC will never allow a round to take place for more than two minutes, nor a fight for more than ten rounds.
A pregnancy test must be mandatory for any fight. It’s a reality that some states and some countries do not practice pregnancy testing. Safety will continue to be the priority without any doubt or compromise to any interest .
The WBC’s Second Annual Women´s Boxing Convention, which took place in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, this past January, set as a goal to have women enter the American market, to finally see a women fighting on HBO, Showtime, ESPN, or any PBC platform, or even to be part of a pay-per-view card. Steps have been taken. K2 featured two fights in April in the GGG undercard, both were spectacular KOs. Lou DiBella is a tremendous supporter of women in boxing and there is a precedent, Layla Ali, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Mia St John, they all had great exposure in the 1990s and 2000s…
The WBC has set as one of our goals for 2016 the exciting Flyweight World Cup. The current talent within the 108-115 lbs is unbelievable and they all want to fight to determine who is the best in the world. The WBC is getting all promoters together to participate in this experience which will result in world attention to women’s boxing.
Following is the list of potential participants :
* Jessica “Kika” Chavez – WBC flyweight champion (Mexico)
* Ava Knight – Former two-time world champion (USA)
* Ibeth “Roca” Zamora – WBC light flyweight champion (Mexico)
* Melissa McMorrow – WBO flyweight champion (USA)
* Raja Amasheh – WBC silver flyweight champion (Germany)
* Kenia Enriquez – WBC light flyweight INT champion (Mexico)
* Ana Arrazola – WBC silver light flyweight champion (Mexico)
* Susi Kentikian – WBA flyweight champion (Armenia-Germany)
* Leonela Paola Yudica – IBF flyweight champion (Argentina)
* Naoko Fujioka – two-time world champion (Japan)
* Keisher “Fire” McLeod (USA)
* Yessica Bopp – two-time world champion (Argentina)
* Karina Hernandez – NABF flyweight champion (Mexico)
* Loredana Piazza – EBU flyweight champion (Italy)
* Nina Stojanovic (Serbia)
* Alondra Garcia (Mexico)
* Esmeralda Moreno – two-time world champion (Mexico)
* Arely Muciño – two-time world champion (Mexico)
The WBC committee is reaching out to the fighters to confirm participation and there will be an official press conference to announce the details of the format of competition and related information.
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