5'5" bantamweight Mayerlin
"La Monita" Rivas was born on December 5, 1987 in
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela. She was a highly competitive athlete and
was twice national champion in wushu. She is managed and trained by
Orangel "Memin" Ramos.
She made her pro debut on
October 8, 2007 at Teatro Roxi in Maracaibo, with a third-round TKO of
Anys Cedillo (118 lbs) of Caracas, Venezuela, who fell to 0-4.
On June 20, 2008 at Centro
Recreacional Las Vegas in Barranquilla, Colombia, Mayerlin (122 lbs)
TKO'd pro debuter Diana Garcia (123 lbs) of Colombia at 0:38 in the
second round of a scheduled four-rounder.
On August 23, 2008 at Centro
Bético Croes in Santa Cruz, Aruba, Mayerlin (121 lbs) won a six-round
unanimous decision over Anys Cedillo (120 lbs) who fell to 1-5 with the
On February 12, 2009 at
Coliseo Gaira in Santa Marta, Colombia, Mayerlin (122 lbs) knocked out
pro debuter Alejandra Ariza (121½ lbs) of Santa Marta at 2:29 in the
first round of a scheduled six-rounder. Ariza has not fought
On April 17, 2009
Recreacional Las Vegas in Barranquilla, Colombia, Mayerlin (119 lbs)
TKO'd Stefany Cassiani (120¼ lbs) of Barranquilla at 2:25 in the second
round of a scheduled six-rounder. Cassiani fell to 1-3 (0 KO's).
On November 14, 2009 at the
in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Sandy
Tsagouris (124 lbs) of Brampton, Ontario won a six-round
unanimous (60-55, 60-54 and 60-53) decision over Mayerlin
Rivas (125¾ lbs) of in
a six-round contest.
According to WBAN correspondent Rick McLean, "In
the opening round, Tsagouris pressured Rivas and landed crisp head and
body shots mixing up her combinations well. However, Tsagouris was
warned for hitting behind the head and Rivas protested loudly to the
referee. The same action continued through rounds two and three as
Tsagouris utilized her jab, cut off the ring well and started to break
down Rivas' defence. To her credit Rivas was a hard puncher with a lot
of heart and determination who kept trying to unload bombs. In the
fourth round Tsagouris was cut over the corner of her left eye however
it did not impair her vision. In round 5, Rivas came out strong and
nailed Tsagouris with two hard rights to the head however she seemed to
punch herself out and was only able to fight in spurts for the rest of
the round. Throughout round six Rivas looked exhausted as she
continually backed up and tried to hold on. Tsagouris was able to pound
away at Rivas but was unable to drop her. A game Rivas showed a lot of
heart and won over the Hamilton crowd and is a definite contender. She
deserves a lot of credit for her determination." Tsagouris
improved to 10-1 (4 KO's) while Rivas fell to 5-1 (4 KO's).
On April 30, 2010 at Coliseo
Gaira in Santa Marta, Colombia, Mayerlin Rivas (122 lbs) TKO'd
Alejandra Ramirez (123 lbs) at 1:01 in the fourth round of a scheduled
six-rounder. Ramirez fell to 0-7 with this loss.
Muñoz tested hard by Mayerlin Rivas in July 2010
9, 2010 at the Gran Forúm
in Mexico City, Zulina Muñoz
(117 lbs) of Mexico City controversially retained the
title with a
majority (93-93-93-93,92-93) draw
against Mayerlin Rivas (116¾ lbs). Rivas sent
the canvas in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The knockdown in the
fifth came more from a push than a punch, but in the sixth
Muñoz was dropped by
a clean one-two combination. However, Rivas faded in the last three
of the clinch-filled fight while Munoz piled on the
pressure and squared the scorecards with help from a point
was deducted from Rivas in the ninth round.
boxers had kept the referee busy throughout a fight that at times
resembled a stand-up wrestling match more than sweet science as Munoz
repeatedly charged into Rivas with her head down to get to close
close result sparked controversy and Rivas' manager Orangel "Memin"
Ramos asked WBC for an immediate rematch between the two boxers. The
WBC reviewed video of the fight and has reportedly
ordered a rematch. Munoz
moved to 23-1-2 (17 KO's).
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On January 19, 2011 at Coliseo
Kid Dumlop in Santa Marta, Colombia, Mayerlin (118 lbs) KO'd Francia
Perez (117 lbs) of Colombia at 0:31 in the sixth round of a scheduled
eight-rounder. Perez fell to 0-4.
Rivas is scheduled to fight
Marisa Portillo (10-4-2 (2 KO's) of Argentina for the vacant WBA
Bantamweight title on May 14, 2011 in Turmero, Venezuela. She is training and sparring with Olga Julio, Ana Fernandez, Anys Cedillo and Ana Maria Lozano to prepare for this bout.
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last updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011