WBO World Champion Patrick Teixeira honored in his hometown of Santa Catarina

WBO Jr. Middleweight World Champion Patrick Teixeira was honored in Sombrio, his hometown in the interior of Santa Catarina. The boxer paraded through the streets, headed by Mayor Zênio Cardoso, and received a plaque of honor.

The Brazilian was accompanied by Edson Xuxa do Nascimento (coach), Patrick Nascimento (manager) and José David de Souza (assistant coach).

Sombrio is a municipality located in the extreme south of Santa Catarina, on the coast, seven kilometers from the sea. Distant 240 km from Florianópolis and 230 km from Porto Alegre, it has about 30 thousand inhabitants.

After the Christmas and New Year holidays, Patrick Teixeira is due to begin training for his first belt defense, which will take place in the first half of 2020. Last week, the WBO in their 32nd Convention held in Tokyo, Japan upgraded Teixeira to “full” champion during the ratings portion of its annual convention and made Argentine Brian Castaño the mandatory challenger of Teixeira. The appointment came from a unanimous vote from the WBO committee upon a request from Sean Gibbons, who was on hand to represent Castaño on behalf of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions.


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On July 13th, Asventure Promotion in association with the City of Creteil (Val de Marne) will stage a fight involving the European WBO junior middleweight championship at the “Palais des Sports” of Creteil, a city near Paris. The card will be broadcast on the French channel Direct 8 at 10:50pm.

Michel Soro (18-1, 11KO) is coming back from a terrific fight that he had against Zaurbek Baysangurov. Eventhough he knocked the champion down during the second round, he did not do enough to steal the show in Ukraine. This night, he showed heart and skills and the world discovered a talented prospect, his lack of experience at the top level costs him the victory. At only 24, he is definitely ready to bounce back.

Therefore, he will defend his European WBO belt against Russian Magomed Abdurakhmakov (17-5, 9 KO) this Friday. He wants to show the French audience that he can be the next champion.

The rest of the undercard will spotlight French Talent:

Julien Marie Sainte (32-2, 24KO), a really impressive middleweight boxer. The former French champion and currently ranked 5# WBA, waiting for a title opportunity.

Sofiane Takoucht (23-2, 10KO) is a former featherweight European champion and currently ranked 2# EBU.

Sofiane Cherfioui (20-0, 14KO), a tough middleweight prospect from Algeria who is ready to take it to the next level.

Ahmed el Mousaoui (14-1, 3KO), at only 22, he is on his way up.


By Kamel Messani


Gabriel Rosado scheduled to take on Sechew Powell in 12-round title bout – Boxing newsGabriel Rosado, the current USA Pennsylvania State light middleweight champion, will take on Sechew Powell, the former International Boxing Association Intercontinental light middleweight champion, in a 12-round title bout to be held on June 1, 2012.

The duo will headline the pay-per-view jointly organised and promoted by J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing Promotions Incorporation and Kathy Duva of Main Events and will have the vacant WBO Intercontinental light middleweight title up for grabs.

The showdown will be co-headlined by another 12-round bout between Ronald Cruz and Prenice Brewer for the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title. Gabriel recently took part in a press conference and shared his thoughts about upcoming opponent Powell.

Gabriel, 26, has been in a total 24 bouts and emerged victorious in 19. The Philadelphian proud has nailed 11 of his opponents by knockout and since his last loss to Derek Ennis is on a five-bout win streak.

Rosado has evolved into a fine pugilist and has sharpened his skills substantially with the passage of time. His opponent, Powell, 32, has a bit upper hand as far as the experience is concerned.

Powell has been in a total 30 bouts and boasts 26 wins. The southpaw Sechew has nailed 15 of his opponents by knockout and is going through a bit tough phase of his career as he has collected two consecutive losses in his last two bouts.

As far as the technicalities are concerned, Powell still has a bit upper hand as he has a better knockout and win ratio. The only facet that might help Gabriel in pinning Powell is his height.

Gabriel is much longer in height which gives him a substantial reach advantage eventually enabling him to throw his jabs from a considerable safe distance. At the same time, Powell possesses an upper hand as he is a southpaw whereas Rosado follows an orthodox stance.

During the media interaction, Gabriel shared his excitement and stated, “At first I wasn’t crazy about fighting a lefty, but the junior middleweight division is full of them so it all turned out for the better. I’m talking about Paul Williams, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara. These are guys I need to get in there with so fighting Sechew Powell is another step down that road.

Rosado, also known as the ‘King’, further added, “I know a lot of people are skeptical, saying that the last guy I beat (Jesus Soto-Karass) was made to order for me. We’ll see if they were right or wrong after June 1.”

It must be noted that Rosado was originally scheduled to take on Joel Julio but due to his unavailability, Powell was signed for the title bout. Gabriel is currently undergoing a strenuous training session at world’s renowned trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym.


The World Boxing Organization has given Zauerbek Baysangurov and Lukas Konecny until June 4th to reach an agreeement – or else a purse bid will be ordered.  Baysangurov (27-1, 20KOs), the WBO’s junior middleweight champion, retained the title last Saturday in Brovari with a twelve round decision over Michel Soro. Konecky became the WBO’s interim-champion and mandatory challenger in April when he stopped Salim Larbi in seven rounds.

If it goes to purse bid, the minimum acceptable bid is $200,000, and the purse division shall not be greater than an 80/20 and shall be calculated by the championship committee using a ratio based upon the average purse of each fighter’s last three (3) fights.


By Osman Rodriguez


Contrary to previously heard rumors, WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs), who is making his long awaited comeback to the ring on May 12 in Brovary, Ukraine, will not face Spaniard Ruben Varon in the first defense of his title.

Instead the 27-year old Kiev-based Russian takes on undefeated Frenchman Michel Soro (18-0, 11 KOs), who is rated #6 by the WBO. Soro, 22, is relatively unknown but this physical specimen has several wins over capable European journeymen, including Roman Dzhuman of Ukraine. K2 promotes the show.


By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhachuk


WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on May 12 at the Terminal in Brovary, Ukraine. No official opponent has been named so far but rumors are widespread that Spaniard Ruben Varon (38-6, 17 KOs), who is ranked #11 by the WBO, will step into the ring against the Chechen native.

Baysangurov, 27, is regarded by many as a paper champion, and he certainly has something to prove to the skeptics. He acquired the vacant WBO interim title by knocking out totally irrelevant Brazilian Mike Miranda with what seemed to be a light punch in the very first round. Zaurbek, a hard hitter with good boxing skills, who has wins over Richard Gutierrez and Marko Antonio Rubio on his resume, as well as an upset TKO loss to the reigning IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage, was elevated to a full champion status, after then-champion Sergey Dzinziruk was stripped of his regalia. Baysangurov was then thought to defend against possibly the toughest opponent in his career in Lukas Konecny in March but was forced to withdraw from the bout after a back injury during the training camp.

Meanwhile, Konecny put up a one-sided beating and then stopped Frenchman Salim Larbi the last week to acquire a vacant WBO Interim title in his turn. Now the winner of the WBO defense in Brovary will be forced to defend his title against the Czech in the shortest time possible.

Ruben Varon is 32. He is a well-known continental contender, who ironically dealt Konecny the first loss of his career in a questionable fashion in 2004. Varon challenged Felix Sturm for the WBO middleweight belt in 2003 and lost to the German via a lopsided unanimous decision. In his most recent big fight in 2010, Varon gave a stern test to then-EBU titleholder Matthew Macklin before losing a dubious decision.

The show is promoted by K2.


By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhachuk


In a clash for the vacant interim WBO jr middleweight title, former European champion and hometown favorite Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) took advantage of his long awaited world title fight by scorng a seventh round KO over Salim Larbi (17-2-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. Konecny pressured Larbi from the opening bell. In round three, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Konecny getting the better of it, although he came out of it with cuts over the left eye and the bridge of the nose. That was pretty much Larbi’s last hurrah as the cuts spurred Konecny to up his aggression even more in rounds four and five. A right hand to the body in the seventh finally put Larbi on the deck and as referee Andre Van Grootenbruel reached the count of ten.

Long time mandatory challenger Konecny was originally slated to face WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov last month in Kiev, Ukraine, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury in training shortly before the fight. Last year Konecny had a title shot against then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled an injury in training shortly before the fight.


By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova


WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Lukas Konekny against Salim Larbo and Christina Hammer versus Julie “Queen” Tshabalala tomorrow at the Vodova Arena, Brno, Czech Republic.

For the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight title between Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel. The judges for the Konekny-Larbi fight are Paul Thomas, Manuel Oliver Palomo and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.

For the Hammer’s (11-0, 7 KOs) third defense of the WBO Female Middleweight title against Tshabalala (4-1-1, 1 KOs), the referee will be Paul Thomas. The judges are Zoltan Enyedi, Andre Van Grootenbruel and Manuel Oliver Palomo. WBO supervisor will be Istvan Kovacs.

Here is a photo gallery of the public workout in Brno, Czech Republic, where locals hope Lukas Konecny will be their first professional world champion when he takes on Salim Larbi for the vacant WBO interim light middleweight world championship.

In the co-feature, WBO female middleweight world champion Christina Hammer takes on Queen Tshabalala.


Photos: Team SES


Costa Rican boxer Hanna Gabriel (13-0-, 9KOs), the female junior middleweight champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), is recovering after an operation which she underwent on Thursday to correct a spinal issue. According to Dr. Javier Gutierrez Bonilla, the operation was a success, and the boxer was discharged on Friday. The story generated a lot of interest in the Costa Rican press.

The boxer believes that she wasn’t even at 50% of her capacity in her recent fights because the pain prevented her from taking part in various exercises. Now, Hanna has a vision of a better future and she is already planning to put together a tougher training plan.


By Jhonny Gonzalez


28FEB12 R19 IC Zauerbek Baysangurov (2)





Dear Champion Baysangurov:
We are very sorry to read the report of your illness/injury which cancelled your scheduled championship bout.
Please submit an Interim Certification on or before Friday, March 2, 2012 which includes a prognosis for your recovery and your treating physician’s opinion of when you can return to active training and competition per Rule 19 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.
The WBO wishes you the best good fortune on a prompt and speedy recovery. We look forward to your prompt response to assure you will be able to comply with your future WBO Championship bouts.

Yours truly,
Luis Batista-Salas, Esq.



WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov has suffered an injury, and his scheduled fight against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny, on March 10th in Ukraine, has been canceled. The champion injured his back during a sparring session. Baysangurov-Konecny will get rescheduled to a new date, but everything depends on the amount of time needed for Baysangurov’s rehabilitation period.


By Alexey Sukachev



K2 Promotions of Klitschko brothers in associations with SES-Boxing of Ulf Steinforth begin the new season of boxing in Ukraine! WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title in a match with Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) on the 10th of March 10 in the Terminal Ice Palace, Brovary. The boxing event will be presented by Khortytsa TM and Inter Media Group.

The fight promises to be an intriguing encounter, as the ring will be shared by two strongest representatives of the junior middleweight division. Baysangurov and Konecny have not lost since 2008.


26-years old Chechen Baysangurov of K2 Promotions debuted in professional ranks in 2004 and very soon gained the reputation of one of the hottest prospects in the division. The real triumph for Baysangurov became his victory over Mexican puncher Marco Antonio Rubio in 2006 in Kyiv. In 2007 Zaurbek won the European title and defended it two times. But in December 2008 young Chechen stumbled one step from world championship fight when lost by technical knockout to Cornelius Bundrage of United States. Shortly after defeat Zaur came back to the ring and scored seven consecutive victories, six of them by knockout, defeating such strong opponents as Eromosele Albert and Richard Gutierrez. In summer 2011 in Odessa, Ukraine, Baysangurov won interim WBO junior middleweight title with a quick victory in the first round over Brazilian Mike Miranda.


Last fall WBO junior middleweight champion at the time Sergiy Dzinziruk was stripped of the title, as he has not fight in his division since May 2010 and due to the injury was forced to withdraw from the mandatory defense against Lukas Konecny. According to the decision of WBO Baysangurov was given the status of world champion in this weight, and was obligated to meet Lukas Konecny in his next fight.

For the past six years 33-years old Konecny belongs to the elite of the junior middleweights and because of his achievements is the best fighter in the Czech boxing history regardless of weight categories. In 2008 Konecny fought for WBO world title against Sergiy Dzinziruk and lost by controversial majority decision. Since then, the Czech scored eleven wins in eleven battles, including winning the European belt and two successful defenses of this title.

In the undercard boxing fans will be able to see another title fight when WBO and WBF middleweight champion Christine Hammer (11-0, 7 KOs) will defend her belts against Quinn Shabalaly (4-1-1, 1 KO) of South Africa.

К2 Promotions kicks off the new boxing year with the new partner! Since February 2012 Khortytsa TM – the absolute quality is the official partner of the boxing events promoted by Klitschko brothers’ promotional company in Ukraine.

Bosco Ukraine is a sports partner of the show!

Ukrainian channel Inter will televise, starting at 11:05 PM.


It’s official. According to K2 Promotions, WBO light middleweight beltholder Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) will put his title at risk on March 10 at Terminal Entertainment Center in Brovary, Ukraine, against dangerous Czech opponent and WBO obligatory challenger Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) in a real toss-up encounter. Both parties have reportedly signed the documents.

Both fighters are probably the best European representatives in this weight class and haven’t lost a fight since 2008, when Konecny (11 wins since that) dropped a close decision to then-champion Sergey Dzinziruk, and Kiev-based Russian Baysangurov (7 victories from the moment) was sensationally kayoed by veteran puncher Cornelius Bundrage. An official presser to announce the whole event will take place on February 22 in Kiev. K2 will promote the show.


By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev



WBO North American Boxing Organization (NABO) Executive Director, Mark Reels, has announced that tonight’s bout between Demetrius Andrade vs. Angel Hernandez will not be for the vacant NABO Jr. Middleweight title. Andrade’s original foe, Derek Ennis, backed out Monday; for which the bout was scheduled to be for the vacant NABO Jr. Middleweight title. Since Ennis dropped our of the bout, it (Andrade’s fight) will no longer be for the NABO Jr. Middleweight title.

BRONX, NY (February 7, 2012) – Veteran boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia had a brief respite this past Sunday, one day after promoting his second show in two weeks and a few days prior to his Star Boxing-presented ESPN Friday Night Fights show this week, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

TA lifelong New York sports fan, Joe eagerly watched the Super Bowl with his two sons, Joseph (15) and Andrew (10), in the Bronx at a relative’s home. Joe and Joseph were thrilled that their New York Giants won, but Andrew was heartbroken his New England Patriots lost.

For some unknown reason, Andrew is a Pats fan who showed the heart of a fighter last Friday, when he entered his classroom in Westchester — filled with Giants fans — wearing a Tom Brady jersey and Patriots hat along with #12 (Brady’s number) painted on one side of his face, Patriots on the other.

Andrew DeGuardia

“He didn’t care,” Joe said about his son being the lone dissenter among his classmates. “I was torn watching the game because one son was rooting for the Giants, the other for the Patriots. I was born and raised in the Bronx, a diehard New York sports fan. Joseph is the same as his parents (Giants, Yankees, etc.). Andrew, though, is a rebel.

“Andrew was ecstatic when the Patriots were leading. He was rubbing it in, even doing a ‘Cruz salsa dance’ after the Pats scored a touchdown. A little depressed after the game, Andrew bounced right back saying, ‘Wait until next year.’ Believe it or not, I honestly don’t know why, but Andrew is a Red Sox fan, too.”

Friday night’s fights this week should be easier for Joe to watch because both of his sons will be supporting two of Star Boxing’s most promising boxers, unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano.

Andrade(15-0, 10 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-10 (17 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (“NABO”) junior middleweight title. Former World amateur champion Andrade – WBO #9, WBC & IBF #13 and WBA #15 – fights out of nearby Providence.

Tickets are $75.00, $40.00 and $30.00 (plus $5.00 facility fee for all tickets) and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office, subject to availability, or by calling Star Boxing at 1.718.823.2000 and online via www.StarBoxing.com.


Former U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade of Providence gets his first crack at boxing hardware Feb. 10 when he takes on Philadelphian Derek “Pooh” Ennis for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) junior middleweight title at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

The fight will be the main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series.

Since we last wrote about Andrade after a lackluster win last August over Grady Brewer, Andrade showed a lot more aggressiveness in an impressive third-round TKO over former world title challenger Saul Duran and has climbed into the top 15 rankings of all four major boxing organizations.

“This is going to be a breakout year for Demetrius,” said Joe DeGuardia, president of Star Boxing, which co-promotes Andrade with Banner Promotions. “Ennis is a tough Philadelphia fighter who figures to give Demetrius the toughest test of his young pro career.”

The undefeated Andrade (15-0, 11 KOs), who rose from the Southern New England Golden Gloves Tournament in Fall River to a world amateur boxing championship and a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, is curently ranked ninth in the junior middleweight division by the WBO, 11th by the IBF, 13th by the WBC and 15th by the WBA.

Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs) is a former USBA champion who is ranked ninth by the IBF. He won the vacant USBA title in 2009 against former world title challenger Ermosele Albert.

Tickets are $75, $40 and $30 (plus a $5 facility fee for all tickets) and are on sale at the Mohegan Sun box office and through Ticketmaster. For further information, call Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000.

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In the 12 round main event Saturday night, unbeaten WBO Latino Welterweight champion Diego Chaves (20-0, 16 KOs) of Argentina spectacularly stopped countryman Jorge Miranda (44-13, 16 KOs) in round 3 at the patinódromo del Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, in Buenos Aires, Argentina to retain his WBO latino title.

WBO Latino Jr. Mddleweight champion Javier Maciel (20-2, 13 KOs) of Argentina easily dispatched Néstor Faccio (15-4-2, 9 KOs) of Uruguay in less than one round in the co-feature. Maciel valiently dropped a competitive decision to current world champion Dmitry Pirog earlier this past March in Pirog’s native Russia. The event was promoted by Mario Margossian.







According to several media agencies, an agreement has been reached between K2 Promotions and Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing to arrange a fight between newly crowned WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) and dangerous WBO #1 Czech opponent Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs).

The title affair will take place in February 2012 in Moscow, Grozny or Kiev and will be promoted by the Klitschko Brothers, who guide Zaurbek’s career. The winner should face former WBO king Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) in his first title defense. Dzinziruk has been stripped of the title recently for failing to defend it in over a year and a half since his drubbing of Australian Daniel Dawson.

Baysangurov, once a highly regarded boxer-puncher from Achkhoy-Martan in Chechnya, started his professional career in 2004, being just 19 years of age. In his fifteenth fight Baysangurov delivered probably the finest performance of his career so far, schooling Marco Antonio Rubio to almost a shutout decision. He then won European crown and defeated it twice. In December 2008, Baysangurov lost an upset TKO 5 to Cornelius Bundrage in the IBF eliminator. Bundrage went on to become a new holder of the red belt. Zaurbek bounced back with seven wins in a row (six by knockout). In July this year Baysangurov blitzed barely live Mike Miranda with a couple of shots to become the WBO interim champion. He was elevated to the full status later, after Dzinziruk had been stripped off.

Lukas Konecny, 33-year old perennial contender and possibly the greatest Czech boxer of all time, was close to dethroning Dzinziruk in March 2008 but was held to a very controversial split decision loss. He is 11-0, with 4 KOs, after that with two successful defenses of his European regalia.


By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev