JUNCOS, PR– (1/8/17)- La Organización Mundial de Boxeo y su exitoso programa mundial ‘WBO Kids Drug Free’se movilizaron esta tarde al municipio de Juncos, Puerto Rico, donde llevaron regalos y diversión en un día familiar a jóvenes miembros del Tongui Boxing Team. 


“Estamos trayendo un incentivo navideño a estos jóvenes por la gran labor que han estado realizando”, indicó el Presidente de la OMB, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel. “Es importante que sigan comprometidos en hacer las cosas bien, manteniéndose lejos de las drogas, alcohol y cualquier tipo de vicios. Hay que decirle sí a los estudios y el deporte, porque de esta manera logramos ser ciudadanos de bien. Mientras ellos sigan este camino, nosotros estaremos apoyándolos“. 


Los jóvenes recibieron mochilas con artículos escolares y otras sorpresa, al igual que participaron en el sorteo de 8 bicicletas. La ocasión sirvió para reconocer los logros de estos dedicados atletas, al igual que compartieron junto a sus familiares de un delicioso almuerzo típico navideño y se divirtieron en diferentes actividades recreativas. 


Estoy muy contento y agradecido con la OMB por el apoyo que siempre nos han brindado”, manifestó el entrenador, Jesús ‘Tongui‘ Ortiz. “Nuestra labor es convertir a estos niños y jóvenes en campeones dentro y fuera del ring. Esta experiencia de compartir y conocer figuras importantes del boxeo, y ver como aportan socialmente sin ningún interés oculto para crear un mejor mundo, sin duda los impulsan a seguir adelante con mayor deseo e imitar esa misma conducta. 


La actividad contó con la presencia del contendor mundial Alberto ‘Transformer‘ Mercado, la Campeona Nacional de Boxeo Aficionado y Reina de Belleza Tatiana Ortiz, los entrenadores Jesús ‘Chuito‘ Ayala y Angel Burgos, el manejador Margaro Cruz y los árbitros Roberto Ramírez, Jr. y José H. Rivera. 


Adicional a Valcárcel, por parte de la OMB estuvo en la actividad el Primer Vicepresidente Lcdo. John Duggan y el colaborador Lcdo. Jorge Luis Rivera. 

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R.I.P. Matchmaker Hedi Taouab


WBO File Photo:  Left to right:  Koko Kovács, Hedi Taouab, Paco Valcarcel, Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Elite matchmaker Hedi Taouab has passed away after a long illness. A legend in boxing circles, Hedi worked with Universum Box-Promotion and later SES Boxing. He was well-known for decades throughout the world for his enormous personality. The entire team of SES Boxing, in particular Ulf and Peggy Steinforth, are deeply affected by his passing.

“For our athletes and trainers, as a ‘matchmaker’ he put together many big fights, title opportunities and world championships,” said SES in a statement “For SES Boxing, he was one of the key people behind the scenes. His expertise and negotiating skills with promoters, managers and the national and international associations was undisputed and ‘hard,’ but always fair. He leaves a large void in the sport of boxing and will be irreplaceable for many boxers, trainers, managers, and promoters in the world.

“SES Boxing mourns alongside his family in Koblenz. Our sympathies go to all boxers and trainers, for he was an “uncle” to all of us. We in Magdeburg will never forget him. So long “Uncle!”

Kovalev vs. Mohammedi Final Press Conference

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev – Mohammedi Presser
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Credit:  Photos by David Spagnolo/Main Events –

The final press conference was held Thursday for the HBO-televised clash between WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) and mandatory challenger Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-feature will include a ten-round light heavyweight match-up between Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) and Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs).

Sergey Kovalev: “Thank you to WBO. This was my first belt and mean a lot to me. Thank you for this ring. Thank you for everybody that came here today. Thank you Kathy Duva my promoter, Egis Klimas my manager and Nadjib Mohammedi. I want to show this Saturday who I am. I would like to still be champion as long time as possible. I did not get all my goals in my career yet. My amateur career I didn’t give me a lot of opportunities. I was hurt in amateur career and I had to try not to closed doors. Some of my dreams in the boxing and my goals not finished. For my dreams, my goals this Saturday is the next step in my career…I cannot say who is the best. I try to be better with every day, fight and build my career as I would like.”

Nadjib Mohammedi: “I am very excited and happy. Thank you Sergey Kovalev, Main Events and HBO. I have hard work in my training camp for this fight. I am very happy. I promise Saturday a good fight. I am ready. Thank you very much.”

Kathy Duva/CEO of Main Events: “There has been a lot of discussion lately about where the best fighters fight. The place that has developed every major fighter in the last 30 years is HBO and that is why Sergey Kovalev is an HBO Fighter. This event is going to be promoted with a group of great promoters. Krusher Promotions, Sergey’s promotional company, will be our new partner going forward. Our sponsor is Myagkov Vodka. It is so nice to be back here at Mandalay Bay. We have had a long relationship with Mandalay Bay going back to Fernando Vargas. It is in my view my favorite place in Las Vegas to come. It is associated with the great people at MGM International and my good friend Richard Sturm.”

“Our first time in Nevada was in 1981 when Sugar Ray Leonard fought Thomas Hearns. This is my first time working with the current commission here in Nevada. We are forging a good relationship with them. I want to thank Cisco Aguilar and Bob Bennett.”

“The first time Sergey Kovalev fought in Las Vegas it was on an undercard. Those fighters work just as hard as everyone else. We have a great undercard for this Saturday’s event and it is always fun to watch the undercard fighters because you never know if one of them could be the next Sergey Kovalev. The opening bout on HBO World Championship Boxing telecast will feature Jean Pascal, the former light heavyweight champion of the world, against the undefeated Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez. Pascal is truly a warrior in the best sense of the word. His promoter is InterBox and he also has his own promotional company, Jean Pascal Promotions.”

“We got to know Nadjib Mohammedi a year ago when he fought Anatoliy Dudchenko on one of our shows. He came in as the under dog and came away as the mandatory challenger. I thank God every day for the day I met Egis Klimas and he brought me Sergey Kovalev. He has a great team around him. Sergey Kovalev’s trainer is a former world champion. I have known John David Jackson for a long time and he is one of the best trainers in the world. Bernard Hopkins said to me that Sergey is getting better with every fight. He is powerfully fast and shockingly dominating. He is the kind of guy that people want to see. Hopkins warned Sergey not to get complacent. I think a mark of a great fighter is no matter what you do you are never satisfied and that is the best way to describe Sergey.”

Bob Bennett – Nevada Athletic Commission: “On behalf of the Nevada Athletic Commission, we are pleased and privileged to bring you this fight. We would like to thank Main Events, HBO, Richard Sturm and Mandalay Bay and last, but not least, we really want to thank the fighters because without them none of us would be here.”

Paco Valcarcel – WBO President: “Sergey Kovalev was a sensation. Sergey, we have something for you. He is a great human being. He is a great fighter, outstanding. You going to have a lot of excitement in this fight. We have a real diamond ring for him. This is something we give to our champions.”

Egis Klimas – Sergey Kovalev’s Manager: “Good afternoon. First I want to thank Don Turner who gave me my first steps in boxing. He is the man who introduced me to this sport. He noticed Sergey and told me I had to sign him. Coming back to Vegas brings back a lot of good memories because this is where Sergey won his first belt. He won the NABA Light Heavyweight Title. We were celebrating here and he grabbed his belt, put a shirt over it and brought it downstairs. He said he wanted to give it to me. He gave it to me and said it was our title together. I still have it at my house, he never took it back. I want to thank HBO and Nadjib Mohammedi for taking this fight, Mandalay Bay and media for coming for this good event. We are looking for one of the best fights in the light heavyweight division. When Sergey came to United States in 2009 the light heavyweight division was dead and nobody was talking about it. I strongly believe the division is burning today and that is because of Sergey. There is not a match in this division that happens without mentioning his name.”

John David Jackson – Sergey Kovalev’s Trainer: “I am not going to talk too much. I am going to let Sergey do the talking in the ring Saturday night. But I was a WBO champion during my career and where is my ring, Paco? (laughing)”

“I think Sergey Kovalev is in the top five fighters pound-for-pound and he can become #1.”

Vince Caruso: “Nadjib Mohammedi, a lot of people didn’t know who we were not too long ago. After Saturday he will be known everywhere. I can make two guarantees: He will weigh 175 pounds tomorrow on the scale and he will have the best game plan possible. That is because of Abel Sanchez, who I believe he is the best trainer in the business. When Nadjib’s trainer couldn’t make it into the country back in November, I had the chance to call Abel to step in. It is like putting sugar in the Duncan Hines…Nadjib Mohammedi is Saturday’s challenger but he will be Sunday’s champion.”

Jon Ali – Nadjib Mohammedi’s Co-Manager: “I am glad to be here with my brother, Nadjib Mohammedi. I am very proud of him. Back in France he came a long way to get here. Saturday night will change his life forever.”

Abel Sanchez – Nadjib Mohammedi’s Trainer: “Nadjib earned this right by moving up the ladder to become the #1 contender. I believe we are fighting the best light heavyweight in the world. We know we are fighting a very tough guy. I hope everyone enjoys the fight.”

Jean Pascal: “Hi everybody. There is no place like home. I have been fighting at home my whole career. I am glad to be in Vegas, it is my first time fighting here. Every fighter on my level wants to fight at least one time in Vegas. This is my chance to make a statement on Saturday night. I know am still among the best in the world and best in my division. I know Yuniesky Gonzalez is hungry and he wants to make a statement. I want to give you guys a great show on Saturday night.”

“My philosophy is the best must fight the best. I believe I am still among the best in the world. I am the best light heavyweight in the world but I had a bad night on March 14.”

Yuniesky Gonzalez: “Good afternoon. Thank you to Jean Pascal team, HBO and Joe DiGuardia and Kathy Duva of Main Events for this opportunity. Gracias. We are going to see high quality boxing from Yuniesky Gonzalez Saturday night.”

Pierre Duc – InterBox Promotions: “Good afternoon. InterBox has been one of the lead promoters in Canada for a long time but this is our first time in Vegas, so this is a great thrill for us. Thank you to HBO, Kathy Duva and Main Events for having us here. Following Jean Pascal’s fight with Sergey Kovalev one of Pascal’s requests was to step back into the ring as soon as possible. We are so happy to make this happen for him. You are going to see a very exciting fight on HBO. Jean Pascal is a former light heavyweight champion. Kathy Duva described him as a warrior. This is going to be a long and very difficult fight for both fighters.”

Marc Ramsay – Jean Pascal’s Trainer: “Thank you for being with us today. After the fight with Sergey Kovalev, Jean Pascal requested a fight right away on HBO with the best opponent available. With the style of both fighters we are going to have a great fight. We had a great training camp and it should be a great fight Saturday night.”

Joe DiGuardia – Star Boxing, Gonzalez’s Promoter: “Thank you. It is great to be back here at Mandalay Bay where I have also had some great fights and my best success stories. I want to thank Kathy Duva and Main Events from having us, Peter Nelson and HBO for giving this opportunity to Yuniesky Gonzalez. Jean Pascal is a great champion. Sergey Kovalev is one of the greatest of our time. Yuniesky Gonzalez is pleased to have this opportunity. Yuniesky Gonzalez is an exciting fighter. I guarantee you will see an exciting fight with Yuniesky Gonzalez and Jean Pascal. Yuniesky Gonzalez has been clawing his way to get this opportunity and he will take advantage of it.”

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Kovalev - Mohammedi Presser  Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Donnie Nietes wins a superfight

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IT WAS no ordinary boxing bout Donnie Nietes won in retaining his WBO junior flyweight crown in Cebu City on Saturday.

When he got tagged with a hard shot to the head in the 10th round, Nietes tarried and took a deep breath. He appeared on the verge of exhaustion.

How he moved back into the fray, to gamble on an injured hand in the 11th before dominating the 12th round, is the story of a quiet and unassuming Filipino champion gallantly retaining the Philippines’ lone remaining world boxing crown.

Michael Aldeguer, top man at ALA Promotions, said on the eve of the championship bout that expectations were bound to be surpassed, going by the quality of the competition.

After the tight tactical battle, which saw leads shifting sharply, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that they ended up serving what could qualify as a superfight.

The bout could have gone either way until Nietes, who injured his right hand in the sixth round, put up a masterful display of sharpness, courage and composure.

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Of course, the fight did not bring with it monumental purses. That could be a prerequisite for a bout that comes to be called a candidate superbout.

It was, however, rich in great exchanges, full of suspense, a real thriller.

What it lacked in dollar decimals, it more than made up in memorable combat.

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Losing mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez, his nose busted and bleeding, predictably protested and cried he should have gotten the decision.

Filipino cycling legend Jesus Garcia Jr., a Nietes die-hard, believed a rematch could prove similarly thrilling.

He, however, laughed off the scores of the second and third judges who gave Nietes final leads of 10 and eight points,  thereby making it appear there was a mismatch. Garcia claimed the 115-113 score submitted by the first judge was apt.

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For the record, the taller, ever-charging Rodriguez gave Nietes some tough time with his swarming offensive.

It was just too bad that, unlike Nietes, he lacked necessary defensive skills.

By the way, there was WBO president Paco Valcarcel presiding gleefully over the awarding of belts.

He sure was never remiss in claiming before the championship that Nietes, who always comes out to fight, is a future Hall-of-Famer.



By Federal Express

June 18, 2015


Edward Brophy
International Boxing Hall of Fame                                                                                      One Hall of Fame Drive
Canastota, NY 13032

Re: Hall of Fame Museum Expansion Project WBO

Dear Ed:

The World Boxing Organization is proud to enclose our second $50,000.00 donation to the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Museum Expansion Project. We hope this humble contribution will provide the Hall with further resources to continue developing your honorable project.

The WBO is committed to share in the vision of the preserving the legacy of Boxing for all future generations worldwide. We look forward to the realization of this historic project that showcases the past, present and future of the sport while providing the continued purpose of educating youth on the evolution of a sport that can promote the well-being of the community.

The WBO thanks the International Boxing Hall of Fame for your continued endeavors of education for all.



Paco Valcarcel


WBO backs investigation of Haymon


“I’m in agreement with the ABC’s request to the US Attorney General to investigate Haymon,” said WBO president Paco Valcarcel on Thursday via Twitter. “The time is right to investigate him and all of us! The World Boxing Organization is willing to cooperate with any investigation of the US Attorney General for the betterment of the sport of boxing. As discussed in our WBO Convention in October, Ali Act should define the “advisor” figure and penalties increased to 5 years in prison/250k.”

Marco Huck to seek business advice from Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas

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Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 Kos) has arrived at the Mecca of boxing. The reigning WBO-Cruiserweight World Champion has touched down in Las Vegas, Nevada after a 14 hours flight.

But the 29-year-old didn’t travel to Sin City to try his luck at the slot machines. Instead he will attend the 27th annual Convention of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) which this year is being held at Caesars Palace until October 31st.

Other guests of course include the president of the organization, Paco Valcarcel, as well as boxing greats and former champions Joe Calzaghe and Oscar De La Hoya. Huck is especially looking forward to meet the latter of the two. Back in 2002, De La Hoya founded his own promotional company, Golden Boy Promotions, which has become one of the biggest players in the boxing industry.

“Oscar has already done, what my brother Kenan and I are intending to do now”, said Huck. “In order for him to take control of his own future he parted ways with his former promoter as a reigning champion, and has since turned into one of the most powerful people in the sport. Therefore I am sure that he can give me some great input.”

And this advice could immediately prove to come in handy when the “Käpt´n” and his brother discuss future challenges with other attendees at the Convention.

Mikey moving to 140; Salido new WBO champ

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WBO President Paco Valcarcel has announced that WBO interim jr lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will now be the full WBO 130lb titleholder. Valcarcel also announced that current champion Mikey Garcia is now moving up to the 140lb division. Garcia has been out of the ring since January due to a promotional dispute.


pbcc.140825.800w     By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.

SHANGHAI- Chinese boxing fans are expected to troop to the Mercedes Benz Arena today for “FIST OF POWER”, a live event that will feature Ik Yang (15-0, 9 KOs) of Dalian, China against Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-2, 8 KOs), of Roi-Et, Thailand for the WBO Asia-Pacific lightweight title.

The August 26 card also has something to offer for the Filipino fight fans – Randy “Razor” Petalcorin (21-1-1,16KO’s) of Gen. Santos City will go up against Walter Tello (20-7,8KO’s) of Panama for the interim WBA world light flyweight title.

It is not just Filipino boxers, but Filipino ring officials have also become a regular presence in boxing promotions held in China. When Top Rank started their first high profile boxing event – FISTS OF GOLD – in Macau last April 2013, ring officials of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) headed by its president Paco Valcarcel and WBO Vice-President for Asia-Pacific Leon Panoncillo were among those who handled and supervised the birth of big time boxing promotions in this country. This started the influx of experienced boxing officials from the Philippines who provided their expertise in the professional side of the sport. They have formed a good partnership with Thai,Australian and Chinese boxing officials.

Panoncillo is currently the driving force and head of the Professional Boxing Commission of China (PBCC). Aside from supervising events, he has conducted workshops for Chinese boxing officials who are interested in learning how professional bouts are conducted and supervised. One example was the demonstration on the proper taping or wrapping of a boxer’s hand and gloves which was held after today’s FIST OF POWER weigh-in at the Sheraton Hotel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPHOTO – PBCC and WBO Asia-Pacific chief Leon Panoncillo demonstrates handwrapping on chief dressing room and handwraps inspector Romar Embodo as WBO As-Pac board member Danny Leigh and PBCC Executive Sec. Maggie Wei Na look on.

Panoncillo, who also has the experience of being a boxing trainer, showed the legal way of handwrapping as well as the illegal way to make inspectors aware of any shenanigans happening inside the fighters’ dressing room.

In various boxing events in Macau and in mainland China, the PBCC has conducted itself in a professional manner and has trained aspiring officials to do things the right way. It also has been responsible in the way they provide licenses, conduct the needed medical requirements for boxers and make sure the proper emergency facilities are available.

“Pro boxing is new and still growing here, If they start doing things the right way, the rest will be easy.” Panoncillo said.   Top Rank has tied up with SECA to build the growth of pro boxing here in China. SECA CEO Sheng Li stated in today’s presscon that they still don’t have much knowledge in pro boxing in China, hence his partnership with Top Rank. Looking at the steady increase of boxing promotions in this country, it has been mutually beneficial for both parties. The PBCC has also become a steady and reliable presence.

pbcc_augustshanghaiPhoto – PBCC officials – Romar Embodo, Dr.Rene Bonsubre, Salven Lagumbay, Larry Balanay, Edward Ligas, Arnie Najera, Danny Leigh,Danrex Tapdasan, Sorat Soikrachang and PBCC head Leon Panoncillo

The Tuesday fight card in Shanghai has seven Chinese boxers. Aside from Petalcorin, another Filipino boxer, Marlon Alta (12-4,9KO’s) will be pitted against Qu Peng (5-0-1,3KO’s) of China in a non-title light heavyweight match-up.

Peter Quillin poised for lucrative defense vs. Matt Korobov




Credit:  Photo by Steven / Article by Lenn Satterfield –

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.”

Anthony recibió faja de boxeo en PR


Por:  Salvador Rodriguez-

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.


Donación para niños cordobeses


Montería. La capital del Sinú ayer tuvo la presencia del máximo directivo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Paco Valcárcel, quien en compañía de Tutico Zabala y Luis Pérez, supervisor de la OMB, entregaron varias ayudas para niños y niñas de escasos recursos.


Los beneficiados fueron menores de Montería, San Pelayo y San Antero quienes recibieron balones, implementación deportiva para escuelas de boxeo y bonos de alimentación.


“Hace muchos años que hemos adelantado este tipo de campañas alrededor de todo el mundo. Esto lo hacemos, porque estamos convencidos de que invertir en un niño es invertir en el futuro del mundo y es alejar a la población más vulnerable de las drogas”, aseguró Varcárcel.

El alto directivo de la OMB, agregó que escogieron Montería en esta oportunidad, porque había varias personas que lo habían solicitado y porque Córdoba es una tierra de campeones.


Por su parte, Tutico Zabala indicó: “Con la OMB hemos viajado por toda América Latina y estuve hablando con Paco sobre el cariño que le tengo a esta ciudad porque mi esposa es de acá y logré convencerlo de venir. Espero que este sea el primero de muchos años por venir, para así ayudar a los niños y la juventud de Córdoba para que estén alejados de los vicios”.



Chuncheon, KOREA–In a fast-paced action fight, Japan’s Mako Yamada outhustled and outpointed defending WBO minimum weight champion Su-Yun Hong over ten rounds at the city gymnasium here.

The shorter Yamada fought with laser-guided precision, sweeping the first three rounds to befuddle the taller defending champion who was heavily breathing starting in the second frame.

By the fourth, and egged on by hometown crowd, Hong upped his tempo a bit, making the fight exciting with both fighters taking and giving punches.

Yamada’s speed and volume-punching proved too much, however, as she cruised to a split decision victory.

Neutral judge Salven Lagumbay of the Philippines scored it 96-94 for Yamada, Japan’s Katsuhiko Nakamura saw it 97-93 for Yamada, while Korean judge Joint Sum Kwon had it 97-96 for Hong. The Korean judge scored three of the rounds a 10-10.

Referee Danrex Tapdasan observed that the defending champ Hong was already breathing heavily as early as the second round.

A possible rematch can be worked out, according to WBO Asia Chairman Leon Panoncillo who supervised the bout. Hong’s handlers own an option to Yamada’s next defense.

Yamada’s handlers, meanwhile, can also bid to hold the fight in Japan, which has recently affiliated itself to the WBO in a special ceremony last year with no less than WBO President Paco Valcarcel in attendance.

With the win, Yamada now boasts of 7 wins, no loss with 2 KO’s while the dethroned Hong tastes her first defeat against 9 wins.

NOTES: Former ALA fighter and RP champion Bart Abapo took time off from his job as a boxing trainer here to visit this writer and WBO chief Leon Panncillo and referee Tapdasan…Chuncheon is just two hours away from communist country North Korea…JBC’s Aaron Ning is probably the hardest-working boxing official in Korea…



By:  Salven L. Lugumbay –

MACAU–Amid the grandeur and pageantry of the mammoth “Clash in Cotai”, one thing stands out in the hoopla leading up to Pacquiao vs Rios–the beautifully crafted WBO International belt that will go to the winner.

The hardware, a masterpiece of an artwork reserved only for the best of the best, made a grand entrance during the final press on the other day at the luxurious Venetian Hotel and Casino here.

WBO International Chairman Leon Panoncillo described it as “a historic belt for a historic fight” during the press con attended by promoter Bob Arum.

“Our special WBO International belt ordered by WBO president Paco Valcarcel for the winner was a big challenge in itself, it took a tremendous amount of time and money before it could be finished up,” said Panoncillo.



The impressive belt has been premiered and designed into perfection displaying quality sparkling beautiful handset quality Swarovsky Crystals with a special crafted figure like profile of both fighters, sculptured in emblems that uniquely imitate their profile image as fighters, in gold mirror finish.

“Nevertheless, its about the fighters that we are all here to perform, their determination and will to win that drive them to glory. The belt is secondary, however, keep in mind the sentimental value of the belt that will endure with them forever to be remembered, to be proud of, reminding of his hard-earned accomplishment to share with his children in years to come. This is why the WBO puts forth its belt for important matches for everyone in the world to acknowledge and respect.”

Russell Jr. may be next if Salido fights Lomachenko




Photo by Scott Heavey, Gettyimages –

by Lem Satterfield –

WBO President Paco Valcarcel has declared unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. to be the organization’s mandatory challenger to Mexican Orlando Salido, giving Salido the next 180 days within which to defend against Russell after having won the vacant belt by seventh-round knockout over Orlando Cruz on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The ruling would not preclude a planned voluntary defense for Salido (40-12-2, 28 knockouts) against Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko for Jan. 25 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a possibility mentioned by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum after Lomachenko’s fourth-round stoppage of Mexican rival Jose Luis Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday.

Like Salido-Cruz, Lomachenko-Ramirez happened on the undercard of Tim Bradley’s split-decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez. A 25-year-old amateur star, Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO) was a winner of his second Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Games in London. [Editor’s note: Lomachenko took part in six World Series of Boxing semi-pro bouts that were scheduled for five rounds before officially turning pro.]

“If Salido wants to fight Lomachenko in January, then he could do it,” said Valcarcel. “Because we’re talking (about) Salido having (to) face Russell before April. In the interim, he can fight a voluntary. The mandatory would not be due until around April 12.”

A 25-year-old 2004 U.S. Olympian who is coming off a unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz in August,  Russell (23-0, 13 KOs) said he received the news of the WBO’s mandate last Wednesday.

“On Oct. 9, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” said Russell, in a prepared release. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and can not wait for the fight to get made.”

The prospect of making Salido-Russell or Russell-Lomachenko could be complicated since Arum and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer are feuding and are aligned with rival networks, HBO and Showtime, respectively.

In addition, Russell has been promoted by Golden Boy through advisor Al Haymon, with whom Arum also has had an adversarial relationship.

Arum doesn’t believe there will be any trouble in making a fight with Russell.

“If those are the rules, then those are the rules. If the winner of Salido-Lomachenko has to fight Russell, then they’ll fight Russell. That’s no big deal,” said Arum. “If we can’t reach an agreement, then we’ll go to purse bid. That’s what it’s designed for. Golden Boy and ourselves have done a number of fights that way, after either we or they won on purse bid.”

Schaefer said the same.

“If it can’t get done, then it will have to go to purse bid,” said Schaefer. “I think that’s fantastic and I think that Gary is definitely up to the challenge.”

Tomoki Kameda Nuevo Campeón Mundial


Por Carlos Costa en Ringside en Cebu, Filipinas –

CEBU, Filipinas  –  El japones Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda se convirtio en el nuevo campeón mundial gallo de la OMB al destronar por decisión unánime al ahora ex-campeón Paulus Ambunda de Namibia en la noche de hoy Jueves (Agosto 1) aquí en el Waterfront Resort y Casino en Cebú, Filipinas.

Con su triunfo, Kameda, logro que el nombre de el y su otros dos hermanos, Koki y Daiki, entraran en los libros de historia al ser la primera vez que tres hermanos se coronan como campeones del mundo de boxeo.


El invicto nuevo campeon del mundo utilizo inteligentemente sus mejor estatura, alcance, velocidad y tecnica para dominar a un voluntarioso Ambunda quien no logro descifrar ni la rapidez ni los movimientos defensivos Tomoki.


La puntuación de los jueces fue:  juez Carlos Colon de Puerto Rico 118-110, juez Thomas Miller de Ohio 116-112 y jueza W. Rolda de Nueva York 117-111, todos a favor del nuevo campeón gallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).




Una de las mejores armas del japones en contra del Namibio fue su gancho de izquierda, el cual conecto de ello en reiteradas ocasiones durante el acelerado combate que nunca ceso en intensidad.


El jab de izquierda cayo un incontable numero de veces en la cabeza de Ambunda quien demostró cierto talento y excelentes condiciones fisicas, pero no suficiente técnica para meterse en la guardia de Tomoki Kameda y hacer daño.


Durante los descansos, el ahora campeon gallo de la OMB era atendido por su hermano mayor Koki Kameda, actual campeon gallo de la AMB.

IMG_8546Fue un combate caliente de principio a fin e intercambios como este fueron la norma, pero la mejor destreza del Japones lo llevo a la gloria en el dia de hoy.

IMG_8477IMG_8539Una gran cantidad de fanaticos japones viajaron de Japon a Filipinas a apoyar a Tomoki Kameda quien definitivamente es uno de los peleadores mas populares en la Tierra del Sol Naciente; y luego de la victoria de hoy, lo es aun mas.

IMG_8623Tomoki es declarado nuevo campeon del mundo.   En la extrema derecha se ve a su hermano Daiki Kameda, quien ha sido campeon del mundo y proximamente en Japon disputara el cinturon super mosca de la FIB.

IMG_8739aaaTomoki con matchmaker, Ricardo Rizzo.


Tomoki abraza a su padre.


Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel felicita al nuevo campeón de la OMB en Español.   Tomoki Kameda habla el idioma nuestro sin ningún problema.


Tomoki Kameda hizo historia en convertirse el primer campeon del mundo Japones de la OMB.   La OMB entro a Japón en Febrero.   Hoy 1ro de Agosta logra coronar su primer campeón, nada menos que Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda.


Momento historico en el que tres hermanos han llegado a ser campeones del mundo.   De izquierda a derecha:  Koki Kameda actual campeon mundial gallo de la AMB, Shiro Kameda (padre de los hermanos Kameda), Tomoki Kameda, nuevo campeon mundial gallo de la OMB, Daiki Kameda, ex campeon mosca de la AMB y Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel, presidente de la OMB.


Tomoki es levantado en hombros por su gente hoy (1ro de Agosto) aqui en el ring del lujoso Waterfront Hotel and Casino en Cebu Filipinas.


Mexicano Ruiz 254.4, Joe Hanks 236 en Macao


Por Carlos Costa en Macao, China, –

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.








WBO Kids Drug Free junto a ex campeones mundiales y prospectos llevan juguetes y bicicletas a niños del Centro Sor Isolina Ferré de Ponce


          PONCE, PUERTO RICO- Cientos de niños del área sur de Puerto Rico recibieron regalos y bicicletas de parte de ex campeones mundiales, contendores y peleadores puertorriqueños unidos a la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y su exitoso programa mundial “Kids Drug Free” en el Centro Sor Isolina Ferré y su acostumbrada actividad navideña.

El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, junto a la directora de la institución Sister  Mildred Vázquez, presentaron la actividad para los niños jóvenes pertenecientes a los diferentes programas del Centro, que cuenta con estudios y deportes para sus asistentes. Los ex campeones mundiales Juan Manuel “Juanma” López, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., Álex “El Nene” Sánchez, Samuel “El Torbellino” Serrano, así como los contendores mundiales José “Chelo” González, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo, Jonathan “Bomba” González, David Quijano, Víctor Bisbal y los prospectos Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo, Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” González, John Karl Sosa, y los aficionados Mercedes Alicea, Luis Sánchez y Ernesto Alicea participaron del evento.

“Estamos otro año más aquí para traer estos obsequios, como lo hemos realizado por los pasados 15 años. Nos alegra y nos motiva mucho llegar aquí y ver todos estos niños y jóvenes en el Centro, aprovechando su tiempo aquí. Hagan como todos estos boxeadores que están aquí, que son muchachos limpios y sanos y miren donde han llegado”, expresó Valcárcel. “Así que manténganse fuera de las drogas sigan practicando deporte y estudiando”.

Para Vázquez, la directora del Centro Sor Isolina Ferré también fue de gran agrado ver a todos los peleadores presentes en la actividad mencionando que “agradecemos de todo corazón a la OMB porque siempre le alegran la Navidad a estos niños y jóvenes. Esperamos que sigan con esa labor en Puerto Rico y en el Mundo, ayudando la juventud y la niñez”.

La OMB y los peleadores puertorriqueños otorgaron 100 bicicletas a los niños de distintas localidades cercanas al Centro Sor Isolina Ferré, así como regalos a los más pequeñines. Los niños, jóvenes y los padres también se fotografiaron con los boxeadores y obtuvieron sus autógrafos.

“Nosotros siempre estamos apoyando esta iniciativa de la OMB y su programa Kids Drug Free para darle un apoyo a todos estos niños”, manifestó por su parte Juanma López.

La actividad fue organizada por las OMB en conjunto con el Centro Sor Isolina Ferre, que se dedica a ayudar a los niños y jóvenes en áreas de estudios y deportes. Además de Valcárcel y los peleadores, dijeron presente en el evento los entrenadores Orlando Piñero, Álex Caraballo, Ricky Márquez, Margaro Cruz, Andrés Ortiz, Aníbal Soto, los árbitros José H. Rivera, Roberto Ramírez Sr., Roberto Ramírez Jr., Ramón Peña, Ramón Solís, los jueces César Ramos, Carlos Colón, Raúl Nieves, y Hernando Steidel y el promotor Peter Rivera. De parte de la OMB Luis Pérez, Manuel Marrero Hueca y Adolfo Flores Monge.

Por Aleudi Rosario

Fotos Joel Colón