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Women's boxing divisional rankings: Yamileth Mercado keeps dominating junior featherweight

Yamileth Mercado, above, celebrates her victory against Ramla Ali to retain the WBC women's junior featherweight title. Luis Gutierrez/ Norte Photo/Getty Images

Yamileth Mercado defeated Ramla Ali by unanimous decision to retain her WBC junior featherweight world title Saturday night at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mercado (24-3, 5 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico, dominated Ali throughout the fight, earning scorecards of 98-93, 98-92 and 97-93. It was Mercado's seventh defense of the belt she won in November 2019.

Ali (9-2, 2 KOs), of Mogadishu, Somalia, but now fighting out of London, started her career with eight straight victories but has suffered two losses in her last three fights. She lost to Julissa Alejandra Guzman by eighth-round KO in June 2023, but less than five months later, Ali avenged the defeat in a rematch with a unanimous decision victory.

With the victory, Mercado solidifies her No. 1 spot in the junior featherweight division.

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.

175+ pounds - Super middleweight - Middleweight - Junior middleweight - Welterweight - Junior welterweight - Lightweight - Junior lightweight - Featherweight - Junior featherweight - Bantamweight - Junior bantamweight - Flyweight - Junior flyweight - Strawweight - Atomweight


175+ POUNDS

1. Lani Daniels     Previous ranking: No. 1

Record: 10-2-2, 1 KOs
Last: W (MD10) Desley Robinson, Dec. 2
Next: TBA


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 3 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. Raquel Miller     Previous ranking: No. 4

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


5. Olivia Curry     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 7-1, 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: TBA


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. Marie-Eve Dicaire     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 18-2, 1 KOs
Last: L (UD10) Natasha Jonas, Nov. 12
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: 18-1, 8 KOs
Last: L (MD10) Katie Taylor, Nov. 25
Next: July 20 vs. Elhem Mekhaled


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: 17-2, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Eva Cantos, May 31
Next: July 20 vs. Chantelle Cameron


5. Anahi Ester Sanchez     Previous ranking: No. 5

Record: 23-6, 13 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Marisa Joana Portillo, Nov. 11
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: July 20 vs. Amanda Serrano


2. Caroline Dubois     Previous ranking: No. 2

Record: 9-0, 5 KO
Last: W (UD10) Miranda Reyes, Feb. 3
Next: TBA


3. Jessica Camara     Previous ranking: No. 3

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


4. Rhiannon Dixon     Previous ranking: No. 4

Record: 10-0, 1 KO
Last: W (UD10) Karen Elizabeth Carabajal, April 13
Next: TBA


5. Beatriz Fereira     Previous ranking: No. 5

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


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: 16-2, 3 KOs
Last: W (UD8) Yuliia Kutsenko, May 28
Next: July 20 vs. Chantelle Cameron


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: 10-0, 1 KOs
Last: W (UD10) Sarah Mahfoud, April 6
Next: July 13 vs. Dyana Vargas


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