5'0" junior flyweight Yesica "Tuti" Bopp was born on April 11, 1984 in Wilde, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began boxing at age 16 in the Pascual Perez Gym in her neighborhood of Villa Dominico.
From 2005 to 2007, Yesica had a successful international career as an amateur boxer in the 48-kg (106-lb) division.
At the Pan-American Women's Championship in Buenos Aires in March 2005 she defeated Edilene Da Hora of Brazil 14-5 in the 48-kg semifinal and Marie Eve Fortier of Canada 19-9 in the final.
She won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Podolk, Russia in September 2005. She lost to Ri Jong Hyang of North Korea in the semifinal by 27-18 after defeating Kanaka Durga of India 27-10 in her quarterfinal.
At the Pan-American Women's Championships in Buenos Aires in June 2006, Yesica defeated Ediline da Hora of Brazil 19-4 in the 48-kg semifinal and Valerie Bedard of Canada 12-1 in the final.
She won a silver medal at the World Championships in New Delhi, India in November 2006, losing to Ri Jong Hyang of North Korea in the final by 14-10 . She had previously defeated Alice Kate of the Philippines 16-9 in the semifinal, Chowdhury Kalpana of India RSC-2 in the quarterfinal, and Camilia Negrea of Romania 12-4 in the preliminary round.
At the Pan-American Women's Championships in Duran, Ecuador in October, 2007, Yesica defeated Amanda Serrano of Ecuador RSC-2 in the 48-kg semifinal and Marlen Esparza of the USA 19-4 in the final.
Yesica Bopp turned pro in 2008. At the time, she confidently told Andres Vasquez: "None of the current professional Argentineans is above me. I am better than the Tigress Acuña and Oliveras. I have an amateur career that supports me, something they never had. I am the first member of the women's team that won medals who is turning pro."
Yesica made her pro debut on January 5, 2008 at the Polideportivo Municipal, Villa Gesell, in Buenos Aires, weighing in at 104¾ lbs and delivering a third-round TKO to Soledad Macedo (106½ lbs) of Salto, Uruguay after knocking Macedo down in the opening round. Macedo suffered her first pro loss falling to 1-1-1 (0 KO's).
On January 26, 2008 at Estadio Socios Fundadores in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina, Yesica Bopp (105 lbs) TKO'd Verena Crespo (106½ lbs) of General Roca, Argentina at 1:44 in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder. Crespo fell to 2-2-1 (1 KO) with this loss.
On March 8, 2008 at Gimnasio Pedro Estremador in San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina, Yesica Bopp won a six-round unanimous decision over debut fighter Adriana Herrera of Paysandu, Uruguay.
On April 19, 2008 at Ce.De.M.
N° 1 in Caseros, Buenos Aires, Yesica
On July 3, 2008 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (111¼ lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Adriana Herrera (114¾ lbs) of Paysandu, Uruguay in a rematch of their bout from March 2008. Herrera fell to 1-2 (0 KO's) with the loss.
On September 26, 2008 at Ce.De.M. N° 2 in Caseros, Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (107½ lbs) TKO'd Francia Bravo (107½ lbs) of Cerete, Colombia at 0:38 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight-rounder for the vacant WBC International Junior Flyweight title. Bravo fell to 9-3-2 (6 KO's) with the loss.
On December 4, 2008 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (107¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-88,100-91) decision over Ana Fernández (108 lbs) of Pelare, Venezuela for the interim WBA Junior Flyweight title. Fernández was knocked down in the third round but she showed great resilience in going the full distance with Bopp. Fernández fell to 8-3 (5 KO's) with this loss.
On March 7, 2009 at Gimnasio Municipal Nº 1 in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, Yesica Bopp (108 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision over Jessica "Kika" Chavez (108 lbs) of Mexico City, Mexico defending the interim WBA Junior Flyweight title. Chavez fell to 6-2-2 (1 KO) with the loss.
On June 20, 2009 at Club Deportivo Libertad in Sunchales, Santa Fe, Argentina, Yesica Bopp (107 lbs) won her first full world title when she TKO'd Paulina Cardona (107¾ lbs) of Barranquilla, Colombia at 1:12 in the second round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBA Junior Flyweight title. Cardona was unable to use her reach advantage to slow down the faster and stronger Bopp. Cardona fell to 14-6-3 (6 KO's).
On August 8, 2009 at Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay, Yesica Bopp (106 lbs) defended the WBA Junior Flyweight title with a well-fought ten-round unanimous (99-92,97-93,99-91) decision over the durable and aggressive Ibeth Zamora Silva (107 lbs) of San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México.. Bopp needed all of her trademark speed and ring movement to avoid being corralled by the hard-charging but less technically sound Zamora Silva. Bopp also showed her skill at fighting (and clinching) at close quarters on the occasions when the slower-moving but persistently aggressive Mexican fighter did mange to run her down. Zamora Silva fell to 5-2 (0 KO's) with the loss.
On November 6, 2009 at Estadio Delmi in Salta, Argentina Yesica Bopp won a ten-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision over Ana Fabiola Arrazola of Tlalnepantla, México, defending the WBA Junior Flyweight title and adding the vacant WBO Junior Flyweight title to her trophy case. Arrazola fell to 15-3-3 (13 KO's).
On March 13, 2010 at the Gimnasio José María Gatica in Villa Dominico, Wilde, Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (106½ lbs) thrilled her home fans when she spectacularly knocked out Diana Gonzalez (108 lbs) of Toluca, México at 0:20 of the second round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Bopp was defending the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. (Photo at right was taken by "Indigo" - Juan Francisco Burastero - more of his photos of this fight are posted here.)
On August 14, 2010 at Club Deportivo Libertad in Sunchales, Santa Fe, Argentina, Yesica Bopp (106¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Ana Fabiola Arrazola of Tlalnepantla, México, defending the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. Arrazola who lacked the speed or technique to match evenly with Bopp, was knocked down in the sixth round but she frustrated Bopp's effort to finish the fight inside the distance. Arrazola fell to 17-5-3 (15 KO's) in this rematch.
On January 29, 2011 at Polideportivo Municipal in Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (106 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-91,99-91,98-92) decision over Carina Moreno (106¾ lbs) of Watsonville, California, USA for the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. The bout, which featured excellent skills and in-and-out movement by both boxers, was more closely fought than was indicated by the scoring. Bopp was adept at blocking and countering Moreno's attacks and also in picking when and where to throw her own punches in bunches. Bopp's well-timed overhand rights also raised a swelling under Moreno's left eye after the fifth round. “Yesica Bopp is a great champion and she won the fight,” Moreno said in a post-fight press release. “It’s very difficult to travel thousands of miles away from home and get the victory. When I get back, I’ll look at the fight and see where I can improve.” Moreno fell to 21-3 (6 KO's).
Yesica was named WBAN's "Fighter of the Month" in February 2011 for her win over Carina Moreno.
On April 2, 2011 at Estadio Socios Fundadores in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina, Yesica (109½ lbs) TKO'd Romina Alcantara (106½ lbs) of Cordoba, Argentina at 0:14 in the eighth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Bopp wore the aggressive and game Alcantara down throughout the fight with her faster and more precise punching. Alcantara was dropped by a right to the head at 1:24 in the seventh round and took a hard left to the head as the round ended. The fight was stopped by the referee when Bopp drove Alcantara into a corner early in the eighth. Alcantara fell to 3-3-1 (0 KO's) as Bopp improved to a perfect 15-0 (6 KO's). [Video]
On June 11, 2011 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yesica Bopp won by TKO over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico at 1:48 in the ninth round of a 10-rounder for the WBO and WBA Junior Flyweight titles. After some early feeling-out Bopp began to close the distance in the first round to land bursts of punches. Bopp was then relentless in keeping pressure on the Mexican fighter whose best defense was to tie her up in clinches. Bopp's superior technique and movement were too much for a game but clearly outfought Castrejon for most of the match, scoring well with her straight right. While Castrejon had little hope of turning the action around, she showed tenacity and heart against a much superior boxer as shefell to 9-7 (8 KO's). [Video]
On September 24, 2011 at Polideportivo Posta del Retamo in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina, Yesica (107 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (96-94,97-94,100-90) decision over 22-year-old Daniela Bermudez (107¾ lbs) of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina defending the WBA Junior Flyweight title. Bermudez, who usually fights at bantamweight or junior featherweight, had a significant size advantage and looked more than 3/4 lb heavier than Bopp. Bopp's balance, movement and speed kept her out of any serious danger in the fight. Bermudez showed willingness to come forward and mix it up with her more experienced opponent and appeared to have Bopp worried at times, but she did not vary her attack much or wear Bopp down. When the fight got to close quarters, Bopp displayed hand speed and infighting skills that often led to warnings to Bermudez for holding. Bermudez fell to 5-2-2 (1 KO) with a loss that was less one-sided than the lone 100-90 score suggested, while Bopp advanced to 17-0 (7 KO's).
On October 29, 2011 at Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Yesica (107½ lbs) TKO'd Suszannah Warner (105½ lbs) of New York City, USA at 1:21 of the first round defending the WBO Junior Flyweight title. The referee waved the bout off after Warner's second trip to the canvas. Warner fell to 9-11-1 (2 KO's).
On December 9, 2011 at Salón de los Bomberos Voluntarios in General Villegas, Buenos Aires, Yesica Bopp (106¾ lbs) won by a second round KO over Olga Julio (5'4", 107¾ lbs) defending the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. Bopp used her quickness and a sneaky lead right to control the action against the southpaw Julio despite Julio's height and reach advantage. The Colombian was dropped to her knees by a quick flurry from Bopp in the second round and showed no interest in continuing at the end of an eight count. Julio fell to 10-12-1 (6 KO's).
On May 24, 2012 at Estadio F.A.B. in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yesica Bopp107¼ lbs) 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) of Tepic, Mexico defending the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. Ortiz, a former WBC World Strawweight champion, dropped to 10-3-0 (2 KO's). [Video]
4, 2012 at Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico, Yesica Bopp (107½
On September 27, 2012 at Hotel San Juan in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, Yesica Bopp (106 lbs) TKO'd Marisol Miranda (5'2", 108 lbs) of Hollywood, Florida at 1:22 in the seventh round of a ten-rounder defending the WBO Junior Flyweight title. The referee stopped the bout because of a cut over Miranda's left eye. Bopp negated Miranda's height and reach advantages by moving quickly in and out and being the aggressor for most of the fight, scoring with countless overhand rights to the head of Miranda. Miranda, with former world champion Bonnie Canino in her corner, was game, but could not match Bopp's speed or boxing skills and appeared to be overwhelmed at times. Miranda fell to 5-5-0 (1 KO). Bopp had brought the TyC Sports camera crew with her to the arena and the network aired the fight live.
On January 26, 2013 at Polideportivo
Municipal in Buenos Aires, Yesica
Bopp (107 lbs) won by a technical decision over Marisa Johanna Portillo
(108 lbs) of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina in a ten-rounder for
the WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles. The fight was stopped
when Portillo was badly cut by an accidental head butt in the
ninth round. Bopp improved to 23-0-0 (10 KO's) while
Portillo fell to 13-7-2 (2 KO's).
On June 1, 2013 at Estadio Morelos in Ecatepec, México Yesica (108 lbs) was unable to take the WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title from Jessica "Kika" Chavez (108 lbs) of Mexico City, Mexico who won a 10-round unanimous (97-93,96-95,97-93) decision in a well-fought battle. Neither boxer was knocked down or apparently hurt in ten closely matched rounds, but Chavez landed the harder punches and seemed unfazed by Bopp's speed and ring movement while Bopp was uncharacteristically off-balance at times and had trouble with Chavez's style at close range. Chavez's was able to drive Bopp into the ropes on several occasions, forcing Bopp to defend more than usual. Chavez improved her record to 18-3-2 (4 KO's) with the win while Bopp suffered her first pro loss and dropped to 24-1-0 (11 KO's).
On July 19 2013 at the Racing Club in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yesica (107½ lbs) defended her WBA and WBO Junior Flyweight titles with a convincing ten-round unanimous (100-90x3) decision over Anastasia Toktaulova (107½ lbs) of Russia, a veteran of many world title fights who lives in Florida. Both boxers showed good hand speed, form and ring movement in the early going but Bopp became the aggressor and scored well with hard combinations. Toktaulova withstood a fast paced finish by Bopp who was seeking to impress her home fans following the first loss of her pro career. Toktaulova fell to 14-12 (2 KO's) with the loss.
On December 6 2013 at Club Los Padres
Capuchinos in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina, Yesica (107¾ lbs)
barely got warmed up while winning by a TKO at 0:47 of the second round
over an overmatched Ana Fernandez (107¾
lbs) of Caracas Venezuela. Bopp, who was defending her WBA and
WBO Junior Flyweight titles, mostly used her left to probe Ferndandez's
defense in the opener. When Bopp began to follow her jabs with her
right in the second round, Fernandez was overwhelmed, driven into a
corner and dropped to the canvas. Fernandez showed no sign of wanting
to continue so the referee stopped the bout. Bopp improved to
26-1 (12 KO's) with this win while Fernandez fell to 14-7 (10
KO's). Most of Fernandez's wins were against relatively
inexperienced opponents while her ventures into title fights all
Yesica Bopp is one of the best technicians in women's boxing today. In most fights she controls the action with her quick in-and-out and lateral movement, showing excellent footwork and balance and the ability to deliver fast, straight combinations from the perfect distance. Many of her fights are boxing clinics after which the superbly conditioned Bopp looks ready to go more rounds. Her ability to come back after being hit hard is rarely tested because few of her opponents bring the skills to cut off the ring on her and force her to trade for more than a brief flurry.
"I like to prove I can fight the best. These fights make me grow," says Bopp, who has the goal of meeting the undefeated Armenian-German WIBF champion Susianna Kentikian for the WBA and WBO Flyweight title.
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