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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov talks after his big win over Tomek Adamek in an important IBF elimination bout on Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Glazkov will now be placed at #2 in the IBF ratings.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Roger Bloodworth, trainer of Tomasz Adamek speaks after Adamek was defeated by “Czar” Glazkov on Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In a clash of former world champions, Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (51-4-2, 38 KOs) scored a hard fought majority decision over Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (40-16-3, 24 KOs) on Saturday night in a super featherweight clash at the Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel knocked down Cruz in rounds two and four, but that just inspired Cruz to fight even harder for the rest of the fight. Scores were 96-92, 97-91 and 94-94.
In a big upset, Colombian super featherweight Luis Flores (16-1, 14 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten Miguel Berchelt (21-1, 18 KOs) in the first round. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
In his Puerto Rico “Homecoming,” WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) won a hard fought majority decision over Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (20-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon. Garcia had all sorts of problems with the non-stop punching and defensive skills of Herrera and was lucky to win a very close and competitive fight by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.
In a WBC heavyweight eliminator, unbeaten 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) demolished Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KOs) in the first round. Wilder took his time until he saw an opening and lowered the boom. It looked like a left to the temple, followed by a grazing right that sent Scott sprawling. Time was 1:36 as Wilder once again showed frightening punching power. photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) put on the greatest performance of his professional career, in taking a one sided twelve round unanimous decision victory over Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) an capturing the IBF North American heavyweight belt and the #2 spot in the IBF before a sellout crowd at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Main Events and televised live on NBCSN, saw light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) put on a boxing exhibition in winning a completely one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over “Drago’s Son” Denis Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
With the welterweight division taking center stage on Saturday night’s UFC 171 main card, Kelvin Gastelum and Rick Story made sure that the spotlight reached them as well, as the two 170-pounders gave fans a three round war to remember, with Gastelum keeping his unbeaten record intact via split decision at American Airlines Center . . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info
Heavyweight Andrew Wawrzyk (29-1, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 45-year-old former contender Frans Botha (48-11-2, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Arlamow in Arlamow, Poland. The loss was the sixth straight for the “White Buffalo.” It was Wawrzyk’s second win in a row following his world title defeat against Alexander Povetkin in May 2013.
Photos: Joel Colon
In a rematch between former world champions, jr lightweight Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-3, 31 KOs) again defeated Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-6, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Both fighters were down in a wild round two. First Ponce de Leon dropped Juanma. Juanma then came off the floor to put down Ponce de Leon twice. Shortly after the bout resumed, referee Luis Pabon waved it off over the protests of Ponce de Leon who clearly still had some fight left in him. Time was 2:44.
It was a big win for Juanma, a more than a 2:1 betting underdog. A growing number of boxing pundits had considered him “shot” after KO losses to Omar Salido (twice) and Mikey Garcia. Juanma previously KO’d Ponce de Leon in one round six years ago. (more…)
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
In his debut at cruiserweight, Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over Valery Brudov (41-5, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Coming off a TKO loss to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in November, Bellew dropped Brudov hard in round two and again at the end of round six. The 37-year-old Brudov, however rocked Bellew in round seven and a low blow by Brudov may have saved Bellew from being kayoed. Bellew slowly regained command and finally knocked out Brudov with a left hook in the twelfth round.
IBF #1 welterweight Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Alvaro Robles (17-3, 15 KOs). After a slow start, Brook turned up the heat and battered Robles in round seven. Robles’ corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter after more abuse in round eight. Time was 1:35. The Mexicali fighter was deducted a point in round four for a low blow. (more…)
2008 Olympic gold medalist and cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (18-1, 14 KOs) overpowered the very tough Juho Haapoja (20-5-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title on Saturday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. The bout was waved off after Chakhkiev bludgeoned Haapoja to the deck in round nine. Chakhkiev also knocked down Haapoja early in the bout.
In the main event, WBC #3/WBA #3/WBO #4/IBF #11 rated cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jeremy Ouanna (14-9, 3 KOs) to retain his Euro title. It was a right hand that leveled Ouanna.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin 166 vs. Orlando Membreno 160
Scott Burrell 136 vs. Willy Morillo 135
Dean Burrell 135 vs. Franklin Sarmiento 136
Rayen Brete 140 vs. Miguel Kelly Queliz 140
Justin Gogulski 136 vs. Ramon de la Cruz 138
Nezar Regales 160 vs Eduardo Adorno 160
Promoter: B.O.S.E. Promotions
L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Hatanaka Promotions
The earlier the better? This logic stands especially in Asia, where Saengsak Muangsurin won a world belt in his third professional bout, Veeraphol Sahaprom in his fourth and Kazuo Ioka in his seventh. It seems a short distance race here to compete for how fast he runs to climb up to the summit. An 18-year-old rookie, formerly four-time national high school champ Kosei Tanaka (1-0) will again face a world contender, WBA #13 minimum Ronelle Fererras (13-6-2, 5 KOs), PABA interim titlist, in his second professional bout tomorrow (Sunday) in Nagoya, Japan. A baby-faced Tanaka, in his debut, already defeated WBO#6 Oscar Reknafa by a unanimous decision (60-53, 60-54, 59-55) over six rounds last November. His manager/promoter, ex-WBC 122-pound champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka predicts Tanaka’s triumph over Fererras and plans to book another world contender in the prospect’s third pro bout. (more…)
Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Derek “Pooh” Ennis returned to the ring Friday night, after an absence of more than one year, and scored an impressive 6-round unanimous decision over Emil Gonzalez, in the main event at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was the first that time Ennis, 24-4-1, 13 KOS, had fought before his hometown fans since 2010.
Gonzalez, 11-7-1, 8 KOs, was tough, but Ennis swept through the bout, displaying little ring rust en route to earning the victory. This fight was contested at 160 pounds, but Ennis said that he expects to return to the junior middleweight division next time out.
The scores were 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, all for Ennis. (more…)
“Yes, I’m feeling like I’m being overlooked,” says Mauricio Herrera, who challenges WBC/WBA shoer lightweight champion Danny Garcia tonight in Puerto Rico. “Maybe part of that is because I’m not really known, nobody really knows me. I mean, the same way with Provodnikov when he went up against Bradley, I mean, I’ve seen comments and hear people say, who’s this guy? Who’s this ESPN guy? He isn’t going to do anything. What is Bradley fighting this guy for? And as you see what happened, you know, it was a different story. But I feel the same way, I mean, when people don’t know who you are and they see you have some losses, they don’t know your whole story and your whole background, and they see a knockout percentage and they go by that too. But all that doesn’t matter, you know, with boxing anything can happen. And they’re going to see that I’m at that level, and that I will rise to the occasion.”
The 3am phone call from UFC President Dana White wasn’t what Johny Hendricks was expecting. In fact after a day with his family in Disney World, the UFC welterweight contender laughs, “I was exhausted from walking 50 miles. I thought it was a dream.” . . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info
By Ron Jackson
Former IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane will be hoping to win his second “world” title when he meets Filipino Jether Oliva for the vacant IBO flyweight belt tonight at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.
IBF Championship Chairman Lindsey Tucker explained the circumstances surrounding Mthalane’s decision to vacate the IBF title after four successful defenses. “The IBF is not a promoter, we can’t tell a boxer how much he should or should not get for a fight. We give the two sides 30 days to reach an agreement. If they can’t, the only method that we have to get the fight done is the purse bid. The IBF ordered a purse bid between Mthalane and Silvio Olteanu. At the time we were told that the Government in South Africa was going to put up a large sum of money to insure that the fight came to South Africa. That never happened. In fact neither Mthalane or Olteanu’s camp bid. The only bidder was SES Promotions of Germany and they bid of $12,500, with 85% going to Mthalane and 15% going to Olteanu. Both fighters agreed to do the fight in Germany. About a week before the fight Olteanu got injured. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
With tonight’s Showtime card taking place in Puerto Rico under the auspices of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, we will see some WBC rules in use that normally aren’t in effect at U.S. boxing venues.
For both the title defense of WBC super lightweight champion Danny Garcia against Mauricio Herrera, and the WBC heavyweight final elimination fight between Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott, open scoring will be used, with official scores of the judges revealed at the end of the fourth and eighth rounds.
Also per WBC rules, in the event of an accidental cut, a point will automatically be deducted from the uncut boxer. (more…)
Super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-3, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (12-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Oquendo dropped Avila in round five en route to a 116-111, 117-110, 116-111 victory and the WBO Intercontinental belt. Avila’s best moment was in round ten.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Luis Olivares (7-0, 5 KOs) won when Jeffrey Ramos (3-2, 2 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.
Golden Boy Promotions will waste no time in returning to the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico after this weekend’s world title fight between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series returns April 28 with a 10-round WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title fight between Michael “The Artist” Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs) and Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-8, 21 KOs). The bout will be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.
In the co-main event, two of the top junior bantamweights battle for a world title shot, as McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces off against fellow unbeaten Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in an IBF junior bantamweight title elimination bout.
The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and PR Best Boxing. Tickets priced at $12 and $40 plus applicable taxes and service charges are on sale now at www.tcpr.com or by calling (787) 792-5000.
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events
Tomasz “Goral” Adamek 219.7 vs Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov 218.3
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba 174.6 vs Denis Grachev 175.2
Ronald Cruz 148 vs Kermit Cintron 148
Karl “Dynamite” Dargan 135.5 vs Chazz McDowell 144.5*
Jerome Rodriguez 140 vs Brandon Williams 133.5
Nathaniel Rivas 148 vs Terrell James 146
Josh Crespo 122 vs Luis Acevedo 122
*Has one hour to lose two pounds
TV: NBC Sports Live Extra
Venue: Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, PA
Promoters: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Ziggy Promotions,
and Pushka Promotions in association with BAM Boxing
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trades CDs with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and author Ashanti who will sing the National Anthem at the rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Ashanti’s latest album, “Braveheart” was just released on her label Written Entertainment, where she is the CEO. Pacquiao who is in training at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his eagerly-anticipated showdown against Bradley, gave Ashanti a copy of his album “Sometimes When We Touch.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. photos
UFC 171, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, and the welterweight bout between Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the first four prelim bouts only on UFC Fight Pass at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Robbie Lawler (170) VS Johny Hendricks (170*)
PPV MAIN CARD
Tyron Woodley (170) VS Carlos Condit (170.5)
Myles Jury (156) VS Diego Sanchez (155)
Hector Lombard (170) VS Jake Shields (171)
Nikita Krylov (205) VS Ovince Saint Preux (205)
FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Rick Story (170.5) VS Kelvin Gastelum (170***)
Jessica Andrade (135) VS Raquel Pennington (135.5)
Jimy Hettes (145.5) VS Dennis Bermudez (146)
Alex Garcia (170.5) VS Sean Spencer (170)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Francisco Trevino (155) VS Renee Forte (156.5**)
Justin Scoggins (125) VS Will Campuzano (125.5)
Sean Strickland (185) VS Bubba McDaniel (184.5)
Robert Whiteford (145) VS Daniel Pineda (145)
*Hendricks made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 171.5
**Forte initially weighed in at 157 pounds. He made a second attempt (156.5) and will now forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent. The fight will go on as scheduled.
***Gastelum initially weighed in at 172.5 pounds. He made a second attempt (172.25) and hit 170 pounds on his third try.
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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info
Video: Joel Colon
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Danny Garcia 139.75 vs. Mauricio Herrera 139.25
(WBC/WBA super lightweight title)
Deontay Wilder 227 vs. Malik Scott 238
Scott weighed in and faced off with Wilder with a paper bag over his head with the words “Get Ya Popcorn Ready!!” written on it.
Juanma Lopez 129 vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon 128.5
Daniel Jacobs 161.5 vs. Milton Nunez 161.9
Jose Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Ramesis Gil 137.3
Ed Paredes 150.8 vs. George Sosa 150
Prichard Colon 153.3 vs. Shad Howard 151.3
John Karl Sosa 142.8 vs. Antonio Sanchez 140.6
Pedro Vicente 127.7 vs. Karl Garcia 128.8
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Fernando Montiel 128 vs. Cristobal Cruz 128.5
Miguel Berchelt 130.5 vs. Luis Eduardo Flores 130.5
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs. Leidis Martinez 112.5
Ivan Montero 154 vs. Ivan Ramirez 154.3
Miguel Herrera 112 vs. Elias Hernandez 112
Sergio Frias 119 vs. Alberto Pacheo 119
Venue: Auditorio Palenque, Chiapas
TV: Azteca 7 and Unimas
Experienced former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) will face Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) on March 22 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Harris is the third scheduled opponent for Paez, who was originally slated to face Mexican ring legend Erik Morales. Morales, however, pulled out with an injury. It was then announced that Paez would face Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott, however Prescott decided to take another fight. Now Harris, who is coming off a nice upset win over hot prospect Danny O’Connor last October, steps in on one-week notice.
WBA #12 super bantamweight Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (16-0, 11 KOs) will face German Meraz (46-30, 25 KOs) in a ten round clash on April 5 at Resorts World Casino New York City in the main event of a card presented by New Legend Boxing. The venue is located next door to the famed Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, NY.
The the co-featured bouts, WBA #14 super bantamweight Rafael Vazquez (10-1, 8 KOs) will fight in an eight-rounder against TBA. Also undefeated jr middleweight prospect Frank Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KOs) meets Franklin Gonzalez (16-12, 10 KOs) in another eight-rounder. (more…)
American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez is confirmed to sing the National Anthem of the Philippines before the world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Sanchez sang the U.S. National Anthem before Pacquiao vs. Bradley in 2012 and the National Anthems of the U.S. and the Philippines last November before Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios in Macau, China . During Pacquiao-Rios Fight Week, Jessica released her single, “Lead Me Home,” and announced that all the proceeds would be donated to Typhoon Relief. Immediately following the Pacquiao-Rios fight, she embarked on a two-week charity trip to the Philippines with the Starkey Foundation where Pacquiao joined her.
International broadcast listings for UFC 171: Hendricks vs Lawler
Saturday, March 15th
UFC 171 Early Prelims – 6pm ET / 3pm PT / 10pm GMT
Brazil and Latin America – Blocked
All other countries– Fight Pass on UFC.TV (more…)
Last Saturday’s SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Canelo vs. Angulo generated well over 350,000 buys, Showtime Networks Inc. and event promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, announced today.
“We are thrilled with the numbers from Saturday’s event,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “March 8 was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined his own pay per view, and he decisively proved that he was ready to carry a pay per view card. These results are especially impressive in comparison to the pay per view performances of other boxing events over the past few months. Add in the near sellout crowd and there is no doubt this event was a huge success for Canelo, Golden Boy Promotions, MGM Grand, SHOWTIME and boxing as a whole.”
“The fans have spoken,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is without a doubt the brightest young star in the sport today. He’s been a huge star in Mexico for quite some time. Now there is no denying that he is a star in the United States as well. We’re already in discussions with Canelo to find the next opportunity to bring another exciting event to boxing fans worldwide.”
The fight originally scheduled for April 4th between #2-ranked Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs) has been postponed. Sukhotsky has pulled out of the eliminator and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3-0, 20 KOs) has agreed to participate in his place. The bout is tentatively scheduled to be part of the card on the June 21st event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA on NBCSN Fight Night. (more…)
Drozd, Ouanna, Chakhiev and Haapoja make weight
12×3: Rakhim Chakhkiev, 17(13)-1(1)-0, 89,7 vs.Juho Haapoja, 20(13)-4(1)-1, 89,5
vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight
12×3: Grigory Drozd, 37(26)-1(1)-0, 90,6 vs. Jeremy Ouanna, 14(3)-8-0, 90,1
EBU cruiserweight title (more…)
Tony Bellew 197.5 vs. Valery Brudov 192.25
Kell Brook 151.3 vs. Alvaro Robles 151
Kevin Mitchell 139 vs. Mikheil Avakyan 138.7
*Rocky Fielding 174.75 vs. Charles Adamu 166
Erick Ochieng 151.5 vs. Neil Perkins 152.75
Robbie Davies 143 vs. Mark McKray 143
*Fielding announced as six-plus pounds overweight for his Commonwealth title fight.
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Wildman Photography
In his comeback fight, 34-year-old former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” returned to the ring for the first time in nearly two years on Friday night at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Katsidis (29-6, 24 KOs) scored two knockdowns in a third round TKO over journeyman Eddie Comaro (27-18-5, 11 KOs) in a one-sided fight.
“It’s good to be back,” Katsidis said afterward. “It’s been two years. I lost big fights and I lost friends, but I learned a lesson in life. I now know where my real friends are and it’s back here in Toowoomba. It’s great to be back here surrounded by them again and to know I can still fight. I just want to thank everyone for their support. Now I can start going forward from here.” (more…)
Jonathan Oquendo 124 vs. Guillermo Avila 124
Luis Olivares 138.4 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 137.8
Emanuel De Jesus 147.4 vs. Luis Torres 146.4
Luis Garcia 139.6 vs. Juan C. Castillo 142
Jayro Santiago 122.2 vs. Jason Vera 122.8
Howard Reece 153 vs. Burthin Rousseau 148.2
Steed Woodall 164.6 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 162.6
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Time: Doors Open @ 7:30 PM & First Fight 8:30 PM
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Members of the Sulaiman family, champions and former world champions were on hand Thursday at the Amalia G. Castillo Ledón Theatre in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, for a tribute to former WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who passed away in January. “It’s a very special time to be here, the first time not with my Dad,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, new president of the World Boxing Council. “I’m grateful that in Ciudad Victoria, where my dad was born, they have this recognition.” Among the dignitaries present were former world champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Ultiminio Ramos, Jose Antonio Aguirre, Edgar Sosa, Humberto Gonzalez, Pipino Cuevas, female world champions Zulina Muñoz, Ibeth Zamora and Jessica Gonzalez, and Olympic medalist Carlos Mercenario, and Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantú. (more…)
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