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Paul Butler (21-1, 12 KOs) did exactly what was expected of him against little-known Sebastian Sanchez (12-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, controlling the bout and showing some fine technical skill in earning a ninth-round KO victory and the vacant WBO International Super Flyweight Championship.

The 27-year-old looked the better boxer from the opening bell, quickly establishing a jab, working the body and only occasionally struggling to find his range. Despite suffering an apparent injury to his right hand, he used it to set up his winning punch, following a right hook with one from the left that connected with Sanchez’s abdomen and sent him crashing to the mat in pain for the body-shot knockout.

The win was even more impressive because Butler had little to no scouting report on Sanchez.

“I tried to find him on YouTube and couldn’t, there’s nothing there,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo‘s Micheal McKenna. “I know literally nothing about my opponent.”

The strong showing was Butler’s fourth consecutive win since losing to Zolani Tete last March via seventh-round TKO in a bout for the IBF world super flyweight title. Butler, who had previously won the IBF world bantamweight strap, has been on the comeback trail ever since, looking to build up his credentials for a shot at another world title.

Operating with a distinct size advantage, he kept his range and established the jab early on. Sanchez lacked the power and snap to back up the Ellesmere Port fighter, though he occasionally made inroads early on with a decent left hook.

Sanchez made sure Butler had to work to get his shots in, zipping around the ring and causing more than a few shots from the Englishman to come up empty. Sanchez’s own offense, however, was in short supply.

Butler really started to dig in and find the range on his power shots in the middle rounds, per BoxNation:

The Englishman’s work rate dipped after the sixth, and he appeared to have hurt his right hand in the fray, wincing after a few punches in the eighth round.

The bad hand was of little consequence, as he had done well to bank rounds early on and simply spent the latter portion of the fight measuring up the overmatched Sanchez. Rather than allow the fight to drag on too long, Butler slipped in the left hook just below the ribcage and crumpled Sanchez for the KO win. Sanchez’s pain was so obvious that he couldn’t even make the 10-count, per BoxNation:

It was a workmanlike performance from Butler, but the fresh-faced pugilist should be intent on upping the quality of his opposition from here on out. Prior to the bout, he expressed an interest in taking on Jamie Conlan, the undefeated WBO intercontinental super flyweight champ from Belfast.

“The fight with Jamie Conlan has been talked about for a long time now; hopefully it can be made but if it doesn’t, we’ll push on and box for the world title instead,” he said, per McKenna.

If he can’t secure the Conlan bout, at least one boxer is chomping at the bit to challenge him. Undefeated super flyweight Khalid Yafai insists that Butler, among others, is unwilling to step into the ring with him.

“None of my British rivals want to fight me,” Yafai said, per the Chester Chronicle‘s Jim Green. “I want the Butler fight and I know that I would win it. Those two will probably fight each other now but, let’s be honest, that’s only to find out who is No. 2 behind me.”

Yafai secured the WBA intercontinental super flyweight belt with a knockout win over Dixon Flores on March 5.

Butler has his heart set on challenging Conlan, but Yafai could make for a challenging scrap and would far and away be Butler’s toughest test since his loss to Tete thwarted his shot at a second world title and sent him back to rebuilding his standing in the super flyweight division.

Though either boxer would be a huge step up for Butler, a fight with Conlan seems like the bout that’s more likely to materialize as Butler follows the path he thinks is best toward earning another chance at a world title.



SHANGHAI, CHINA- China’s boxing star Zou Shiming made a marvelous return to the ring and stopped Natan Santana Coutinho of Brazil in eight rounds at the Oriental Sports Center.

Zou boxed well as expected but Santana stoked the ire of the hometown crowd early when he clowned around and taunted Zou in the opening round. Zou continued to move and use his longer reach but he showed he was not afraid to engage Santana at close quarters.

As the rounds progressed, Zou landed at will and the cheers of the crowd got louder. In the fifth, a swift volley hurt Santana but he remained on his feet. Zou’s boxing lesson continued and in the eighth, the Brazilian was pinned on the ropes and a series of unanswered punches prompted Thai Referee Sawaeng Thaweekoon to call a halt at the 2:17 mark.

Zou wins the vacant WBO international flyweight title and resumes his title hunt after losing his IBF title shot to Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand.

Zou is now 7W-1L, 2KO’s while Santana suffered his first loss after 12 wins, 10 by KO.

This fight served as the main event of “Return of the King- the Rising of the Fists” held Saturday in Shanghai.



By Peter Fury –

Sparring began for real on Monday and it was great to see Tyson and Hughie get put through their paces by a number of quality heavyweights. For this particular camp we’ve got Kevin Johnson, the American heavyweight due to fight Anthony Joshua in April, as well as Marcin Rekowski, who is 15-1, and Sean ‘Sexy’ Turner from Dublin. It’s a nice mix of experience and youth. We’ve had Kevin twice in camp now and it’s always good to have him around. He’s a good lad, Kevin, and he’s the ultimate professional. He does his job properly. When he’s got the bit between his teeth and has a big fight coming up, you get good work out of him. He does what he needs to do and is ideal for what we need.

Not everybody is, though. The likes of Johnson come back to us because they like what they see, we’re fair with them and they want to return. The ones who don’t come back, however, are the ones who come over and don’t perform in sparring. They don’t give me what I want. Some of them come over and think they’re just getting an easy payday. They do the bare minimum and expect that to be enough. Then comes the reality check. We soon get rid of them.

Sparring, I believe, is majorly important to a fighter’s development. You have to have it because it helps detect any mistakes and flaws. You’ll quickly pick up on and work on mistakes if a boxer is being punished by a sparring partner every time he makes one. Sparring puts boxers under pressure. They’re getting punched back and they’re simulating a fight.

Also, when you have sparring partners they’re not used to, and you then rotate them – in and out – it’s a different ball game. It’s impossible for Tyson and Hughie to get accustomed to any one style. Just when they think they’ve sussed one of the sparring partners, he’ll jump out and another one will jump in. It teaches them to be adjustable and to develop not just one way of fighting but a variety of ways of fighting.

Typically, I’ll have a sparring partner do no more than one round at a time. Johnson, for example, will do a round and will then be replaced by Rekwoski. After Rekowski’s done a round, he’ll be replaced by Turner and so on. I find it keeps them fresh if I’m only giving them a round at a time. They know they can give their maximum effort for that one round and then refresh afterwards ready for the next round we need from them.

Tyson and Hughie, during these sessions, will simply work on what they’re being told. It’s almost as if the opponent in front of them doesn’t exist. They’ll just go through the motions and work on what they need to work on. They’ll work on their flaws. If we’re looking to work a certain style, they’ll practice that and make the mistakes in sparring rather than on fight night itself. They’re just working on their game plan. It’s not about getting the better of the sparring partner or beating them up. That doesn’t prove anything at this stage. They have no interest in that. They’re simply focused on working towards fight night.

All in all, I’ll look for Tyson and Hughie to spar five days a week and they’ll do ten rounds each. It’s enough.

For Hughie, in particular, this camp is vital. Hughie is in a big fight and he’s right up there now and ready to go in with the big boys. He’s always done full-on sparring, to be fair, so this is nothing new to him. The only things that have hampered Hughie in the past have been health issues.

But now he’s back to full strength and he’s going okay so far. So far, so good. He doesn’t have a problem being thrown into hard sparring. He can mix it with the best. He’s shown that in previous camps; anybody who has shared the ring with him knows how good Hughie Fury is…


Hughie Fury fights dangerman Andriy Rudenko over ten rounds on February 21 in Monte Carlo, televised by Channel 5. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury defends his WBO International heavyweight title against Christian Hammer on February 28 at the O2 Arena, live on BoxNation



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Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight world champion at the time. The Welshman put Krasniqi through a torrid 12 rounds and retained his belt by unanimous decision. 18 months on and Munich-based Krasniqi has worked his way back to the brink of another world title shot with not one but two sanctioning bodies.

On December 20th, Krasniqi will defend his WBO international and WBA continental titles against Poland’s Dariusz Sek (20-1-1) at the BallhausForum in Munich, Germany. Also appearing on the bill are WBO Youth champion Dominic Bösel (16-0-0) and former cruiserweight world title challenger, Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4).

It’s going to be an emotional occasion for Krasniqi who headlines the show in his home town for the first time.

‘It’s a dream come true that I can box again in Munich. I have a lot of friends, a lot of fans and my family is here but I’m relaxed, I want to put on a good boxing show and hopefully I’ll do that” said Krasniqi speaking to Fightnews today.

Should Krasniqi be victorious next month, he could line up a world title clash against the WBA belt holder and fellow countryman, Juergen Braehmer. Krasniqi is currently ranked #2 at the WBA and the WBO, meaning a possible meeting with highly regarded Russian Sergey Kovalev might also be an option.

But before turning his attention to Braehmer or Kovalev, he must first get past Sek who has just one decision loss on his record coming against Robert Woge in 2013. The 28-year old southpaw was in confident mood at today’s press conference.

“I’m going to beat Robin Krasniqi. As a southpaw, with my left hand carrying the power, I’ll cause him problems and use that advantage to my benefit. Krasniqi hasn’t boxed many southpaws. If my compatriot Pavel Glazewski beats Brahmer and I win the fight against Krasniqi, then it is 2:0 for Poland again.”

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Mit mindestens vier großen Titelkämpfen kehrt das Magdeburger SES-Box-Team nach fünf Jahren nach Dessau zurück. In Kooperation mit „Dessau-Roßlau sportlich“ wird am 26. Juli 2014 Ex-Weltmeister Robert Stieglitz in der Anhalt-Arena am 26. Juli 2014 um den vakantenWBO-Inter-Conti-Gürtel im Super-Mittelgewicht kämpfen. Sein Gegner in diesem Titelkampf ist ein „Geist“. Diesen Kampfnamen trägt Sergey „The Ghost“ Khomitsky (29-10-2 (12)), der sich vor gut zwei Monaten den Gürtel des WBO-Europameisters in England mit einem K.o. in der sechsten Runde gegen den ungeschlagenen Briten Frank Buglioni sicherte. Robert Stieglitz ist also gewarnt, denn der erfahrene Weißrusse Khomitsky hat sich so wieder auf die Position 9 der WBO-Weltrangliste vorgearbeitet. Mit diesem Gegner wird Robert Stieglitz seine Mission „Das WM-Projekt!“ angehen. Für Robert Stieglitz gilt nun, sich schnellstmöglich in Position zu bringen, um gegen den amtierenden Weltmeister wieder um „seinen“ WBO-Weltmeistergürtel zu boxen. Dafür muss zuerst der „Geist“ Khomitsky besiegt werden!

Robert Stieglitz: „Ich bin heiß auf den Geist! Khomitsky ist für Überraschungen gut, ausgeschlafen und er boxt schlau. Sein Sieg gegen Buglioni kam nicht von ungefähr. Man darf ihn nie und nimmer unterschätzen. Ich bin gewarnt. Wenn ich mir „meinem Gürtel“ zurückholen will, dann geht der Weg nur mit einem klaren Sieg über diesen „Geist“!“

SES-Chef-Coach Dirk Dzemski: „Robert ist seit gut fünf Wochen wieder voll im Training, hochmotiviert und fokussiert. Er ist stärker, wenn er etwas haben will, als wenn er schon etwas hat!“

SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth: „Khomitsky war der am höchsten gerankte Fighter aus der Rangliste, der sich dem Kampf gegen Robert stellt. Wir wollen die Ungerechtigkeit aus dem WM-Duell mit Abraham so schnell wie möglich wieder gerade rücken!“

Die neue große Herausforderung für Doppel-Weltmeisterin Christina Hammer: in der neuen Gewichtsklasse Junior-Mittelgewicht trifft sie im Kampf um den vakanten WBO-Weltmeistertitel gleich auf „Hochkaräter“ Anne Sophie Mathis


Die Doppel-Weltmeisterin im Mittelgewicht Christina Hammer (17-0-0 (8)), die sich im Jahr 2013 nach einem Ausflug in Super-Mittelgewicht auch in dieser zweiten Gewichtsklasse dieWBO-/WBF-Weltmeistertitel sicherte, steht nun vor einer neuen großen Herausforderung. Mit dem „Abstieg“ in die nächste leichtere Gewichtsklasse und dem sofortigen Angriff auf den vakantenWBO-Weltmeistertitel im Junior-Mittelgewicht geht die Ausnahme-Boxerin Christina Hammer aus Dortmund einen im Boxsport ungewöhnlichen und fast einmaligen Weg. Und, sie macht es sich nicht einfach.

Mit der mehrmalige Welt- und Europameisterin Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-0 (23)) aus Frankreich hat sie bei dieser „neuen Mission“ gleich eine der stärksten Boxerinnen der Welt als Gegnerin! Mit ihrem K.o.-Rekord von 23 Ko’s in 27 siegreichen Kämpfen ist die Französin Mathis, die in ihrer Heimat spätesten nach ihren Fights gegen die Amerikanerin Holly Holm eine „Box-Legende“ ist, eine riesige Herausforderung!

Christina Hammer: „Ich liebe Herausforderungen und ich will im Frauenboxen neue Maßstäbe setzen. Anne Sophie Mathis ist natürlich in dieser für mich neuen Gewichtsklasse eine echte Größe mit einer riesigen Ko-Quote. Das schockt mich aber nicht und ich stelle mich der Herausforderung, die Besten zu boxen. Es gibt genügend Frauen, die vor mir immer wieder davonlaufen!“

Robin Krasniqi trifft auf Oleksandr Cherviak – der Angriff auf die WM-Titel-Chancen bei  derWBO und der WBA


SES-Halb-Schwergewichtler Robin Krasniqi (41-3-0 (16)) hat neben der Verteidigung seines WBO-International-Titels im Halb-Schwergewicht auch den vakanten WBA-Continental-Titelim Visier. Nach seinem krachenden Ko-Sieg gegen Emmanuel Danso im März in Potsdam hat sich Krasniqi beeindruckend in der Box-Szene zurück gemeldet. Gegen den Ukrainer Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1 (4)), der bei der WBA auf Position 8 und bei der WBO als Nummer 15 geführt wird, kann der Münchener Krasniqi nun in zwei Weltranglisten den Sprung nach ganz vorne schaffen. Als Nummer 3 der WBO-Weltrangliste und als siebter im WBARanking hat Robin Krasniqi eine ideale Ausgangsposition, um sich bei einem Sieg zeitnah wieder eine WM-Chance zu erarbeiten.

Robin Krasniqi: „Mein K.o.-Sieg in Potsdam war das Resultat einer klaren Strategie. Mit der Verbesserung meiner taktischen Varianten kann und werde ich jeden schlagen. Cherviak hat gute Namen geboxt und geschlagen, ich aber werde ihn besiegen. Mein einziges Ziel ist ein nächster WM-Kampf. Dieser kann gerne auch gegen Jürgen Brähmer sein!“

SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth: „Mit dem Kampf um die Titelverteidigung des WBO-International-Titel und um den vakanten WBA-Continental-Titel schlagen wir bei Cherviak „zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe“! Auch ein deutsches Duell mit Jürgen Brähmer kann so dann  möglich werden. Nur, erst einmal muss Robin seine starke Leistung aus dem letzten Kampf in Potsdam wieder abrufen!“

14488835682_e1f5766f7e_nWBO-Inter-Conti-Champion Dominic Bösel wird sich mit großer Fan-Gemeinde erster Titelverteidigung stellen

Dominic Bösel (15-0-0 (5)) aus Freyburg/Unstrutkommt mit seiner großen Fan-Gemeinde in die Dessauer Anhalt Arena. Der ungeschlagene frühere WBO-Junioren-Weltmeister, die Nummer 8 der WBO-Rangliste und der aktuelleWBO-Inter-Conti-Champion im Halb-Schwergewicht,kann sich bei seiner ersten Titelverteidigung im „Senioren-Bereich“ wieder der Unterstützung seiner Fans sicher sein. Mit Bussen werden diese zahlreich nach Dessau reisen und für eine großartige Stimmung sorgen.

Dominic Bösel: „Mit dem Kampf in Potsdam und dem Niederschlag bin ich im „Seniorenbereich angekommen. Es war ein starker Gegner, er hat mir alles abverlangt und ich musste mich in einer Extremsituation beweisen. Das habe ich geschafft und gewonnen!“

SES-Coach Dirk Dzemski: „Dominic hat Willensstärke bewiesen, sich durchgebissen und nach hinten heraus den Kampf wieder „gerade gebogen“. Diese Erfahrung braucht ein junger, hochgelobter Boxer und diese nimmt ihm keiner mehr!“





Fightnews.com will present live stream of Krasniqi-Dansu at 2PM ET, 11AM PT

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke –

An important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications will be streamed live right here on Fightnews.com TODAY at 2PM ET, 11AM PT. The event takes place in Potsdam, Germany and features WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) against unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-0, 18 KOs) in a ten round clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title. The winner could be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev more sooner than later.

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Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, says he’s improved after coming up short against then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago. Dansu is an unknown quantity, having never previously fought outside Ghana. Bringing a 90% KO ratio, Dansu compares his style to Mike Tyson. We’ll see.Also featured on the card is WBO #12 rated light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs), who meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.



The card also features the return of heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) in his first bout since September 2012. Kretschmann faces tough guy Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs), who has gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and never been stopped.

In further action, WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KOs) risks her titles against unbeaten Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs).

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The fights are presented by promoter Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing and will take place at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE up-and-coming young stars of the ALA Gym will get much needed exposure in a huge boxing event at the posh Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila next weekend.


Unbeaten prospects Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Melvin Gumban will be featured in the undercard of Pinoy Pride XXIV – “The Future is Now”.


“We feel that it is important for our young prospects to build their confidence and to be exposed as they prepare themselves to headline Idol,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.


The 20-year-old Pagara (18-0, 12 KOs) faces one of his stiffest tests, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific super flyweight titleholder Isack Junior (22-4-2, 8 KOs), in a 10-round fight.


Magsayo (4-0, 3 KOs), 18, is up against struggling Roy-Roy Sumugat (9-9-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round fight, while 23-year-old Gumban (15-0, 7 KOs) is taking on journeyman Dino Lelis (10-11-2, 5 KOs).


Pagara, Magsayo and Gumban are all included in ALA Promotions’ roster of young fighters that will be featured in their boxing show “Idol.”


“They have the potential but only time can tell,” said Aldeguer.


Also in the undercard are other up-and-coming boxers taking on each other.


Genesis Servania (23-0, 9 KOs) is seeing action in the main event against one of his toughest opponents to date, former world champion Alexander Muñoz (36-5, 28 KOs), in a WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight title defense.


Arthur Villanueva (24-0, 14 KOs) is featured in the co-main event against Mexican former world title contender Juan Hernandez (23-3, 16 KOs). He is defending his WBO International super flyweight strap.



By:  Salven L. Lugumbay –

MACAU–Amid the grandeur and pageantry of the mammoth “Clash in Cotai”, one thing stands out in the hoopla leading up to Pacquiao vs Rios–the beautifully crafted WBO International belt that will go to the winner.

The hardware, a masterpiece of an artwork reserved only for the best of the best, made a grand entrance during the final press on the other day at the luxurious Venetian Hotel and Casino here.

WBO International Chairman Leon Panoncillo described it as “a historic belt for a historic fight” during the press con attended by promoter Bob Arum.

“Our special WBO International belt ordered by WBO president Paco Valcarcel for the winner was a big challenge in itself, it took a tremendous amount of time and money before it could be finished up,” said Panoncillo.



The impressive belt has been premiered and designed into perfection displaying quality sparkling beautiful handset quality Swarovsky Crystals with a special crafted figure like profile of both fighters, sculptured in emblems that uniquely imitate their profile image as fighters, in gold mirror finish.

“Nevertheless, its about the fighters that we are all here to perform, their determination and will to win that drive them to glory. The belt is secondary, however, keep in mind the sentimental value of the belt that will endure with them forever to be remembered, to be proud of, reminding of his hard-earned accomplishment to share with his children in years to come. Have a look at this best site to buy Instagram followers from real accounts page. This is why the WBO puts forth its belt for important matches for everyone in the world to acknowledge and respect.”


Thursday, October 24, 2013


EDGAR Martinez may be a last-minute replacement opponent for unbeaten Arthur Villanueva. But despite taking the fight on short notice, he is confident that he will shock the world by scoring a big upset over the world-rated Filipino prospect.

“Villanueva, see my fist, this will be the last thing that you will see. Mexicans are the best fighters in the world,” Martinez said yesterday in a press conference at the Formo Restaurant and Lounge.

Villanueva and Martinez are fighting for the vacant World Boxing Organization International super flyweight belt at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino this Saturday night.

“When I fight, I fight intelligently. I will try to knock him out. He’s a strong guy but I don’t care if I win by knockout or decision. I just want to win,” said Martinez, who has won his last five fights by knockout.

Martinez has fought two renowned boxers in Mexico, former interim world champion Sammy Gutierrez and Ivan Morales, the legendary Erik Morales’ younger brother. He didn’t last long with both and was knocked out in the first by Ivan and in the third by Gutierrez.

A win over Villanueva should catapult Martinez’s career to new heights because the 24-year-old Bacolod City native is ranked in all four major boxing sanctioning bodies – No. 2 in the WBO, No. 5 in the International Boxing Federation, No. 10 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 13 in the World Boxing Council.

Martinez is 16-7 with 10 knockouts, while Villanueva is 23-0 with 13 knockouts.

Unbeaten Genesis Servania faces off with former interim WBA super flyweight titleholder Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion for the vacant WBO super bantamweight strap in the main event of Pinoy Pride XXII – “The Revenge.”



Photos: Joel Colon –

Former WBO super bantamweight champion and son of a legend Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez held an open media workout today at former longtime WBO champion Ivan Calderon’s gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in anticipation of Vazquez’ highly anticipated “Road To Redemption” appearance when he returns home to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on September 20. Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr., (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face undefeated prospect Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (13-0, 8 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the World Boxing Organization International super bantamweight title.

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Also on the card is Wilfredo Vazquez’ younger son, jr. flyweight Israel “El Heredero” Vazquez (8-0-2, 6 KOs), local prospects Philip Penson, Craig Duncan, Carlos Lacayo, Angel Albelo and the highly anticipated pro debut of Alex “Flash” Roman. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise main event starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show. Tickets are already on sale from only $20 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.



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The 26th Annual WBO Congress in Budapest, Hungary came to a conclusion yesterday with the ever popular final day event: the Championship and Ratings committee meetings.

The final day’s events kicked off as President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the board entertained motions from the floor from various promoters in regards to their fighters. Although there was little movement in regards to the lighter weights President Valcarcel confirmed that mini-flyweight champion Merilito Sabillo of the Philippines is slated to fight #1 ranked Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua in Dubai in November. At 108-pounds it was confirmed that junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes of the Philippines is cut and will be sidelined for a short period of time. #1 ranked Moises Fuentes of Mexico is slated to fight for a International title, a move that will certainly position him for the mandatory slot when Nietes recovers from his cut. At flyweight President Valcarcel and the board confirmed that Mexican champion Juan Francisco Estrada will need to fight a mandatory defense in his next fight. Promoter Fernando Beltran requested that the winner of the November 7th matchup between #1 ranked Giovani Segura and #2 ranked Hernan Tyson Marquez, both of Mexico, declared the mandatory challenger for the champion. The board unanimously agreed.

At junior bantamweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina, who is coming off a split decision victory over #1 ranked Felipe Orucuta of Mexico is slated to fight in February. No word on if it will be a rematch of his war with Orucuta, who looks poised to remain at #1. Dean Powell pushed to have Paul Butler (the #13 ranked fighter) move into the top ten after his next fight on September 21st. Butler is slated to fight undefeated Miguel Gonzales for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title. The board seemed receptive to the idea of Butler moving into the top ten if he were to defeat Gonzales. At bantamweight President Valcarcel confirmed that new champion Tomoki Kameda would have six months to fight his mandatory defense as he only recently won his title.

At junior featherweight the discussion was in regards to champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and his first defense. Jesse Magdaleno (the #8 ranked NABO Youth champion) and the #1 contender Chris Avalos (the NABO champion) were both mentioned as Top Rank pushed to have their fighters positioned into a title fight. A big round of applause followed for former world champion Barry McGuigan, who was there to represent undefeated British prospect Carl Frampton (16-0). Frampton, who is ranked #14, now looks poised to enter the top ten.

At featherweight the big discussion was over the fight between #1 ranked Orlando Cruz and #3 ranked Orlando Salido. That fight, which is scheduled to take place on October 12th for the vacant world title. There was a push to introduce Oscar Gonzalez (23-2) into the world rankings based on his impressive win over Rico Ramos as well as a push for undefeated Filipino prospect Jun Doliguez (16-0) to move up the ranks. Doliguez is ranked #9. The next discussion was over a fighter who is quickly becoming the most talked about rookie in recent memory: debuting amateur standout Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko, who is slated to fight tough Jonathan Oquendo in his first pro fight, now will be fighting Oquendo for the vacant WBO International title. Despite some concern over allowing a debuting fighter to fight for a WBO belt, the board was nearly unanimous in recognizing what a unique and special talent Lomachenko is.

“Thank God there was no Lomachenko in my division at the time,” former Olympic gold medalist Istvan “Koko” Kovacs said, “I never saw a fighter like him before.”

The board approved Lomachenko for the title fight, making his planned world title fight in his second professional fight a more realistic scenario assuming he can get past the seasoned Jonathan Oquendo. Representatives for #5 ranked Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand asked to have their fighter move up the ranks after the planned clash between the # and #3 ranked contenders.

At junior lightweight the WBO confirmed it was issuing a letter to champion Roman Martinez of Puerto Rico, informing him that he now has 30 days to begin negotiations for a fight with #1 ranked Miguel Angel Garcia.

In the lightweight division it was confirmed that champion Ricky Burns would fight #6 ranked Raymundo Beltran on September 7th. From there the board confirmed that Burns would need to begin negotiations with Terrence Crawford, the #1 contender, by December. Undefeated Denis Shafikov of Russia looked poised to move up as well from the #3 slot. In a bit of a shocker, promoter Fernando Beltran told the board that #12 ranked junior welterweight Jose Zepada was now moving down in weight to campaign at lightweight.

In the junior welterweight division the board voted to approve allowing Juan Manuel Marquez to enter the ring against Tim Bradley as WBO champion on October 12th. Mike Alvarado would then be declared the full champion after October 12th. A request to move #3 Serhiy Fedchenko up also came from the floor.

In the welterweight division Dean Powell asked to have #8 ranked Frankie Gavin move up in the ranks as he is slated to fight on September 21st for the European title. In junior middleweight some controversy arose over the next fight of #4 ranked Brian Rose. Both Charlie Ota of Japan (who is ranked #11) and Javier Maciel of Argentina (who is ranked #5) appeared to have an fight against Rose at the same time. After a round of phone calls it was confirmed that Rose would be fighting Maciel and not Ota in his next fight. Fernando Beltran also asked to have Omar Chavez, son of Julio Cesar Chavez, enter the world rankings. Dean Powell asked to have Liam Smith, who is challenging for a British title, move into the world rankings as well.

At middleweight it was confirmed that #1 ranked Brian Vera (the NABO champion) was slated to fight #2 ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on September 28th. Champion Peter Quillin is slated to fight on October 26th. Several promoters moved to have their fighters positioned for an elimination fight as the Vera-Chavez fight created an opening for other fighters looking to move up in the rankings. #4 ranked Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic and #5 ranked Max Bursak of the Ukraine look poised to emerge as the frontrunners to take part in an elimination fight. #15 ranked Patrick Neilsen of Denmark looks poised to crack into the top ten as well.

At 168-pounds there was a push to move Paul Smith into the rankings. #4 ranked Arthur Abraham looks poised to move into the #1 slot off the basis of his win last week. WBO champion Robert Stieglitz is slated to fight in October, and may end up fighting a rubber match with Abraham after that. When asked is Stieglitz would be willing to fight Abraham in a mandatory, Hedi Taouab indicated he would be.

“It’s for the WBO to decide,” Taouab said, “we are ready to negotiate and talk.”

Arthur Abraham was subsequently voted into the #1 ranking by the board.

At light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has 120 days to defend his title. #13 ranked Erik Skoglund of Sweeden is slatefd to gfight #14 ranked Dominic Boesel of Germany in a rare WBO youth unification fight. At cruiserweight Marco Huck is slated to fight #1 ranked Firat Arslan on September 14th. #7 ranked Mateusz Masternak of Poland is slated to fight #14 ranked Grigory Droz of Germany on October 5th and wants to move up in the rankings as well. At heavyweight the discussion was over WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko’s 27-month gap since he fought a WBO mandatory challenger. With Klitschko fighting Alex Povetkin on October 5th, there was an issue over the fact that, according to President Valcarcel, the top ranked contenders of the WBO didn’t meet the “criteria for a mandatory”. #1 ranked Denis Boytsov is now slated to fight #11 ranked Christian Hammer. With #2 ranked Bermane Stiverne now the WBC mandatory for Klitschko it did look likely that Boytsov’s long wait may be over and the WBO may award him the mandatory slot if he emerges victorious over Hammer. There was a push to have #5 ranked Deontay Wilder fight for the vacant NABO title as well, and a push to have #13 eanked Andy Ruiz move up into the top ten. Dean Powell also pushed to have #15 ranked Dereck Chisora move up into the top ten on the basis of his knockout win over undefeated Malik Scott.

“His losses have been only at the highest level,” Powell said, “and some are very controversial.”

WBO Vice President Leon Panoncillo pushed to have Alex Leapai versus Andy Ruiz for the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental championship in Macao in November as well.

From there several awards were handed out, with Liam Welch being awarded the European fighter of the year award, Tia Yi being awarded the matchmaker of the year for China, and the Sports Management Group being awarded the Promoter of the Year. The Japan Boxing Association presented a letter to the WBO and Mario Margossian was awarded a special recognition award. The location of the 2014 and 2015 conventions were decided as well, with Las Vegas, Nevada being the host to the 2014 convention, with Puerto Rico as the backup. In a bit of a surprise, the Philippines will be the location of the 2015 Convention , with Cebu and Manila as the most likely venues.

Rounding off the 26th annual convention was the gala dinner, held at the Udvarhaz restaurant. Hungarian President János Áder attended the event, speaking to the crowd about Hungary’s proud (and at times) tragic history of great boxers. Ader’s moving tribute to Lazlo Papp brought many of the attendees to their feet as they applauded the Hungarian head of state. Rounding off the evening were the remaining awards which were handed out. Frank Warren was awarded the European promoter of the year while Dominic Boesel was awarded the WBO Youth fighter of the year. Robert Stieglitz was awarded the Gordy Volkman Award for outstanding humanitarian qualities. Poriyakoon Ratauasuban was awarded the WBO Oriental Promoter of the year while Michael Aldesguer was awarded the WBO International Promoter of the year. Felix Zabala was awarded the WBO Latino promoter of the year while Ulf Steinforth was awarded the WBO European promoter of the year as well as the European female fighter promoter of the year. Dean Powell was named matchmaker fo the year while Eddie Hearn was awarded a WBO Intercontinental special recognition award. Wilfried Sauerland was awarded a special recognition award as well. Hungary’s three most noteworthy former champions: Istvan Kovacs, Zsolt Erdei, and Karoly Balzsay were each awarded special recognition awards while Don King was awarded a “Greatest Legend in Boxing History” award. Rounding off the ceremony, Wladimir Klitschko was named WBO fighter of the year.

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By:  Ronnie Nathannielsz –

The World Boxing Organization will make a special belt for the winner of what promises to be an all-out action fight between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and exciting Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at the Cotai Arena in the sprawling Venetian Resort Hotel on November 24.

WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo announced that Pacquiao and Rios will fight for the WBO International welterweight title and “a special belt is being made for the winner” of what both Panoncillo and WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said one of “the most spectaculatr events in the world. It will be huge.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who joined the two fighters and their trainers on a promotional tour which kicked off in Beijing on Monday and will have a press conference on Tuesday, said he expects the television coverage “to reach more people than the last Olympic Games in China (in 2008)” even as the fights being staged in Macau now emphasizes that the world is a very small place.”

Pacquiao and former world champion raced up the Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world, Monday in Beijing, China.

Both fighters are making a stop in Beijing as part of their world-wide media tour which will also include stops in Shanghai, Singapore, New York and finally ending up in Los Angeles.

Arum promised that the Top Rank card on November 24 “will be outstanding because Pacquiao vs Rios is a very exciting title fight.”

Arum emphasized that Macau “is not just about gaming, it’s about bringing all sorts of entertainment and this event will do that.”

He said “people will be coming from all over, especially from the Philippines” which is less thnan two hours away by plane and since the Venetian “will be offering special packages for fans from the Philippines” where Pacquiao is not merely a two-term congressman but a hero to millions.



Walsall’s Christopher Keane will meet Neil Dawson for the WBO International cruiserweight title after the champion opted to defend and not vacate his belt.

Dawson was set to give up his crown so Keane could pick an opponent and box for the title on the BoxNation televised bill at Walsall Town Hall a week on Friday.

But, after falling out of Prizefighter at the first hurdle last weekend, Dawson will now defend against Keane just 13 days after last stepping through the ropes.

The Rotherham combatant boxed just three rounds on the night, so feels fit enough to take the risk against the unbeaten Midlands champion on his home turf.

The two are also firmly in the hunt for domestic honours – Dawson was set to challenge for the British title while Keane is the No 1 contender to the English crown.

They will lock horns for an international belt and a world ranking in the meantime and Keane is pleased to have the chance to pit his waits against the 32-year-old.

He said: “It’s a good opportunity for me. It’s important that I now know who I’m fighting, so now I can start preparing specifically for Dawson.

“My trainers, Paul Hudson and Dean Edwards, have studied his style and we are working on our game plan. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 27-year-old watched Dawson take part in Prizefighter at York Hall in London, where he lost on points with all three judges to Danny McIntosh.

And Keane warns he could do to Dawson what he did to Shane McPhilbin, who he dropped three times for a third-round stoppage at the same venue in January.

He said: “I’m confident but you have to be in this game. Dawson is a decent kid. He’s tough and durable with loads of heart.

“I think he will fight pretty similar to Shane McPhilbin and come at me early on. I’m feeling good, though, and will be ready for him.”

Walsall’s Martin Gethin, the British lightweight champion, tops the bill in a IBF world title final eliminator against Panama’s Ammeth Diaz.

Tickets for the show, called ‘Ready To Silence The World’ are priced at £40 and £75 and are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

The show will also be live and exclusive on BoxNation on Sky Channel 437 and Virgin Channel 546. Join at www.boxnation.com.


WBO #1 and mandatory light heavyweight challenger Robin Krasniqi will be back in action Friday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Krasniqi (38-2, 14 KOs) will take on Max Heyman (25-11-4, 14 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round duel. Also seeing action will be unbeaten WBO #8 heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (27-0-1, 14 KOs) against Nelson Dario Dominguez (14-1-1, 7 KOs) in a ten-rounder.

Here’s what they had to say at the preflight press conference.

Robin Krasniqi: “I am really looking forward to this next fight. For me, every fight is now like a championship fight….when I fought in January, I’ve gained a lot of experience and I have the best trainer in Germany, Dirk Dzemski, – so I have the best conditions to win the next fight and then to become world champion.”

Max Heyman: “Robin Krasniqi is a young, strong boxer. I was well informed about him. This is a tough fight and I have to do my best.”

Francesco Pianeta: “I’m not that far away from the Klitschkos. I know that now. But I have every time in the ring again get the best performance. I will also be on Friday. ”

Nelson Dario Dominguez: “I see it as an opportunity to fight against someone like Pianeta. He is a southpaw. I can gather a lot of experience. I am impressed with his success against Oliver McCall and Francois Botha, but he’d better study the video and not underestimate me.”


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO– Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo mostró hoy la forma en que se está preparando para su importante combate del próximo 6 de octubre cuando se mida al ex campeón supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en la cartelera “La Guerra”, que se efectuará en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), en asociación con All Star Boxing, Top Rank y Promociones Zanfer, a ser transmitido por el sistema de “Pay Per View” para todos los sistemas de cable y satélite.

El peleador vegalteño se presentó en el Gimnasio Municipal de Caimito junto a su entrenador Dennis Pantojas y demostró la condición que tiene para su importante encuentro. El púgil trabajó varios asaltos de guanteleta mostrando rápidas combinaciones con ambas manos, golpeó el saco, la pera loca y además hizo estiramientos y ejercicios de piso, concluyendo con buena estámina.

“Hemos estado realizando dos sesiones de entrenamiento, una en la mañana y una en la tarde, y me siento muy bien de peso, de condición, de aire, estamos muy bien y agradezco a mi entrenador Dennis Pantojas y a mi preparador físico Félix González por todo lo que se ha hecho”, dijo Oquendo, quien está saliendo del gimnasio entre unas 126 y 128 libras. “Ésta es una oportunidad, que sabemos es grande y vamos a aprovecharla al máximo”.

Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), quien está clasificado número 3 por la OMB en las 122 libras y además es el campeón Latino de la OMB en este peso, se enfrentará a Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), un ex campeón supergallo de la OMB, en choque por el cetro supergallo Internacional de la OMB a 12 asaltos.

Su entrenador, Pantojas elogió la condición que tiene Oquendo en estos momentos e indicó que los guanteos deben llegar a su fin el próximo jueves, 27 de septiembre.

“Debemos terminar con unos 60 ó 65 asaltos de guanteo. No queremos arriesgarnos a una lesión a estas alturas de la pelea, además de que la condición está muy bien”, sostuvo Pantojas. “Siempre hemos esperado el momento y sabemos que Jonathan tiene para demostrarle al mundo su calidad. Papito ha tenido grandes batallas, pero creánme si Jonathan no estuviera bien no hubiéramos cogido esta pelea”.

El programa “La Guerra” contará además con el combate por el título peso mínimo de la OMB, en el que el monarca Moisés Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs), de México, expondrá su correa ante el ex campeón mundial de la OMB en las 105 y 108 libras, Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs).

En choque de invictos, el cuarto clasificado en el peso ligero de la OMB, José “Chelo” González (20-0, 15 KOs), de Toa Baja, defenderá su título ligero Latino de esta entidad ante el dominicano Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) a 10 rounds.

También pelearán los pesos completos boricuas Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs), de Salinas, y Álex González (20-7, 10 KOs), de Vega Baja, se enfrentarán en pelea a ocho asaltos.

Otros cinco combates, que completarán el programa, serán anunciados próximamente.

Los boletos para la cartelera “La Guerra” están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $75 Palcos, $125 “Ring Side” y $250 “Red Carpet”.

Por: Aleudi Rosario

Fotos: Jose Perez

CEBU, Filipinas  –  El Venezolano Jean Piero Pérez y su peligroso rival Filipino Milán Melindo estuvieron cara-a-cara por primera vez durante interesante conferencia de prensa realizada hoy en el lujoso Waterfront Hotel & Casino en Cebu, Filipinas.

Melindo con su promotor Michael Aldeguer

Jean Piero Perez con su entrenador Francisco “Tolete” Arroyo

Pérez, ex miembro del equipo nacional de boxeo de Venezuela, retara al invicto campeón Melindo por el cetro internacional mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) este Sábado por la noche (Sábado por la mañana en Latino América).

Melindo y Jean Piero se miran a los ojos

Melindo, quien ha doblegado a todos los peleadores Latinos a los que ha enfrentado, varios de ellos ex campeones del mundo, declaro durante la conferencia que aspira retar al duro campeón mundial mosca de la FIB Moruti Mthalane de Sudáfrica.

El combate a 12 rounds es por el titulo Internacional de Melindo

Pero para ello, Melindo (27-0, 11KO’s) tendrá primero que pasarle por encima del Venezolano, tarea que pueda resultar ser nada facil.

Melindo y Jean Piero se dan la mano al concluir la conferencia en el día de hoy

“A Melindo le va a salir una bruja, es lo que va a pasar.  Se corren a robo (los Filipinos) que van a noquear a mi pupilo Jean Piero.  Cuidado que es al revés.  Jean Piero pelea, da duro.   No se echa y esta en buenas condiciones.  Va a ser un peleon”, dijo el cotizado profesor panameño Francisco “Tolete” Arroyo, entrenador del Venezolano.

El Venezolano orgulloso de su bandera.  “Gloria al Bravo Pueblo”

Jean Piero Perez, quien efímeramente reino como campeón interino mosca de la AMB, tiene ante si la oportunidad de volver a las grandes ligas de la categoría mosca.

Melindo y Jean Piero con otros peleadores de la cartilla

Jean Piero Pérez con el púgil Japones Myung Ho Lee (15-1, 5KO’s), quien en la misma cartilla retara al Filipino Rocky Fuentes por el titulo  mosca OPBF

La razón:  Melindo es el clasificado mundial mosca #1 de la OMB, altamente ranqueado en todos los organismos rectores del boxeo mundial.

Jean Piero (a la izquierda) con Mr. Win, activo ‘matchmaker’ Tailandes.

Matchmaker Tailandes (a la izquierda) con el panameño Carlos Costa, Asia editor de Notifight

El pesaje oficial se realizara mañana al mediodía en el salón de eventos del SM Mall Cebu, importante evento en el que Notifight, estará presente.

Jean Piero posa para la camara de la television Filipina canal ABS CBN

El combate Melindo-Perez, programado para este Sábado por la noche, es el plato fuerte de la cartilla “Pinoy Pride XVI: Venezuela Invasion”, producida por ALA Promotions en asociación con el canal de TV Filipino ABS CBN y la bebida deportiva “Cobra Drink”.

Jean Piero Perez (19-4-1, 14KO’s), retador al titulo Internacional Mosca de la OMB

Por: Carlos Costas



GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO– Una “guerra civil” será lo que escenificarán los puertorriqueños Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo cuando se enfrenten el sábado, 6 de octubre, en el combate estelar del programa, que cobrará vida en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), en asociación con All Star Boxing, Top Rank y Promociones Zanfer, a ser transmitido por el sistema de “Pay Per View” para todos los sistemas de cable y satélite.

“Estamos presentando esta nueva “guerra”, que ahora será una “guerra civil” porque se enfrentarán dos puertorriqueños, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Jonathan Oquendo, dos de los mejores supergallos del mundo en una pelea que se ha estado pidiendo por los fanáticos desde hace algún tiempo”, dijo el promotor Iván Rivera, presidente de PRBBP. “Estaremos viendo una pelea con dos buenos boxeadores, que cuentan con una buena condición y están clasificados entre los mejores del momento e las 122 libras”.

De esta manera, Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), ex campeón supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), estará combatiendo ahora con Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) por el cetro supergallo Internacional de la OMB a 12 asaltos. Vázquez Jr., de Bayamón, es el octavo clasificado de la OMB en las 122 libras, mientras que Oquendo, que es el actual campeón Latino de la OMB en los supergallos, se encuentra ranqueado tercero por la entidad.

Para Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB, el choque entre Vázquez Jr. y Oquendo es uno en el que “va a ganar el que gane. Es una pelea en la que se van a encontrar dos estilos. Vázquez gusta de moverse, boxear, y Oquendo de poner presión. Yo pienso que el tenga mejor condición física es el que va a ganar esta pelea”.

Ambos púgiles se mostraron cordiales, aunque confiados en la victoria, en su primer encuentro hoy durante la conferencia de prensa que se llevó a cabo en el Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico en Guaynabo.

“Tengo muchas ganas, muchos deseos y una gran motivación, que es mi otra niña que viene de camino”, dijo Vázquez Jr. “Pienso que cada uno de nosotros merece una oportunidad y él (Oquendo) la va a tener, pero yo estoy entrenando fuerte y consciente del rival al que me voy a enfrentar. Pienso que he enfrentado lo mejor de 122 libras (Jorge Arce y Nonito Donaire) y he aprendido de esas peleas”.

Oquendo, mientras, manifestó que “yo creo que Márquez no vino porque le cogió miedo a Papito. Pero yo soy un guerrero, yo nací para pelear, y aunque respeto a Papito, a su papá, y a toda su familia, sé que le puedo ganar y estoy trabajando para eso. Estoy tranquilo y confiando en Dios”.

En el turno coestelar, sigue en agenda el choque en que el ex campeón mundial de la OMB en las 105 y 108 libras, el guaynabeño Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs), retará al mexicano Moisés Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) por el cetro de peso mínimo (105 libras) de la OMB.

“Paco (Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB) dice que es difícil (la pelea contra Fuentes), pero tengo el deseo y el hambre de convertirme en campeón de las 105 libras otra vez, de mantener mi invicto en las 105 libras y ganar el campeonato otra vez”, sostuvo Calderón, quien realizó 12 defensas de la correa de las 105 libras de la OMB antes de subir a las 108. “Pero si no fuera así, me voy con orgullo por lo que he hecho”.

Mientras, en una reyerta entre peleadores invictos, el cuarto clasificado en el peso ligero de la OMB, José “Chelo” González (20-0, 15 KOs), de Toa Baja, expondrá su título ligero Latino de esta entidad ante el dominicano Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) a 10 rounds.

El peleador toabajeño afirmó que el 6 de octubre “van a ver a un Chelo ganando. Sabemos que tenemos un rival fuerte, pero estamos preparados para los grandes y las oportunidades grandes”.

También se anunció que, en choque del peso completo, los ex olímpicos boricuas Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs), de Salinas, y Álex González (20-7, 10 KOs), de Vega Baja, se enfrentarán en un choque a ocho asaltos.

Otros cinco combates, que completarán el programa, serán anunciados próximamente.

Los boletos para la cartelera “La Guerra” están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $75 Palcos, $125 “Ring Side” y $250 “Red Carpet”.


Finalmente habrá cambios en el cartel “La Guerra” del próximo 6 de octubre.

Y es que el ex campeón mundial supergallo Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. se medirá a su compatriota, el contendor de las 122 libras Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo en el combate estelar del programa, que se efectuará en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), en asociación con All Star Boxing, Top Rank y Promociones Zanfer, a ser transmitido por el sistema de “Pay Per View” para todos los sistemas de cable y satélite.

De esta manera quedó descartado el combate entre Vázquez Jr. y el también ex monarca mundial, el mexicano Rafael Márquez, quien además de confrontar problemas de salud también está lidiando con unos asuntos personales, por lo que no podrá medirse al boricua.

“Como se había indicado, Márquez ha tenido unos problemas de salud recientes, pero también está resolviendo unas cosas personales y no va a estar disponible para el 6 de octubre. Ahora, presentaremos el combate entre Vázquez Jr. y Oquendo, que es uno que se ha venido mencionando por los pasados años para llevarse a cabo y que los fanáticos en Puerto Rico están ansiosos de ver”, indicó Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PRBBP sobre Márquez, que originalmente se iba a medir a Vázquez Jr. en agosto, pero una lesión en una mano se lo impidió.

Ahora, Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), ex campeón supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y octavo clasificado por esta entidad, se verá de frente con Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), quien está clasificado número tres por la OMB actualmente en las 122 libras y es el campeón Latino del organismo. El choque Vázquez Jr.-Oquendo será por el cetro supergallo Internacional de la OMB a 12 asaltos.

En el turno coestelar, el ex campeón mundial de la OMB en las 105 y 108 libras, Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs), retará al mexicano Moisés Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) por el cetro de peso mínimo (105 libras) de la OMB.

Mientras, el cuarto clasificado en el peso ligero de la OMB, José “Chelo” González (20-0, 15 KOs), expondrá su título ligero Latino de esta entidad ante el dominicano Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) a 10 rounds.

También, en choque del peso completo, los ex olímpicos boricuas Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs), de Salinas, y Álex González (20-7, 10 KOs), de Vega Baja, se enfrentarán en un choque a ocho asaltos.

Este miércoles, 19 de septiembre, en el Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico en Guaynabo, a las 12:00 del mediodía, se llevará a cabo una conferencia de prensa en la que se presentará oficialmente el encuentro entre Vázquez Jr. y Oquendo, así como las peleas coestelares en que estarán activos Iron Boy Calderón, Chelo González, Víctor Bisbal y Álex González.

Los boletos para la cartelera “La Guerra” están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $75 Palcos, $125 “Ring Side” y $250 “Red Carpet”.

“THE WAR” will be between Wilfredo Vazquez JR. And Jonathan Oquendo OCTOBER 6 in Bayamon, PUERTO RICO, NOT WITH RAFAEL MARQUEZ

There will be changes in the cartel “The War” on October 6.

And is that the former featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. will be facing, the 122-pound contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo in the main event of the program, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions, to be transmitted by the system of “Pay Per View” for all cable and satellite systems.

Is been dismissed the fight between Vazquez Jr. and fellow former world champion, Rafael Marquez, who in addition to confront health problems is also dealing with some personal issues, so it can not be measured at Boricua.

“As stated, Marquez has had some recent health problems, but also working out some personal things and will not be available for the October 6. Now, we will present the fight between Vazquez Jr. and Oquendo, one that has been mentioned for the past years to be carried out and the fans in Puerto Rico are eager to see, “said Peter Rivera, vice president of PRBBP over Marquez , which originally was to measure Vazquez Jr. in August, but a hand injury prevented him.

Now, Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), former super bantamweight champion World Boxing Organization (WBO) and ranked #8, will head-Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), who is ranked number three by the WBO at 122 pounds now and is the WBO Latino champion. The bout-Oquendo Vazquez Jr. will be for the WBO Super Bantamweight International at 12 round.

Former WBO world champion in the 105 and 108 pounds, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) will challenge the Mexican Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) by the scepter of minimum weight (105 pounds) of the OMB.

Meanwhile, the fourth ranked in the WBO lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (20-0, 15 KOs), will present his Latino lightweight title of this entity to the Dominican Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) at 10 rounds.

Also in the heavyweight clash, former Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs), of Salinas, and Alex Gonzalez (20-7, 10 KOs), of Vega Baja, will compete in a eight round clash.

This Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Sports Museum of Puerto Rico in Guaynabo, at 12:00 noon, will be held a press conference to formally present the encounter between Vazquez Jr. and Oquendo and coestelares fights as they are active Iron Boy Calderon, Chelo Gonzalez, Victor Bisbal and Álex González.

Tickets for “The War” are on sale in Ticketcenter by calling (787) 792-5000 or on the cyber www.tcpr.com. Prices are $ 20 general admission, $ 40 Preferred, $ 75 Boxes, $ 125 “Ring Side” and $ 250 “Red Carpet”.

ALA Promotions in its efforts in showcasing not just the sport of boxing and its fighters but what Cebu, Philippines has to offer to the world has yet again partnered with one of Cebu’s more popular establishments.

A known stop to business travelers from the world over, Cebu Parklane International Hotel has partnered with ALA Promotions through the hit Pinoy Pride series with Pinoy Pride 16 VENEZUELAN INVASION scheduled on September 22, 2012.

Headed by their dynamic GM and avid boxing fan Cenelym Manguilimotan and her team, Cebu Parklane International Hotel will be hosting foreign boxing officials and personalities to be showcased during the mega-boxing event. Supporters and foreign delegates are likewise expected on this international night of boxing in Cebu, Philippines.

Pinoy Pride XVI Venezuelan Invasion will feature WBO World #1 Flyweight Milan “El Metodico” Melindo vs Venezuelan and former WBA World Flyweight Champion Jean Piero Perez who will be tring to wrest the WBO International Flyweight belt from the defending champion Melindo.

Also to see action is “Road Warrior” Rocky Fuentes who will be doing the 5th defense of his crown against Japanese Myung-Ho Lee who is on a 13 fight win streak similar to the OPBF defending champ Fuentes. Lee will be arriving with an entourage of 32 Japanese supporters who will be flying in from Japan as they are more than sure their fighter Lee will be crowned new OPBF king.

Cebu Parklane International Hotel also would like to invite local and foreign tourists to experience their September offerings. For the whole month of September 2012, the international hotel offers their Parklane Superior Rooms at Php 2,800/net promo for 2.

The hotel located at the heart of Cebu’s business district also offers Php 550/net lunch/dinner buffet at Manuel’s Restaurant and at Kan-anan Cebuano Restaurant at the fine establishments 4th floor, its Php 500/net with 5 local beers and pica-pica.

Pinoy Pride XVI Venezuelan Invasion is happening on September 22, 2012 at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino and will be telecast the following day over ABS-CBN Channel 2 1015 AM and 630 Pm on Studio 23.

The Pinoy Pride XVI Venezuelan Invasion SM Tickets are already available at SM City Cebu, SM City Consolacion Customer Service Counters and SM City Cinemas as well.

Other outlets are at USA, Sports Ayala Branch, Bisaya Ispisyal in Ayala Center Cebu, Mooon Café I. T. Park branch, Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino Lobby Counters, the ALA Promotions Office at Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu and at the ALA Boxing and Fitness Gym at the 2nd level of the Banilad Town Center in Cebu

For ticket inquiries, call the ALA Promotions head office with numbers 03322364611, 0325059513, 0323213660, 09158690905, 09275612059, 09339256448, 09088724930, ALA Boxing and Fitness Gym at the BTC, Cebu Grand Hotel and Baseline Restaurant in Juana Osmena Cebu City, Philippines.

Free Pinoy Pride XVI VENEZUELAN INVASION SM Tickets will be given away to luck boxing fans ad onlookers at the workout sessions that can answer simple trivia questions during the said event.



Former world champion Jean Piero Perez is set to arrive in Cebu this Sunday together with the rest of his team.

The Venezuelan Perez is scheduled to face WBO number one flyweight contender Milan “El Metodico” Melindo for the WBO international flyweight title in the Pinoy Pride XVI: Philippines vs. Venezuela on Sept. 22 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Perez (13 wins-3 losses-1 draw, 5KOs) will be joined by his trainer Francisco Arroyo and team member Lucio Lam Mejia. They are set to arrive at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR855.

Team Perez will be appearing in a series of press appearances next week at the Baseline Restaurant. Perez became popular after he won the WBA flyweight title via unanimous decision over Mexican Jesus Jimenez in Guadalajara, Mexico last year.

Melindo defends the title he won after defeating Colombian Jesus Geles in Manila last June and will also stake his undefeated record of 27 wins with 11 knockouts against Perez.

The Cagayan de Oro native Melindo is confident of a successful title defense after saying that Perez’s style suits his moves.

Melindo will be having a public workout this Saturday afternoon in SM City Consolacion together with the ALA boxers who will be fighting in the undercard.

Ticket are available at the ALA Boxing and Fitness Gym at the Banilad Town Center, Cebu Grand Hotel and Baseline Restaurant in Juana Osmeña, Cebu City.

By: Dale G. Rosal


A celebration breakfast took place recently following the success of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan on winning the WBO International Middleweight Boxing Title.

The breakfast was hosted by the Sub Contactors Association of Ireland at the Il Primo Restaurant at the Silver Key. Gary’s family as well as officials of the Ex-Boxers Association and representatives from various sporting and community groups were all in attendance.

The guests were warmly welcomed by Michael O’Brien,  Director of the Irish Sub Contractors Association, and in his address Mr O’Brien said the achievement of Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan was both Historical and unique in that no Cork Boxer had ever won a WBO Title.

This title was won following a unanimous points victory over Mathew Hall at Upton Park London. Mr O’Brien said:  “Gary had now become a trail blazer on Lifting the WBO title and this was quickly followed by our  own Olympic boxers who succeeded in winning gold, silver and bronze medals.”

Pointing to the World Boxing Association Belt, Mr O’Brien said: “Gary is an inspiration to all and has become a role model and  many youngsters  can  now attempt to emulate his success.”

Receiving a standing ovation the new WBO International Champion approached the podium where Mr Willie O’Leary, President of the Ex-Boxers Association made a presentation to Spike.

Former Lord Mayor of Cork Brian Bermingham who is also Vice President of the Ex Boxers congratulated Gary before announcing details of the various sporting grants being allocated to Cork boxing clubs from the Sports Council of Ireland.

To mark the occasion and as a fitting tribute Gary was presented with a specially commissioned Medal which detailed the historic success.

CEBU – Rey “BoomBoom” Bautista is not looking past Daniel Ruiz. But he is very much aware that there is something more important at stake besides the vacant WBO International featherweight title. If he wins this fight on October 20, he will get a high world ranking and inch closer towards challenging WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido.

“Salido is the champion I would like to face. We are both aggressive fighters and it will be a very exciting match-up.” Bautista told this writer during an informal gathering with Cebu sportswriters Thursday evening.

The 26 year old Bautista (33-2, 25 KO’s) knows he needs to take care of the business at hand. He has studied a fight video of Ruiz and is working hard trying to shake off the ring rust at the ALA gym. Bautista has not had a tough fight since December 10, 2011, when he beat Miguel Mendoza of Mexico at the Hoops Dome. Last March, he fought a patsy when ALA Promotions was duped by their contact in Mexico, Hugo Correa, who sent the fake Genaro Garcia.

Bautista is working on his conditioning and has started light sparring with up and coming boxers at the ALA gym. This October at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, he will be on the undercard of the WBO world bantamweight title fight between his stablemate AJ Banal and Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand.

“I don’t mind fighting as an undercard,” Bautista said, “That will be less pressure on my part that I won’t have to carry the entire card.”

When it comes to his personal finances, Bautista is one of Philippine boxing’s success stories. He now owns a fleet of vans and jeepneys and has purchased land in his native Bohol. But he realizes that he still needs to redeem himself. He has avenged his loss to Heriberto Ruiz but he still thinks about the loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Bautista even said that beating De Leon in a rematch would mean more to him compared to winning a world title. De Leon will be challenging WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzales this September 15 and the outcome will surely interest BoomBoom.

Bautista has won seven straight, six by knockout, since recovering from wrist surgery. He remains one of the Philippines’ more popular boxers but has more than his share of critics.

“I started boxing at nine years old and I thought boxing was just about fighting another guy. I never realized that I would get to talk on the radio and on television and I was required to greet fans and talk to them.” Bautista said, “I was never used to that growing up. Because of that, people misinterpret my actions and accuse me of being boastful.”

For the meantime Bautista will devote his energies to his training. Ruiz (27-5-1, 19 KO’s), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, lost by 8th round technical decision to Will Tomlinson in an IBO superfeatherweight title bout in Australia in his last fight.

“I noticed he (Daniel Ruiz) counterpunches well,” Bautista said, “But Heriberto Ruiz was better and a more difficult opponent.”

Bautista has always stated his preference for a good old fashioned brawl. This has endeared him to his fans who know they will always get their money’s worth when he fights.

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.


WBO No.1 ranked flyweight Milan Melindo is aching for a world title shot but will have to first overcome the challenge of former WBA Interim champion  Jean Piero Perez of Venezuela in “Pinoy Pride XVI” at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu on September 22.

The fight card will be telecast by ABS-CBN on September 23 over Channel 2 at 10:15 a.m. with a replay over Studio 23.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that Melindo is eager to get a world title shot and that  “hopefully next year” he will be able to negotiate a title fight for the most technically sound fighter in the ALA Gym with an undefeated record of 27-0 with 11 knockouts.

In fact the WBO champion is Filipino Brian Viloria while there are five other Filipinos including Melindo ranked among the top six challengers. Among them are undefeated Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar at No.2 followed by OPBF champion Rocky Fuentes, Rodel Mayol and Glenn Donaire, brother of WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire  who is ranked No. 6.

Aldeguer said Melindo and Fuentes who will defend his Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation title against Japan-based North Korean Myung Ho Lee have had some furious sparring sessions during training for their respective fights. Before his sparring sessions with Fuentes, Melindo sparred with the bigger bantamweight Albert “Prince” Pagara.

Fuentes, nicknamed “The Road Warrior” faces a tough challenge from Lee who will have a group  of 30 supporters flying in from Japan for the fight according to Aldeguer.

The 29 year old Lee with a record of 15-1 with 5 knockouts stands 5’7” and is coming off an 8th round technical decision over Sho Nazakawa last March 20 and has had impressive wins over Filipino fighters Albert Alcoy over whom he scored a 6th round TKO on October 3, 2010 and a 2nd round knockout of Alfred Nagal on September 10, 2006.

Melindo’s opponent for the WBO International Flyweight title is 31 year old Perez who won the title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Jesus Jimenez on January 29 last year.

Perez moves well, throws flurries of punches and has both hand-speed and power as evidenced by the fact that he dropped former AJ “Bazooka” Banal conqueror Rafael Concepcion twice in the second round in their March 27, 2008 clash in Panama although Concepcion came back to win by a 3rd round TKO.

By: Ronnie Nathanielsz


WINDHOEK – He might have been out of action for a considerable time but that does not dampen the spirits of Namibia’s flamboyant super middleweight boxer and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa champion Wilberforce Shihepo, ahead of his eagerly awaited clash against compatriot Johannes “Tito” Mwetupanga.
The much-adored Shihepo has promised to beat the lights out of his opponent when he makes his second title defense against the untested Mwetupanga over 12 rounds at the Windhoek Country Club on Saturday.
The motor-mouth Shihepo boasts a patchy record of 17 wins, six defeats and one draw from 24 bouts since joining the paid ranks, while his opponent enjoys a more respectable record of 11 victories under his belt and three losses from 14 bouts – but the genuine quality of his victims remains open for debate. Still licking his wounds after his surprise defeat against old foe Tommy Hango earlier this year, local boxing sensation and crowd favourite Sackey “Izinyoka” Shikukutu will be out to set things aright when he squares off against the equally hard punching Hango in a rematch for the vacant WBO Africa interim welterweight title over 12 rounds. In the main bout, Imms “Prince” Naindjala will face his sternest test yet when the cat-footed unbeaten pugilist trades leather with Luis Singo from Ecuador in an international bantamweight non-title 10-rounder.
Judging from his somewhat fragile record of 10 losses, 14 wins and 2 draws from 26 fights – Singo should pose very little danger if any for Naindjala. In other action, Peter “The Butcher” Malakia takes on Samuel Kapapu for the vacant national lightweight title over 10 rounds, while Sakaria Lukas and David Egumbo square off in a non-title catch weight four-rounder.
Lightweight debutant Leonard Shemuvalula comes up against fellow rookie opponent Immanuel Andeleke over four rounds with Toivo Mukwendje and Mathias Johannes also in action over four rounds in a non-title junior lightweight bouts. Matheurs Shiimbi and Steven Shimbonde complete the lineup via a low-key non-title four-rounder in the catch weight division.


In a recent interview with the top trainer of Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz (27-5-19 KO) in Los Mochis Sonora, Mexico, Luis Gonzalez has expressed his boxer is ready to give Boom Boom Bautista the fight of his life.

Gonzalez is happy to have the opportunity for Ruiz to challenge for the WBO International Featherweight Title as the Co-Main Event of the World Title Championship of AJ Banal at Pinoy Pride XVII in Mall of Asia Manila October 20.

“Daniel will be in top shape coming to the Philippines. Daniel is fast and has a KNOCKOUT PUNCH”, we will go for the KNOCKOUT”, added Gonzalez.

“Daniel has fought in Canada and Australia, so fighting away from Mexico is not a problem. The fight from Canada is on You Tube and we were robbed in that fight. The International Boxing Organization World Title fight in Australia was another controversial fight. In the eighth round, the electrical power went out in the Arena and never came back on so the fight went to the scorecards.”

“We were assured that the Philippines and ALA Boxing Promotions are World Class in there boxing events. That is what we want. We are proud to fight in the land of Manny Pacquiao a great Boxing Champion.”

“Team Ruiz has studied the videos of Boom Boom and we will work on our strategy to defeat Bautista,” added Gonzalez.

By: Mike Lopez