Top Rank, Inc., on behalf of Teofimo Lopez, Jr., formally requests “WBO Super Champion” status in the Jr. Welterweight Division.

Top Rank, Inc., on behalf of Teofimo Lopez, Jr., formally requests “WBO Super Champion” status in the Jr. Welterweight Division.

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From: Carl Moretti <cmoretti@Date: August 21, 2023 at 8:56:57 PM ASTTo: Paco <pacoval@, golivieriesq@Cc: Jeremy Koegel <JKoegel@Subject: Teofimo Lopez





I hope this letter finds you well.


The purpose of my communication is to respectfully request that consideration be given for elevating current WBO jr. welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez to Super Champion status.


As you are aware Teofimo most recently defeated then WBO world champion Josh Taylor at MSG on June 10. His performance has received accolades throughout the boxing community as well as a nomination for “Performance of the Year”.


It should also be noted that Taylor is a former Undisputed Unified 140-pound world champion never losing any of his titles inside the ring when he fought Teofimo.


This convincing victory, as well the dominant one against former unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, clearly reflects the magnitude of Teofimo’ accomplishments and justifies our request to be named a Super Champion in the junior welterweight division.


He is now once again listed as a pound-for-pound fighter and clearly “Must See TV”, as evident by his ratings on ESPN and across all social platforms that generate immense interest when he fights and defends his WBO jr. welterweight championship.


Should there be anything else you may require or would like to discuss in further detail please feel free to reach out to me at any time.


As always, we appreciate your consideration and sincerely believe in the merits of our request.



Carl Moretti

Top Rank

Vice President-Boxing Operations




Shakur Stevenson said it would be one-sided, and he stayed true to his word, rolling past Namibian knockout artist Jeremiah Nakathila via unanimous decision (120-107, 3x) to win the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight world title Saturday at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

Nakathila (21-2, 17 KOs) had the height and reach advantage but little else to trouble Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs), a former featherweight world champion looking to conquer a second weight division.

Stevenson knocked down Nakathila with a lightning-fast right hook in the fourth round, and the one-way traffic continued into the second half of the fight.

The knockout did not come, and Stevenson had to settle for the one-sided decision. With Nakathila out of the way, he has bigger names in mind.

Stevenson said, “To be honest, I didn’t really like my performance. I felt I could’ve performed a lot better, but it was an awkward fighter. You had an awkward fighter throwing hard punches, and he knows how to grab and get away. He was a real awkward fighter. That’s all.”

“I tried to {get him out of there} a little bit, but I started getting hit with some solid shots. I ain’t really like it, but next time I’m going to work on moving my head a little bit more and step it up a little more.”

“If I had the choice, I’d take Oscar Valdez, but if I had to beat up Jamel {Herring} to get to it, I’ll do that, too.”

Tampa, FL: NABO welterweight Champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin and challenger Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan went face to face at press conference at the Children’s Cancer Center in anticipation of their clash of this Friday, July 7th at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Valentin, 22, a Bay Area Title hopeful of puertorrican heritage, is ranked #9 by the WBO and has a record of 12-0-9 KO’s. Santillan, 25, hails from San Diego, California of Mexican roots is a former NABF Champion and spots an unblemished record of 21-0-11 KO’s. This battle between undefeated prospects is schedule for 10 rounds with Valentin’s title at stake. 
Also on hand WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel who will supervise the bout, took the opportunity and made a $3,000.00 dollar donation on behalf of the organization to the Children’s Cancer Center for the second year in a row. This years donation was made in memory of former WBO ratings chairman Luis Perez who passed away last December 28 after battling with the disease.
In a special attraction local female sensation Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques will face Sonia Osorio in another classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico schedule for 6 rounds in the super flyweight division.
5 more fights on the card. Doors open at 7PM, first fight 8:00 PM. The A La Carte Pavilion is located @ 4050 Dana Shore Drive, Tampa, FL. For Information and Tickets call 813-454-7800. Valentin Vs. Santillan is presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Thompson Boxing and will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.

Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham will be sufficiently compensated for their efforts to help break the tie in their in-ring rivalry.

A recent purse bid was won by Sport Event Steinforth (SES), Stieglitz’ promoter to earn the right to promote the ordered super middleweight title fight. With a bid of more than $3.1 millon USD, SES will serve as lead promoter for the rubber match, which is scheduled to take place March 1 in Stieglitz’ hometown of Magdeburg, Germany.

The next highest bidder was Abraham’s promoter, Sauerland Event who offered a generous $1.5 million in hopes of gaining promotional control. Results of the purse bid were revealed through Sauerland Event’s Twitter feed.

“Another crazy purse bid today!! Abraham v Stieglitz. We bid USD 1.5m, SES bid more than double!! Congrats and thank you very much,” Kalle Sauerland tweeted on Sunday.

The bid amount translates to a career-high payday for Stieglitz (46-3, 26KO), who is guaranteed $2.3 million for the third defense of the super middleweight belt he won earlier this year. Abraham’s guaranteed amount comes out to roughly $800,000.

Both fighters have claime a win over the other in their respective hometowns, which for the moment favors Stieglitz heading into the potential tiebreaker. Abraham scored a career-resurrecting 12-round points win last August in his adopted hometown of Berlin, ending Stieglitz’ three-year stay as a super middleweight titlist, while himself becoming a two-division champ.

His stay near the top of the mountain wasn’t very long. Just one defense was managed by Abraham (38-4, 28KO) made one title defense before returning the favor of defending the title on the road, agreeing to face Stieglitz in Magdeburg for the rematch. Stieglitz delivered a career best performance, delivering a genuinely shocking moment for the 2013 boxing season in destroying Abraham after just three full rounds of action.

Stieglitz has since enjoyed two title defenses amidst a current four-fight win streak.

Abraham enters what could possibly serve as his last-ever title shot having won two straight. The 33-year old is 6-1 overall in life beyond the Super Six tourmanent, which – while financially beneficial – nearly ruined his career, suffering three of his four career losses over the course of the extended round robin tournament.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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El poder de las divisiones supergallo y superligero será ampliamente demostrado cuando cuatro grandes de estas categorías midan fuerzas en una excepcional noche de boxeo de campeonato mundial.

Uno de los mejores boxeadores libra por libra del mundo, Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire expondrá sus coronas supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante el ex campeón mundial supergallo del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), Toshiaki Noshioka, actual campeón emérito.

En otro duelo de gran explosividad el ex campeón mundial de peso ligero Brandon “Bam Bam” Ríos se enfrentara al clasificado mundial estadounidense Mike“Mile High” Alvarado en un combate de invictos programado a diez asaltos en peso superligero.

La función que será promovida por Top Rank en asociación con Teiken Promotions se llevará a cabo el sábado 13 de octubre en el Home Depot Center de la ciudad de Carson, California. Las dos peleas serán televisadas en vivo en el gustado programa “HBO Boxing After Dark” iniciando a las 10 p.m. (Este) y en diferido en la costa Oeste.

Estos cuatro guerreros tiene un record combinado de 131-5-4 con 86 KOs, un promedio de triunfos de 94% y un promedio de nocauts de 65%.

Información sobre los boletos, incluyendo los precios será anunciando más tarde.

“La historia nos dice que la única manera de dar el paso al estrellato es aceptado retos como lo están haciendo Donaire, Nishioka, Ríos y Alvarado este 13 de octubre. Son jóvenes, tiene hambre y quieren la gloria”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.

“Estamos seguros que los aficionados marcara la fecha del 13 de octubre en su calendario para no perderse estos dos combates de gran acción en nuestro popular programa nocturno de boxeo”, dijo Kerry Davis, vicepresidente de programación de HBO.

Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), oriundo de General Santos City, Filipinas, pero residente de San Leandro, California, ha ganado 28 peleas consecutivas, incluyendo una sobre el armenio Vic Darchinyan para ganar el título mosca de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) que lo convirtió en estrella instantáneamente.

El filipino también conquistó el campeonato mundial de peso supermosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y en abril de 2011 noqueó espectacularmente al mexicano Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel para conquistar los campeonato gallos del CMB y la OMB. El pasado mes de febrero en San Antonio, Texas, Donaire conquisto el título supergallo de la OMB al derrotar por puntos al ex campeón mundial puertorriqueño Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y el pasado mes de octubre en Nueva York le propinó su primera derrota profesional al legendario monarca argentino Omar“Huracán” Narváez.

El astro filipino que es reconocido como uno de los mejores cinco boxeadores libra por libra del mundo no ha perdido en 11 años. En su más reciente combate el pasado 7 de julio en el Home Depot derroto por puntos a Jeffrey Mathubela para arrebatarle la corona de las 122 libras de la FIB al aguerrido sudafricano.

“Quiero todos los campeonatos mundiales de las 122 libras y los voy a conseguir. Ante Nishioka es cuestión de orgullo, pues sé que muchos piensa que él mejor boxeador de la división y quiero demostrar que lo soy yo”, dijo Donaire.

Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs), de Hyogo, Japón, ha ganado 16 peleas seguidas en los últimos ocho años. Conquisto el campeonato supergallo del CMB en 2008 e hizo ocho exitosas defensas de esa corona incluyendo su victoria sobre el mexicano Rafael Márquez en el 2011 en Las Vegas en la ha sido su más reciente actuación.

Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs), de Oxnard, California, fue campeón ligero de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) e hizo una defensa exitosa. Ha ganado 10 de sus últimas 12 peleas por la vía rápida y estará haciendo su debut en las 140 libras en este combate. En su más reciente combate el pasado 14 de abril en Las Vegas, derroto por puntos a Richard Abril en un aguerrido combate.

Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs), de Denver, Colorado, ha ganado 10 de sus últimas 10 peleas por nocauts. El Clasificado número uno de la OMB en las 140 libras. En su más reciente actuación el 14 de abril en Las Vegas derroto a Mauricio Herrera por puntos en una pelea de toma y daca de principio de a fin.

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Huck actually practiced Taekwando and kickboxing before becoming a boxer. As an amateur kickboxer he had some success, winning a gold medal at first the W.A.K.O European championships in 2002 and 2003 at the age of 18. Despite his success in kickboxing, Huck decided to switch completely to boxing. In 2004, he proved himself in sparring for promoter Sauerland and turned pro with recognized trainer Ulli Wegner at his corner. As a boxer, he showed an aggressive style, good stamina, power, a decent chin and a strong will to win, making him a very pleasing fighter to watch. In three years, he held a perfect record of 19-0, until he got his first World title shot against IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham. Huck went on to loss by TKO in the 12th round.

Right afterwards he outpointed another world class fighter in undefeated (23-0) contender Vadim Tokarev this time without controversy. After the loss to Cunningham, Huck won six

straight fights by knockout and on March 13,2010 Huck won the WBO Cruiserweight title from Victor Emilio Ramírez. He has since defended this title seven times against Ola Afolabi, Adam Richards, Brian Minto, and Matt Godfrey, Denis Lebedev, Ran Nakash, and Hugo Hernan Garay. His latest fight was a rematch against Ola Afolabi, which once again was a very close fight. Both men fought to a draw.


1. EBU-EU Jr. Heavyweight Champion

2. IBF Inter-Continental Jr. Heavyweight Champion

3. EBU Jr. Heavyweight Champion


1. WBO Jr. Heavyweight Champion

Dmitry Pirog has seemingly sneaked up on boxing fans across the world. Without a solid amateur background, Pirog has managed to remain low profile unless you follow European boxing. Since his pro debut in 2005, he was matched really well, fighting against several solid and dependable boxers, and won several regional titles during the process. In only his fourth pro fight, Pirog won the Russia Middleweight title. In 2007 he defeated Aliaksandr Vaiavoda by technical knockout to claim the vacant WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau Middleweight title. Pirog went on to collect four more regional titles, and in 2010, he got his first shot at a title. On July 31, he faced the undefeated contender Daniel Jacobs for the vacant WBO Middleweight title. Pirog shockingly upset Jacobs via knockout with a hard right hand in the 5th round to win the title, on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II undercard. After making his first successful defense against Javier Francisco Maciel, Pirog defeated Gennady Martirosyan by way of knockout. His most recent title defense was a unanimous decision victory over Nobuhiro Ishida


1. WBC CIS Middleweight Champion

2. WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight Champion

3. WBO Asia Pacific Middlweight Champion

4. WBC International Middlweight Champion

5. WBC Baltic Middlweight Champion


1. WBO Middlweight Champion

BRIAN Viloria is now in town, ready and in shape to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight crown against dangerous Giovanni Segura of Mexico Sunday next week.

Viloria, 31, brought with him two months of hard training, including 120 rounds of sparring, in preparing himself for the first defense of the title he won with a unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Miranda last July in Hawaii.

“I’m in perfect shape right now. So great to be back and get ready for this fight,” said Viloria, dubbed the `Hawaiian Punch’, just hours after arriving in the country Saturday afternoon following a 13-hour flight from Los Angeles, where he held training camp for the 12-round fight.

His being in perfect shape is one of the reasons why he doesn’t see Segura living up to his promise that he’ll knock out the reigning champion wrest his title belt.

The 29-year-old Segura, owner of a fearsome 28-1 record, including 24 KOs, arrived here as early as Thursday, and readily made known his intention to destroy  Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) before an expected full-house crowd at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

“Brian, I am going to knock you out. I am saying that with confidence,” said the Mexican, the only fighter to beat the great Puerto Rican champion Ivan Calderon not just once, but twice.

Viloria, born in Waipahu, Hawaii, did acknowledge Segura is a deadly opponent, who knows nothing but to move forward.

“He (Segura) wants to exchange a lot, he throws a lot of punches, and wants to bang it up,” said Viloria, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) light-flyweight champion.

But the 2000 Sydney Olympian is ready whatever Segura brings with him to the ring.

“I push myself hard to train for this fight. I have to be in shape 10 times for this fight than I was when I fought Miranda,” he said.

Segura is a two-time world champion who once held the IBF and WBO light-flyweight crowns.

MANILA, Philippines — Brian Viloria had no problem fighting for a world title. But the 30-year-old boxer owns a spotty record when it comes to defending his belt.

Viloria (29-3-0, 16 KOs), though, hopes to change all that when he defends his World Boxing Organization flyweight title against the dangerous Mexican Giovani Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) next week.

Although some oddsmakers have tagged Viloria as the underdog, the Filipino-American, nicknamed “The Hawaiian Punch,” remains confident in the “Island Assault 3: Champion vs Champion” bout on Dec. 11 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Boxing experts think that a victory over Segura will make Viloria a legitimate threat in the flyweight division. Moreover, it’s a chance for Viloria to move up to a higher slot in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Viloria knocked out Eric Ortiz of Mexico on his first shot at the WBC light flyweight title in 2005.

In 2009, Viloria stopped another Mexican, Ulises Solis, on his first crack at the IBF light flyweight title.

Just last July, he also clinched the WBO flyweight title over Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda.

Viloria, however, absorbed losses in his title-defense bouts.

After defending his WBC light flyweight title against Mexico’s Jose Antonio Aguirre in 2005, he lost the following year to Omar Niño Romero on his second defense.

Viloria kept the IBF light flyweight belt when he defended it against Mexican Jesus Iribe in 2009 but he lost it again in his second title defense the following year against Carlos Tamara of Colombia. has been advised by Wilfried Sauerland, of Sauerland Event, that discussions are ongoing for Marco Huck (34-1, 25KOs) to defend his WBO cruiserweight title against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8KOs). The fight is being targeted for February or March. Afolabi dropped a twelve round decision to Huck in 2009, but fought his way back to a mandatory position with four straight victories.

Sauerland, who handles the managerial duties for Huck, denied that there were ongoing negotiations for a unification with WBA champion Guillermo Jones. In a recent BoxingScene article, Jones revealed that he was traveling to Miami, Florida to meet with his promoter, Don King, to get an update on King’s progress to secure a unification with Huck.


By Rick Reeno

A roster of Mexican boxing legends are arriving in Manila for WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria’s mandatory title defense against hard-hitting Mexican Giovanni Segura at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila on December 11.

Among the latest to join the roster of superstars flying in to Manila is WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, the acknowledged “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. who will do the TV commentary for Mexican audiences alongside another legend, Marco Antonio Barrera.

The title fight will be held in the morning in order to satisfy the demand of pay-per-view audiences in Mexico and the United States.

Viloria, a three-time world champion won the WBO title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Mexico’s rugged Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda last July 16 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii with one judge, Robert Hoyle scoring the bout by a lopsided 117-110 margin for Viloria. Hoyle is the same judge who scored the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III a 114-114 draw.

Viloria won his first world title with a sensational 1st round knockout of Eric Ortiz at the Staples enter on September 10, 2005. After losing the title by  a controversial twelve round decision to Omar Nino FRomero on August 10, 2006 in Las Vegas, Viloria came back with a spectacular 11th round knockout of Ulises Solis at the Araneta Coliseum on April 19, 2009 to win the IBF title.

After losing the title in a stunning 12th round TKO to Carlos Tamara of Panama on January 23, 2010 Viloria who was having problems making the 108 pound limit decided to move up to 112 and promptly won the WBO flyweight crown.

The 31 year old Viloria, a former US Olympian with a record of 29-3 with 16 knockouts  said he plans to hold on to his title much longer than in the past but is expected to be involved in a ring war with Segura.

The 29 year old Segura has a record of 28-1-1 with 24 knockouts and is best known for his two dominating victories over former undefeated champion Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico.

In their first encounter in Calderon’s hometown, Segura won by an 8th round knockout on August 28, 2010  and in the rematch in Mexico Segura dominated Calderon to win by a 3rd round knockout on April 2, 2011.

Last June, Segura fought a keep-busy fight in the super flyweight division where he knocked out Eddy Zuniga in a single round.  He has an amazing 80% knockout ratio but he has proven that fighting the whole 12 rounds will not be a problem for him.

“I’ve sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other,” said Viloria. “It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn’t have complained.”

On December 10, these two fighters will get to do the real thing. This fight is a potential fight of the year candidate as the two fighters will surely come out to brawl. The Viloria-Segura tiff has generated a lot of interest from the boxing world as the two are ranked highly in their own divisions. The two fighters have proven time and again that they belong to the top tier of fighters and a win over the other will definitely catapult them higher in the pound-for-pound rankings.

“Segura is a very dangerous opponent for me but if I beat him, I’ll get to keep my title and grab his slot in Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings,” said Viloria.

The supporting main event for the Viloria-Segura title fight will feature veteran Mexican fighter Martin Honorio (31-6-1, 16 KOs) versus Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2-0, 20 KOs) of Thailand for the IBF interim super featherweight title.

Al Sabaupan (17-0-1 12 KOs) vs Roy Muklis (23-3-2 18 KOs Indonesia) IBF Pan Pacific Championship.

Lolito Sonsona (17-0-1 12 KOs) vs Arden Diale (16-6-3 4KOs) Philippine Flyweight Championship.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines and as usual he was mobbed by the local fans, who greeted the boxer as he arrived from the United States. Pacquiao won a twelve round majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao would later attend mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila.


MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach prefers that his prized boxer, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, face Floyd Mayweather Jr. next instead of Juan Manuel Marquez.

After the controversial decision in the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy last Saturday, Mayweather said he was now open to fighting the Filipino champion.

“He [Floyd] has already expressed his willingness. We will not be pursuing him as we’ve been doing the past few years,” Roach said in “If we can get him [Floyd], we should take him.”

Roach, however, admitted that Pacquiao has the last say on his choice of opponent.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum earlier said he was willing to work out a rematch between Pacquiao and Marquez in light of the controversial outcome of their WBO welterweight title fight.

Pacquiao won a majority decision over the Mexican fighter in a closely-fought match.

Mayweather’s camp, on the other hand, is calling on Pacquiao to finally step up for their much anticipated superfight.

“Bob, obviously, wants Marquez on the strength of the closeness of the last fight (held Saturday at the MGM Grand) won by Manny by a majority decision. He has to talk with Manny and ask him who he prefers to face next,” Roach said.

“If Manny decides it’s Mayweather, then we will start mapping out the plans of training. If it’s Marquez, then we’ll also make plans to beat him convincingly ,” he said.

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Bantamweight Champion, Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (Moreno Valley, California, 14-1-3, 4 KOs) will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the women’s championship boxing card on November 20, 2011, held at the Dallas Events Center, located within the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel.  The main event will feature Ada “The Ace” Velez (19-3-3, 6 KOs) defending her IBF Super Bantamweight Title against Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-1, 11 KOs) in a 10 round bout.  This will be a rematch of their previous March 2011 bout in Costa Rica, which Velez won by split decision.  In addition, Stacy “Stay-Lo” Reile (10-3, 4 KOs) will defend her IBF Featherweight title against Dahiana Santana (27-6, 12 KOs).  Undefeated, Russian heavyweight, Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (11-0, 11 KOs) will take on Rich “Super” Power (15-1, 11 KOs).  Promising female boxer, Tatina “Lil’ Tyson” Anderson, will be featured on the undercard.
Sampson Boxing, LLC, is promoting the boxing card in association with Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel.  Also helping to bring women’s boxing back to Las Vegas is Pablo Betancourt, owner of Executive Entertainment, LLC, who teamed up with Sampson Boxing, LLC, and Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel to make this event a reality.  Like Kaliesha West’s promoter, Hector Garcia, Sampson Lewkowicz believes that women deserve to be showcased on major boxing cards in the United States.  Team West is not directly connected with the promotion of this fight, yet they believe it is extremely important for women’s boxing that a large amount of people support this event.  Kaliesha and Juan West will be taking a day off from training to attend the event.
Kaliesha West said, “I’m as excited for this fight as the boxing fans were for Pacquiao-Marquez, held last week in Las Vegas.  I’ve been in the ring with both of these women, so I know it is going to be an exciting fight for the fans and one to look forward to.  This fight has the opportunity to prove just how skilled female boxers can be.  America has been missing out on great boxing for too long.  The pool of women’s boxing talent is much better than it was in the 90’s, because women have had the opportunity to be mended in the amateurs, unlike earlier times when they weren’t allowed.  I hope everyone comes out to support women’s boxing on November 20th in Las Vegas.”
Juan West, her father, trainer and manager said, “I’m excited to travel to Las Vegas to see a female title bout in the main event.  This fight features two of the best female professional boxers in the United States, Ada Velez and Melinda Cooper.  Women are taking a step closer to gaining the recognition they deserve for all the hard work that they put in to their sport.  I’m traveling to Vegas to support this event, and I hope others follow as well. Hopefully, this fight is successful in gaining momentum towards women of this caliber being showcased live on all the major television networks.  I am looking forward to both women giving it their all.  It is time for the world to be impressed by the new era in women’s boxing.”
Kaliesha West was born in South Haven, Michigan, and began boxing at the age of ten.  Her family relocated to Moreno Valley, California, and she became a decorated amateur boxing star, winning 98 amateur bouts, including the 2003 National Golden Gloves.  She began her pro career in 2006, when she was just eighteen years old.  On September 18, 2010, she won the vacant Women’s WBO Bantamweight title on the under card of the Mosley-Mora Golden Boy Promotions PPV, by defeating Angel Gladney, via a seventh-round knockout.  The fight took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and was held during the Mexican Bicentennial Celebration.

Kaliesha West, who is twenty-three years of age, signed with HG Garcia Boxing in July 2011.  On August 20, 2011, she successfully defended her WBO title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by a unanimous decision.  Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding her opponent, West’s title defense on October 29, 2011 was cancelled.  No date has been set for West’s next WBO title defense.

Scoring Summary by the Numbers

1. In six of the twelve rounds, all three judges agreed on the winner of the round.

2. In the first seven rounds, there was only one round where there wasn’t unanimous consent as to the winner.

3. There was disagreement among the judge’s scoring in all of the last five rounds of the fight.

4. Judge Trowbridge was the “lone wolf” in only one round (round 12)
a. Awarded the round to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the round to Pacquiao.

5. Judge Moretti was the “lone wolf” in two rounds (rounds 2 and 11)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.

6. Judge Hoyle was the “lone wolf” in three rounds (rounds 8, 9 and 10)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.







New interim WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns is eyeing big fights both domestically and internationally in the 135lb division following his win over Michael Katsidis to become Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in nearly twenty years.

“The lightweight division is a really hot here and abroad at the moment,” said Burns. “Kevin Mitchell beat John Murray in a great fight back in July, while Murray has got a tough fight against WBA world champion Brandon Rios coming up. If Murray wins – and I’m hoping he does the job – then that opens up a unification fight between us. If he doesn’t then I’d love a shot at Rios. On the world scene Juan Manuel Marquez is there and so is Robert Guerrero plus Miguel Vazquez so I’m looking at some big fights ahead.”

Juan Manuel Marquez will not make a decision on his future for at least several weeks, but he expects to make an announcement within 20 days to a month. The Mexican boxer is still very angry with last Saturday’s twelve round majority decison loss to Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and his promotional team, Top Rank, are pursuing a fourth meeting with Marquez, but the Mexican champion is still unsure if he plans to continue his career. “Within 20 days or a month I will announce my decision whether I plan to retire or make a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao. I have to consult my family first, then with my team. I proved that I’m the best fighter in the world. Everyone saw that Pacquiao is not the best fighter in the world. Bob Arum saw that he’s not the best fighter on the planet. [Pacquiao] says he won the fight, but I invite you to watch the video of the fight and see that he lost. Me and my corner were sure of victory, but when they announced the winner was [Pacquiao] I felt frustration,” Marquez said. “Fortunately, the best judges are the fans, the public, who condemned the decision. The match was viewed by the best audience in the world, the Mexican fans, and they rejected that verdict. As Mexicans we lose, but we also win. If I had lost in the ring, no Mexican fans would have said anything, and they would have accepted the reality. Decisions such as this stain boxing. If I decide to continue, [the fourth] fight will not be in Las Vegas. He can come to Mexico and do it on my terms.”


by Ernesto Castellanos,

Juan Manuel Marquez’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao on Saturday keeps alive the possibility of a fight with WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns.

Marquez is the holder of the full WBO title at Burns’s weight but had moved up to welterweight to take on the legendary Filipino in Las Vegas.

His controversial loss makes it less likely he will vacate his lightweight belt but could mean a date with Burns.

The Scot beat Michael Katsidis on November 5 in his first lightweight bout.

He had relinquished his WBO super-featherweight title to move up a weight class to the 9st 9lb mark.

On Sunday Burns’s trainer Billy Nelson told BBC Scotland: “We would love to fight Marquez but it all depends on what he wants to do.

“He might go for a re-match with Pacquiao, he might retire or he might decide to drop back down to lightweight and defend his title.

“If he does defend his belt, then he has to fight Ricky because he has the interim title and is the mandatory challenger.”

Nelson is still buoyed by Burns’s impressive win over the Australian Katsidis at Wembley eight days ago, satisfied that “the game plan worked to a T” and particularly pleased by the way his boxer controlled the centre of the ring when he opted to.

And Burns’s maturity and quiet confidence at the elite level of the sport means he and trainer Nelson would face Marquez with a belief they could take the full title, with any bout likely to be staged in the United States.

Nelson, who runs The Fighting Scots gym, added: “We wouldn’t be thinking we’d made it just by getting a bout with Marquez; we’d be there to win it.

“We are very positive about the whole thing.”

Nelson will have four boxers on the undercard when Glasgow’s Willie Limond takes on Anthony Crolla for the Manchester fighter’s British lightweight title in Motherwell on 25 November.

However, he did not think it likely that Burns and Limond would go toe to toe in the ring.

“That would be more of a domestic bout. We want Ricky to be fighting for world titles,” said the coach.

“Willie would need to get himself up there in the WBO rankings to fight Ricky. He would need to beat Anthony Crolla and that will be no easy task.”

At the MGM Grand arena, challenger Marquez, now 38, lost out to Pacquiao on a controversial majority decision, with two judges voting in favour of the reigning champion and the third scoring a tie.

Pacquiao, 32, has now won his last 15 bouts, but for Mexico’s Marquez the decision was painfully reminiscent of his defeat to the same fighter in 2008. The pair also drew a contest in May 2004.

Marquez said after the bout: “This was the second robbery and this one was the worst. We won with clearer punches.

“It’s hard when you’re fighting your rival and the three judges too.”

Marquez has won world titles at three weight divisions.

Last year he complained that progression to welterweight was accompanied by a loss of speed.

The coming weeks will reveal whether the ageing star opts to drop from his 142lb for the Pacquiao fight to extend his legacy in the 135lb lightweight category where a hungry Scot awaits.


By Keir Murray
BBC Scotland

MGM Grand, Las Vegas – WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) stopped former titleholder Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22KOs) in the eight round, after the Cuban boxer’s corner stopped the fight.

The fight wasn’t easy on the eyes. Casamayor would grab and hold every single time he got tagged. Bradley, inactive since January’s decision win over Devon Alexander, looked sharp but the Cuban veteran wasn’t an easy target. Casamayor was moving, grabbing on the inside, and using the ropes to slide away from combinations.

Bradley was starting to land his punches in the fourth, with Casamayor staying away once hit. In the fifth, Bradley dropped Casamayor with a hard hook to the body. Casamayor made it up, with Bradley continuing to work the body and following up with combinations to the head. At the start of the sixth, Casamayor went down again but the knockdown wasn’t clean and looked more like a slight shove. Bradley closed the round by ripping combinations to Casamayor’s body.

During the eight, Bradley was ripping Casamayor to the head and punishing the Cuban to the body. In the final ten seconds, another shot to the body forced Casamayor to take a knee. At that point, Casamayor’s trainer, Miguel Diaz, entered the ring to wave it off.

Las Vegas, MGM Grand – As previously reported on, Juan Manuel Marquez is contemplating retirement after claiming he was “robbed” in a majority decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight clash at the MGM Grand on Saturday. Pacquiao retained his title after earning the verdict from two of the three judges. The scores were 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113. They fought to a twelve round draw in 2004, and Pacquiao won a close twelve round split decision in 2008.

“For me, the best judge is the audience and they responded sensationally tonight,” Marquez said. “I would like to thank all the people that came to the arena. This time we not only beat him in the ring but also in the audience. The people were rooting for me and we are very happy for that.

“You need to win fights like this with intelligence and I was very intelligent tonight. Styles make fights and I think my style is complicated for his style. I think I won this fight again. What do I need to do before the judges give me the fight?

“What I need to do is sit down with my family and my camp and make a decision about continuing in this sport or just simply retire from the sport. It will be difficult. I have to decide, I have to see what happens. Maybe I will retire, maybe I won’t. Honestly, it’s a result of the fight. The thing that makes me think of retirement is because I have prepared myself so hard for 18 years. This was the biggest fight of my career.”

Marquez’s trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain was also angry.

“I feel that it is a joke for the people, for Manny and for Juan Manuel Marquez to have a type of decision like this,” Beristain said. “I felt very disappointed and frustrated. The real winner tonight I think is Juan Manuel Marquez, not Manny Pacquiao.”

MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada –  A dejected Juan Manuel Marquez told the media that he doesn’t know what he needs to do to leave the ring a winner when he fights Manny Pacquiao. Before a soldout crowd, Pacquiao won a controversial twelve round majority decision over Marquez, with scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.

“I don’t know what I need to do to convince the judges that I won,” said  Marquez.

Marquez feels that his performance in the third fight of their trilogy was a more definitive win than the first two fights which he feels he also won.  He feels he put on a great performance and should have been named the winner.

“I think I won this fight more clearly than the first two. I don’t know what I need to do to win.  I feel happy about my performance in the ring. I won the fight again.”

Marquez said that he is so disappointed that he is thinking of retiring.  He revealed that he will talk to his inner circle and shortly come to a conclusion on whether to continue his career.

“For the third time I feel like I won (versus Pacquiao). Right now I need to sit down with my family and my team and decide if I want to continue or hang up my gloves.”


By Ryan Burton

For the first time ever, HBO will telecast live a world championship fight weigh-in event when worldwide superstar, WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his formidable challenger Juan Manuel Marquez tip the scales on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.  The half-hour boxing special on HBO will be hosted by Jim Lampley, who will be joined by commentators Max Kellerman, Emanuel Steward and Harold Lederman, as well as featured guests in providing boxing fans with a ringside seat for the festivities.  All the action will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In addition, boxing fans with broadband access can log onto to view live streaming of the official weigh-in television program.

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Las Vegas, Nevada — Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Marquez bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Monday for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) says his time is now. “I am ready for the Klitschkos,” proclaims the 6’6 star of the Sauerland stable. Helenius returns December 3 against an opponent to be named in Helsinki, Finland. According to his promoter, negotiations are ongoing with “two top people” and ‘Mister X’ will be announced in the coming days. “For me, it’s no problem,” says Helinius. “I just need a couple of weeks to adjust myself for each opponent.” Helinius has KO’d three former heavyweight champions and has stopped ten of his last eleven opponents.


Márquez: Today! Monday, November 7
Pacquiao: Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8

MGM Grand Front Lobby at Noon PT

Open To The Public!

LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 7, 2011) – It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals which will be open to the public. Márquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Monday, November 7. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrives Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Both will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.

Pacquiao and Márquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III is Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds.

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against professional nemesis and three-division world champion Márquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), of México City. Pacquiao and Márquez, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Márquez III will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, The Pacquiao-Márquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

Episode No. 4, the finale of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Márquez” premieres This Friday! November 11, the night before the welterweight championship showdown, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

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