15-year-old Rianna Doforo is capturing attention as she embarks on a promising career.
While the BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control) imposes strict regulations and bars individuals under 18 from obtaining professional licenses, the global landscape presents varying rules.
At the age of 15, Doforo has been granted permission to box on Thursday night in Mexico City.
Doforo’s first challenge comes in the form of a four-round bout against Milagros Hernandez Gonzalez, aged 39. Despite the significant age difference, her record of zero wins and six losses positions Doforo as the expected favorite in this encounter.
Doforo trains in Doncaster under the guidance of the esteemed boxing coach and manager, Stefy Bull. Bull also represents world champion Terri Harper and stands firm in his belief in Doforo’s capabilities.
While some express concerns about Doforo entering the professional arena at such a tender age, Bull dismissed those worries. He said ITV: “She’s not going in with a world class fighter. She’s going in where she’s well-matched and we’re going over there for the occasion…”
“She’s got everything. She’s got the look, she can speak, she can fight, she’s got the shape, she’s athletic. Sometimes in life you drop on something that’s the full package and it’s very, very rare, and I believe that she’s the full package.”
While an early debut in professional boxing remains a rarity for British competitors, it’s not an unfamiliar journey for those in North America. Canelo Alvarez is a boxing icon who turned professional at the age of 15 in his homeland. He ultimately ended up becoming the pound-for-pound king of boxing.
Devin Haney similarly went to Mexico for early matches at the age of 16.
15-year-old 🇬🇧 Rianna Doforo won her professional debut in Mexico with a 4-round UD over Milagros Hernandez.
As Rianna Doforo steps into the ring for her debut, only time will unveil the trajectory of her boxing career. The boxing world eagerly awaits to witness if Doforo can carve her path to success.
A HUGE congratulations to my niece @RiannaDoforo and brother @DoforoLiam on winning your pro debut fight in Mexico, you put the work in, you get the results, so proud of you, well done, love you 💛🥊 pic.twitter.com/XnkB3OOtwL
— miguel doforo (@migueldoforo) November 10, 2023