Yulihan Alejandra Luna Ávila, a Mexican professional boxer, has had an impressive career, becoming a two-weight world champion. She currently holds the WBC female bantamweight title since 2020 and previously held the IBF female junior featherweight title from 2014 to 2016.
Luna began her professional journey with a victory on 28 October 2011, defeating Sandra Paulido via a four-round unanimous decision (UD) in Gómez Palacio, Mexico. However, she faced her first defeat in her next bout against Araceli Palacios in May 2012, losing by UD over four rounds.
After a series of victories, she challenged Jéssica Gónzalez for the WBC female interim bantamweight title on 28 June 2014 but suffered her second defeat, losing by a ten-round UD. Nevertheless, she bounced back with a UD win against Samantha Estrada in August and then secured the IBF female junior featherweight title in November by defeating Carolina Marcela Gutiérrez via UD.
In her subsequent fight against IFBA junior featherweight champion Maureen Shea in August 2015, Luna retained her title through a split draw after a competitive match. She took a break from boxing after giving birth and returned in September 2017, securing an eight-round UD victory against Katia De La Parra. Luna continued to achieve more victories, but her third defeat came in November 2018 when she lost via UD in a non-title bout against the reigning WBC female super flyweight champion, Guadalupe Martínez Guzmán.
Nevertheless, Luna’s determination paid off when she faced WBC female bantamweight champion Mariana Juárez on 31 October 2020. She dominated the fight, and the judges scored it decisively in her favor, with two of them giving her a score of 100–90 and the third one scoring it 99–91, thus awarding her the WBC title via UD, making her a two-weight world champion.
After the fight, there was some controversy when Juárez accused Luna of cheating and made her accusations public. Luna vehemently denied the allegations, and her hand wraps and gloves were thoroughly examined by representatives of the WBC, who confirmed their legality before the result was officially announced.
Despite the controversy, Yulihan Alejandra Luna Ávila’s boxing career has been filled with notable accomplishments, and she continues to be a prominent figure in the sport.