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Zulina La Loba Munoz

Méxican bantamweight Zulina "La Loba" Muñoz was born in San Vicente Chicoloapan, México, and boxes out of México City. She began boxing at age 16 when her father Fernando s took her to the gym where he coached his son. In addition to her boxing career she works as a nurse, and she is said to play the guitar "beautifully and romantically".  

She made her professional boxing debut on March 11, 2005 at Salon Super Estrella in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, scoring a first round knockout of Miriam Serrano, who fell to 0-5 with the loss and has not fought professionally again.

On November 19, 2005 at Arena Azteca Budokan, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina TKO'd Guadalupe "Diablita" Marroquin of Veracruz, México in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder. Marroquin fell to 0-2 with this loss.

On December 10, 2005 at Salon Rojo in Toluca, México, Zulina faced Guadalupe Marroquin again, this time knocking her out in the first round of another scheduled six-rounder and dropping her record to 0-3. Marroquin has also not fought again.

On December 19, 2005 at Crown Plaza in Tlalnepantla, México, Zulina (116¾ lbs) won by a second round TKO over Sandra Hernandez (5'5", 116¾ lbs) who was making her pro debut.  Hernandez later dropped down to flyweight and became the Méxican Flyweight champion in 2008.

On February 11, 2006 at Arena Azteca Budokan in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina knocked out debut fighter Patricia Contreras in the first round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Contreras has not fought since.

On March 18, 2006 at Expo Deporte in Toluca, México, Zulina knocked out debuter Beatriz Martinez in the first round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Martinez has not fought since.

On April 28, 2006 at Arena Neza in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina TKO'd Magdalena Leija of Coahuila, México at 0:54 in the second round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the vacant NABF Bantamweight title. WBAN's correspondent reported that "Considering that both fighters had near-perfect records – according to the Méxican sports journal Esto: 7-0-0 for Muñoz and 4-0-0 for Leija (the only blemish in each case being a single points win in a sequence of straight KOs) – that paper's assertion that Muñoz started as 'clear favourite' must have stung Leija ... and when (Muñoz) answered the bell for the first round, Magdalena Leija went for her throat. Muñoz managed to dodge or block most of her best punches, using her jab, as best she could, to keep her at bay, but Leija was apparently hell-bent on a first round knockout ... Leija, the one throwing most of the leather, and Muñoz, the one trying not to get hurt. As the round wore on, though, the storm began to blow itself out; Zulina caught her once or twice in the face with counters that seemed to have a chastening effect, as well as weakening her with powerful hooks to the abdomen; and as Leija returned to her corner at the end of the first round, Jesús López, covering the fight for Box Latino, sensed already that she was 'diminished'. Whether through tiredness or a moment of inattention, Leija left herself open as she resumed the attack in the second, and Zulina hit her. It was a right cross – a very hard one – and Leija was hurt. Muñoz needed no second invitation. Giving her opponent no chance to recover – it was the density of blows, in the view of López, as much as their power that sealed Leija's fate - Zulina buried her under a rockslide ... When referee Lupe García stepped between them twenty seconds later, the woman from Coahuila was slumped against the ropes with Zulina pounding her as though she were a carpet."  

On May 26, 2006 at Auditorio Enrique Batiz in Cuatlitlán Izcalli, México, Zulina defended her NABF title with a clear ten-round unanimous (99-91,99-91,98-92) decision over Fredee González, a Méxican who fights out of Los Angeles, California. WBAN reported that "After taking something of a hammering in the first three rounds, in which she was caught frequently with solid straight lefts and powerful right hooks to the head, and almost going to the canvas in the fourth, González rallied bravely in the fifth, managing to frustrate the 19-year-old champion by fighting at short- to medium-range and denying her the space to deliver either the left hook with which she knocked out Beatriz Martínez in her penultimate encounter or the right cross that (effectively) won her the title last month.". Gonzalez fell to 1-1-1 with the loss.

On July 15, 2006 at Explanada Mercado Benito Juarez in Toluca, México, Zulina TKO'd Martha Leticia Arevalo of Guadalajara, México at 1:30 in the first round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the NABF title. Arevalo fell to 1-8 with this loss - her only win had been against the winless Elizabeth Ruiz in 2002.

On September 2, 2006 in Acapulco, México, Zulina (116½ lbs) TKO'd Fredee Gonzalez (115¾ lbs) at 0:15 in the seventh round of a ten-rounder for the NABF title, dropping Gonzalez's record to 1-2-1. WBAN reported that "Twenty-year-old Fredee González's dreams of a world title lay in ruins last night after Zulina Muñoz (one year younger and a whole lot more talented, it seems) beat her for the second time in ten weeks; and this time — as she had promised — she did so far more convincingly. Both women had made excuses for their performances last time, with Muñoz saying she had been ill and González, that she had had insufficient time to prepare, that she was in fact the stronger of the two, and that she could knock Muñoz out. Not last night, she couldn't. According to Sergio Abarca (NotiMéx), 'The She-Wolf', Muñoz, was far superior from the start, punishing her challenger for the NABF bantamweight title with blows to both head and body, and systematically undermining her resistance to the point where referee Evaristo Cedillo was forced to intervene and put a stop to the unequal contest. So the fight lasted just over twelve minutes; and the arguments — that had become quite bitter — about which of the two Méxican youngsters was in fact the better prospect can now, one assumes, be laid to rest."

On October 28, 2006 at Arena Azteca Budokan in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina knocked out debuter Jessica Trejo from Querétero in the first round of a scheduled eight-rounder. WBAN reported that "Box Noticias speculates that she was in a hurry to get to bed. Fighting in her home state, in front of her own supporters, Muñoz ... went flat out from the opening bell. The struggle was brief but cathartic ... Zulina got through with a combination, followed by a right cross that caught Trejo on the left eye. And that was it. Her knees wobbled and La Loba ... went for the kill: a murderous flurry culminating in an uppercut with the right hand and a precision left to the jaw. Whereupon the girl from Querétero hit the canvas ...".

On December 22, 2006 at Arena Azteca Budokan in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina knocked out debuter Kristina Koderre in the first round of a scheduled eight-rounder.

On February 3, 2007 at Estadio Carlos Serdan in Veracruz, México, Zulina TKO'd local star Irazema de la Fuente of Veracruz at 1:50 in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. As reported on WBAN: "(Muñoz) travelled to Veracruz to confront another of the rising stars of Méxican boxing, 16-year-old Irazema de la Fuente – at that time (unofficially) 8 and 0 – in her home town. A delicate mission, as she acknowledged in an interview with the local paper. 'I'm here for one reason,' she confessed to Miguel Scagno, 'which is to knock your girl out. They're trying to line me up a world title fight and I need a convincing result.  I prepare 100% per cent for all my fights – for each fight as though it were my last – but for this one, I've prepared even harder because she's going to be fighting in front of her own people, and that always provides extra motivation.' Irazema, a Rubenesque young beauty 'who looks more like a model,' noted Scagno, 'than a boxer, such is the flawlessness of her complexion,' hadn't analyzed videos of 'La Loba' but had watched her shadow box 'which gives you a pretty good idea,' she explained, 'of the way someone fights'. 'I have tremendous mobility in the ring; I can take a punch; and I have a powerful right hand. I also have good technique, but if ever I do have to slug it out with someone, I can. No one's ever beaten me and I never stop coming forward.'  De la Fuente knew that if she beat Muñoz, doors would open. But it was not to be." 

On April 21, 2007 at Arena Azteca Budokan in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina knocked out Jessica Trejo in the fourth round of a scheduler eight-rounder, dropping her to 0-2.  WBAN reported that "Last time Jessica Trejo of Querétaro tangled with NABF bantamweight champion Zulina Muñoz, she didn't last two minutes ... on Saturday evening she fared slightly better, detaining 20-year-old Zulina for all of four rounds, but the result was no different This brings Muñoz's official record to 14-0-0 with 13 KOs. The irony is that she isn't a slugger; at least, that's not the way she thinks of herself. "I'm a disciplined fighter," she told Miguel Scagno of Notiver, "and I try also to be a stylist in the ring". One of Muñoz's great strengths is that her left hand is almost as good as her right. And her finishing, as befits a nurse, is 'clinical'. "When I've softened up an opponent and it's time to take her out," she told Notiver, "I like to finish with her that instant – the faster the better."

On June 29, 2007 at Deportivo Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, México, Zulina knocked out Magdalena Leija in the seventh round of a ten-rounder for the NABF Bantamweight title. With this loss, Leija fell to 0-2-1 in fights known to WBAN, but Arturo Contreras at Notifight.com gave her pre-fight record as 7-2-0 (5 KO's). 

On July 13, 2007 at Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, México. Zulina TKO'd debuter San Juana Castaneda in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder.

Having built a stoppage-filled winning record in México, Zulina Muñoz went for her first fight abroad against a more formidable and experienced foe than before.

Alesia Graf (L) vs Zulina Muñoz in September 2007

On September 15, 2007 at Stadthalle in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, Alesia-Tamara Graf of Stuttgart, Germany defeated Zulina by a ten-round unanimous (97-92,96-93,97-92) decision for the GBU Junior Bantamweight title.  After Muñoz demanded a rematch, Graf stated, "The Méxican can have a rematch if she likes to get hit so much. However, then she'll get KO'd."  Muñoz fell to 16-1-0 (15 KOs) while the Belorussian-born Graf improved her record to 18-1-0 (8 KO's).

Graf was ranked #4 in the world by WBAN going into this fight, but  Muñoz was unranked by us owing to the lower level of her competition up to that point. The experience disparity did not faze Muñoz's manager Mauro Ayala who had stated that "Alesia has been on the canvas a few times. One of those occasions was to Alicia Ashley who does not hit very hard", adding "we have studied the European style." 

On February 23, 2008 at Auditorio de la Ciudad Deportiva in La Piedad, Michoacán de Ocampo, México, Zulina returned to competition with a third-round knockout of Jessica Trejo of Querétero, who fell to 0-3.  “Zulina finished her with a powerful combination,” reported Esto, “a straight right followed by a left hook.” This scheduled ten-rounder was Trejo's third loss to Muñoz.

On April 11, 2008 at Arena Azteca Budokan in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Zulina again faced Fredee Gonzalez, this time winning a ten-round unanimous decision. Gonzalez fell to 1-3-1.

On June 21, 2008 at Deportivo Benito Juárez, San Vicente Chicoloapan, México, Zulina won a ten-round unanimous decision over Maria Elena Villalobos for the vacant WBC International Bantamweight title. Villalobos fell to 2-2 with this loss.

Zulina Muñoz vs Galina Ivanova in September 2008

On September 6, 2008 at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana, México, Zulina (118 lbs) contested the WBC Bantamweight title with Galina Koleva Ivanova (118 lbs) of Bulgaria, a well-traveled triple world champion whose international experience included contests with Anita Christensen, Esther Schouten, Bettina Csabi, and Daisy Lang.   According to a report on SDFights.com, "In round one, the southpaw Bulgarian seemed cool and collected as she successfully boxed around the ring while Muñoz over anxiously stalked her opponent but failing to cut off the ring.  Ivanova finished off the round by scoring with a right/left combination that quickly became her weapon of choice.  In the second, the pace quickened as Ivanova opened the stanza by landing a big counter left to the jaw of Muñoz.  Although the Bulgarian continued to control the rhythm and pace of the bout, Muñoz began to close the gap and began to land lead left hooks to the head of the champion.  In the third, Ivanova began to increase her movement and effectively slip the body attack of Muñoz and in turn frustration began to show on the face of the Méxican.  Ivanova closes the round with another effective straight left that shocks Muñoz. The middle rounds were more of the same as Ivanova circled to her left, away from the right hand of Muñoz and effectively scored with right/left straight punch combinations.  By this point, it started to become apparent that the frequent head bumps that were initiated by Ivanova were frustrating Muñoz as much as the fact that the Méxican was ineffective at cutting off the ring of her quick-footed rival. Zulina Muñoz had her best round in the seventh as she landed a straight right/left hook to the head of Ivanova that stunned the champion and allowed her to trap Ivanova against the ropes and attack the body.  Muñoz opened the eighth with a right hand but the quick right hand jab of Ivanova opened a cut under the eye of the challenger.  After the success of Muñoz in the seventh, Ivanova made it a point to box her outclassed opponent for the remainder of the round. Although Muñoz had success in cutting off the ring in the ninth, Ivanova was still able to control the action with her straight punches to the head of Muñoz and finished off the bout with an impressive display of quick footwork and even quicker hands." Judge Roman Cruz scored it 96-94 for Ivanova,  judge Ramon Espinoza had it as a 95-95 draw while judge Alejandro Rochin Mapula saw it 96-94 for Muñoz. Ivanova moved her record to 9-6-3 (0 KO's).

Muñoz had returned to Germany for 25 days to prepare for her fight with Ivanova at the invitation of promoter Peter Kohl of Universum Boxing.

On April 18, 2009 at Gimansio Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua, Zulina (122½ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-72 x 3) deision over Paola Rojas (122¾ lbs) of Cartagena, Colombia, who fell to 3-8-1 (1 KO).

On February 19, 2010 at Centro de Convenciones in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, Zulina (118lbs) won the vacant Méxican Bantamweight title with a first-round TKO over Yolanda Segura (116¾ lbs) of Tampico, México, who fell to 5-2 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On March 27, 2010 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, México, Zulina (116¾ lbs) won a hard-fought ten-round unanimous (97-93,97-93,96-94) decision over Yazmin Rivas (115¾ lbs) of Torreon, México for the vacant WBC Youth Bantamweight title.  According to local news reports, Rivas won the first three rounds handily as Muñoz initially had problems defending her left hand, feints, and head movement, but Munoz rallied in the later rounds to outscore Rivas with combinations. "Being world champion is something indescribable, but I thank my family, my team, my manager and my agent who gave me the support to defeat an opponent who was fighting as hard as I was" said Muñoz, who finished the bout with a swollen face and a split lip. Rivas fell to 20-7-0 (8 KO's).  

On May 15, 2010 at Unidad Deportivo Benito Juárez in San Vicente Chicoloapan, México, Zulina (116¾ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-88 x 3) decision over Salma Canales (116¾ lbs) of Guadalajara, México for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title.  Zulina overcame an early cut to her left eye that was caused by a clash of heads. Canales was deducted two points, first for a head butt in the second round and then for holding in the third.  The overmatched Canales fell to 0-3.

Zulina Muñoz tested hard by Mayerlin Rivas in July 2010

On July 9, 2010 at the Gran Forúm in México City, Zulina (117 lbs) retained the WBC Youth Bantamweight title with a majority (93-93-93-93,92-93) draw against the feisty Mayerlin Rivas (116¾ lbs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela.  Rivas sent Muñoz to the canvas in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. The knockdown in the fifth came more from a push than a punch, but in the sixth Muñoz was dropped by a clean one-two combination. However, Rivas faded in the last three rounds of the clinch-filled fight while Munoz piled on the pressure and squared the scorecards with help from a point that was deducted from Rivas in the ninth round.  Both boxers had kept the referee busy throughout a fight that at times resembled a stand-up wrestling match more than sweet science as Munoz repeatedly charged into Rivas with her head down to get to close quarters. The close result sparked controversy and Rivas' manager Orangel "Memin" Ramos asked WBC for an immediate rematch between the two boxers. The WBC reviewed video of the fight and has reportedly ordered a rematch. Rivas moved to 6-1-1 (5 KO's). 
[Video pt 1]  [Video pt 2] [Video pt 3]

On August 28, 2010 at Museo Modelo de Ciencias e Industrias in Toluca, México, Zulina Munoz (117½ lbs) TKO'd Magdalena Leija (115¾ lbs) of Saltillo, México at 0:39 in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. Leija fell to 3-8-1 (0 KO's). [Video pt 2]

On December 18, 2010 at Palenque de la Feria, Celaya, Guanajuato, México, Zulina Munoz (115¾ lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Patricia Ordonez (115 lbs) of Tapachula, México at 1:34 in the first round.  For some reason, this mismatch was sanctioned by the WBC as a bout for its Youth Bantamweight title.

On January 14, 2011 at Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro, Iztacalco, in Distrito Federal, México, Zulina Munoz (115½ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision over Magdalena Leija, (117¾ lbs) of Saltillo, México for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title.  Leija fell to 4-9-1 (0 KO's).

On March 25, 2011 at Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Distrito Federal, México, Zulina Munoz successfully defended the WBC Youth Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous  (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over a bloodied but game and durable Judith Rodriguez of México, who fell to 1-3 (0 KO's).  

On May 26, 2011 at Foro Scotiabank in Polanco, Distrito Federal, México, Zulina Munoz (117¾ lbs) successfully defended the WBC Youth Bantamweight title when an overmatched Estefania Franco (116½ lbs) of Monterrey did not come out for the start of the fourth round with a possibly broken nose following a punishing third round. Franco fell to 0-2 with the loss in results known to WBAN (some Mexican media claim that Franco had seven wins prior to this fight).  

On July 16, 2011 at Arena San Juan in Nezahualcóyotl, México, Zulina Munoz (116¾ lbs) won the WBC Silver Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous (96-92,97-91,96-92) decision over Kandy Sandoval (115¼ lbs) of Xochimilco, México .  Sandoval was dropped by an overhand left in the first round but replied by knocking Munoz down with a right to the head in the second round. Sandoval went toe to toe with Munoz late in the fight in an attempt to turn the fight her way after the faster-punching Munoz had controlled the middle rounds,  Sandoval fell to 5-2 (1 KO) with the loss.  [Video]

On August 28, 2011 at Plaza de Toros in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico, Zulina Munoz (117½ lbs) TKO'd Verena Crespo (112½ lbs) of General Roca, Rio Negro, Argentina at 1:42 in the second round of a scheduled 10-rounder for the WBC Silver Bantamweight belt. Crespo dropped to her knees in a corner after a flurry of punches in which Munoz landed several hard lefts to the head in the second round, then the referee stopped the contest. The unranked Crespo fell to 6-5-1 (4 KO's).  [Video]

On December 3, 2011 at Deportivo Morelos Pavon in Mexico City, Zulina Munoz won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,99-95,99-92) decision over Fredee Gonzalez of Los Angeles for the WBC Silver Bantamweight title.   Munoz improved to 31-1-2 (21 KO's) while Gonzalez fell to 6-8-1 (2 KO's) with her fourth loss to Munoz. 

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