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By David Finger
For the better part of the first decade of the 21st century the State of Indiana was an unexpected hotbed of boxing. Promoters like Fred Burns ensured that the Indiana fight faithful would always have a steady diet of club shows that featured such memorable journeymen like Jeff Yeoman, Reggie Strickland, Darnell Wilson, and Terry Thomas. But even as a handful of Indiana fighters found themselves in the world rankings it seemed like the era of bi-weekly club shows in Indiana had come to an end by 2010. Indiana would host of twenty-seven professional fight cards in 2005, but by 2014 that number had dwindled down to nine. (more…)
NY State junior welterweight Anthony ” Showtime” Karperis (13-2, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ariel Duran (9-9-1, 5 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the sold out Paramount in Huntington, NY. Karperis dropped Duran in round nine en route to a 97-92, 97-92, 98-91 verdict. The two had met once before early in their careers with Karperis coming away with a hard fought four round win. (more…)
UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi advanced to the medal round with a 3-0 win over Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla.
Kazakh light heavyweight Adilbek Niyazymbetov defeated Azerbaijan’s Teymur Mammadov 3-0. Niyazymbetov will get at least a bronze medal.
French lightweight Sofiane Oumiha advanced to the gold medal round with a 3-0 win over Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu. Dorjnyambuu collected a bronze.
Cuban light welter Yasnier Toledo edged the UK’s Pat McCormack 2-1.
German light welter Artem Harutyunyan topped Canadian Arthur Biyarslanov 2-0-1.
Turkish light welter Batuhan Gozgec defeated Brazilian Joedison Teixeira 3-0.
Azerbaijan light welter Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo edged France’s Hassan Amzile 2-1.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez edged Moroccan Mohamed Hamout 2-1.
Chinese bantamweight Zhang Jiawei defeated Korean Ham Sangmyeong 3-0.
Argentina bantamweight Alberto Ezequiel Melian defeated Tunisian Bilel Mhamdi 3-0.
Uzbek bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev defeated Kazakh Kairat Yeraliyev 3-0.
Brazilian female middleweight Andreia Bandeira edged Panama’s Atheyna Bylon 2-1.
UK female middleweight Savannah Marshall defeated Anna Laurell Nash 3-0.
47-year-old future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. told the Pensacola News Journal that he suffered an injury to his right bicep in round five on Saturday night against journeyman Rodney Moore. “We’ll just have to see how long this takes (to heal),” Jones told the paper after the fight. “It was the best condition I’ve been in a long time. I felt strong the whole time.”
As for his future in the ring, Jones stated the fight “may have been the last one. And I’m not mad if it is, because I had a great time. Everybody in Pensacola got to see Roy fight one more time.”
Two wins for Team USA on Sunday.
American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson defeated Brazilian Robenilson De Jesus 3-0.
American light welter Gary A. Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, defeated Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand 2-1.
In the light flyweight final, Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov won the gold against Colombian Yurberjen Herney Martinez 3-0.
In a lightweight semi-final, Brazilian Robson Conceicao defeated Cuban Larzaro Jorge Alvarez 3-0. Conceicao will fight for the gold, Alvarez wins a bronze.
Irish bantamweight Michael John Conlan defeated Armenia’s Aram Avagyan 3-0.
In a war, French light heavyweight Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique stopped Equador Carlos Andres Mina in round three. Bauderlique earned at least a bronze medal.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated Brazilian Michel Borges 3-0. La Cruz earned at least a bronze medal.
Russian bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin edged Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee 2-1.
Mongolian bantamweight Tsendbaatar Erdenebat edged Bulgarian Dzmitry Asanau 2-1.
Russian light welter Vitaly Dunaytsev defeated Mongolian Chinzorig Baatarsukh 3-0.
Chinese light welter Hu Qianxun defeated Hovhannes Bachkov 2-1.
Uzbek light welter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Manoj Kumar 3-0.
Canadian female middleweight Ariane Fortin was edged by Kazakh Dariga Shakimova 2-1.
Russian female middleweight Iaroslava Iakushina defeated Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin.
Before a euphoric crowd who attended the coliseum Samuel ‘Sammy’ Rodriguez of Aguas Buenas, local favorite, Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo (11-0, 8 KO) scored a impressive second round TKO over Edgardo ‘Indio’ Rivera (7-4-2, 5 KO) to capture the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title. This match marks the first WBC fight held in Aguas Buenas.
“Making history in my town is a big deal,” said Yomar Alamo, “I was prepared to leave everything in the ring, and the results were spectacular. Now, I will take a short break and return to the gym as soon as possible because major challenges are coming up and I have to be ready.” (more…)
Mexican boxing favorites Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pose together at Saturday night’s fight between Canelo’s brother Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez and former world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
“I want big fights, Cotto, Canelo, and not a rematch with Ramon,” declared former world champion Antonio Margarito after his ten round split decision win over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez on Saturday night in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. “I am ready for big fights. Now I want to beat his brother Saul!”
Ramon Alvarez, however, didn’t agree with the decision. “I thought that the decision was for me. I want a rematch. Margarito didn’t win. The knockdown was more of a slip than anything,” stated the older brother of Canelo.
By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photo: Scott Foster
Returning home for the first time since March of 2015, former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-12-2, 7 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout on Saturday night at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. It was mostly a slow-paced affair as the 47-year-old future Hall of Famer Jones, with his hands held low, stalked Moore — who gave very little resistance. As a result, it very easy for Jones to pot shot his way to victory. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.
Also, making his debut as a professional, junior welterweight Devin Cushing looked very impressive. One of Pensacola’s rising stars, Cushing seems to have a bright future ahead of him after a stoppage of Justin Howard at 59 seconds of round two.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 32 KOs) won by sixth round disqualification against Jose “General” Sanmartin (20-4-1, 12 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night in Veracruz, Mexico. Sanmartin was tossed for an intentional headbutt. Time was 2:58.
In the co-feature, WBC #2, WBA #5 flyweight and WBO #3 super flyweight Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (33-2, 24 KOs) was victorious when Dixon Flores (13-5-2, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round four. Hernandez has now won 15 straight since his unsuccessful title challenge against Kazuto Ioka five years ago.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBO Continental super welterweight title on Saturday night at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
After a slow start, Margarito’s pressure started paying dividends. Alvarez’ punches had little effect as Margarito walked him down. Alvarez was down round eight, but rallied bravely in the final round. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 Margarito, 95-94 for Alvarez.
Alvarez’ brother “Canelo” Alvarez was at ringside. Will this fight set up a Klitschko-style “revenge of the brother” showdown?
In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Pedro “La Roca” Campa (22-0, 18 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over David “Orly” Bency (17-6-1, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off to save Bency from further punishment. Time was :55.
It was a memorable day of Olympic Boxing on Saturday as the Men’s Olympic Flyweight (52kg) competition got up and running with eight preliminary bouts followed by the Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-Finals, two Heavyweight semis and the return of the Super Heavyweights (+91kg), including a first appearance from current World Champion Tony Yoka. With the legendary Floyd Mayweather and members of the US Basketball team watching from the stands in a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6, the halfway stage of the competition was reached in grand style, as a series of TKOs raised the roof. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day two of the 48th NABF convention in Washington, D.C. Was quick and to the point this morning.
There were two simultaneous functions: the referee seminar headed up by long time Nevada ref Jay Nady, while the general session in the adjoining meeting room heard several committee reports.
Nady reviewed several scenarios with his referees and ring officials, going over existing rules and discussing a new rule governing four round fights. Normally, four rounds has been the minimum amount of rounds required to be completed in order to have a decision in instances where fights have to be stopped for unintentional fouls. Any less rounds in such fights yielded a “No Decision.” But for fights only scheduled to go four rounds, if such an ending occurs after three completed rounds, a decision can be rendered by going to the score cards. The ABC referee exam was then administered to the assembled refs. (more…)
American flyweight Antonio Vargas won a majority decision over local favorite Juliao Neto.
Kazakh flyweight Olzhas Sattibayev edged Puerto Rican Jayvier Cintron 2-1.
Uzbek flyweight Shakhobidin Zoirov defeated Ireland’s Brendan Emmet Irvine 3-0.
Venezualan flyweight Yoel Segundo Finol topped Dominican Leonel De Los Santos Nunez 3-0.
Bulgarian flyweight Daniel Asenov edged Argentina’s Daniel Martinez 2-1.
Moroccan welterweight Mohammed Rabii edged Ireland’s Steven Donnelly 2-1 to earn at least a bronze.
Uzbek welterweight Shakhram Giyasov defeated Cuban Roniel Iglasias 3-0 to earn at least a bronze.
In a heavyweight medal match, Russian Evgeny Tischenko defeated Rustam Tulaganov 3-0. Tischenko will go on to fight for the gold, Tulaganov gets a bronze.
French super heavyweight Tony Victor Yoka beat Virgin Island’s Laurent Clayton 3-0.
Jordanian super heavyweight Hussein Iashaish edged Romania’s Mihai Nistor 2-1.
Cuban super heavyweight Lenier Eunice Pero defeated Italian Guido Vianello 3-0.
Croatian super heavyweight Filip Hrgovic beat Turkey’s Ali Eren Demirezen 3-0.
Mexican flyweight Elias Eliseo Emigdio Abarca defeated Mongolian Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu 3-0.
French flyweight Elie Konki defeated German Hamza Touba 3-0.
Kazakh heavyweight Vassiliy Levit defeated Cuban Erislandy Savon 3-0. Levit advances to the gold medal match, Savon gets a bronze.
UK super heavyweight Joe Joyce knocked out Davilson Dos Santos Morais with his first punch in round one.
Uzbek super heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov TKO’d Venezualan Edgar Ramon Munoz in round two.
Nigerian super heavyweight Efe Ajagba knocked out Trinidad & Tobago’s Nigel Paul in round one.
Kazakh super heavyweight Ivan Dychko outpointed Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov 3-0.
Kazakh welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov beat Venezualan Gabriel Maestre 3-0 to earn at least a bronze medal.
French welterweight Souleymane Diop Cissokho defeated Thailand’s Saylom Ardee 3-0, to earn at least a bronze.
Chinese flyweight Hu Jianguan edged Turkey’s Selcuk Eker 2-1.
Armenian flyweight Narek Abgaryan edged Ugandan Ronald Serugo 2-1.
Moroccan flyweight Achraf Kharroubi beat Lesotho’s Moroke Jeremia Mokhotho 3-0.
By Johnny B’
Thursday August 11th boxing lost an icon with the passing of Sean Curtin, formerly from Grayslake Illinois. Curtin, a former amateur and professional boxer, as well as boxing official, was in past years, the head of the C.Y.O. (Catholic Youth Organization) amateur boxing program. Sean later became head of the Illinois Athletic Commissiion. He also was the co-author of several published boxing books.
After Curtin retired from the Illinois boxing commission, he moved to the state of Michigan where he worked as a professional boxing referee and judge. Funeral details to be announced.
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring tonight at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. The 47-year-old Jones will take on 40-year-old “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs). Jones said this won’t be his last fight unless he loses.
“If it doesn’t come out the way I want it to be, of course it will be my last,” Jones told his hometown Pensacola News Journal. “I can’t see that happening. I can’t see myself not handling my business. Don’t get me wrong, the guy does have a good left hook. And when you are older it’s not as easy to take those licks as when you were younger. At the same you have to be smart enough to avoid the licks and maybe get the licks in first. I don’t think this guy should beat me.”
By Ron Jackson
Namibia’s Paulus “Hitman” Moses who recently won the WBO Africa lightweight title has sent out a challenge to WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan of England. Moses is not ranked in the top 15 of the latest WBO rankings but after winning the vacant WBO Africa lightweight title on August 6 when he outpointed Thompson Mokwana at the Windhoek Country Club he could now move into the rankings.
The 38-year-old Moses who has an outstanding record of 37-3, 22 KOs, won the WBA lightweight belt in January 2009 when he beat Yasuke Kobori and then made a successful defence against Takehiro Shimada before losing the belt to Miguel Acosta in May 2010. (more…)
Unbeaten world title contender, Puerto Rico’s Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, was released from the hospital after suffering a motorcycle accident. The former Puerto Rican Olympian suffered the accident last Sunday, August 7, when he was riding on road PR-3 from Rio Grande to Carolina and lost control of his motorcycle after trying to avoid a bump on the road.
“I have definitely learned a big lesson. I’m not perfect. I’ll keep growing as a person and today I’m more committed than ever with my people and my career,” affirmed Verdejo. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Long-time Fightnews.com Feature Writer Boxing Bob Newman was a keynote speaker during Friday’s general session of the NABF Convention in Washington, DC. Newman, who has been a familiar media presence at boxing cards and boxing conventions for many years, talked to convention goers about the love-hate relationship between boxing and the media.
“The media’s responsibility is to be accurate,” Newman said as he related a story where he interviewed future heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Newman wrote an article in which Klitschko said he would move to the United States and dominate the heavyweight division. When Klitschko and his camp denied those comments, Newman was able to prove otherwise with the tape of Klitschko saying those very words. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day one of the NABF convention involving guests and delegates took place today at the Washington Court Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. If nothing else, nobody can say that the NABF isn’t a fun group! While the board of directors and a special officials committee had meetings starting from the beginning of the week, freshly arrived delegates, ring officials and guests were treated to several informative and entertaining talks and presentations sandwiched around a filling lunch buffet and capped off with the annual awards banquet this evening.
The proceedings kicked off with NABF executive secretary Joanna Aguilar served as emcee, welcoming attendees and introducing the speakers of the day.
Washington, D.C. Combat sports commissioner Adam Weers took the podium first, welcoming guests to the city. Weers commented on increased activity in both the pro and amateur ranks of boxing in the nation’s capital.
ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) president Mike Mazzulli chimed in on the outstanding training seminars conducted by the ABC throughout the year and the recent convention held just a couple weeks ago. Also the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director, Mazzulli is breathing new life into the Association and has been a welcomed addition by all accounts. (more…)
Photos: Brett Carlsen/Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. After ten entertaining back and forth rounds, Flores’ workrate swayed the judges. Scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten welterweight contender Jamal James (20-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 96-94. James stepped in on short notice to replace Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw by the local commission due to an injury.
The card wrapped up PBC’s deal with ESPN.
Report and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
Spokane, Washington’s Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) added his fourth and most noteworthy win as a pro on Thursday night at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, scoring a first round knockout over former world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-29-1, 16 KOs), of Detroit. An unexpected rain storm had threatened to cause the cancellation of the outdoor event, but after a delay allowed for the storm to pass and crews to clean up the ring, the event went on. The main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am card between Ferguson and Williams was moved to the first pro slot on the schedule in order to ensure the fight went ahead before more rain moved in.
Ferguson quickly went to work behind his jab as the fight began and dropped Williams with the first hard right hand he threw, landing it flush on the temple. Moments later he dropped Williams once again, catching him with a crisp one-two counter as his opponent pressed forward. After the action was allowed to resume, Ferguson started working the body, landing thudding hooks to the mid-section that were visibly hurting Williams. A vicious left hook to the side dropped Williams to a knee where he would stay as referee Russ Hansen reached the count of ten at 1:41 of the round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomás Rojas 126 vs. José De San Martín 126
Juan Hernández 115 vs. Dixon Flores 114.50
Lourdes Juarez 109 vs. Guadalupe Batista 108
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juárez
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Anthony “Showtime” Karperis 139.2 vs. Ariel Duran 140
Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez 135.2 vs. Seifulla Wise 136
Juan Mancilla 154.6 vs. Phillip Legrand 156.6
Dan Cion 167.6 vs. Vincenzo D’Angelo 166.2
Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, New York
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
The first women’s bouts of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament got underway on Friday in Riocentro Pavilion 6, with four bouts at Flyweight (51kg) and Lightweight (60kg). In the men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Semi-Finals, Yurberjen Martinez made history as the first Colombian to reach an Olympic Boxing gold-medal match, before the Lightweight (60kg) semi-finalists were confirmed along with the last 16 of the Middleweight (75kg) competition. (more…)
WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) is planning to make his first world title defense in Liverpool on October 15. “It’s looking like it’s going to be BJ Flores and I am really looking forward to it,” Bellew told Sky Sports.
“He’s been mouthing off and following me around for a couple of years and I’m just a little bit fed up with him now. That’s the best way to look at it. I am going to smash BJ Flores to bits and be the first man stop him. All he keeps saying is that I am a light heavyweight, I am this, I am that, so we will soon find out.”
Photos: German Villasenor
From the Revolucion Ave in Tijuana, Mexcio
Antonio Margarito 154 vs. Ramon Alvarez 155 (to be re-weighed)
(WBO Continental super welterweight title)
Venue: Rosarito Convention Center, Mexico, Baja California
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA), TV Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo 139 vs. Alvaro Ortiz (will weigh in later)
Yamil Álamo 142 vs. Orlando Fernandez 143
Jose Bartolomei 124 vs. Alberto Medina 125
Fabian Lopez 167 vs. Miguel Cruz 167
JanCarlos Rivera 140 vs. Joshua Rodriguez 142
Luis Hernandez 124 vs. Victor Rodriguez 126
Garibaldy Gomez 125 vs. Ramon Bayala 127
Jesus Soler 111 vs. Alexis Diaz 110
Venue: Coliseo Samuel Rodriguez, Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Félix Pérez Matias/Black Tiger Promotions
Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal
WBA Interim Featherweight Champion, Carlos Zambrano (26-0) became the newest member of TMT Promotions.
In a press conference held at Central Panama Restaurant in Panama City, Panama, Foyd Mayweather Jr. announced the adquisition of Zambrano and his intention to help rookie professional fighter Gerardo Murillo Jr. the son of Zambrano’s Panamanian trainer.
“I guarantee that Zambrano will have all of the support to take his career to the next level. He is a talented fighter, tall for his weight division and he is not easy to punch” Mayweather said. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, former amateur standout Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round KO over former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-29-1, 16 KOs). After a four hour rain delay, Ferguson dropped Williams three times before the bout was halted after 1:41. The fight was the main event of a pro-am show promoted by Silver Wolf Fight Promotions. Full report to come…
American light flyweight Nico Hernandez was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov 3-0, but Hernandez still came away with a bronze medal, the first medal for the U.S. in men’s boxing since 2008.
Colombian light fly Herney Martinez edged Cuban Joahnys Argilagos 2-1 in the other bronze medal match. Martinez will now face Dusmatov for the gold.
American lightweight Carlos Balderas was defeated by Cuban Jorge Alvarez 3-0 in a quarterfinal matchup. Alvarez assured himself of at least a bronze medal with the win.
Cuban middleweight Arlen Lopez knocked out Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa in the first round.
Canadian Mandy Bujold defeated Yodgoroy of Uzbekistan 3-0 in a women’s flyweight match.
The “B” Sample of former world champion Lucian Bute turned out positive, just like the “A” Sample. Bute tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine after his fight against Badou Jack on April 30 in Washington DC. He maintains he has never knowingly used illegal products throughout his career in professional boxing. To determine out what happened, his team had all the supplements he used analyzed and found that the problem was with a product identified as “Dynamite PM Night Fuel” prescribed to him by fitness trainer Angel Heredia that was supposed to be free from any illegal substances. The Bute Team says the supplement was contaminated in the lab that prepared it and they have the intention of suing that lab for damages. The details have been sent to the DC Commission. In the meantime, Bute is in training at the Grant Brothers Gym and ready to resume his career.
All-action fan favorite Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) is putting the finishing touches on his preparations for his August 27 Spike-televised middleweight clash with Freddy “Riel” Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
“I know that this will be a very entertaining fight,” said Angulo during a media day Thursday. “My opponent and I both have a lot of pride. We fight like true Mexican warriors and will leave it all in the ring. I don’t expect this to go the decision but I am ready to battle for every round. Fans don’t question fights between two Mexican fighters. Everyone loves those kinds of matchups, like Morales-Barrera. Those fights are must watch. The Mexican style is to go head-to-head and toe-to-toe. Fighting a guy like this is always dangerous. I don’t like to beat up my countrymen but this is a business and I want to have the crowd chant my name, just like he does.”
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 48th NABF convention informally opened tonight with a cocktail reception at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Some 250 delegates are expected to be in attendance. The official opening with be Friday morning, with the day being filled with several speakers, then capping off with the banquet in the grand ballroom. Saturday will see reports from the committees on ratings, USNBC, female, ring officials and the 2017 convention. The referees seminar will be also be held simultaneously. Sunday will see the judges seminar followed by the Washington vs Atlanta major league baseball game.
With a little more than a month from Donnie Nietes’ 112lb debut fight against well-respected former junior flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa, Nietes’ camp is confident about their fighter’s chances. According to his trainer, Edmund Villamor, Donnie is more conditioned at four pounds higher than the weight he was in for the past years, saying “he (Donnie) is normally at 120-125lbs now. Making the 108lb limit takes more effort from him than the flyweight.” Villamor also added that they are ready for Sosa, specifying their focus on being able to adjust for whatever Sosa’s strategy will be. (more…)
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