BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing)
Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques, the top-rated bantamweight in the U.S., is set to take on Nydia “Dha Phenomenal” Feliciano in a slated six-round affair at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion in St. Petersburg, Florida night.
This will be the toughest test yet for Bosques (8-1-2, 2ko’s) who is the top-rated bantamweight in the U.S and is on a four-fight winning streak. JMB originally brought the story several weeks ago.
“I’m very excited to face Nydia Feliciano here in Tampa March 13th,” Bosques said exclusively to Journeymen Boxing at the time they story broke.
The 31-year-old native of Saint Petersburg, Florida is fresh off a dominating performance against Chantel Cordova last December. She was able to move well around well in that one as she dictated the pace throughout the bout. She has stepped up her competition over her last several bouts.
However, she understands what Feliciano is bringing with her when she steps into the ring.
“She’s (Feliciano) been up against the best in a bigger weight division and I’m preparing for a big challenge. I’m counting on the support from my city, they have been my backbone through my boxing career.”
Feliciano (7-6-3) record is very deceptive and she has been in there with some very stiff competition. She has dropped her last two fights, which were against Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy, respectively.
She came in as the IWBF bantamweight world champion against Hardy and dropped a very tightly contested bout against Vincent in last July. It is fair to point out that the fight was in Vincent’s backyard and the scoring was very close.
Scoring read 59-55, 58-56, and 57-57 as Vincent picked up the majority decision win.
However, the 26-year-old native of the Bronx, New York is a banger and boxer and can grind it out during a fight.
“This is a good fight for Nydia to get back in the win column,” said Feliciano’s manager David Selwyn, who also managers current IFBA World flyweight champ Eileen Olszewski.
“Noemi is a talented, good fighter, and this should be a good fight at 118lbs,” he added.
Bosques last two fights went the distance which shows she can also win on the scorecards, but it will be interesting to see if she drops to a lower weight class going forward for a potential title fight at 112lbs.