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Women’s Ratings Update: Meinke hits the Top 3, inactivity reshuffle and more     

Nina Meinke
Fighters Network

After a week of slow activity in the women’s boxing front, a few changes were introduced to our trailblazing Women’s Ratings.

Most notably, Germany’s Nina Meinke stayed active with a win over Kimika Miyoshi and convinced the panel to surpass former champ and proven warrior Jelena Mrdjenovich in the featherweight ratings.

“Although Meinke is still far from the best version of her, I believe that she deserves to be a step higher given her great activity in recent months and her five consecutive victories,” argued Rincon Rojo magazine editor Irene Deserti, while Beautiful Brawlers’ Lupi Gutierrez-Beagle added that “(this) level of activity and winning gets you noticed. This may just give Nina a little more fuel to that fire.”

With this change, Meinke improves to No. 3 at 126 pounds, while Canada’s Mrdjenovich slips to No. 4.

Elsewhere in the ratings, it came to our attention that one of the most legendary fighters in the game has retired. Japan’s Naoko Fujioka announced her retirement recently and left a huge legacy behind her, aside from a space in our ratings that will be very difficult to fill. The panel picked Mexico’s Ibeth Zamora to come in at No. 5, with all other rated fighters moving up one place.

One division below, the realization that Ring inaugural strawweight champion Seniesa Estrada has been inactive for over a year at junior flyweight led to her exit from the ratings.

In her place, the panel picked once-beaten title contender Tania Enriquez, who enters at No. 5 while everyone else moves up one spot.


Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He has also written for, and many other magazines, websites, newspapers and outlets since 1993. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has won two first-place awards in the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he is the moderator of The Ring’s Women’s Ratings Panel. He served as copy editor for the second era of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is currently a writer and editor for