Evelin Bermudez should defend family honor by fighting Yesica Bopp in a unification
On July 4, Argentinian IBF junior flyweight champion Evelin “La Princesita” Bermudez (14-0-1, 4ko) successfully defended the title by stopping challenger Tamara “La Rebelde” Demarco (9-4). Now is the time to look for unification with rival WBA champion “La Tuti” Yesica Yolanda Bopp (36-1, 16ko).
Demarco was coming into this fight as an underdog. Her three losses are all at the hands of lesser undefeated fighters. So her dethroning the champion was a longshot.
La Princesita is the younger sister of IBF junior featherweight champion Daniela Bermudez. The younger Bermudez is a good boxer that builds everything off the power jab and throws fast combinations while moving forward. She is defensively sound, which allows her to land hard, counter hooks. The 25-year-old boxer captured championship gold on the first attempt, dethroning then IBF champion Maria Guadalupe Bautista back in December 2018 via split decision.
THE CHAMPIONS DISPLAYED THE POWER
La Princesita was not looking to play any games with the challenger, applying that power jab and landing hard right hands. She landed a crushing right-hand flush on the chin scoring a second-round knockdown, which pretty much was a preview of what to expect the rest of the fight. The champion could do nothing wrong in this fight. In showcasing all her skills, she staggered Demarco several times throughout the night.
Finally, in the ninth round, Bermudez put an end to the punishment after landing a hard hook to the body followed by an overhand right that sent the challenger stumbling once again. Tamara Demarco would take two more debilitating flush right hands on the jaw before the referee jumped in to end the bout.
A UNIFICATION BOUT TO AVENGE FAMILY PRIDE
Despite dominating an overmatched opponent, it is worth mentioning how Evelin Bermudez continues to look impressive with each performance. The question most will ask is, “what is next for the undefeated young champion?” How about a mega-unification bout with another Argentina female champion in Bopp? That matchup would pack any arena in the country with fans.
La Tuti is one of the most decorated champions in the division. In her seventh professional fight, she claimed the vacant WBA Interim title by defeating Ana Fernandez back in 2008. Shortly afterward, the organization elevated her to full champion. She has been a unified champion in the division, holding both the WBA and WBO titles back in 2009. She made a collective twenty five title defenses, with only one title on the line on some occasions.
In 2013, La Tuti tasted the only defeat of her career against Yessica Chavez for the WBC Silver title. She has since been on an impressive seven-year win streak.
In 2012 and 2014, the elder Bermudez came up short challenging for the WBA light flyweight and WBO flyweight titles, both times at the hands of Yesica Bopp. This is what makes this such an intriguing fight, as the younger Bermudez will get a chance to avenge her family’s pride.
This fight has all the ingredients and drama of a super-fight. A young, hungry champion looking to avenge the family honor, and a long-reigning champion that is not ready to give up her crown.
By: Garrisson Bland