5. Cecilia Braekhus
Cecilia Braekhus turned professional with a world championship silver and title ambitions with Sauerland Boxing. Just two years later, she defeated Vinni Skovgaard to capture the WBA and WBC Belts. She unified with WBO #1 Victoria Cisneros the following year and went on to make a further 11 defences before fighting IBF Champion Ivana Habazin in 2014 to become the undisputed champion.
Braekhus has dominated world boxing for over a decade and made 25 consecutive title defences. She also took part in the first-ever HBO-Televised female fight and participated in the only fight to headline an HBO Card in its 1,100 bout, 45-year history. Braekhus is a huge pioneer for female boxing and was arguably Pound For Pound #1 until August of this year.
In August, Braekhus tasted defeat for the first time at the hands of American Jessica McCaskill. This does not, however, tarnish her overall legacy and will still be one of the greatest female fighters ever if not the greatest despite the outcome of the rematch.
4. Jessica McCaskill
Jessica McCaskill provided a huge shock to the boxing world when she dethroned Undisputed Welterweight Champion and Pound For Pound contender Cecilia Braekhus in August 2020. McCaskill was a huge underdog going in but has shown her pedigree before when she provided a tough outing to Katie Taylor.
McCaskill was also the unified super-lightweight champion before this and handed two defeats to two-weight champion and P4P contender Erica Anabella Farias who has only ever lost to Delfine Persoon and Cecilia Braekhus.
McCaskill now hopes for a repeat in her 2021 rematch with P4P #5 Cecilia Braekhus on the Estrada vs Chocolatito Undercard. Another win over Braekhus would cement her position in world boxing and set up a rematch with Irish sensation Katie Taylor at a catchweight.
3. Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields the self-declared GWOAT (Greatest Women of All-time) has certainly earned that tag. In just 10 fights since turning professional, she has held multiple titles at 3-weights including the Undisputed Middleweight championship, unified light-middleweight and super-middleweight titles.
Shields has also been heavily influential in raising the profile of female boxing, consistently boxing in televised slots and is now a regular headliner having headlined her last 2 cards. Shields has yet to face much opposition even though she has conquered 3 different weight classes but many believe amateur foe Savannah Marshall could beat her again in the professional ranks.
There isn’t much Shields can do to get the top two rankings with the exception of wins over Marshall and 17-0 Marie-Eve Dicaire who she fights March 5 on PPV. This is why Shields has signed a deal with an MMA company called PFA to overcome another sport.
2. Amanda Serrano
Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano (38-1) is levels above the competition in female boxing in terms of conquering weight classes. She is a 7-weight champion which is several higher than anyone else. Serrano a massive puncher has carried her power through the divisions and beaten every worthy contender in her way.
Serrano only has one major fight left that can establish herself as Pound For Pound #1 and that is the #1 Katie Taylor. Taylor Serrano is a mega contest and a rare sighting of the P4P #1 vs P4P #2. It was scheduled for May 2 but the pandemic has stopped it from happening. Both teams are still hopeful for the contest in 2021 but only if the right deal can be reached.
If a deal can’t be reached, Serrano would instead target a featherweight unification fight with the unified WBA and WBC champion Jelena Mrdjenovich and IBF champ Sarah Mahfoud.
1. Katie Taylor – Pound For Pound Queen
After her triumph over Delfine Persoon at fight camp, who many thought got the better of Taylor at Madison Square Garden (World In Sport’s Darshan Desai had Persoon winning the first fight 96-94 and the second fight 96-95), the Irish star has secured her position as the Queen of female boxing; Pound for Pound, for the time being.
Taylor has smashed through the opposition at 135 and also became a two-weight champion in November 2019 when she outpointed Greece’s Christina Linardatou. She now eyes the mega fights which could involve a headline clash against Serrano at MSG, a crossover with Cris Cyborg, Braekhus McCaskill winner and whoever becomes number one at Super-Featherweight.
Taylor has a plethora of challenges left in boxing and is determined to conquer every one of them in her remaining few years in the sport. Taylor an incredible amateur was revolutionary in boxing and was the first female fighter who received public interest in her fighting. She has boxed at MSG, on PPV, against pound for pound fighters and headlined the prestigious Manchester Arena.
Katie Taylor is a strong advocate to make Women’s boxing equal to men’s and is closing in on her first seven-figure payday. She wants to make more history before she retires which could include the first female fight to headline at Madison Square Garden (Serrano), the first-ever Female PPV fight in the UK (Cyborg) and becoming a 3-weight champion as well as undisputed at 2 weights (Braekhus McCaskill winner).
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