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Erika Cruz vs. Nazarena Romero: The Battle for WBA Super Bantamweight Supremacy

Erika Cruz vs. Nazarena Romero: The Battle for Wba Super Bantamweight Supremacy

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Erika Cruz vs. Nazarena Romero: The Battle for WBA Super Bantamweight Supremacy

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Erika Cruz vs. Nazarena Romero: The Battle for WBA Super Bantamweight Supremacy

Today, boxing world title fights take place around the globe and are more accessible to watch than ever before. Sometimes, championship bouts do not receive as much attention and go underreported. Big Fight Weekend commits to writing about boxing news, previews, and recaps. As such, the site now has a recurring segment on championship bouts – from around the world from the past week.

The focus of these pieces will be on clashes ranging from atomweight to heavyweight that had the WBA, WBC, IBF, and/or WBO titles on the line. Today’s edition of “Title Fights From Around the World” consists of just one recap. In México, a super bantamweight clash had judges unable to declare a winner.

Title Fights From Around the World

Erika Cruz and Nazarena Romero Battle to Draw

Erika Cruz (17-2-1, 3 KOs) remains the WBA super bantamweight champion with a split draw against Nazarena Romero (13-0-2, 7 KOs).

One judge had it 97-93 for Cruz while another had the same score for Romero. A 95-95 score from Melva Santos meant the fight ended in a draw. The bout was part of a May 11 Matchroom Boxing event at the Palenque de la Feria in Aguascalientes, México. Fight fans in over 200 countries could catch the action live on DAZN.

Cruz took a very aggressive approach to the fight, attempting to outslug her opponent. On the other hand, Romero made use of the ring in an attempt to avoid the defending champion’s punches. The Argentinian tended to land the cleaner punches during exchanges but was not always letting her hands go, costing her rounds.

Cruz was able to bloody the nose of the challenger, something she sought to target. Both women let their hands go in the tenth. There was little to separate them in the final round of the fight.


In the end, Cruz retains her title after winning it against Mayerlin Rivas in November last year. Romero draws for a second consecutive time in world title fights. Coincidentally, her last attempt at becoming a world champion ended in a draw against Rivas in June 2023.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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