In the BOX! Magazine rankings for the summer, Sophie Schumann is bidding on a title shot to upend the division’s long-reigning champion.
We know that the sheriff is still in control but there’s an unruly girl in town. Patel accepted a match with her mandatory challenger before she could even be named.
A huge stoppage against Heather Barker earned the knockout artist the Women’s Boxing Union pole position – that’s mandatory challenger – to race with Patel. Will we witness a generational switch or will the legend reach another incredible milestone?
Earning a draw in a match that she may have actually won against Heather Barker makes the Muslim boxer further shake up the rankings. Abdul has perform convincingly in the last year.
Losing a second title match to Patel is by no means shameful for the veteran, who may just need to find the right opponent to regain momentum.
The White Swan had mixed result. Her last two fights against Schumann and Abdul merit a downgrade but we don’t count the Canadian out on grounds of talent and tenacity.
The Swedish Sweetheart had a bumpy road to the Top 5 but dispatching a most talented young prospect earns her a special place as a title contender.
Under the radar
Leonie von Hammerstein: A chaotic but promising pro debut showed unusual talent from a young woman who gave a ranked contender everything all the leather she could eat.