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Esmeralda Moreno

Flyweight Esmeralda "La Joya" Gutiérrez Moreno was born on 7 July 1987 in Chimalhuacan, Mexico.  She entered boxing to learn to protect herself after witnessing a case of domestic violence with one of her neighbors.  "I said, when I get to marry, nobody is going to put a hand on me. I learned to defend myself and then I did not stay in high school and I started to train."  She found that she enjoyed the atmosphere in the gym and gradually became convinced that she should fight competitively.  She is coached by Victor "Cowboy" Diaz.

She made her pro debut at age 17 on April 20, 2005 at Salon Fascinacion in Mexico City, winning a four-round unanimous decision over fellow debuter Clara Perez.

On May 21, 2005 at Discoteca Esfinge in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico she won a four-round unanimous decision over Claudia Hernandez, who was making her pro debut.

On August 6, 2005 at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, she won a four-round unanimous decision over debuter Graciela Nino.

On November 4, 2005 at Salon Metropolis in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, she won a four-round unanimous decision in a rematch with Claudia Hernandez, who fell to 0-2.

On April 21, 2006 at Salon Marbet Plus in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl,  Esmeralda (108 lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Yadira Rosales (112½ lbs) of Mexico City who fell to 1-3.

On June 7, 2006 at Salon Sagitario in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Esmeralda TKO'd Mayela Perez of Saltillo, Mexico in the final round of a scheduled six-rounder.  Perez fell to 7-4-1 with the loss.

On August 4, 2006 at Salon Emperador in Iztacalco, Mexico, she TKO'd Gloria Rios in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-rounder.  Rios, who had been fighting professionally since 1999 and had previously faced Ana Maria Torres and Mariana Juarez, fell to 3-6-1 (0 KO's) with the loss in her last pro bout.

On March 30, 2007 at Arena-Casino Los Fresnos in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, Esmeralda lost to Susana Vazquez of Toluca, Mexico by a 93-97,95-96,95-95 majority decision in a ten-rounder for the vacant Mexican bantamweight title.

On August 2, 2007 at Vive Cuervo Salon in Mexico City, Esmeralda lost by a split decision to Ibeth Zamora Silva of San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México in a six-rounder.  Zamora improved to 2-0 (0 KO's) with the win.

On September 14, 2007 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, Esmeralda TKO'd Magaly Jazmín Avalos in an eight-rounder for the Mexican Bantamweight title.

Alesia Graf vs Esmeralda MorenoOn November 30, 2007 at the DM-Arena in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Alesia-Tamara Graf (113½ lbs) of Germany won a ten-round unanimous (97-93,97-94,
98-92) decision over Esmeralda Moreno (113 lbs) defending the GBU Junior Bantamweight title. WBAN correspondent Torben L. said that "Esmeralda Moreno's disadvantage in height and reach was compensated by speed, a good and repertoire of punches and the courage to take Graf's punches to get in close. The first round went clearly to the Mexican, who caught Graf with a couple of very powerful right hands, and had her backed up in the corner twice and used the opportunity to work her over with some very good combinations to the body and head. When Graf sat down after the first round, she had that "Oh no, not one of those days" expression on her face. The second round began pretty much as the first ended, with Moreno cornering Graf and punishing her with some very good body punches. Graf looked slightly better in this round, but Moreno stayed focused and kept marching forwards, which ought to have won her the round. In the following rounds, Graf was able to get through with more punches, although Moreno made an immediate payback in most of the time. Graf's corner kept telling to keep her distance, and when began following the advice, she was able to score with her counter punching, and did not get caught on the ropes as often as she did in the early rounds. In the later rounds Moreno lost some of her precision, and began missing more punches, but she still kept coming forward until the final bell. The fans gave both boxers loud and well deserved applause for an action packed and well fought bout, but the announcement of the scores, 97-93, 97-94 & 98-92 was received with widespread booing by the Karlsruher crowd. Many had no doubt seen the gutsy Mexican as the winner of this fight."  Graf improved her record to 19-1 (8 KO's) with the win. 

Esmeralda Moreno vs Ibeth Zamora Silva in 2008On February 23, 2008 in San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México, Esmeralda Moreno won a ten-round rematch with local favorite Ibeth Zamora Silva for the interim Mexican Flyweight title by a majority (97-93,97-93,96-96) decision.  Zamora, who fell to 3-1 (0 KO's) with the loss, says she was "not as mentally prepared" for the fight as Moreno.

On August 30, 2008 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs) of Mexico City won a 10-round unanimous decision over Esmeralda Moreno (114½ lbs) for the Interim WBC Junior Bantamweight title.  The judges' scores were 99-91, 98-92, 99-91. Moreno fell to 9-4 (3 KO's).  Torres improved her record to 16-3-2 (10 KO's) with the win.  

Mariana Juarez vs Esmeralda MorenoOn November 29, 2008 at Arena México in México City, Mariana Juarez (110¼ lbs) of México City won a 10-round (100-90,98-93,
99-91) unanimous decision over Esmeralda Moreno (111 lbs)  to retain her WBC International Flyweight title. WBAN reported that "Esmeralda applied pressure throughout, but as round succeeded round, Mariana’s greater experience and superior technique became increasingly apparent. Through the precision of her jab and the more powerful shots from her right hand, she kept a rein on her valiant challenger, although the latter managed nonetheless to land a number of hard blows to the champion’s face. In the first four rounds, Moreno had some good moments, but from the fifth onwards, Mariana reacted and punished her with hard punches of her own to the face. Esmeralda tried to get back into the fight in the sixth, but she proved incapable of deciphering the movements of the champion. By the seventh, the loser was displaying tiredness and Mariana took advantage. She won the eighth, penetrating Moreno’s guard with missiles to the head. In the ninth, Esmeralda was nearing exhaustion and Juárez piled in on her, looking for the defining blow. The champion finished strongly in the final round to seal her eighteenth victory."  Juarez improved to 18-5-3 (9 KO's) with this win. [Video pt1] [Video pt2]

On June 27, 2009 at the outdoor Arena Texcoco Lecheria in Texcoco de Mora, México, Esmeralda (108 lbs) won a hard-fought ten-round unanimous (99-94,99-95,99-96) decision over Anahi "Pantarita" Torres (107 lbs) of Tlalnepantla, México for the interim Mexican Junior Flyweight title. Seven thousand fans saw the electrifying showdown between two boxers who both had plenty of local support, Moreno drawing hers from nearby Ciudad Neza while Torres was supported by family and friends only a few minutes away. Torres fell to 3-4 (0 KO's).with the loss.  

On August 23, 2009 at Salon 21 in México City, Esmeralda won by a TKO over Susana Morales Barrios of México City at 0:56 in the first round of a scheduled ten-rounder defending the interim Mexican Junior Flyweight title.

On October 24, 2009 at Palacio del Arte in Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, México, Esmeralda (105 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Mayela Perez (102½ lbs) of Saltillo, México for the vacant WBC Youth Minimumweight title.  Perez fell to 8-12-2 with the loss.

Esmeralda Moreno and Carolina MontenegroOn February 13, 2010 in front of her home fans at Domo Deportivo Metropolitano in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Esmeralda (108 lbs) knocked out Carolina Montenegro (108 lbs) of Panama in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the vacant WBC Junior Flyweight title.  Montenegro (at right in weighin photo) fell to 4-3-2 (0 KO's) with the loss.

On March 12, 2010 at Palasport in Bertinoro, Emilia Romagna, Italy, undefeated Simona Galassi (111¼ lbs) of Italy won a ten-round unanimous (100-89,100-90,99-90) decision over Esmeralda (111¼ lbs) defending the WBC Flyweight title.  Both boxers worked from range in the early going, with southpaw Galassi's lead rights landing with better accuracy than Moreno's jab. Moreno pressed the action harder in the later rounds but Galassi's quick hands and superior technique kept her out of any serious trouble for the decision. Moreno was cut over her left eye in the fifth round and Galassi over her right eye in the sixth but both corners were able to contain the damage effectively. Most rounds were closer than the scorecards might suggest, but Galassi's more precise counterpunching had frustrated most of Moreno's attempts to close the distance behind her own jab. Galassi moved her record to 13-0-1 (3 KO's) with the win. [Video]

On May 15, 2010 at Deportivo Benito Juárez in San Vicente Chicoloapan, México, Esmeralda (108 lbs) TKO'd Abigail Villar of 24 de diciembre, Panama in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title.  Villar fell to 3-5-2 (1 KO).

On July 3, 2010 at the Gran Forúm in México City, Esmeralda (108 lbs) TKO'd Yesenia "La Pequena" Martinez Castrejon (108 lbs) of Palenque, Chiapas, México at 1:09 in the ninth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Moreno had controlled most of the rounds with her jab, movement and quick combinations while the shorter  Martinez was more effective when they mixed it up at close quarters.  The referee halted the bout after Martinez took a flurry of punches to the head without answering back. Martinez fell to 6-6 (5 KO's) with the loss. [Video pt 1] [Video pt 2]

On August 7, 2010 at the Arena México in México City, Esmeralda (108 lbs) TKO'd Maricela Quintero (105¾ lbs) of Culiacan, México at 1:02 in the final round of a ten-rounder for the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Quintero fell to 5-2 (0 KO's) with the loss. [Video pt1] [Video pt2] [Video pt 3]

Esmeralda Moreno vs Linda SanchezOn December 11, 2010 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, México, Esmeralda (108 lbs) won a ten-round split decision over Linda Sanchez (108 lbs)of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, México for the WBC Youth Junior Flyweight title. Linda Sanchez fell to 10-4-0 (5 KO's) with the loss.

On February 19, 2011 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Esmeralda (106½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-92x3) decision over Jessica "Kika" Chavez (106½ lbs) of México City for the interim Mexican Junior Flywieight and vacant WBC Silver Junior Flyweight titles.  Chavez fell to 10-3-2 (2 KO's) with the loss.

Esmeralda Moreno vs Maribel RamirezOn April 23, 2011 at the Coliseum Don King in Texcoco, México, Esmeralda won a ten-round unanimous (98-91,97-92,97-92) decision over Maribel Ramirez of México City defending the WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title. Ramirez fell to 4-3-1 (2 KO's).

On July 2, 2011 at Plaza De Toros El Paseo in San Luis Potosi, México, Esmeralda (105¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over US-born Maria "Mary" Salinas (107 lbs) of Coahuila de Zaragoza, México defending the WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title.  Salinas, who is from McAllen, Texas, fell to 8-1-1 (4 KO's) with her first pro loss.  

Esmeralda Moreno vs Linda SanchezOn August 27, 2011 at Plaza de Toros in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, México, Esmeralda (106½ lbs) TKO'd Linda Sanchez (107¾ lbs) of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, México at 2:59 in the seventh round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title. Sanchez was hurt by a left hook to the liver as the bell sounded to end the seventh, and was helped to her corner by the referee.  Sanchez was ruled unable to continue during the round break, resulting in the TKO; she fell to 11-6 (6 KO's) with her second loss to Moreno.

On January 7, 2012 at the Arena Adolfo López Mateos in Tlalnepantla, México,  Esmeralda Moreno (108 lbs)  won a ten-round unanimous decision over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon (107 lbs) of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico for the WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title.  Castrejon fell to 10-9 (8 KO's) with the loss.

On May 1, 2012 at Expo Feria, Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, Esmeralda Moreno successfully defended her WBC Silver Junior Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (98-91,97-93,97-94) decision over the overmatched Guadalupe Bautista who fell to 3-4-1.  

On June 23, 2012 at Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo in Puebla, Mexico, Esmeralda Moreno (107 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (98-92,99-94,97-93) decision over Naomi Togashi (107½ lbs) of Tokyo Japan for the WBC Junior Flyweight world title. Moreno took charge after she rocked Togashi with an uppercut in the fourth and caught her Japanese opponent with hard combinations at the end of the sixth. Togashi said after the fight that new world champion was "a great fighter, very technical".  Togashi suffered her first pro loss as she fell to 10-1-1 (5 KO's).

On November 3, 2012 at Unidad Deportiva El Chamizal, Zamora, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, Esmeralda Moreno won a clear ten-round unanimous (99-91,98-92,96-94) decision over an elusive Maricela Quintero of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico defending the WBC Junior Flyweight title. Moreno used precise combination punching to control the action and improve her record to 25-6 (9 KO's) while Quintero fell to 11-3-1 (0 KO's).

Esmeralda says that she now "lives the sport", but she is also studying Criminal Sciences at UNAM. 

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