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.

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Photos/Weights: Orlando Cruz vs. Romulo Koasicha

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By Jake Donovan, photos/weights by Reynaldo ‘El Papi Chulo’ Sanchez –

Orlando Cruz’ ring return comes one week later than originally targeted. The veteran boxer from Puerto Rico will face Mexico’s Romulo Koasicha in a 10-round super featherweight battle headlining the March 4 edition of Boxeo Telemundo, live from A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.

The matchup pits former featherweight title challengers in a crossroads bout, with Cruz’ regional super featherweight title at stake.

“We are very proud to present this fight,” promoter Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr. told BoxingScene.com. “Both boxers still very much want to win a world title. They could have taken a much easier path, but want to prove they still belong in contention for a world title in agreeing to this terrific battle.”

Cruz (22-4-1, 11KOs) was targeted to headline the first installment of the Telemundo spring boxing season. The timing couldn’t be worked out for the February 26 show, which is now topped by Ricardo Rodriguez in a 10-round super flyweight clash versus Miguel Cartagena in Palm Bay, Florida.

Instead, Cruz will now appear in the Tampa region for the first time in his 15-plus year career, having previously developed as a sizeable draw in the Orlando/Kissimmee region.

Cruz has won two straight since suffering back-to-back losses in a brief stretch that was believed to end his days at the top level. His aspirations of becoming the third member from the 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic boxing team to win a major belt (future Hall of Fame former champs Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon are the other two) were dashed in an 8th round knockout loss to Orlando Salido in their Oct. ’13 featherweight title fight.

The loss wasn’t quite as crushing as a shocking 10-round defeat at the hands of Gamalier Rodriguez in their April ’14 clash. Cruz decided to sit out for more than a year before returning last June, having since won two straight including a unanimous decision over Gabino Cota in their Telemundo-televised headliner last October in Kissimmee.

Further disheartening in his loss to Rodriguez was the fact that a victory would have led to a second title shot. Instead, Rodriguez went on to face reigning featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, suffering a one-sided 9th round stoppage on the undercard of the most-watched Pay-Per-View event in boxing history, topped by Floyd Mayweather’s points win over Manny Pacquiao.

Lomachenko’s next victim didn’t fare any better, as Koasicha (25-5, 15KOs) was brought crashing back to Earth following a 10th round stoppage in their HBO-televised title fight last November.

The loss was preceded by a four-fight win streak for the 24-year old from San Luis Postol, Mexico. His most recent victory came on Telemundo, scoring a 7th round stoppage of Guillermo Avila last July.

In facing Cruz next month, Koasicha makes his debut in the super featherweight division. Cruz made the leap up in weight upon his ring return last June after having spent the majority of his career campaigning in the featherweight division.

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Mabait returns to Mexico to defend title

By Edri K. Aznar

MARVIN Mabait returns to Mexico to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental bantamweight crown next month.

Mabait faces off with former world title challenger Alejandro Hernandez in the main event of Boxeo Telemundo in Foro Polanco, Mexico City on March 28.

The 26-year-old Filipino prospect captured his WBO regional crown with a first round knockout of Mexican Johnny Garcia in Mexico last October.

This will be the first title defense of Mabait, who is training in the US under the tutelage of Nonito Donaire Sr.

Hernandez is a tough former world title challenger that has fought some of the best in his division the likes of current world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Omar Narvaez; and former world champions Akifumi Shimoda, Marvin Sonsona and Carlos Tamara.

Hernandez fought for the vacant WBO super flyweight belt in 2009 against Sonsona in Canada. Sonsona vacated his crown after tipping the scales overweight. Hernandez,
however, failed to snag the vacant crown after the fight ended in a draw.

Mabait, rated sixth in the WBO, is 19-1-2 with 13 knockouts, while the 27-year-old Hernandez is 26-10-2 with 14 knockouts.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2014/02/11/mabait-returns-mexico-defend-title-327835

Aalan Martinez Goes For WBO Regional Strap in Tampa

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By Jake Donovan

On the heels of the news of recent conqueror Orlando Cruz contending for a major title, Aalan Martinez hopes his own next ring appearance will lead to a possible shot at redemption down the road.

The featherweight prospect isn’t taking the easy way, however. Martinez returns to the ring this weekend, back on Telemundo and in an opponent’s hometown, as he heads to Tampa to take on local favorite Charlie Serrano.

The bout headlines at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, with the show rapidly approaching sold-out status at the box office.

Martinez (14-2, 10KO) returned to the ring this past March following a nine-month layoff. The results proved miserable, suffering four knockdowns en route to a sixth round stoppage against Cruz, who has since agreed to terms to face Orlando Salido for a vacant featherweight title in October.

The consolation prize for Martinez is a chance to claim the same regional title that was at stake in his aforementioned bout with Cruz. It’s not an insurmountable task. Serrano (15-3-1, 4KO) comes in as the crowd favorite – Friday will mark his 17th appearance at the hosting venue. However, he is not necessarily an overwhelming in-ring favorite.

The Tampa-based featherweight hasn’t fought at all in 2013, and hasn’t beaten a fighter with a winning record in nearly two years. His last win came ten months ago at his favorite venue, with that victory serving as a bounce back from a close but clear points loss to unbeaten prospect Camilo Perez in March ’12.

Friday’s show marks the final leg of a four-week stretch which served as the summer season for Boxeo Telemundo. The long-running series embraced a new format beginning this year, airing in three separate stretches of four consecutive weeks each rather than one show per month.

The format change has promoter Tuto Zabala bouncing back and forth between Florida and Mexico, but has proven successful. Ratings are on the rise, and every show has been well attended.

UNDERCARD AND TICKET INFO

Unbeaten prospect Alexei Collado (16-0, 15KO) tops an undercard otherwise loaded with local talent. Collado’s opponent has yet to be announced.

Also appearing on the show are local favorites Alphonso Black (6-0-1, 3KO), Radivoje Kalajdzic (10-0, 7KO), Noemi Bosque (1-0-1, 0KO), Sullivan Barrera (9-0, 6KO), Manny Woods (10-3-1, 4 KO) and debutant Ricky Tomlinson.

The official weigh-in will take place on Thursday at the Wing House (7790 US 19 N, Pinellas Park, Florida). The festivities kick off at 5:00PM local time and are open to the public.

Tickets are nearly sold out, but remaining seats can be purchased by calling the box office at (813) 842-0338. Doors open on Friday at 7:30pm, with the first bout set to take place at 8:00pm. The televised portion of the show airs live at 11:35PM ET.

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