Melissa “Huracán Shark” Hernandez (22-6-3, 7 KO’s) has accomplished quite a bit in her ten plus year career as a professional boxer. She has fought many of the best female fights from 126 pounds up to 140 pounds and has won world titles in multiple divisions. She has been one of the faces of women’s boxing and alongside Amanda and Cindy Serrano they have set the bar for standards for Puerto Rico’s women fighters.
For some fighters all it takes is one fight to build their legacy. After that one fight, everything else after becomes irrelevant. For Melissa Hernandez, there are many names that she has faced that you could build her legacy on, but the name that would stick out the most would be former six-time world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich of Canada. Hernandez and Mrdjenovich have on three separate occasions in action-packed bouts with Hernandez winning two on Mrdjenovich’s home turf and then Mrdjenovich winning a close technical decision in May of 2013.
Since their third fight, Hernandez and Mrdjenovich have both moved on. Hernandez moved up in weight and won a world title while Mrdjenovich would defend her title a few times before losing to Soledad Matthysse of Argentina last year. While a title fight between the two is not possible now, the loss to Mrdjenovich has been a thorn in Hernandez’ side.
“I’d like that (a rematch with Mrdjenovich), but I don’t think she’ll ever do it again,” Hernandez told Tha Boxing Voice. “Remember she only got the nod because the ref called a knock down [instead of a slip from all of the blood in the ring]. We all know I never dropped but for the fans I’d do it again and I’d beat her again.”
Should a rematch ever come to fruition it would have to take place later this year due to the fact that Mrdjenovich will fight Matthysse in a rematch early this year to try and reclaim her title.