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5'1" Alejandra Marina Oliveras is known as 'La Locomotora' (The Locomotive). She was born on March 20, 1978 in El Carmen in Jujuy, Argentina. She moved to Alejandro Roca in the Province of Córdoba at age 2, and since January 2006 has lived in the suburb of General Bustos in the city of Córdoba itself. 

Alejandra grew up as one of seven children in her family. As a child, she used to fight with the boys and beat them at arm wrestling.

According to Rubén Casanova of Box Latino, it was "love for Mike Tyson"  that brought her into boxing. "When Tyson was released from prison, I said to myself 'I'm going to give it a go' " she said. She began boxing in Villa Maria in 2003 while Argentina was in the grip of a deep economic depression, at a time when she could not even afford to buy herself a pair of shorts.

Alejandra is trained by Carlos Tello at Polideportivo Corral de Palos in Córdoba, a gym which boasts half of Argentina's recent stock of world champion boxers.

After reportedly having 38 amateur fights in Córdoba, she made her pro debut on August 26, 2005 at Villa Diego in Santa Fe, Argentina. "La Locomotora" weighed in at 126 lbs and defeated María del Carmen Potenza (126 lbs) by a second-round TKO.

On September 9, 2005 at La Carlota in Córdoba, she won a four-round unanimous decision over Maria del Carmen Montiel of Buenos Aires, who fell to 1-4-0 (1 KO) (three of her losses were to Marcel Acuña, for whom she had been a sparring partner).

On November 11, 2005 at Hipólito Buchardo in Córdoba Alejandra won a four round unanimous decision over Silvia Gervasi of Buenos Aires, who fell to 0-2.

On January 6, 2006 at the Anfiteatro Municipal in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, Alejandra (120¼ lbs) won by a third-round technical decision over María del Carmen Potenza (116¾ lbs) in a rematch of her pro debut fight.

On February 17, 2006 at E.N.E.T. Nº 1 in Laboulaye, Argentina Alejandra (127¾ lbs) fought to a four-round split decision with Bettina Garino (131¼ lbs) of Río Tercero, Córdoba, Argentina, who was making her pro debut.

On March 24, 2006 at La Carlota in Córdoba, Alejandra (123½ lbs) fought to a four-round draw in a rematch with Bettina Garino (124½ lbs).

On April 7, 2006 at Club Pabellón in Alejandro Roca, Córdoba, Alejandra (124½ lbs) won a first-round TKO over an opponent who is something of a mystery. Her name was given in some reports as "Miryam Da Silva" (125¼ lbs) of Brazil, but others have said that she  was actually Brazilian junior middleweight Lurival De Lima, then 2-0 (1 KO) ... who indeed fought at 148 lbs just under a month later.

This 6-0-1 record compiled entirely in Argentina made Oliveras a "dark horse" underdog going into her next fight - a WBC World Junior Featherweight title bout with "Aztec Princess" Jackie Nava in Nava's home town of Tijuana, Mexico. Going into this fight, Nava was 13-1-1 (8 KO's) as a pro boxer, and was also a world champion kickboxer with plenty of big-fight experience.  Nava also seemed quietly confident a week before the fight, telling local media "I know she's unbeaten but she's only fought people in her own country. This is where her luck runs out ... no one is coming to Tijuana, to my country, and taking from me something it cost me so much hard work to obtain."

After a long trip to Mexico from Argentina ... "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit tired but up there in the ring, it'll all be forgotten; I'll be transformed" , Alejandra gave pre-fight interviews in which she intimated that the female boxing scene in Argentina is not lively ... "we have lots of women who practice amateur boxing but very few who do it professionally" ... and that the sport is frowned upon there ... "I don't know what it's like in the rest of the world; that's why I've come to fight in Mexico to show that women's boxing offers quality like men's". 

Oliveras also artfully complimented her more famous opponent …  "I'm very happy to be fighting the best champion … Jackie is a great fighter and a very pretty girl but I've come to capture the title ... I love boxing and being given an opportunity to fight the best boxer in the world is a dream come true for me … Nava's a good-looking woman; but up there in the ring, it'll be our fists and nothing else that determines which of the two of us triumphs."

Continuing a charm offensive for the benefit of Mexican fans, "La Locomotora" added "I'm delighted by the men in Mexico and the food. I'm definitely coming back to fight here ... this is the first time I've visited this city and I'm very happy to be here. I promise you: it will be a great fight. Where would world boxing be without the Mexicans?"

At the weigh-in on May 19, 2006 in the offices of the Comisión de Box, Lucha Libre y Kick Boxing, Oliveras and Nava tipped the scales at identical weights: 53.9 kg. One journalist commented that he had rarely seen so many officials and photographers at a weigh-in – no doubt due to the fact that the world title fight would be the first pay-per-view boxing telecast in Mexico to be headlined by women. Oliveras' impressive physique drew gasps, followed by applause. She seemed confident as the two boxers shook hands and wished each other luck, with no bragging and neither making a prediction, both saying: "ganará la mejor" ("may the best woman win").

On May 20, 2006 Alejandra stunned the partisan crowd of 3500 at Palenque del Hipódromo in Tijuana ... and much of the women's boxing world ... when she decisively knocked Jackie Nava out at 1:47 in the eighth (after previously knocking her down twice in the second) to claim the WBC Junior Featherweight (Super Bantamweight) title.

WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte compiled the following round-by round report from Spanish-language ringside sources:

  1. Nava is visibly disconcerted by the constant pressure to which she is subjected in the first as well as by the weight of punch of her challenger. Contrary to expectations, Oliveras is fast, moves well and hits Nava (who had seen no video of Oliveras) from unexpected angles.
  2. Oliveras had already connected several times to the head before the first knockdown. Nava is felled by a right cross and again by a left that penetrated her guard. One (Tijuana) source said that Nava wasn't hurt by either punch and got up quickly but the rest (and Nava herself) say she was hurt. After the first knockdown Oliveras went for the kill throwing a succession of combinations. Nava just beat the count the second time - she fell into the ropes before she hit the canvas – and it seems she was lucky to make it to the bell.
  3. Nava's face was red from the punches she had taken but she had a stroke of luck: Oliveras broke a knuckle of her right hand and had to finish the fight one-handed.
  4. Oliveras was still in charge – (Serigo Abarca Levetty of Notimex puts it down to 'tremendous physical conditioning') Daniel Antuna sees Nava moving better and thinks Oliveras is beginning to look worried.
  5. Chants of 'Mexico! Mexico!' begin to lift Nava (Christian Espinosa): Nava finally begins to display her characteristic speed just as Oliveras began to slow and be driven backwards.
  6. Jackie begins to score with her left (Oliveras takes a few punches in the face) and goes to work on the liver in characteristic style. Nava has the initiative but she makes a mistake and is hit full in the face at the end of the round.
  7. Nava's best round, from all accounts.
  8. Just when it looks like Nava might be on the way to leveling the action, Oliveras instead levels Nava - with a left to the jaw as the champion is coming forward and about to throw a right. Nava falls face down on the canvas and referee Tony Crebs of the USA realizes at once that she is badly hurt and that there's no point in counting. Crebs signals a KO, moves Nava to a reclining position and calls in the doctors. Nava never loses consciousness but is very dazed and remains on her back for around 3 minutes receiving medical attention as the Argentinians celebrate. Nava gets up and is warmly applauded, tears rolling down her cheeks. She goes over to congratulate Oliveras and they embrace. Oliveras is also sobbing.

Rubén Casanova of Box Latino characterized Oliveras's performance as "rapid, precise, and devastating".

Alejandra's own account of the fight revealed that she had broken a knuckle in her right hand in the third ... "I don't like studying my rival (i.e.'feeling-out' rounds), I prefer to fight from the opening bell. In the third round, I connected with her head and broke (my knuckle) and had to fight the next five rounds with the left only. I knew I was going to win because I wanted it so much and because of all the sacrifices I've had to make. I knew it would be a hard fight because Mexicans are very tough and continue fighting until the last minute – this is certainly the case with Jackie Nava who is 'pura sange' (a thoroughbred). We had the entire crowd against us but I had 'el profesor' (Carlos Tello) and my father (Luis Oliveras) and that was all the support I needed. When I broke my hand, I thought of (Omar) Narváez and 'la Chapa' (Carolina Gutiérrez) because I want(ed) to be a champion like them'".

"They (the crowd in Tijuana) were quite upset by the defeat of Nava but they were big enough to appreciate my performance and accept my victory, because I was better than her.  Jackie is a great boxer; I felt her hands like never before; I felt like it was a man that was hitting me; luckily I took the initiative and won by knockout".  She added in her own account of the knockout that Nava was out cold before she hit the canvas and so badly concussed that she didn't understand why they had given the belt to Oliveras: "She asked me for it. When they explained to her what had happened, she burst into tears".

The fight was retransmitted by Fox Sports en Español to the whole of South America.  Oliveras improved to 7-0-1 (3 KO's) with the win while Nava fell to 13-2-1 (8 KO's).

Post fight, Oliveras said: "All this is an enormous dream for me. I've beaten one of the best boxers in the world. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity, which came very early in my career, but I was able to seize it; and now the belt's on its way to Argentina."

On her triumphant return to Córdoba, Oliveras was delayed at the airport by a crowd of journalists and well-wishers and given an official reception by Intendente Luis Juez. Oliveras said "I want the people of Córdoba to know me. I proud that the crown is now here in Córdoba. I'm going to carry on and remain the champion for many more years." Echoing a famous moment in Argentinian soccer history, Oliveras christened her knockout left fist "The Hand of God".

She is undergoing treatment for the injury to her right hand at the Hospital San Roque (reports say that she broke the metacarpal and the knuckle) and will be out of action for about 3 months.

She sees the hallmark of Argentinian (female) fighters as "We're very tough (battle-hardened)… For us, it isn't a sport but something deeper. What's more we're very strong and we love to win."

Oliveras has two sons: Carlos (12) and Alexis (8), at the time of winning her world title. When she is not boxing she works in a gymnasium teaching aerobics, aerobox, salsa and merengue - "anything with Caribbean rhythms in it; I'm active the whole time; I don't just box; that's why I'm so fit".    When asked whether her impressive physique is the result of her work in the gym, she replies "Exactly. I have a great fondness for the gym."

Working the media in Argentina following her win, Oliveras said that she looking for a man (a 'new conquest') "Let's hope they're listening in Buenos Aires because I need a boyfriend". She also launched an appeal to all women to take up boxing and stop being the weaker sex, so they can defend themselves against their husbands and boyfriends. (Perhaps someone needs to tell her some more about Mike Tyson?)

She also offered to fight Marcela Acuña for free ("for the honor of winning") during a Canal 9 TV link-up between Acuña in Argentina and Oliveras in Tijuana. Acuña, who was there to talk about the  state of Argentinian women´s boxing, congratulated Oliveras and challenged her to a unification fight.  Oliveras now says that she has  bigger fish to fry than Acuña: "When I went to Mexico, I was a complete unknown with everything against me. What could I possibly have to fear now from La Tigresa -- and in my own country? I think that for the moment I have bigger fish to fry. Don't forget that Laila Alia and I hold the most important titles on Earth: the WBC ones. I'm out to fight the best; if La Tigresa is on that route, I have no problem."

On October 13, 2006 at Club Sportivo América, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, Alejandra (121 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-93,98-91,98-91) decision over Anays Gutierrez Carrillo (122 lbs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a defense of her WBC Junior Featherweight title. 

On December 22, 2006 at the Lawn Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandra (119½ lbs)  won by an eight-round split (75-77,77-75,77½-75½) decision over over Claudia Andrea Lopez (122 lbs) of Trelew, Argentina.  Lopez, who may be better known as a kickboxer, fell to 5-2-0 (0 KO's).

On March 3, 2007 at the Orfeo Superdome in Córdoba, central  Argentina, Alejandra (121½ lbs) fought to a 10-round draw with Jackie Nava (121½ lbs) of Mexico in a rematch for the WBC Junior Featherweight title. According to a WBAN correspondent, "Twenty minutes weren't enough to separate challenger Jackie Nava of Mexico and WBC champion Alejandra Oliveras of Argentina and the judges couldn't either, so the local girl keeps the title. As was the case in their previous meeting when she fought for six rounds with a broken hand, Oliveras again displayed fantastic courage against an opponent with superior technique; this time the handicap was a swelling that left her unable for much of the fight to see out of her right eye and especially vulnerable therefore to left hooks."  Nava's record moved to14-2-2 (9 KO's).

On August 4, 2007, at the Club Central Argentino in Cordoba, Argentina, Alejandra (119½ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Adriana Salles (120¼ lbs) of Brazil. Salles fell to 8-2-1 (2 KO's).

On July 11, 2008 at Club Defensores de Villa Lujan in Tucuman, Argentina, after nearly a year of inactivity, Alejandra Oliveras returned to the ring and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Carmen Montiel. According to the MDZ Online, Oliveras was none too impressive - they stated that Montiel dominated various phases of the fight and had Oliveras down in the fourth. At the end, Oliveras asked for the microphone and tried to explain that despite the knockdown she was superior to Montiel but she was unable to make herself heard above the booing and whistling.  The 43-year-old  Montiel fell to 2-12-1 (1 KO) with this loss.

On November 7, 2008 at Polideportivo Corral de Palos in Cordoba, Argentina, Alejandra Oliveras won by a TKO when Michelle Larissa Bonassoli or Curitiba, Brazil retired from the scheduled six-round contest at the start of the fifth round. According to reports translated by WBAN: "By all accounts Oliveras won the first and the fourth rounds, and Bonassoli the second. El Commercial even gave the Brazilian the third round, which would mean the scores were even at the time the Brazilians threw in the towel, but that only illustrates the absurdity of the system. If Bonassoli won the second, it was simply because she was faster and landed more punches, but none that hurt. 'Oliveras was aggressive but disorganized', according to La Voz del Interior, 'and made technical mistakes that, left uncorrected, will expose her to risk. Against Bonassoli, these didn’t matter because the latter’s chief concern was to avoid being overwhelmed. And this, indeed, is what happened in the fourth, when the hugely muscular Oliveras connected with a hook to the liver that (in the view of Boxeo.org) marked the beginning of the end. The Brazilian managed to struggle on – just – but she was in a woeful state, and, unable now to miss, the WBC champion pounded her without mercy, trying out every weapon in her arsenal as she went for the kill. Bravely, barely able now to stand, the Brazilian tottered back to her corner as the bell rang; level, perhaps on the scorecards, but broken beyond repair. The bell rang for the fifth. Bonassoli remained seated, and Oliveras, ‘grief-stricken’ as La Voz termed it, waited alone like a jilted lover in the centre of the dance-floor, imploring the Brazilian with theatrical gestures to come back out, so they could carry on where they’d left off."  Bonasolli fell to 3-3 (3 KO's) with the loss.

On December 4, 2008 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, arch-rival Marcela Acuna (121 lbs) from Buenos Aires won a hard-fought 10-round unanimous (95-94,97-93,98-91) decision over Alejandra (120 lbs) to unify the WBA and WBC junior featherweight titles. Acuña improved to 31-5 (16 KO's) with the win.

On May 16, 2009 at Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi / Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay, Alejandra (125½ lbs) won a close ten-round unanimous (98-97,98-97,98-97) decision over Adriana Salles (125¼ lbs) of Sao Paolo, Brazil for the WBA Fedalatin Featherweight title. Salles fell to 11-5-1 (5 KO's) with the loss.

On November 6, 2009 at Asociación Mutual Club El Tala in San Francisco, Argentina, Alejandra (124½ lbs) defended the WBA Fedalatin Featherweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Natalia del Pilar Burga (122¼ lbs) of San Luis, Argentina, who fell to 5-6 (0 KO's) with the loss.  Oliveras moved her record to 14-1-2 (4 KO's) with the win. 

On January 30, 2010 at Club Social y Deportivo Peñarol in Guaminí, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandra (133½ lbs) won by a first-round TKO over Silvia Lescano of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil who fell to 7-6-0 (5 KO's) with the loss.

Alenjadra Oliveras vs Antonina AyalaOn April 10, 2010 at Ce.De.M. N° 2 in Caseros, Buenos Aires, Alejandra (126¾ lbs) won by a second-round TKO over Antonina Ayala Vazquez of Formosa, Argentina.  Ayala had traded with Oliveras in the opener but Oliveras rocked her with several hard shots to the head before she fell onto the lower ropes after taking a solid left to the jaw.  The referee quickly waved off the contest, to Oliveras's evident displeasure. Ayala fell to 8-2-1 (2 KO's) with the loss.  [Video pt1] [Video pt2]

On June 18, 2010 at Club Almirante Brown in San Isidro de Lules, Tucuman, Argentina, Alejandra won a six-round decision over Maria Quiroga of Rosario, Argentina  who fell to 4-7-2 (0 KO's). 

On September 24, 2010  at Salón Municipal, Villa del Dique, Cordoba, Argentina, Alejandra (126 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Sonia Paladino (125¼ lbs) of Cordoba, who fell to 4-12-1 (0 KO's).

On November 12, 2010 at Club Atletico Union in Santa Fe,  Argentina, Alejandra (127½ lbs) knocked out Silvia Zacarias (127 lbs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-rounder.  Zacarias fell to 5-8-2 (0 KO's) with this loss.

Oliveras-Acosta February 2011
Oliveras vs Monica Acosta in Santa Rosa, 18 Feb 2011
Photo: SpaceBoxing.com

On February 18, 2011 at Club Estudiantes in Santa Rosa, Argentina, Monica Acosta (139 lbs) of Santa Rosa won a hard fought ten-round unanimous (96-94 x 3) decision over Alejandra Oliveras (136¾ lbs) for the WBC and vacant WBA Junior Welterweight titles. In a pre-fight interview Oliveras had said that "It will be a great challenge for me to fight with Monica and I will do it in a category that is not mine. But I like challenges. I'm better than ever physically and emotionally. The best moment of my career."  Oliveras began well in the first two rounds and the home-standing Acosta was never comfortable in the fight. Despite failing to press some opportunities, Acosta closed the distance and worked with combinations in the middle rounds. Oliveras was rocked by a hard cross in the seventh round and her glove touched the canvas in the eighth but the referee did not rule a knockdown. Oliveras continued to be aggressive but even a spirited finish was not enough to give her the edge on the scorecards. Acosta improved to 14-0-2 (4 KO's) as Oliveras slipped to 19-2-2 (7 KO's).

On April 9, 2011 at Estadio Cubierto Municipal in Dean Funes, Cordoba, Argentina, Alejandra Oliveras (127¾ lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-55½,60-55,60-55) decision over Pamela Benavidez (132½ lbs) of Resistencia, Argentina, who fell to 7-6-3 (2 KO's).

On May 13, 2011 at Club Estudiantes in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina, Alejandra (126¼ lbs) TKO'd Alicia Alegre (126¼ lbs) of Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in the final round of a scheduled six-rounder. Alegre fell to 7-6 (7 KO's) with the loss.

On August 12, 2011 at Asociación Deportiva Estudiantes in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Alejandra (134¼ lbs) won the vacant WBA Lightweight title when Liliana Palmera (134¼ lbs)of Monteria, Colombia  retired at the end of the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Palmera fell to 20-9-3 (13 KO's) with the loss.

On November 11, 2011 at Club Atletico Lanus in Lanus, Buenos Aires, Oliveras won a six-round decision over Roxana Laborde of Las Flores, Buenos Aires, who fell to 5-7-2 (1 KO) while 

Jessica Villafranca vs Alejandra OliverasOn January 5, 2012 at Club Saigos in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Alejandra won by a KO at the start of the fifth round over Jessica Villafranca ofNicolas Romero, México for the vacant WBO Featherweight title.  Villafranca tried to box from the outside but could not muster enough power to slow the hard-charging Oliveras.  Oliveras landed increasingly punishing shots at close quarters as the fight progressed, sometimes holding on to Villafranca while doing so.  The damage sapped Villafranca's will to continue and when she did not answer the bell at the start of the fifth round of the scheduled ten-rounder, the referee counted her out as she sat on her corner stool. Villafranca slipped to 13-5-0 (7 KO's). 

On April 13, 2012 at Polideportivo Municipal de Necochea, Argentina, Alejandra Oliveras (132 lbs) stopped Simone Da Silva Duarte (134¼ lbs) of Brazil in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-rounder with no title on the line.  The Brazilian was kneeling on the canvas after taking three consecutive body shots when the referee stopped the fight.  Duarte fell to 10-3 (3 KO's).

On June 9, 2012 at Estadio Pedro Estremador, San Carlos de Bariloche,  Argentina Alejandra Olivieras (126 lbs) won by RTD at the start of the sixth round over Diana Ayala (125 lbs) of San Pelayo, Colombia in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBO Featherweight title. Oliveras improved her record to 26-2-2 (12 KO's) while Ayala fell to 12.-8-3 (7 KO's).

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