Melissa “Huracan Shark” Hernandez (22-6-3, 7 KO’s) has been one of women’s boxing most recognizable fighters in the last decade. She has won titles in multiple divisions and has been in the ring with many of the best in the business and win or lose she puts on a show.
In her last five fights, Hernandez has gone 4-1. Last year she fought three times and won each of those fights while picking up a vacant 140-pound title in the process. So what’s next for the Puerto Rican champion?
Hernandez has fought in different weight classes within the same year in the past so her options are vast. She may not be in a rush to return to the ring, though. Her last fight was in October of 2015 and the thing that might bring her back into action quicker would be a big fight purse.
“I don’t know when my next fight will be right now I’m on the fence about taking fights for little money,” Hernandez told Tha Boxing Voice. “I believe I’ve fought all the good fights and it’s time for a pay raise.I think getting the top fighters isn’t the issue. It’s the purse. Who wants to fight for pennies. It’s getting really bad with the cheap purses.“
What fight out there would bring the type of cash that she is looking for? A fight in the U.S. would not bring the type of money that she is looking for due to the U.S.’s lack of interest in women’s boxing. Fights anywhere in Latin America or overseas could provide exactly what she is looking for and she has her sights set on one of the best pound for pound women in the world.
“Cecilia Braekhus seems to be the only person in my radar these days. Moving up in weight is definitely opening new doors in opponents.”