In only her 10th professional bout Verena Kaiser 9(5)-0-0 is challenging Diana Garcia 14(5)-24(8)-0 for the vacant woman’s IBF world welterweight title. Not only will the winner walk away with the IBF world title but also the vacant Global Boxing Union female world welterweight title.
This fight is a prime example of how under populated ladies boxing is. I know the sport is growing at a rapid pace and more young ladies are getting into the sport and in a few years the sport will be massively popular, but all this growth has to start somewhere and I believe it has started. But there are some pockets where women’s boxing is under represented. This weight division is one of those pockets, after 9 professional fights Kaiser is challenging for a world title. Make no mistake this is a fantastic achievement and reward for all the hard work and dedication she has put in.
But on the flip side to this Garcia has lost her last three fights in a row, with only winning four of her last five fights, so how does she get a title shot for this? As a reward for getting beat we will give you a title shot? It goes in the face of all the hard work and training Kaiser has put in. Why would anyone want to train hard when you can get beat and handed a title shot.
My prediction is a Kaiser victory. I’m not putting Garcia down, I’m sure she trains hard and puts her heart into all her fights but, I just don’t think she is worthy of a title shot, and this whole situation is partly the reason why women’s boxing is not getting the recognition that it should.