Por Ludo Saenz L. Luaces y Pablo Fletes en Budapest –

El segundo día de los trabajos de la 26ta. Convención Anual de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) transcurrió con los seminarios de oficiales de la entidad, así como seminarios para supervisores y los seminarios médicos, llevados a cabo en el Hotel Intercontinental Budapest, en Budapest, Hungría.


En la mañana y tarde de Hungría el árbitro puertorriqueño Genaro “Gino” Rodríguez dirigió el Seminario de los Oficiales de la OMB, que contó con mensajes y recomendaciones de los oficiales Lisa Giampa, Chuck Giampa, Jack Reiss y Robert Byrd, y la participación de jueces y árbitros de diferentes partes del mundo. Además, se celebró el Seminario de los Supervisores, que fue dirigido por el vicepresidente de la OMB, John Duggan.

También se dio a conocer el informe económico del organismo.

Por otra parte, durante la noche del martes, se efectuó una actividad en Farm Lázár, donde los asistentes disfrutaron de eventos variados y donde dijo presente el promotor estadounidense Don King.








Por otro lado, el afamado promotor Don King se presentó durante la  25ta Convención Anual de la OMB para recibir un reconocimiento de parte de esta entidad como Promotor de Todos los Tiempos por su exitosa trayectoria en el boxeo.


“Muchas gracias a la OMB y a Paco. Es un honor recibir este reconocimiento, me siento bien orgulloso, ya que se el trabajo que está realizando la OMB, con la que hemos trabajado muchas veces”, expresó King. “Con Paco hemos podido ver cómo cuando se tiene un sueño, ése se puede cumplir”.

WBO #4 cruiserweight B.J. Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) says he has turned down an offer by K2 Promotions to face #1 ranked Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KOs) on March 3rd for the WBO interim world title in Germany on the Wladimir Klitschko-Jean Marc Mormeck heavyweight title card.

“I want this fight,” Flores said, “I have been very active lately and ready for this type of challenge. But on twenty-six days notice? And having to go to Germany? This is a very serious fight for a very serious title and I demand my full 45 days of preparation, especially considering I just fought last Saturday. It’s only fair. I have worked very hard for this opportunity and combine that with a very very low $25,000 offer, it doesn’t seem like they really want this fight.”

He continued, “This is a great chance for the cruiserweight division to put on a great fight and they want to stick it on an undercard where no one will see it, for very low money with only 26 days’ notice and I would have to travel to Germany. I have just had three successful shows in Springfield, Missouri and with the cash streams we can generate, we could do the fight there and bring in a network TV station and both of us can not only make more money but it could re-energize the cruiserweight division in the States. This fight deserves to be on TV and I deserve the regulated 45 day preparation time as I am the highest rated contender. Ola, I will pay you more money than you have offered me and we can definitely get American TV to cover this event. I demand the proper amount of time and I want everyone in America to see this fight as it is good for the division. Fighting on the undercard in Germany is with 25 days notice is not the right way to win a world title Have your promoter get in touch with Don King and we can set this up easy. I want this fight!”

WBO NABO Jr. Heavyweight champion BJ Flores (27-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over comebacking 40-year-old former welterweight title challenger Hugo Pineda (39-6-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night with an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dominated the entire bout with Pineda not able to connect on anything significant in the six plus rounds. Flores looked exceptionally sharp and did not give Pineda an easy target to hit and at times it looked as if Flores knew what Pineda was going to throw. Both fighters were tentative in the first, each carefully measuring the other and keeping at a safe distance, however, early in the 3rd Flores connected with a thunderous left hand to drop Pineda but he was able to continue. The Missouri native then began to work Pineda’s body and from this point forward, it seemed to take the starch out of him.

Flores turned up the heat in the fourth as Pineda began telegraphing his shots allowing Flores to pick his spots, as he pounded his opponent to the body with both hands. The fifth round was much of the same as Flores seemed to not be interested in stopping Pineda just yet, continuing to feed the man across from his a steady diet of lefts and rights to his belly.

To his credit, Pineda came out in the fifth more aggressive, trying to keep Flores off of him, letting both hands go. However, the bodywork delivered by Flores up to this point had sufficiently weakened Pineda so that Flores was able to walk right through the barrage. The round ended with Flores unleashing his own arsenal, throwing combinations at a blistering pace.

Standing from his stool to start the sixth, Flores seemed determined to end the contest. Flores began to fire the right hand, sending his opponent around the ring with every punch. After trapping Pineda against the ropes, Flores began dropping both hands on his opponent. Toward the end of the round, Referee Mike England had seen enough, determining that Pineda could not defend himself, ending the bout at 2:34.

Flores was asked after the fight how he thought he did. “I felt sharp tonight” He continued to add “this was my 3rd fight in 6 month and it was against a guy I was supposed to beat but beating someone impressively is always a tough thing. I executed my game plan and got him out faster than anybody else has ever knocked him out”.

Promoter Don King, who recently added Flores to his stable, was in attendance and was asked what was next for Flores and he said that a title fight is definitely in Flores future.


By Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP 2012