Divisional rankings: Claressa Shields, Seneisa Estrada top two divisions each in ESPN women’s rankings

The final two months of 2021 offer a range of big fights for women: Claressa Shields returns to the ring. Katie Taylor fights again. Mikaela Mayer and Maiva Hamadouche fight on Friday night ( 8 p.m. on ESPN+ ) to start to unify the junior lightweight division and a week later, Dina Thorslund and Zulina Munoz fight for the WBO bantamweight title.

More and more, good women’s fights are coming to the sport, so ESPN decided to debut its first women’s boxing divisional rankings. We’ll rank five boxers in each division — the reason we won’t do 10 is because of the lack of true depth in many of the divisions of boxing at this point.

The rankings will be updated weekly by Michael Rothstein. They’ll be based on recent bouts, head-to-head competition and quality of opponent. As with almost everything until fighters square off against one another, there is a layer of subjectivity to it.

If a fighter has not fought in two years and does not have a fight scheduled, they will be removed from the rankings until they fight again.

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here .

175+ pounds – Super middleweight – Middleweight – Junior middleweight – Welterweight – Junior welterweight – Lightweight – Junior lightweight – Featherweight – Junior featherweight – Bantamweight – Junior bantamweight – Flyweight – Junior flyweight – Strawweight – Atomweight 175+ POUNDS

Hanna Gabriels, of Costa Rica, is the WBC heavyweight champion. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images 1. Hanna Gabriels

Record: 21-2-1, 12 KOs
Last: W (TKO2) Martha Patricia Lara Gaytan, April 17
Next: TBA 2. Danielle Perkins

Record: 3-0, 1 KO
Last: W (UD8) Monika Harrison, March 5
Next: TBA 3. Angelica Lopez Flores

Record: 13-0, 7 KOs
Last: W (TKO4) Bertha Murillo, Dec. 5
Next: TBA 4. Sequita Hemingway Record: 1-0, 0 KOs Last: W (MD4) Alrie Meleisea, July 10 Next: TBA 5. Seini Draughn Record: 4-0-1, 3 KOs Last: W (MD4) Monika Harrison, May 22 Next: TBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 168 pounds) 1. Franchon Crews Dezurn Record: 7-1, 2 KOs Last: W (UD8) Ashleigh Curry, Jan. 2 Next: TBA 2. Christina Hammer Record: 26-1, 12 KOs Last: W (KO7) Sanna Turunen, Dec. 20 Next: TBA 3. Elin Cederroos Record: 8-0, 4 KOs Last: W (UD10) Alicia Napoleon Espinosa, Jan. 10, 2020 Next: TBA 4. Ema Kozin Record: 21-0-1, 11 KOs Last: W (TKO2) Radana Knezevic, May 22 Next: Dec. 11 vs. Claressa Shields 5. Shadasia Green Record: 8-0, 7 KOs Last: W (TKO1) Angie Barcas, May 1 Next: TBA MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 160 pounds) play 3:47 Olympian Claressa Shields made in Flint E:60 profiles Claressa Shields’ beginnings in Flint, Michigan before she won Olympic gold in women’s boxing in 2012. 1. Claressa Shields Record: 11-0, 2 KOs Last: W (UD10) Marie Eve Dicaire, March 5 Next: Dec. 11 vs. Ema Kozin 2. Savannah Marshall Record: 11-0, 9 KOs Last: W (TKO2) Lolita Muzeya, […]

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