Where Does Evelin Bermudez Fit in the Loaded Women’s Junior Flyweight Division?
In a little-known fact to many, Argentina is a hotbed for women’s boxing. Currently, five women from the country hold world titles. One of them is Evelin “La Princesita” Bermudez (15-0-1, 5 KO’s).
La Princesita held the IBF women’s junior flyweight title since December of 2018. Only 25, the resident of Santa Fe, Argentina is an aggressive boxer. The distribution of punches is impressive, never focusing solely on head-hunting. There is an arrogance to her game, as well. Bermudez will fight with her hands down by her side and occasionally throw a bolo punch when feeling super confident.
On January 7, she successfully defended the IBF title for the fourth time with a third-round TKO win over Yaditza “La Tigrilla” Pérez (14-14-1, 6 KO’s) at the Complejo Multifuncion in Perez, Argentina. The defending champ figured to win with ease. That was indeed the case as she landed with left hooks and right hands to the head early and often. Unable to combat the onslaught, Pérez looked overwhelmed, incapable of countering the withering assault. Helpless and unable to answer back, her corner threw in the towel in the third.
WHAT’S POTENTIALLY DOWN THE LINE?
The junior flyweight division is pretty stacked. You have the WBO champ, Seniesa Estrada, who made big waves in 2021 and has visions of unifying the division. One would think that her promoter, Golden Boy, would have an interest in staging a unification bout at some point. If styles and personalities mean anything, a match between the two could be fairly entertaining.
Another option is WBA champ, Yesica Bopp. A Bermudez-Bopp showdown would be a battle of countrywomen. Because of the sport’s popularity domestically, it has the potential to be a big event. You would have a changing of the guard scenario between Bermudez and the 37-year-old Bopp.
La Princesita is on the verge of entering her prime. So, it’s fair to ponder where she goes from here. Bermudez, at the very least, deserved to be mentioned in a discussion about who is the best female at 108. Here’s hoping for movement towards unifying the division.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.