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2022 Boxing: Sport of Queens

Women Trump Men With Historic Rise in the Ring

The year 2022 has been monumental for boxing – women’s boxing to be specific. We saw not one, not two, but three massive fights that have more than put women’s boxing on the map. From the Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano Fight of the Year to Claressa Shields’s re-establishment, the year belongs to the women. Continue to find boxing odds on their bouts as we outline why this growth is just beginning.

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Claressa Shields of the United States celebrates her boxing win
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Why Women’s Boxing is Better Right Now

Best Fighting the Best

Boxing fans are not too hard to please: They want to see the best fight the best. Cut the politics aside, they want to see Errol Spence Jr. fight with Terence Crawford. But that fight, once again, has fallen by the wayside. Meanwhile, the two best women’s boxers not only competed in Madison Square Garden but also put together the best bout this year.

To think, this was only just the beginning as several other “best versus best” fights came out. Claressa Shields settled the score with her longtime rival, Savannah Marshall, to be crowned the undisputed middleweight champion.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Up a weight class, Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos fought to unify the belts, while Jessica McCaskill and Chantelle Cameron, the undisputed welterweight and light welterweight boxers, fought each other.

This trend is set to continue into 2023 as the WBA has already ordered a unification bout between Alycia Baumgardner and Hyun-Mi Choi. Cameron and Taylor could also finally lock horns. Find all of their online gambling lines set sometime next year.

The Rivalries are Real

Speaking of Baumgardner, she won four of the five super featherweight titles by edging Mikaela Mayer. It was the thrilling conclusion to months of build-up as the two continually threw insults at each other. But unlike many fabricated “rivalries,” the bad blood between Baumgardner and Mayer was real. Even Shields showed some actual animosity towards Marshall.

Even without the smack talk, rivalries can build in women’s boxing. Natasha Jonas and Terri Harper, the light middleweight champions, have yet to settle their unfinished fight. The pair fought to a draw in 2020 in a bout that was for Harper’s super featherweight belts.

And speaking of unfinished business, Crews-Dezurn may rematch Alejandra Jimenez at some point. The latter had her win over Crews-Dezurn overturned due to a failed drug test. This is flying under the radar as Jimenez works her way back to relevance. But it’s worth keeping an eye on.

The Time is Now

One reason why we are seeing the best fight the best in women’s boxing is because of time. Most of the top female boxers are over the age of 30. Some, like Taylor and McCaskill, are over 35. These boxers (and their promoters) know they may not have much time left and are going all in.

We are also in a time where the likes of Taylor, Shields, and Serrano may go down as the three greatest women’s boxers to ever grace the ring. This would be like living in a time when Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Manny Pacquiao were all active at the same time.

As women’s boxing becomes more visible, we can expect bigger fights in the near future. The groundwork has already been laid. And with the best fighting each other, bettors won’t need to stake an arm and a leg when betting online as the lines should be closer. For everything else, we can see Seniesa Estrada smash as she works her way to bigger fights.


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