Nava and Juarez are game for a mega-showdown.
On August 11, a double main event bout took place in Mexico City that will now gear towards a mega showdown.
Former World Champion Jackie Nava (34-4-3, 15 KOs) and WBC bantamweight champion Mariana Juarez (50-9-4, 18 KOs) won their respective matches and now look to answer the call of the fans by facing each other.
The Nava Victory
Nava was coming off an 18 month layoff against Aly Sanchez. As expected there were signs of ring rust. In early rounds, some punches were falling short and she exhibited nervous energy.
However, by the middle rounds, it was clear she found her rhythm landing counter left hooks, overhand rights and body shots.
The 38 year old nicknamed La Princesa Azteca was in full command of the fight. She even hurt Sanchez in the sixth round; ultimately resulting in her not being able to answer the bell to start the eighth.
The Juarez Victory
Juarez, aka “Barby”, succesfully defended the title for the fifth time in dominating fashion against Terumi Nuki.
The Champion took control from the start of the bell, with her footwork keeping the challenger off balance; continuously switching from orthodox to southpaw while displaying the ability to counter in either stance.
The jab and combination punching mixed in with body shots helped Juarez carry the fight. There was one moment in the tenth round that saw her complain about Nuki leading with the head.
This resulted in a cut on the side of the head and the ref deducting a point. Still, even with the cut, Juarez remained poised; working behind the jab to an unanimous decision.
This clears the path for what many feel is a great Match-up between two of the best female fighters in Mexico.
Nava wants the fight and the long layoff definitely rejuvenated her body. She even did a one-handed cartwheel at the end of the match.
Juarez, who has already fought three times this year also is looking forward to the Match-up. She was no stranger to big fights back in 2017; capturing the WBC title by dethroning Catherine Phiri in front of a crowd of 40,000 fans.
Zanfer promotion has done a good job of building up this mega-showdown between these two great Mexican female fighters.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland