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Seniesa Estrada vs. Marlen Esparza: Who’s Bad!??

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One of the biggest fights of the year will be happening this Saturday night, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as you will see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2) jumping two weight classes to face the WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1) on DAZN.

On this stacked card of talented fighters, lies an interesting title fight between two women who truly dislike each other and have no desires in taking any pictures or having lunch together in the foreseeable future.

WBC Silver Light Flyweight Champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (17-0) is moving up to flyweight and facing Marlen Esparza (7-0) for the Interim WBA Flyweight title.

These two women have a little bit of history, which has added more spice to this already competitive championship fight.

It was March of 2018 when I first saw Seniesa Estrada at a club show in L.A.  The Belasco Theater is a venue that is known to host these GBP club shows and it’s the perfect setting for those die-hard boxing fans. When the fight started, it was crystal clear to me that Estrada was the more polished fighter and that she had the talent to potentially do great things in the sport.

After that fight, I followed Estrada and saw the improvement in her defense while also seeing the development of her boxing style. Seniesa Estrada…

Seniesa Estrada pushes Marlen Esparza at the grand arrival in Vegas.

Seniesa Estrada pushes Marlen Esparza at the grand arrival in Vegas.

..has quickly developed into a really good fighter who relies on speed and combinations to damage her opponents. She displays good head movement and has grown in popularity within the Southern California area. This weekend, she will have to rely on that while staying discipline to her defense in order to pull out the victory.

Her opponent, Marlen Esparza, has a resume that is slightly more significant than her opponent, which includes a 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal in London.

In 2018, I also saw Marlen Esparza..

..for the first time at a GBP club show in L.A where she picked up a knockout win. Esparza was clearly the bigger and stronger fighter that night and you can just tell that her amateur background played a huge part in that win. After that, life happened and she got married, had a child and some thought we were not going to see her fight again. Esparza returned with back-to-back victories this year, which setup the Estrada fight. The experienced Esparza will try to apply smart pressure in an attempt to disrupt the rhythm of Estrada (below).

There is no question that the dislike that they have for each other is real, which makes this fight that much more intriguing. There are two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in the middle. Their beef stems from the amateur days where Estrada mentions Esparza ducking her while Esparza claims that Estrada used her name to get signed to GBP.

Either way, both women do not like each other and during their grand arrival faceoff in Vegas on Tuesday morning, things got really heated, really fast.

 

On Saturday night, we will have two undefeated fighters going for the WBA Interim Flyweight title and they are making it known that an attempt to steal the show will be made when these two get in the ring.

Will we see Seniesa Estrada use her speed and angles to get the best of Esparza? Does Esparza use that Olympic background experience to get the better of Estrada?

One thing is certain, you do not want to miss this fight as both women are going to put it all on the line in order to come away with that interim title.

 

You can follow me on twitter @abeg718 

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles to NYF in 2017. His club show pieces allow fans to see who is next on the horizon, and his training camp check ins are much anticipated. Abe can be found on twitter @abeg718.

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