Rachel Ball returned to the ring on 4th May at Walsall Town Hall where she fought Monika Antonik on the undercard of BCB Promotions’ ‘Neutral Ground – Battle of the Baggies’ edition.
It was a decisive victory for Ball, only confirmed by the 40-36 on referee Shaun Messer’s scorecard which moves her to 3-0-0 in her professional boxing career.
At 27 years of age – Ball, according to BoxRec, currently ranks 39 in the Featherweight Division and is the highest ranked Brit in the class.
Above her in the rankings sit the likes of the talented and experienced Mexican, Magaly Rodriguez who, at just 25, stands at 18-5-1, ranks at 17 and is also the current NABF Female Super Bantamweight Champion
Or, currently sitting at number 14 in the rankings the unbeaten 23 year old from Prague, Lucie Sedlackova who alongside her 11-0-1 record boasts a 33% KO percentage and who also currently holds the WBC Silver Female Featherweight Title
– Or again, at the highest regions, ranked No 1 – the extraordinary Serbian Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich who won the WBC/WIBF super Featherweight time when she beat Franchesca Alcanter back in 2012 and holds a 38-10-2 record with a KO percentage of 38%.
On the face of it, and with the apparently so often indomitable Mrdjenovitch at the helm and also with so many talented boxers standing in the way of her path to the dizzy heights of success, Ball’s attempt to leave her mark on the World level of the female boxing scene may look like a real uphill struggle – but having already won three World Titles in Kick Boxing, Ball can certainly say with confidence that she knows what it takes to become a World Champion.
– And with this it’s probably safe for us to assume that she’ll have some valuable insight into the types of challenges she’ll be likely to encounter as she focuses on continuing her climb up the ranks.
iFL TV interviewed the Aldridge fighter shortly after her win.
On Antonik’s behalf, it wasn’t as if she didn’t try.
But on this occasion, in her home town, in front of her largest audience yet since her pro boxing debut and on the undercard of one of the biggest fight nights of the year (certainly within the Midlands region) to this point in time, Rachel Ball – simply would not be denied.