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5'5" Belinda "Brown Sugar" Laracuente was born on January 29 1979 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  In 1989 she moved to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.   She was always active in sports, and as a long-distance runner won a Puerto Rican national cross-country championship. Her brother Laureano is a boxer, and at age 12 she was motivated to try the sport herself by hanging around the Mayaguez gym where he trained. They became two of the best amateur boxers in Puerto Rico.

She moved from Puerto Rico to Miami, Florida, in May 1998 with just one goal ... a world title belt. Belinda is a stylish ring general who built her skills and a solid ring record carefully at first with fights mainly in the Miami area and Puerto Rico.


Copyrighted photo taken by Sandy Goldberg

Laracuente defeated Philadelphia fighter Karen Nye in her pro boxing debut in Pennsylvania on February 12 1997, dopping Nye's pro record to 1-1.

On march 14, 1997 in Miami she won a first-round TKO over debut fighter Stephanie Hopkins.

She lost a four-round decision to veteran Cora Webber of Ocala, Florida in Miami on May 23, 1997. Webber had been a pro boxer since 1986, and went the full 15-round distance with Laurie Holt for the WIBF Super Featherweight title.

On September 27, 1997 in Condado, Puerto Rico, Belinda TKO'd 16-year-old Hayd Nez of Condado in the fourth round.

On October 24, 1997 in Miami, Florida she scored a four-round unanimous decision over Atlanta's Tawayna Broxton, dropping Broxton to 1-3-0.

On February 13, 1998 in Miami, Belinda (132 lbs) stopped Shannise Davis (134 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia by TKO at 1:05 of the first round. Davis fell to 0-2 with the loss.

On April 3, 1998 at Coliseo de Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, she continued her knockout ways with a first-round TKO of debut fighter Sharon Tiller.

On April 18, 1998 in Miami, Florida she knocked out debut fighter Jasmine Lawson in the first round.

On June 28, 1998 at North River Boxing Gym in Miami, Florida she stopped debut fighter Latasha Church at 1:25 in the first round.

On September 12, 1998 in Miami, Belinda won by TKO in the first round over Gail Grandchamp of North Adams, Massachussetts, who fell to 0-5.

On October 10, 1998 in New Orleans she was held to a 4-round draw by Jeanne Martinez of Slidell, Louisiana, whose record was then even at 2-2-1.

On October 17, 1998 in Miami, she resumed her winning ways with a six-round unanimous decision over Atlanta's Tawayna Broxton, who fell to 1-6 with the loss.

On December 3, 1998 at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, she suffered a setback when she lost a four-round unanimous decision to former New York Golden Gloves and U.S. national amateur champion Denise Moraetes of Augusta, Georgia, who progressed to 2-0 with the win. (This wasn't a good trip for Belinda, who was arrested the night before the fight for gambling while under Mississippi's legal age for that recreational activity and spent a night in jail.)

On February 5, 1999 at the Miami Jai Alai in Miami, Florida, Belinda (137 lb) defeated former WIBF world champion Danilla Somers (139 lbs) of Brecht, Belgium by eight-round unanimous decision. She put Somers on the canvas in the opening round with a left hook, and used her defensive skills and ring movement well to stay away from the former world champion's punching power for the decision. The win moved Laracuente's pro record to 14-2-1 with 9 KO's, and dropped Somers to 8-2 (4 KO).

On February 26, 1999 at Milander Auditorium in Hialeah, Florida, Belinda (138 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Shakurah Witherspoon (134 lbs) of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who fell to 2-10-1 A Women's Boxing Page correspondent described the fight as "a cakewalk for Laracuente, as Witherspoon was in her customary survival mode from start to finish." This win netted Belinda the WIBF Americas Junior Welterweight title.

On March 26, 1999 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Hialeah, Florida, Belinda (138 lbs) won a unanimous 6-round decision over Glenda Watkins (141 lbs) of Lima, Ohio. Belinda's speed and combination punching had Watkins confused and reeling several times during the bout. When Watkins tried to assert her trademark brawling style, she was bested at her own game. Watkins' record fell to 6-4.

On May 29, 1999 at Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over 8000 fans saw Belinda (137 lbs) win a unanimous (79-73) eight-round decision over Mitzi Jeter (140 lbs) of Dalton, Georgia. Belinda used her speed and lateral movement to give Jeter few chances to set down on her punches and kept Mitzi chasing her in the later rounds. Laracuente moved her own pro record to 17-2-1 while dropping Jeter's to 9-3-1.

On August 14, 1999 at Loew's Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, Belinda met her match against Zulfia Koutdoussova of Moscow, Russia in a ten-rounder for the IWBF lightweight title. She came out on the short end of a ten-round majority decision as the Russian kept pressure on her for the whole fight despite Belinda's apparently superior punching power. Koutdoussova improved her record to 11-2 with this win.

Belinda would now go on to her greatest challenge so far ... a showdown in Las Vegas with the best-known name in women's boxing, Christy Martin.

Laracuente and Martin at weigh-in
Belinda looks confident at her weigh-in against Christy Martin
Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On March 3, 2000 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, Christy Martin (140 lbs) of Orlando, Florida won a controversial eight-round majority decision over Belinda (who also weighed in at 140 lbs). The decision was booed after judge Dave Moretti had it a 76-76 draw, and louder when it was announced that judges Carol Castellano and Patricia Jarman-Manning had scored it 77-75 for Martin. Martin moved to 39-2-2 in a fight where she was generally the aggressor but was often beaten to the punch as Laracuente landed telling blows to her head while backing up. When Martin tried to punch in flurries she had trouble finding the range to Laracuente, who showed textbook skills at getting in, doing damage, then getting out quickly. As described by boxing photojournalist Mary Ann Owen, "(Laracuente) outboxed Martin and turned her around slipping punches and counter punching beautifully. She fought a smart fight, not standing in front of Martin. Martin was throwing her bombs and getting frustrated because Laracuente slipped them and tagged Martin right in the chops!"




Belinda vs. Christy Martin

Laracuente had looked confident, even cocky, throughout this fight and said she was "totally sure" she won it, adding "I beat up the old lady". By the end of the fight, Martin's face was testimony to Laracuente’s words, as her right eye was swollen and cut, so she quickly found a pair of sunglasses to conceal the damage done by "Brown Sugar".

In an interview several weeks after the fight, she told me "I was very surprised that Christy was so slow and so predictable. I was also very surprised that it was so easy to frustrate her and get her out of her game. From watching her closely in and outside of the ring, I guessed that Christy is basically a bully, who depends upon her reputation to intimidate her opponents, and who loses her temper when she can't have her way, and my strategy was based on this. What can I say? We danced to my music."

Martin admitted after the fight that Laracuente was "probably the best skilled boxer, mover and runner I have seen". Most of my Women's Boxing Forum visitors who saw the fight live on PPV agreed that Belinda was robbed (see the fight report by Sue TL Fox, also  fight reviews and pictures). Promoter Rick Kulis summarized the majority view in the Forum:  "Once again the judges in Nevada saw a pay day and not a fight. This was the worst decision in women's boxing."

On May 12, 2000 at Jim Davidson Theater in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Karla Redo (142 lbs) of West Palm Beach, Florida won a six-round unanimous decision over Belinda (136 lbs). Laracuente aide David Marks told me: "I have no idea what went wrong. The real Belinda simply never showed up. She hardly threw any punches." Redo moved to 4-1 with the win, and a clearly disheartened Belinda dropped out of active pro boxing for a while. 

On August 30, 2002 at Holiday Inn Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, Belinda returned to competition and won an eight-round unanimous (80-72,80-72,80-73) decision over Shakurah Witherspoon of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who fell to 9-29-1 (4 KO). The 23-year-old "Brown Sugar" dominated perennial "opponent" Witherspoon in this lightweight bout that was the card's co-main event.

"I am starting all over, from bottom to the top, so I can bring them all down again," Laracuente said. "I am putting the pieces back together."


Belinda watches Janae Archuleta Romero
Copyrighted photo taken by Tony Richards

On January 18, 2003 at Seminole Okalee Native Village in Hollywood, Florida, USA, Belinda (131 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (59-55,60-54,59-54) decision over Janae Archuleta Romero (135 lbs) of Denver, Colorado. After a slow first round, Laracuente went to work with hard lefts and right uppercuts and opened up a cut over Romero's right eye. Romero fell to 4-3-1 (2 KO).

Belinda Laracuente vs. Gina Greenwald Leathers in March 2003
Belinda (in pink) outclassed Gina Greenwald

On March 29, 2003 at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida, Belinda (136 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-54) decision over an outclassed Gina Greenwald Leathers (133 lbs) of St. Louis, who fell to 3-11-0 (1 KO). 

On June 28, 2003 at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino, in Coconut Creek, Florida, Belinda (129 lbs) and Tracy Byrd (129 lbs) of Flint, Michigan fought to an eight- round draw (77-75,75-77,76-76). Laracuente sustained a broken eardrum and was kept on defense for most of the bout by Byrd's aggressive head and body attack. Byrd controlled the early going with her jab and a strong left hook that landed frequently to Laracuente's head, but the elusive Puerto Rican also scored with some nice combinations in the third. The middle rounds were evenly fought with both getting in solid shots at close quarters but Byrd generally looking stronger and beating Laracuente to the punch. Laracuente may have saved the fight by coming on strong in the final round, and peppering Byrd with combinations. Laracuente was now 20-5-2 (9 KO) and Byrd 13-7-1 (4 KO).

vs. Iva Weston in February 2004On February 28, 2004 at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida, Belinda (135 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (79-73,79-73,78-74) decision over previously undefeated Iva Weston (139 lbs) of Trinidad. Weston seemed intent on staying away from Laracuente, and threw very few punches. Laracuente was the aggressor and landed the cleaner shots but the referee had to exhort them both to box. Weston's defense was good, but she had virtually no offense or punching power. Laracuente was coming off an injury and appeared to be happy just to be back in the boxing ring. Laracuente improved to 21-5-2 (9 KO) while dropping the teenager from Trinidad to 8-1-0 (1 KO).


vs. Sumya Anani in January 2005
Copyrighted photo by Valerie Mahfood

On January 22, 2005 at Grand Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion, in Kinder, Louisiana, a crowd estimated at 3000 saw Sumya Anani (143 lbs) of Kansas City defeat Belinda (136 lbs) by a ten-round unanimous (100-90,97-93,99-91) decision, defending her IBA Welterweight world title.  According to a ringside report from pro boxer Valerie Mahfood, "Within the first ten seconds of round one, the two women clashed heads above their right eyebrows. Anani, however, suffered a cut as a result of it. At no time did the cut threaten the stoppage of the fight, but it did require minor medical attention afterwards. Rounds one through six all played the same tune. Anani attacked and Laracuente moved. The majority of the time, Anani remained the aggressor. She consistently backed Laracuente into the ropes and then unleashed a flurry of both body and head shots. Laracuente was able to retaliate at times, yet, it was simply wasn’t enough. When Laracuente threw consecutive punches, Anani traded with her. When Laracuente threw single shots, Anani absorbed the punches and continued undaunted. To me, it seemed as if Laracuente simply couldn’t find her rhythm. Or perhaps, Anani’s aggression refused to allow it. The most controversially moment of the fight occurred in round seven. From my perspective, it appeared to be a clean left hook to the body that dropped Laracuente. The referee, however, immediately called a time-out and sent Anani to a neutral corner. Laracuente held her glove over her head and complained of a head-butt. A few moments passed before the referee ruled the contact an accidental head butt. Half the crowd hissed, half the crowd cheered. When the fight resumed, it continued much on the same path as before."  Anani improved to 25-1-1 (9 KO) with this win.


Belinda in action vs. Jessica Rakoczy
copyrighted photo taken by Jessica Trevino

On April 1, 2005 at the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, Belinda  (131 lbs) lost a unanimous (99-91, 98-92, 98-92) ten-round decision to Canadian Jessica Rakoczy (134 lbs) of Las Vegas for the vacant North American Boxing Association women's lightweight title. Although Rakoczy lost only two rounds on any judges' scorecards, she was critical of her own performance. "I should have been a lot busier," she said, "she was really awkward. I've never fought anyone who fought like that before. … It's something we have to work on in the gym." Rakoczy improved to 19-1 (6 KO's). For more photos of this bout see Photo Gallery #250 on the WBAN Records Member Site.

Belinda Laracuente vs. Mary Jo Sanders
Belinda vs. Mary Jo Sanders
Copyrighted photo by Patricia Butaud of J & P Photography

On May 14, 2005 at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion, in Kinder, Louisiana, Mary Jo Sanders (143 lbs) of Detroit, Michigan won a clear (100-90, 99-91, and 98-92) 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda (141 lbs) for the IBA Welterweight Continental belt. Laracuente was a late replacement for Lisa Holewyne, who had injured her elbow during a sparring session. WBAN correspondent Patricia Butaud  said “Belinda Laracuente has got to have the Heart of a Lion. She took on Sumya Anani when no one else would and on just a few days' notice took on Mary Jo Sanders. Belinda was quick and could avoid a lot of the "bombs" that Mary Jo threw, but still Mary Jo, with the tenaciousness of a pit bull, managed to trap Laracuente on the ropes. Belinda's lightning fast moves was able to dodge most of the punches, but not all. On occasion, with cheers from the crowd shouting "Ali, Ali", Belinda would imitate Ali and dance circles around Mary Jo. But sooner or later, Sanders would have her against the ropes throwing bombs." Mary Jo Sanders improved to 16-0 (5 KOs) with the win.

On June 10, 2005 at the State Fair Grounds in Detroit, Michigan, Canadian Kara Ro, who fights out of Detroit, won the vacant WIBA Lightweight title with a convincing (99-91,98-92,| 98-92) 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda. The taller Ro stalked Laracuente throughout, landing body shots and left hooks fairly consistently. Laracuente tried to use movement and counterpunching to outfox her younger opponent, but wasn’t busy enough to win many rounds. Ro improved her pro record to 13-0 (7 KOs). 

On July 9, 2005 at Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Melissa Fiorentino (125 lbs) of Cranston, Rhode Island pounded out a one-sided six-round unanimous (60-54 x3) decision over Belinda (124 lbs).  Laracuente, who took the fight at short notice,  seemed overwhelmed by Fiorentino's non-stop attack and spent almost the entire fight in a cover-up defense, often against the ropes. Fiorentino threw a steady barrage of leather at her from all angles but could not put her away.  The bout was carried live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.  Fiorentino improved to 12-1-0 (6 KOs).

On August 26, 2005 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, Belinda won a six-round split (56-58,58-56,59-55) decision over local favorite Ann Marie Saccurato.  In the first two rounds, Saccurato was the aggressor and landed hard shots to Belinda's head and body, but Laracuente took these shots in her stride while countering with her jab.  From the third round onwards, Belinda out-boxed Saccurato and began to land with fast combinations that kept Saccurato at bay, repeatedly snapping her head back. The crowd began to cheer for Laracuente as she continued to control the action.   Laracuente broke a five-fight losing streak against top fighters with this close win, while Saccurato fell to 9-1 (2 KOs) with her first pro loss.

On October 1, 2005 at Roppongi Velfarre in Tokyo, Japan, Emiko Raika (129 lbs) of Japan won an eight-round decision over Belinda (130 lbs) in an eliminator for the WIBA Super Featherweight title. Raika improved her record to 13-2-1 (5 KO). Team Laracuente's Melissa Hernandez sent the following statement about the bout to WBAN: "Belinda Laracuente fought a great fight against Emiko Raika. Belinda was believed to have broken Raika nose. From the opening bell,  Laracuente beat Raika to every punch. Raika was a good fighter,  but not good enough to have won this fight. Laracuente was robbed in the open, even the Japanese public was quiet when Raika took a decision over Laracuente. Belinda would like to fight Raika again in the USA. If Raika comes out to the USA,  the Japan judges won't be able to give fights away when their fighter clearly loses."


Belinda vs. Chevelle Hallback in Edmonton, Canada
Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On November 18, 2005 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Chevelle Hallback (129 lbs) of Tampa, Florida won a clear ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,98-92) decision over Belinda (129 lbs) defending her WIBA Super Featherweight title. There were no knockdowns during the bout.   Hallback moved to 25-4-1 (11 KOs, 1 ND) while Laracuente fell to 22-12-2 (9 KOs). (For more of Mary Ann Owen's photos of this fight card, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #306 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On February 3, 2006  at the Win-River Casino in Redding, California, In what was called the "fight of the night" Belinda fought local favorite Valanna McGee to an eight-round (78-74 Laracuente, 78-74 McGee, 74-74) draw. McGee showed her punching power in the early going but Laracuente turned it around in the later rounds.  Laracuente's record moved to 22-12-3 (9 KOs), McGee's record moved to 11-2-2 (5 KOs).

Belinda was named WBAN Fighter of the Month for March 2006 for pulling off this result on the highly-rated McGee's home turf.

On March 18, 2006 at Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France, Myriam Lamare (139 lbs) of Marseille, France retained the WBA Junior Welterweight title with a ten-round unanimous (99-92,97-94,99-91) decision over Belinda (134 lbs). This was a good, high energy fight throughout with TV commentators saying that Laracuente was easily the best opponent Lamare had faced. Lamare said she enjoyed the fight as every round was different and hoped they'd give Laracuente a rematch. There was some booing as the lop-sided scores were announced; the TV commentary agreed that Lamare had won but only by two or three rounds, not by the wider margin on two scorecards.

On July 14, 2006 at Le Cannet, France, Myriam Lamare (139 lbs) again won a convincing (98:93,97-93,97-93) ten-round unanimous decision over Belinda (135 lbs) in a rematch of their March bout. According to WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte, "Despite another stylish display and hampered by an injury to her right hand, Belinda Laracuente failed for the second time to do any real mischief last night to the WBA super lightweight champion".  Lamare remained unbeaten as a pro boxer at 14-0-0 (7 KOs).

On September 2, 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Jessica Rakoczy (132 lbs) and Belinda (131 lbs) fought to a no contest when their scheduled six-rounder was stopped at 0:47 in the third round after an accidental head-butt cut Rakoczy. 

On November 17, 2006 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, Layla McCarter (133 lbs) of Las Vegas won a clear (100-90,99-91,97-93) 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda (132 lbs)  for the vacant GBU Lightweight world title.  The bout fulfilled a long-standing wish of McCarter's to fight a title fight with three-minute rounds.  Layla moved her record to 21-12-5 (3 KOs).

On December 1, 2006 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Missy Fiorentino (128 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (58-57,58-56,59-55) decision in a rematch with Belinda (128 lbs). According to WBAN correspondent Dan Horgan, "In round one, Laracuente used her long reach to frustrate Fiorentino, as she effectively jabbed her opponent and landed several combinations.  Fiorentino was oddly inactive, as she struggled to hunt down her lively foe. In rounds two and three however, ‘The Fury’ pinned Laracuente against the ropes and her busy work -- especially her clubbing right hands -- wore down the Puerto Rico native.  But a third round accidental head butt caused a large gash over Fiorentino’s right eye, and the fight was nearly stopped. Laracuente must have gained confidence from Fiorentino’s bleeding, as in round four, she landed several powerful left hooks and again frustrated the hometown favorite with her stick and move job.  Perhaps sensing the fight to be going in Laracuente’s favor, Fiorentino’s work rate went up significantly in rounds five and six, as she threw numerous wild combinations that went unmatched by her opponent.  The aggressiveness would seal the deal for Fiorentino, who was happy with the win, but disappointed about her large cut."  Fiorentino improved her record to 15-1-0 (6 KOs).

On February 10, 2007 at the Delta South Hotel, in Edmonton, Canada, a sold out crowd saw local favorite Jelena Mrdjenovich (130 lbs) of Edmonton win an eight-round unanimous (77-75,78-74,79-73) decision over Belinda (127 lbs).  Mrdjenovich told the local news media that it was hard to fight Laracuente because she kept her hands so low, and backs up a lot. She also said that Laracuente was tough and talented. Laracuente said after the fight that Mrdjenovich was “a great champion.”    Jelena advanced to 19-2 (11 KOs) while Laracuente fell to 22-17-3 (9 KOs).

On March 17, 2007 at Companhia Athletica Brooklin in So Paulo, Brazil, Duda Yankovich (137 lbs) of Brazil successfully defended her WIBA Junior Welterweight title against Belinda (136 lbs) by a 10-round unanimous decision. The judges' scores were 98-95, 97-94, and 98-95.  Yankovich improved to 8-0-0 (5 KOs) with the win while Laracuente fell to 22-18-3 (9 KOs) in what many observers felt was a home-town decision.

On June 15, 2007 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Belinda (137 lbs) won the GBU Junior Welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous (115-113,115-113,116-112) decision over a tough and gritty Melissa Del Valle (139 lbs) of Miami, Florida. For details, see the WBAN report by Lori Steinhorst. Del Valle fell to 29-6-1 (11 KO's).

On December 1, 2007 at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia, Belinda Laracuente lost a controversial eight-round split decision to Esther Phiri of Zambia for the GBU Intercontinental Junior Lightweight title. The Lusaka Times  reported that “few may agree that the verdict was fair as America’s Belinda Laracuente was a trifle better and could claim the glory as well.”  They reported that Phiri was slower and could hardly match the technique and power of Laracuente, described Laracuente as “sharper, cleverer, and more aggressive” and opined that “an ordinary eye” could have given her at least five out of the eight rounds. Laracuente said after the fight: “It’s a shame---I beat the girl on points because I scored more as I was very aggressive. I feel it’s very unfair.”  Her manager Wanda Bruce later apologised for Belinda's remarks but asked for t a rematch.  Laracuente fell to 23-19-3 (9 KOs) whle Phiri improved to 6-3-1 (1 KOs).


Belinda Laracuente vs. Holly Holm in February 2008
Copyrighted photo taken by Lori Steinhorst

On February 7, 2008 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Belinda fought Holly Holm of Albuquerque, New Mexico for Holm's IFBA Welterweight title. This was considered a low-risk fight for the taller, naturally heavier, and also harder-punching Holm who has rarely fought outside her native New Mexico. Holm used her reach and quickness to stave off Laracuente's attacks throughout a somewhat lack-luster fight compared to a thriller of a co-main featuring Chevelle Hallback and Laracuente's protege Melissa Hernandez . Late in the fight Laracuente switched from her normally elusive counterpunching style to try to make something happen. She landed her best shot of the night in the eighth - a straight right hand that jolted Holm’s
head back, and she connected with good body shots in the tenth, but the rally was too late to swing the outcome. According to WBAN correspondent Bill Ortega,  "Holm used her steady jabs and movement to keep away from Laracuente’s combination attempts. Each round began to look like a carbon copy of the last as Holm built up an insurmountable lead."  The final scores were all in Holm's favor: 97-93, 99-91, and 98-92. Holm improved to 20-1-2 (6 KOs) with the win..

On February 29, 2008 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, Canadian-born Jessica Rakoczy (134 kbs) of Las Vegas won a 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda (135 lbs) for the NABF Lightweight title. Rakoczy advanced to 28-3-0 (11 KOs) as Laracuente dropped to 23-21-3 (9 KO's).

On March 14, 2008 at the Twin Rivers Event Center in Rhode Island, Canadian-born Jamie Clampitt (135 lbs) of Rhode Island retained her IWBF lightweight title with a 97-93, 95-95, 97-93 majority decision over Belinda (133 lbs)According to WBAN correspondent Ken Castro, "While the opening rounds were somewhat lackluster in terms of fan appeal, Clampitt scored with a crisp right in the third, backing Laracuente into the corner to conclude the round. Laracuente got the best of a brief exchange in the sixth, a round that might have been the most animated, save for the final two rounds of the night. In the ninth, in contrast to the earlier rounds, the combatants opened up considerably. In retrospect, the flashy Laracuente acknowledged that her ability to throw more punches might have been better served if she had begun sooner.” Clampitt improved to 19-4 (7 KO's) with the win.

On November 22, 2008 at Les Vielles Forges, Les Mazures, Ardennes, France, Anne-Sophie Mathis of Dombasle, France won a 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda for the WBC Junior welterweight title. The judges' scores were 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93. Mathis improved her record to 19-1-1 (16 KO's).

On December 20, 2008 at Charter Hall in Nairobi, Kenya, Zarika Njeri of Nairobi won a controversial 10-round unanimous (97-96,97-95,97-94) decision over Belinda for the WIBF Super Bantamweight title.  Correspondent  Edward Sande told WBAN that "In what appeared a one-sided affair, Kenyan Fatuma Zarika was shockingly announced as the winner by a unanimous decision much to the chagrin of Kenyan spectators who instead voiced their dissent by hoisting America based Puerto Rican Belinda Laracuente.  Laracuente was carried shoulder high as chants of USA…USA..rent the air even as the belt was being presented on a farce-like low key affair. Zarika hardly scored against the graceful and flashy Puerto Rican and her attempt to go for her traditional volatile kayo was easily smothered by a weaving and bobbing Laracuente.The 23-year-old Njeri's record advanced to 20-3-1 (12 KO's).

On April 23, 2009 at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, California, Jessica Rakoczy (130 lbs) of Las Vegas won a six-round unanimous (58-56 on all scorecards) decision over Belinda (133 lbs). According to Rich Bergeron in UnilimitedFightNews.com, "In the opening round, Rakoczy started off slow while trying to find her timing. As the fight continued, Rakoczy used her jab more effectively and found a home for her left hook. Laracuente had some brief moments where she landed some nice overhand rights that won her a couple of rounds. Entering the final stages of the bout, it was clear Rakoczy had found her rhythm and started to land at will."  Rakoczy, who was returning to the ring after giving birth to a baby boy and taking a one year layoff from boxing. improved her record to 30-3-0 (11 KOs).

On September 26, 2009 at the Yesha Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Belinda (130 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-37,40-36) decision over Lakeysha Williams (125 lbs) of Philadelphia, who fell to 9-15-3 (1 KO).

On October 16, 2010 at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, New Mexico, Belinda won a six-round unanimous (60-54x3) decision over DJ Morrison of Billings, Montana who fell to 2-6-0 (2 KO's).  

On August 13, 2011 at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado,
in the main event of a mixed MMA/boxing card  Layla McCarter (
138 lbs) of Las Vegas, Nevada won an eight-round unanimous decision over Belinda (137 lbs). Referee Stephen Blea from Denver said of the fight "Those two women gave fight fans in Ignacio one of the best matches I've ever personally experienced. Not one of the best women's matches, but one of the best matches PERIOD I've ever witnessed. A solid performance that should have fight fans that were in atttendance appreciative of what boxing is all about." Layla McCarter progressed to 34-13-5 (7 KO's) while Laracuente fell to 25-26-3 (9 KO's).

On March 17, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Belinda (134 lbs) won a six-round majority decision over Nicole Woods (138 lbs) of Stone Mountain, Georgia who fell to 11-9-2 (3 KO's).

On June 22, 2012 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jelena Mrdjenovich (129 lbs) of Edmonton who had opponents fall out before this bout won an eight-round unanimous (80-72,79-73,80-72) decision over Belinda (130 lbs)  in an non-title bout. Mrdjenovich improved to 27-8-1 (13 KO's) while Laracuente fell to 26-27-3 (9 KO's).

Laracuente is a stylish and skilled boxer, who brings good knowledge of boxing fundamentals and a strong dose of charisma to her fights. She likes to frustrate an opponent with her movement and elusiveness and her use of angles, but she will stand and trade when she has to, though often not soon enough in a fight to earn her a decision from judges who value aggressiveness.  

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Page last updated:  Monday, June 25, 2012

 
     
     
     
     
 

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