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By Karl Freitag
WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and Nicholas “AxeMan” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) are in advanced discussions for a November 26 fight on HBO. The fight was discussed earlier this year. Hopefully this time it gets made.
Female boxing’s biggest star, undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) takes on big punching Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday in a big fight in Oslo, Norway. It will be the first pro boxing card in Norway since 1981. Mathis’s manager Christel Aujoux confirmed that if Mathis wins, a rematch is signed. Braekhus decisioned Mathis four years ago.
Also Saturday, WBA “regular” light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer meets Nathan Cleverly in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They were scheduled to meet in 2011, but then WBO champ Braehmer pulled out and Cleverly was awarded the title. Braehmer is now making his seventh defense of the WBA strap. So who will win? Braehmer is a -225 favorite.
Former three-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-9-2, 35 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Mexico City against Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (34-9-2, 24 KOs) in a ten round super lightweight clash. It’s the 36-year-old Soto’s first fight since losing to Antonio Orozco last September, a fight he insists he won.
By Karl Freitag
In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. So what happens now?
First a bit of history. Premier Boxing Champions debuted on March 7, 2015, on NBC. Since then the ambitious project created for television and led by licensed boxing manager Al Haymon, and bankrolled by Kansas investment firm Waddell & Reed, has presented 96 boxing telecasts.
PBC returned boxing to free network television with multiple shows on NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as putting shows on cable giants like ESPN and Spike TV. Lower budget shows made it to cable outlets like NBCSN, FOX Sports 1, and Bounce TV. There were also Spanish-language simulcasts on ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes. In addition, PBC fighters appeared on premium network Showtime on 14 occasions.
From day one, PBC has been hemorrhaging money. Boxers were paid well over the going market value and millions in expensive air time was purchased from the networks. Some estimate that $500 million+ has been spent trying to build the PBC brand and keep Haymon’s deep roster of some 200 fighters busy. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand and if successful will be in perfect position to receive world championship opportunities, said promoter Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, now that Tyson Fury could be stripped of the WBO belt.
“So long as Joseph Parker wins on Saturday night, he is locked into the best position of any heavyweight in the world with the exception of Anthony Joshua himself,” claimed Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan. (more…)
Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Buffalo Thunder Casino, New Mexico. Ugas came out strong and dominated the fight from round one, dropping Perrella to the canvas. In round four Ugas knocked down Perrella yet again. Perrella got up but Ugas was on top of him instantly, landing blow after blow causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 2:20.
Undefeated welterweight Ryan ‘Cowboy’ Karl (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Jose Felix Quezada (11-2, 6 KOs). Karl dropped Quezada in round one and finished him at the end of round four with another knockdown. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas undercard headliners were on hand Tuesday afternoon inside the Conga Room in Los Angeles for a press conference to announce their fights on the November 5 Las Vegas pay-per-view event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Joining Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum were WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and his challenger Jessie Magdaleno, who meet in the co-feature, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, and flyweight contender Zou Shiming.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum started the press conference to officially announce the undercard. “November 5th will be a pay per view organized and promoted by Top Rank,” Arum said. “We have four world championship fights with fighters from six different countries, all which have been insulted by Trump.” (more…)
Former title challenger Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KO’s) looks to redeem himself after a tough loss back in April as he headlines the main event of Mayweather Promotions Sin City Showdown, Saturday, October 8th from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. No television was announced in connection with the card.
“I have been in the gym training harder than ever and mentally preparing after coming up short against Adrien Broner earlier this year,” said Theophane. “I’m excited to get back in the ring on October 8 and be the first to headline the monthly fight series at Sam’s Town that Mayweather Promotions has put together. I will not disappoint. This is for my fans right here in Las Vegas to witness live, and my supporters worldwide. You can expect a great performance come fight night!” (more…)
Veteran super bantamweight Erik Ruiz (15-5-1, 6 KOs) has replaced Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Quartey, who was unable to secure a visa to enter the United States, in this Friday night’s 10-round main event versus Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs), headlining a “Knockout Night at the D” card. The card is airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network. “Knockout Night at the D” will be held outdoors under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Martínez is the brother in law of former two-time world champion Antonio Margarito.
By Miguel Maravilla
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum addressed the current down moment in the sport of boxing during a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles. “A lot of you people have said to me ‘Is boxing dead?’ and I don’t think I’ve replied as forcefully as I should,” said Arum. “Boxing not only isn’t dead, but it’s on the cusp of a great resurgence. You have all of these great young fighters from the United States, from Mexico, and from all around the world, who are coming to the world stage. Boxing is followed by more people than almost any other major sport. And boxing, because of this young talent, will not only succeed, but it will flourish. It will be bigger than it’s ever been.
“Wait you see. This next ten years we are on the cusp of time in boxing when the people all around the world will join together to watch our great athletes perform. I’m very proud of the people, the young men in this sport, and wait you see what’s gonna happen starting now in these next ten years.”
Undefeated world champion Oscar Valdez will defend his WBO featherweight championship for the first time on Saturday, November 5, against Hiroshige Osawa of Japan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“As a world champion you have to face tough challenges and my first defense will be against a tough challenger, but I am ready to face him,” said Valdez. “I worked hard to get my belt and I intend to keep it for a long time.”
“Oscar Valdez always works very hard to get ready for his fights. He will be even more focused and work even harder defending his championship belt on November 5 than he was when he won it back in July,” said Valdez’s trainer Manuel Robles. (more…)
Erik Skoglund’s (25-0, 11 KOs) WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) will now take place on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.
‘’We’re delighted to have a new date in place,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The application has already been submitted with the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, and we can now look forward to another great night of boxing on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.’’
Skoglund, who is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, is relishing a return to his hometown arena, which last year, played host to his historic IBF Intercontinental title fight against Oleksandr Cherviak, and a shut-out points win over Derek Edwards. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga smashed Viwe Mdletyeni to defeat inside three rounds to retain the WBA Pan African lightweight title at the OR Tambo Hall in Mthatha on Friday night. The 39-year-old Malinga from Katlehong on the on the East Rand dominated from the opening round against the former South African lightweight champion Viwe Mdletyeni, 29, who never really got into the fight. (more…)
Tickets are now available for the 2016 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies on October 14th. $65, provides admission to the ceremonies that includes dinner. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and the ceremonies get under way at 6:30 p.m.
2016 Inductees: Rodney Bobick, Jim Hegerle, Larry LaCoursiere, Fred Lenhart, My Sullivan, George Blair, Leo Ryan, Earl Kane and Pat Killen. Special Recognition: Rob Brant. (more…)
Eddie Hearn, promoter of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua told the BBC that it’s not likely WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will ever fight again after pulling out of his October 29 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
“Fury will be stripped of his titles and, after a legal battle, he’ll say ‘No more, I’m done,'” said Hearn. “It’s going to be really messy and it might take a year to resolve. I know there are sensitivities around mental health issues but this is a business. The governing bodies have had enough. The world heavyweight title is a huge part of their business and they’ve not made any money from it for a year.”
Super bantamweight Emmanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs) of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico faces local favorite and former WBO interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) this Friday at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The 10 round main event will kick off the fall season opener of Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford with Hernandez’ Mexican 122lb national title at stake. Dominguez is coming in as the visiting underdog, but he’s confident he can pull off the upset.
What do you know about Hernandez?
He’s very strong, skilled, fast, and has a lot of experience. He has fought the best out there and is very disciplined. (more…)
Heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison nearly came to blows at their press conference for their clash for the vacant British Heavyweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on October 7. Whyte and Lewison met in central London and sparks flew straight away between the big-hitting Brixton rivals.
After both men confidently predicted devastating KO wins over their local rival, the jibes became personal and security had to separate the pair. As the tempers cooled and a tense head-to-head pictures were taken without issue, both men stakes they claims to the title.
Whyte fights for the Lord Lonsdale belt in December in a pulsating battle with Anthony Joshua MBE at The O2, while for Lewison, it’s a first crack at the coveted strap on the back of his impressive KO win in China in June. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
On Saturday night at Harmony Hall in Olympia, Washington, Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions held their second “Brawl at Harmony Hall” card with seven fights featuring local fighters.
In the main event cruiserweight Marquise Weston (7-0-1, 3 KOs) of Tacoma, Washington, returned to the ring after a year-long layoff, stopping Salt Lake City’s Mike Crisman (0-3) in the first round. Weston dropped Crisman mid-way through the first with a left. After seeing Crisman unsteady on his legs during the mandatory count, the referee waved off the contest. Time of the stoppage was 2:15. (more…)
Bryant Perrella 146.4 vs. Yordenis Ugas 147.1
Ryan Karl 141.4 vs. Jose Felix Quezada 141.3
Dennis Galarza 130 vs. Cesar Alan Valenzuela 130.4
Brandon Holmes 128 vs. Gene Perez 130.4
Antonio Martinez 144 vs. Edgar Zubia 142
Bryant McClain 164.7 vs. Ivan Miranda 164.1
Venue: Buffalo Thunder Casino, Pojoaque, New Mexico
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
Photo: Public Address
Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) believes it is his ‘destiny’ to beat Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and be crowned WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
Cleverly was scheduled to meet Braehmer for the WBO title in 2011, but with only days to go before the Welshman’s first World title challenge, Braehmer withdrew, leaving Cleverly to fight Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant belt.
‘’I was in the car on my way to London when I got the call saying Braehmer hadn’t arrived and the fight was off,’’ recalls Cleverly. ‘’It was a crazy situation, and the scramble was on to find a replacement opponent in just two days.’’ (more…)
Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend against a challenger to be named later this week on October 22 at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, exclusively live on BoxNation in the UK. “I can’t wait to shake the cobwebs off and get back in there where I belong; it’s been too long,” said Saunders. “Every fight is dangerous at this stage so it is important that I don’t overlook or underestimate anybody. I have worked long and hard to get where I am today and there is some huge fights out there for me.
“I need to take care of this fight and then I’ll move on to bigger and better things. I’m fully focused on the job in hand and putting on an explosive performance down in Cardiff. I can’t wait to get this show on the road!”
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury put in an appearance at Saturday’s Linares-Crolla fight in Manchester, England. The day before, it was announced that Fury had pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being declared “medically unfit.”
We’ve been told that the WBO Championship Committee will be requesting a medical evaluation from Fury today.
For more photos of Fury, plus many previously unpublished shots from the exciting Linares-Crolla clash, click here.
Going it alone without HBO for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas PPV event, Top Rank has named their own announce team for the November 5 telecast. Stephen A. Smith, Brian Kenny and Charissa Thompson will join former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley as the ringside talent. Crystina Poncher will be the telecast’s roving reporter.
“We wanted to give the viewers a different perspective that informs and entertains and I think we have accomplished that with this fantastic team,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “It’s a great combination with Brian, one of television’s top TV announcers, color commentary from Stephen A. and Charissa ‘s balanced hosting style. The expert analysis from Tim will round this out perfectly as he is considered one of the best fighters in the world and has secured victories against both Pacquiao and Vargas. We will expand the reach of this event beyond the boxing fan to an audience that has watched Stephen A., Brian and Charissa as regular fixtures in covering other major sports.”
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
After a memorable month of September in which, boxing provided tremendous fights all over the world, we can only look towards the future and expect to see those special fights be made a reality because that is what the fans of this great sport deserve. The fans must get what boxing can provide. I trust all involved parties will work together and make then happen.
On September 10th, two boxing cards took boxing to the highest levels as four undefeated champions fought in sold out arenas. GGG defeated Kell Brook in London’s O2 Arena and Chocolatito conquered his fourth world title in a great fight against Carlos Cuadras at The Forum in Los Angeles. On September 16th, a doubleheader in Osaka Japan saw Hosumi Hasegawa win his third world championship against Hugo Ruiz and the longest reigning champion of today, Shinsuke Yamanaka, got up from the canvas to knock out former champion Anselmo Moreno in a much-anticipated rematch. On September 17th, Canelo Alvarez fought in front of 50,000+ fans at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and on September 24th, Jorge Linares had to win the last three rounds to defeat Anthony Crolla in Manchester, England. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López (34-5, 31 KOs) says he plans to knock out bitter arch-rival Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), also a past world titlist, in their October 8 pay-per-view showdown in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“I still think I have a lot left in the tank,” López confidently said from his Puerto Rican training camp. “This is the first fight of my career that I feel I owe to fans because of the history behind it. I don’t think there will be any rust because I have been training for many, months and I have been inside the gym working hard. Maybe the agility I had four or five years ago isn’t quite the same, true, but at the same time I am more mature and much more calm and more intelligent in the ring. I definitely feel that I am a better fighter than ever before.” (more…)
Normally a busy month for televised boxing, the month of October looks like slim pickings in the U.S., at least at the moment. With the second cancellation of Fury-Klitschko 2, it appears that HBO, Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions could be sitting out the month. The normally active PBC may still announce a schedule of October fight telecasts, and CBSSN could come through with some shows, but as it stands right now, the only announced live televised boxing on free TV in the U.S. will be carried by Spanish language networks Telemundo, UniMas, Estrella and beIN Sports Espanol. There is also an October 8 pay-per-view event featuring Juanma Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
The good news is things with HBO and Showtime (and hopefully PBC) will heat up again in November.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA/IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com® about challenging Renold Quinlan for the IBO 168 pound title on October 16 in Launceston, Tasmania. Geale says he has had good preparation and is feeling much stronger in the super middleweight division. This week he’ll have WBO-rated Rohan Murdoch as a sparring partner. After Quinlan, Geale says he has former WBC 168 pound champion Sakio Bika and current WBA 168 pound champion Felix Sturm on his radar.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (15-0, 9 KOs) added his fifteenth win to his unblemished record on Saturday Night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, taking an eight round unanimous decision over Columbus, Ohio’s Armando Ancona (8-5-2, 5 KOs). Wilson pressed the fight from the start, taking it to Ancona, who looked to sit back and counter. Wilson dropped Ancona in the fourth round with a hard left hook and went on to dominate the remainder of the fight with the more precise and busier attack. All three judges scored the fight 80-71, giving Wilson every round. (more…)
The #1 rated boxing program on Spanish television, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford,” will kick off its fall season this Friday from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event is a “civil war” between national champions Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (31-11-1, 16 KOs) and Emanuel “Veneno” Dominguez (18-5-2, 12 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with the series favorite Hernandez’ Mexican national super bantamweight at stake. Hernandez is a former WBO interim champion and making his 12th appearance on the program. He’s currently ranked in the world #5 WBO, #5 WBC, and #10 WBA. Dominguez will be making his series’ main event debut. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
ARAKAWA KEEPS JAPANESE 135LB BELT
September 24, 2016
Japanese southpaw veteran Nihito Arakawa (28-6-1, 17 KOs), 134.5, kept his national lightweight belt by diposing of overmatched Yusuke Tsukada (8-6, 3 KOs) at 2:14 of the sixth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Akakawa, making his initial defense, sent him to the deck with southpaw lefts three times prior to a well-received stoppage.
By Karl Freitag
Newly crowned WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares needed to win the last three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to dethrone reigning titleholder Anthony Crolla on Saturday night in Manchester, England. At the end of nine rounds, judges John Keane and Fernando Barbosa had Crolla ahead 87-85 and 86-85 respectively. Judge Guillermo Pineda had it 87-84 for Linares. Had Crolla won even one of the last three rounds, he would have retained his title with a draw.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Gonzalez dropped Yamamoto with a crushing left hook in round one and Yamamoto was unable to continue. Time was 2:59. The hard-punching Gonzalez is currently rated #4 by the WBC at featherweight.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Longtime light flyweight king Donnie Nietes made his flyweight debut in style, shutting out fellow former light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa in the main event from StubHub Center in Carson, California. All three judges scored the bout 120-108.
Nietes, (39-1-4, 22 KOs), who also ran his unbeaten streak to an incredible twelve years, put on a boxing masterclass, blocking or sidestepping nearly everything thrown by Sosa, while countering superbly with a diversity of punches, including left uppercuts and straight right hands that repeatedly hurt or wobbled Sosa. Sosa, (52-10, 30 KOs), who once defended his version of the light flyweight title ten times between 2007-2009, is admittedly past his prime and was simply too slow to catch the deceptively slick Nietes, and his reflexes too worn to avoid getting countered from all angles. (more…)
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (26-5, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Prosper Ankrah (24-9, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the LA Badminton Club in El Monte, California. A Ramos combination laid out Ankrah for the count. Time was 2:29.
In the co-feature, welterweight Gaku Takahashi (15-6-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Kim Poulsen (27-4, 7 KOs). Southpaw Takahashi dropped Poulson with a crushing shot to the jaw at the end of round two and Poulson wasn’t allowed to continue in round three due to a possible broken jaw.
In a clash of unbeaten super welterweights, Main Events prospect Madiyar Ashkeyev (6-0, 3 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Martez Jackson (3-1-2, 2 KOs). Ashkeyev was deducted a point for a low blow in round four, but he made up the point by dropping Jackson in round five. Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
One of the Philippines’ best young fighters, 21-year-old Mark Magsayo, got a chance to showcase himself, probably a few rounds longer than necessary, easily besting the game but overmatched Ramiro Robles over twelve rounds to retain the WBO International title on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson California. Unanimous decision scores for Magsayo were 118-108, 119-107, 120-106.
Robles, (13-6-1, 8 KOs), a late replacement for original opponent Ruben Garcia, won the respect of the crowd by not quitting despite a sustained beating by WBO #8 rated Magsayo, (15-0, 11 KOs), but offered little else in terms of resistance or drama. Magsayo knocked Robles down with a right hook to the head in round two, and in nearly every other round punished Robles relentlessly to the body, particularly with the right hand. The right hook to the body dropped Robles in round seven, and almost again in round eight, when Robles doubled over but stayed off the canvas after yet another digging right hook. To his credit though Robles kept coming forward, although the last three or four rounds was more sparring session than competitive fight after Magsayo eased off the gas. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has commented on current WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury pulling out of their rematch for the second straight time. Fury’s reason was an undisclosed medical condition, rumored to be mental heath issues.
Wladimir Klitschko Statement: As you already know, the October 29 revenge against Fury is cancelled due to whatever issue Fury has this time. Screw it, I will move forward and will keep you posted when and against whom my next fight is going to be staged. I will rely on information from the sanctioning bodies, how they will move on with the titles that Fury currently has.
Message to my fans. pic.twitter.com/wqHvcJpgnS
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) September 24, 2016
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Three-division world champion and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Crolla’s backyard of Manchester, England. Linares was sharp early on. Crolla started applying intense pressure as the bout progressed. Referee Terry O’Connor disrupted Linares’ excellent body work several times for questionable low blows. Crolla cut Linares with a big right hand in round five. Linares rocked Crolla in round six. Close rounds after that with Crolla bringing the heat and Linares sharpshooting. Linares seemed to get his second wind in round ten and landed crisp, clean shots over the last three rounds to win 115-114, 117-111, 115-113.
After the fight, Linares stated he injured his right hand in round six. He offered to come back to England for a rematch with Crolla and said the win fulfilled a promise he made to the late WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Sr., who passed away earlier this year. (more…)
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