The women’s lightweight boxing division has grown considerably over the past few years and there are several fighters that have established themselves as legitimate contenders. One of those potential contenders is undefeated strawweight champ Joanna Lopez. The 30-year-old Venezuelan was originally scheduled to fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title but she is being forced out of her UFC contract with a few months before the finals due to an injury. Since her last fight in October she has been gaining fans and respect and if she can win against Cris Cyborg in her next fight the sky is the limit for her achievements. She is a much loved fighter in Venezuela and throughout the region for her boxing skills and her poise.
Another upcoming lightweight on the roster is Thomas Murphy. The Ohio native is a former college football player who turned pro at eighteen and has fought internationally against fighters like BJ Penn, Diego Sanchez and Shawn Kovacic. In his two matches he has defeated Diego Sanchez and fought Joe Silva. Murphy is now a highly respected lightweight with a world title to prove it and he looks to make a strong run at the NCAA tournament this spring.
Germany’s Karolinny Jeguils could be an exciting talent in the boxing super heavyweight division. The young German has only had one fight in the past two years and has fought on multiple occasions for his homeland German kickboxing association. Jeguils is ranked #5 by the IBA and could be a strong contender to beat out Thomas Murphy for the vacant strap. He has beaten out many talented fighters and has a lengthy stay if he can defeat Kimo Leopoldo.