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Women’s ratings update: Lourdes Juarez upsets Martinez, takes No. 1 at 115 pounds 

"Little Lulu" is now 33, and big sis "Barbie," who turns 41 in January, is proud of her.
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Another solid week of female action has come and gone, and one result caused a ripple effect across two of the most talent-laden divisions in women’s boxing.

In a mild upset, Lourdes Juarez (No. 3 at flyweight; click here for her record) defeated The Ring’s No. 1-rated junior bantamweight Guadalupe Martinez in a war between two of the most seasoned veterans in women’s boxing.

Lourdes Juarez, of Mexico City, rated No. 3 at 112 according to RING.

Juarez gives props to a higher power after she gets the W, upping her record to 31-2, on Dec. 12.

A rematch is already brewing, but for now the victory was deemed good enough to earn the new titlist, sister of recently defeated bantamweight champ Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, a top spot in the junior bantamweight division, becoming the new No. 1 at 115 pounds.

The new ranking opens up the possibility for these two decorated warriors to dispute the inaugural Ring championship belt in that division, if Juarez’s rematch against the now No. 2 Martinez materializes.

Juarez’s new ranking at 115 displaced Adelaida Ruiz out of the Top 5 as well.

Also, Juarez’s new achievement in a new division created a vacancy in the already stacked flyweight division, and the panel was almost unanimous in deciding that Mexico’s Ibeth Zamora should fill that void by entering as our new No. 5.

Her achievement may be short-lived, however.

This coming weekend, both Zamora and Argentina’s Anahi Lopez will be fighting in separate bouts, and their performances may prompt the panel to make even further and more dramatic changes in this elite division.

115 pounds (junior bantamweight)  

The Ring Champion: VACANT 

1 – Lourdes Juarez  

2 – Guadalupe Martinez 

3 – Jessica Chavez  

4 – Diana Fernandez 

5 – Esmeralda Moreno 

Adelaida Ruiz exits the Top 5  

112 pounds (flyweight)   

The Ring Champion: VACANT

1 – Naoko Fujioka

2 – Arely Mucino

3 –  Ava Knight

4 – Marlen Esparza

5 – Ibeth Zamora