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Anabel Ortiz with WBC title belt


5'0" junior flyweight Anabel "Avispa" Ortiz lives in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, where she was born on July 5, 1986.  She played soccer and practiced karate for five years, but she has been dedicated to pugilism from the age of 11, when she says "I saw a gym in Naucalpan; I liked boxing very much and I got to train.  It was love at first sight."  She is reputed to have had 120 amateur fights in seven and a half years, losing only three, so her home is full of trophies.  Her brother Victor was also a boxer.

Anabel made her pro debut on January 12 2007 at te Plaza de la Unidad del PRI in Toluca, México. She weighed in at 104¾ lbs and defeated fellow debuter Cristina Aguilar (106 lbs) by a four-round unanimous decision. Aguilar has not fought since.

On February 10, 2007 at Arena-Casino Los Fresnos in Tepic, Mexico, she defeated debut fighter  La Traviesa Avalos from Guadalajara by a fourth round KO in a scheduled six-rounder. Avalos has not fought since. 

On March 30, 2007 at Arena-Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Mexico Anabel Ortiz won the Mexican Junior Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Delia "Japonesa" Lopez.  Lopez began the fight aggressively looking for the KO, but Ortiz used her jab and uppercut well. In the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds Lopez attempted to work Ortiz into the ropes but Ortiz used her boxing skills to maintain a good distance and to punish Lopez.  In the seventh Lopez began to look more desperate as Ortiz continued to score with her jab and uppercut. In the ninth, referee  Juan Rodriguez Orozco deducted a point from Lopez for repeated rabbit punching. The tenth round was a formality for the new national champion. Lopez fell to 8-1-2 (4 KO's) with the loss.

Anabel OrtizWomen who are dedicated to women's boxing in Mexico "still have many difficulties," says Ortiz, who adds that "we give more spectacle, (but) we are not paid a quarter of what men earn. I knew I was going to win, because Delia is an experienced boxer and  had competed for a world title but she does not have much technique and I am devoted to be more intelligent," recalls Anabel.  Ortiz's win over Lopez earned her a purse of 12,000 pesos, while male champions earn at least three or four times that.

"Money is important, but I am in this more than anything because I like to fight,"
says Ortiz. 

On June 22, 2007 in Tepic, Mexico, Anabel Ortiz won a ten-round unanimous ( 99-91,98-93,97-93) decision over Mayela Perez of Saltillo, Mexico who fell to 7-6-1 with the loss.  Perez had to receive two stitches in her right eyebrow, which bled profusely, after a fight that brought a standing ovation from the crowd at its end.

On November 21, 2008 at Salon Marbet Plus in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Ibeth Zamora Silva of San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México won a ten-round unanimous decision over Ortiz for the Mexican Junior Flyweight championship. Zamora Silva improved her record to 5-1 (0 KO's) with this win.

On August 23, 2009 at Salon 21 in Mexico City, Anabel won a four-round unanimous decision over Anahi Torres of Tlalnepantla, México who fell to 3-5-1 (0 KO's) with the loss.

Moreno vs Ortiz 2009On October 31, 2009 at Gimnasio Del Imcufide, Toluca, México, Anabel Ortiz (104¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (96-94 x 3) decision over Carina Moreno (104¾ lbs) of Watsonville, California  for the WBC Strawweight title.  Moreno suffered her second pro loss and her first loss in almost five years. "I couldn't get my punches off," said Moreno. "I felt a bit lethargic after the first few rounds. I take nothing away from Ortiz, she's a great fighter. I've been promised an immediate rematch from promoter Ignacio Huizar. I'm hoping we can fight again sometime in December."  Carina's trainer Rick Noble added that "It's very tough to fight in this elevation. I take full responsibility for this loss as I know I over-trained Carina. Ortiz was ready to go and we take nothing away from her. We're looking for a rematch, preferably in the U.S."

On January 30, 2010 at Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico, Anabel Ortiz won a six-round unanimous decision over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon who fell to 4-4-0 (3 KO's).

Kikuchi vs Ortiz Sept 2010
Nanako Kikuchi vs Anabel Ortiz in Sept 2010

On September 13, 2010 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Anabel Ortiz (105 lbs)  won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,99-91) decision over Nanako Kikuchi (5′0½″, 105 lbs) of Tokyo for the WBC Strawweight title. From the first round, Kikuchi was caught repeatedly by the razor sharp jabs and left hooks of Ortiz, who displayed excellent footwork and counter-punching abilities.  In the middle rounds, Ortiz controlled Kikuchi with repeated left hooks and hard rights. The open scoring system after the seventh round showed Ortiz’s wide lead on points: 69-64 on all of the scorecards so Kikuchi had to KO Ortiz in order to win. The Japanese challenger made ​​a brave effort in the later rounds but she was unable to find the range to connect effectively while she continued to be hit hard by Ortiz. Kikuchi fell to 12-4-1 (5 KO's) with the loss while Ortiz improved to 7-1 (1 KO). After the fight Nanako Kikuchi was silent about whether she would retire from competition or continue in her boxing career.  

Ortiz vs Fujioka
Anabel Ortiz vs Naoko Fujioka in May 2011
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On May 8, 2011 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Anabel Ortiz (105 lbs) lost the WBC Strawweight title by TKO at the end of the eighth round to unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (5'2", 105 lbs) of Osaki, Japan.  In the first three rounds, the two fought a tight offensive and defensive battle, with Fujioka willing to exchange blows toe to toe with the defending champion from Mexico. Naoko began to step up the pace of her attack in the fourth, and she dropped Anabel Ortiz to the canvas with a right-left combination in the fifth. After that, the tone of the match visibly changed for Fujioka.  According to the open scoring system, the judges had it 68-64 cards for Fujioka after seven rounds.  The fight was effectively ended near the end of the eighth round when Anabel Ortiz fell to the canvas for the second time after taking a right hook from Fujioka while in a corner.  Ortiz bravely rose from the canvas but retired after the round was over because of an ankle problem caused by her trips to the canvas in the fifth and the eighth rounds. Fujioka, whose boxing gear was emblazoned with the words "Now or Never" progressed to 6-0 (4 KO's) as a pro boxer. Ortiz fell to 7-2 (1 KO). 

After the fight, Anabel Ortiz said: "My physical condition was good. Naoko Fujioka is a good boxer, but I say that I was involved in a bitter fight Naoko Fujioka who made ​​dirty tactics such as elbows in the ring."

On February 25, 2012 at Salón Marbet Plus in Nezahualcóyotl, México,  Anabel Ortiz won a ten-round unanimous decision over Ivonne Rosas of Mexico for the vacant WBC Silver Straw-weight title.   Rosas fell to 2-3 (1 KO) with the loss.

On April 21, 2012 at Unidad Deportiva Centenario in Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, Anabel Ortiz (104¾ lbs) TKO'd Susana Cruz Perez (104¾ lbs) of Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder foir the WBC Silver Strawweight title. Perez fell to 10-4 (5 KO's) with the loss.

On May 24, 2012 at Estadio F.A.B. in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yesica Bopp (107¼ lbs) of Buenos Aires remained undefeated at 20-0-0- (9 KO's) when she won a 10-round unanimous (97-92,100-90,99-90) decision over Anabel Ortiz (107¼ lbs) defending the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. Bopp improved her record to 20-0 (9 KO's) while Ortiz dropped to 10-3-0 (2 KO's).  

Ortiz is married to former boxer Mario Andrade, and they have two daughters, Danae and Evelyn. She says that being a championship level boxer involves sacrifices to maintain herself at a good level in every contest: "I stop going to parties , dances, among other things, to concentrate on training."

Her ambition is to win world titles in three different weight classes.

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