(JULY 27) Yesterday WBAN received
photos and a press release from Pepe Rodriguez in regards to WBC
world champion Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez being featured in the
August issue of Playboy magazine for Mexico. To WBAN's
knowledge, this is the fourth female boxer to be featured in the
In 1984, we first had Grace Cassillas, featured in the magazine
(not on the cover), then the second female boxer was Mia "The
Knockout" St. John, who donned the cover in the November 1999
issue; after that, female boxer Patricia Demick was
featured in the online version of Playboy in the early 2000's,
and now in 2012, Juarez has joined those ranks.
There was an official media conference for Juarez who is said to
be the first female Mexican fighter to pose for Mexico's version
of Playboy Magazine.
Pepe said in the release, "with a beautiful black dress, Mariana
“La Barbie” Juarez, posed for many cameras next to the cover of
the Playboy magazine, which appears with pink gloves, a hallmark
of the female sport of boxing.
"For me it was really an honor
that this prestigious magazine have offered me the opportunity
to appear in its pages.” Juarez said after the press conference.
Juarez added, "It was hard work to get where I am. I have many
goals to achieve in boxing, and I always prepare 100% for each
fight, looking to retire possibly in two more years”.
Regarding her plans for her next bout: Juarez said she has
received several offers and will consider each of them along
with her promoter, Dr. Fausto Garcia, who is the President of
Boxeo de Gala Promotions, but if it is to fight against Jackie
Nava, it will be for the WBC World Championship Diamond belt.