Date:  Friday – July 28, 2017


Location:  Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China

Promoter:  Zou Xuan Sport & Culture Development Co. LTD

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo, Jr.

Referee:   Danrex Tapdasan

Judges:   Robert Hoyle  96-94,  Edward Ligas  93-97, Sawaeng Thaweekoon  94-96

Results:  The WBO Flyweight Championship Title was won by Sho Kimura.  Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 7 KOs) scored a stunning eleventh round TKO over WBO flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-2, 2 KOs) to claim the WBO belt against Zou Shiming by KO at the 11th round.


Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Location:  Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Promoter:  Watanabe Gym Promotions / Mr. Kazutaka Yoshiro

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo, Jr.

Referee:  Katsuhiko Nakamura 

Judges:  Takeshi Shimakawa (96-95), Surat Soikrachang (94-97), Masakazu Murase (95-95)

Results:  The WBO Female Atomweight Title was kept by the Champion Nao Ikeyama and held to a split draw against Saemi Hanagata.


Date:  Sunday, February 26, 2017

WBO Interim Mini Flyweight Championship Title Bout

Location:  Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto, Japan

Promoter:  Honda Fitness Promotions / Kenya Honda

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo, Jr.

Referee:  Danrex Tapdasan,

Judges:   Sawaeng Thawaekoon (112-116), Edward Ligas,  (112-116),  Surat Soikrachang (115-113)

Results:  The Japanese Tatsuya Fukuhara  won the Interim WBO Mini-Flyweight title with a split decision over  Moises Calleros.


Date:   Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Location:   Thailand

Promoter:    Pariyakorn Ratanasuban / Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Referee:  Ramon A. Peña

Judges:   Lisa Giampa, Chris Tellez,  Gerardo Martinez

Results:    The WBO Bantamweight Championship Title was won by Marlon Tapales when stopped  the champion Punluang Sor Singyu by KO in the 11th round.


WBO File Photo:  Left to right:  Koko Kovács, Hedi Taouab, Paco Valcarcel, Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Elite matchmaker Hedi Taouab has passed away after a long illness. A legend in boxing circles, Hedi worked with Universum Box-Promotion and later SES Boxing. He was well-known for decades throughout the world for his enormous personality. The entire team of SES Boxing, in particular Ulf and Peggy Steinforth, are deeply affected by his passing.

“For our athletes and trainers, as a ‘matchmaker’ he put together many big fights, title opportunities and world championships,” said SES in a statement “For SES Boxing, he was one of the key people behind the scenes. His expertise and negotiating skills with promoters, managers and the national and international associations was undisputed and ‘hard,’ but always fair. He leaves a large void in the sport of boxing and will be irreplaceable for many boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters in the world.

“SES Boxing mourns alongside his family in Koblenz. Our sympathies go to all boxers and trainers, for he was an “uncle” to all of us. We in Magdeburg will never forget him. So long “Uncle!”


LAS VEGASNV(04/07/16)– La Organización Mundial de Boxeo presentó el cinturón especial ‘Battle of Super Champions‘, el cual será entregado al ganador del tercer combate entre el ex Campeón Mundial en ocho divisiones, Manny Pacquiao y el cinco veces Campeón del Mundo, Timothy Bradley, a celebrarse este sábado, 9 de abril en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas. 


“Este es un reconocimiento bien importante que la OMB le está dando a estos dos Súper Campeones”, mencionó el Presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, Lcdo. Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel. “Tanto Pacquiao como Bradley, le han dado mucho prestigio a nuestro organismo, a la división wélter y al boxeo en general. Bradley siendo un cinco veces campeón, entre las 140 y 147 libras, y Pacquiao con todo lo que ha hecho en el boxeo, ya posiblemente despidiéndose de este deporte, queremos perpetuar el legado de ambos. Este cinturón es una edición especial del campeonato Internacional, hecho a mano con oro y diamantes. Tiene un costo de más de 100 mil dólares, pero un valor inapreciable. Simplemente algo único para reconocer a estos dos Súper Campeones”. 

El combate por el campeonato Internacional wélter de la OMB será supervisado por el Vicepresidente de WBO Asia PacificLeon Panoncillo, Jr. 

La cartelera presentará otros dos combates de títulos OMB, donde el Campeón Mundial súper mediano de la OMB, Arthur Abraham chocará ante al Campeón Internacional de la OMB, Gilberto Ramírez. Mientras, Oscar Valdez y el ex Campeón Mundial, Evgeny Gradovich, disputarán la vacante correa NABO pluma. 


***La vigésimo novena Convención Anual de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) se llevará acabo desde el lunes, 17 de octubre hasta el viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016 en el Hotel Caribe Hilton en San Juan, Puerto Rico.  


Para más información, formularios de inscripción y todo lo relacionado a la 29na Convención de la OMB, accedan a: pueden llamar al (787) 765-4781/765-4628.***


BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Many boxing enthusiasts don’t really appreciate the boxing style of Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes – the defending WBO junior lightweight king, Ring Magazine titlist, and longest reining Filipino champion.

But, Nietes is a distinct fighter. He is a technical boxer and not the usual slugger which everyone, particularly, Filipino followers wanted to see.

He might be a so-called boring fighter to watch inside the ring however, his fighting style made him different from the rest.

At first, I wasn’t also impressed with how he fought since I’m used to watch the like of Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among the few. He seldom throw barrage of punches but, his shots are accurate.

But, after watching several of his fights, I realized that he won’t stay in this business if he offers similar stuff with other boxers in his division.

And, recognizing Nietes’ contribution in the world of boxing, the WBO headed by Puerto Rican Francisco Paco Varcarcel has leveled the Negrense champion as among the world’s boxing greats along with Filipino icon and Sarangani Rep. Pacquiao, Britain’s Joe Calzaghe and Mexican legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, and Oscar de la Hoya.

And to honor the Filipino, WBO President Varcarcel gave Nietes a WBO diamond-encrusted ring in the presence of ALA Promotions President Aldeguer and WBO Vice-President for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo Jr.

For Nietes’ dad, Josue, his son’s successful title defense has continuously inspires not only the up and coming boxers in their hometown but, also in the country.

The elder Nietes said that many of these young boxers are also looking up to him as their role-model.(WATCHMEN DAILY JOURNAL)

Date:   Friday, May 1, 2015


Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Promoter: Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Referee:  Tony Weeks

Judges:   Adalaide Byrd; Eric Cheek, Jerry Roth

Results:   Raymundo Beltrán lost the title on the scale. Beltran won over Takahiro Ao by technical knockout in the second round and, since the title was only online for Ao the title remained vacant.


GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Revered Filipino boxing superstar Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao who has just returned to the Philippines after a 3-week hectic tour that brought him to New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami and Washington, received his WBO super champion belt from WBO Vice-President for Asia-Pacific region Leon Panoncillo Jr Tuesday night here at Pacquiao’s sprawling residence-complex.

The $10,000 WBO super champion belt embedded with swarovski crystals and diamonds.


The $10,000 worth diamond-encrusted custom-designed belt was awarded by the WBO to Pacquiao after the world’s only 8-division world champion and the WBO champion of the decade wrested back his welterweight crown from Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014. According to Panoncillo, WBO president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel wanted to have the belt given to Pacquiao earlier but scheduling conflict and Pacquiao’s hectic lifestyle contributed to the delay.

WBO Vice-President Leon Panoncillo Jr (L) handed the belt to WBO super champion Manny Pacquiao at Pacquiao’s residence in General Santos City.


A super champion is a rare recognition given by the WBO, one of the world’s top governing bodies of boxing, to its champions who have achieved preeminent status while holding the championship belt. The WBO’s current super champions include heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, junior heavyweight champion Marco Huck of Germany and light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev of Russia.

“This is great for the unification!,” Pacquiao, who has tendered a dinner for the WBO and selected guests, blurted out upon receiving the belt to the amusement of everyone present knowing that an elephant in the room – the highly desired and highly anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather welterweight unification bout for the WBC and WBO belts – casts its huge shadow. Pacquiao later enthralled everyone by discussing the details of his one-on-one meeting with Mayweather and the many details of the ongoing negotiation. “But this is off the record,” he said.

Pacquiao poses with his belt as guests take photos from their cellphones


Pacquiao hosted a dinner after receiving his WBO super champion belt.

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Once again, the World Boxing Organization extended the Kids Drug Free Program (WBO-KDFP) and reached the children of Indonesia.  After three years of successful campaign, the WBO once again had lengthen its 4th annual program in the Central city of Jakarta’s commercial and recreational area of Blok M Bulungan Gym. This time the program was focused in an Amateur Boxing League of children that were qualified to participate in the forthcoming National Amateur boxing meet to be held at the end of this month in a nearby Tangerang district.

It must be recalled that the first program in January 2011 was held in the 2nd biggest City of Surabaya, the second program ceremony was held on April 2012 in the central City of Jakarta at the government’s TVRI studio following a WBO Asia-Pacific championship and the 3rd was held in East Jakarta Taman Mini Football stadium were an all youth amateur football participated the ceremony in coordination with IGN. Slamet Riyadi Football Club.

With the blessings of the Honorable WBO President Francisco Paco Valcarcel, Esq. and thru the directives and guidance of the WBO Asia-Pacific Vice President & Chairman Leon Panoncillo, Jr to the WBO Asia-Pacific Board Member Antonio M. Comia who leads the gift-giving program with gracious participation and support of the Secretary General Martinez Dos Santos of the Indonesian Amateur Boxing Association (Pertina), received huge gratitude  from the youth amateur boxing community.

In the process of promoting sports, it has been the campaign of the WBO to use sports to prevent the youth from using drugs. The WBO utilize its rich pool of personnel all over the world to organize these charitable activities. The KDFP has been going on for several years now in this part of the world such as Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Tanzania, Indonesia, among others.

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Date:  Saturday, May 10, 2014

WBO Jr. Flyweight Championship Title Bout

Location:  SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Phillipines

Promoter:  ALA Promotions

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo, Jr.

Referee:   Robert  Byrd

Judges:  Waleska Roldan;  Robert  Hoyle;  Fernando  Laguna

Result:   The  Champion Donnie  Nietes retains the WBO Junior Flyweight Title over Moises Fuentes by KO in the 9th round.


In its desire to continue its advocacy of getting off our kids from the streets and free from drugs, the WBO Kids Drug Free Program – Philippines, have celebrated again have its summer sportsfest. 

The sportsfest have been participated by youth from the different barangays of Mandaue City, Cebu. The participants are from ages 12 to 19.  The event was held on Friday, May 02 at 4:00 p.m. with a parade from the corner of Anita’s bakeshop to the sports facility of Greenhills, Casuntingan, Mandaue City.   The opening has been started with the distribution of the WBO backpacks on time for the school opening, snacks and WBO KDFP shirts. 

No less than the Vice-President of WBO – Leon Panoncillo, Jr. will personally grace and opened the sports fest. Prizes was at stake for the champions of each age bracket. 


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IMG_2894The Tanzania’s Depute Permanent Secretary For the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Prof. Elisante Ole Gabriel with children participating in the WBO’s Kids Drug Free Program in Tanzania – Africa

On March 28, 2014, was a great success reaching out to children at Tanzania Africa by WBO Kids Drug Free donating school bags, back packs goodies, T-shirts and boxing Gloves.  Leon Panoncillo, Jr., Executive Vice President for Asia,  thanks Africa Tanzania Boxing Official, Mr. Emmanuel Mlundwa and Tanzania Promoter, Mr. Ally Mwazoa for coordinating it with their Government.

IMG_2794The former World Boxing Super Welterweight champion Rashid Matumla (wearing a cap on the left) and Promoter Ally Mwazoa  (wearing a red T-shirt) with the children reached by the World Boxing Organization (WBO’s Kids Drug Free Program at the PTA Hall, Dares Salaam, Tanzania, Africa.

IMG_2886Emmanuel Mlundwa holds the mitts for Zainabu ‘Ikota’ Mhamila, one of the children reached by the WBO Kids Drug Free Program, to the appreciation of Prof. Elisante Ole Gabriel (The Tanzania’s Depute Permanent Secretary For the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports)

IMG_2898Zainabu ‘Ikota’ Mhamila one of the children reached by the WBO Kids Drug Free Program

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Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines – It was a great start to a New Year for Leyte residents as WBO Vice President for Asia, Leon Panoncillo, Jr. who just arrived from Hawaii, went directly to Tacloban, Leyte to continue on more relief efforts provided by the World Boxing Organization.


According to Panoncillo, after WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel heard of the successful relief effort from his WBO Asia Pacific staff from the Philippines that distributed $10,000 US dollars worth of relief goods to help the survivors of the Yolanda / Haiyan Typhoon devastation this past December 8, 2013, Valcarcel has ordered more relief goods to be distributed to the people of Leyte. The continuing relief effort got the nod of the Executive Board members of the WBO to approve a second relief funds in the amount of another ten thousand US dollars that had brought both donation relief efforts now up to $20,000 US dollars, equivalent to 880,000 Philippines pesos.

The additional donation from the organization spread relief to more provinces in Leyte, especially surrounding areas in Tacloban City and hard to reach areas of Jaro and Santa Fe. Areas that was also completely destroyed by the Typhoon and news of seldom relief goods reaching in that District Barangay, after the disaster.

“It was really a good experience for me to see the disaster and got to help personally, I realize that we cannot take life for granted after seeing what I saw, anything can happen at any given time,” Panoncillo said.

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“Giving my time to help on my busy schedule was not a problem for me, in fact it was an honor to help and distribute the tons of rice, noodles, water and variety of can goods that made their way to those provinces. Thousands of families benefited from the relief goods distributed by the WBO,” Panoncillo


After two years of exceptional campaign of the Kids Drug Free Program (WBO KDF) in Indonesia, the WBO has lengthen its 3rd annual program in East Jakarta’s culture-based recreational area of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Denzipur 3, Cijantung, Indonesia football field. It must be recalled that the first program in January 2011 was held in the 2nd big City of Surabaya, the second program ceremony was held on April 2012 in the central City of Jakarta at the government’s TVRI studio following a WBO Asia-Pacific championship.


The 2013 program that was held on July 21, 2013 focused on the indigent youth football players in coordination with IGN. SLAMET RIYADI FOOTBALL CLUB. WBO Asia-Pacific Board Member & Representative, Antonio M. Comia through the directives & guidance of the WBO Asia-Pacific Vice-President & Chairman Leon Panoncillo, Jr., leads the gift – giving program ceremony composed of bags with school supplies, foods & cash gift with the gracious participation and support of the Secretary General of the Indonesian Amateur Boxing Association (Pertina) , Sports Commentator & Boxing Analyst, Mr. Martinez Dos Santos.


The Annual WBO-KDF program aimed for Drug-Free campaign among the indigent youth was spread around the continents and expanded up to the vast territories of South-East Asia and the Pacific.