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Women's boxing divisional rankings: Nicolson solidifies spot at 126 pounds

Skye Nicolson, left, defeated Dyana Vargas by unanimous decision to retain her WBC featherweight world title. Melina Pizano/Matchroom

Skye Nicolson defeated Dyana Vargas by unanimous decision to retain her WBC featherweight world title on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Nicolson (11-0, 1 KO), of Queensland, Australia, dominated Vargas throughout the fight, earning identical scorecards of 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90. It was Nicolson's first defense of the belt she won back in April with a unanimous decision over Sarah Mahfoud in Las Vegas.

Vargas (19-2, 12 KOs), of Sabana Iglesia, Dominican Republic, was carrying a three-fight winning streak (two by KO) before she faced Nicolson in her first world title fight.

With the win, Nicolson solidifies her No. 2 spot in the featherweight division, just behind unified champion Amanda Serrano.

Rankings will be updated every Tuesday. They'll be based on recent bouts, head-to-head competition and the quality of opponent. As with almost everything, until fighters square off against one another, there is a layer of subjectivity to it. Fighters who haven't fought in 18 months and don't have a fight scheduled will be removed from the rankings until they fight again.

For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here. For women's P4P rankings, click here.

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175+ POUNDS

1. Lani Daniels     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 10-2-2, 1 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Desley Robinson, Dec. 2
Next: Sept. 7 vs. Bolatito Oluwole


2. Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 7-1, 2 KO
Last: W (SD10) Abril Argentina Vidal, March 7
Next: July 27 vs. Claressa Shields


3. Alrie Meleisea     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 6-2-1, 0 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Lani Daniels, May 27
Next: TBA


4. Raquel Miller     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 13-0, 6 KOs
Last: W (TKO1) Angie Paola Rocha, March 10
Next: TBA


5. Angie Paola Rocha     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 14-4-3, 7 KOs
Last: L (TKO1) Raquel Miller, March 10
Next: July 20 vs. Che Kenneally


SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 168 pounds)

1. Savannah Marshall     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 13-1, 10 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Franchon Crews Dezurn, July 1
Next: TBA


2. Franchon Crews-Dezurn     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 9-2, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Shadasia Green, Dec. 15
Next: TBA


3. Shadasia Green     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 13-1, 11 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Franchon Crews-Dezurn, Dec. 15
Next: July 20 vs. Natasha Spence


4. Abril Argentina Vidal     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 10-2, 4 KOs
Last: L (SD10) Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse, March 7
Next: TBA


5. Olivia Curry     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 7-2-1, 2 KOs
Last: Draw (SD16) Melody Popravak, April 27
Next: TBA


MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 160 pounds)

1. Claressa Shields     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 14-0, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Maricela Cornejo, June 3
Next: July 27 vs. Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse


2. Savannah Marshall     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 13-1, 10 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Franchon Crews Dezurn, July 1
Next: TBA


3. Mapule Ngubane     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 12-8-3, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Rita Mrwebi, Dec. 9
Next: TBA


4. Olivia Curry     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 7-1, 2 KOs
Last: Draw (SD16) Melody Popravak, April 27
Next: TBA


5. Melinda Watpool     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 6-0, 2 KO
Last: W (UD8) Adriana Dos Santos Araujo, April 13
Next: TBA


JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT (Up to 154 pounds)

1. Terri Harper     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 14-2-2, 6 KOs
Last: L (MD10) Sandy Ryan, March 23
Next: Aug. 24 vs. Rhiannon Dixon


2. Ema Kozin     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 24-1-1, 12 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Hannah Rankin, Nov. 18
Next: TBA


3. Femke Hermans     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 18-4, 7 KOs
Last: W (UD6) Ester Konecna, Jan. 13
Next: TBA


4. Cecilia Braekhus     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 37-2-1, 9 KOs
Last: Draw (MD10) Terri Harper, Oct. 7
Next: TBA


5. Dilara Yucel     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 16-0, 11 KOs
Last: W (KO1) Sonja Pilipovic, June 22
Next: TBA

Editor's note: Natasha Jonas relinquished her No. 1 spot after moving to welterweight.


WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 147 pounds)

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1. Natasha Jonas     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 15-2-1, 8 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Mikaela Mayer, Jan. 20
Next: TBA


2. Sandy Ryan     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 7-1-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (TKO4) Terri Harper, March 23
Next: TBA


3. Lauren Price     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 7-0, 1 KO
Last: W (TD9) Jessica McCaskill, May 11
Next: TBA


4. Jessica McCaskill     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 12-4, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Lauren Price, May 11
Next: TBA


5. Mikaela Mayer     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 19-2, 5 KOs
Last: L (SD10) Natasha Jonas, Jan. 20
Next: TBA


JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT (Up to 140 pounds)

1. Katie Taylor     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 23-1, 6 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 25
Next: Nov. 15 vs. Amanda Serrano


2. Chantelle Cameron     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 19-1, 8 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Elhem Mekhaled, July 20
Next: TBA


3. Jessica McCaskill     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 12-4, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Lauren Price, May 11
Next: TBA


4. Elhem Mekhaled     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 17-3, 3 KOs
Last: L (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, July 20
Next: TBA


5. Anahi Ester Sanchez     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 24-6, 13 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Estefania Karen Alaniz, April 19
Next: TBA

Editor's note: Kali Reis has been removed due to inactivity.


LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 135 pounds)

1. Katie Taylor     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 23-1, 6 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, Nov. 25
Next: Nov. 15 vs. Amanda Serrano


2. Rhiannon Dixon     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 10-0, 1 KO
Last: W (UD10) Karen Elizabeth Carabajal, April 13
Next: Aug. 24 vs. Terri Harper


3. Caroline Dubois     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 9-0, 5 KO
Last: W (UD10) Miranda Reyes, Feb. 3
Next: Aug. 3 vs. Maria Moneo


4. Jessica Camara     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 13-4, 3 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Hyun Mi Choi, April 27
Next: Sept. 14 vs. Bonnie Hunter


T-5. Beatriz Fereira     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 5-0, 2 KO
Last: W (TUD6) Yanina del Carmen Lescano, April 27
Next: TBA


T-5. Maira Moneo     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 14-1, 3 KO
Last: W (UD10) Lizbeth Crespo, Dec. 15
Next: Aug. 3 vs. Caroline Dubois


JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT (Up to 130 pounds)

1. Delfine Persoon     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 49-3-1 NC, 19 KOs
Last: W (UD6) Agustina Marisa Belen Rojas, Nov. 6
Next: TBA


2. Elhem Mekhaled     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 16-3, 3 KOs
Last: L (MD10) Chantelle Cameron, July 20
Next: TBA


3. Beatriz Ferreira     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 5-0, 2 KO
Last: W (TUD6) Yanina del Carmen Lescano, April 27
Next: TBA


4. Bo Mi Re Shin     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 16-2-3, 9 KOs
Last: W (TKO3) Pattarawan Thaosuwan, Oct. 8
Next: TBA


5. Christina Linardatou     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 14-3, 6 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Alycia Baumgardner, July 15
Next: TBA

Editor's note: Alycia Baumgardner has been removed for testing positive for a banned substance.


FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 126 pounds)

1. Amanda Serrano     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 46-2-1, 30 KOs
Last: W (UD12) Danila Ramos, Oct. 27
Next: July 20 vs. Stevie Morgan


2. Skye Nicolson     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 11-0, 1 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Dyana Vargas, July 13
Next: TBA


3. Sarah Mahfoud     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 14-2, 3 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Skye Nicolson, April 6
Next: TBA


4. Daniela Romina Bermudez     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 32-4-3, 12 KOs
Last: W (TKO3) Lucrecia Manzur, Sept. 23
Next: TBA


5. Nina Meinke     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 18-3, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Laura Ledezma, Oct. 28
Next: TBA

Editor's note: Erika Cruz moved down to junior featherweight.


JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT (Up to 122 pounds)

1. Yamileth Mercado     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 24-3, 5 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Ramla Ali, June 29
Next: TBA


2. Ellie Scotney     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 9-0, 0 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Segolene Lefebvre, April 13
Next: TBA


3. Erika Cruz     Previous ranking: No 3

Record: 17-2-1, 3 KOs
Last: Draw (SD10) Nazarena Romero, May 11
Next: TBA


4. Mea Motu     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 19-0, 7 KOs
Last: W (TKO2) Noppaket Srisawas, April 26
Next: TBA


5. Segolene Lefebvre     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 18-1, 1 KO
Last: L (UD10) Ellie Scotney, April 13
Next: TBA


BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 118 pounds)

1. Dina Thorslund     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 22-0, 9 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Seren Cetin, May 25
Next: TBA


2. Diana Laura Fernandez     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 31-4-1, 5 KOs
Last: W (TKO3) Soledad del Valle Frias, March 8
Next: TBA


3. Cherneka Johnson     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 16-2, 6 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Nina Hughes, May 11
Next: TBA


4. Yuliahn Luna Avila     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 25-4-1, 4 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Dina Thorslund, Sept. 1
Next: TBA


5. Miyo Yoshida     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 17-4, 0 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Ebanie Bridges, Dec. 9
Next: TBA


JUNIOR BANTAMWEIGHT (Up to 115 pounds)

1. Diana Laura Fernandez     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 31-4-1, 5 KOs
Last: W (TKO3) Soledad del Valle Frias, March 8
Next: TBA


2. Asley Gonzalez Macias     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 16-2, 7 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Lourdes Juarez, March 25
Next: TBA


3. Irma Garcia     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 23-5-1, 4 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Stephanie Silva, Nov. 11
Next: TBA


4. Carla Ayelen Merino     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 14-2, 2 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Micaela Milagros Lujan, April 27
Next: TBA


5. Micaela Lujan     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 14-2-1, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Carla Ayelen Merino, April 27
Next: TBA


FLYWEIGHT (Up to 112 pounds)

1. Gabriela Celeste Alaniz     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 15-1, 6 KOs
Last: w (MD10) Marlen Esparza, April 27
Next: TBA


2. Gabriela Fundora     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 13-0, 6 KOs
Last: W (TKO10) Christina Cruz, Jan. 27
Next: TBA


3. Kenia Enriquez     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 28-1, 11 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Maria Salinas, Feb. 2
Next: TBA


4. Marlen Esparza     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 14-2, 1 KO
Last: L (MD10) Gabriela Celeste Alaniz, April 27
Next: TBA


5. Arely Mucino     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 32-4-2, 11 KOs
Last: L (KO5) Gabriela Fundora, Oct. 21
Next: TBA


JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT (Up to 108 pounds)

1. Jessica Nery Plata     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 30-2, 3 KOs
Last: W (SD10) Sarah Bormann, Dec. 16
Next: TBA


2. Evelin Bermudez     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 20-1-1, 7 KOs
Last: W (TKO8) Jessica Basulto Salazar, May 4
Next: TBA


3. Yesica Yolanda Bopp     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 39-3, 17 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Roxana Maria Colmenarez, Dec. 16
Next: TBA


4. Kim Clavel     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 19-2, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Katherine Renee Lindenmuth, May 16
Next: TBA


5. Tania Enriquez     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 21-1, 10 KOs
Last: W (TKO1) Cecilia Nino Rodriguez, July 29
Next: TBA


STRAWWEIGHT (Up to 105 pounds)

1. Seniesa Estrada     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 26-0, 9 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Yokasta Valle, March 29
Next: TBA


2. Yokasta Valle     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 30-3, 9 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Seniesa Estrada, March 29
Next: TBA


3. Sarah Bormann     Previous ranking: No. 3

Record: 18-1, 7 KO
Last: W (UD10) Tamara Elisabet Demarco, May 4
Next: TBA


4. Tina Rupprecht     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 13-1-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Fabiana Bytyqi, Jan. 13
Next: TBA


5. Anabel Ortiz     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 33-6, 4 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Yokasta Valle, Nov. 4
Next: TBA


ATOMWEIGHT (Up to 102 pounds)

1. Eri Matsuda     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 7-1-1, 1 KO
Last: W (SD10) Yuko Kuroki, Jan. 12
Next: TBA


2. Sumire Yamanaka     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 8-0, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Mika Iwakawa, Jan. 12
Next: TBA


3. Tina Rupprecht     Previous ranking: No 3

Record: 13-1-1, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Fabiana Bytyqi, Jan. 13
Next: TBA


4. Montserrat Alarcon     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 19-5-2, 0 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Cecilia Mendoza, Oct. 27
Next: TBA


5. Fabiana Bytyqi     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 20-1-2, 5 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Tina Rupprecht, Jan. 13
Next: TBA