July 28, 2015

VIA E-mail:

Hanna Gabriel
WBO Female Jr. Middleweight Champion – San Jose, Costa Rica

RE: WBO Female Jr. Middleweight Champion Dear Ms. Gabriel:

Please be advised of WBO Female Boxing Rules and Regulations: Upon winning a WBO Female title, the champion has one hundred eighty (180) days from the date the title was obtained and /or her last title defense to defend again, or the title may be declared vacant.

You won the vacant WBO Female Jr. Middleweight title on December 20, 2014 at the El San Juan Resort and Casino in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Your title defense was due on or before June 20, 2015.

Please be advised you have ten (10) days upon receipt of this communication to provide copies of finalized fight contracts and to show cause as to why Ms. Gabriel has not defended her belt under the terms of the Championship Regulation. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the WBO Female Jr. Middleweight title being declared vacant, without further hearing you.

Very truly yours,

Luis Batista Salas,
Chairman Championship Committee


“Super Fight Night” on July 26, 2014 in Dessau

“The World Cup project!”

The new challenge for double world champion Christina Hammer : in the new weight class junior middleweight she meets in the fight for the WBO world title equal to “high-caliber” Anne Sophie Mathis.

The double world champion at middleweight Christina Hammer (17-0-0 (8)) which, after a trip to Super Middleweight in this second weight class secured the WBO-/WBF-Welterweight title in 2013, now faces a new major challenge. With the “descent” into the next lighter weight class and the immediate invasion of the WBO world title in the junior middleweight the exceptional boxer Christina Hammer goes from Dortmund in a boxing unusual and almost unique way. And, it makes it not easy. With the multiple world and European champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-0 (23) from France, she has in this “new mission” is equal to one of the strongest boxers in the world as an opponent! With her co-record of 23 KOs in 27 victorious battles, the French Mathis, the latest in their home after their fights against the American Holly Holm is a “boxing legend” is a huge challenge!

The fifth WBO title fight is now fixed:


Moritz steel from the “Team Germany” is fighting for his first Belt: WBO Youth Inter-Conti-title fight against the Spaniard Guram Natsulishvili
The Referee:

WBO Inter-Continental Super Middleweight Championship
Robert Stieglitz vs. Sergey Khomitsky

The other title fights:

WBO International Championship Lightheavyweight
WBA Continental Cup Lightheavyweight
Robin Krasniqi vs. Oleksandr Cherviak

WBO world championship in junior middleweight
Christina Hammer vs. Anne Sophie Mathis

WBO Inter-Continental Championship in Lightheavyweight
Dominic Boesel vs. Daniel Regi

SAT.1 is transferred fight night live from 22.15 clock in a length of nearly four hours from Dessau

+ + + SES boxing event on Saturday, July 26, 2014, Anhalt Arena in Dessau + + +



Photo: Dario Figueredo

By Robert Coster –

When Dominican Oxandia Castillo won the female WBO jr midlleweight title by stopping favored Hanna Gabriel in Costa Rica on February 28th of this year, she became at 18 boxing’s youngest current world titleholder, male or female. The previously unknown Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) was given a hero’s welcome in her homeland. Many Dominican boxing fans identified with Oxandia, a young girl that overcame poverty and a difficult family situation through effort and determination. Says manager Jose Rafael Lantigua, “There are other girls here that have won world titles but Oxandia, in particular, touched a soft spot with the fans.” Fightnews caught up with the teenage champion flanked by her manager and trainer Alcibiades to know more about her and her Cinderella story.

Oxandia, how did you get your start in boxing?

I was 12. I was living at home with my Mom and six siblings. There was always a lot of fights at home, we were cramped. I felt so restless. But there was this older girl called Grecia Nova. She was a national boxing champion. I used to see her pass by. She dressed well. I wanted to be like her and I asked her to take me to her gym. When I got there, I decided that boxing was going to be my life.

Question: You decided you wanted to become a boxer at age 12 ?

Answers Trainer Alcibiades: She started training and immediately I could see she was special. She was a natural athlete, strong and powerful. And she was so disciplined and focused. I was impressed. I went to her mother and convinced her to let Oxandia move in with me and my family. I told the mother ‘Your daughter has a special talent. Don’t let it go to waste.’ Oxandia became not only my boxer but almost, my adopted daughter.

So, Oxandia, you fought as an amateur?

Yes, three years. At age 15, I had no more opponents so I decided to turn pro and I also quit school to dedicate myself to boxing.

You quit school for boxing? Something of a gamble to do that, no?

Yes but it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t succeed in boxing.

What was your first important fight?

I only had 5 pro fights. I was 16 and I was put against Cindy Serrano of Puerto Rico who had 19 fights and been a former world champion. People thought I was going to be massacred but Alcibiades told me I had the style to beat Cindy. After 6 rounds, they called it a draw but most people believed I had won the fight. After the bout, Mr Lantigua and his partner Wilfredo Rivera of Puerto Rico offered me a contract. The fight with Cindy was my big break.

Tell us about the title fight with Hanna Gabriel?

Hanna is a national hero in Costa Rica, she was the unbeaten WBO Champion. When Mr Lantigua told me of this fight, I knew the time had come to make it happen. I was so confident. At the weigh-in before the fight, Hanna came in, very glamourous with a beautiful attire and all the press was around her. When we squared off, I looked her straight in the eyes. I said to her “This is not a beauty contest. You’re going down!” At that moment, she stopped smiling and playing the movie star. I think she saw the determination in my eyes.

Tell us about the knockout.

Yes, I had only one plan–knock her out. I didn’t want it to go to the scorecards. When I connected with the straight right to her chin in the second round and I saw her slump to the canvas, I realized that she wasn’t going to get up.

Since you’ve won the title, how have things changed for you?

All the attention, the press, being received by the authorities. But I don’t want it to go to my head. I am the same Oxandia. This is just the beginning. I am defending the title in Panama in July.

Intervenes manager Lantigua: Outside the ring, Oxandia is a regular teenager. But she’s different when it comes to her life as a boxer. She’s so mature, so disciplined, so incredibly focused. She knows what she wants and she’s willing to do the sacrifices. That is why she’s so ferocious in the ring.

In a nutshell, Oxandia, what is the most your are aiming for as a boxer?

I want to be a three division world champion: at 147, 154 and 160lbs. My trainer tells me that my body is still growing so I think I can go up to 160. I can also make 147 easy. But first thing first: I have to retain my title in July. I want to prove to everybody that my winning the title was no fluke.


Hanna GabrielPor: Marcelo Poltronieri A. (La nación, puro deporte)

En una espectacular conferencia de prensa, anoche en el Hotel Herradura, la boxeadora Hanna Gabriel habló de  su próxima contrincante, contra la que intentará defender su título de boxeo.

Como la gran campeona que es, Gabriel salió detrás de una cortina negra, en un ring improvisado y haciendo un calentamiento ficticio para presentarse al público y prensa presentes.

Oxandia Castillo, de República Dominicana, será la luchadora que intente arrebatarle el cinturón a la campeona costarricense.

La boxeadora dominicana de 1,70 metros de estatura tiene 18 años y cuenta con un llamativo récord de 11 victorias (ocho por nocaut), dos empates y ninguna derrota. Pero eso no desvela a la tica.

“Yo estoy muy segura de mis cualidades, tengo la actitud, la confianza y, por supuesto, el título que me respaldan”, confesó Gabriel.

Hanna cuenta con un récord de 13 peleas (nueve por medio del K. O.), un empate y cero derrotas, por lo que dice que “no tiene nada que envidiarle a su rival”.

Tras la reproducción de un video con las declaraciones de la retadora, se encendió la polémica entre ambas luchadoras.

La dominicana declaró que el título de Gabriel estaba en un lugar equivocado y que ella lo iba a poner donde se debía.

Pero Hanna no se quedó callada y respondió que sí quería llevarse el cinturón, tendría que venir a tomarlo “al lugar equivocado”.

“Yo ya estoy muy madura, ella puede decir lo que quiera, que ustedes (prensa) saben que yo hablo en el ring”, replicó Gabriel.

Esta será la primera pelea de  la pugilista tica luego de ausentarse un año de los cuadriláteros por una lesión en su espalda.

Ahora Hanna dice estar recuperada y aunque explicó no estar a un 100%, cree tener la capacidad para dejar en el país la corona.

La velada tendrá lugar en el estadio Ricardo Saprissa el próximo jueves 28 de febrero.

En el espectáculo se llevarán a cabo diez  peleas más, entre las que llama la atención el retorno de Bryan el Tiquito Vázquez, esposo de Hanna.

Vázquez pretende volver a luchar por un título mundial y ahora tiene que empezar con peleas de este tipo. “Nuestra idea es volver a luchar por un título, desde mi última pelea (Japón) no he dejado de entrenar, así que siento que estoy muy bien preparado”, dijo Vásquez.

El rival del Tiquito será el dominicano Luis Ernesto José, ganador de la medalla de plata en los Juegos Panamericanos de 1995.