Female Fighter of the Year Seniesa Estrada Has a Breakout 2021
The past year has been a time of elevation for Seniesa Estrada (22-0, 9 KOs). She went from someone well-regarded by those in the know to one of the best women pound for pound fighters in the world. It’s because of her talent and performances in the ring, the fighter appropriately named “Super Bad” has been named 3KingsBoxing’s 2021 Female Fighter of the Year.
SHOWING OUT IN 2021
2021 was an outstanding year for the 29-year-old from East Los Angles, California, who fought three times and was impressive on each occasion. In March, she challenged WBA women’s minimumweight champ Anabel Ortiz. Fighting someone who held the title for nearly eight years, Estrada took control early. She knocked Ortiz down in round two then went on to dominate throughout; winning by a comfortable margin to capture her first major title.
Next, Estrada moved up in weight to face WBO junior flyweight champ Tenkai Tsunami. An even fight at the halfway mark, Estrada upped her level and took control. Facing the first stiff test of her career, she showed the ability to adjust as she defeated Tsunami to become a two-time, two-division world champ in consecutive bouts.
Her final fight of the year was a virtuoso performance. Making the first defense of the WBA women’s 105-pound belt against challenger Maria Santizo, she put on a dazzling display. The champ had the AT&T Center on their feet as she ended matters with a spectacular fourth-round knockout that had Santizo out cold!
WHAT MAKES “SUPER BAD”
What makes Estrada a force in the ring is a combination of things. She fights in a unique style different from any other female boxer. In simplest terms, she hits hard and is hard to hit. Her ability to switch-hit is effortless as well.
“Super Bad” can box when she needs to but is astute at fighting inside and breaking opponents down with body shots. She does this while staying defensively responsible. However, Estrada believes her mental strength separates her from any woman in the sport. There is a burning desire to be, not good but, great!
WHAT COULD BE IN STORE
Despite the achievements in 2021, “Super Bad” has even greater aspirations in 2022. Estrada has visions of becoming an undisputed champion at 105 and 108.
You could also see a rematch with the current WBC flyweight champion, Marlen Esparza. They fought in November 2019 in a bout to see which female fighter would be the face of Golden Boy Promotions. Estrada dominated as usual but won a ninth-round technical decision due to a massive cut on Esparza’s forehead. Now heated rivals, Esparza desperately wants a rematch.
With Golden Boy backing her, Estrada is on the precipice of becoming a star in this sport. At this rate, “Super Bad” has the look of being the future of women’s boxing.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.