Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez is one of today’s most recognizable fighters not only in women’s boxing but also in Mexican boxing. She began boxing at the age of 18 to be able to defend herself and has become a world champion. Her six year old daughter is her inspiration to fight and to win and the rush she gets from fighting help fuel her passion but one of the key elements that she loves most is the discipline.
Juarez fought last May against Riyo Togo of Japan in a rematch of epic proportions due to what was found before the bout took place. “An assistant from my team was there to check the bandages (wraps) and then checked her hand. It felt as if something was missing and it turned out that there was no padding,” said Juarez.
For a fighter to be on either side of that situation it can be a huge distraction and even throw off your game plan but Juarez was able to keep her mind and tact and walk away victorious. “I did not know what to think. The truth is I was baffled because I would never do anything like that but I stayed concentrated on the fight and came out with my hand raised.
After losing the first fight the victory meant a lot to me. We had great work in the gym and the fact that it was an eliminator for the women’s WBC Super Flyweight Title.”
After the padding was found to be removed one has to speculate that is what happened in the first fight, especially with Juarez ability to absorb a punch.
So what should happen to Togo and her trainer? A lifetime ban is possible. If the fight would of gone through with the tainted gloves we could of been left with another tragedy in the ring such as Luis Resto when he fought Billy Collins Jr.
“I think the council should take action,” said Juarez. “The truth, I could not tell you whether it was her or her coach. I don’t know.”
In the U.S. boxing fans can be brutal. We have come to love action so much that if anything is technical there are boo’s. Women’s boxing is shunned even if it is action packed and Juarez has experienced it.
“It happened to me when I fought on the undercard of Jesse James Leija vs. Marteze Logan. My fight was booed but Jesse said my fight was the best one on the card. The fans can be somewhat sexist.”
It’s true. In Mexico and other parts of the world women fighters are viewed as warriors but in the U.S. some believe that a woman’s place is not in the ring.
Juarez plans to fight one more time this year for sure but could possibly fight twice and God willing, will fight for two more years and wants to be the WBC Super Flyweight Champion.