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Super featherweight Stephen Foster (28-2-1, 18 KOs) dethroned European champion Levan Kirakosyan (33-6, 23 KOs) with a third round KO on Saturday night at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. A left hook to the chin finished Kirakosyan at 2:16.
Super featherweight Anthony Crolla (19-2, 7 KOs) stopped Andy Morris (19-4, 7 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant English title.
By Joe Koizumi
Fight photos by Boxing Beat
Unheralded underdog Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs), 121.75, astoundingly captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over highly regarded defending champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (41-2, 29 KOs), 122, over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Jean-Francois Toupin (France) 115-114, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 115-113 and Derek Milham (Australia) 118-110, all in favor of Lee. The referee was Kazunobu Asao (Japan). The WBA supervisor was Gualtiero Becchetti (Italy). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded underdog Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs), 121.75, astoundingly captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision (115-113, 115-114 and 118-110) over highly regarded defending champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (41-2, 29 KOs), 122, over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Lee, a Japan-born Korean, kept moving and countering the aggressive champ who kept stalking the elusive target all the way. Poonsawat, making his fourth defense, failed to catch the Fancy Dan although he threw twice as many punches as the counterpunching challenger. (More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos will be the third man in the ring when WBA interim flyweight world champion Luis Concepcion (21-1, 16 KOs) and former WBA world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (50-2-1, 20 KOs) meet today at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. The three judges are Nelson Vaquez (Puerto Rico ), Tom Miller (USA) and Ted Ginza (USA). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man when WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (36-3-2, 28 KOs) defends against Valery Brudov (38-2, 27 KOs). The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Levy Martinez (USA) and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela). The fight supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua).
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation fights were scheduled for 20 rounds, but prospects Tim Coleman and Archie Ray Marquez only needed a total of six to score quick KOs on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. In the main event, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was aggressive, scoring a knockdown in the second round before landing a brutal uppercut that KO’d two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) at 2:13 of the third round. In Friday’s co-feature, Marquez (10-0, 1 ND, 7 KOs) was equally aggressive in his own third round knockout of Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) at :11. (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Joe Cordova
In the main event of Thursday evening’s World Extreme Cagefighting, world featherweight champion and pound-for-pound hopeful Jose Aldo stopped former UFC standout Manvil Gamburyan in the second round with a vicious TKO . . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
USBA junior welterweight champion Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) on Friday night at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Trained by Roger Mayweather, Coleman dropped Lopez with a big right hand in round two and sent him down face first with an uppercut in round three. Beautiful KO by Coleman. Time was 2:13.
In a terrific fight, unbeaten lightweight Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a scintillating third round TKO over Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs). Marquez was deducted a point for a low blow in round two, but he floored Santiago with a brutal barrage at the end of the same round. Marquez immediately jumped all over Santiago at the beginning of round three and the bout was waved off referee Ray Corona. Time was :11. (more…)
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Argentina got his 50th victory as a professional by unanimously decisioning Wilson Alcorro (26-13-3 , 17 KOs) of Colombia in the lightweight main event. The official scores were 100-90.5, 100-92, 99.5-93.5 all in favor of Barrios. The 34 year old Barrios completely dominated the bout from beginning to end and showned no signs of ring rust in his first fight in nearly a year. Barrios gave it his best to get Alcorro out of there in the last round but the 36 year old Alcorro was able to weather the storm and see the final bell. Alcorro did come to fight but just had nothing at all on his punches but showed a lot courage as he took a lot of punishment throughout. No knockdowns were scored in the bout. The event took place at the Club de Regatas,in Corrientes, Corrientes, Argentina and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Mario Arano’s Arano Box.
Welterweight Hector David Saldivia (38-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina brutally stopped Jailton De Jesus Souza (12-2, 10 KOs) of Brazil by way of third round TKO. The Brazilian hung tough for the first few rounds though getting the worst of it for the most part. In round three Saldivia went to another gear and battered his opponent with a barrage of power punches to the head of his opponent until the corner threw in the towel at about the same time the referee was called a halt to the bout.
Bobby Hitz, founder of Hitz Boxing, is calling foul on Antwun Echols after the former world title challenger allegedly split on a signed contract to face Miguel Hernandez tomorrow (Saturday) night in Hammond, Indiana in favor of facing Joe Spina at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut for promoter Jimmy Burchfield.
“It’s a cowardly act,” said an irate Hitz. “The most unprofessional thing you can do.” Hitz says that Echols people submitted a signed contract to the Indiana commission and that his manager even called asking for their transportation confirmation number. (more…)
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) returns to movie theaters with the biggest fight of the year with UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez featuring this championship heavyweight battle in more than 300 select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. The baddest man on the planet, reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will attempt to successfully defend his title for a third-consecutive time, this time against unbeaten Cain Velasquez, who is looking to take Lesnar’s belt and become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion in fighting history. Broadcast live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the much anticipated fight card also features the light heavyweight match-up between Tito Ortiz and his former “The Ultimate Fighter” protégé, Matt Hamill. (more…)
From the Holiday Express in Garden City, Kansas for Saturday night’s fights:
Jose Gonzales 154 vs Timothy Conners 154
Raymond Montes 117.4 vs Shawn Nichol 117.4
Joel Vargas 147 vs Yankton Southern 144.6
Chris Russel 139.4 vs David Castillo 138.8
Noel Esqueda 146.2 vs Jessie Comber 144
Emmanuel Brown 136.4 vs Benjamin Vasquez 138.6
Andy Lee 163 vs. Troy Lowry 164
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Mustafah Johnson 160
Dave Latoria 231 vs. Yevgeniy Shishporenok 273
John Lewus 147 vs. Gabriel Morris 149
Russell Fiore 143 vs. Shawn Hodson ??
Jeremias Correa 130 vs. Harvey Phillips 126
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Luis “El Nica” Concepcion 112 vs. Denkaosan Kaovichit 112
(WBA interim flyweight world championship)
Guillermo “Felino” Jones 200 vs. Valery Brudov 193 libras
(WBA cruiserweight world championship)
Irving Berry 127.5 vs. Feider Viloria 124.25
(WBA International featherweight title)
Hassim “The Rock” Rahman 254 vs. Marcus McGee 228
Ogleidis Suarez 121 vs. Shantall Martínez 120.25
(WBA Fedefem super bantamweight title and eliminator)
Nilson Tapia 158.5 vs. Jorge Sebastián Heiland 156.25
(WBA Fedelatin middleweight title)
Ameth Díaz 135 vs. Javier Castro 135
(WBA International lightweight title)
Santos “El Toro” Benavides 129 ½ vs. Joel Cerrud 132
(WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title)
Timur Ibrhagimov 223 vs. Luis “El Leñador” Pineda 230
(NABA heavyweight title)
Pablo Vásquez 147 libras vs. Brad Salomon 147 libras
(WBA International welterweight title)
Alexander Muñoz 121 vs. Leopoldo Arrocha 122
Francisco “Wizard” Palacios 197 vs. Donnell Wiggins 198
Venue: Roberto Duran Arena, Panama City, Panama
Note: WBA cruiserweight champion Jones needed more time after weighing 201 on the first try. Irving Berry and Leopoldo Arrocha also needed more time, but made weight.
Joey Spina 172 vs. Antwun Echols 169
Vladine Biosse 171 vs. Ariel Espinal 172
David Bauza 164 vs. Jeremy Wood 161
Edwin Soto 141 vs. Trenton Titsworth 142
Karen Dulin 123 vs. Katrina De La Cruz 119
Greg McCoy 162 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 163
Joseph Perez 135 vs. Ernest Butts III 135
Derek Silveira 149 vs. Phillip Bernette 152
Luis Rosa 127 vs. Jose Velazquez 124
Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield
Tickets: $40, $60 and $100
Isaac Rodrigues 158 vs Samuel Miller 160
(WBC/USNBC Middleweight title)
Brian Miller 134.25 vs Ikem Orji 136
Jackie Trivilino 126 vs Jennifer Scott 123
Brian Clookey 182 vs Zachary Swallen 180
Deferson LeGrand 154 vs Stephen Scott 154
Kenny Abril 147 * vs Francisco Ginorio 146 ½
Jamell Tyson 137 vs Ilyas Aksabaez 138
* Abril made 147 in 3rd attempt
Venue: Turning Stone Resort and Casino
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jose Pinzon 154.5 vs. Jaime Barboza 154
Juan Kantún 112.7 vs. Eddy Zuñiga 112.5
Ramón Maas 125.8 vs. Jorge Romero 125.8
Aaron Herrera 137 vs. Eugenio López 136
Roque Mex 112 vs. Géner Arjona 112
José María Segovia 108 vs. Ricardo Estrella 108
Eduardo Te 136 vs. Oscar Sánchez 135
Venue: Poliforum Zamná
Promoter: Max Boxing and Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
A near capacity crowd showed up Thursday night to the beautiful Nokia Theater in Downtown L.A. to watch Golden Boy Promtions monthly installment of the very popular Fight Night Club. In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook and dropping him hard enough for the referee not to bother finishing his count. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten junior middleweight star James Kirkland was released from prison ahead of schedule yesterday and will finish the remainder of his sentence for a 2009 parole violation in a half-way house. Kirkland will be allowed to train, travel and continue his quest for a world title in the boxing ring.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and pick up where I left off,” said Kirkland, whose most recent bout saw him stop fellow contender Joel Julio in six rounds on March 7, 2009. “I apologize to all my friends, family, team members and fans for everything that happened, but I promise that I will make everybody proud in the coming months and years.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Below are quick quotes from today’s teleconference featuring Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse. They fight November 6th at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
Lucas Matthysse: I’m very excited about this opportunity – it’s the most important fight of my career and the biggest name that I’ve faced. The fact that the winner becomes the mandatory for the IBF title does not change anything for me because I was already so hungry to reach the top. Zab is a very talented fighter with a great record. I am sparring with many southpaws to prepare for him. I know that I have few rounds because I won many fights by early round knockout, but I’m preparing hard and putting in many rounds in the gym. I am prepared to go the full 12 rounds if the knockout doesn’t present itself.
Zab Judah: Life is about growing up. As you get older, you mature. At this point of my life, I’m doing everything by the book, I’m doing everything I was asked to do in the past and I’m walking the right path in my life. I’ve pretty much seen it all. Matthysse is a good young fighter: he has good hand speed, he possesses great power and he’s very aggressive. He may have knocked out a lot of fighters, he may have looked good against lower level opposition, but this time he’s fighting Super Zab Judah. This is my weight class, I didn’t get beat out of this division, I bowed out of it when I vacated my 140lb WBO title. I left this weight class a champion, and I’ll come back a champion. It is a matter of time until I get one of the titles or all of the titles. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, sometimes I get greedy and want all the titles.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO#7 lightweight Thai Tor Silachai (18-2,12 KOs) impressively kept his WBO Oriental 135lb crown as he scored a fourth round TKO over former WBO regional title holder Amor Tino (12-7-2,3 KOs) on Friday at Klong 7 Market in Lamlukka, Pathumthani, Thailand. This was a rematch which their first clash occurred in November 2007, the Thai fighter being the winner by a close decision and grabbing the WBC youth 126lb title. Tor Silachai proved his much stronger than before, mostly hunting and weakening the Filipino with vicious body attacks. In round four, the local hero speeded his assaults and successfully dropped his foe with a tough right hook. Finally, a one-side attack was terminated at 2:11 by referee Sawaeng Taweekoon who considered there was no more chance for Tino to turn the tide.
In other action, WBO#5 bantam Pungluang Sor Singyu (31-1,20 KOs) outpointed former Muaythai champion Rungrat Heman in a six round close-affair bout. ABCO#3 fly Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express landed a big left hook to destroy Wuttipong Lampongpuang in round four. And female Aomamnart Kiatpompetch outpointed Kwanjai PabaiJuttarat in a four round bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
Unbeaten Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) faces Guadalupe De Leon (8-11, 4 KOs) in the six round featherweight main event of Golden Boy’s October 28 edition of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Undercard bouts will be announced soon. The first 100 fans to arrive dressed in a Halloween costume will be admitted free of charge.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Interim WBA super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) will fight against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) on December 4th in Anaheim, California. Sidorenko has confirmed the fight. “I’m now home in Sivastopol, Ukraine,” he said. “For me, it’s a big fight. I’m very happy to fight against Nonito. I assure you it will be a magnificent fight for millions of boxing fans. Donaire a great champion, is a fighter I wanted to fight for a long time. I want the fans in the USA to know about me. In two weeks I’ll depart to Los Angeles to my trainer Freddie Roach and we will begin preparation for this fight!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican ring official Luis Pabon will work his 100th world title fight on Saturday in Panama. The 44-year-old Pabon will have refereed 75 world title fights as a referee and 25 world title fights as a judge in WBA, WBO and IBF belt clashes. To date he has never worked a fight for the WBC world title.
“I love boxing,” says Pabon. “I never thought I’d go that far, but after much effort and dedication it’s very nice. I want to do my best for the sport and work with all organizations. Protecting the life of a boxer and having a good and honest fight is always my goal in every match.” (more…)
“New Blood” is coming back to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on Friday, October 8th, and when Thompson Boxing Promotions brings the top prospects in boxing to Southern California, the entire fistic world will be watching.
In the main event, scheduled for six rounds in the junior middleweight division, unbeaten Riverside star Alberto Herrera puts his “0” on the line against San Diego prospect Chris Chatman. (more…)
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, popular junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (33-4-2, 23 KOs) returns to George Mason University’s Patriot Center to face Joe Wyatt (23-1, 15 KOs) in a ten-round championship bout for the NABA vacant 154-pound U.S title.
Lange is coming off a decisive victory over Baltimore veteran Mike McFail last month at the Greensboro (NC) Coliseum Complex’s War Memorial Auditorium. It was Lange’s first bout outside of Northern Virginia since competing in The Contender’s “Fan Favorite” bout in 2005. In his last local fight, the Bishop O’Connell High School graduate scored a second-round KO of Jimmy LeBlanc on July 10, 2010 in his 10th headlining-bout at the Mason venue. While he gained national fame from his participation on the NBC boxing reality TV show The Contender, it’s Lange’s exciting fighting style that has made him a fan favorite throughout his career. Known for his straight-forward approach to boxing, Lange’s arsenal includes a strong jab, an unquestionable chin and heart and knockout prowess. His ability to connect with his fans is evident by the consistent drawing power to his cards. (more…)
Congratulations to publicist Hildy Medina at the Chumash Casino Resort for the birth of her daughter. The Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA is the host to several ShoBox events each year and coincidentally tonight is a ShoBox event but Hildy is out on maternity leave!
Jonell Mizzone, the mother of Jolene Mizzone, passed away Tuesday after a valiant battle with cancer.. Jolene is the longtime Logistics and Fighter Relations Manager for Main Events. Jolene is a “behind-the-curtain” member of the staff at Main Events but she is somebody you don’t forget if you have the pleasure to meet. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Jolene and her family.
As usual, Panama´s best sports television station TVMax channel 9 has the responsibility of producing and transmitting the TV signal of WBA´s KO Drugs Festival to be held at the Roberto Duran Arena on Saturday. From 7PM, TVMax viewers will enjoy the two championship bouts in which Panamanian title holders risk their belts: Cruiserweight Guillermo Jones vs Russian challenger Valery Brudov and Flyweight Interim Champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion faces Denkaosan Kaovichit from Thailand, as well as local featherweight Irving Berry against Colombian Feider Viloria, Argentina´s Jorge Heiland vs Nilson Tapia from Colombia, local female super bantam Shantal Martinez facing Venezuela´s Ogleidis Suarez and the final fight of the reality show “El Primer Guerrero” between unbeaten super bantam Ricauter Torrero (6-0) and Manuel Vides (7-0).
Despite TV companies from some countries, Thailand included, have made arrangements for direct broadcasting, TVMax will provide a special webcast through www.tvmax-9.com starting 3:30 PM, to benefit boxing fans in countries like Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, USA, Uzbekistan and Venezuela which have very important fighters scheduled on the undercard.
By Graham Houston
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fights such as Tim Coleman against Patrick Lopez are what the ShoBox series is all about, a meeting of two well-matched, well-conditioned and determined boxers who are hungry for success. Coleman, from Baltimore, defends his USBA junior welter title in Friday’s main event and I anticipate a sparkling 12-rounder. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
SHOWTIME® Sports hosted a press conference Thursday at The Conga Room , L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss “BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: WINNER TAKES ALL” that begins Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Irapuato, Mexico. In attendance was Ken Hershman, SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds – International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) – and their promoters. For more details and photos click here…
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight affair, undefeated Jessie Vargas made short work of former IBO light welterweight champion, Pablo Sarmiento, after trapping him in the corner and landing a solid right cross followed by a left hook. Time of the stoppage was 1:31 of the opening round. Up until the time of the stoppage, it had been a competitive fight but the pressure of the 21 year old Vargas proved too much for the come backing 39 year old Sarmiento who was fighting for the first time in over six years. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Tim Coleman tipped the scales at 139 3/4 pounds and Patrick Lopez measured 139 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Both coming off huge victories and riding impressive winning streaks, United States Boxing Association (USBA) light welterweight champion, Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., will face two-time Venezuelan Olympian Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) a 12-round junior welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Archie Ray Marquez and Juan “Chago” Santiago both weighed in at 133 pounds. Marquez (9-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., will meet Santiago (13-4-1, 8 KOs) of Denver, Colo., in an eight-round lightweight co-feature. For more details and photos click here…
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Thursday evening’s World Extreme Cagefighting, world featherweight champion and pound-for-pound hopeful Jose Aldo stopped former UFC standout Manvil Gamburyan in the second round with a vicious TKO. In round two Aldo unloaded on his opponent with a blistering right hand followed by a long range right uppercut. The challenger Gamburyan fell to the mat, clearly stunned by the punch, and Aldo followed up with more hard shots from the top position. Gamburyan fell limp on his face and the fight was stopped instantly. The official time was 1:32.
In the grudge match of the year Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone defeated Jamie Varner via unanimous decision. Scores all read the same, 30-27.
In a comeback fight former world bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres submitted MMA veteran Charlie Valencia with a tight rear naked choke in the second round. The fight was stopped at 2:25.
While challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez was complimentary of WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. at Thursday’s press conference, the champion let it be known that he’s not here to make friends. “I want you to know that you won’t be taking the title away from me,” he said staring at Hernandez. “I have worked very hard to be where I am and I know and I am glad that you are coming well prepared. I am not a kid that after he trains or fights he goes out partying in the clubs. You are going to fight a man and boxing is my life. Boxing is breakfast. Boxing is lunch, and boxing is dinner. That’s my life. You will not be in my way to make my dream happen. In my vocabulary, ‘not proud’ is not there, because anyone who talks about that is only working to the half. I hope you fight in the middle of the ring with me, toe-to-toe, because this is boxing and you have to fight. If you try to run, I will look for you and I will find you. And when I find you I will introduce you to my best friends (holding up his fists). These two are going to talk for me on the 16th. I hope you are ready for the punishment I am going to give you in the ring. I showed you my body in Puerto Rico yesterday and you could see that I am well-prepared for whatever you bring.” Vazquez defends against Hernandez October 16 on PPV.
“We are promoting this event like a family event,” says Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. about his October 16 PPV card billed as “The Rising Son Returns” featuring WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. against former champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez. “It will be stacked with Jr’s. I am a Jr. and if it weren’t for my father, none of us, Wilfredo or myself, would be here today. I am a promoter because of my father, who promoted Wilfredo Sr, who was a three-time world champion and now his Jr. is a world champion. The ring announcer on October 16 will be Jimmy Lennon Jr., whose father was one of the greatest ring announcers in the sport. On the undercard there we will feature Guty Espadas Jr., Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Tony Laporte Jr. (son of Juan Laporte). The youngest son of Wilfredo Vazquez Sr, Israel Vazquez, will also make his pro debut on the card. The publicist for the fight, Ed Keenan, is also a Jr. It is going to be a great night to be able to pay respect to our fathers. That inspired me to do the show the way we are doing it.” The card takes place at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
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