• DATE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Re: WBO Jr. Featherweight Purse Bid Guillermo Rigondeaux-Chris Avalos

As per Section 11 through 13 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (www.wboboxing.com) and as promoters were not able to reach an agreement, please be advised a purse bid will be held at 10:00 AM EST on September 9th 2014 at:

WBO HEADQUARTERS 1056 Muñoz Rivera Avenue Suite 711-714 San Juan, PR 00927-5013

The minimum acceptable bid for the Jr. Featherweight Title is $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars).

The WBO President, Francisco Valcarcel, will preside.

Date: April 13, 2013

WBO Jr. Featherweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

Promoter:  Bob Arum (Top Rank)

Referee:  Benjy Esteves, Jr.

Judges:  Julie Lederman (111-116), Tom Schreck (112-115), John Stewart (113-114)

Supervisor:  John Duggan, Esq.

Results:  Guillermo Rigondeaux won a 12-round unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire for the WBO/WBA title.

By Jhonny Gonzalez

BoxingScene.com was advised by several sources that a deal is nearly complete for a super bantamweight unification between champions Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20KOs) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8KOs). The match would take place on an HBO televised date of April 13th, in New York or Los Angeles.

Rigondeaux’s manager, Gary Hyde, has confirmed that he received an official contract for the match. And the Rigondeaux team have told BoxingScene that they are “happy with the contract in principle and hope to have it signed this week.”

Donaire will face a very stiff test in Rigondeaux, considered by many experts as one of best fighters in the history of amateur boxing and a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.

Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank.

Golden Boy Promotions have been pushing very hard for a unification between Donaire and WBC champion Abner Mares. A few days ago, Golden Boy issued an offer of $3 million dollars to Top Rank for the services of Donaire. While the offer was very generous, there were very few insiders who actually believed the deal would come together.


Date: December 15, 2012

WBO Jr. Featherweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Promoter: Top Rank

Referee: Laurence Cole

Judge: Raul Caiz Sr, Levi Martinez, Javier Alvarez

Supervisor: Francisco Valcarcel

Result: Donaire won by KO on the 3th round.  Arce down once in round two and twice in round three.

December 14, 2012, Houston,Texas — Four-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and five-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, weigh in ( Donaire 121.5 lbs, Arce 122 lbs) for their upcoming World Jr. Featherweight championship, Saturday, December 15 at Toyota Center from Houston,Texas. This exciting event is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate and televised live on HBO Championship Boxing®. — Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank

Houston, Texas.- Uno de los cinco mejores boxeadores libra por libra del Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire y cinco veces campeón del mundo Jorge “Travieso” Arce se presentara en una Conferencia de prensa Este Jueves 8 de noviembre a las 11:30 a.m. en el Toyota Center de esta ciudad.

Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), oriundo de General Santos City en Las Filipinas pero hoy en dia residente de California, expondra la corona de peso pluma junior de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante Arce (61-6-2, 46 KOs) de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, reconocido como uno de los boxeadores más espectaculares en el boxeo mundial.

El duelo titular será el sábado 15 de diciembre en la casa de los Rockets de Houston, el Toyota Center y será televisado por HBO durante su gustado programa Boxing After Dark iniciando a las 10:00 de la noche tiempo del Este.

La conferencia de prensa estará abierta al público quienes podrán entrar a la arena por el Rockest Team Shop Lobby (localizada en Polk Street) comenzando a las 11:00 a.m. Los medios podrán entrar por la “Administrative Entrance” a la misma hora y podrá registrarse con Mandy Walsh.

Junto con Donaire y Arce estarán el legendario promotor Bob Arum, el promotor de Arce, Fernando Beltrán, Presidente de Promociones Zanfer, el apoderado de Donaire Cameron Dunkin, el invicto de la Universidad de Notre Dame, Mike Lee quien entrena en Houston y será parte de las peleas de respaldo de la gran función.

La Cartelera es presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Promociones Zanfer, los boletos para la función que tiene un precio de $200, $100, $60 y $30 saldran a la venta este viernes a las a las 11:00 a.m. y pueden ser adquiridos en las taquillas del Toyota Center (de lunes a viernes de 9:00 a.m. a 6 p.m.) y por Internet visitando la página www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com

Por: Ricardo Jimenez/ Top Rank


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WBO and IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. poses with challenger Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan during the press conference announcing their fight on Oct. 13.Photo courtesy of philboxing.com’s Dr. Ed de la Vega


MANILA, Philippines – WBO and IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. admits he may be facing the most dangerous opponent he had so far in Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan.

Donaire and Nishioka met face to face for the first time to announce their fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Oct. 13, and both fighters vowed to put on a show.

“With the ‘Speed King’ and the ‘Filipino Flash’…this fight can end at any moment, at any time,” said Donaire (29-0-2, with 18 KOs), whose last outing was a unanimous decision victory over Jeffrey Mathebula last July.

“This is an all-out war between Nishioka and me,” he added during the official press conference.

Nishioka (39-4-3, with 24 KOs), the current WBC super bantamweight champion, echoed his Filipino-American foe’s statement.

“I would like for both of us to be in the best condition and put on the best fight possible. I plan to win,” said Nishioka, whose impressive fight resume includes wins over former Mexican champions Jhonny Gonzales and Rafael Marquez.

The Japanese is coming off a 16-fight winning streak that dates back to 2004 and has had success fighting both at home and overseas – a fact that Donaire openly acknowledged.

“Nishioka has beaten other guys in their territory and on their home turf,” Donaire told ringtv.com’s Lem Satterfield the other day. “He’s defeated some good people by knockout, so I know that he’s very, very dangerous.”

Donaire holds Nishioka in such high regard that he even claimed the Japanese to be his most-complete opponent to date.

“Nishioka is the most complete fighter I’ve faced other than, maybe, (Fernando) Montiel. Montiel was a complete fighter and stuff like that, but this guy is even more of a veteran. But I am a fighter who seeks challenges and who seeks to fight the best out there,” said Donaire, who in 2011 destroyed Montiel in just two rounds in perhaps the most impressive win of his career.

“This is a must-see fight. There are no words that can describe how grand this fight is. This is the best of the best,” he added.


When Nonito Donaire defends his IBF and WBO junior featherweight belts in an HBO-televised clash against Japanese southpaw veteran Toshiaki Nishioka, he will be facing a legend.

And Donaire knows full well what is at stake.

“To me, Nishioka is the best. If you want to be the best, you’ve got face the best and try to make the big fights happen. If it doesn’t happen because of money or negotiations, then there’s nothing you can do. But if you’re a fighter, then, to me, you have to find the fighters who can challenge you and who will put you at risk,” said Donaire.

“You put yourself at risk of losing, at risk of getting hurt, at risk of losing your life. That’s all part of boxing and that’s all a part of challenging yourself. It makes you or breaks you. That’s the kind of mentality that you need and the kind of mentality that I try to have.”

A Tokyo resident who turned 36 in July, Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 knockouts) has not lost since falling by unanimous decision to long-reigning WBC bantamweight titleholder and Thai legend Veeraphol Sahaprom in March of 2004 — a span of eight years and five months.

During that time, Nishioka is riding a 16-bout winning streak that includes 10 knockouts and a 12th-round stoppage of Genaro Garcia in January of 2009. The win over Garcia was the first defense of the belt Nishioka earned with a unanimous decision over Napapol Sor Rungvisai in September of 2008.

Although he will be making only his fourth appearance in the United States when he meets Donaire, 29, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Oct. 13, Nishioka’s skills and familarity with longevity and durability rank him with dignitaries such as 35-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr., 37-year-old Sergio Martinez and 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins.

“Not only does he have speed, power and experience, but he’s also a southpaw. So there are a lot of factors as far as his style that I have not seen in other opposition,” said Donaire.

“With his being a southpaw, I’ve not seen this much of a combination of that and other things about his skills all in one fighter and who is a left-hander like Nishioka. I mean, he’s strong and he’s fast and he hits hard.”


But Nishioka will be ending a nearly year-long absence from competition against Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), having last been in the ring for a unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Rafael Marquez in defense of his WBC belt on Oct. 1 of last year.

Nishioka made history by defeating Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs), becoming the first man from Japan to successfully defend his crown on American soil in what was his seventh defense at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Nishioka has since vacated his crown that is now worn by Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs), who rose into the 122-pound divisionn to vanquish Eric Morel  by unanimous decision in April for that title.

Nishioka is the last man to defeat WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KOs), of Mexico City, who will pursue his 13th straight win and his 12th knockout during that run in his fifth defense against former 122-pound titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon (43-4, 35 KOs) on Sept. 15.

In order to defeat the hard-punching Gonzalez, Nishioka rose from a first-round knockdown to both drop and stop him in the third round of their fight in May of 2009.

Nishioka was equally impressive during two other appearances in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino respectively, where he stopped Evangelio Perez in the first round in December of 2002, and Jose Alonso in the fourth round in November of 2006.

“Nishioka has beaten other guys in their territory and on their home turf,” said Donaire. “He’s defeated some good people by knockout, so I know that he’s very, very dangerous.”

Donaire, meawhile, has not ended a fight within the 12-round distance since February of last year, when his second-round knockout dethroned Fernando Montiel as WBO and WBC bantamweight titleholder.


The win over Montiel was the second for Donaire as a bantamweight, following a fourth-round knockout of Volodymyr Sydorenko in December of 2010. Sydorenko’s nose was broken during a bout in which he was dropped once each in the first, third and fourth rounds.

Donaire dropped Montiel, meanwhile, with a stunning left hook, followed by a short right uppercut that left the loser’s arms outstretched over his head and both legs twitching. Montiel rose on unsteady legs, fell back down, and then rose yet again and stumbled into referee Russell Mora, who waved an end to the fight.

Donaire’s win over Montiel was his fourth straight by stoppage and his 10th in 25 consecutive triumphs. Since then, however, Donaire has not looked as menacing, having to grind out three straight decision victories.

In his final bout in defense of his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles in October, Donaire was frustrated by a defensive-minded Omar Narvaez, a previously unbeaten WBO junior bantamweight titleholder.

In February, Donaire earned his WBO 122-pound belt by split-decision over Wifredo Vazquez Jr., and followed that up by dethroning Jeffrey Mathebula for the IBF title in July.

“Nishioka is the most complete fighter I’ve faced other than, maybe, Montiel. Montiel was a complete fighter and stuff like that, but this guy is even more of a veteran. Like I have said, Nishioka has been a good fighter all around. But I am a fighter who seeks challenges and who seeks to fight the best out there,” said Donaire.

“The only reason some of the other fights didn’t come through were because of negotiations. I try to fight the best out there, even with this opportunity that I’ve got against Nishioka. He’s a tough opponent. You don’t become a better fighter by not stepping up and challenging other people out there, and to me, Nishioka is the best guy out there.”


Donaire-Nishioka will be part of a double-header to include lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios making his junior welterweight debut against Mike Alvarado on the undercard.

By: Lem Satterfield


El excampeón supergallo Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. tendrá una motivación extra cuando enfrente al mexicano Rafael Márquez el próximo 6 de octubre en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón.

El presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, le garantizó que de obtener una victoria ante Márquez podría estar asegurando una revancha ante el monarca filipino Nonito Donaire entre los meses de abril y marzo del 2013.

“Si Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. gana su pelea de octubre 6 ante Márquez, yo les aseguró que para marzo o abril deberá tener una revancha con Donaire”, dijo Valcárcel. “Si no es Donaire, será con el campeón que esté en la división”, sostuvo.

Vázquez Jr. retomó ayer su preparación de cara a su combate con Márquez que resultó pospuesto recientemente por una lesión en la mano del mexicano.

“Fue un comentario muy motivador”, comentó Vázquez, Jr. sobre lo ofrecido por Valcárcel. “Para eso es que uno trabaja, para esas oportunidades. Pero todo el mundo sabe que lo que tengo de frente ahora es la pelea de Márquez. Primero lo tengo a él y después veremos. Eso me motiva para salir por la puerta ancha”, agregó.

Vázquez, Jr. tiene marca de 21-2-1 y 18 nocaúts. En su último combate fue derrotado por decisión dividida por Donaire en un pleito celebrado el pasado mes de febrero en San Antonio, Texas.

El hijo del extriple campeón mundial de igual nombre, perdió su corona de las 122 libras de la OMB en el 2011 ante el también mexicano Jorge ‘El Travieso’ Arce.

“La posposición del combate no me ha afectado en nada. Ha sido un buen factor, porque me ha permitido mantenerme en mejor condición. Estoy tranquilo y preparándome”, apuntó.

Por: Carlos Narvaez Rosario


Ana Julaton has the belt, the global television deal, and the name.

So why is “The Hurricane” defending her WBO junior featherweight title tomorrow
in Jessica Villafranca’s backyard of Mexico?

“It is important to continue to showcase Ana’s talents globally and get her the most
exposure,” said her promoter, Allan Tremblay. “Mexico is right now the where
female boxing is thriving. I am confident Ana will flourish here in Mexico and like
Manny Pacquiao, her skills will speak for themselves to the boxing fans in Mexico.”

“I love the people of Merida and the Yucatan,” Julaton, No. 7 in CSNBayArea.com’s
NorCal pound-for-pound rankings, said. “They have been so welcoming to me. They
make me feel like a welcomed champion and it doesn’t shock anyone that I am a
female boxer, as it oftentimes happens in the U.S.A. I appreciate that they respect
fighters whether it is male or female.”

After months trying to a secure a unification bout with WBA champ Chanttall
Martinez of Panama, Julaton (9-2-1, 1 KO) has since turned her attention to
Villafranca (12-3, 6 KOs), an 18-year-old from Nicolas Romero, Mex., whom despite
her youth has already challenged for three world titles.

“I know [Villafranca] is a tough opponent because she had a strong action-packed
fight in her previous WBO championship fight in August [against bantamweight
champ Kaliesha West],” Julaton said. “I know she is fresh and ready to take what I
have. I am here to show why I am the champion.”

“She has never been stopped, which would mean that if Ana does it she would be the
first to do so,” Angelo Reyes, Julaton’s longtime advisor, said of the opponent.

“The Kaliesha West fight was scored very close and the judging was an issue. The
WBO addressed it, and they explained it will be all fair judging. For this fight, we’ll
have two Mexicans and an American, Levi Martinez.”

Before traveling to the Gimnasio Polifuncional in the Yucatan Peninsula, the 31-
year-old Daly City native held training camp away from her usual Hollywood
headquarters and trainer Freddie Roach, who was in Colorado Springs as a
consultant for the U.S. National Team this month.

“I saw Freddie before he went to Colorado and he saw that I was in shape,” Julaton
said. “We worked on a few things then. Following my promoter’s suggestions, I went to [Las] Vegas for the heat simulation and was able to get great work at the
UNLV Gym.”

Stepping in was the very capable Reyes, who has worked the corner in his absence,
most recently in an eight-round non-title victory over Angel Gladney in Miami. The
fight was a brawl that resulted in a deep cut over Julaton’s left eye that has since

“I have a great deal of faith in Angelo Reyes, and it showed in the Alcanter fight
when Freddie couldn’t show up to Ana’s fight because of commitments made to his
other champions,” Tremblay said.

“Freddie trained her up until the day of weigh-ins. Same scenario for the fight in
Miami in June. Angelo has always been the consistent assistant coach for Ana, and
Freddie knows she listens to his voice as well.”

The inquiries about Julaton’s path following Friday’s fight have increased, especially
since the encounter with Gladney took place at the featherweight division.

Could she be looking at a move north to 126 pounds, or will she remain at 122 and
continue to pursue Martinez?

“I’m only concentrating in this moment,” Julaton said. “I am very focused on this
fight only and have not thought about anything else because it’s always dangerous
to go into a new venue with new climates fighting the hometown challenger.”

Reyes echoed his fighter’s comments, but revealed a few plans.

“We have been focused on this fight only, but I would be lying if I said we haven’t
thought about the Martinez fight,” he said. “I know Ana would beat Martinez, and
that would be a great unification fight for all people to watch. So my dream would
be to have that aired on Showtime or HBO.”

Of course, until it’s over, tomorrow’s fight is the most important one. Before today’s
weigh-in, Julaton held a video teleconference with Filipino channel GMA News,
where she received some encouragement from friend and fellow Roach fighter,
Manny Pacquiao.

“Millions of Filipinos are behind you to support you, and I wish you good luck and
[to] do your best,” Pacquiao said, later predicting a Julaton victory.

With her fight being broadcast worldwide through the GMA family of global
networks, Julaton understands that the onus will be on her to win impressively if she wants to make a case for bigger fights down the road in the Bay Area, Canada, or
the Philippines.

“I am here to put on a good show for the people, and I want to thank everyone who
will be supporting me, she said. “The people who watch it will see an action packed
fight. I promise!”