Girls’s Rankings Replace: Guzman upsets Ali, light-weight reshuffle, extra


June 17, 2023; New Orleans, LA, USA; Julissa Guzman celebrates her win over Ramla Ali after their battle on the Smoothie King Middle in New Orleans, Louisiana. Necessary Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

Quite a lot of exercise befell final week within the realm of girls’s boxing. And whereas we took a tough, deep take a look at all of the exercise, we additionally regarded on the degree of inactivity in some divisions, and made some vital adjustments.

Probably the greatest fighters who noticed motion on this previous week was Carolina Dubois, who scored a stable choice win over Yanina Lescano and thus discovered her approach into the light-weight scores.

“Dubois is a superior boxer with numerous method and number of instruments, and managed to show it in opposition to Lescano, who throughout some passages was capable of put her in hassle,” mentioned Fox Sports activities commentator and creator Yesica Palmetta, whereas her compatriot and co-author of Argentine ladies’s historical past e book “Abran paso” Irene Deserti agreed by saying that “I feel (Dubois) had a stable efficiency and that it gained’t be lengthy earlier than she will get the title shot she deserves.”

June 17, 2023; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ramla Ali and Julissa Guzman throughout their battle on the Smoothie King Middle in New Orleans, Louisiana. Necessary Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

Dubois was thus discovered worthy of changing our present No. 5 Elhem Mehkaled. Nonetheless, the extent of inactivity of among the fighters on the prime of the division surpassed the one-year mark, they usually needed to be taken off our light-weight scores. Amanda Serrano didn’t battle once more at 135 after narrowing dropping to Katie Taylor greater than a yr in the past and has her profession objectives set at her extra pure featherweight division, whereas Delfine Persoon additionally determined to remain largely inside the neighborhood of the junior light-weight division.

Subsequently, they have been each eradicated. Mossely and Mayer have been promoted to the next score, which brought on Dubois to make her entrance at No. 3 since there was abruptly room for Mekhaled to return to the scores. Uruguay’s Maira Moneo, who occupied the No. 5 place for just a few weeks, returns to that place as nicely.

A few divisions under, a real shocker befell when extremely touted prospect Ramla Ali was stopped by Julissa Guzman. Ali has a really particular private background that earned her lots of consideration outdoors the ring, and was ok within it to be thought-about considered one of boxing’s prime prospects, however she was virtually run over by an impressed Guzman.

“A boxer who was coming off an damage, two years of inactivity, only one low-risk battle and now, her likelihood of a lifetime with a boxer on the rise and a giant favourite to be a future champion!” That’s how Deserti described Guzman’s journey in the direction of this profession defining battle. “Bravo for her!”

Columnist Mark Jones summarized his evaluation in a single line: “Guzman, in her knockout win over Ramla Ali proved as soon as once more that velocity is okay, however timing is finer.”

Guzman’s new placement within the junior featherweight division was made simpler by the conclusion that Maureen Shea has been out of motion for over a yr (in all probability whereas capturing a significant movement image film that includes Melissa Leo amongst different nice actors). And there was additionally a late proposal to herald Mayerlin Rivas, who suffered quite a few cuts that prevented her to complete the job in Argentina in opposition to Nazarena Romero in a battle that was known as a draw two weeks in the past.

Subsequently, Shea and Cherneka Johnson have been dropped from the scores, with Guzman and Rivas coming in at No. 4 and 5 respectively.

Lastly, Mizuki Hiruta took little or no time to cease an overmatched Casey Morton in Japan to defend her WBO junior bantamweight belt, and she or he was then promoted to No. 5 in our scores in that division, a gap that was made simpler by Diana Fernandez’s now official transfer to bantamweight.

Inactivity/Retirement report:

As mentioned in earlier installments of this Replace, a periodic evaluation of inactive fighters (who could or could not have had causes to be inactive throughout the previous couple of months of COVID-related journey and coaching restrictions) is ongoing, and adjustments are made periodically based mostly on the latest degree of exercise in every fighter’s division and likewise of their degree of exercise on the whole, as nicely.

Listed below are among the adjustments we’ve made:


Christina Hammer has been inactive for greater than a yr and the identical goes for Femke Hermans (at the very least on this division).

Suggestion: Hammer and Hermans drop out, Maricela Cornejo in at No. 4 and Olivia Curry at No. 5.

Junior middleweight

Braekhus show her many world titles. Photograph / Braekhus Promotions

Marie Eve Dicaire is retired.

Suggestion: Herald Cecilia Braekhus at No. 5. Everybody else strikes up one spot.


Cecilia Braekhus has been inactive on the division for over a yr.

Suggestion: Cecilia Braekhus drops out, Hedda Wolmarans is available in at No. 5. Everybody else strikes up one spot.


Brenda Carabajal has been inactive for greater than a yr.

Suggestion: Carabajal drops out, Daniela Bermudez is available in at No. 5


Diana Fernandez is combating at bantamweight. She leaves 155 and is available in at 118 at No. 5 changing Mariana Juarez.

Suggestion: Juarez out, Fernandez in at No. 5 at bantamweight.


Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He has additionally written for, and plenty of different magazines, web sites, newspapers and shops since 1993. He’s a full member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and an elector for the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame. He has gained two first-place awards within the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he’s the moderator of The Ring’s Girls’s Rankings Panel. He served as copy editor for the second period of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is at present a author and editor for


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