On September 9th in the Club Defensores De Villa Lujan, San Miguel, Argentina Cecilia Sofia Mena 10(5)-1-1 takes on Anahi Esther Sanchez 16(8)-2(1)-0 for the vacant WBA World Female Lightweight title. This fight had been originally scheduled to take place on August 4th but was rescheduled at short notice due to Mena presenting a medical report stating that she has a urinary infection and could not fight.
Since Mena’s first pro fight ended in defeat she has went on a run where she has remained undefeated since 2011, with 2013 seeing her fight an astonishing 7 times picking up the vacant Argentina (FAB) Female Featherweight Title during this time, with her title fight this weekend she has not had a pro fight since 2014. So this fight could be very tricky for her and it could take a few rounds to shake off any ring rust. Personally I believe she should have fought at least once before this fight after such a long layoff to get her back up to the level she should be at.
In contrast to Mena’s inactivity, Sanchez has been fighting nonstop since 2013, winning her first 13 fights picking up the interim WBA World Female Featherweight Title and the vacant IBF World Female Super Featherweight Title during this time before she lost by unanimous decision to Eva Wahlstrom going for the WBC World Female Super Featherweight Title. Sanchez lost by TKO earlier this year going for the IBF World Female Super Featherweight Title. But a comeback fight seen her win in style and put her in the frame for another world title fight.
Sanchez will be looking to use Mena’s recent inactivity to her advantage by winning the early rounds and forcing Mena into mistakes who might be a bit too eager initially. But Mena has the psychological advantage over Sanchez, who suffered that TKO which could play on her mind and fears of a repeat of that could linger giving Mena an edge. I believe these two Argentinian ladies will give everything they had in a bid to be world champion.
I’m sure that although they are concentrating on this fight, they will have heard the rumours that the winner will face Ireland’s own Katie Taylor, this will play on the back of their minds as a decent pay day could be on the horizon. Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn said recently “We’re going to box on October 28th, then I want her to defend the world title in America, and I’d like her to come back on Paddy’s Day weekend to fight in Ireland.” Since these comments Taylor has been widely tipped to be on the under card for the Anthony Joshua’s IBF and WBA heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev which has been confirmed for Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28.
Since Taylor became the number one contender for the WBA World Female Lightweight title, Hearn has been very confident in his words looking not only at Taylor’s next fight but the following two fights after that, the fear is if he looks too far beyond Taylor’s next fight his complacency might rub off onto Taylor and she may not give her next opponent the respect she deserves.