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“The Tigress Acuña”: a legend of boxing

Learn more about Marcela “La Tigresa” Acuña, a legend inside and outside the ring. His beginnings and achievements in a man-run environment.


That Argentina is macho (the world in general is, but in Being Argentino we are always interested mainly in what happens in our country) already There's almost no argument. And one of the symbolic aspects in which it is most noticeable is in the recognition that prominent personalities receive depending on whether they are male or female - Yeah . This phenomenon occurs, in particular, in the world of sport. We have among our compatriots true legends of each of their disciplines and we do not usually pay tribute to them as they deserve. From these pages, with the series of notes that we are publishing about heroines of women's sport we may start, little by little, to make up for the mistake. In this case, let's talk about Marcela “La Tigresa” Acuña.

One legend of the box: Marcela “La Tigresa” Acuña

La Tigresa's mother wanted me to be a dancer, but Marcela never cared. At the age of seven he was already training boxing in a systematic manner. Her first coach (Ramón Chaparro) would become her husband over the years.

He got the world's featherweight and superrooster weighttitles. But his true record is another. Like most female athletes (it is noted, by for example, in football), in addition to standing out in their respective disciplines, has had to break through in terms of rights. And at this point La Tigresa has a very important record: on April 28, 2001 he faced Jamillia Lawrence in Buenos Aires in what would be the first professional fight of female boxing of our country. It took only two years (which demonstrates the size of his talent) get the first world title won by a Argentine boxer: she became the belt carrier of the superrooster category.

The Tigress karateca

A little bit of data known and fundamental to understanding its performance and technique is that, as well as boxing, girl “La Tigresa” studied martial arts, reaching Karate's black belt at the age of twelve and becoming a champion South American in its category at fourteen. Retained the title more than four years and stopped training when she became pregnant. After being prepared for return to the activity, decides to take the leap. He's not going to go on with Karate. She'll be a full-time fighter.

On 19 of January 2002 is another historical fact: for the first time in the history of our country is disputed a national women's boxing title. The Tigress won by KO to “La Leona” Patricia Quirico to 15 seconds of the first round.

Finally, two details that mark the size of its greatness: a race from the Palermo bears his name (honor he shares with Horacio Accavallo and Locomotive Castro, among others) and in 2010 won the Diploma of Merit of the Konex Awards in the category “best boxers of the decade”, winning his colleagues male. What they say, a winner in every way.

Publication Date: 02/12/2019

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