Seniesa Estrada Makes Top Rank Debut Against Jazmin Villarino November 12
Top Rank boxing has announced that Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (22-0, 9 KOs) will make the second defense of the WBA women’s minimumweight title against Argentina’s Jazmin Gala Villarino (6-1-2, 1 KO) on November 12 at Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The bout will air live on ESPN Plus.
For Estrada, this is her highly-anticipated debut bout with Top Rank. It’s also her first fight of 2022. The 30-year-old from Los Angeles, California, enjoyed an outstanding 2021. In March of that year, she scored a decision win over previous long-reigning champion Anabel Ortiz to capture the WBA title.
July 2021 saw Estrada go up three pounds and defeat Tenkei Tsunami to win the WBO junior flyweight strap. November of that year saw “Super Bad” move back to 105, defending the WBA belt with a spectacular fourth-round knockout over Maria Micheo Santizo. Those efforts earned Estrada 3King Boxing’s 2021 Female Fighter of The Year.
Estrada has been away from the ring due to promotional strife with her previous promoter, Golden Boy. But in July 2022, Top Rank signed her to a multi-fight deal.
WANTING TO MAKE A STATEMENT
In a released statement from Top Rank to the boxing media, the 30-year-old said the following about her upcoming fight:
“This is an exciting time for women’s boxing, and I am thrilled to be making my Top Rank on ESPN debut in Las Vegas against a worthy challenger in Villarino. I am entering the prime of my career and looking forward to unifying the championships in three weight classes. The newest chapter in my career begins November 12, and I can’t wait to get in the ring.”
The challenger comes into this contest as a bit of a road warrior. Villarino’s last two bouts have been away from her native Argentina. She earned this opportunity with wins over former world minimumweight title challenger in November 2021 and against Judith Vivanco in March 2022. Fighting at 108 and 112 the majority of her career, the 32-year-old has the size advantage over the champ.
Most pundits rank “Super Bad” as one of the elite women’s fighters in the sport. She’s looking to put on a show and is on a mission to become a mainstream attraction. Villarino has eyes on scoring what most observers would consider a massive upset.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.