The World Boxing Council's 2nd Annual Convention on Women's Boxing took place this past January 26th to the 30th in Tijuana, Mexico.
The convention was a veritable who's who of the women's boxing world, as competitors from all over the world gathered with the common goal of growing the sport on the women's side.
The convention acknowledged the explosive growth of women's boxing in the last decade, and foremost on the agenda of topics were themes of fighter pay, improved exposure and marketing, where work continues to be done. There was a motion to institute a minimum payment of $25,000 for a WBC World title defense.
In the technical department, the idea of extending the length of the rounds from 2 minutes to 3 minutes was discussed.
Many pros and cons were discussed, but as the discussion moved into equality with the men, nothing was formally decided about changing the time of the rounds.
Special recognition was presented to Lonnie Ali, the spouse of Muhammad Ali, for her contributions and charitable work. WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Alicia Ashley was recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the oldest female boxing champion at 48 years old.
The annual awards honoring the best of the WBC's Female boxing also took place, with the following recognitions:
Champion of the Year: Delfine Persoon
Fight of the Year: Erica Anabella Farias
Most dramatic fight of the Year: Ibeth Zamora Vs Esmeralda Moreno
Revelation of the Year: Yuko Kuroki
Comeback of the Year: Alicia Ashley
Prospect of the Year: Maricela Cornejo
Event of the Year: Mikaela Lauren
KO of the Year: Yazmin Rivas
(note: typo from source)
The event closed with fights on Saturday night, January 30th at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Mexico.
The main event of the show featured WBC World Women's Bantamweight champion Yazmin Rivas (34-8) defending her title against Catherine Phiri (10-1) of Zambia.
Rivas typifies a champion in the women's ranks nowadays, as she captured the WBC Bantamweight title in June of 2014 when she defeated Alicia Graf (26-4). Since then she has defended the belt successfully four times, with Phiri being her fifth title defense.
Rivas turned pro in her teens and has been fighting for nearly 15 years, and she has been a part of the world title picture for the last decade.
But if Rivas was expecting home cooking in Mexico against Phiri she would be mistaken. The bout turned into a hard fought battle that ended in the seventh round when a clash of heads caused a cut on Rivas. The fight was declared a technical decision, and when the judge's cards were read, it was Phiri who won via scores of (59-55, 58-56 and 57-57). The WBC World title at Bantamweight has changed hands and goes home with Catherine Phiri of Zambia.
The complete results from a great night of fights that included four other women's bouts, appears below.
January 30th, 2016 – Centro de Convenciones
Bantamweight 10×2 Rounds: Catherine Phiri def. Yazmin Rivas via Technical Decision at 7 rounds (59-55, 58-56, 57-57)
Light Flyweight 10×2 Rounds: Ana Arrazola def. Anely Hernandez via UD (100-90, 100-90, 100-91)
Super Flyweight 10 Rounds: Luis Nery def. Humberto Morales via TKO in RD 5 @:17
Flyweight 10×2 Rounds: Raja Amasheh def Eileen Olszewski via UD (97-93, 96-94, 97-93)
Super Welterweight 10 Rounds: Ramon Alvarez def. James Winchester via TKO in RD 9 @2:16
Featherweight 8 Rounds: Elvis Torres def. Rosalio Rios via KO in RD 1 @:57
Flyweight 6×2 Rounds: Sandra Robles def. Luz Rodriguez via TKO in RD 3 @1:22
Light Flyweight 6×2 Rounds: Silvia Torres def. Joselyn Reza via UD (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Super Bantamweight 4 Rounds: Luis Smith def. Dilan Valdez via TKO in RD 4 @1:32
Bantamweight 4 Rounds: Javier Gonzalez def. Javier Miranda via TKO in RD 1 @2:04
Lightweight 4 Rounds: Raul Gerardo def. Cristian Felix via TKO in RD 4 @1:32