Powered by:
as known from New York Timesas known from USA Todayas known from yahoo!
Contains commercial content
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Seniesa Estrada Awes with One-Punch KO of Maria Santizo, Marlen Esparza Drops and Outpoints Anabel Ortiz in San Antonio 

Seniesa Estrada Awes with One-Punch KO of Maria Santizo, Marlen Esparza Drops and Outpoints Anabel Ortiz in San Antonio 

Estrada awes and Esparaza wins!
Publish Date: 12/20/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Seniesa Estrada C celebrates winning her WBA Interim female flyweight title bout against Marlen Esparza at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS PUBLICATIONxINxGERxAUTxONLY TS0C189D


It goes without saying, but I will anyway, that Seniesa Estrada–the electrifying, switch-hitting boxer from East LA known by her ring moniker, ‘Super Bad’–had a pretty damn good 2021.

Capturing world titles in two weight classes and defending her first-won belt in explicit fashion Saturday evening, Estrada stands shoulder to shoulder alongside Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor in the running for Female Fighter of the Year. If I were given any say in the matter, she would get my vote.

Before closing the ledger on this momentous year, Seniesa made sure to emphasize the chapter’s last sentence with a bold exclamation mark. And it didn’t take her too terribly long to get to the point, either.

In lieu of a desired unification fight, Estrada put her WBA minimumweight world championship on the line for the first time against a game contender in Maria Santizo. Unbeaten in nine previous bouts, Santizo won five of them inside the distance. In an ironic twist of fate, it would turn out to be Santizo who would not last to the final bell on this occasion. Nearly a full year’s worth of ring rust notwithstanding, the Guatemalan challenger was in no way tentative about standing toe to toe with Estrada to swap leather at a furious pace.

This breakneck rhythm worked played to Estrada’s strengths, of which there are many, and it was not due to her lengthy layoff so much as Seniesa’s lightning-quick reflexes that Santizo swung and missed repeatedly after loading up on looping right hooks that the champion could easily telegraph and defend against upon arrival.

There was little Santizo could do other than cover up, try to maintain a tight guard, and get off some timely counters as Estrada rained torrents of ambidextrous blows on her jawline and midsection in equal measure all the while. In the heat of two separate exchanges early in the third round, Santizo managed to catch Seniesa first with a glancing left hook then a nice right hand that put a momentary stop to Estrada’s onslaught. But these exceptions to the rule were rarities and could not be capitalized upon.

Indeed, just moments later, Estrada put Santizo down on her back pocket for the first time with a hellacious left hook. As if she hadn’t already been working at an accelerated rate the entire time, Seniesa pressed the pedal to the metal in an effort to close the show before the expiration of round three. And she came close to doing exactly that, forcing Santizo to stumble backward into the ropes from halfway across the ring courtesy of a straight right and pummeling the hapless challenger until she was saved by the bell.

This merciful reprieve was short lived, however. Santizo appeared to have recovered from the close call of the previous stanza and caught Estrada with some additional check hooks in the opening moments of round four, though they did little to impede the champion’s forward progress. Shifting rapidly from an orthodox stance to southpaw, as she is wont to do throughout the course of any given exchange, Estrada evaded two long left jabs and nailed Santizo with a picture-perfect left hook a split second before her challenger was about to step in with a right hand.

Santizo went down like a gunshot victim, hitting the canvas for the second and last time.Referee Mark Calo had seen enough, putting an arm around the fallen challenger, whose eyes might as well have been matching neon signs flashing No Vacancy, and waving the fight off without a count. Estrada, meanwhile, wasted no time leaping onto the ropes to celebrate her triumphant title defense and talk some playful shit to DAZN broadcaster and former gym mate, Sergio Mora.

Now 22-0 with 9 KOs, Estrada is poised to take on any one of several possible opportunities in 2022. The most likely–and Seniesa’s preferred choice–would be a 105-pound unification against IBF belt holder Yokasta Valle (23-2, 9KOs), who happened to defend her title this same evening in her native Costa Rica with a unanimous decision win over Elizabeth Lopez Corso.

Another tantalizing option is a return to the light-flyweight division where Seniesa would potentially match up opposite the legendary ‘La Tuti’ Yesica Bopp (37-2, 17 KOs). The longtime 108-pound world champion made twenty successful defenses of her WBA title over a full decade and rebounded from a shocking six-round loss to 4-2 Juliana Vanesa Basualdo back in September by getting right back into the ring five weeks later to score a more characteristic stoppage victory over previously undefeated Johana Zuniga.

Last but not least, there exists the prospect of a return bout with her Golden Boy stablemate and personal nemesis, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza. That is, if Esparza gets to indulge her revenge fantasy, anyway. The two rivals battled one another in a blood-soaked affair in November 2019 that ended prematurely with Estrada earning a technical decision when the fight was stopped in the penultimate round due to the severity of a ghastly cut just below Esparza’s hairline caused by a clash of heads.

Click here for more boxing news!

It is safe to assume there was no congratulatory visit by either Estrada or Esparza to the other’s locker room after their respective title defenses Saturday night. Earlier on the card, Esparza turned away the challenge of Anabel Ortiz in the maiden defense of her newly-won WBC world flyweight championship. Coincidentally, it was from Ortiz that Seniesa Estrada took the 105-pound WBA belt back in March. Prior to being relieved of the title by Estrada, Ortiz had retained possession of her hardware for more than six years.

Just as Seniesa Estrada is a 2021 Fighter of the Year candidate, Esparza could certainly be mentioned in the conversation for Most Improved. After appearing in the curtain raiser of the SuperWomen pay-per-view event on March 5 headlined by Claressa Shields, in which Esparza appeared marginally disinterested and definitely out of shape, she made the most of her challenge to Ibeth Zamora’s WBC flyweight title three months later. A far more focused and determined Esparza shook off a first-round knockdown to eke out a narrow win on points to lay claim to her first world championship.

Her first title defense was a triumphant one, sending Anabel Ortiz to the canvas in rounds two and five en route to a ten-round decision which was unanimous although oddly scored. I would love to know what in the world judge Glen Rick Crocker was doing that prevented him from keeping an astute eye on the action, as he inexplicably arrived at a razor-thin tally of 95-94 in favor of the defending champion.

Whether or not Seniesa Estrada is at all inclined toward consenting to Marlen Esparza’s New Year’s resolution to resume hostilities with her, each of them can at least rest easy over the remainder of the holiday season, content with their headline-making achievements over the past twelve months and confident that bigger and better opportunities will be theirs for both the asking and the taking in 2022.


Read Also
Stevenson vs. Valdez & Serrano vs. Taylor: Meaningful Main Events on Both Coasts. 
This Saturday night the fans win on both coasts when Oscar Valdez ...
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Bet365 Promo
Card Subject to Change: Previewing a Women’s Boxing December to Remember
Christmas will come early for fans of women’s boxing with a plethora ...
Amanda Serrano Dominates Yamileth Mercado to Win Latest Skirmish in Boxing’s Historic Battle of Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
From Sixto Escobar defeating Rodolfo ‘Baby’ Casanova for the world bantamweight title ...
State Of The League: Los Angeles Chargers
Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We have been going ...
State Of The League: New Orleans Saints
The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. Training ...
Mary Jo Sanders and the Holly Holm Conundrum: Part Three, Heartbreak in Auburn Hills
Eager to relitigate the matter, Mary Jo Sanders wanted to personally put ...
Mary Jo Sanders and the Holly Holm Conundrum: Part One, More Than Just Her Father’s Daughter  
“Some of the biggest fights will be outside the ring, but you ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Sportsbook of the month
Bet365 - Get your Bonus Bet now! Get your Bonus Bet now!
Latest Sport News
Top 10 Defensive Centerfielders of All-Time: Who is the Greatest Ever?
Willie, Mickey and the Duke! I know everybody ...
Sid Luckman: The first great NFL quarterback!
Sid Luckman was the first modern T-formation quarterback and ...
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

Players accepted in the US US Flag
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
$55 Stake Cash + 260K Gold Coins + 5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
  • Exclusive promo code: TGTSOCIAL
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site