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Estrada dethrones Ortiz, seizes WBA 105lb title

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By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In the co-main event of Hooker-Ortiz at Dickies Arena in Ft Worth, TX, the pride and joy of East Los Angeles Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (20-0, 8 KOs), like her promoter Oscar De La Hoya, showed her immense skills and superior speed from round one to the final bell and took home the title from Anabel Ortiz (31-4, 4 KOs) and became the WBA minimumweight champ in her first world title shot. Estrada controlled distance, feinted and switched stances from orthodox to southpaw all night ala pound for pound great Terence Crawford, who was in attendance, and put on a masterful performance 100-89 twice and 99-90 for a unanimous decision.

Estrada rocked Ortiz with a left hook to the head in round one and dropped her with a right hand late in round two to set the tone on what was to come. Estrada showed off her quick hands and fast feet and flustered the champ at every moment as she switched stance multiple times per round. Ortiz, however, showed her championship pedigree and countered Estrada at times, but could not keep the swarming Estrada at bay and often found herself up against the ropes eating powerful shots to the head and body. Estrada landed the left hook at will as Ortiz was always a step behind.

Estrada told Fightnews.com before the fight that she was thrilled to fight for her first world title and the fact it was not a vacant belt, but against a legitimate champion in Ortiz. She was also living a dream fighting for the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, who takes great pride in hailing from East Los Angeles where he went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist, a hall of famer and an all-time great.

Estrada told Fightnews.com after the fight her dream came through and she can’t wait to bring the belt back to East LA. She also was not aware Crawford was in the building, but she was happy to hear as she is a big fan of his.

De La Hoya told Fightenws.com in an exclusive interview at Media Day during fight week that Estrada was something special.

“Not only the fact she comes from East LA and obviously proud of, but the fact she is elevating woman’s boxing to another level,” De La Hoya said. “We are going to keep her as busy as we can. As she continues to win and wins world titles, different weight classes, she’s going to become an advocate for women’s boxing.”

De La Hoya added, “She can become a superstar. We have big plans for her and all she has to do is take care of business inside the ring.”

Estrada certainly did that tonight as she dominated Ortiz over ten entertaining rounds and no doubt raised woman’s boxing at the same time and made her promoter proud.

“This is a dream come true. This is exactly how I pictured it winning a world title when I was 7 years old. I was on a global platform on DAZN and a fought a very good champion. I did it with Golden Boy. That’s exactly how I pictured it as a little girl.”

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    • Ignorant comment! If you are a fan of the sweet science, you would be able to see how special this young lady is and appreciate her skill set! She came up NO different than the men. Put on the gloves, trained, fought the fights, went to all of the tournaments and gave up so much of herself to get to this stage! Put some respect on her and their names!!!!

  • this fight was a very entertaining female fight Estrada showed great technique, speed, and power and even versatility and congrats to her on her victory and Anabel Ortiz herself was technically very sound she was just a bit smaller and slower but again she showed why she was the current active longest reigning world champion so congrats to her as well for putting on a great performance even though she lost

  • The big question why did Seniesa Estrada move down to win a title at 105 when she was at 112?

    • Bigger question is what is the rationale for three flyweight divisions?

    • As she said she was fighting at 108 prev fight and the champ did not want to fight. Anabel Ortiz did so she went to 105. I think she should go to 102 and win a belt there just for another weight division belt, all these things add to the legacy. Manny Pacquaio missed some weight classes and could have been a 10 divison champ.

  • Yes, she is the BEST right now in the division she fought for the title in. But that designation is not as noteworthy when the greedy gov bodies have as many weight classes as they do considering that there are so few “PROS” in womens boxing. They also make less per rd due to shorter rounds and fight less often. When they do they take whatever they can most of the time because there are so few fighters to choose from, living on the same continent. So on top of the 2 min round rules, and that you can expect almost never to have a KO (their combined records were 50-3 with 12 kos) the mismatches are rampant even when you get to title fights. So you usually know going in Short rounds, who will win, no KO, and even if there are knockdowns, less time in the rd to follow up and get a KO. I think most of us can respect the women as much or even more for putting in all the same work and doing it with less pros to choose from to fight, travelling further and getting fights on lesser sized shows. But this again is because the governing bodies, are too greedy so they keep all the same weight classes knowing that less women CHOOSE to become boxers, and they keep shorter rounds knowing that there is no empirical scientific proof of a material negative result for ladies fighting in 2 min vs 3 minute rounds. We could have a much larger discussion on how women who do experience brain damage or other serious injury in boxing do so mostly to the higher degree of mismatches because the greedy governing bodies won’t consolidate divisions. At minimum weight (Senesisa Estrada) there are only 98 fighters in the world. (only 5 in the US). Seneisa has 10 of her 20 fights vs fighters with losing records but that’s actually pretty good for the course. Some champs can achieve that if moved right between 10-15 fights and more than half will have losing records and/or records with multiple losses or very little experience, # fights.
    So it’s not that men cannot equally appreciate that a women won a title. But we know it’s equivalent to diluting 4 divisions into 8 or 10, and winning the title in less fights, with lesser quality opponents, with less KO’s. All too predictable. Also because of less tv time we don’t get to learn much about the fighters coming up. The response would be that it’s not the ladies fault. TRUE. They have no leverage except for A) the dominant champions who get the most coverage like Claressa Shields to speak up (like she does) and B) for many more female fans to put their money where their mouth is and support the sport financially. I expect one of these two things to happen. At least networks/promoters are televising womens fights, and the RING mag just started listing the female rankings. That’s a start. Things tend to move slow, and the ranking bodies will be the last to make changes if it hurts their bottom line. But I say they are shortsighted because women’s titlefights and womens fights in general are for very small purses. If they consolidate divisions, and amend rounds to 3 minutes, there will be at least a nominal increase in KO’s, which will add a few more women’s fights to cards, and that will add a few more women’s eyes to watch the sport. More $ means a little bit increase in female purses. Also longer rounds will mean the younger fighters will all get a little bit more # per round. It won’t be a large effect but you could have a small increase in # women who box, who watch, and how much they get paid. For all the things that women go through, the vast majority would make the cost/benefit analysis and come to the conclusion that consolidating women’s boxing divisions makes sense, and the slightly larger weight range in weightclasses would not make a difference. It’s a win/win for fans, boxers, promoters, and gov bodies. But gov bodies are acting like banks, being unnaturally risk averse and caring first about their “fees”, instead of how having a much larger business to draw those fees FROM means you make more in the long run. And this isn’t even a RISK for gov. bodies, because they aren’t loaning out money. All they do is sanction a fight and the more women you have competing in divisions means there are always more women waiting to challenge for a title or to unify titles.
    Also if we want to see more fighters coming up perhaps there could be a show monthly with prospects who fight, with good matchmaking (no mismatches at least on paper) similar to Shobox the new generation. It would not be expensive to produce, and even if they start out doing it “COVID style” in a bubble, those boxers would still get tv time and we would learn about prospects coming up. Not just seeing them in a “1 and done” situation if they lose their first title challenge.

    • Amanda Serrano the current P4P Queen doesnt need 3 minutes to KO her opponents just thought id share that

  • Had to sit through three women’s fights last night. All decisions as usual. I guess it’s fine if you enjoy watching boxing technique and scoring the fights yourself. I prefer KOs like we got in the three men’s main events.

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