Another big name is making her way from professional boxing to professional MMA as Kenia Enriquez has signed a multi-fight deal with Combate Americas. Enriquez, who has no MMA experience to speak of, is expected to make her professional MMA debut this fall at a yet to be announced Combate Americas card.
Combate Americas issued the following press release on the signing:
COMBATE AMERICAS SIGNS
TWO-TIME WORLD BOXING CHAMPION KENIA ENRIQUEZ
TO EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-FIGHT MMA PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT
Twenty-five year old phenom set to cross over to MMA in the fall
under the promotion of the global Hispanic sports franchise
NEW YORK- April 18, 2019 - Combate Americas announced today that it has signed two-time world boxing champion Kenia Enriquez (0-0 MMA; 21-1, 9 KO’s boxing) to an exclusive, multi-fight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotional agreement.
The 25-year-old Enriquez of Tijuana, B.C., Mex. will make her MMA rules debut under the promotion of Combate Americas on a fall date to be announced soon.
“Kenia Enriquez has been blazing a trail for women in the sport of boxing, and is now set on doing the same thing in the sport of MMA under Combate Americas, so we are excited to see her cross over and become a two-sport athlete,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The reigning, interim World Boxing Council (WBC) World Light Flyweight Champion and former World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Flyweight Champion, the right-handed Enriquez is coming off a unanimous decision win over Norleidys Graterol last October 6.
The victory marked Enriquez’s second successful defense of the interim WBC championship, and her eighth consecutive win in the squared circle.
A seven-year veteran of the professional ranks, Enriquez earned the WBC title with a 10-round, unanimous decision over Jessica Nery Plata on November 18, 2017.
Enriquez trains out of Tijuana for boxing, and out of Albuquerque, N.M. for MMA alongside fellow Combate Americas athlete Alejandro “Pato” Martinez, under MMA superstar Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS
Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport after soccer, for Spanish speaking fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes live event and original shoulder programming on some of the biggest television, OTT and digital platforms in Spanish and English, including Univision and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), DAZN, ESPN, GOL and Facebook Watch worldwide. The company also owns and operates a multi-platform media studio, La Jaula Studios.
Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, also the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been described by New York Magazine as "the marketing genius behind the UFC,” while Yahoo Sports has said he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented and cutting edge product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.