OMB llevó regalos a Fajardo con su programa WBO Kids Drug Free

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Continuando con su gran labor social en esta época navideña, la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) llevó regalos y alegría a decenas de jóvenes que se dieron cita en el Coliseo Tomás Dones de Fajardo, Puerto Rico, como parte de su exitoso programa mundial “WBO Kids Drug Free”.

“La Organización Mundial de Boxeo, en nombre de nuestro Presidente, Francisco Valcárcel, tiene la misión de impactar las comunidades más necesitadas a través de nuestro programa ‘WBO Kids Drug Free’, que en español significa niñez libre de drogas”, indicó el secretario general de la OMB, José Izquierdo. “Queremos que los jóvenes puedan utilizar estos obsequios de manera provechosa. La droga no es una alternativa, pero el deporte sí lo es. De esta manera los motivamos a querer convertirse en personas de bien”, agregó.

Mientras, el ex campeón mundial superpluma de la OMB, John John Molina dijo: “Gracias a la OMB por traer estos regalos a nuestros niños aquí en mi pueblo de Fajardo. A estos jóvenes debemos de encaminarlos en la ruta positiva. Si quieren practicar deporte, deben entrenar duro y si quieren llegar a tener una buena profesión, deben estudiar mucho. Tienen que mantenerse lejos de las drogas, porque las drogas son una porquería”.

En la actividad dijeron presente el ex campeón mundial Junior Mosca de la OMB, Nelson ‘Fueguete’ Dieppa, el campeón mundial Junior Gallo, McJoe Arroyo, el medallista de oro en el Campeonato Mundial de Milán 2009, McWilliams Arroyo, el medallista de oro Panamericano, Rafael ‘Fito’ Ramos y los prospectos Carlos ‘The Chosen One’ Arrieta, Alfredo ‘Ojo’ Santiago, Subriel Matthew y Edgardo ‘Correcaminos’ Marín. ombkidsdrugfreefajardo9

“Hay que aplaudir la gran labor social que está realizando la Organización Mundial de Boxeo. Aparte de crear grandes campeones en el deporte, su labor está enfocada en hacer que la juventud se aleje de las drogas y logren convertirse en campeones de la vida. En Fajardo estamos comprometidos con la juventud y el deporte. Tenemos que llevar a la juventud por buen camino y mantenerlos con mente sana en cuerpo sano”, manifestó el Alcalde de Fajardo, Anibal Meléndez, quien estuvo acompañado por su hijo Joey Meléndez, el Director de Deportes Félix Ramírez y el empresario Efigenio Rivera.

La OMB y los boxeadores compartieron en un ambiente de fiesta junto a las familias presentes, otorgando varias bicicletas, scooters, patinetas, juegos de mesa, juguetes, artículos deportivos, artículos escolares y equipo de boxeo para el Gimnasio Municipal Rafael ‘Fito’ Ramos.

Adicional a Izquierdo, por parte de la OMB estuvieron en la actividad el Tesorero Adolfo Flores Monge, el Asesor Dr. Jorge Figueroa y el árbitro José H. Rivera.

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Rigondeaux gives up on WBO title, Donaire v Juarez for vacant belt

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Pound for pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux has moved to withdraw his appeal against the World Boxing Organization stripping the Cuban of his WBO super bantamweight title.

The 35 year-old was initially hoping to reverse the decision which the WBO stated was due to lack of activity as champion, although ‘Rigo’ has now decided to focus on his career moving forward.

As the belt remains vacant and number one Nonito Donaire faces number two ranked Cesar Juarez this Friday night, the WBO’s Jose Izquierdo was asked to clarify if the bout would be sanctioned for the vacant belt in light of recent events.

“Guillermo Rigondeaux withdrew his appeal. However, we have not yet received any request for Donaire-Juarez. As it stands, the fight is for the WBO International Title,” Izquierdo exclusively told World Boxing News.

That could still change in the run-up to Friday’s fight and would seem to be a no-brainer for the WBO as the pair would certainly have been ordered to face-off for the vacant championship under any other circumstances.

For Rigondeaux, the talented ex-champion can continue a new dawn in his career following victory over Drian Francisco on what was his debut under new promoters Roc Nation in Las Vegas, Nevada at the back end of last month.

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Rocky Martinez gets his new WBO Belt

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Roman “Rocky” Martinez got this morning his new World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt, who won by defeating Orlando “Siri” Salido at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot recently.

Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) received his new title from the WBO president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in an activity that took place at the Capitol of Puerto Rico through the Representative Angel “Gary” Rodriguez.

“I am very grateful with PR Best Boxing Promotions and the WBO for this opportunity. I did the work and I won the title for the third time,” Martinez said. ” Thanks also to the Representative (Rodríguez) for this recognition here in the House of Representatives.” 

Martínez became 130-pound WBO monarch for the time after he won an unanimous decision over Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) in an exciting bout last April 11. The boxer was previously crowned as WBO junior lightweight champion when he beat British Nicky Cook by TKO on March 14, 2009, and then on September 15, 2012, by winning a split decision over Miguel Beltran Jr.
Also in the activity were Martinez’s family, his trainer Raul Torres, Peter and Ivan Rivera of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), and from the WBO, Adolfo Flores Monge and Jose Izquierdo.

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Salido arrives in San Juan Puerto Rico

WBO 130 pound World Champion Orlando Siri Salido arrives in San Juan Puerto Rico . He was with his manager Sean Gibbons , Trainer Santos Moreno , Cutman Jose Chapo Miranda . He was greeted by WBO president Paco Valcarcel , WBO Jose Izquierdo, and PR Best Promoter Peter Rivera. Orlando is defending his belt Apr 11 vs Rocky Martinez.  A formal announcement will be made Thursday in San Juan .

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LA OMB RECONOCE A LOS OFICIALES GENARO RODRÍGUEZ Y MIKE PERNICK, ENTRE OTROS

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SAN JUAN, PR– Durante la mañana de hoy, en una ceremonia celebrada en el Restaurante Zipperle de San Juan, Puerto Rico, la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y su Presidente Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel ofrecieron un reconocimiento a los oficiales Genaro ‘Gino’ Rodríguez (Arbitro internacional) y Mike Pernick (Juez internacional) por su trayectoria y entrega al deporte del Boxeo, igualmente se reconoció a la Delegación de Boxeo Aficionado de Puerto Rico participantes en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe celebrados en Veracruz en el año 2014, quienes galardonaron a Puerto Rico con Medallas de Oro, Plata y Bronce.   Además, reconocieron la excelencia como analista boxístico a Mario Rivera Martinó y le entregaron una nueva faja al ex campeonato de las 130 libras, John John Molina.

“Hoy la Organización Mundial de Boxeo se honra en poder reconocer a tantos baluartes de este deporte. Estamos entregándole un incentivo educativo a estos muchachos de la Delegación de Boxeo Aficionado de Puerto Rico por su gran esfuerzo de representar dignamente a su Isla. También, reconocemos la excelente trayectoria de dos grandes amigos y grandes profesionales del boxeo como lo son Gino Rodríguez y Mike Pernick.  Estamos entregándole una nueva faja de campeonato al ex Campeón Mundial John John Molina y reconociendo su gran labor con la juventud. Igualmente, estamos reconociendo la excelente trayectoria de uno de los más grandes conocedores y analistas del boxeo a nivel mundial, Mario Rivera Martinó”, manifestó el Lcdo. Francisco Valcárcel.

“Para nosotros es un honor recibir este incentivo educativo por parte de la OMB. La labor que ha estado realizando la OMB no solamente con el boxeo profesional sino con nosotros en el boxeo aficionado, ha sido muy importante. Nuestro compromiso es seguir dando el máximo dentro y fuera del cuadrilátero,”, dijo la Medallista de Oro de los “Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Veracruz 2014”, Kiria Tapia.

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Mientras, Genaro ‘Gino’ Rodríguez, Arbitro internacional y Mike Pernick, Juez internacional, aprovecharon la ocasión para anunciar su retiro y aceptar una nueva faceta profesional dentro de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo.

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“Estoy muy agradecido por este reconocimiento. Decidí tomar la decisión de retirarme como árbitro y estar un poco más de tiempo con mi familia. Ahora tengo una nueva tarea en la OMB y trabajaré con la misma pasión que siempre lo he hecho”, dijo el ahora Vicepresidente del Comité de Campeonatos Mundiales de la OMB, Genaro Rodríguez.

Por su parte, el nuevo Director de Oficiales de la OMB, Mike Pernick mencionó: ‘mi visión siempre ha sido clara. Hay que darse cuenta cuando uno comienza a bajar la cuesta. Ahora estoy listo para dejar de realizar mi trabajo como Juez y comenzar mi nueva función dando el máximo como siempre lo he hecho”.

Entre tanto, el ex Campeón Mundial John John Molina mencionó sentirse honrado y dispuesto a seguir aportando todo lo que esté a su alcance en beneficio de la juventud puertorriqueña. Molina recibió su nueva faja de la mano de los ex Campeones Mundiales Ángel ‘Cholo’ Espada, Alfredo ‘El Salsero’ Escalera, Víctor ‘Luvi’ Calleja, Nelson Dieppa, Samuel ‘El Torbellino’ Serrano, Álex ‘El Nene’ Sánchez e Iván Calderón.

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Los contendores Víctor Bisbal y Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González, los prospectos Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, John Karl Sosa, Chistopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz y Adan Zorrilla, los integrantes de la Delegación de Boxeo Aficionado de Puerto Rico Jeyvier Cintrón, Danielito Zorrilla, Nicklaus Flaz, Michael Narváez, Luis Aponte y Mercedes Alicea estuvieron presentes en la ceremonia.

También asistieron a la actividad los entrenadores Félix Pagán Pintor, Ricky Márquez, Ángel Rosario, Genaro Castellanos y Peter Fuentes, los manejadores Margaro Cruz y Orlando Piñero, los promotores Peter Rivera y Anthony Rivera, los jueces César Ramos, Jerry Martínez, Luis Ruiz, Fernando Steidel, Raúl Nieves, José Roberto Torres y Nelson Vázquez, los árbitros Roberto Ramírez Sr., José Hiram Rivera, Ramón Peña, Roberto Ramírez, Roberto Ramírez Jr. y Melva Santos.

Además de Valcárcel, por parte de la OMB dijeron presente el Presidente del Comité de Campeonato Luis Batista Salas, el Presidente del Comité de Quejas y Agravios Alberto Rodríguez, el Secretario General José Izquierdo, el Presidente del Comité de Clasificaciones Luis Pérez, el Tesorero Adolfo Flores y el Asesor Administrativo Manuel Marrero Hueca.

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OMB y campeones entregan regalos a niños de Naguabo, PR

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Llevando alegría a los niños y jóvenes del club “Full Boxing Villa y los Bajitos” de Naguabo, Puerto Rico, la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y su presidente, el puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, junto a los ex campeones mundiales boricuas John John Molina y Nelson Dieppa, obsequiaron juguetes, artículos deportivos y bicicletas como parte de su exitoso programa mundial “OMB Kids Drug Free”.

El presidente de la OMB, Valcárcel, junto al honorable alcalde del municipio de Naguabo, Noé Marcano Rivera, la directora del Departamento de Recreación y Deportes, Luz Fuentes, y el administrador del gimnasio Amador Rosario, presentaron la actividad para los niños y jóvenes pertenecientes al club de boxeo.

“Seguimos comprometidos con nuestra juventud. Aquí en Naguabo se está haciendo una labor fenomenal con niñas y niños, logrando mantenerlos fuera de las calles y enfocados en los estudios y en el deporte del boxeo. Estar en el gimnasio de boxeo es una de las mejores cosas que puede hacer la juventud. La OMB con su programa ‘OMB Kids Drug Free’ se reafirma nuestro compromiso con ayudar a nuestra juventud para que se mantengan estudiando y practicando deporte”, dijo el presidente de la OMB, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel.

Los niños y jóvenes recibieron los regalos de la mano de los campeones John John Molina y Nelson Dieppa, quienes se tomaron fotos y firmaron autógrafos a los presentes.

“Siempre es un placer ser parte de las actividades de la OMB y su gran iniciativa. Ver la alegría de los niños y aportar un poco de nuestro tiempo, es algo que inunda mi corazón de gran manera”, manifestó el ex campeón superpluma de la OMB, John John Molina.

Por su parte, el ex campeón mundial de la OMB en las 108 libras, Dieppa dijo: “estar compartiendo con los buenos amigos de la OMB y ver esta juventud que se encamina en el mundo del boxeo, es algo que me llena de alegría. Poder ser ejemplo y brindar un poco de nuestro tiempo y nuestras experiencias, es muy importante para mí. Cuando se trata del futuro de nuestro país, siempre podrán contar con este servidor”.

La actividad fue organizada por la OMB en unión al Municipio de Naguabo, y sirvió para llenar de equipo deportivo el gimnasio de boxeo ‘Full Boxing Villa y los Bajitos’.

Además de Valcárcel y los boxeadores, dijeron presente en la actividad los miembros de OMB, el Secretario General José Izquierdo, el Tesorero Adolfo Flores Monge, el Director de Oficiales Genaro Rodríguez y el árbitro José Hiram Rivera.

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WBO’S SUCCESSFUL KIDS DRUG FREE PROGRAM BRING HAPPINESS TO THE SOR ISOLINA FERRE CENTERS OF PONCE, PR

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PONCE, PR- The World Boxing Organization, headed by President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, once again highlighted Christmas at the Sor Isolina Ferré Center in Ponce through its successful WBO Kids Drug Fee Program. The WBO, Regional Champions, former World Champions, Promoters, Officials, and Trainers of the Boxing World, brought joy and Christmas atmosphere to the participating center children through their gifts of toys, bicycles and sports equipment.

WBO, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, together with the institution’s director, Sister Mildred Vázquez, offered this activity for the youth and children who participate of the various center programs.

“This commitment t began 17 years ago with Sister Isolina Ferré. We started here in Puerto Rico helping children and have branched to 29 countries around the world. We want the children to be Champions of their lives, of their daily life. Let them be as the boxers that join us today; Champions of society and an example for others. To continue their education and use their skills through sports to solidify all disciplines,” Valcárcel commented. “Our commitment is resolute, and we will continue to provide continuous support for these children.”

World Champion, José ‘Sniper’ Pedraza, challengers Emmanuel ‘Manny the sensational’ Rodriguez, King ‘El Maestro’ Ojeda, Jesus Rojas, Víctor Bisbal and José ‘Chelo’ González, as well as former World Champions, Angel ‘Cholo’ Espada, Alex “El Nene” Sanchez and Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez were also eager participants at the event.

Also present was the young female boxer, Kiria Tapia from Puerto Rico, Female Gold Medalist from the Central American Games held in Veracruz, Mexico.

Boxing prospects John Karl Sosa, Alberto Mercado, Enrique ‘Kikín’ Collazo, Luis ‘Zurdo’ Rosario, Marcos ‘Marquitos’ Osorio, Eliezer ‘Waa’ González, Anthony Román, amateur Joshua ‘Kiko’ Ortiz, George Jiménez, John Anthony Correa and Lady Mercedes Alicea also participated of the event.

“For me it is a great privilege to be a part of this WBO event, together with Sor Isolina Ferré’s staff. It’s a blessing to share in the joy of these children while instilling them with motivation, “said José ‘Sniper’ Pedraza.

WBO Latino Bantamweight champion Emmanuel ‘Manny the sensational’ Rodriguez said: “To be a participant in this awesome WBO activity is the best thing that has happened to me. Carrying the message that we can stay on the right track and set an example to the children is a great satisfaction.”

Gold Medalist Kiria Tapia said, “I always participate in WBO activities. We have to give back and share the blessings that our Lord showers us with.”

Besides Valcárcel and the Boxers, the Trainers Luis Espada, Orlando Piñero, Álex Caraballo, José García, Margaro Cruz, Jesús ‘Chuito’ Ayala, Juan ‘Golo’ Gómez and Jesús Ortiz, Officials Kenny Bayless, José H. Rivera, Gerardo Martínez, Roberto Ramirez Jr., Ramón Peña, César Ramos, Hernando Steidel, Luis Ruiz and Promoters Javier Bustillo, Peter Rivera and Juan Orengo were present.

The WBO and the Puerto Rican boxers shared in a party atmosphere with all the families present, donating to the Center’s children 100 bicycles, board games, toys and sport equipment.

WBO Executives Luis Pérez, José Izquierdo, Adolfo Flores Monge, Manuel Marrero Hueca, Alberto Rodríguez and Genaro Rodríguez, accompanied the President wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Two Report

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The second business day of the 27th annual WBO Convention at Caesars Palace Las Vegas kicked off yesterday morning with a much anticipated discussion on proffering recommendations to U.S. Senators John McCain and Harry Reid recommending several amendments to the Muhammad Ali Act, originally passed by Congress in 1996.

However, a special visit from former WBO champion Marco Antonio Barrera, prompted a short delay in the days activity to allow WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel to celebrate the arrival of the Hall of Fame champion.The visibly warm relationship between Valcarcel and Barrera was highlighted as Barrera called the WBO his “family” before Valcarcel called Barrera the star of “the golden age of Mexico boxing.””Marco became an example of great champion,” Valcarcel said, “A Very intelligent family man, clean man. Honest. We would be proud to tell any child this is a model for you.”

From there WBO General Secretary Jose Izquierdo gave a presentation to the members and the Executive Committee on a list of recommendations to the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act and ways that the WBO can work with the US Federal Government to help implement these changes.

“We don’t want to make rules in isolation,” Izquierdo said of his desire to see the WBO work with the federal government and the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) on implementing these reforms, “when we make policies in isolation they become impossible to implement due to jurisdictional limitations. Boxing organizations need to stop conceiving rules in isolation that because of jurisdictional limitations do nothing to better our sport.”

Izquierdo recommended that the WBO petition the federal government and the ABC to implement several changes such as clarifying the role of an “advisor.”

We think the law should define some language that who an advisor is,” Izquierdo said. The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act prohibits a promoter from also acting as a manager to a fighter, or from having an interest in managing a fighter. However, this is something that has been circumvented in boxing through the gray area regarding what the role of an “advisor” is.

Izquierdo also recommended stiffer penalties for violations to the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, increasing the maximum jail sentence for a violation as well as the minimum fines. Izquierdo discussed raising the penalty to five years for a violation.

“We think the law is very good,” Izquierdo said of the proposed increased penalty, “we want to give it more bite and to clarify it.”

Izquierdo also wanted to bring uniformity to the Act, expressing concern over the “piecemeal regulations” that were different throughout the country.

Another recommendation by Izquierdo was the prohibition of charging a fee for appeals, a policy implemented by some other sanctioning organizations.

“It is not transparent when you charge a fee for something that should be simple due process,” Izquierdo said of the policy.

President Valcarcel then chimed in, condemning the policy in boxing where a fighter would leapfrog over more deserving contenders not due to his accomplishments in the ring but due to his connections to a particular promoter.

The President and Executive Committee also spoke at length about a poorly administered fight out of Puerto Rico in which a judge not only erroneously scored a round 9-7, but then was able to convince the commission to allow him to amend his scorecard after turning it in. The commission in Puerto Rico had not taken action against the judge who not only made a critical error in regards to the 10-point must system, but also tried to influence another judge to also score the round in question in a similar manner. This judge not only avoided suspension, but continued to work in Puerto Rico.

“That guy is incompetent,” Valcarcel said of the judge in question, “unfortunately they (the commission) stuck their head in the sand like an ostrich. This law must be amended so that it has teeth.”

In the end, the WBO Executive Committee unanimously voted to establish a committee to further explore the issue and to embrace recommendations for the proposed amendments to the law. This committee will subsequently present its report to legislators at a later date.

Before closing for lunch, the Executive Committee briefly discussed several other issues, including one present to the Committee by WBO member Markus Aslani regarding an organization operating in Europe called the GBA. Aslani expressed serious concern over the safety standards of the GBA and its rather lax administration of these standards. President Valcarcel requested Aslani to present more information to him on the matter so that he could make an informed decision regarding the discussion at hand.

After lunch the event split up into two groups, with judges and officials attending a ABC Seminars while the majority of members of the Executive Committee hosted a session for WBO supervisors. The supervisor’s seminar took a moment to moment to recognize James Toney, who was in attendance, as well as Marc Ratner, former Nevada Athletic Director. Interestingly enough, considering the guest in attendance, was this issue of a fighter “losing too much weight” at the weigh in.

“James came in twelve pounds over once,” Ratner said in regards to Toney, “he still made weight. I didn’t know that could happen.”

Several members of the Executive Committee then openly questioned if weigh-ins the day before a fight were doing more damage to the health of fighters than the older system of having them weight in the day of the fight. However, the position regarding the weigh-in remained disputed.

“Promoters use the weigh-in as a promotional event,” WBO vice president John Duggan said of the day before weigh-in.

Also discussed at the supervisor’s seminar was the role of a WBO supervisor, as the representative there to award the WBO championship in accordance with WBO rules.

“We are there to give the prize away,” WBO legal advisor Andrew Horn said, “not to promote the fight.”

Also, there was a tremendous rules meeting discussion spearheaded by Greg Sirb, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission. Topics included the importance of detailed rules regarding hand wraps, with the State of Colorado cited as a shining example of a well written rule, as well as the role of the supervisor when a judge badly drops the ball as had happened in Puerto Rico during the Jose Lopez-Roberto Castaneda debacle. The role of a supervisor’s discretion was a hot topic during the debate. Also discussed was how a supervisor is to handle a dispute regarding the brand of gloves used in a contest, with the recognition that the contract ultimately in controlling if there is language regarding the gloves. The Convention wrapped up that evening with another cocktail party at 7pm. The Convention will resume at 8:30 on Thursday with a presentation by Chris Algieri as well as the championship ratings committee.

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

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The World Boxing Organization 27th Annual Convention kicked off in full force this morning at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as members from around the world introduced themselves and we subsequently treated to a video presentation highlighting last year’s convention in Budapest. The first order of business for the executive committee was the Championship Committee report, which highlighted the strong position of the WBO in regards to participating in championship fights. In 2011-2012 the WBO made a strong statement to the boxing world as they had an impressive 38 championship fights. However, as that number dipped to 32 in 2012-2013, the WBO was keen on making a strong statement and to bounce back. The Championship Committee was happy to report that the WBO more than exceeded expectations here.

“This year we came back fierce and strong,” commented Luis Batista Salas, chairman of the Championship Committee. “We came back with 40 championship fights. We had more championship fights than the other organizations together.” Batista Salas also commented on the growth, and strength, of WBO Women’s boxing. “We have 25 champions in the female division, and we only began three years ago with female championship fights.”

Perhaps most noteworthy for the Championship Committee was the prominent role that mandatory defenses played in WBO championship fights. “Mandatory fights are something we take very seriously,” Batista Salas added, “(The WBO) had 32 mandatory fights! This is also a record. That is also something to be proud of.”

From there President Valcarcel announced that the President’s Report would be postponed until after lunch to allow him to speak at length about some issues, including his planned announcement for the second day of the convention, in which the WBO will petition Senator John McCain and the ABC to propose amendments to the Muhammad Ali Act, proposals that would strengthen the bill and impose harsher penalties for violations. He then took a jab at the other organizations, and in particular the recent summit of boxing organizations in Cancun, Mexico that was hosted by the WBC.

“I wasn’t there to waste time in Cancun for some public relations stunt where nothing gets done,” Valcarcel said to the Executive Committee, “there were two of them in the past and nothing got done. We didn’t intend to go and waste our time.”

Valcarcel indicated a desire to continue working with local commissions and the ABC to promote safety and proposed rule changes, noting that local laws will always trump the WBO rules, and therefore it was important to work closely with these commissions. He also added that he will be meeting with the chairman of the IBF tomorrow, as the chairman will be visiting with the WBO in Las Vegas.

The Grievance Committee report followed, and in what could considered a “short and sweet” summary, the Grievance Committee chairman Alberto Rodriguez was happy to announce that there were no complaints submitted to the committee in 2014. He then discussed the process for a party to submit to the grievance committee.

A short video followed featuring WBO women’s bantamweight champion Carolina Duer, followed by Ms. Duer thanking the WBO and expressing her appreciation for the WBO. “Since I’ve been a world champion I’ve always been only a WBO champion,” Duer said to the executive committee, “I am very proud to represent this organization.”

The next order of business was the regional vice presidents report, starting with Istvan “Koko” Kovacs and WBO Europe. Kovacs was pleased to report a very successful year for the WBO Europe. “We had the pleasure to organize the second WBO congress (in Budapest) in 2013 and according to the feedback and your comments, it was very successful. Already after the 2009 (WBO Congress) we saw an increase in the nonetheless already significant activities of WBO Europe. But I must admit that I did not expect to have such extraordinary accomplishments (in 2014).”

WBO Europe increased overall, and although WBO International saw a slight decrease, much of that was attributed to tighter restrictions and higher standards. “We tightened the requirements for the belt,” Kovacs said, “we had less fights but there is higher prestige to the belt.”

However, any drop in activity to WBO International was more than made up by the increase in activity from the WBO European titles. It went from 11 fights in 2013 to 27 in 2014. The number of WBO regional titles in Europe nearly doubled from 29 in 2013 to 53 in 2014, Kovacs then discussed the increase in activity across the board for the WBO in Europe, citing the increased number of fights from the WBO Youth (from 4 to 9) and WBO female championships (from 5 to 9). In 2014 there were also 10 WBO championship fights in Europe, which was the same number as in 2013.

Kovacs then discussed the overall history of the WBO European title since 2009, noting that they have had 92 championship fights, with 54 champions, of which 13 would go on to fight for the title, and of which 3 world champions would emerge. Kovacs then discussed the financial situation with WBO Europe, noting that since 2009 the WBO Europe brought in $95,600 for the WBO in 2014 alone, thus making it the most successful year ever for WBO Europe. Since 2009 WBO Europe has collected over $325,000 in sanctioning fees for the WBO. Kovacs then took a few moments to discuss the ways in which WBO Europe took part in the WBO Kids Drug Free program.

From there WBO Asia Pacific Vice President Leon Panoncillo took the floor to discuss both the state of boxing in Asia and in Africa.

“Asia Pacific has shown positive growth, with 17 sanctioned fights since last year’s convention,” Panoncillo said. He also added that WBO Asia Pacific brought in $28,011.57 in revenue since the last convention and that he expected to sanction five more fights before the end of the year.

He then discussed the WBO Oriental title, adding that since the last convention he sanctioned 30 Oriental Championship matches, collecting a total of $44,250 in revenue since the last convention. The impressive increase in activity marked a dramatic rise in activity for the WBO Oriental title, making 2014 one of the most successful years in the history of WBO Oriental and in striking range of being the most successful year ever for the title. Panoncillo then went on to discuss the WBO Africa, noting that WBO Africa has sanctioned 16 total championship fights since the last convention and that it has raised $21,400 in revenue. Panoncillo then closed out with a discussion of the state of affairs with WBO Asia Pacific Youth, noting that the WBO sanctioned three youth titles and subsequently raised $2,525 in revenue for the WBO since the last convention.

From there WBO first vice president John Duggan discussed the China Zone development, and his hopes to see the WBO continue to grow in the region.

After Duggan’s discussion of China the WBO handed out several awards, with Marco Huck being the most notable. Huck was recently named a WBO Super Champion, and although he did not have a Super Championship belt yet, he was awarded a plague commemorating his accomplishment.

“This is a very rare and great honor,” Huck said after receiving the award, “I am very proud to be named Super Champion after 13 title defenses.”Also given awards were Osvaldo Rivero, who was named Latin America promoter of the year by the WBO. Also given an award was Patrick Teixeira, who was awarded the OMB Latino Champion of the year.

From there Jorge Molina presented his report on WBO Latino, noting that he still embraced the philosophy that “the sky’s the limit” when considering the future of the organization. Since the last convention, Molina noted that the WBO has sanctioned 30 championship fights, an increase from 25 in 2013. Of those 30 fights, 10 were held in Argentina, 10 were held in Brazil, six were held in the United States, 3 were held in Mexico, and 1 was held in Puerto Rico. Five fights were in the welterweight division, five were in the junior bantamweight division, and four were in the junior middleweight division. Molina then discussed the proud history of the OMB Latino championship, noting that the WBO Latino held an astounding 526 title fights since 1996. Of those who fought for the WBO Latino title, 134 would go on to fight for the world title, while 41 would go on to win world championships. Molina then added that since the last convention three OMB Latino Champions have gone on to win world titles as well. Molina then closed out with a video presentation that highlighted some of the greatest moments of WBO Latino, highlighting some legendary champions like Michael Carbajal and Ener Julio.

The executive committee took a short recess for lunch, and upon returning from lunch, resumed with the treasurer’s report. WBO CPA Jaime Ceballero advised that the strength of the WBO financial situation, adding that the WBO had $1,242,724 in savings, an increase in revenue of 302%. The increase in revenue was the largest ever in the history of the WBO. He then added that the WBO accounts included nearly $2,000,000 when added with the accounts of all of the regional organizations. He then added that, if the WBO were to pay off all of their debts today, they would still hold in excess of a million dollars. The positive report prompted President Valcarcel to ask if the WBO could spend more money on the WBO Kids Drug Free program. Unfortunately there was one area where regional organization in which WBO didn’t have tremendous success initially in 2014: the NABO.

The NABO had recently changed leadership in February of 2014 after reporting substantial losses in 2013 and early 2014. New NABO Vice President Jose Izquierdo, however, had done much to turn that ship around since taking over. One area of strength was the increase in fights on “important” cards such as the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley PPV card, or the recent Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana PPV in 2014. Since taking over the helm at NABO, Izquierdo has sanctioned 12 NABO title fights and 14 Inter-Continental title fights, helping fuel a dramatic turnaround for the NABO financially.

“There is a dramatic decrease in the amount owed,” Izquierdo said, “over 46% decrease. And a 790% increase for cash on hand.”

Izquierdo has taken a much more inclusive approach to spearhead the NABO’s sudden resurgence. “I’ve called local commissions to have them recommend fighters to be considered and become part of the rankings of the NABO,” Izquierdo said.

The positive changes in the direction of the NABO prompted vice president Luis Batista Salas to sing Izquierdo’s praises during his presentation. “He has changed the face of the NABO,” Batista Salas said of Izquierdo.

From there President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel presented the WBO President’s Report, and as expected, he took time to again discuss a topic that has become his cause belle: the proliferation of titles in boxing. Valcarcel first commended Jose Izquierdo on scoring a knockout with WBO’s presence on social media like Facebook.com and Twitter. Noting how WBO’s Facebook page went from 7,000 followers to 334,996 followers in only one year, he commended Izquierdo for helping turn WBO boxing into one of the most popular boxing pages on the internet.

“It is the fastest way to get resolutions out and give the public an outlet (to communicate with us).” Valcarcel said.

Valcarcel then spoke time to speak about the WBO champions, noting that “the WBO is very lucky, because we have the money makers. We have the best champions around the world.”

He then took a jab at a rival organization, noting that former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin was making more money in his title defenses than a rival organizations champion who had become a regular fixture on television. He also noted that at the bantamweight weight class, the WBO recently received a $600,000 purse bid from a promoter for a title fight and that Marco Huck is highly successful in the cruiserweight division, earning tremendous paydays as a cruiserweight. Valcarcel then took another jab at the rival organizations and the proliferation of numerous “copper, platinum, silver, and aluminum” titles.

“We have the WBO (world) champion and that’s it! We call Klitschko a Super Champion and that’s it. We don’t have anyone (other champion) behind him. I want to be polite, but I have to speak the truth. Who cares about Alex Povetkin? The champion is Klitschko!”

Explaining the difference between the WBO and some of the other sanctioning organizations in how they recognize champions.

“We have regional titles, but others, they have 3, 4, 5 titles.” Valcarcel added. “We only have one Latino Champion…that means the WBO Latino title carries prestige. We want to keep it that way. We don’t want to have a bunch of titles.”

From there discussions turned to recent litigation involving the WBO, including a case in Puerto Rico that threatens the tax-exempt status of the WBO.

“Our financial success has attracted the attention of inland revenue in Puerto Rico,” WBOs legal counsel associated with the case told the commission, “due to new tax laws in Puerto Rico and the recession in Puerto Rico, and the degradation of Puerto Rican bonds. Puerto Rico has imposed further taxes to cover this.”

Although the WBO is a recognized non-profit according to the United States federal government, the government of Puerto Rico has refused to give full faith and credit to this designation, and their decision had initially been upheld by the Puerto Rican court of appeals. Although the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico initially refused to hear the case, the WBO remained confident that they still had a strong appeal.

Jose Izquierdo made a motion to give the President the authority to unilaterally name a committee to take on this issue at his discretion, a motion that was passed unanimously.

The second issue discussed was the issue of a trademark registration in Europe, and a fraudulent company that sent an unsolicited letter demanding payment to “register” the WBO trademark. This letter was disregarded when the WBO European Council assured the executive committee that the WBO trademarks are registered for the next several years.

Closing out the first day of the meeting, President Valcarcel again discussed the issue of the WBO’s refusal to take part in the joint summit of boxing sanctioning organizations held in Cancun earlier this year.

“We can work with other commissioners regarding safety,” Valcarcel said, “that doesn’t mean we have to meet up (with rival organizations) for it. I never heard of Coca-Cola and Pepsi having a meeting together. You have your own flavor, we don’t have to meet anyone, we don’t have to go anywhere because we are very busy. We are busy working with kids, enhancing the image of the sport. We had a meeting in 2011 and we talked about the same issues. We are doing much more than other organizations. Did you hear of other organizations doing as much for kids?”

WBO European member Markus Aslani then chimed in, “We stick to our rules and we don’t take part in the inflation of titles.”

“I think the main problem in boxing is that you have more than one champion in each division,” Valcarcel added.

“One organization that shall remain unnamed had 41 champions in 17 weight classes,” Jose Izquerdo added.

“We have the support of the most respected boxing writers of the world,” Valcarcel added, “I think in boxing, honesty is the best policy. If we are recognized as the honest organization, we are going to have success.”

From there President Valcarcel added that he will discuss proposals to Senator John McCain and Harry Reid in regards to amendments to the Muhammad Ali Act, and that the WBO would “not tolerate corruption in its ranks.”

Rounding off the opening day was a presentation on the still developing China Zone, which discussed its plans for 2015. The event closed off with a cocktail party that evening, and is set to resume tomorrow at 8:30 AM.

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Guillermo Rigondeaux-Chris Avalos on Nov. 22?

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RING junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux could face WBO mandatory challenger Chris Avalos on Nov. 22 either in Miami or the Dominican Republic, according to WBO general secretary Jose Izquierdo and Rigondeaux’s manager, Gary Hyde.

The date and venues were proposed by Caribe Promotions on Friday after having posted the winning purse bid of $317,777.77 as the sole participant in Puerto Rico.

“We held a purse bid at 1 p.m. at our WBO headquarters and Caribe Promotions was the sole participant at the purse bid,” said Izquierdo. “They won the purse bid and submitted a proposed date of Nov. 22. They also proposed two different venues, the first one, the Marlins baseball stadium in Miami, Fla., and the second one was Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.”

The purse split breaks down to 75 percent for Rigondeaux ($238,333.32) compared to 25 percent for Avalos ($79,444.45) “as per our WBO rules,” said Izquierdo.

“They have 10 days to negotiate and submit the contracts to the WBO,” said Izquierdo, “and 45 to 90 days to make the fight happen. So they have up until Dec. 19 to make the fight happen.”

Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 knockouts), who also holds the WBA belt, was last in action for a first round knockout of Sod Kokietgym on a Top Rank Promotions card in Macao, China in July.

Rigondeaux ended a 36-0-1 unbeaten streak for Kokietgym and was coming off consecutive unanimous decisions over Nonito Donaire in April 2013 and Joseph Agbeko in December.

Rigondeaux, 33, won the RING and WBO titles in the Donaire fight and the WBA title against Rico Ramos in Jan. 2012 in his ninth pro bout.

Avalos (24-2, 18 KOs), 24, has won five consecutive fights, three by knockout, since falling by split decision to Jhonatan Romero in December 2011.

After defeating Kokietgym, Rigondeaux called out WBC and IBF counterparts Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez, which are unification opponents Hyde would like to pursue.

Most recently in the ring after last Saturday’s second round stoppage of Manuel Roman, Santa Cruz has also been calling out Rigondeaux.

“I don’t believe Leo Santa Cruz really wants to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux because if he did, then he would have been talking to us long before now,” said Hyde, adding that Rigondeaux is still being handled by Caribe Promotions although his fight with Kokietgym was his final bout under Top Rank.

“It’s very easy to stand in there and to say before all of the media that, ‘Oh, yeah, I want to fight Rigondeaux because the fans want it,’ but you must fight Rigondeaux because you want it. I wouldn’t take notice with Santa Cruz making a bogus calling out like that at this point.”

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Peter Quillin poised for lucrative defense vs. Matt Korobov

 

 

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WBO middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin may have landed his biggest pay day and a fight before fans familiar to him against Matt Korobov on Nov. 8 either in Washington, D.C., or New York City, thanks to a purse bid won by Roc Nation Sports on Monday.

The winning bid for Roc Nation Sports, the company founded by rapper Jay-Z, was made by newly-hired former Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch.

Itskowitch bid $1,904,840 compared to $1,207,000 by Golden Boy Promotions representative Ramiro Gonzalez and $515,000 by Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti, according to Jose Izquierdo, general secretary of the WBO.

Izquierdo and WBO President Paco Valcarcel said that Quillin (31-0, 22 knockouts) is entitled to 75 percent ($1,428, 630) of the bid to 25 percent ( $476,210) for Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs).

“I’m already making enough money where I’m able to take care of my family and to own a couple of things and to live a good life, but that’s damn near $2 million on the table that they’ve bid on this fight,” said Quillin, who is promoted by Golden Boy and advised by Al Haymon.

“I don’t think or believe that [WBA 160-pound titleholder] Gennady Golovkin has come close to being offered nothing like that. Of course, my other pay days are very good pay days, and I’m looking to put away as much as I can for life after boxing. Some of these other guys around me may be making more money, but I just hope they’re making the right decisions with their money.”

Izquierdo said Itskowitch proposed the date of Nov. 8 either in Washington, D.C. or New York City, where Roc Nation has been licensed.

Michael Yorkmark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, is the twin brother of Brett Yormark, the CEO of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Quillin has competed in two of his past four fights contested under the banner of Golden Boy.

Quillin debuted at Barclays Center in October 2012 when he scored a unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Hassan N’Dam, whom he dropped six times to earn the WBO’s vacant belt.

In Quillin’s next fight in April 2013 at Barclays Center, he scored two second-round knockdowns 30 seconds apart and dropped his man twice more in the seventh and final round of a technical knockout victory over Fernando Guerrero.

In his last fight in April at The D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., Quillin dominated Lukas Konecny, winning a unanimous decision by the scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108.

“Both of those areas are places that have the demographics where I have been able to relate to people and to get my story out there. I feel as though I have a big following in Brooklyn, as well as in D.C.,” said Quillin.

“I just want to be able to deliver my story in a positive way to people, regardless of whether it’s in Brooklyn or in D.C. or against Korobov or any of those other guys.”

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Anthony recibió faja de boxeo en PR

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Carmelo Anthony ganó ya su primer cinturón de boxeador, pero no precisamente por su labor en un ensogado, sino por su empeño al frente de su Fundación, misma que trabajará en conjunto con la de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo tras un encuentro realizado en Puerto Rico.

Paco Valcárcel, titular de la OMB, entregó el cinturón guinda y oro a Anthony durante una exhibición de boxeo en la que estuvo presente Carmelo junto con otros basquetbolistas como J.R. Smith y el estrella Allan Houston, además de los ex campeones mundiales Iván Calderón y Juan Manuel López y los prospectos John Karl Sosa y Emanuel de Jesús.

El compromiso al que llegaron la OMB y la Fundación Carmelo Anthony es que seguirán trabajando en pro de los niños, ya que el representativo de boxeo ha trabajado con el programa ‘Niños sin Drogas’ que ha tratado de beneficiar a cientos de niños en todo el mundo.

Anthony, jugador de los Knicks de Nueva York, pasó la semana en Puerto Rico para participar con diversos eventos al frente de la Fundación Carmelo Anthony, lo cual le llevó a unir objetivos con el programa de la entidad boxística que representa Valcárcel, quien estuvo acompañado por el secretario general José Izquierdo y el manager Sean Gibbons.

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OMB homenajeó a Wilfredo Gómez en PR

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La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) rindió un homenaje hoy al ex triple campeón mundial puertorriqueño y miembro del Salón de la Fama del Boxeo Internacional, Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gómez, en el aniversario número 37 del primer título mundial que ganó en su carrera, en San Juan de Puerto Rico.

“Queremos honrar la carrera de uno de los grandes de la historia, no sólo de Puerto Rico, sino del Mundo, Wilfredo Gómez, y hacerlo con él aquí presente. Hoy se cumplen 37 años de aquel momento, en que ganó su primer campeonato mundial como boxeador profesional y queremos recordarlo”, dijo el presidente de la OMB, el puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel. “Pero además hay otros grandes acontecimientos en la carrera de Gómez que resaltamos aquí y que celebramos este año. Nosotros, aquí en la OMB siempre recordamos a nuestros grandes atletas y los honramos”, agregó.

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Gómez, quien está afectado de las cuerdas vocales y no habló en el micrófono, agradeció el agasajo y compartió en la actividad junto a un grupo de ex campeones mundiales, clasificados mundiales y prospectos puertorriqueños que, junto a Valcárcel, le hicieron entrega de una correa conmemorativa de la OMB como parte de la celebración.

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El 21 de mayo de 1977, “Bazooka” Gómez, con sólo 20 años y récord de 15-0-1, 15 KOs, retó al entonces campeón supergallo (122 libras) del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC), el coreano Dong-Kyun Yum, que iba a su segunda defensa y tenía marca de 50-2-6, 21 KOs. El combate fue en el coliseo Roberto Clemente y ante su gente, Gómez superó una caída a principios del primer asalto para acabar con el coreano y noquearlo finalmente en el round doce. Ahí comenzó la historia del llamado “Niño de Las Monjas” en el boxeo profesional.

Nacido el 29 de octubre de 1956, Gómez comenzó a boxear desde niño, y fue a representar a Puerto Rico en los Juegos Olímpicos de Munich, Alemania, en 1972 cuando contaba con 15 años de edad perdiendo ante el egipcio Mohamed Selim 4-1. En febrero 1974, Gómez viajó a República Dominicana con el Equipo de Puerto Rico a los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, donde se alzó con la medalla de oro. En agosto de ese mismo año, 1974, Gómez representó a Puerto Rico en el Primer Campeonato Mundial de Boxeo Aficionado efectuado en La Habana, Cuba. Allí el boricua ganó todas sus peleas por nocaut y en la final noqueó al local, el cubano Jorge Luis Romero para alzarse con la medalla de oro. Así que se cumplieron 40 años de su presea dorada en los Centroamericanos y se cumplirán 40 de la del Mundial en este 2014.

El 16 de noviembre de 1974, Gómez debutó a seis asaltos con un empate frente a Jacinto Fuentes en Panamá. Pero después de ese empate, Gómez ganó 15 peleas seguidas por nocaut (incluyendo a Fuentes en una segunda ocasión) para retar a Kyun Yum y ganar su primer título mundial el 21 de mayo de 1977.

De ese título, Gómez realizó 17 defensas exitosas, todas ganada por la vía rápida, lo que es un récord en el boxeo mundial.

El 31 de marzo de 1984 (se cumplieron 30 años en 2014) en el coliseo Roberto Clemente, Gómez retó a su compatriota Juan Laporte, entonces monarca pluma (126 libras) del WBC, y en la tercera ocasión que dos puertorriqueños se enfrentaban por un título mundial, Gómez derrotó por decisión unánime a Laporte para convertirse en campeón mundial en una segunda división.

Gómez ganó su tercera correa mundial, la superpluma (130 libras) de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), el 19 de mayo de 1985 cuando venció al estadounidense Rocky Lockridge por decisión mayoritaria en el coliseo Roberto Clemente.

Gómez concluyó su carrera con marca de 44-3-1, 42 KOs, títulos mundiales en las 122, 126 y 130 libras, récord en peleas mundiales de 20-3, 18 KOs y la marca de 17 defensas de su título de las 122 libras, ganándolas todas por nocaut.

Por su gran trayectoria en el pugilismo mundial, Gómez fue exaltado en 1995 al Salón de la Fama del Boxeo Internacional en Canastota, Nueva York, convirtiéndose en aquella ocasión en sólo el tercer boricua que llegaba al mismo.

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En la actividad, la OMB, firme en su compromiso con los jóvenes boxeadores también, el Contador Público Autorizado (CPA), José Alberto Silva, habló a los prospectos y contendores sobre la importancia de saber manejar el dinero que generen en sus carreras. Silva, quien trabaja con varios peloteros de las Grandes Ligas, cuenta entre sus clientes peloteros con el ex lanzador de las Mayores, Javier Vázquez.

07.gomez.rez  Los ex campeones mundiales que estuvieron en la actividad fueron Iván “Iron Boy” CalderónWilfredo VázquezSamuel “El Torbellino” SerranoAlfredo “Salsero” EscaleraAlex “El Nene” SánchezÁngel “Cholo” EspadaJuan Manuel “Juanma” LópezRafael Del ValleManuel Alejandro Siaca y Julián “La Mosca” Solís. También los contendores César Seda Jr.Jesús RojasVíctor BisbalThomas DulormeRey Ojeda, así como los prospectos Félix Verdejo, que cumplió 21 años el lunes, Prichard ColónJohn Karl SosaEmmanuel De Jesús e Israel Vázquez, entre otros.

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De parte de la OMB, dijeron presente, además de Valcárcel, los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo Luis Batista SalasJosé IzquierdoManuel Marrero HuecaAlberto RodríguezLuis Pérez y Adolfo Flores Monge, así como árbitros, jueces, entrenadores, manejadores y promotores.

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OMB reconoce la calidad de Kiria Tapia y Félix Verdejo

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Varios prospectos boricuas fueron homenajeados hoy.

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) premió hoy a los jóvenes peleadores profesionales Félix “Diamante” Verdejo, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodríguez y John Karl Sosa, así como a los aficionados Kiria Tapia, Danielito Zorrilla y Henry Lebrón en la primer edición del evento dedicado a los Prospectos Puertorriqueños del Momento de la OMB, que se hará anualmente en busca de motivar a las promesas de este deporte y como parte del exitoso programa “Kids Drug Free”.

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“La gente pregunta por qué la OMB hace tantas actividades con los niños y jóvenes, pero es una misión que nosotros tenemos. Tenemos que hacer estas actividades para beneficio de los que nos permiten seguir haciendo estas actividades, que son los boxeadores, excampeones mundiales, campeones, aficionados, profesionales, y ayudar a los jóvenes a que sigan hacia adelante, pero también comprometiéndose los muchachos a ser un ejemplo para la sociedad”, dijo Valcárcel. “Vamos a seguir haciendo esta actividad de ahora en adelante, va ser institucionalizado desde este año”.

También se expresó el presidente fundador de la OMB, Luis Batista Salas, quien enfatizó en los logros de la entidad en su afán por trabajar con los niños y la juventud en el mundo.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+32Los profesionales premiados, Verdejo, Rodríguez y Sosa, igual que los aficionados Tapia, Lebrón y Zorrilla recibieron un cheque de $1,000 cada uno, un bulto de la OMB, así como ropa y equipo para entrenar, y una placa conmemorativa.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+02Verdejo (10-0, 7 KOs), considerado uno de los principales prospectos del boxeo mundial, viene de un gran triunfo por nocaut en el primer asalto el pasado sábado sobre el mexicano Lauro Alcántar. El junior ligero de 20 años y participante en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 en Londres, debutó profesionalmente en 2012 y en el 2013 realizó ocho combates, de los cuales ganó seis por nocaut y dos por decisión.

“Estoy agradecido de la OMB por este humilde obsequio que nos darán. Estoy contento por los logros de mis compañeros y nada, este es solamente el principio, esto está comenzando”, dijo Verdejo.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+07El peso supermosca Rodríguez (8-0, 5 KOs), medallista de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos Juveniles de 2010 y plata en el Mundial Juvenil Aficionado de 2010, también debutó en 2012 y en 2013 ganó sus cinco peleas, tres de ellas por la vía rápida. Rodríguez, de 21 años, viene de vencer al retador mundial David Quijano.

“Gracias a la OMB que hizo esta actividad y que ven el sacrificio que hacemos. Nada, éste es el primer logro que tengo en mi carrera profesional y éste es el primer de muchos que vendrán y es un compromiso mío y con ustedes de seguir hacia adelante”, sostuvo Rodríguez.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+05Sosa (8-0, 6 KOs), un junior welter de 21 años que en su más reciente compromiso en junio de 2013 noqueó a Alexis Peña en Dallas, fue otro que debutó en 2012 y el año pasado ganó sus cuatro compromisos, dos por nocaut.

“Estoy bien contento de todo esto que hizo Paco con la OMB para nosotros. Y estoy seguro que vamos a parar esa crisis de Puerto Rico de no tener campeones y estoy un 200% que va a parar y siguiendo los consejos de Iván Calderón, que corre conmigo en la pista”, apuntó Sosa.

Por su parte, el entrenador de la Selección Nacional, José “Chicky” Laureano agradeció la ayuda que la OMB comentando que “estamos bien contentos con lo que la OMB ha estado haciendo con la Federación de Boxeo Aficionado por estos años y con estos jóvenes”.

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Tapia es la principal figura del boxeo femenino en la Isla y pelea 132 libras. La boxeadora de 24 años ganó medalla de oro en los Juegos Panamericanos de Guadalajara, México en 2011 y ha ganado medallas doradas en múltiples Campeonatos Internacionales.

“Agradezco porque están reconociendo el trabajo de nosotros, a la OMB, a Chicky Laureano y estoy feliz, contenta, superagradecida por el regalo que nos están dando y vamos a seguir entrenando duro para poner en nombre el alto de nuestro país”, indicó Tapia.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+09Zorrilla, que combate en las 140 libras, fue Campeón Nacional en 2012 y ganó medalla de oro en la Copa Olímpica Internacional y en el Campeonato Internacional José “Cheo” Aponte, así como bronce en el Campeonato Panamericano de Chile y participó en el Campeonato Mundial Elite en Kazajistán.  “Gracias por realizar esta actividad, igual que la Federación que nos ayuda y que gracias a ellos yo estoy aquí. Estoy bien agradecido”, expresó Zorrilla.

OMB+HOMENAJE+A+BOXEADORES+10Lebrón es un juvenil de, que pelea en las 123 libras y que fue Campeón Nacional en 2011, 2012 y 2013, ganó medalla de oro en el Campeonato Panamericano Junior en Ecuador y bronce en el Campeonato Mundial Junior en Ucrania.  “Quiero agradecer a la OMB por este homenaje que nos ha dado y a mi familia, a mi madre y padre, a mi tío, que siempre está conmigo para las peleas, y el sacrificio de uno vale la pena”, manifestó Lebrón.

También dijeron presente en la actividad, los ex campeones mundiales Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderón, Wilfredo Vázquez, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., Álex “El Nene” Sánchez, Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera, Julián Solís, Ángel “Cholo” Espada, algunos prospectos del boxeo profesional y aficionado, entrenadores, manejadores, promotores, árbitros y jueces. Además los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de la OMB, Manuel Marrero Hueca, Luis Pérez, Alberto Rodríguez, José Izquierdo y Adolfo Flores Monge.

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