Yanina Lescano vs Yenifer Rodriguez
Yanina Lescano (10-2), who recently lost a split decision to Estelle Yoka Mossely for the IBO lightweight title as a headlined Dubai Eurosport show, takes on Yenifer Rodriguez (12-4) over 10 rounds tonight in defence of her South American lightweight title, and also for the vacant WBC Latino belt at a basketball arena in Argentina.
Lescano is ranked 9th with the WBA at lightweight. Rodriguez has unsuccessfully challenged for the IBF Super Bantamweight title back in 2018. The bout will be live-streamed around 2 am in the UK and 8 pm Eastern Time in the US on the LT15 Facebook page as per Tim Boxeo’s stanza broadcast information service.
How the IBO fight with Mossely went down
In her fight with Mossely, Lescano frequently countered with the straight left to great success because while the shot may not have carried earth-shattering power, it was still a scoring shot.
On the other hand, Mossely failed to impress in Dubai and didn’t capitalise on the opportunities for putting it on Lescano when she was up against the ropes, showing an unwillingness to unload her punch combinations. Both these factors led to a close fight and this gives Lescano status in the division as a decent contender.
Could Terri Harper be a future opponent?
Yanina Lescano will hope to put on a boxing clinic against an inactive Rodriguez, who last fought in 2019 all the way down at bantamweight. However, the interesting factor in this contest is that Rodriguez has a greater knockout ratio with Lescano only registering two KOs, albeit one coming against an opponent who went 6 rounds with Terri Harper.
If Lescano is successful, a clash with Harper could be a possibility as Harper previously won the WBA inter-continental lightweight title, so could be going that route for a title but is still ranked by the governing body at super-featherweight.
Therefore, she could fight an IBO world title challenger and a WBA ranked opponent, earning further momentum down the pathway for a mandatory position and credit for fighting a credible opponent.
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