If you haven’t heard of Seniesa Estrada, you’re about to. The unbeaten American destroyer has just recorded the fastest knockout in women’s boxing history and the footage is dividing fans across the globe. On Friday night, the interim WBA flyweight champion and WBC silver junior flyweight champion faced off against Miranda Adkins in a bout that lasted a mere seven seconds.
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Not one to waste any time, Estrada launched into a flurry of punches immediately after the opening bell. Seven punches went unanswered, four of which made direct contact with Adkins’ head. A slight wobble had the challenger in all sorts of trouble, with Estrada quickly landing the knockout blow.
While there’s no doubting that Estrada was the better fighter on the night, the footage is causing controversy online, namely over why 42-year-old Adkins was put in that situation in the first place. Estrada was originally slated to fight Jacky Calvo at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, but withdrew due to a knee injury. Adkins stepped in to take the shot, a move she may now be regretting.
“That was hard to watch, I’m glad Miranda Adkins seems OK but she didn’t know how to defend herself the moment the bell rang. Way over her head against a killer like Seniesa Estrada,” tweeted Ryan Songalia, a reporter for Ring Magazine.
He wasn’t alone in his thinking. A bevy of tweets from boxing fans have slammed the promoters for even holding the event, throwing the bout into controversy. Nevertheless, Estrada moves to an unbeaten 19-0 record, while Adkins is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation.
Seniesa Estrada is 19-0 and holds two minor belts. That happens a lot in women's boxing. There is the elite and then everyone else. Her opponent was 42, and her 5-0 record was four boxers in their debut and one who was 0-2. This fight never should have been made.
— John Cate (@johncate73) July 25, 2020