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Mayerlin Rivas

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 loss.

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 again.

On April 17, 2009 at Centro 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).

Tsagouris vs RivasOn November 14, 2009 at the Convention Centre 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.

Zulina Muñoz tested hard by Mayerlin Rivas in July 2010

On July 9, 2010 at the Gran Forúm in Mexico City, Zulina Muñoz (117 lbs) of Mexico City controversially retained the WBC Youth Bantamweight title with a majority (93-93-93-93,92-93) draw against Mayerlin Rivas (116¾ lbs).  Rivas sent Muñoz to 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 rounds of the clinch-filled fight while Munoz piled on the pressure and squared the scorecards with help from a point that was deducted from Rivas in the ninth round.  Both 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 quarters. The 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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