Facts about Chris Namus
Who is Chris Namus? Liverpool’s ‘Miss GB’ Natasha Jonas (10-2-1, 7 KOs) faces the relatively unknown Uruguayan Chris 'El Bombon Asesino' Namus (25-6, 8KOs) for the Vacant WBO Female World Super-Welterweight Championship on Saturday 19th February at the AO Arena Manchester on the blockbuster BOXXER Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook card, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.
As it's Namus's first fight in the UK, BBN decided to find out some interesting information about the female fighter right here:
Chris Namus was born Christian Adriana Namus Corrales on October 3, 1987, in Montevideo, the largest city and capital of Uruguay.
Namus has been a professional boxer since 2007 and won the IBF World Female title in October 2017 in the highlight of a 32-fight career.
The former world champion held the IBF female junior middleweight title from 2017 to 2018. She also challenged for the WBC interim female light welterweight title in 2009; the WBO female light-welterweight title twice in 2011 and 2012; and the undisputed female welterweight title in 2016.
As of September 2020, she was ranked as the world's fifth best active female junior middleweight by The Ring and BoxRec.
She has fought in five different countries – 24 times in Uruguay; four times in Argentina; Brazil; Canada; and twice in Germany.
Her six defeats have come at the hands of opponents with a combined record of 90-3-2.
She is managed by Artan Verbica, who also manages Femke Hermans (Savannah Marshall's next opponent)
Her alias 'El Bombon Asesino' translates to 'The Candy Killer ' or 'The Sweet Killer'.
She has one 'No Contest' on her record after she defeated Loli Munoz on a mixed decision and was declared the winner until it was later noticed that the last round (10th) was only 1miunte 28seconds long due to a timekeeper's mistake, so the FUB declared the contest null and void.
Namús made her pro debut on in May 2007, scoring a four-round UD victory against Maria Eugenia Lopez in her home city.
After compiling a record of 9-0 (2 KOs), she faced Lely Luz Flórez for the WBC interim female light welterweight title in August 2009 at the Palacio Peñarol – the same venue as her debut – but suffered her first defeat via first-round TKO.
Two years later, after eight wins in nine fights (plus a no contest), she fought for the WBO female light welterweight title against reigning champ Fernanda Soledad Alegre in December 2011 in Argentina. After struggling to gain a foothold in the first half of the fight, Namús began to take control in the latter half, but the judges deemed the effort too little, too late, scoring the bout 97–93 twice and 98–92 in favour of Alegre, handing Namús the second defeat of her career.
The pair had an immediate rematch four months later in April 2012. Alegre again won by UD, a result that was criticised by the commentary team for Argentine broadcasters, TyC Sports. The three judges scored the bout even closer than the first at 97-92, 96-93, and 95-94.
Following the consecutive defeats to Alegre, Namús scored five wins, one by knockout, before facing reigning undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus for the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO female titles on February 27, 2016 in Halle, Germany. Namús suffered the fourth defeat of her career, losing by a shutout UD with all three judges scoring the bout widely at 100–90.
After a six-round UD victory against Marisa Nuñez in April 2017, Namús faced Yamila Reynoso for the vacant IBF female junior middleweight title on August 12 at the familiar venue, Palacio Peñarol. In a fight which saw Reynosa receive a point deduction for use of her head, Namús captured the vacant IBF title with a wide UD victory, with judges' scorecards reading 100–89, 99–90, and 98–91.
She retained her title with a UD victory against Katia Alvariño in October 2017 before facing Marie-Eve Dicaire on December 1, 2018 in Canada where she lost her IBF strap via UD in her second defence.
Wins by KO: 8
Losses by KO: 1
KO Ratio: 25%
Height: 5 ft 81⁄2 in (174 cm)