Sue Fox: Speaks on Women In Boxing & More


By: Brandon Stubbs
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TTF: Being in and around boxing for over 30 years, how have you seen the sport evolve?

Fox: My first exposure in the sport was in the late 1970’s, when I boxed as a pro . At that time, the sport appeared to be new and many “History First’s” were taking place with the female boxers. But after researching the sport extensively, it was apparent that women’s boxing had taken place throughout the years much earlier than the 1970’s. After I stopped boxing I did not pay a bit of attention to the sport until 1996, when while re-entering the training in boxing, I heard about Christy Martin and her fight with Gogarty on a Tyson card.

Fast forward—-since covering the sport from 1998 until now, I have seen the sport evolve into more amateurs, and professionals in the sport. When I first started covering the sport in 1998, I saw females with little experience and skills turning pro, without even fighting in the amateurs. The sport has evolved into females paying their dues and getting that much needed amateur experience before entering the pro circuit. I have also seen better and more significant opportunities for the amateurs in the sport that includes the Olympics.

TTF: What does/will it take for women’s boxing to gain the same traction in mainstream media that women’s MMA has?

Fox: I can’t speak for MMA, I do not cover it, and would not consider myself knowledgable about MMA to make a comment in that regards—But with that said, what it will take for women’s boxing, is that the female boxers will need the necessary opportunities to succeed.

There is absolutely no reason why the professional female boxers of today should not be getting some substantial television spots, besides the left overs of “Swing Bouts”.

These boxers will not be able to get into the mainstream if they cannot obtain bigger purses, featured on more fight cards, better media coverage, and most importantly— television.

TTF: With Holly Holm leaving boxing (and having early success), is there a fear that a lot more of women’s top talent in boxing will move to MMA in search of larger checks and more exposure?

Fox: I do not think there is much of a “fear” of top talent in our sport going from boxing to MMA. The way that I see the top female boxers treated in this sport—the public does not even know many of these fighters outside the sport.

The unfortunate thing about “top” women boxers in the sport is that these fine athletics in some cases cannot even get a fight. The purses are so low for them that it is tough to get an opponent to fight them—-and/or they get “ducked” out of the sport by the fact that no one will step in the ring with them.

TTF: In the match up between Celina Salazar and Ana Julaton, what are the key matchup factors that you see in this bout and who do you think will win?

Fox: In this bout with Ana Julaton facing Celina Salazar, it should be by all purposes a fairly even match. Although with the bout being scheduled for 10 rounds, Julaton will have the veteran advantage as she has fought 10 full rounds in eight of her pro fights.

Salazar on the other hand has never fought 10 rounds, and has only fought up to six rounders. One barometer to take in regards to Salazar, is she has less fight experience as a pro, but in her last fight with top female boxer Melinda Cooper she fought to a six-round majority decision. Not an easy task with the likes of Cooper.

TTF: With Celina having less then 10 pro fights is she stepping up too much in competition in fighting Ana?

Fox: It is a gamble on the part of the any boxer to fight another with significantly less experience than their opponent. Salazar is stepping up from four to six round fights, to a 10 round fight. Salazar has fought 27 rounds as a pro vs. Julaton fighting 118 rounds as a pro.

TTF: How important is Julaton/Salazar being a co-feature on a Golden Boy Boxing card and that it be a competitive fight which will be seen on American television?

Fox: It is nice to see a female bout featured on television. But not one female bout on a televised card will significantly impact the sport. I would say that seeing female bouts consistently televised would be very important to the sport and would help in moving the sport into the mainstream.

TTF: Who are some of the up-and-coming talent that boxing fans need to get familiar with?

Fox: This is a difficult question, because there are so many top female boxers on the rise. For me to leave one out would be hurtful to not mention them. So I would like to say that if you read about what is going on in the sport now, boxing fans will see a large influx of many rising stars in the sport.

TTF: Dream match ups (men or women) you would want to see happen in the next year and why?

Fox: Some of the dream matchups I would like to see would be: Cecilia Braekhus vs. Layla McCarter; Ava Knight vs. Susi Kentikian; Esmeralda Moreno vs. Jessica Chavez; Yesica Bopp vs. Chavez (rematch), not in Mexico; Mariana Juarez vs. Zulina Munoz; Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Marcela Acuna; Diana Prazak vs. Amanda Serrano…and more.

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Mariana Juarez Returns Against Tenkai Tsunami on Dec.15 in Fox Deportes Main Event

LOS ANGELES, December 14 – Two of female boxing’s best, Mexican star Mariana “Barbie” Juarez and Japan’s Tenkai Tsunami, will take center stage at the Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday, December 15 for a clash of former world champions to be featured on FOX Deportes in the United States.
Plus, highly-regarded middleweight prospect Bruno “Tiburon” Sandoval faces a tough task in his 12 round WBC USNBC title defense against Alberto “La Mosca” Martinez.
Juarez vs. Tsunami, a 10 round super flyweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and is sponsored by Corona. The FOX Deportes broadcast will air on Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.
A boxing beauty who knocks opponents out in the ring with her fists and everyone else outside of it with her looks, Mariana Juarez (35-6-3, 16 KO’s) is considered by many to be the greatest female fighter ever produced by Mexico. She is a former WBC world champion who held her crown for over three years and made 14 defenses before losing the belt to Ava Knight in October. The 32-year-old Juarez, who has also appeared in the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine, will begin her comeback on December 15 and is determined to wear championship gold again.
Tokyo’s Tenkai Tsunami (18-5, 7 KO’s) is no stranger to fighting elite competition, as she held the WBA world championship at super flyweight from 2009 to 2012, defending the title four times. In 2012, the seven-year veteran and Japanese female boxing pioneer fell short of victory in bouts against Naoko Yamaguchi and Janeth Perez, but she can end the year on a high note with a win over Juarez.
Unbeaten in 10 professional fights, Bruno “Tiburon” Sandoval (10-0, 9 KO’s) is a hard-hitting and exciting up-and-comer who has become a specialist in the art of the knockout. A pro since 2011, Sandoval has ripped through his opposition, going the distance just once, against 4-0 Eduardo Tercero in 2011. On November 3, Sandoval met Tercero a second time and in the rematch, he knocked his foe out in the fifth round to win the vacant WBC USNBC title that he will defend this weekend.
23-year-old Alberto “La Mosca” Martinez (20-7, 12 KO’s) has kept a busy schedule since his debut in 2009 and in 2012 alone he has already stepped into the ring eight times. Currently riding a three-fight winning streak that includes an October technical knockout win over Alberto Gutierrez, the native of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico is prepared for a tough battle on Saturday against Sandoval.