(APR 27) Earlier today,
WBAN received a press release by Golden Boy Promotions in
regards to Marlen Esparza fighting her second pro bout after a
very successful amateur boxing career, earning a Bronze medal in
the 2012 Olympics. She will be fighting Samantha Salazar
in a four-round bout. She is set to fight on the undercard
of the Canelo vs. Chavez card on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena.
All is good with this upcoming bout, for the exception of the
release stating the following: Golden Boy Promotions Press
Release, dated April 27, 2017.
"Making history as the
first female in boxing to fight three-minute rounds as a
professional, former US 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Marlen
Esparza (1-0) of Houston, TX will face Samantha Salazar (2-3-1)
of Dallas, TX for a four round flyweight bout in a Texan turf
war battle. "
It is not too difficult to research a few facts on the Internet
now-a- days, when making such a prominent claim of a boxer
making "history" in the sport, completely ignoring female boxers
who actually paved the way to fighting three minute
rounds. Great example is Layla McCarter, and a host of others.
But surprisingly this is a claim
made today in a press release....as a "History First" in the
When Esparza was making her pro debut just recently, Golden Boy
Promotions had in their release that she was the FIRST female
boxer signed with Golden Boy Promotions---but in fact it was
actually Rhonda Luna, who signed with Golden Boy to fight
so many fights, with WBAN verifying this with Luna and promoter