PANAMA CITY – A Spanish female boxing champion said she was particularly motivated for her bout this weekend in Panama City because she plans to use it as a stepping stone for a title fight in the World Boxing Association’s super flyweight division.
The 31-year-old Marta Brañas said in an interview with EFE that she underwent strength and technical training in Spain for the eight-round bout against 32-year-old Panamanian Carlota Santos, a fight that will take place on May 20 at a hotel-casino in this capital.
On Dec. 4, 2015, the fighter from the northwestern region of Galicia won Spain’s first-ever female boxing championship by defeating Maribel de Sousa of the northeastern region of Catalonia by unanimous decision.
Her initial fights after turning professional that same year took place in the Mexican cities of Mexicali and Tijuana, a pair of bouts she trained for in Los Angeles.
Brañas told EFE Tuesday that she was particularly motivated for Saturday’s fight because it would give her the now-vacant WBA Fedecaribe flyweight title (112 pounds) and also open the door for a WBA world title fight in the super flyweight (115 pounds) division against Peruvian reigning champion Linda Lecca.
“That’s what we’re here for, for a victory, to take home the (Fedecaribe flyweight) title for Spain and be able to challenge in August for the WBA world super flyweight (championship) against Peru’s Laura Lecca,” said Brañas, who is undefeated in nine bouts, six of which she won by knockout.
Santos is a veteran fighter with a record of seven wins (five by knockout), four losses and five draws.