Boxing Federations: We Get it....
by Sue TL Fox
January 6, 2012
(JAN 6) Last night at the Club Saigos, in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, Alejandra Oliveras won by a KO against Jessica
Villafranca, when in the fifth round, Villafranca sat on her
stool and was counted out by the referee. The two were fighting
for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
On September 30, 2011, Jessica Villafranca, fought Ana Julaton
for the WBO Super Bantamweight world title. Villafranca
that fight by a unanimous decision.
On August 20, 2011, Jessica Villafranca, fought Kaliesha West
for the WBO Bantamweight title. Villafranca lost by a unanimous
Villafranca fought in three weight classes (WBO Featherweight,
WBO Super Bantamweight, WBO Bantamweight), all world title
shots, in less than a year's time---all losses. WBO---we get it.
Prior to Villafranca fighting for the WBO with those three straight
losses against Oliveras, Julaton, and West, she fought in the
same year, on February 25, 2011, against Erica Anabella Farias
for the interim WBC Lightweight title. Villafranca retired from
this fight in the sixth round---losing to Farias. Villafranca
was down in the first round, and retired by her corner after
suffering a cut on her scalp.
In 2009, Villafranca fought Darys Esther Pardo for the interim
WBC lightweight title. She lost that fight by decision.
Villafranca, had a reported 10 fights before fighting Pardo,
with her opponents' all-around boxing records of 0-12-0 according to Boxrec.Five her opponents were pro debuters, the other five
were all winless going into the fight.
Federations: We get it.
Isn't it time to stop using "Villafranca"
for world title bouts?
Villaranca is now 0-5-0 (title shots) with any boxer that has
any experience in world title bouts. Surely we have other boxers
that can compete in the top of the world boxers that are
bantamweights, super bantamweights, featherweight, and
lightweight---the same weight classes that Villafranca fought
for in the world title bouts.