Marcela Eliana Acuña
(born October 16, 1976 in Formosa
) is an Argentine female boxer
, who is nicknamed La Tigresa
. Her mother wished for Acuña to become a ballerina
, but that was never Acuña's dream.
Acuña enjoyed boxing from a very early age. At the age of seven, she visited a boxing gym for the first time. Her first trainer, Ramon Chaparro
, would many years later become her husband.
Marcela Acuña became an accomplished martial arts
fighter before she decided to box for money. At the age of twelve, she had earned a black belt
and she became South America's champion in her division by the age of fourteen. She made sixteen successful title defenses.
She had to retire from karate due to pregnancy. In 1995, she and Chaparro had their first son. After some time away from combat sports, Acuña decided that she would return, only this time, she would compete in boxing.
Like Rafael Lovera
, Pete Rademacher
, and a few others before her, Acuña got a world title try on her very first match. On December 5, 1997, she was matched against WBC
women's world champion Christy Martin
, in Pompano Beach, Florida
, in an undercard that was headlined by Johnny Tapia
's world championship defense against Puerto Rico
's Andy Agosto
and which was shown nationally across the United States. Acuña was dropped in round ten, but she rose and finished the bout on her feet. Despite losing a unanimous decision by scores of 100-90 and 99-90 (twice), Acuña's performance was hailed by many fans and critics... Read More