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Report/Photos by Tracy Morin
On Tuesday, the second day of the WBA 94th Annual Convention commenced with a general meeting, opening with a roll call of attendees from around the world. Promoter Gary Shaw applauded the absent Gilberto Mendoza Sr.’s guidance, wisdom, knowledge and warm smile but looked forward to his son’s newly established leadership and the future of the organization.
The day began with a review of the WBA Convention in Lima, Peru, in 2013, with Legislative Director Carlos Chavez emphasizing the need for evaluating officials’ performances, especially in controversial fights—as well as the also controversial topic of the half-point system for scoring, which would be used only when rounds are extremely close. However, the organization made clear that it was merely considering (not yet implementing) this measure.
The morning meeting otherwise consisted of reviewing the directorate meeting on Monday, including notes on the WBA creed and agenda. Significantly, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, former First Vice President and now President, has decided to leave his former position vacant for the time being. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In an all-South African clash Gideon Buthelezi and Makazole Tete meet for the vacant IBO super flyweight belt on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London. The title became vacant when Lwandile Sityatha relinquished it and decided to move up to the bantamweight division. In his most recent fight in July this year, Sityatha retained the belt on a disputed decision against Buthelezi. However, he was possibly having severe weight problems at the time. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Hard-punching super-feather prospect Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14 KOs), 130, impressively captured the Japanese 130-pound belt as he displayed a stunning blitzkrieg, dropped previously unbeaten IBF#13 defending champ Rikki Naito (13-1, 5 KOs), 130 in the closing seconds of the opening session, put on an aggressive performance and was awarded a technical decision (49-47, 49-46 twice) after Naito became unable to go on due to a bad laceration caused by an accidental butt at 2:28 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Also, OPBF 130-pound ruler Masayuki Ito (18-1-1, 8 KOs), 130, kept his regional belt by scoring a unanimous nod (117-111, 118-111 twice) over compatriot Shingo Eto (17-4-1, 9 KOs), 130, over twelve. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former amateur star Jason Moloney (4-0, 4 KOs) will clash unbeaten Markquil Savana (9-0, 3 KOs) of the Philippines over ten rounds with the vacant WBA Oceana super bantamweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Friday. In other action, Moloney’s brother, Andrew (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on Aussie champion Robert Lerio (16-22-1, 6 KOs) for the Australian bantamweight crown over ten rounds.
Promoter Peter Maniatis is confident the boxing fans in attendance will be witnessing a great fight night.
“Savana is undefeated 9-0 and I am told is a very talented boxer from General Santos so his fight with Jason Moloney who is also undefeated 4-0 and a rising star of Australian boxing will be worthy of the main event,” said Maniatis. (more…)
Brit Liam Smith calls out Miguel Cotto
Anthony Joshua already back in the gym
Derek Chisora confident of beating Joshua
Billy Joe Saunders talks beating Andy Lee
In anticipation of Thursday’s championship fights at Arena Roberto Duran, presented in conjunction with the WBA KO Drugs campaign, a press conference was held Monday afternoon at Multicentro in the Financial District of Panama City. On the open-air patio of Red Lion, in the shadow of Paitilla, the music was hot and the weather was hotter as current WBA World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs and former WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Shane Mosley, who is gracing Thursday’s fight card, made a welcome appearance.
Jacobs, accompanied by his brother, looked extremely cool, despite the scorching temperature, with his goatee, shades, and kicking lid. Mosley, accompanied by his lady friend, looked as relaxed as relaxed could be.
Both men, especially in this context, embodied boxer as celebrity. Everyone knew who they were, everyone cherished all they have accomplished, and it seemed as if everyone wanted a photo of themselves standing next to the champs. (more…)
Undefeated super featherweight contender Omar “Super O” Douglas (15-0, 11 KOs) faces his toughest test when he battles Frank De Alba (17-1-2, 6 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 and Boxeo de Campeones on FOX Deportes with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Tuesday, December 29 from Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Former world champion Jean Pascal is training in Los Angeles with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in preparation for his HBO-televised rematch with WBA/IBF/WBO unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev on January 30 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Pascal and Roach spoke to reporters last weekend.
Sergey said he was going to retire you after this fight, and kick your ass. What are your thoughts?
Let’s do this. I’m ready for that. So that’s going to be a great fight. If he’s trying to kick my ass to shut me up, that’s just better for the fans. That’s going to be a great fight. What Sergey brings I’m sure that this time I am going to be able to keep up with it.
He (Sergey) said he is basically going to do the same thing he did in the last fight. I’m sure Freddie is going to want to switch up your style a little bit. Do you think it’s a mistake if Sergey goes in exactly the same way?
I don’t think he’s going to go exactly the same way because he’s not super smart, but he’s not dumb as well. So I don’t think he’s going to come with the same game plan, and I’m not going to come with the same game plan so I know is going to be different, I’m going to be different, so it’s going to be another fight. Sergey is very powerful, I’ve got power, I’ve got speed, so it’s going to be a great fight. (more…)
World title challenger Billy Joe Saunders has blasted arch nemesis Chris Eubank Jr saying he is a “phony” who is not at world level. The 26-year-old Saunders, who takes on WBO champion Andy Lee this Saturday night on Sho Extreme from the Manchester Arena, has said he was left unimpressed with Eubank Jr’s win and that he will fall short if he takes on the best around. The middleweight rivals have previously locked horns with Saunders coming out on top winning a split points decision late last year and Billy Joe is adamant that the Eubank will flop once again if he shares the ring with another top 160-pounder.
“The truth of the matter is that Eubank Jr does not belong at world level – he’s a phony, it’s as simple as that. I wasn’t impressed with his win over Gary O’Sullivan who I’ve already beat. He thinks he can fool the public with a win like that but he can’t,” said Saunders. (more…)
Story/Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Gabriel Rosado, that old-school Philly fighter who already fought twice for the world title and has been forging a memorable professional boxing career since 2006, surprised many about a year ago by packing his bags and leaving the City of Brotherly Love for the lure of Los Angeles, California. Although the fickle fans criticized this tougher than tough ring warrior for going “Hollywood”, these days Rosado appears to be having the last laugh.
Not only is Rosado’s high-profile boxing career still alive (on Saturday he fights Joshua Clottey at Turning Stone Casino on HBO Latino), his burgeoning acting career is suddenly buzz-worthy as well. Currently Rosado can be seen playing Leo “The Lion” Sporino, a major role in the recently released Rocky movie sequel, CREED.
“I moved to LA to get into acting,” Rosado said. “A lot of people didn’t understand why I moved to Hollywood, and I was getting a lot of shit for it. I was like, I’m only here because I’m on a mission.” (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa, 18-1-3, 14 KOs, is having a very good year. The junior lightweight has already won five bouts in 2015, all by KO, stretching his knockout streak to 13 straight. He made his Madison Square Garden (Theater) debut in June. He made two appearances in Puerto Rico during 2015, including a one-round stoppage of contender Jerry Belmontes. He signed a promotional agreement with Top Rank. To cap off this eventful year, Sosa will make his HBO debut against Nicholas Walters on Saturday at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
The fight with Walters is a big test for Sosa, but an upset win would vault him into the title mix in the 130 pound division. It’s a step up, but Sosa can’t wait for the opportunity.
“It’s a dream come true,” Sosa said of his upcoming fight. “This is a dream come true to every athlete out there. To be fighting on the big stage like I am on December 19th. I’m excited, you know? I’m excited to show the world.” (more…)
By Tracy Morin
Photo: Hilmar Rojas Erazo
On Monday, December 14, at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama, the opening day of the WBA 94th Annual Convention kicked off with a monumental changing of the guard.
Though the morning meeting opened with humorous vintage clips of boxing as portrayed by Charlie Chaplin and others in film’s early days, the conversation quickly turned serious when WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza read a long, heartfelt letter to the WBA Directorate from his father and longtime WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, discussing his declining health, inability to attend this year’s convention and resignation as WBA President.
The discussion then turned to the procedural steps toward electing a new president, however, a proposal put forward to immediately elect Gilberto J. Mendoza to the presidency was approved by a majority, and Mendoza immediately assumed the presidency of the WBA. With sadness heavy in his voice, Mendoza proclaimed that even without his father’s presence, he “will try to take boxing to new levels.” Special guest Francisco Valcarcel (president of the WBO) was on hand to support the new president and advocate his passion for and dedication to the sport. (more…)
The rematch fight fans have clamored for has a date and a place as Fabricio Werdum makes the first defense of his UFC heavyweight title against the man he won it from, former two-time champion Cain Velasquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 6 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Robert Coster
Former WBA jr middleweight champion Joachim Alcine has retired. The 39-year-old Alcine (35-8-2, 21 KOs), born in Gonaives, Haiti, was raised in Laval, Canada and was a favorite of the Montreal crowd. Alcine won his first 28 bouts before conquering the WBA title with a decision over also unbeaten Travis Simms (07-07-2007). He had one successful defense against Alfonso Mosquera before losing his belt by TKO in six rounds to Daniel Santos (11-07-2008 ). “Ti Joa” as he was known was a slick boxer whose best win, apart the Simms bout, was a decision over David Lemieux in a memorable all-Canadian shootout (10-12-2011). His last fight was a six round stoppage loss to Jermell Charlo on October 2015. Says Alcine, “I have one big regret. I will no longer hear the applause of the Montreal crowd. They gave me strength in each fight. But that is in the past now. It’s time to move on.”
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Undefeated contender Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) will meet fellow unbeaten Eric Walker (11-0, 6 KOs) in a super welterweight battle while rising star Gervonta “The One” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) takes on Luis Sanchez (17-4-1, 5 KOs) in a lightweight bout on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday from the Pearl at Palms Casino resort in Las Vegas. PBC on Spike is headlined by undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) in a lightweight world title fight. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and features Detroit’s Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) and Russia’s Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights.
The off-TV undercard will see former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (27-8, 12 KOs) against Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (24-6-1, 5 KOs) in a super welterweight showdown and former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) in a lightweight contest against unbeaten Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO). (more…)
Upon the joint request of WBC middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and their corresponding promotional companies Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions, the WBC has ruled as follows:
Both Alvarez and Glolovkin shall be entitled to make a voluntary defense of their corresponding championships, so as to maximize the interest on their highly anticipated showdown. A 15 day free negotiation period will be ordered on the earlier of the competition of the voluntary defense or May 31, 2016 . If there is no agreement a purse bid will be conducted under the WBC rules and regulations. If after their corresponding voluntary defenses one boxer is unable to fight the other for the undisputed WBC middleweight championship of the world, the unable fighter will lose his status as champion or interim champion. The fighter able to fight will be named undisputed WBC world champion.
Canelo vs. GGG is one of the most important events in the sport of boxing and their promotional companies and partners have been communicating openly and in good faith. The ultimate goal of all involved is to make certain that the best conditions are secured for their fighters and the boxing world, and to preserve their full commitment to abide by, and respect, the governing WBC Rules & Regulations.
The WBC, as the institution governing an eventual Canelo vs. GGG fight, hereby acknowledges, supports and agrees with the parties efforts to allow the most competitive and greatest fight to take place.
At the Directorate Meeting of the 94th WBA Convention at The Westin Playa Bonita in Panama this morning, Gilberto Mendoza, longtime President of the World Boxing Association, announced his retirement due to ongoing health concerns. The by-laws of the WBA state that there is a prescribed period of time before a new candidate for president can be named. But on hearing the news of Sr. Mendoza’s sudden retirement—he spoke to those present via live video stream from his hospital bed and was as ebullient as ever—there was unanimity among the forty members at the Directorate Meeting that 2nd Vice President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who has been acting President in his father’s absence, be named new President of the organization.
Intelligent, level-headed, and without a pompous bone in his body, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza is a man without enemies, perhaps the only man in boxing about whom that can be said. When the closed-door session of the Directorate Meeting ended, but not before many celebratory handshakes and hugs greeted the new President, he held an impromptu press conference to announce the news. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated world ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez has always considered Tucson his second home, it’s where he grew-up, where he took up boxing and where many of his relative live. So for him this past Saturday was one of the most memorable of his professional career. “It was a great feeling to come to Tucson and fight. Coming into the ring and feeling all the support and knowing you have some many people supporting you is very special. It definitely was one of the best nights of my career so far,” said Valdez, after the fight.
In the ring, Valdez was very special too as he stopped a game Ernie Sanchez in the third round of the main event of “The Homecoming” that took place in the Tucson Arena.
Valdez look sharp from the first bell as he took the fight to the Filipino Sanchez, who had no problem engaging with the two-time Mexican Olympian. Valdez was quick and right on point with his powerful combinations thru the first two rounds as the crowd kept chanting his name thru the first two rounds.
“I felt good and I knew he wanted to fight. He came ready and was very strong. I knew the fight was going good and the fans would be entertained from the way he was fighting,” said Valdez. (more…)
Dr. Gilberto Mendoza resigns as WBA President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza elected new President by majority vote
By Tracy Morin
Long time WBA President Dr. Gilberto Mendoza has resigned as President go the WBA citing health reasons. Mendoza was elected to the post in 1982 and served 33 years.
By majority vote, the WBA Directors then elected current Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza as new leader of the organization. He will serve a five year term.
Photos: Craig Bennett/Main Events
While in Los Angeles last weekend, WBA/IBF/WBO unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev discussed his HO-televised rematch with former world champion Jean Pascal set to take place on January 30 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
When you go into a rematch with a guy you’ve already knocked out, do you want to beat him even better this time?
I would like to beat him more clearly, where there is no questions, no doubt between me and him.
How tough was your first fight with Pascal? Was it tough at all? How do you remember it?
It was a very hard fight. I missed some punches from his counter attack because I did some mistakes. But right now I’ve fixed it and next the fight should be very interesting. I would like to destroy him as a boxer forever. (more…)
Undefeated Belgian cruiserweight top prospect Ryad Merhy, 17-0-0(14, is looking forward to capture his first major belt when he is facing Canadian champion Sylvera Louis, 7-3-0(3), for the vacant WBC Silver Intl belt next Saturday at the famous Spiroudome of Charleroi, Belgium live on RTL TV.
Alain Vanackere of 12 rounds promotion presents on the same card a second WBC fight. Imad Azaroui, 8-0-0(1) is fighting compatriot Mouhamed Sder, 8-2-2(2), for the vacant WBC Francophone welterweight title.
Current WBC Youth heavyweight champion Herve “HH” Hubeaux, 22-1-0(10), is having a 10rd non-title on the undercard against Georgian Gogita Gorgiladze, 26-9-0(21).
Seyedin Syroos, Michel Garcia and Bilal Ben Sidi, who makes his pro debut, are completing the card.
Date: Dec 19, 2015
Place: Charleroi, Belgium
Promoter: Alain Vanackere – 12 rounds promotion
Story/Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBxingHistory.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 19-1, 10 KOs, gets the chance to rebound from his first professional defeat on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. His fight with Luis Ortiz, 23-0, 20 KOs, 1 No Contest, is the main event on a nationally televised HBO card. It is another big fight for Jennings who fought for the world title in his last outing. Ortiz is the current Interim WBA heavyweight champ, and a win by Jennings would earn him that sliver of the title. More importantly, such a victory would put the North Philadelphian in a prime position to perhaps become THE key player in the suddenly wide-open heavyweight division.
In his most recent fight, Jennings challenged long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko, and although the champ comfortably retained his title by unanimous decision, Jennings was lauded for his performance which reinforced his standing as a future titleholder.
Last month, Tyson Fury surprised many by upsetting Klitschko and taking Wlad’s collection of title belts back to the UK with him. Although it appears there will be an immediate rematch between the two, the win by Fury rattled the division considerably and officially ignited genuine thoughts of the post-Klitschko era.
“I watched it,” Jennings said from his training camp in Boca Raton, Florida. “But of course, I didn’t like it. I don’t think anybody liked it. It was just ugly to watch.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Moruti Mthalane came back from 13 months of inactivity to stop Filipino Renz Rosia in the ninth round to retain his IBO flyweight belt at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane who was defending the belt for the second time dominated the fight from the first round as he fought from behind his tight defence and educated left jab. The southpaw Rosia who is ranked at number fourteen by the IBO never got into the fight and after taking a battering throughout, his corner decided not let him come out for the bell at the start of the tenth round. (more…)
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Former amateur star Norbert Harcsa improved to 2-0, 0 KOs, by outpointing Bosnian Nikola Matic (13-31, 9 KOs) over six rounds.
Hungarian light heavyweight champion Richard Baranyi stopped his Georgian opponent George Aduashvili in the second round and moved to 14-1 with 11 KOs. Aduashvili falls to 21-17-1, 10 KOs. (more…)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A packed house at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD that featured numerous local political dignitaries saw the son of a Baltimore Boxing legend make a very successful pro debut. Middleweight Shariff “C3” Rahman scored a first-round TKO over Alex Ashbury of Kannapolis, NC. Rahman knocked down Ashbury three times to earn his victory. Ashbury is 0-4.
Rahman’s father, former undisputed world heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, was on hand, not only to support his son but he also participated in a four-round exhibition contest on the card against Robert Dunton of Hopkins, SC. Another former world champ, Zab “Super” Judah, worked Shariff Rahman’s corner. (more…)
In front of a packed house at the Sport Palace in the capital of Ukraine, undefeated #1 ranked cruiserweight contender Oleksandr Usyk, (9-0-0, 9KO’s) scored a seventh round stoppage of Pedro “El Reguilete” Rodriguez, 22-2-0 (19KO’s), on Saturday night. Defending his WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title for the fourth time, Usyk aggressively battled the Cuban from the opening bell, dropping him in the sixth stanza. Following a barrage of punches from the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rodriguez was sent to the canvas again in the seventh as the fight was waived off. (more…)
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Anthony Joshua’s next fight scheduled for April 9th, Dereck Chisora currently favored to be the opponent
By James Slater
Unbeaten British heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua, the new British champion courtesy of last night’s brutal KO of bitter rival Dillian Whyte, is already being asked about his next fight. The 15-0 (all KO’s) star had to get through a few rough patches against former amateur nemesis Whyte before ending matters in the 7th, and Joshua is level headed enough to admit he is not yet ready for the division’s elite.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has Tweeted how his star fighter will next box on April 9th, once against at The O2 in London, against a TBA. Whoever Joshua fights in April, a full house can be assured, but the leading candidate right now seems to be former British heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora. Chisora – who recently signed a promotional deal with Sauerland – boxed on last night’s card, picking up his second win inside a week as he stopped Jakov Gospic via 3rd-round TKO. Currently 24-5 with 16 KOs, Chisora has the kind of world class experience Joshua told Sky Sports he himself needs to gain. (more…)
“I’d like to say it was an honour to share the ring with Roy who in my eyes is still a ring legend and I hope that he recovers fully from this,” Enzo Maccarinelli discussing his fourth round stoppage of Roy Jones Jr at the VTB Arena in Moscow Saturday night. “Regarding my win, I’m over the moon with the performance and it showed that I’ve got the power to hurt anybody. This fight was at cruiserweight where I’ve held a world title and I’ve also dropped down to light-heavyweight where I fought Juergen Braehmer for a world title, I’m comfortable at either and wherever the best opportunities are I’ll take them.
“I said before the fight that I fight best when the pressure is on and coming out to Russia where Roy has become a favourite certainly put the pressure on me to perform and I did that. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez and Alma Montiel
WBC female flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez (25-4-3, 4 KOs) successfully defended her title by nine round technical decision over former world champion Simona Galassi (23-5-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the BlackBerry Auditorium in Mexico City. In the ninth round, a head clash caused a deep cut in Galassi’s eyebrow so the bout was sent to the scorecards where Chavez prevailed.
The co-feature, a WBC flyweight eliminator between Saul “Baby” Juarez (22-4-1, 12 KOs) and former champion Osvaldo “Gallito” Novoa (14-6-3, 9 KOs), was stopped after just 42 seconds due to a head clash that left Novoa with a bad cut and the bout was ruled a draw. (more…)
It was Patrick Nielsen who came out on top in his domestic mega-fight with Rudy Markussen last night at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen. The Albertslund-boxer scored a third-round technical knockout victory over the former European Champion and World title challenger. In the third round, Nielsen began to assert his dominance and Markussen looked in trouble. With 1 minute and 24 seconds gone, Nielsen floored Markussen and the ‘Hard Hitter’ was unable to find his feet as the referee counted him out.
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