By Edri K. Aznar –


ALTHOUGH he is one of just three current world champions from the Philippines, World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight king Merlito Sabillo still believes he has something to prove – that he is a great world champion and not just a one-hit wonder.


“He is very focused and wants to prove that he deserves to be a world champion. It’s a fight that will give him the recognition that he deserves,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.


The 29-year-old Sabillo, a late bloomer in the sweet science, looks to put on a statement as he trades leathers with WBO No. 6 rated Jorle Estrada of Colombia this Saturday night at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.


Sabillo, 22-0 with 11 knockouts, became the WBO mini-flyweight champion after an impressive eighth round technical knockout over Colombian Luis de la Rosa last March 9 in Cerete, Colombia.


“The record could be deceiving and the fact that he is No. 6 in the world proves that he may have something up his sleeve. Everyone knows the Colombians are tough fighters and they want redemption after Sabillo knocked out de la Rosa in Colombia to win the title. It should be an interesting fight,” said Aldeguer.


Estrada is 17-6 with six knockouts and has won four straight fights. He has a win over world-rated Mauricio Fuentes and has fought but lost to the likes of Carlos Buitrago, Walter Tello and Carlos Velarde.

Tijuana, Mexico – Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (15-1-0, 7 KO’s) retained his WBO 105-pound title with first round knockout of hometown hero Julio César “Gatito” Felix (17-4-0, 7 KO’s) at 2:16. The card took place at El foro de Tijuana and was televised by Azteca 7. After some big shots to the head and a hook to the body, Felix went down to the mat. He recovered, but then took more punishment to the head and body, falling back to the mat and this time he stayed there in pain for the full count of ten. Fuentes will now face former champion Ivan Calderon on August 4th.


After ten rounds of super bantamweight action, Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) was awarded a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (19-4-0, 10 KO’s). The scores were 95-94, 95-94 and 97-95. Rosas controlled the action early but faded late and even got dropped in the eight round.


By Rafael Soto

TIJUANA – One of Tijuana´s favorite boxers, Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix will get his shot on Saturday night in his hometown. “Gatito” (17-3-0, 7 KOs) will challenge champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) for the strawweight championship recognized by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), taking place at “El Foro” (former Jai Alai Palace) located in the historic and tourist Revolution Avenue. An event by Zanfer Promotions and transmitted by TV Azteca.

Fuentes has not fought since August 2011, when he snatched the championship from Raul “Rayito” Garcia in Guadalajara. He was going to fight in Tijuana in March, but in one of his sparring sessions he injured his right hand.
On the same evening and what will be the co-featured bout, a 10-round bantamweight world clash with Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (13-0-1, 9 KOs) and Enrique “Duende” Bernache (19 – 3-0, 10 KOs).
By Rafael Soto

Former WBO 105lb champion Iván Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) has confirmed that on August 4 he will be challenging for the crown he held for many years against reigning champion Moisés Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) at the Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, however prior to that Fuentes will have an optional June 2 defense against Mexican countryman Julio César Félix (17-3, 7 KOs) in Tijuana. “The only danger is Fuentes fights on June 2 and I hope he doesn’t stumble,” said Calderon. “This fight has been postponed several times. Not because of the boxers but rather for several promotional obstacles and logistics.”

Calderon also said that he has been and is available to fight anywhere and denied what was published recently that he was not prepared to fight.

“It’s not true that I wasn’t prepared,” he said. “You’ve seen me training and know that I am. This is their strategy to get an excuse. I hope that this should be the last postponement but this business is like that,” he concluded.



By Rey Colón -The Sport Press


Peter Rivera, the vice president of PR Best Boxing, announced that Ivan Calderon, the former WBO champion at 105 pounds, will have the opportunity to regain his crown on July 28 in Puerto Rico. He takes on the current WBO champion Moises Fuentes of Mexico. As reported earlier, Fuentes will return on June 2 with an optional defense against countryman Julio Cesar Felix (17-3, 7 KO’s) in Tijuana, Mexico.

Calderon-Fuentes has been postponed several times. Rivera disputes the statements of Fuentes’ trainer, who claims Calderon is not in condition to fight.

“He wanted to take a fight before [facing Calderon] and we said yes and told him to be careful. And that’s what happened. Not that Ivan is out of shape as they say. Everything is agreed upon for July 28 in Puerto Rico, but we gave him the chance to make a defense, “explained Rivera.


By: Rey Colon

Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6Kos) will make the first defense of his WBO minimumweight championship on June 2 in Tijuana, likely against Julio Cesar Felix (17-3, 7KOs). Fuentes has been inactive since winning the title from Raul Garcia last August. He was set to fight former champion Ivan Calderon, several times. The fight continues to get postponed and Fuentes wants to stay busy. Calderon made an indication to Feuntes’ camp that he wasn’t ready to go on the last rescheduled date, so the Mexican fighter will stay sharp until a date with Calderon is finalized.



By Miguel Rivera

Former two division world champion Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KO’s) will face Mexico’s Moises Fuentes, the champion of the WBO at 105-pounds, on the 2nd of June and not May 26 as was previosuly mentioned. The fight is still slated for the Coliseum Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Originally the match was scheduled for April 28 in Mayaguez. However, Fuentes was injured in an optional defense and the date changed to May 26 in Guaynabo, and now the date is postponed again for June 2.

“We are discussing June 2 in Guaynabo  with the same opponent. We are waiting for official announcement. The difference is one week because the company (PR Best Boxing) will make two events, on June 1 and June 2, at the same venue,” Calderon said.


By: Rey Colon

Teeraporn Pannimit

Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel failed to capitalize on another crack at a world title when she lost to Thailand’s Teeraporn Pannimit in a clash for the vacant WBO female minimumweight title in Bangkok.

The 26 year old Abaniel who  lost her bid for the IBF title to highly talented Mexican Katia Gutierrez by a 4th round TKO in Sinaloa, Mexico last December 10 after dropping a ten round decision for the Women’s International Boxing Association and WBC Asia Boxing Council title to Samson Tor Buamas in Sukothai, Thailand on February 19, 2011 started off well against Pannimit but faded in the second half of the bout according to WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo and lost a unanimous decision.

Panoncillo told the Manila Standard all three judges scored the fight for the Thai girl. Salven Lagumbay of the Philippines and Indonesia’s Rois Muhammad scored it for  Teeraporn   96-94 while Thai judge Surat Soikrachang had the Thai girl the winner by a wider 98-92 margin.

Panoncillo said it was a good fight with Gretchen “doing well in the early rounds and was winning the first half of the fight.”

However, the WBO executive said Abaniel “lost steam in the later rounds Terraporn came out strong throwing more   effective combinations while Gretchen was more in a defensive mode, backing up and being less effective.”

Panoncillo said it was “a close fight.”

The younger 19 year old Teeraporn Pannimit had earlier also lost by a 5th round TKO to another fancied Mexican Jessica Chavez in an IBF light flyweight female title fight on January 14, 2012 but came back to win an eight round unanimous decision over Naporporn Superchamps whos real name is Napaporn Sor Ploenchit.

Abaniel  who is handled by former  Australian boxer Terry Mogg dropped to 10-4 with 2 knockouts while Teeraport improved to 16-5 with 5 knockouts.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Photo: Pinnimit (front, left) and Abaniel (front, right) pose during yesterday's weighin. WBO Vice-President Leon Panoncillo (L) supervises today's fight.

Petchboon, Thailand – In a interesting heated battle of Female Mini Flyweight contenders for the vacant WBO Female crown, Thailand’s former WBO Mini Flyweight world champion Teeraporn Pinnimit takes on formidable Female fighter from the Philippines Gretchan Abaniel today at Petchboon province, Thailand. Yesterday, both female participants weighed-in exactly the 105lb. limit in their weigh-in at Petchboon Homeland Resort supervised by WBO Executive Asia Pacific Chairman Leon Panoncillo.

Panoncillo, who had turned Asia into a WBO Empire of champions producing more regional champions and World champions in the history of the Orient for the WBO will also supervise the highly anticipated rematch of Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria vs Omar Nino Romero on May 13th at Manila.

Teeraporn Pinnimit with an outstanding record of 15win-5lost-5ko won her last fight against Napaporn Superchamp this past March 23rd, her best outing fight was at Germany against Sussie Kintikian who everyone at the venue applauded Pinnimit for hanging in there with the undefeated champion and did very well, it was for the unified Female Flyweight World title.

Manager promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban informed that her fighter Teeraporn Pinnimit was to small for the flyweight division and have decided to return to Mini Flyweight where she belongs to reclaim her crown.

Meanwhile, Terrance Mogg, trainer of Grechan Abaniel have great confidence with his fighter as Abaniel also compiled a great record of 13 total fights with 10wins-3lost-2ko and came from a great amateur background with 30 plus fights. Abaniel lost her last fight against female IBF world champion Katia Guiterrez via 4th round stoppage however, on her previous fight before that on February 2011, she went the distance against formidable defending WBC Asian Boxing Council champion Samson Buamus who had a record of 19wins-2lost.

Promoter of the event is One Songchai Promotion headed by Pariyakorn Ratanasuban.

Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel gets another crack at a world title when he fights Thailand’s Tereraport Pannimit for the vacant WBO female minimum weight title in Bangkok on April 25.

The 26 year old Abaniel lost her bid for the IBF title to highly talented Mexican Katia Gutierrez by a 4th round TKO in Sinaloa, Mexico last December 10 after dropping a ten round decision for the Women’s International Boxing Association and WBC Asia Boxing Council title to Samson Tor Buamas in Sukothai, Thailand on February 19, 2011.

The younger 19 year old Teeraport Pannimit also lost by a 5th round TKO to another fancied Mexican Jessica Chavez in an IBF light flyweight female title fight on January 14, 2012 but came back to win an eight round unanimous decision over Naporporn Superchamps whos real name is Napaporn Sor Ploenchit.

Anabiel who is handled by former  Australian boxer Terry Mogg has a record of 10-3 with 2 knockouts while Teeraport has a record of 15-5 with 5 knockouts.


by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Hardworking and talented Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel gets a crack at the vacant WBO Female mini-flyweight title against Thailand’s Teeraporn Pannimit in Bangkok on April 25.

Abaniel’s trainer/manager, former Australian boxer Terry Mogg informed the Manila Standard about the title shot for Abaniel who is 26 years old and has a record of 10-3 with 2 knockouts while the Thai girl is only 19 and has a record of 14-5 with 5 knockouts.

In her last fight in Sinaloa, Mexico, Abaniel suffered a 4th round TKO at the hands of the tremendously talented Katia Gutierrez in a clash for the IBF minimum weight title last December 10.

She had earlier dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Samson Tor Buamas in a bout for the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council and the Women’s International Boxing Association titles on February 19, 2011.

Pannimit is also coming off back-to-back losses. She lost by a 5th round TKO to Jessica Chavez in an IBF light flyweight title fight on January 14 this year and prior to that dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Susi Kantiakian, an Armenian girl who fights out of Germany in a clash for the WBO/WBA and World International Boxing Federation flyweight title on October 21, 2011.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight champion Mexican Moises Fuentes will not defend his title this coming Saturday in Tijuana, after suffering an injury in training. Fuentes was going to defend his belt against Filipino Michael Landero. However, this past Saturday Fuentes suffered a hand injury durring a sparring session. He went to a doctor who advised him rest.

“I feel very frustrated by my accident last Saturday. While I was sparring, I threw a straight right and hit [my sparring partner’s] head. I immediately felt pain and then a lot of discomfort in the hand. I didn’t think it was that serious but my knuckles were very swollen this morning and my doctors determined that I couldn’t  fight on Saturday,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) won the world championship in August 2011 in Guadalajara, winning a split decision over Raul “Rayito” Garcia.

With Fuentes out, two-time former world champion “Rayito” Garcia (31-2-0, 19 KOs) will step in to face Michael Landero in a ten round flyweight bout.

Also on the card, a clash between two former world champions with Tomas Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) facing Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-5-2, 17 KOs) over ten rounds.


By Rafael Soto


WBO mini-flyweight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6KOs) will make the first defense of his title on March 3rd in Tijuana, against Filipino contender Michael Landero (15-5-4, 5KOs). If all goes well, Fuentes will move forward to a showdown with former champion and Puerto Rican superstar Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6KOs) on April 28th.

“I’m thinking of a great future. I know I have the weapons and tools to work well and do a good job in the ring. I want to beat Landero and go forward against Ivan Calderon, the number one challenger,” said Fuentes

“I know I can make a lot of defenses at this weight. I want to make history, my dreams are big, and I have no fear.”


By Salvador Rodriguez


Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.


 Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon will return on April 28th at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). The veteran will get another shot at a world championship, as the finishing touches are being made for a showdown with Mexico’s Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6KOs), the WBO title king at 105-pounds. Calderon held the WBO title for many years and retained the belt numerous times before he made a move to junior flyweight.”We are talking about holding [the fight] at the Palacio de los Deportes. We want the people of the west to have the opportunity to see world championship boxing,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions.

Calderon (35-2-1and 6KOs) is going to begin training hard in February and plans to use the same gym, the Wilfredo Gomez Arena, where he works as an instructor. Calderon says that he needs to be very focused to achieve his best physical condition to recapture the belt that he previously held for many years.

“And I still have gas in the tank for a few more years. There are fighters who are older than me and beating everyone, like [Vitali] Klitschko and Bernard Hopkins, who is 46. It’s a matter of desire and care for my body,” Calderon said. “It will be very interesting for me to fight with an opponent who is very tall (5’8 “). I’m going to go out there and give everything to win that title.”


By: Rey Colon

Además del choque por el cetro interino de las 105 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) entre Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón y Raúl “Rayito” García, otras cuatro reyertas titulares, incluyendo una mundial de damas, compondrán el “Torneo de Campeones OMB” en otra edición de la serie “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV”, que subirá a escena el sábado, 29 de octubre, en el coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) como parte de la 24ta Convención Anual de la OMB.

El programa, que será llevado gratis en vivo y en exclusiva desde las 9:00 de la noche a través de ON DIRECTV en el canal 161 para todos los suscriptores de DIRECTV en Puerto Rico, contará con la participación coestelar de los ex campeones mundiales Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, así como la monarca mundial minimosca femenina OMB y AMB, la argentina Yésica “ La Tuti” Bopp.

La pelea principal de la noche tendrá al doble ex campeón mundial, Calderón (34-2-1 y 6 nocauts) midiéndose al también ex titular García (30-2-1 y 18 nocauts) por la correa interina de peso mínimo de la OMB.

Mientras, la argentina Bopp (16-0 y 7 nocauts) expondrá su cinturón mimimosca de la OMB ante la estadounidense Suzane Warner (9-10-1 y 2 nocauts) a 10 asaltos.

“Tendremos estas dos peleas de título mundial, la de los ex campeones mundiales Calderón y García, y la de Bopp, y le añadimos tres de títulos regionales con Papito Vázquez y El Indio Quintana, así como tres peleas más con varios prospectos puertorriqueños”, dijo el promotor Iván Rivera, presidente de PRBBP.

En uno de los choques coestelares, el mocano Quintana (28-3 y 22 nocauts), ex monarca welter de la OMB y séptimo clasificado en estos momentos por esta entidad en las 154 libras, tendrá un importante enfrentamiento cuando se mida al fuerte pegador manatieño Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1 y 20 nocauts). En este pleito estará en juego el título latino superwelter de la OMB.

Mientras, Vázquez Jr. (20-1-1 y 17 nocauts), ex campeón supergallo de la OMB, peleará por el título supergallo Intercontinental de la OMB, a 10 asaltos, frente a un rival que se anunciará próximamente.

Otro choque titular será el que escenificarán el boricua Javier Monserrate (24-1-1 y 17 nocauts) y el mexicano Javier Castro (25-4 y 20 nocauts) por el cetro latino superligero de la OMB a 10 asaltos.

El resto de la acción presenta a cuatro asaltos, a Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (3-0-2 y 3 nocauts) midiéndose al debutante Jesús Pagán en el peso mosca; en los pluma a Kenny Rivera (1-0 y 1 nocaut) contra un rival por determinarse, y el cubano Leduan Barthelemy (2-0 y 2 nocauts) en los supergallos ante un contrario por anunciarse.

La 24ta Convención de la OMB se llevará a cabo en Puerto Rico del 24 al 29 de octubre.

Los boletos para esta cartelera están a la venta en Ticketcenter llamando al 787 792-5000 o accesando . Los precios son de $25 Entrada General, $40 Palco, $78 Palco Centro, $103 “Ring Side” y $203 “Red Carpet”.

Por Aleudi Rosario Cotto, PR Best Boxing Promotions

MANILA, Philippines—AJ “Bazooka” Banal battles tough, undefeated Mexican champion Mario “Maca” Briones on the undercard of the WBO light flyweight championship between former minimumweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and reigning 108-pound champion Ramon Garcia Hirales also of Mexico.

The fight card scheduled at the University of St. La Salle Gymnasium in Bacolod City on October 8 will see the 22-year-old southpaw Banal, who has a record of 25-1-1 with 19 knockouts clash with the 25-year-old Briones, who has a record of 20-0-1 with 14 knockouts.

Banal is coming off an unimpressive eighth-round technical decision over Canada’s Tyson Cave last July 30, when a nasty gash above Banal’s right eyebrow which was caused by an accidental clash of heads forced the ring physician to instruct referee Tony Pesons to call a halt and go to the scorecards of the judges.

All three judges had Banal the winner.

Banal had earlier captured the WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title with a cracking second-round knockout of Francis Miyeyusho on March 19.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said the only way to find out how far his fighters are capable of going is to match them against tough, credible opponents.

In the case of Banal they decided to get Briones who is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Ulises Castillo last July 16.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz–43752