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From Margarita Montes to Laura Serrano, the pioneers of women’s boxing

Boxing arrived in Mexico as an illegal practice around 1920, but the development of this discipline until it became one of the most outsta


arrived in Mexico as an illegal practice around 1920, but the development of this discipline until it became one of the most outstanding sports for the tricolors was relatively fast, since by 1932 Mexico had its first world champion.

However, in women’s boxing it was another story. Well, while for men their practice was already legal and there were certain facilitators, for women it was a much more complicated process, since it was not until Laura Serrano arrived in 1994 that the panorama began to change.

Although names such as Margarita La Maya Montes from Sinaloa or Josefina Coronado from Durango were heard around the 1930s, when that rivalry ended, women’s boxing returned to the shadows.

Margarita Montes is considered the pioneering Mexican fighter, but before putting on some gloves, she tried her luck as a bullfighter and as a baseball player. With natural sports skills, La Maya made her way; However, it was in boxing where she found a real challenge, since only 5 of her 33 duels were against women.

Eventually the law that made it illegal for women to practice boxing ended La Maya’s career and it was until “La Poeta del Ring” began to fight up and down the ring that this ban on women was lifted.

Laura, a lawyer by profession, fell in love with boxing when she was studying at UNAM and that’s where the fight began, which eventually took her to court to be able to fight for her case and thus open the door to a new breed of fighters like Jackie Nava, Mariana Juarez and Ana Maria Torres.

The woman from the capital, in the hardest moments of her career, and without being able to do much in her country, had to travel to the United States to make her professional debut. And she did it big. She tied after 6 rounds against the legendary Christy Martin, a pioneer of professional boxing in the neighboring country, and who already surpassed her by 23 fights.

Serrano García left his mark at 17-5-3 with 6 knockouts and won the lightweight world title of the International Women’s Boxing Federation and played three more times for a world championship before saying goodbye to boxing in 2012, after losing to Irma ” The Whirlwind” Garcia.

Laura got married and moved to the United States, where she changed her religion and left the sport.

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