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World Title Fight in Argentina
By Ewan Whyte
January 22, 2005
     
     
     
   
   
   

 

   
   
   
   
   

 

   
   
   
   
   

 

   
   
   
(JAN 22) María Andrea Miranda of Moñitos (Colombia) arrived in Formosa on January 20th, with her trainer, el Dagobert o Periñan, and Francisco Hernández of Cartagena, who will be one of the judges, for her fight in the Estadio Centenario tonight for the WIBA World Featherweight Championship with the same organization’s Super Bantamweight Champion, Marcela Eliana Acuña, whose own title will not be on the line. The fight will be over 10 x 2 minute rounds.

María Andrea Miranda, who at the age of twenty is Number 3 in the WIBA (126 lb) rankings, won the WIBA Latin American Featherweight Title in 2001 at the age of eighteen after defeating her compatriot Luz Marina Sarabia on points, as Acuña herself did over six rounds the same year. Since that time, however, only one opponent (apart from her sparring partner, Carmen Montiel, with whom she evidently goes easy) has been able to survive beyond the sixth against Acuña, who seems to be growing stronger with every fight. It is believed that Miranda, on the other hand, has not fought since 11th July, 2003, when she defeated Ruth María López, also in points, in Barranquilla.

Although she obviously didn’t fight for the Latin American Championship in her first fight, the Marina Sarabia and María Lopez fights are in fact the only fights of Miranda’s for which we have details, though she is claimed to have been competing professionally since the age of sixteen and to have a record of 10-0, with exactly half of her wins coming inside the distance.

She will be hoping to do better than her fellow countrywoman Daysi Padilla, who arrived in Argentina with a similarly impressive record only for Acuña (who calls herself ‘la Tigresa’ — a female jaguar, strictly speaking, rather than a tigress) to waste her in 43 seconds after surprising her with a blitzkrieg assault. La Tigresa had done the same thing earlier to her fellow countrywoman Patricia ‘la Leona’ ('the Lioness') Quirico, who claims to this day she was expecting Acuña to shake hands. Given that Acuña had vowed, after a bitter exchange of barbs that had dragged out over several weeks (see Acuña profile elsewhere on this site), that she would eat 'the Lioness' raw, most observers found that excuse far-fetched, but Quirico stands by it. In any case, Padilla, whom no one had apparently warned that Acuña is a fast starter, spent the night in hospital after an encounter that raised questions as to whether she had any business being in the ring with the world champion in the first place.

Memo to Ms Miranda: if Marcela Acuña rushes across the ring towards you the instant the bell sounds, it’s perhaps unsafe to assume she’s in a hurry to shake hands.
 
     
     

 

     
     
     
 
     
     

 

     
     
     
 
     
     
   
 
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