July 28: Christopher Diaz vs. Masayuki Ito for WBO World Jr. Lightweight Title

Kissimmee, Fla. (June 11, 2018) — Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz wants to add his name to the storied list of Puerto Rican world champions. He will get that chance July 28 at the Kissimmee Civic Center, when he squares off against Masayuki Ito for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title.

Diaz-Ito will stream live and exclusively in the United States at 9:30 ET on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN. Undercard bouts will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN+ is available to all fans on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with All Star Boxing and Teiken Promotions, tickets to this world championship event will go on sale Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. ET. Priced at $100 (red carpet ringside), $50 (lower bowl), and $30 (general admission), tickets may be purchased at the Kissimmee Civic Center box office, online at ticketerapr.com, or charge by phone at (787) 305-3600.

“This fight is dedicated to all of Puerto Rico and to my family that has always been there to support me,” Diaz said. “Now it’s my time to become a world champion, and I promise that I will bring home the world title. I love you, Puerto Rico. This one’s for you!”

“I am really pleased to be able to fight a great fighter like Christopher Diaz for the WBO title. Diaz is a very good fighter with power and speed, but on July 28, I will become the champion,” Ito said. “I will bring the belt home back to Japan without fail. I have promised my wife and children. I will fight as if my life depended on it.”

Diaz (23-0, 15 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, is entering his first world title match riding a four-bout knockout streak. The WBO’s No. 1 junior lightweight contender, Diaz won the vacant NABO junior lightweight title last December with a third-round knockout of Bryant Cruz, knocking Cruz down five times en route to the stoppage. In his last bout, March 17 on the Jose Ramirez-Amir Imam undercard at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Diaz defeated Braulio Rodriguez via fourth-round TKO to earn the shot at the world title. For Diaz, this world title opportunity is beacon of hope, as his home and most of his possessions were destroyed when Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico last year.

Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), from Tokyo, is the WBO’s No. 2 junior lightweight contender. He has won seven consecutive bouts since the lone defeat of his career, a 10-round majority decision to then-undefeated Rikki Naito in February 2015. Ito, who has fought all of his professional bouts in Japan, has won four of his past five bouts via knockout, including a ninth-round stoppage of Lorenzo Villanueva in April of last year. In his last bout, on March 3 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Ito stopped Vergil Puton in the ninth round.

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Martinez looks to keep 0 on Telemundo Friday

Undefeated super flyweight Jose “Chiquito” Martinez (19-0-1, 12 KOs) of Las Marias, Puerto Rico looks to remain unbeaten as he headlines Boxeo Telemundo Ford this Friday in the main event. His opponent will be former two-time world title challenger David “El Severo” Carmona (20-4-5, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico for the Vacant NABO Jr. Bantamweight Title, The site of the event will be the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Martinez will be taking a huge step up in class vs the seasoned Carmona. He will have the support of the pro Puerto Rican crowd, but he knows he’ll have to do the fighting himself. After a solid training camp, Martinez plans to show he’s ready for the next level. 

What do you know about Carmona?

He is at that level where I want to be and is very experienced. He is my toughest opponent to date. 

What is your style of fighting?

My style is to adapt to whatever way my opponent comes to fight me. 

Where to do you see the advantages for you and Carmona in this fight?

He may have the edge with the experience but I have the hunger and desire to become a world champion.

Is that your goal for 2017?

Yes. I have to first defeat Carmona but the goal is to fight for a win a world title before the end of the year. 

How motivated are you knowing so many viewers will be getting to see you for the first time and the local support from your fellow Puerto Ricans?

I am very excited and grateful that God has given me such an opportunity. I am so proud to have my people supporting me. I am going to give my absolute best so that they leave satisfied with my performance.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, first fight 8:00 PM, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, Florida. Telemundo will televise the main event at 11:35 PM ET, 10:35 PM CT. The show is presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Carmona-Martinez bout in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto. The Rivera-Benavides and Lebron-Alamenares bouts in association with Top Rank. Tickets are already on sale at Ticketmaster.com.


Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan held a media day in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA: Undefeated welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0-11 KO’s) held a media work out today at the Capetillo Boxing Academy in East Los Angeles as he gets ready for of his upcoming fight July 7th against NABO Champion and #9 WBO challenger “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0-9 KO’s) at the A La Carte Pavilion as part of the successful series Boxeo Telemundo. The bout which will open the summer series is schedule for 10 rounds with Valentin title at stake.


“I very excited for this opportunity, its my first time fight on national television and I will take full advantage of it, I’m preparing myself as usual with my Father Memo Santillan and we have had a great camp” said Santillan. “It will be a great fight, Valentin comes to fight and I also come to fight but I will win by KO and take the title back to my Family and fans in San Diego”. he added.


On hand where Promoters Tuto Zabala Jr (All Star Boxing, Inc), Alex Camponovo (Thompson Boxing) and WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel who was on his way to Brisbane, Australia for the Paquiao-Horn fight this weekend.


There 7 fights on the card. Doors open at 7PM, first fight 8:00 PM. The A La Carte Pavilion is located @ 4050 Dana Shore Drive, Tampa, FL. For Information and Tickets call 813-454-7800. Valentin Vs. Santillan is presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Thompson Boxing and will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.

Photo credits All Star Boxing & Thompson Boxing

Sammy Valentin media day in Tampa

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Undefeated NABO Welterweight Champion and WBO #9 contender “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) held a media workout today at the Punch for Fitness Gym in his hometown of Tampa, Florida in anticipation of his upcoming defense July 7th against fellow undefeated prospect Giovanny “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KO’s) at the A La Carte Pavilion as part of the successful series Boxeo Telemundo.

“I want to thank the media and my team for their support, on July 7 I know I have in front of me the biggest challenge of my career. Santillan is also undefeated, young and hungry but I have always passed the tests that have been put in front of me and this one will be no different,” said Valentin. “I have been working very hard with my Father (trainer) Sammy Valentin and my team and I will be ready.”

Santillan will hold a media workout next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Doors open at 7PM, first fight 8:00 PM. The A La Carte Pavilion is located @ 4050 Dana Shore Drive, Tampa, FL. For Information and Tickets call 813-454-7800. Valentin Vs. Santillan is presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Thompson Boxing and will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.


Unbeaten Narvaez debuts on Telemundo Friday


Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford makes its 2017 debut this Friday. It will be another edition of the classic boxing rivalry of Mexico Vs. Puerto Rico in the main event. Carlos “The Kid” Narvaez 15-0-6 KO’s of Manati, Puerto Rico will take on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 15-3-4 KO’s of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with Rodriguez defending his WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight title.

The site of the event will be the Tony Rosa Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Narvaez will be making his Telemundo debut and risking his unbeaten record. It will be a big step up in class for him but one that he feels he is ready for.

How has your training camp preparation been for this fight?

This was my best training camp to date. It had it to be has this is my most important fight of my career.

How do you feel about fighting on Telemundo for the first time?

I am very greatful for the opportunity as many people will get to see me for the first time.

What can you tell us about your style for those who have not seen you fight before?

I am the kind of fighter who adapts during the fight. If I need to bang I will bang. If I need to box then I will box. Whichever of the two that will lead me to victory I will do.

Palmdale has large Puerto Rico population. Do you expect alot of local support?

This is very true. Many of my fellow Puerto Ricans reside in this area. I expect alot of support locally and from those watching on television.

What do you know about your opponent?

I have seen Rodriguez fight many times on Telemundo. I really respect his skills. He is a very good fighter.

The Mexico vs Puerto boxing rivarly has delivered some very exciting fights over the years. You are now set to be involved in one of your own. What are your thoughts on the rivarly?

I believe this fight will be another all out war contuing the tradition. I am coming to do my part to get another victory for Puerto Rico.

Anything you want to say in closing?

I want all those who can watch this fight to please do so. You will not regret it. I have trained so hard for this fight. I am coming to bring that title back to Puerto Rico with me. This will be the first step in me achieving my ultimate goal of having my name amongst the best Puerto Rico has had in this weight division.

The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Telemundo Deportes, Florida’s Space Coast and The City of Palm Bay. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM on Telemundo. The Tony Rosa Community Center is located at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd, Palm Bay, FL. 6 Bouts total, doors open at 7:30 PM, first bout at 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale by calling (321) 952-3443 or at the door the night of event.


WBO, Sammy Valentin and All Star Boxing make Donation in Tampa


Photos: All Star Boxing

As part of the global program WBO Kids Drug Free the organization joined forces with All Star Boxing, Inc and undefeated prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin to pay a visit to the Children Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida yesterday. The group donated money, toys and spend time at the Center with the kids. The World Boxing Organization was represented by its President Franciso “Paco” Valcarcel and Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, for All Star Boxing Ruben De Jesus and Felix Zabala III and also Sammy Valentin and his Father-trainer Sammy Valentin, Sr. “It was a pleasure to spend time with the kids at the center to give them faith and encouragement, as part of our mission in the WBO Kids Drug Free Global Program, Valentin is a local prospect and is a role model for his community” added President Valcarcel. 

All Star Boxing, Inc has been promoting their successful series Boxeo Telemundo at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida for the past 15 years doing numerous WBO regional title fights, their next show is scheduled for October 7 as part of the fall series. For people from the boxing community wishing to make donations please go to: http://childrenscancercenter.org/donate/

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Fenomenal victoria de Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz sobre Alejandro Valdez


Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz se apuntó una fenomenal victoria el viernes en la noche en Kissimmee, Florida, y se puso en dirección a un posible combate ante el monarca interino de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el mexicano Miguel ‘El Alacrán’ Berchelt quien primero tendrá la encomienda de salir por la puerta ancha el sábado en el Polideportivo Soraya Jiménez, de Los Reyes de La Paz en su natal país.

El púgil boricua cumplió su palabra y con un sólido triunfo rindió tributo póstumo a las víctimas de la reciente masacre de la discoteca Pulse de Orlando al vencer por la vía rápida a los dos minutos del séptimo asalto al mexicano Alejandro Valdez en la estelar del cartel presentado en el Kissimmee Civic Center por la empresa promotora All Star Boxing.

Cruz, que mejoró su récord a 24-4-1 y 12 nocauts, y que también retuvo su corona de las 130 libras de la North American Boxing Organización (NABO), filial de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), subió al ensogado vistiendo los colores alusivos a la organización LBGTT, de donde es uno de los principales portavoces. Cuarenta y tres campanazos antecedieron el choque en honor a los caídos.

El púgil que hace unos años se convirtió en el primer boxeador profesional en la historia en aceptar abiertamente su homosexualidad, abrió con fuerza su duelo ante Valdez, un peleador natural de Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México.

Cruz derribó una primera vez a Valdez en el séptimo con una combinación de ‘upper’ de izquierda y gancho de derecha, y luego terminó la contienda enviándolo por segunda ocasión a la lona con similar ataque para poner fin a las hostilidades.

La victoria permitirá que Cruz, quien actualmente está quinto en el ranking de las 130 libras de la OMB, ascienda próximamente camino a una oportunidad mundialista. Actualmente, es el ucraniano Vasyl Lomachenko el campeón en propiedad en esa división. Berchelt, que tiene marca de 29-1 y 26KO’s, es el campeón interino, y defenderá el sábado ante el excampeón tailandés Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, quien en el 2014 cayó por decisión a manos de Lomachenko.

Valdez, que durante su carrera ha enfrentado a excampeones del mundo como el mexicano Cristian Mijares, vio caer su marca a 26-8-2 y 20KO’s.

“Fue una buena victoria. Ahora es cuestión de seguir escalando. Tengo un equipo de trabajo excepcional y no tengo prisa en llegar a mi oportunidad titular”, expresó Cruz tras el triunfo.

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“Fue una noche especial. La abrimos con esos 43 campanazos. Luego demostré que aún con 35 años, todavía queda mucho boxeo. No he perdido mi fuerza, mi poder y mi pegada. Creo que todo es cuestión de tiempo y aquí estamos, esperando la oportunidad”, sostuvo.

Cruz adelantó que podría estar de vuelta al ensogado entre los meses de agosto y octubre. En octubre podría formar parte de un evento antesala de la celebración en Orlando de la Parada Gay el día ocho de ese mes.

Cruz venía de vencer por decisión unánime a Rómulo Koasicha el pasado mes de marzo en Tampa, Florida.

“Un ascenso es lo que esperamos y que también peleé por un título mundial”, añadió Zabala, promotor de Cruz. “Nos gustaría mucho una pelea con el campeón interino Miguel Berchelt, pero hay que esperar primero a ver que pasa en su pelea de mañana (sábado) en donde defenderá su corona interina. Pero también hay que ver lo que dice la OMB. Creo que Orlando hizo su trabajo, demostró una vez más que está aquí para pelear con los mejores”, sostuvo.



Notes: Lee eyes fall return and big names

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A few notes from around the boxing world:

  • Former middleweight world titleholder Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) told ESPN.com he hopes to return to the ring this fall. “I haven’t anything in the works at the moment but I hope to return in the fall,” he said. “I took a little time off as the last three years have been intense. Now I’m looking forward to returning to the ring refreshed. I’ve kept ticking over in the gym and when I return I’d like to fight [secondary titleholder] Danny Jacobs or have a rematch with [titleholder Billy Joe] Saunders. My ultimate goal is to regain a title and challenge [Gennady Golovkin].” In December, Lee, of Ireland, got knocked down twice in the third round by Saunders and lost his title by majority decision. In 2014, Lee, 32, was scheduled to challenge Golovkin for his title but when Golovkin’s father died — just as the deal was being wrapped up — the fight was canceled while Golovkin returned home to Kazakhstan for his father’s funeral and to be with his family.
  • The date is set for the fight between cruiserweight world titleholder Krzysztof Glowacki and mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. There had been two options, but it will take place Sept. 17 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, organizers announced on Wednesday. The sides made a deal two weeks ago to avoid a purse bid for the fight, which shapes up as an action-packed match. The 29-year-old Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs), of Poland, who won the belt in dramatic comeback fashion by knocking out long-reigning titleholder Marco Huck in the 11th round last August, will be making his second defense. Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), 29, who won the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medal for Ukraine, has moved quickly as a professional but will be taking a big step up in competition against Glowacki.
  • All-Star Boxing promoter Tuto Zabala announced that he has signed featherweight Matias Adrian Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), of Argentina, to a promotional agreement. The 28-year-old is scheduled to face Mexico’s Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KOs) for a vacant world title July 23 (HBO PPV) on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I’m thrilled to have signed with Tuto’s company,” Rueda said. “[Zabala and] Mario Margossian of Argentina Boxing Promotions will take my career to another level in the United States.” Said Zabala: “We had Matias on a ‘Boxeo Telemundo’ show last October and he looked impressive. Working with him and longtime friend Mario Margossian made it a no-brainer. He will be the next world champion of Argentina.”


Weights from Tampa



Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz 128 vs. Romulo Koasicha 127
Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin 146 vs. Cosme “Chino” Rivera 147
Omar Albanil 153 vs. Juan Fernando Raya 156
Santiago Arroyo 118 vs. Luis Villegas 116
Christina Swanson 146 vs. Chennose Casseus 149
Mark Reyes 146 vs. Harrison Melendez 149
Jose “The Dream” Medina 265 vs. Richard White 344

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Shea Bailey Promotions
TV: Telemundo

Se distancia Rocky-Salido 3, OMB valida subasta a Miguel Berchelt

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El tercer duelo entre el campeón junior ligero puertorriqueño Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez y el mexicano Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido se ha distanciado.

El presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, dijo el martes que la empresa Promociones Zanfer, propiedad del promotor mexicano Fernando Beltrán, adquirió los derechos para presentar la defensa mandatoria entre Martínez y el primer clasificado Miguel ‘El Alacrán’ Berchelt durante una subasta realizada en Nueva York y donde la que la otra compañía envuelta fue All Star Boxing, propiedad de Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala.

Zanfer ganó la puja con monto de $251 mil, mientras que Zabala había ofrecido $201,500.00. El mínimo de la subasta era de $150 mil y en ella no participó la compañía Puerto Rico Best Boxing, empresa que representa los intereses de ‘Rocky’ Martínez, un peleador ligado al súper manejador Al Haymon.

Precisamente la PRBB no tardó en impugnar ante la Comisión de Quejas y Agravios de la OMB la subasta realizada, basando su protesta en que Berchelt no se ha enfrentado aún a peleadores clasificados por la OMB en las 130 libras.

“Nosotros no participamos en la subasta y protestamos la misma ya que según el reglamento de la OMB, Berchelt tenía que haber peleado con algún clasificado para tener el combate obligatorio y no ha sido así. Pero como quiera la OMB realizó la subasta y ganó Promociones Zanfer, que representa a Berchelt”, expresó Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PRBB.

Rivera ha dicho en varias ocasiones que se ha mantenido negociando con el grupo de Salido para hacer realidad el combate que hace unos días mencionó tendría lugar el 12 de marzo en Puerto Rico.

Pero Valcárcel dijo enfáticamente que el tiempo de negociación de Martínez y Salido ya había expirado, razón por la que ordenó la subasta.

“Ya eso es historia”, aseguro Valcárcel.

“La subasta se hizo y ‘Rocky’ tendrá que enfrentar a Berchelt. Ellos (PRBB) querían que se detuviera la subasta porque Berchelt no cumplía con los requisitos. Pero aquí el problemas es que aprobamos en nuestra convención una tercera entre ‘Rocky’ y Salido para 90 días luego de la última pelea. También determinamos que Berchelt sería el mandatorio. Ellos (Martínez y PRBB) dicen que estaban listos pero ninguna de las partes tenía contrato y la televisión tiene que producir algo. Están hablando desde el 12 de septiembre pero nunca se pusieron de acuerdo, no cumplieron con el tiempo límite, y ahora todo se remite a que ‘Rocky’ y Berchelt deberán enfrentarse en un término entre 45 a 90 días. La pelea puede ser México, Mérida o en Las Vegas. También tienen diez días para firmarlo”, agregó el líder de la OMB.

El manejador de Salido, Sean Gibbons, lamentó que el pleito no haya podido concretarse, aunque no descartó en un futuro buscar un nuevo duelo entre ambos fajadores, además de que representa un atractivo espectáculo deportivo dentro de la rivalidad boxística entre México y Puerto Rico.

“No se hará la pelea, aun cuando decidimos que pelearíamos en Puerto Rico. Lo aceptamos todo. Pero las cosas no se pueden hacer si no hay dinero”, comentó sin ofrecer más detalles sobre las causas reales que imposibilitaron el pleito.

Según se supo, a Rivera se le pidió alegadamente una certificación de la empresa Showtime que evidenciara la fecha separada del 12 de marzo así como una certificación de la Comisión de Boxeo de Puerto Rico en donde garantizara que los oficiales que estarían a cargo del pleito serían designados exclusivamente por la OMB. Supuestamente, ninguno de estos documentos fueron entregados.

Rivera por su parte fue enfático que sus negociaciones con la gente de Salido estuvieron vivas en todo momento. “Nunca hemos dejado de negociar con la gente de Salido y estamos casi listos para hacer oficial esta gran pelea entre Rocky y Salido. Había ciertas cosas en las que teníamos que ponernos de acuerdo y se consiguieron para celebrarla el 12 de marzo”, apuntó.

Valcárcel declaró que la Comisión de Quejas y Agravios decidirá en los próximos días si la apelación de Rivera cambiará el curso de las cosas.

Martínez y Salido se han enfrentado en dos ocasiones. En la primera celebrada en Puerto Rico, Martínez se impuso por decisión unánime y en la segunda, celebrada en septiembre en Las Vegas, concluyó en un empate mayoritario.


Telemundo Weights from Kissimmee, FL


Photos: All Star Boxing

Daniel Rosario 154 vs. Aaron Garcia 153
Yunier Dorticos 200 vs. Galen Brown 201
Robert Burwell 157 vs. Luis Garcia 151
Jovan Perez 144 vs. Juan Aguirre 147
Alex Roman 122 vs. Edgardo Marin 121
Moises Carasquillo 161 vs. Marqus Jackson 157
Anthony Arvelo Jr. 160 vs. Michael Ramos 159
Sahret Delgado 227 vs. Broward Holsey 315
Edwin Alvarez 262 vs. Grover Young 252

Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL
Promoter: Tuto Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo

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Carmona y Parrenas por interino OMB


MÉXICO — No será el 13 de junio en Nueva York pero sí el 20 de junio en México cuando se enfrente el capitalino David Carmona y el filipino Warlito Parrenas por el cetro interino súper mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, informó a ESPN el promotor Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr., director de All Star Boxing.

La pelea se estaba negociando inicialmente para el 13 de junio, en la velada que estelarizarán Nicholas Walters y Miguel Marriaga en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden en Nueva York. Ahí mismo peleará el prospecto boricua Félix Verdejo en contra del prospecto mexicano Iván Nájera.

Sin embargo, recién se recibió el aval de parte de la OMB para el cetro interino, toda vez que el monarca de las 115 libras, el japonés Naoya Inoue, se encuentra lesionado de una mano y no regresará sino hasta en unos meses más. De acuerdo con el mandato de la OMB, el ganador de la pelea entre Carmona y Parrenas deberá unificar con Inoue (8-0, 7 KO).

Carmona, de 24 años, oriundo de la Ciudad de México, es un joven talentoso que ha sido promovido por All Star Boxing de ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr. y Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado. Disputó ya el cetro de la OMB en las 115 libras pero no tuvo suerte ante el argentino Omar Narváez, con quien perdió en diciembre de 2013.Sin embargo, el púgil capitalino con marca de 19-2-4 y 8 nocauts, se recuperó poco a poco y logró tres valiosos triunfos desde entonces ante rivales de la talla de Ricardo Rodríguez, Martín Casillas y Daniel Lozano. En sus últimas 18 salidas al ring tiene salgo de 15 victorias, una derrota y dos empates.

Con esos triunfos, que le valieron la faja Latina de la OMB, Carmona regresó para ubicarse en los primeros clasificados, exactamente en el segundo peldaño del organismo que dirige Francisco Valcárcel desde Puerto Rico. Parrenas, su rival en turno, es el primer clasificado.

Parrenas, de 31 años, es originario de Filipinas, tiene marca de 24-6 y un alto número de nocauts con 31. Ha hilado siete victorias de su última caída, en junio de 2012 ante el mexicano Óscar Blanquet en Japón. En sus últimas 13 salidas al ring, ha perdido solo una vez y noqueó a 11 de sus enemigos.

De acuerdo con ‘Tutico’ Zabala, la pelea se realizará el 20 de junio, probablemente en la Ciudad de México o en algún lugar de la República Mexicana, y se está negociando con Zanfer para ver si la pelea puede ir por Televisión Azteca.


Ortega y Munguía 147 en el DF


Por:  Jose Antonio Soriano –

En un combate que se espera muy pareja y espectacular, debido a sus estilos de pelea, es el que protagonizarán los mexicanos Edgar “Nene” Ortega, quien expondrá su cetro latino welter interino de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante su retador Pablo “Sepulturero” Munguía, este viernes en el Salón José Cuervo del Distrito Federal mexicano, en lo que será el pleito estelar que presenta All Star Boxing, Producciones Deportivas y RB Producciones y que tendrá la transmisión de Telemundo para Estados Unidos.

Todo parece suponer que la pelea podría terminar por la vía del cloroformo por la pegada de ambos, pero es de muy tomarse en cuenta que la fortaleza física, por la juventud del “Nene” (15-1, 10 KOs), así como la experiencia de Munguía (19-5, 11 KOs), podrían ser la clave para que el duelo termine en sus diez rounds.


En su última pelea, Ortega logró una victoria polémica en diez rounds ante el puertorriqueño Daniel Rosario, para conquistar el cetro que ahora pondrá en juego. Ortega sabe muy bien que si quiere vencer a Pablo, tendrá que hacer una pelea casi a la perfección para salir airoso y seguir demostrando con pleitos de gran nivel, ser un peleador para grandes cosas.

EdgarOrtega-PesajePabloMungu_aASB1En su última pelea, Ortega logró una victoria polémica en diez rounds ante el puertorriqueño Daniel Rosario, para conquistar el cetro que ahora pondrá en juego. Ortega sabe muy bien que si quiere vencer a Pablo, tendrá que hacer una pelea casi a la perfección para salir airoso y seguir demostrando con pleitos de gran nivel, ser un peleador para grandes cosas.

PabloMungu_a-PesajeEdgarOrtegaASB1Por parte del “Sepulturero”, su experiencia y sus fuertes combates ante los mejores de la división en México, son su mejor carta de presentación, a pesar de estar marcado como favorito, Munguía sabe muy bien que no puede confiarse, ya que su lona recorrida le dice evitar eso, por lo que buscará llevar a cabo el combate a su estilo y así levantarse con la victoria.

En ese renglón, ambos peleadores se declararon listos para su reyerta, después de haber aprobado con éxito la ceremonia de pesaje que tuvo lugar en las instalaciones de la Comisión de Box. Ambos peleadores tuvieron un peso idéntico de 66,700 kilogramos.

El cartel completo estará compuesto por interesantes combates, como la que protagonizarán el invicto Antonio Morán, quien enfrentará a un difícil Adrián Rodríguez Garza, en seis rounds en peso ligero. En el mismo número de rounds en peso minimosca, Giovanny Andrade combatirá con Daniel García Vergara.

Y en pleitos a cuatro episodios: Luis “Cotto” Vidales versus Hugo Pacheco en superligero. En peso pluma, Francisco “Cachorro” Ávila versus Edwin Palomares. En peso mediano, Carlos Chavarría Palacios frente a Israel Ramírez. Y en ligero, Sergio FabiánHugo Ledezma. La función dará comienzo a las 8 de la noche.

Resultados completos del pesaje:

Edgar Ortega 147 lbs. vs. Pablo Munguía 147 lbs.  – Título latino welter interino OMB – 10 asaltos

Francisco Ávila 124 lbs. vs. Edwin Palomares 125 lbs. (4 asaltos)

Antonio Morán 134 lbs. vs. Adrian Rodríguez 135 lbs. (8 asaltos)

Giovanny Andrade 111 lbs. vs. Daniel García 111 lbs. (6 asaltos)

Sergio Fabián 132 lbs. vs. Hugo Ledezma 133 lbs. (4 asaltos)

Carlos Chavarría 160 lbs. vs. Israel Ramirez 159 lbs. (4 asaltos)

Luis Vidales 148 lbs. vs. Hugo Pacheco 152 lbs. (4 asaltos )

Escenario: Salón José Cuervo, México Distrito Federal, México.

Promotor: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing Inc. en asociación con Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones.

TV: Telemundo 11:35 PM (Estados Unidos) y Claro Sports (Latinoamérica)

Boletos: www.ticketmaster.com.mx y en la puerta del Salón José Cuervo.


Telemundo weights from Mexico City


Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

Edgar Ortega 147 Vs. Pablo Munguia 147
(10 Rounds WBO Latin Welterweight Title)

Francisco Avila 124 Vs. Edwin Palomares 125
Antonio Moran 134 Vs. Adrian Rodriguez 135
Giovanny Andrade 111 Vs. Daniel Garcia 111
Sergio Fabian 132 Vs. Hugo Ledezma 133
Carlos Chavarria 160 Vs. Israel Ramirez 159
Luis Vidales 148 Vs. Hugo Pacheco 152

Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo , Mexico DF
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo 11:35 PM (US) Claro Sports (Latin America)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door
First fight: 8PM

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Kameda-Hernandez Purse Bid is Won By Warriors


By Rick Reeno –

The bids are in for the mandatory fight between WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19KOs) and top rated challenger Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15KOs). Warriors Boxing, taking part on behalf of Kameda, secured the rights with a bid of $603,000 dollars. All Star Boxing, who have Hernandez, bid far less at $151,000 dollars. The date and location of the fight will be announced in the coming days.

Kameda debuted last month in the United States as part of the Saul Alvarez-Erislandy Lara undercard from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He knocked out Pungluang Sor Singyu in seven rounds. After the fight he signed an agreement with influential manager/adviser Al Haymon.

Hernandez became the mandatory challenger in June when he captured the WBO’s interim title with an upset decision over countryman Daniel Rosas.

The purse bid split is 80-20 in favor of the champion. Team Kameda says November 1 is being targeted for the fight, possibly at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.


WBO Youth Title: David Carmona-Ricardo Rodriguez


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The weights are in for the Telemundo televised card from El Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4 Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF,MX). Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx . The first fight is at 8:00 PM. The promoter is Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones – and carried on the Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Mexico & Latin America)

David “Severo” Carmona 115  Vs. Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 115
10 Rounds WBO Youth World Super flyweight Title




Photos: Orlando Cruz Training During Media Day

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New York, NY, USA —  No. 1 Featherweight contender Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico works out during media day ahead of his bout against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido.  The two will meet on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for the vacant WBO featherweight title.  Cruz is boxing’s first openly gay fighter.

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Orlando Cruz vs. Salido

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It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®,
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Márquez welterweight championship event, priced at $800, $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at UNLVtickets.com, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267).


Just 25 Days Til Marquez-Bradley Bout


LAS VEGAS, NEV. (September 17, 2013) — It’s just 25 days until undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon JUAN MANUEL “Dinamita” MÁRQUEZ, both coming off Fight of the Year performances, collide in a battle for Bradley’s world title. The only two fighters to have defeated Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years, Bradley vs. Márquez will take place Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing,Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, the Bradley vs. Márquez pay-per-view undercard is just as steeped in excitement and historical significance as the main event.

No. 1 contender ORLANDO CRUZ, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, will clash with former two-time featherweight champion ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO for the vacant WBO featherweight title. For Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a member of Puerto Rico’s 2000 Olympic team, this will be his first world title shot. Half of Cruz’s professional victories have been by knockout, including three of his last four fights — all for the WBO Latino featherweight belt — propelling him to the top of the WBO ratings. He enters this title tilt riding a two-year winning streak, highlighted by a first-round knockout of previously undefeated Michael Franco. Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, will be looking to complete a hat trick in regaining the title he previously held for nearly two years. He captured his first world title in his third attempt. After a No Decision to Robert Guerrero in 2006 and a split decision loss to Cristobal Cruz in 2008, Salido finally captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title in 2010, avenging his loss to Cruz by winning a split decision. His title reign was short-lived, losing a unification fight to World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa later that same year. Salido bounced back in a big way, stopping undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in the eighth round in 2011 to capture his second world championship crown. Salido enters this fight having won five of his last six fights by knockout, including title defenses against Kenichi Yamaguchi in 2011 and a rematch with Lopez in 2012. He lost the title in January, by decision, to Mikey Garcia. He is currently world-rated No. 3 by the WBO.

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL “The Great” LOMACHENKO will jump into the deep end of boxing’s international-sized swimming pool when he makes his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against top-10 contender JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ. Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and lightweight, respectively. Known for his all-out aggressive style of boxing, Lomachenko is equally aggressive in plotting his professional boxing plan to a world title where he insisted on making his pro debut in a 10-round bout against a seasoned veteran where a victory could propel him to a Top-10 world rating. He certainly has that in Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs), of Méxicali, Baja California,México, who has won six of his last seven fights. Ramirez enters this fight fresh from a career-best victory, a 12-round decision over Rey Bautista (34-2, 25 KOs), in April. for the WBO International featherweight title, ending the No. 4-rated contender’s four-year winning streak. Ramirez is currently word-rated No. 7 by the WBO.

Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Americas light heavyweight champion “Irish” SEANIE MONAGHAN, one of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, will open up the live telecast in his pay-per-view debut. He captured the title on June 14, 2012, via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson and successfully defended it last October 24, winning a unanimous decision over Rayco Sanders. Known for his aggressive style and good punching power, especially to the body, Monaghan, 31, is currently world-rated No. 10 by the WBA. In last his fight, on April 13, he scored a first-round knockout of Dion Stanley on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire – Guillermo Rigondeaux world junior featherweight championship at Radio City Music Hall. Venturing outside the New York / New Jersey area for the first time, Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs), of Long Beach, NY, will risk his title, undefeated record and top-10 rating against ANTHONY CAPUTO-SMITH. Smith (14-1, 10 KOs), of Kenneth Square, Pa., captured the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight title on April 19, winning a gritty majority decision over Dhafir Smith.

Remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Márquez welterweight championship event, priced at $800, $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at UNLVtickets.com, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267).


Mexicano Ruiz 254.4, Joe Hanks 236 en Macao


Por Carlos Costa en Macao, China, costa@notifight.com –

MACAO, China –  Andy Ruiz Jr., el joven peso pesado mexicano, oriundo de Mexicali, Baja California, registro en la balanza 254.40 lbs (115,40 kilos), mientras que su peligroso oponente norteamericano Joe Hanks marco 236 lbs (107 kilos) para su combate de mastodontes mañana Sábado aquí en el el lujoso Venetian Resort Cotai Arena en China.

El primero en subirse a la romana fue Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs), oriundo de Nueva Jersey, quien se noto fortísimo, sonriendo confiadamente ante la prensa especializada en boxeo y los aficionados presentes en el evento de pesaje realizado en el dia de hoy (Viernes).

Luego, subió a la romana el Mexicano de 23 abriles apodado “El Destroyer”.  Aun con cara de niño, Andy se vio fuerte aunque quizá con unas cuantas libras de mas y un fanático chino lo confundió con Butterbean.

Pero no nos equivoquemos.   Andy Ruiz es rápido y demoledor y desde el primer round va hacia adelante tirando bombazos y no da cuartel.

En su últimos cinco combates, el invicto Andy Ruiz (19-0, 13 KOs) ha reventado a sus oponentes propinándoles palizas y finiquitandolos por nocaut.

Podrá masacrar tambien al mas alto y corpulento Joe Hanks?

Todos los latinos eso esperamos, pero quizá no sea tan fácil.   Hay que ver el combate.

Tanto el mexicano como el estadounidense están ranqueados mundialmente: Ruiz de doce en la AMB y Hanks de doce en la OMB.  El interesante combate, que sera transmitido por Unimas TV, es valido por el campeonato Intercontinental pesado de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

El ganador subirá en los rankings y podría en un futuro cercano disputar el titulo mundial pesado, hoy en dia en poder de la dinastía Klitschko.

Presentes en la entretenida ceremonia de “weight-in” aquí en Macao, China, estuvo el presidente de la OMB Paco Varcarcel, acompañado de oficiales de la organización con sede en la Isla del Encanto.

El promotor cubano Felix “Tutico” Zabala de All Star Boxing también estuvo mirando el pesaje, el cual estuvo bajo la batuta de los maestros de ceremonias Lupe Contreras y Michael Buffer.