Desde la consecución del primer título colombiano, cuando Antonio Cervantes Reyes ‘Kid Pambelé’, ganó el viernes 28 de octubre de 1972 un fajón títular de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (A.M.B.) en el peso superligero.

Pasaron 37 años para que la primera representante del sexo femenino obtuviera un campeonato del planeta. El 8 de agosto de 2009 en el Palacio Peñarol de la ciudad de Montevideo, la cordobesa Leli Luz Flórez, derrota en la mitad del primer episodio a la uruguaya Chris Namus ‘El Bombón Asesino’, quedándose con la correa en interinidad del peso wélter, avalado por el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (C.M.B.).

Dos meses  después la barranquillera Darys Pardo, el 30 de octubre de 2009 en el Coliseo ‘Toto Hernández’, de la ciudad fronteriza de Cúcuta, derrota en forma controvertida a  la mexicana de 16 años Jessica Villafranca. Obtiene el cetro interino del peso ligero respaldado por el C.M.B.

El viernes 16 de marzo de 2012, como es recién recordado, la también sinuana Enis Pacheco, en espectacular combate en diez asaltos vence a la serbia Duda Yankovich, en Barranquilla, abrochándose el campeonato ligero entregado por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (O.M.B.)

Tanto Lely, como Darys, no lo pudieron retener en sus primeras exposiciones. Esperemos  con Pacheco, no sea de forma efímera y le entregue más logros a Colombia, tal propósito se logra con disciplina, esfuerzo y dedicación.




I recently caught up with 3-time Women’s WBO World Champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton who has been training at the Wild Card Gym with trainer Freddie Roach and assistant/manager Angelo Reyes, alongside boxing’s Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao.
Check out my conversation with the beautiful boxing heroine from the Philippine by way of Daly City, California!
On being around Pacquiao:
“One thing I definitely have learned from Manny since being around him from 2006 is that Greatness can come from anybody.  You just have to believe even when others just want to judge a book by it’s covers. With all the things, the barriers that is frustrating in my sport, Manny continues to inspire me to believe that just like him, I just have to continue to work hard and be humble and always remember the people who support me and ignore the people who don’t believe in me. Manny already paved the wave for all Filipino’s and I know I have a responsibility to do the same for all women in the world who may feel at times they are not strong enough to fight.”
On receiving 2 ringside seats from Pacquiao to his fight:
“I was so shocked when he gave me seats to the fight. For him to even think of me during this time when he has so many other things on his mind. I really appreciate all the support Manny has given me throughout my career. It gives me that extra lift to know that he believes in me.”
On her next opponent:


“Just like when Manny in early 2000 with his wars with Barrera and Morales, I want the big fights in my division Next year, WBA 122lbs Chantal Martinez and WBC 122lbs Jackie Nava for sure. I think going into next year if their promoters would contact my promoter Allan Tremblay, I am sure we can make those fights happen. A unification of that magnitude is what will elevate this sport and those fights definitely deserve to be in SHOWTIME or HBO.”

“You know me Dennis, I will fight anybody anywhere anytime.  I don’t think there has been a female fighter that bled more than I have in the last 2 years (laughing). I am proud of my scars. I want people to know you can do anything you put your mind into, even when there are barriers stopping you from doing what you believe is right.”


By: Dennis ‘D Source’ Guillermo


WBO, WBC & WBA Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs) at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Team Sauerland´s big show in Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5, but the event was postponed after Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler suffered a hand injury in practice. “Unfortunately, injuries and postponements are part of the game,” Braekhus said. “As a professional, you just have to deal with it. I adjusted my training, took a few days off and then got straight back to the gym. I will be ready for Kupihea on December 3.”

Ulli Wegner, eight-time German coach of the year, is pleased with the First Lady´s progress. “She is the best female boxer in the world,” he stated. “She is intelligent, good-looking and extremely talented. My other boxers can learn a lot from her, especially when it comes down to determination in practice. I am sure she will make another great fight in Helsinki.”

It will be Braekhus´ second fight in the Finnish capital. In May 2009, she defeated Amy Yuratovic on points. Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: “It is no secret that Team Sauerland is focusing heavily on the Scandinavian market and a big show in Helsinki is further proof.”

Also in Helsinki, World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) will defend his title against Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs), while hometown hero Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will defend his WBA & World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Titles against an opponent to be announced. Tickets will be available at www.lippu.fi starting November 1.



Armenian professional boxer Susi Kentikian representing Germany, defended, on Friday in Frankfurt, her WBO, WBA, and WIBF flyweight champion’s titles against Thailand’s Teeraporn Pannimit.

At the end of the ten rounds, 24-year-old Kentikian defeated 19-year-old Pannimit on points, and with a unanimous decision by the judges.


FULL FIGHT VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HmjSjnOHbEg


With the support of the #1 women’s boxing promoter in Mexico, WBO bantamweight Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (14-1-3, 4KOs) of Moreno Valley, California, looks to conquer the Mexican boxing public with her mix of beauty and lethal skills. West, one of the female world champs in HG Boxing’s stable led by promoter Hector Garcia, returns to the ring and to Colima, the site of her debut bout with HG Boxing back in August. West will defend her WBO 118 lbs. strap as part of the “Erupción en Colima (Eruption In Colima)” fight card set for Saturday, October 29th.

In her last bout held on August 20th, West defeated Jessica Villafranca via a unanimous decision with scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.

Now West will appear in the capital of Colima at the 74th Colima State Fair. The bout will mark West’s third defense that she captured last year by stopping Angel Gladney in seven rounds. West opponent is still to be confirmed.

“I am happy to return to Mexico once again and especially Colima,” West stated. “The people there are very nice and I am looking forward in showing again why I am a world champion.”

West trains in her hometown of Moreno Valley under the supervision of her trainer and father, Juan West. After road work every morning and then an eight hour shift as a hospital administrator, Kaliesha trains at night where she spars at least six rounds three times a week.

West will share the bill with Arely” Amatralladora” Muciño (14-0-1, 8KOs) who will defend her IBF flyweight title versus the “Lady of Boxing” Ava Knight (6-1-3, 3KOs). In the main event, super bantamweight Giovani “Ruso” Caro (22-9-4, 17KOs) will take on Takalani Ndlovu (32-6, 18KOs) in an IBF 122 lbs. title challenge.


Kaliesha West had a lot to deal with on Saturday.

West, who lives and trains out of the Southern California suburb of Moreno Valley just west of Palm Springs, was fighting in Mexico where fight fans are rabidly loyal to the sweet science.

She wanted to impress, the bout being her first with a new, well known Mexican promoter.

She wanted to look sharp because the bout was being televised through much of Mexico.

On top of it all she was defending her world title.

No worries. It all fell into place.

West registered a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Jessica Villafranca at the Black Pyramid Casino in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.

“The fight was tough,” West commented on her Facebook page after the fight. “Jessica has a big heart.”

It was the second successful defense of her World Boxing Organization (WBO) female bantamweight title. West, the newest member of the Mexico based HG Garcia Boxing promotional stable, won with scorecards of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94.

“The people were so sweet here,” West added. “It was an amazing adventure. I’m looking forward to coming back and fighting for my promoter, the best, Hector Garcia.”

West (14-3-1, 4 KOs) defended her title for the first time earlier this year when she defeated Ava Knight at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena.

By: Edward Castro, Palm Springs Boxing Examine

Ana “Hurricane” Julaton has retained her WBO Female super bantamweight title with a comfortable win over Jessica Villafranca in Yucatan, Mexico on Saturday. All three judges had the 31 year old Julaton the winner with Levi Martinez scoring it 97-92, Victor Salomon 96-93 and Alejandro Lopez Cid 98-91 despite the fact that referee Miguel Angel Canul deducted a point from Julaton in round six for holding and hitting behind the head.

With the win the popular Daly City based Filipina improved to 10-2-1 with 1 knockout while the 18 year old Villafranca dropped to -12-4 with 6 knockouts.

Julaton won the vacant title with a split ten round decision over Maria Elena Villalobos on June 30, 2010. This was her second title defense and her fourth victory since losing to Lisa Brown in a lopsided decision on March 27, 2010.

Villafranca was coming off a loss to Kaliesha West in a WBO Female bantamweight title fight last August 20.

WBO, WBC & WBA female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be Braekhus’ third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20,000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.”

Braekhus promised Kupihea a night to remember. “I am the world champion and I am happy to prove myself against every contender out there,” she stated. “But whoever wants to take away my titles will get punished.”


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!”