This Saturday at the Teatro Moliere in Mexico City, Mexico, former three-time world champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow (10-6-3) returns to the ring after two years of inactivity to face Ibeth Zamora Silva (28-6) for the vacant WBC world female flyweight title.
McMorrow,36, is all action. She wastes no time getting into the grill of her opponents.
She bobs and weaves and throws a copious amount of punches. McMorrow picked up her first championship in 2012 when she traveled all the way to Frankfurt, Germany to face defending champion Suzi Kentikian.
After 10 exciting rounds, McMorrow, a decided underdog going into the bout, was declared the split decision victor.
Two years later, McMorrow was on the short end of two dubious decisions.
The fights were close, but most ringside writers (and viewers of the bout) felt that the five-foot-inch dynamo deserved no worse than a draw in one, and victory in the other.
Six months later she returned to Mexico and, with the deck appearing to be stacked hopelessly against her, McMorrow regained the WBO flyweight title by winning a split decision over a shocked Kenia Enriguez. The win highlighted a career of sacrifice and dedication.
Silva, 29, reigned as WBC light flyweight title for four years before losing her crown to Esmeralda Moreno a year ago. She’s desperate to get her title back.
So is McMorrow, who considers her fight with Silva the most important of her career.
“Mighty had an exceptional camp,” said manager Blanca Gutierrez.