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Boxing divisional rankings: Yokasta Valle moves up in weight looking for bigger challenges

Another week in women’s boxing — another big fight, something that the sport has delivered all year long.

WBO and IBF junior flyweight champion Evelyn Bermudez defends her titles against Yokasta Valle, the IBF and WBO strawweight champion, on the Regis Prograis-Jose Zepeda undercard Saturday in Carson, California (PPV, 9 p.m. ET).

The 26-year-old Bermudez (17-0, 6 KO) has held the IBF title since 2018 and the WBO title since March. It’ll be her United States debut, her fourth fight this year and also her toughest fight to date.

The 30-year-old Valle (26-2, 9 KO) has held the IBF strawweight title since 2019 and won the WBO title in her most recent fight, beating Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen in September. Valle is ESPN’s No. 2 strawweight and Bermudez ESPN’s No. 3 light flyweight — both in divisions where Seniesa Estrada is the top-ranked fighter. It’s also a division that will get some clarity by the end of the year as Kim Clavel, the WBC titleholder, and Jessica Nery Plata, the WBA champion, will have a unification fight in Canada on Dec. 1.

These two fights could logically set up an undisputed fight in 2023.

Jamie Mitchell, ESPN’s No. 3 bantamweight, is returning to the ring Saturday to defend her WBA bantamweight title for the second time. The 37-year-old (8-0, 5 KO) will take on Nina Hughes (4-0, 2 KO) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as part of a card with three female fights including an intriguing junior featherweight bout between Mea Motu (14-0, 6 KO) and Nastaran Fathi (7-0, 2 KO).

On Tuesday, bantamweight prospect Mikiah Kreps (4-0, 2 KO) fights Indeya Smith (5-5-2, 1 KO) in New York. And on Saturday at junior welterweight, Anahi Ester Sanchez (21-5, 13 KO), who had been removed from the rankings earlier this year due to inactivity, fights for the second time in two months in a challenge against Sandy Ryan (4-1, 2 KO) in England. If Sanchez wins, she’ll find herself at least on the cusp of being ranked once again.

Last week, former WBA interim junior featherweight champion Nazarena Romero returned to the ring for the first time since late 2020 — at least for a minute. Romero (12-0, 6 KO) knocked out Paola Ibarra (6-8, 2 KO) in the first round in Uruguay. The 28-year-old Romero re-enters a wide open division and could be a fighter to watch in 2023 as she sits just outside the ESPN Top 5 in one of the deepest divisions in women’s boxing.

Oshin Derieuw (18-0, 6 KO) beat Elsa Hemat (4-9-2, 1 KO) in a six-round junior welterweight fight in France. The last three opponents for Derieuw, who has been ranked in the division, have all been under-.500 — part of the reason she is no longer ranked in the division.

At featherweight, 40-year-old Enerolisa de Leon (7-6-2, 3 KO), who has lost four of her last five fights and had only one career win against an opponent with a winning record, stunned Elina Tissen (25-3, 6 KO) with a TKO in the ninth round. It’s the first loss for the 36-year-old TIssen since 2008.

At welterweight, Kirstie Bavington (7-2-2, 2 KO) beat Naomi Mannes (6-1, 4 KO) by unanimous decision. And at flyweight, 19-year-old prospect Alexas Kubicki (5-0) beat Isabel Millan (29-9-2, 9 KO) in her first 10-round fight.

Rankings will be updated every Tuesday. They’ll be based on recent bouts, head-to-head competition and the quality of opponent. As with almost everything, until fighters square off against one another, there is a layer of subjectivity to it. Fighters who haven’t fought in 18 months and don’t have a fight scheduled will be removed from the rankings until they fight again.

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here. For women’s P4P rankings click here.

175+ poundsSuper middleweightMiddleweightJunior middleweightWelterweightJunior welterweightLightweightJunior lightweightFeatherweightJunior featherweightBantamweightJunior bantamweightFlyweightJunior flyweightStrawweightAtomweight


175+ POUNDS

1. Hanna Gabriels     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 21-2-1, 12 KOs
Last: W (TKO2) Martha Patricia Lara Gaytan, April 17, 2021
Next: TBA


2. Danielle Perkins     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 3-0, 1 KO
Last: W (UD8) Monika Harrison, March 5, 2021
Next: TBA


3. Angelica Lopez Flores     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 13-1, 7 KOs
Last: L (TKO1) Shadasia Green, Jan. 15
Next: TBA


4. Seini Draughn     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 4-0-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (MD4) Monika Harrison, May 22, 2021
Next: TBA


5. Lani Daniels     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 6-2-2, 0 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Tinta Smith, June 24
Next: TBA


SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 168 pounds)

1. Franchon Crews Dezurn     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 8-1, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Elin Cederroos, April 30
Next: TBA


2. Christina Hammer     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 28-1, 13 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Luiza Davydova, May 7
Next: TBA


3. Ema Kozin     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 22-1-1, 12 KOs
Last: W (TKO7) Szilvia Szabados, June 4
Next: TBA


4. Shadasia Green     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 11-0, 10 KOs
Last: W (TKO5) Ogleidis Suarez, Oct. 29
Next: TBA


5. Elin Cederroos     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 8-1, 4 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Franchon Crews Dezurn, April 30
Next: TBA


MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 160 pounds)

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On her way to becoming the undisputed champ, Claressa Shields unleashes a flurry of punches in Round 1.

1. Claressa Shields     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 13-0, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Savannah Marshall, Oct. 15
Next: TBA


2. Savannah Marshall     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 12-1, 10 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Claressa Shields, Oct. 15
Next: TBA


3. Maricela Cornejo     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 15-5, 5 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Simone Aparecida da Silva, March 25
Next: TBA


4. Ema Kozin     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 22-1-1, 12 KOs
Last: W (TKO7) Szilvia Szabados, June 4
Next: Nov. 19 vs. TBA


5. Raquel Miller     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 11-0, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD6) Sonya Dreiling, Dec. 2
Next: Nov. 26 vs. TBA


JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 154 pounds)

1. Natasha Jonas     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 13-2-1, 8 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Marie-Eve Dicaire, Nov. 12
Next: TBA


2. Terri Harper     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 13-1-1, 6 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Hannah Ranking, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


3. Marie-Eve Dicaire     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 18-2, 1 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Natasha Jonas, Nov. 12
Next: TBA


4. Patricia Berghult     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 15-1, 3 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Natasha Jonas, Sept. 3
Next: TBA


5. Hannah Rankin     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 12-6, 3 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Terri Harper, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 147 pounds)

1. Jessica McCaskill     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 12-2, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 5
Next: TBA


2. Cecilia Braekhus     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 36-2, 9 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Jessica McCaskill, March 13, 2021
Next: TBA


3. Layla McCarter     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 45-13-5, 11 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Halanna dos Santos, March 25
Next: TBA


4. Ewa Piatkowska     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 16-1, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD6) Judy Waguthii, May 14, 2021
Next: TBA


5. Summer Lynn     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 7-0, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD6) Jaica Pavilus, April 2
Next: TBA


JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 140 pounds)

1. Chantelle Cameron     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 17-0, 8 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Jessica McCaskill, Nov. 5
Next: TBA


2. Jessica McCaskill     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 12-2, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 5
Next: TBA


3. Kali Reis     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 19-7-1, 5 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Jessica Camara, Nov. 19, 2021
Next: TBA


4. Mary McGee     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 27-4, 15 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Chantelle Cameron, Oct. 30, 2021
Next: Nov. 19 vs. TBA


5. Jessica Camara     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 10-3, 2 KOs
Last: W (KO1) Josefina Vega, Sept. 17
Next: TBA

— Anahi Ester Sanchez has been removed for inactivity.


LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 135 pounds)

1. Katie Taylor     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 22-0, 6 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Karen Elizabeth Carabajal, Oct. 29
Next: TBA


2. Amanda Serrano     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 43-2-1, 30 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Sarah Mahfoud, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


3. Estelle Yoka Mossely     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 10-0, 1 KO
Last: W (SD10) Yanina del Carmen Lescano, March 18
Next: TBA


4. Delfine Persoon     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 47-3-1NC, 19 KOs
Last: NC (No contest) Ikram Kerwat, Nov. 13
Next: TBA


5. Jennifer Han     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 18-5-1, 1 KO
Last: L (UD10) Mikaela Mayer, April 9
Next: TBA


JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 130 pounds)

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Alycia Baumgardner unifies the junior lightweight belts with a split-decision victory over Mikaela Mayer.

1. Alycia Baumgardner     Previous ranking: 2

Record: 13-1, 7 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Mikaela Mayer, Oct. 15
Next: TBA


2. Mikaela Mayer     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 17-1, 5 KOs
Last: L (SD10) Alycia Baumgardner, Oct. 15
Next: TBA


3. Maiva Hamadouche     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 22-2, 18 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Mikaela Mayer, Nov. 5, 2021
Next: TBA


4. Delfine Persoon     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 47-3-1NC, 19 KOs
Last: NC (No contest) Ikram Kerwat, Nov. 13
Next: TBA


5. Hyun Mi Choi     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 20-0-1, 5 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Vanessa Bradford, Oct. 19
Next: TBA


FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 126 pounds)

1. Amanda Serrano     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 43-2-1, 30 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Sarah Mahfoud, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


2. Erika Cruz     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 15-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Jelena Mrdjenovich, Sept. 3
Next: TBA


3. Yamileth Mercado     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 20-3, 5 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Mariana Juarez, Oct 29
Next: TBA


4. Sarah Mahfoud     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 11-1, 3 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Amanda Serrano, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


5. Brenda Karen Carabajal     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 18-5-1, 9 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Debora Anahi Dionicius, May 13
Next: TBA


JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 122 pounds)

1. Yamileth Mercado     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 20-3, 5 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Mariana Juarez, Oct 29
Next: TBA


2. Segolene Lefebvre     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 16-0, 1 KO
Last: W (UD10) Melania Sorroche, May 7
Next: TBA


3. Mayerlin Rivas     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 17-4-2, 11 KOs
Last: W (TKO3) Karina Fernandez, June 10
Next: TBA


4. Cherneka Johnson     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 15-1, 6 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Susie Ramadan, Oct. 15
Next: TBA


5. Ellie Scotney     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 6-0, 0 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Mary Romero, Oct. 29
Next: TBA

Dina Thorslund, Daniela Bermudez and Yazmin Rivas have been removed due to inactivity in the division.


BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 118 pounds)

1. Dina Thorslund     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 18-0, 7 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Niorkis Carreno, April 9
Next: TBA


2. Yuliahn Luna Avila     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 24-3-1, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Jessica Gonzalez, June 17
Next: TBA


3. Jamie Mitchell     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 8-0-2, 5 KOs
Last: W (KO4) Carly Skelly, Feb. 5
Next: Nov. 26 vs. Nina Hughes


4. Shannon O’Connell     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 23-6-1, 11 KOs
Last: W (TKO1) Sarah Higginson, June 29
Next: Dec. 10 vs. Ebanie Bridges


5. Ebanie Bridges     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 8-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Maria Cecilia Roman, March 26
Next: Dec. 10 vs. Shannon O’Connell


JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 115 pounds)

1. Diana Laura Fernandez     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 26-4-1, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Gabriela Bouvier, Aug. 27
Next: TBA


2. Micaela Lujan     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 11-1-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Irma Garcia, Aug. 20
Next: TBA


3. Asley Gonzalez Macias     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 15-2, 7 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Lourdes Juarez, Oct. 1
Next: TBA


4. Lourdes Juarez     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 34-3, 4 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Asley Gonzalez Macias, Oct. 1
Next: TBA


5. Clara Lescurat     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 8-0, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Naylea Gil Sanabia, Oct. 28
Next: TBA

Guadalupe Martinez Guzman has been removed for inactivity.


FLYWEIGHT (Up to 112 pounds)

1. Marlen Esparza     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 13-1, 1 KO
Last: W (UD10) Eva Guzman, Aug. 6
Next: TBA


2. Arely Mucino     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 32-3-2, 11 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Leonela Paola Yudica, Oct. 29
Next: TBA


3. Ibeth Zamora     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 32-7, 12 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Marlen Esparza, June 19, 2021
Next: TBA


4. Gabriela Celeste Alaniz     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 14-0, 6 KOs
Last: W (TKO9) Debora Rengifo, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


5. Naoko Fujioka     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 19-3-1, 7 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Marlen Esparza, April 9
Next: TBA


JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (Up to 108 pounds)

1. Seniesa Estrada     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 23-0, 9 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Jazmin Gala Villarino, Nov. 12
Next: TBA


2. Kim Clavel     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 16-0, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Yesenia Gomez, July 29
Next: Dec. 1 vs. Jessica Nery Plata


3. Evelin Bermudez     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 17-0-1, 6 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Yairineth Altuve, July 23
Next: Nov. 26 vs. Yokasta Valle


4. Jessica Nery Plata     Previous ranking: NR

Record: 28-2, 3 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Yesica Yolanda Bopp, March 11
Next: Dec. 1 vs. Kim Clavel


5. Yesica Bopp     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 37-3, 17 KOs
Last: L (SD10) Jessica Nery Plata, march 11
Next: TBA


STRAWWEIGHT (Up to 105 pounds)

1. Seniesa Estrada     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 23-0, 9 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Jazmin Gala Villarino, Nov. 12
Next: TBA


2. Yokasta Valle     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 26-2, 9 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen, Sept. 8
Next: Nov. 26 vs. Evelin Bermudez


3. Tina Rupprecht     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 11-0-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Katia Gutierrez, July 24
Next: TBA


4. Anabel Ortiz     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 33-5, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Maria Micheo Santizo, Oct, 20
Next: TBA


5. Sarah Bormann     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 15-0, 7 KO
Last: W (UD10) Elizabeth Lopez Corzo, Sept. 24
Next: TBA


ATOMWEIGHT (Up to 102 pounds)

1. Monserrat Alarcon     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 18-4-2, 0 KO
Last: W (UD10) Brenda Balderas Martiinez, Sept. 30
Next: TBA


2. Mika Iwakawa     Previous ranking: N/R

Record: 11-6-1, 3 KO
Last: W (UD10) Ayaka Miyao, Sept. 1
Next: TBA


3. Fabiana Bytyqi     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 19-0-2, 5 KO
Last: D (SD10) Elizabeth Lopez Corzo, Jul. 29
Next: TBA


4. Eri Matsuda     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 5-1-1, 1 KO
Last: W (UD10) Kaori Nagai, Sept. 1
Next: TBA


5. Ayaka Miyao     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 25-10-2, 6 KO
Last: L (UD10) Mika Iwakawa, Sept. 1
Next: TBA

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