If you fight against a better combat sports athlete then you know that you’re in a world of trouble. However, boxing provides the clearest and obvious examples of weaker fighters getting exposed. As it is a single discipline, there’s no alternative. You can’t switch between wrestling and striking like in MMA.
We’ve seen the likes of Vasily Lomachenko literally make their opponents quit in the ring. Superior technical ability can totally demoralize an opponent. But it can also prove to be incredibly dangerous if somebody is nowhere near the level of their opponent.
While we often see prospects fight journeymen in the early days of their careers, usually there is some kind of balance to match-making. However, sometimes we see something horrific. Enter Seniesa Estrada who mauled Miranda Atkins in just seven horrible seconds. How was this fight made?
A seven-second KO for Seniesa Estrada. pic.twitter.com/hD0DqHVedo
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Atkins was a replacement opponent for Estrada after Jacky Calvo dropped out. Her record stood at 5-0. Four of those fighters were debutants, while the other had a record of 0-2 (per BoxRec). Meanwhile, Estrada is one of the brightest prospects in women’s boxing. She came into this bout with an 18-0 unbeaten record and looked to add another name to her scalp. This was an embarrassing massacre.
In short, Atkins was no match for Estrada’s fury. The 28-year-old unleashed seven punches in seven seconds. First of all, a three-punch combo broke Atkins’ guard. Then another four left her sprawled on the ground and counting stars. How DAZN, Goldenboy, and the Californian Athletic Commission sanctioned this we don’t know.
Fight week for Seniesa Estrada this Friday on #DAZN. @SeniesaSuperbad was supposed to fight a now injured Jacky Calvo who pulled out. Miranda Adkins will now be her opponent as she defends her WBC Silver Flyweight title… pic.twitter.com/LR640oOcuv
— 𝙒𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣'𝙨 𝘽𝙤𝙭𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙡 (@womensboxin) July 23, 2020
As you might expect there was a very mixed response to this result. First of all, there was a lot of respect for Estrada, who devastated her opponent with one of the quickest knockouts in women’s boxing history. But there was also a lot of disgust because Atkins was so out of her depth. Most analysts agreed that this fight cast a poor light on the sport. Respect boxing journalist Dan Rafael said:
“I’ve seen mismatches but that women’s fight was literally as bad as it gets. Estrada just brutally whacked out that poor woman in 7 seconds.”
Meanwhile, Estrada is very excited about the future. An interim WBA flyweight champion and WBC silver light flyweight titleholder, her amateur record is an impressive 97-4. Atkins had no business being in the same ring as her.
With that body of work behind her, Estrada is definitely one to watch in the near future. The likes of Clarissa Shields and Katie Taylor have helped women’s boxing to grow massively over the past two years. Now Estrada wants to blossom and become a multiple-weight champion.
“I want world titles at 105, 108 and 112 pounds,” she said before the bout, via DAZN. “I’m just a fight or two away from being in that conversation as one of the best pound-for-pound women in the sport. I just need to keep winning and getting world titles. World title fights are the only thing on my mind. I don’t want any fights unless they are for a championship.”