By David A. Avila – The Prize Fighters
Texas born Selina “Aztec Queen” Barrios travels a rocky path that most professionals with less than two years-experience seldom partake. She fights anybody who wants to fight regardless of record or experience.
She doesn’t worry about it.
But out of the shadows of retirement a former multi-division world champion once considered one of the best fighters pound for pound decided to return to the wars.
Her name is Melissa Hernandez.
The undefeated Barrios (5-0, 2 KOs) eagerly awaits the challenge of fighting Puerto Rico’s talented Hernandez (22-7-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday April 27 at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana. DAZN may stream the fight, if time allows.
Barrios knows all about her next opponent.
“I know she was a former world champion and has experience being in the ring. I don’t pay attention to it. I pretty much go there and do what I do,” said Barrios, 26, who lives and trains in San Antonio. “She has a brawling kind of style. Every single person I fight, the style is going to be different. In the actual ring anything can happen.”
So far Barrios has fought former amateur stars with box and move styles, brawlers and Mexican style fighters like Patricia Juarez the sister of Mariana Juarez. This time she’s facing a veteran in Hernandez who has massed world titles in the super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions.
Hernandez last fought against Layla McCarter about three years ago when the Las Vegas fighter could not find an opponent. She has fought the pound for pound fighter four times and is the last to beat her. That was more than 11 years ago.
Few can match Hernandez’s skills, but it’s been since 2016 that she last entered the prize ring. But if she’s ready, anything can happen and Barrios says she is ready.
“My dad said I’m pretty much coming out of now where. I expected to fight these girls with names in female boxing in every one of my fights,” said Barrios whose dad trains her and brother Mario Barrios a top welterweight contender. “Each of them has had some type of experience. When they told me about this fight it wasn’t surprising to me.” Continue Reading…