Mexican flyweight Ibeth "La Roca" Zamora Silva was born in San Cristóbal Huichochitlá, Toluca, Mexico on February 6, 1989. She decided to become a boxer at age 15 and the sport soon became a way of life for her. She told boxing writer Joe Serrat: "The only thing I thought about was to wake up and learn new things inside the boxing world. When I started, my biggest dream was to be a professional boxer and of course to be a world champion ".
She had only two losses in her 36 amateur bouts and was the 2005 and 2006 university champion, 2006 state champion and state Golden Gloves champion in 2006. "Despite hard training, the emotion and nerves of the first amateur fight you never forget, but most of all and most important is that there is the motivation of the dream."
She made her professional debut on 10 February 2007 at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, winning a four-round decision over future NABF flyweight champion Belem Posadas of Mexico City. "For me it was a litmus test and we passed that hurdle", says Zamora.
On May 5, 2007 in Metepec, México, she won a four-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ana Fabiola Arrazola of Tlalnepantla, México, who fell to 6-1-2 (4 KO's). Zamora says this was one of her best fights "since nobody bet on me".
On August 2, 2007 at Vive Cuervo Salon in Mexico City, she won a six-round split decision over Esmeralda (Gutiérrez) Moreno who fell to 7-2 (2 KO's).
On February 23, 2008 in San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México, Esmeralda Moreno won a ten-round rematch with Ibeth Zamora Silva for the interim Mexican Flyweight title by a majority (97-93,97-93,96-96) decision. Moreno, who was coming off a close loss to Alesia Graf of Germany for the GBU Junior Bantamweight title in the previous November, improved her record to 9-3 (3 KO's). Zamora says she was "not as mentally prepared" for the fight as Moreno.
On April 26, 2008 at Frontón El Gato in San Mateo Atenco, México, she won a four-round decision over previously undefeated Momoko Kanda of Osaka, Japan who fell to 3-1-2. (0 KO's).
On June 7, 2008 in Toluca, México, Ibeth (108 lbs) won a six-round decision over previously unbeaten Jessica "Kika" Chavez (5'2", 105 lbs) of México City, who fell to 5-1-2 (1 KO).
On November 21, 2008 at Salon Marbet Plus in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, she won a ten-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Anabel Ortiz of Tepic, México for the Mexican Junior Flyweight championship. Zamora Silva improved her record to 5-1 (0 KO's) with this win. Ortiz fell to 4-1 (1 KO).
On August 8, 2009 at Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay, Yesica Bopp (106 lbs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina defended the WBA Junior Flyweight title with a well-fought ten-round unanimous (99-92,97-93,99-91) decision over Ibeth (107 lbs, at left in the photo). Bopp needed all of her trademark speed and ring movement to avoid being corralled by the hard-charging Zamora. Bopp also showed her skill at fighting (and clinching) at close quarters when the slower but persistently aggressive Mexican was able to run her down. Bopp improved her record to 10-0 (4 KO's) with the win. Zamora says this was her hardest fight, but remarked that "as a boxer she is good but I never felt her punches".
On September 5, 2009, at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, Ibeth Zamora (105 lbs) won a nine-round unanimous (88-82,86-84,87-83) decision over Ana Fernandez (5'3", 105 lbs) of Pelara, Venezuela for the interim WBA Minimumweight title. Fernandez survived a first-round knockdown to last until the final bell, falling to 10-5 (7 KO's) with the loss. Zamora said that "I thought the fight would end in the first round, but she rose to give me a big battle. With the title I became the youngest world champion in all Latin America at 20 years old."
On October 31, 2009 at the Gimnasio Del Imcufide in Toluca, México. Ibeth (105 lbs, at left in photo) TKO'd Marisol Molina (105 lbs) of Tuxtla, México at 1:50 in the third round of a scheduled ten-rounder defending the interim WBA Minimumweight title.
On June 24, 2010 at Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Distrito Federal, México, Ibeth (105 lbs) TKO'd Patricia Hernandez (105 lbs) of Chiapas, México at 1:12 in the second round of a scheduled ten-round fight for the vacant WBC Youth Minimumweight title and the interim WBA Minimumweight title. Hernandez, whose qualifications to be in a double title fight were unclear to WBAN, fell to 2-1 (0 KO's)..
On July 17, 2010 at Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, México, Ibeth (104¾ lbs) won a ten-round majority (97-93,96-94,95-95) decision over newcomer Linda Sanchez (104¾ lbs) of Veracruz, México defending the WBC Youth Minimumweight title. Sanchez fell to 0-2 with the loss.
On October 16, 2010 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, México, Ibeth (105 lbs) TKO'd Mayela Perez (104½ lbs) of Saltillo, México, at 1:41 in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Youth Minimumweight title. Perez fell to 9-13-3 (7 KO's). Zamora says of this fight: "I came prepared for 10 rounds. I never thought I would win so early, because she was a very experienced fighter, with over 20 professional fights and several title fights .... when I started as an amateur she was a professional boxer. That is one reason why my preparation was more intense."
On January 8, 2011 at the Arena Coliseo in México City, Ibeth Zamora Silva (104¾ lbs) TKO'd Nancy Franco (103½ lbs) of Jalisco, México at 0:57 in the sixth round of a ten-rounder defending the WBC Youth Minimumweight title.
On April 11, 2011 at Yomiuri Bunka Hall of the provincial city of Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan, undefeated Etsuko Tada (104¼ lbs) of Kyoto, Japan won a ten-round unanimous (95-94,98-92,98-93) decision over Ibeth Zamora Silva (104¾ lbs) for the WBA Minimumweight title. Tada improved to 8-0-2 (2 KO's) with the win while Zamora Silva fell to 11-3 (4 KO's).
On June 11, 2011 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva (108 lbs) won the vacant WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title with a TKO at 0:48 in the third round over Susana Cruz Perez (106 lbs) of Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico. Perez fell to 5-2 (2 KO's) with the loss.
On August 13, 2011, at the Deportivo Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, México, Ibeth Zamora Silva (108 lbs) fought unrated 28-year-old Yacksury Gordon (108 lbs) of Panama City, Panama in a defense of the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Silva won the scheduled ten-rounder by a third round TKO. The WBC rule that allows an title-ineligible 28-year-old as an opponent for a "Youth" (i.e. under-23) title defense was the subject of many emails to WBAN following this fight. Gordon fell to 3-4-2 (0 KO's).
On October 22,
2011 at Deportivo
Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Ibeth
Zamora Silva won a scheduled 10 rounder over Tania Cosme of Puebla,
Mexico for the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Cosme did not
answer the bell for the sixth round and fell to 3-3-1 (0 KO's)
On March 3, 2012 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Ibeth (108 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Guadalupe Bautista (108 lbs) of Mexico City defending the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Bautista fell to 3-5-1 (1 KO).
On April 21, 2012 at Estadio José Lerma Pérez in Ocoyoacac, México, Ibeth (108 lbs) lost the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title by a ten-round split decision to unbeaten Jessica Nery Plata (108 lbs) of Mexico City who improved to 5-0-0 (1 KO) with the win.
On June 2, 2012 at Coliseo Olimpico de la
UG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, hom town favorite Irma Sanchez (108
lbs) of Guadalajara won a ten-round split (96-94,97-93,92-98) decision
over Ibeth (111 lbs) in a non-title bout. Sanchez improved to
23-5-1 (7 KO's) with the win.
On January 12, 2013 at Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City, Ibeth shut out Fredee Gonzalez by an eight-round unanimous (80-72x3) decision in a non-title bout. Gonzalez, who was norn in Mexico but now lives in Los Angeles, California, fell to 6-11-1 (2 KO's) with the lop-sided loss.
On March 3, 2013 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, local favorite Naoko Shibata (106¾ lbs) of Tokyo defeated Ibeth Zamora Silva (106¾ lbs) by a hard-fought ten-round split (96-94,96-94,94-96) decision for the vacant WBA Junior Flyweight title. Shibata progressed to 9-3-0 (3 KO's) with the win while Ibeth Zamora Silva's record slipped to 17-5-0 (7 KO's).
On June 29 2013 at Unidad
Deportiva López Mateos in Apatzingan, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, Ibeth
Zamora SIlva TKO'd Maricela Quintero of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico when
Quintero retired at the end of the seventh round of a
scheduled ten for the WBC Junior Flyweight title. Quintero fell to
11-4-1 (0 KO's) with the loss. The judges' scores at the time of
the retirement were 70-65,70-65 and 70-66 in favor of Zamora SIlva.
On October 26 2013 at Agustín Ramos Millan Gym in Toluca, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva won a ten-round unanimous (97-94,97-93,98-92) decision over Ava Knight of Chico, California defending the WBC Junior Flyweight title. Knight fell to 12-2-3 (5 KO's) with the loss. (Photos)
On April 5, 2014 at Gran Estadio in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, Ibeth Zamora Silva (112¼ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Judith "Peligrosa" Rodriguez (112¼ lbs) of Mexico City who fell to 6-7 (4 KO's). Zamora Silva improved her record to 20-5 (8 KO's) with this win.
Ibeth says she admires many fighters for their commitment and dedication but holds her greatest admiration for Laura Serrano for all that Serrano did in the ring and for her constant struggle to make women's boxing a reality in México. Among male fighters, her idols include Manny Pacquaio, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ponce De Leon, Edin Valero, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Julio Cesar Chavez.
Asked if she has a message for young women who are following in her footsteps as boxers, Zamora replies "Nothing is impossible and when you have a dream, never wake up!"
Her nickname of "La Roca" - "The Rock" - came from her uncle Cruz Zamora when she was in the final of the Golden Gloves, because her boxing style is based on her strength and she likes to trade punches with her opponents.
Zamora has completed the high school education that she interrupted to become a boxer at UAEM Cuauhtemoc, and she hopes to obtain a degree in gastronomy. She also helps her parents, who are seed merchants and grocery suppliers, with their business.
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