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Mariana Juarez
© Copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

5'4" Mariana Anastasia Juárez was born on January 29, 1980 in Santa Ursula, México. She grew up in Coyoacan, a "colonia" in México City, with two sisters and two brothers.

She made her professional boxing debut at age 18 with a second-round KO over Virginia Esparza on May 22 1998 in México City. (She has said she was paid all of $53 for fighting this bout!)

On December 21, 1998 in San Mateo Atenco,  México, she was less fortunate, losing by a third-round TKO to debut fighter María Durán.

On July 3, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, she faced Ana María Torres on a card that featured the first sanctioned women's professional bouts to be held in México City. Torres won a four-round split (39-37, 39-38, 37-39) decision over Mariana in a 49-kg (jr. flyweight) bout, starting a rivalry that would become one of the better ones in Mexican female boxing.  Ana María Torres would often appear in Erik Morales' boxing shows and considers Morales her mentor and advisor, while Mariana Juárez is similarly mentored by Marco Antonio Barrera.  Laura Serrano, México's best known female boxer and women's boxing advocate, was on hand to celebrate the breakthrough event.

On July 31, 1999 in San Mateo Atenco, Mariana avenged her loss to María Durán, winning a four-round decision to even her own record at 2-2.

On August 21, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, Mariana (116 lbs) scored a TKO over Gloria Ríos (113 lbs) of México City at 0:21 in the third round. Rios fell to 1-1.

On September 15, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, Mariana (120 lbs) fought to a four-round draw with Ivonne Muñoz (119 lbs), who was making her pro debut. My correspondent told me "Mariana lost the fight but it was a draw!"

On October 30, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, México, Mariana TKO'd Maribel Zamora in the third round of a scheduled four-rounder. Zamora fell to 0-2.

On December 11, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, she fought Ana María Torres to a four-round draw in a rematch of their fight on July 3. Torres moved her record to 2-0-1.

On January 29, 2000 in Salina Cruz, México, Mariana won a four-round decision over Gloria Rios of México City, dropping her to 1-2.

On October 21, 2000 at Salon 21 de Polanco in México City, México, Mariana (113 lbs) won a four-round decision over Ivonne Muñoz (116 lbs).

Tired of fighting the same opponents in México on infrequent low-budget shows Juárez took the advice of her mentor Marco Antonio Barrera to establish herself in the USA. An American TV crew that saw her training with Rudy Perez in the gym in México City suggested she go to Miami to try out as a fashion model, but Mariana preferred to seek fame with her fists. "I thought that among female boxers, with my abilities and dedication, I will be one of the best, God willing, and among models I would have been just one in a bunch", she says.

She finally came to the USA to further her boxing training with Ben Lira in South El Monte, California. Lira has trained several female fighters including 1998, 1999 and 2002 US national amateur 106-lb champion Linda Carrillo. Lira compares Mariana to Oscar De La Hoya: "People love her because she can really fight and she has that special thing. I can’t explain it. But she has it."

She made her US debut on May 11, 2001 at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California, moving her record to 5-1-1 (3 KO's) with a third-round TKO of Sue Chase of Sandusky, Ohio. Chase, who was one of the most persistent female fighters ever in a losing cause, fell to a remarkable 1-24-1. Juárez used a mix of uppercuts and body shots to make Chase bend over in pain to get the stoppage.  Chase was retired by the California commission after this loss.

On June 21, 2001 at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California, Mariana won by a TKO at 0:17 in the fourth round over Jessica Treat of Los Angeles, who fell to 4-3 (1 KO). Treat, a one-time protégé of Oscar de la Hoya, had problems with the aggressive style of Juárez in the first round but then appeared to be getting the fight more under control in the second and third. Juárez then erupted in the fourth with a barrage of head shots that sent Treat reeling to her corner with her head covered and her back to Juárez, bringing the TKO.

On April 10, 2002 Mariana returned to Polanco, México and won by a first-round TKO over Miriam Serrano. Serrano fell to 0-3, all by early TKO. 

vs. Ana María Torres for the Mexican Bantamweight belt

On June 26, 2002 at Salon 21 in Polanco, México, 2,000 fans saw a ten-round showdown between Mariana and Ana María Torres of México City, México for the vacant Mexican Bantamweight title. In a hard-fought bout Torres stayed unbeaten and advanced to 6-0-1 (3 KO) with a close ten-round unanimous decision over Mariana.

Mariana has Elena Reid on the ropes in Phoenix
© Copyrighted photo taken by Dale Hausner

On June 28, 2003 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, Mariana (113½ lbs)  fought local favorite Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (116 lbs) to a majority draw on a card televised by Fox Sports Net.  After a feeling out round in which Juárez was warned for holding Reid behind the head while hitting, Juárez began to take the action to Reid harder in the second, although Reid got busier as the round went on. Juárez kept coming forward with Reid using more lateral movement in the third, Reid looping her punches while Juárez more often came straight through the middle. Juárez roughed Reid up against the ropes in the fourth and appeared to have her in trouble but she didn't press her advantage hard enough in the fifth. Reid picked up her pace and was more aggressive in the sixth but Juárez met her blow for blow (and did just enough to win the fight in my view). The judges' decision (57-57,57-57, and 58-56 Juárez) drew some boos from the crowd, who had lustily cheered both fighters, both of whom took hard shots throughout the fight and were dazed by the other's blows at times.

Both boxers felt they had won this fight. "I felt I beat her," said Reid. "I’d love to fight her again."  For Juárez, the televised fight was a stepping-stone to greater recognition in the USA. "Everywhere she goes people say they saw that fight," said Lira, "She gained a lot of exposure from that fight."

In July 2003 Juárez was named WBAN's "Fighter of the Month".

"We must have upset her in her hometown, because she's been dreaming of a rematch to this day, and she's talked about a rematch," Juárez said to WBAN.  "Well, we beat her, but they gave us a draw because we were in her turf, but now we've adjusted, and Ben and I work together much better. Now we think with one head, both in my corner and when I'm fighting, so if we go to her hometown they couldn't do that again, we would make sure there's no doubt."

On September 18, 2003 at Santa Ana Stadium, Santa Ana, California, USA, Mariana (116 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-37,39-37) decision over unranked Lorri Aguilera (114 lbs) of Lake Arrowhead, California. Juárez is now 10-3-3 (6 KO) while Aguilera falls to 0-1-1 (0 KO). Aguilera was the recipient of accurate combinations from the stylish Juárez throughout the bout.

On October 7, 2003 at Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, a crowd estimated at 1500 saw Mariana win a five-round unanimous (48-45,48-45,49-45) decision over unranked Yvonne Chavez of Albuquerque, New México. Juárez controlled most of the action with accurate punches and combinations including multiple straight rights that snapped Chavez's head back. Chavez had plenty of heart and tried to take the fight to Juárez, only to be met with crisp counters by the patient and skillful Mexican. Using stiff left jabs the México City native pummeled the New México boxer, but she never gave up. Both boxers went to the canvas during the bout, Juárez when she was caught off-balance in the second round and Chavez in the third round from a four-punch combination that ended with a clean hard right. The crowd appreciated the action- packed fight so much that promoter Dan Goossen gave both boxers a $250 bonus. "I didn't do what I wanted but I was prepared for any kind of fight," said Juárez, adding that she would like the rematch she had been promised with Elena Reid.  Former kickboxing champion Chavez dropped to 1-2-0 (1 KO) as a pro boxer [Fight Report by Ralph Gonzalez].

On April 20, 2004 at Dodge Arena in Hildago, Texas on a Golden Boy Promotions card shown on Telefutura, Mariana (113½ lbs) TKO'd Yvonne Chavez (113½ lbs) in a rematch of their October 2003 bout. After a head-butt in the first round closed her eye, Chavez was unable to see most of Juárez's punches and the fight was stopped by her corner at 1:05 in the fourth round.

Juárez then tried to line up a fight with Mexican Junior Flyweight champion Delia Lopez, reportedly signing a contract with the Mexican promoters only to have Lopez decline the matchup. A second match with Korean bantamweight Kwang Ok Kim also fell through. "They must have taken a look at her record,” Juárez's trainer Ben Lira told David Avila of MaxBoxing.com. A breakthrough finally came when the IFBA named Mariana the #1 contender for its vacant Junior Bantamweight title  ... and sanctioned a title bout in Korea with former IFBA Flyweight champion In-young Lee, who was making her return to the ring after an eleven-month absence.

On November 14, 2004 in Yongin, South Korea, Mariana won a ten-round split decision over local favorite In-young Lee to capture the IFBA Junior Bantamweight title. Juárez dominated the early rounds with her jabs, and switched to landing left hooks in the later rounds when Lee became more aggressive in an attempt to rescue the decision.  Judge Suk Kwon Kim scored the fight 96-95 for Lee, while Judge Dong Ok Lee scored it 96-95 and Judge Nam Chul Park 97-95 for Juárez. "We’d heard that Lee is a tough girl and likes to use her strength,” said trainer Lira, adding that “Mariana likes to fight girls like that, it's her style.”  Lee fell to 8-1 (3 KOs) with the loss while Juárez improved her record to 13-3-3 (7 KO).

Mariana was named WBAN's Boxer of the Month for December 2004.

On February 25, 2005 at Las Trancas Banquet Hall in Maywood, California, Mariana easily dispatched Carla (Shakurah) Witherspoon of Philadelphia by a TKO at 1:41 in the second round. Witherspoon who is well-known for fighting defensively opened the bout showing some quick jabs and ring movement, but Juárez quickly forced her into a toe-to-toe battle which she then dominated by walking past Witherspoon's punches to score with stiff combinations to her head and body. "Our plan all along was to force the issue," said Mariana's trainer Ben Lira, "Carla has too much experience to allow her to do what she wants." Juárez improved her record to 14-3-3 (8 KO) while Witherspoon fell to 11-39-1 (4 KOs).

"I was careful with her because I didn't want to get a head butt when she was holding," said Juárez, who is scheduled to defend her IFBA Junior Bantamweight belt in China in March, 2005. "I know I have to defend my title so I didn't want to get injured." She added that "I was so happy to fight in front of my fans, it was a nice feeling."

On March 12, 2005 at the Marconi Museum of Exotic Cars in Tustin, California, Mariana stepped in at the last moment to fight an exhibition bout with NABC Ladies' Super Featherweight champion Kristy Follmar of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kristy had been expecting to fight Lisa Lewis in this charity event, but Lewis weighed in seven pounds over and Juárez agreed to be a last-minute substitute. Juárez had been sparring eight rounds earlier in the day at Maywood Boxing Club and was asked to be an alternate in case Lewis pulled out. According to WBAN correspondent David Avila at ringside, "In the first round Juárez and Follmar traded jabs and matched wits with expertise rarely seen. Punch for punch, block for block, the two title-holders exchanged cautiously unable to exploit openings in the first round. In the next three rounds the tempo increased with Follmar firing more combinations and moving in and out. Juárez always pressed forward blocking with one hand then hitting back with that same hand. Her right hand found the mark. Follmar used her quick jab to score from the outside, then jumped in occasionally with three punch combinations. Juárez picked off punches and countered to the body or head, whatever was open."

“It was great to fight someone like her", said Follmar, "it wasn’t like my other fights were girls just come in brawling, she was fun to fight."  Juárez also complimented Follmar saying "she has good technique, her hand speed was pretty good.”  Juárez was scheduled to defend her 115-pound title in China at the end of the month, and her team said that the exhibition was good preparation for her. Because it was an exhibition, the fight was not scored.

On March 30, 2005 at Sunrise International Ballroom in Shenyang, China, Mariana lost the IFBA Junior Bantamweight title to North Korea's Myong Ok Ryu by a tenth-round TKO. Ryu and Juárez did battle for ten rounds with Ryu going to the canvas in the early going but coming back to close the right eye of Juárez in the seventh. The bout was stopped with just 30 seconds to go in the tenth, after Ryu had caught Juárez against the ropes, but many reports said that the stoppage, especially coming so late in the fight, was questionable. Juárez fell to 14-4-3 (8 KO) with this loss while Ryu improved to a claimed 6-0, of which I can verify a 2-0 (2 KO) record in fights reported to WBAN).

Mariana was sidelined by a shoulder injury after this bout and her professional boxing future appeared to be in some doubt until she returned to competition in 2007.

On July 28, 2007 at Sky City Casino in Acoma, New Mexico,  
Monica Lovato (116 lbs) of Espanola, New Mexico, won a 10-round split (
96-94,93-97,98-92) decision over Mariana (111 lbs) for the IBA world bantamweight title. According to Chris Cozzone of NewMexicoBoxing.com, "Juárez established an early lead in the first rounds. Lovato, usually a slow starter, proved otherwise this time around, although a successful counter-punching aggression did not fall into place until round three. In the meantime, Juárez’s straight-forward aggression and heat-seeking missile of a straight right hand found its mark enough times to warrant the first two stanzas. Lovato had her figured out in the third, however, and the fight turned into a series of heated exchanges of the mauling, brawling variety. Lovato rough-handled Juárez, neutralizing her right hand and matching the Mexican’s straight-forward movement, in the third. In round four, the Espanola southpaw started to find a home for her big left hands. The fifth was close, Juárez’s relentless aggression an even match for Lovato’s rapid counter-punching combinations that, more often than not, took place against the ropes. ... By round six, Lovato ... had control of the round and was increasingly moving forward with aggression rather than wait to counter Juárez, who was unable to land that right with the success she had in the early rounds. Still aggressive, but somewhat neutralized, Juárez lost both battles—the inside exchanges and mauling, plus the outside jabbing with Lovato’s big left hands—to the Espanolan.  Juárez’s frustration was evident in the eighth when she resorted to a foul here and there, but the blazing exchanges started to turn the fight back around.  Lovato took a breather in the ninth while Juárez loaded up on left hooks, taking the round, but in the final chapter, despite a ruthless attempt to close the show, Lovato finished strong, matching Juárez’s pressure with clean left hands and superior footwork."  Lovato improved her record to 11-1-0 (4 KOs).

On July 17, 2008 at Roots Magic Club in Lomas de Sotelo, Distrito Federal, México, Mariana (110¼ lbs) won a tenth-round TKO over Sandra Hernandez (110¼ lbs) of México for the vacant Mexican Flyweight title. Hernandez fell to 2-3 (1 KO) with this loss.

On August 23, 2008 at El Foro in Tijuana, Baja California, México, Mariana (110½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Diana Gonzalez (114¾ lbs).  Gonzalez appears to have been making her pro debut.

On September 27, 2008 at Arena México in México City, Mariana (111½ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-90,99-89,98-92) decision over British-born Suszannah Warner (111 lbs) of New York for the WBC International Flyweight title.  The loss dropped the 38-year-old Warner to 8-7-0 (2 KO's).

Mariana Juarez vs Esmeralda MorenoOn November 29, 2008 at Arena México in México City, Mariana (110¼ lbs) won a 10-round (100-90,98-93,99-91) unanimous decision over Esmeralda Moreno (111 lbs)  to retain her WBC International Flyweight title. WBAN reported that "Esmeralda applied pressure throughout, but as round succeeded round, Mariana’s greater experience and superior technique became increasingly apparent. Through the precision of her jab and the more powerful shots from her right hand, she kept a rein on her valiant challenger, although the latter managed nonetheless to land a number of hard blows to the champion’s face. In the first four rounds, Moreno had some good moments, but from the fifth onwards, Mariana reacted and punished her with hard punches of her own to the face. Esmeralda tried to get back into the fight in the sixth, but she proved incapable of deciphering the movements of the champion. By the seventh, the loser was displaying tiredness and Mariana took advantage. She won the eighth, penetrating Moreno’s guard with missiles to the head. In the ninth, Esmeralda was nearing exhaustion and Juárez piled in on her, looking for the defining blow. The champion finished strongly in the final round to seal her eighteenth victory."  Moreno fell to 9-5 (3 KO's).

On March 28, 2009 at Deportivo Pino Suárez in México City, Mariana won a ten-round unanimous decision over Anahi Torres who fell to 3-3 (0 KO's). 

On June 5, 2009 at Palenque Calle 2 in Zapopan, México, Mariana (111 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-73,78-74,77-75) decision over Irma Sanchez (110¾ lbs) of Guadalajara, México for the interim WBC Flyweight title. According to a local report, at the half-way point Juárez was winning all the rounds according to two of the three judges: 39-37, 40-36 and 40-36, and this forced Irma Sanchez to stand and trade and push harder, but Juárez's experience showed as she landed punishing shots to her younger opponent's face.  The loss dropped Sanchez's record to 3-3-1 (4 KO's).

On July 25, 2009 at Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana, México, Mariana (112 lbs) TKO'd Carolina Alvarez (111 lbs) of Venezuela in the eighth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the interim WBC Flyweight title. Alvarez fell to 9-3-1 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On September 12, 2009 in Ensenada, México, Mariana TKO'd Susana Vazquez of Toluca, México at 1:00 in the seventh round of a ten-rounder for the interim WBC Flyweight title.  Vazquez fell to 4-4-1 (2 KO's) with this loss.

On December 12, 2009 at Gimnasio INDEJ in Tepic, Nayarit, México, Mariana (112 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Anahi Torres (109¼ lbs) of México for the interim WBC Flyweight title.  Torres fell to 3-5 (0 KO's).

On March 8, 2010 at Auditorio Ernesto Rufo in Rosarito, Baja California, México, Mariana won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-93) decision over Abigail Billar of Panama for the interim WBC Flyweight title. Billar, who was a late replacement for  Paulina Cardona as Juárez's opponent, fell to 3-4-2 (1 KO).

On May 22 2010 at Auditorio Plaza Condesa in México City, Mariana (114¾ lbs) won a ten-round split decision over Susana Vazquez (114½ lbs) of Toluca, México in a rematch of their September 2009 fight.  The loss dropped Vazquez to a 4-5-1 (2 KO') record.

On August 14 2010 at Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina, Guasave, México, Mariana (114¼ lbs) knocked out Diana Gonzalez (114 lbs) of Toluca, México at 2:35 in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the vacant WBC Junior Bantamweight title. Gonzalez fell to 5-3 (1 KO) with the loss.

On November 20, 2010 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, México
Mariana Juárez won by a KO in the eighth round over Maribel Ramirez of Distrito Federal, México for the  WBC Interim Flyweight title.  Ramirez fell to 4-2-1 (2 KO's) with the loss.

Simona Galassi vs Mariana Juarez
Simona Galassi vs Mariana Juarez in March 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On March 11, 2011 at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Distrito Federal, México, Mariana Juárez (111¾ lbs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous (97-93,97-93,96-94) decision over undefeated Simona Galassi (5'5", 111 lbs) of Santa Maria Nuova, Italy for the WBC Flyweight title previously held by Galassi. Juárez (at left in photo) overcame a shaky start to find her range and decipher Galassi's style in the later rounds, which were fought toe to toe with Galassi bleeding from her nose.  Galassi appeared to have won the early rounds with her rapier-like right and solid followups with her left but the action became more even when Juarez became more aggressive and was able to mix it up at tighter range.  Juarez was knocked off balance by Galassi's forearm and went to the canvas at the end of the fourth but the referee ruled the stumble a slip. The 38-year-old Galassi fell to 14-1-1 (3 KO's).  WBC head José Sulaimán had described this bout as the "most important fight in women's boxing in the world".  [Video]

Mariana Juárez was named WBAN' s "Fighter of the Month" in April 2011 for her win over Galassi (the third time she has won the award).

Gabriela Bouvier vs Mariana Juarez
Gabriela Bouvier vs Mariana Juarez in May 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On May 21 2011 at Centro de Espectáculos in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, Mariana Juárez defended her WBC Flyweight title against undefeated but relatively inexperienced Gabriela Bouvier from Maldonado, Uruguay. Bouvier began the fight aggressively and fought hard but she was worn down by Juarez's more ccurate punching and superior skills. Pepe Rodriguez wrote: "Mariana took control of the fight from the first round, as cries of 'Mexico, Mexico' echoed in the building. Near the end of the seventh round as Bouvier received a real beating, the referee ended the fight, crowning Juarez the winner by TKO."  Gabriela Bouvier vigorously protested the stoppage but she had been rocked repeatedly in the later rounds as she fell to 6-1-1 (1 KO). [Video pt1] [Video pt2]

Mariana Juarez vs Asami Shikasho
Mariana Juarez vs Asami Shikasho in August 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On August 28, 2011 at Plaza de Toros in Tlaxcala, Mexico, Mariana (112 lbs) defended her WBC Flyweight title with a clear 10-round unanimous (100-86,100-90,100-89) decision over Asami Shikasho (112 lbs) of Tokyo, Japan.  Shikasho had said in a pre-fight interview: "Fights between Mexican and Japanese fighters have always been exciting and this one is no different. I’ve boxed for more than 100 rounds with sparring for this fight. These fights are to the death".  However, Gabriel Cordero reported that "Juárez was simply faster and sharper as she punished the very game Shikasho in every round."  Shikasho fell to 5-3 (3 KO's).

Mriana Juarez vs Gabriela Bouvier Oct 2011
Gabriela Bouvier vs Mariana Juarez in October 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On October 15, 2011 at Gimnasio Revolución in Calpulálpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico, Mariana Juarez (111½ lbs) successfully defended her WBC Flyweight title when she stopped Gabriela Bouvier (111½ lbs) of Maldonado, Uruguay at 1:12 in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder  Bouvier again fought fiercely but she lacked the defensive skills to contend with Juarez's more accurate punching and infighting skills. Bouvier was knocked to the canvas in the fourth round before the fight was stopped after she took repeated shots to the head while trapped in a corner. Bouvier fell to 7-2-1 (1 KO) with the loss. [Video pt 1] [Video pt 2]

Mariana Juarez vs Diana Gonzalez
Mariana lands to the jaw of Gonzalez in December 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On December 10, 2011 in the Main Event at the Gran Tlachco theater in Xcaret, Mexico, Mariana Juarez won a hard-fought but clear (100-90,99-91,100-90) ten-round unanimous decision over Diana Gonzalez Sanchez of Toluca, Mexico defending the WBC Flyweight title. Juarez won the more technical exchanges using her jab to set up hard left and right hooks but Gonzalez fought hard and caught Juarez with some solid punches. Gonzalez fell to 5-4 (1 KO) while Juarez improved to 32-5-3 (15 KO's) with her second win over Gonzalez. [Weigh-in photos and video]

Mariana was named "Female Champion of the Year" for 2011 by the WBC at its at its convention held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. WBAN also named her its "Most Accomplished Boxer" for 2011. In January 2012 she opened s gym in Santa Ursula Coapa, Mexico City at which she will give free boxing lessons to children with good grades.

On February 25 2012 at Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, Anastasia Toktaulova of Russia lost by a fourth-round TKO to Mariana Juarez who was defending her WBC Flyweight title. The early rounds saw a brawling style of fight with Juarez appearing to land the more telling combinations at close quarters. Toktaulova suffered a wrist injury in the fourth round and was unable to come out for the fifth. Toktaulova fell to 14-11 (2 KO's) with the loss. [Video]

Mariana Juarez and Arely Mucino
Juarez and Mucino trade blows in May 2012
© copyrighted photo by Ricardo Garcia

On May 12, 2012 at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mariana Juarez (112 lbs) won an exceptionally hard-fought ten-round split (96-91,94-95,98-90) decision over Arely Muciño (111 lbs) of Monterrey, Mexico defending the WBC Flyweight title. Juarez put Muciño on the canvas twice in the second round and Muciño looked unsteady and in trouble when she was saved by the bell at the end of that round. The fight was by no means over, however, and the aggressive and busy Muciño battled her way back into it and got the upper hand at times in the later rounds.  Juarez used her ring experience to keep her cool as she moved well and used accurate counter-punching to escape with the split decision from a battle that was closer than suggested by (two of) the judges' scorecards. Muciño fell to 15-2-1 (8 KO's).

On July 14, 2012 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, USA, Mariana Juarez (112 lbs) defended the WBC Flyweight title with a hard-fought split (96-94,96-94,93-97) decision over Shindo Go (111½ lbs) of Wayakama, Japan. Francisco Salazar reported for FightNews.com: "There were close rounds in the fight, as the taller Go tried to use her reach to land her punches in the early rounds. Both fighters began to throw punches aggressively in the third round, trading hooks and crosses to the head. Go was quicker to the punch in the middle rounds, scoring with counter right hands to the head in the middle rounds. However, Juarez would attack the body with left hooks. Both fighters had their moments in the seventh round, as both connected with hard counter right hands to the head. After Go controlled the eighth round, Juarez came on in the ninth round, pressing the action and attempting to land to the body. Both fighters dug deep in the final round. Go pressed forward and scored with right hands to the head, but Juarez countered well to the body and head with the more-telling blows."  Mariana Juarez advanced to 35-5-3 (16 KO's) as Shindo Go dropped to 10-2 (8 KO's).

On October 13, 2012 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Ava Knight (111 lbs) of Chico, California won the WBC Diamond Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (97-93,96-94,97-93) decision over Mariana Juarez (112 lbs). Knight was the early aggressor, using her jab well to keep Juarez on defense and landing the more accurate punches. Juarez, who had predicted that Knight could not perform well in the later rounds at the famously high altitude of Mexico City, found herself playing catchup when the open scoring showed that she had fallen behind 58-56 after six rounds. Knight did not slow much in the later going as the hard fought fight became more of a toe-to-toe battle, and Juarez could not erase her deficit on the scorecards. Neither boxer was in serious difficulty at any time.  Knight improved to 10-1-3 (5 KO's) while Juarez slipped to 35-6-3 (16 KO's).

On December 15 2012 at Palacio de Deporte in Mexico City, Mariana (115 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90, 99-91) decision over Manami Arima (115 lbs) of Tokyo, Japan in a non-title bout. Arima (also known as Tenkai Tsunami) fell to 18-6 (7 KO's) with the loss.

On April 27 2013 at Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, Mariana (114 lbs) was knocked down and TKO'd at 1:58 in the first round against Riyo Togo (112¾ lbs) of Japan for the vacant WBC International Juniuor Bantamweight title.  Togo caught Juarez with a well timed left near the end of a hard fought opening round and the referee waved the fight off when Juarez got up looking wobbly. Togo improved to 10-4-1 (9 KO's) with the win while Juarez fell to 36-7 (16 KO's). [Video]

On July 13 2013 at Centro de Convenciones in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, Juarez avenged this loss and won the WBC International Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous (98-92, 97-93, 98-93) decision over Riyo Togo. Juarez improved to 37-7 (16 KO's) while Togo fell to 10-5-1 (9 KO's).

On October 12 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, Mariana Juarez (114½ lbs) defended the WBC International Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Nimaphon Musika (113¼ lbs), a.k.a. Buakaew OnesongchaiGym of Trang, Thailand, who fell to 6-2-1 (0 KO's) with the loss.

On February 22 2014 at Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo in Puebla, Mexico, Mariana Juarez (114¾ lbs) won a hard fought  ten-round unanimous (96-94 x 3) decision over Melissa McMorrow (112¼ lbs) of San Francisco, California defending the WBC International Junior Bantamweight title.  McMorrow fell to 9-4-3 (1 KO) while Juarez improved to 39-7-3 (16 KO's).

Mariana Juarez with WBC Belt "She’ s a very good fighter," said Mia St. John, who often spars with Juárez although she's about 20 lbs heavier than Mariana. "We have good sparring together. She’s very tough." 

Juárez trains hard and fights hard, always busily on the attack with a bob and weave style that has been more effective in each fight.  Still, she says she is trying to learn a different style of fighting to please US audiences. "People in México like (to see me) going toe to toe, moving forward," says Juárez, "(but) here it's been the opposite. They've seen my boxing style and tell me they like it better, they like to see more boxing."

"Boxing is the most important thing for me, I love the feel of the gloves, the adrenaline rush, it is indescribable, and I want to stay in boxing", says Juárez.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, April 16 2014


WBAN Boxer Bio by Dee Williams


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