Sheilds (Top), Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (Bottom Left), and Lisa "Lovely" Porter (Bottom Right)
Clarissa Shields is creating major interest in female boxing and Selina Barrios and Lisa Porter are taking advantage of the popularity of females trading blows. Shields won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and in November 2016 Shields turned pro and won a unanimous decision in her pro debut. Shields then took her boxing gloves to Detroit, Michigan and fought for the vacant NABF FEMALE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP winning by TKO against a more seasoned professional in Szilvia Szabados.
Selina Barrios and Lisa Porter are fighting early for the vacant female NABF LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP over 10 hard rounds in Alexandria at the Rapides Parish Coliseum to become the talking point of lightweight boxing in North America. They like, Shields, are moving forward and quickly towards major competition early. Both Barrios and Porter have some of the most outstanding amateur backgrounds in female boxing. The magic is they are facing each other right away and not attempting to fight lower level competition to build their records. This brings interest and a huge amount of excitement to professional female boxing.
Gender equality in boxing has come into focus with fighters like Shields, Barrios, and Porter. No longer are female boxers having to own gold medals to become noticed by the networks and cable giants. Shields has opened the door and the door is ready to be kicked open. More promoters are signing professional female boxers to their talent sheet than ever before. We will soon see tournaments of female professional boxing. Fans across the country and the world are waking up and wanting to see these females compete.
Many fans will be able to see just that in person on December 29th in Alexandria, Louisiana at the newly constructed RAPIDES PARISH COLISEUM with a show promoted by KEEPPUNCHING ENTERTAINMENT’S President and CEO, Kerry Daigle.
Although the undercard of the phenomenal show will produce fireworks with incredible talent competing and hard punchers showing the audience how ‘knockouts’ are done, the interest is in watching these two incredible female talents compete in a huge clash of styles. No longer will you see padded records of female boxers but instead good tough competition with the best fighting the best, regardless of the win/loss record.
Selina Barrios and Lisa Porter are changing the game and following in Clarissa Shields footsteps in America. The interesting part is the lightweight division has an Olympic Gold Medalist who is now the WBA world lightweight champion in Katie Taylor from Ireland. The winner will have the opportunity to challenge Taylor or the WBC champion from Belgium, Delfine Persoon (39-1).