Munoz & Novoa Defend Titles In Championship Doubleheader

LOS ANGELES (Jun. 27) – Looking to follow up the biggest win of her career over Alesia Graf in March, WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Zulina “La Loba” Munoz will continue to make her case as one of the top female fighters in the sport today on Saturday, June 28, when she defends her belt against Budapest’s Renata Domsodi in a 10 round main event to be broadcast live on Televisa and FOX Deportes from the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico.

In the co-main event, it’s another world championship showdown when Guadalajara’s Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa puts his WBC Minimumweight Title on the line against Managua’s Alcides “Casco” Martinez.

“Casta De Campeones” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5 p.m. CT and the first fight begins at 6 p.m. CT. The Televisa broadcast begins at 11:00 p.m. CT. The FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

One of the best fighters the women’s side of the sport has to offer, Chicoloapan’s Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (41-1-1, 26 KOs) is a true fighting champion, having successfully defended her title five times since defeating Maribel Ramirez for the belt in November of 2012. The 26-year-old’s most important victory came in March of this year though, when she defeated the only fighter to beat her, Alesia Graf. Now with that chapter closed, she moves on to even more challenges, starting with Domsodi.

A world champion herself at 118 pounds, Budapest, Hungary’s Renata Domsodi (12-4, 5 KOs) is a fierce competitor willing to do whatever it takes to win another world title belt, even if it means going into Munoz’ backyard this weekend. Fresh from an eight-round win over previously unbeaten Alexandra Vlajk in March, the 35-year-old Domsodi is well-prepared to challenge “La Loba.”

 

Guadalajara’s Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (13-4-1, 8 KOs) is one of Mexico’s most inspiring boxers, as he bounced back from a 1-4 stretch in 2011-12 that had many questioning what his future was in the sport. But since then he has won six straight, four by knockout, capping off his comeback with a fifth round stoppage of Xiong Zhao Zhong that earned him the WBC Minimumweight Title that he will defend tonight.

Aiming to stop this fistic Cinderella story is Managua, Nicaragua’s Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-2, 6 KOs) a 22-year-old with championship dreams in his head and the firepower in his fists to make them come true. Unbeaten in five straight, with wins over Guillermo Ortiz, Angel Garcia, and Giovany Rayo, Martinez is confident that he has what it takes to leave Mexico with the title belt around his waist.

Sue Fox: Speaks on Women In Boxing & More

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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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Zulina Munoz Defends Title vs Maribel Ramirez Aug. 3

LOS ANGELES, August 2 – The Agustin Millan Gymnasium in Toluca, Mexico will be the scene of one of the most exciting tripleheaders of the summer this Saturday, August 3, as Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions present three championship bouts on Televisa Deportes and FOX Deportes featuring some of Mexico’s top talent.

In the 10 round main event, Zulina “La Loba” Munoz defends her WBC World Female Super Flyweight Championship in a rematch against fellow Mexico City native Maribel “La Pantera” Ramirez.

Plus, another stellar Mexico City talent, Armando “Cobra” Santos, puts his NABF flyweight title on the line in a 12 round battle against countryman Jorge “Coco” Amador and in the televised 12 round opener, it’s two more proud natives of Mexico City in action, as unbeaten Bruno “Tiburon” Sandoval risks his perfect record against Gustavo Garibay in a USNBC middleweight title fight.

Munoz vs. Ramirez is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5 p.m. CT and the first fight begins at 6 p.m. CT. The Televisa broadcast will begin at 10:30 p.m. CT in Mexico and FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT in the United States.

A standout champion from a country producing several world-class female boxers, 25-year-old Zulina Munoz (38-1-2, 25 KO’s) has been in dominant form in recent years, going unbeaten in 24 consecutive fights, a streak stretching back to 2008. Now making the third defense of the title she took against Ramirez in 2012, Munoz is looking for an even more decisive victory this time around.

Tenacious battler Maribel Ramirez (8-5-2, 3 KO’s) came perilously close to snapping Munoz’ win streak and becoming a world champion in 2012, losing by only two points on each of the judges’ scorecards. On Saturday, the 27-year-old known as “La Pantera” gets her shot at redemption in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Nicknamed “Cobra” for his ability to strike from all angles, 25-year-old Armando Santos (11-3, 7 KO’s) has won three straight since a 2011 loss to 20-0 Carlos Cuadras, decisioning Omar Lina and knocking out Edgar Gonzalez and Herald Molina. This weekend, he’ll hope to extend that streak to four.

Mexico City’s Jorge “El Coco” Amador (6-6, 1 KO) is a four year pro looking to get back to his winning ways after a rough three fight stretch. A talented battler willing to box or bang in order to secure victory, the 26-year-old will be fighting as if a world title is on the line against Santos.

Unbeaten Bruno Sandoval (14-0, 12 KO’s) is a shark in the ring, hence his nickname “Tiburon,” and once he gets his opponents in trouble, it’s usually lights out. The WBC USNBC champion since November of 2012, the 22-year-old makes his fourth title defense on Saturday against rugged competitor Gustavo Garibay (8-6, 5 KO’s), an aggressive competitor who always shows up to fight.