Carmona back in Telemundo main event Friday


WBO Youth champion David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico takes on countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3, 8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico this Friday. The bout will be scheduled for 10 rounds with only the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. Telemundo Ford with air the main event with the site of the fight being the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City.

Carmona is a very recent familiar face to the Telemundo Network audience. He will be headlining now for his 4th time on Telemundo air in a year and half span. Carmona came up short in his first bid for a world title last December losing to world champion Omar Narvaez. Carmona returned from that loss this past July on Telemundo and rebounded with a solid victory over Ricardo Rodriguez. Carmona is again fighting in front of his home fans and is ready to exciting performance.

What can you tell us about your opponent Casillas and his style of fighting?

Casillas and I are familiar with each other having sparred together. His style is more of toe-to-toe, where I am more of a boxer/puncher.

Do you think having sparred with each other that there is an advantage for either of you?

I don’t see it that way as sparring and a real fight are totally different.

Casillas has fought as high as super bantamweight. Two full divisions above your contracted fight weight for this fight. Do you see him looking to impose his size advantage on you?

He may be the naturally bigger guy and look to exchange more with me. I am more of a boxer but I will exchange if necessary or pressed to do so during the fight.

You are both from Mexico, in fact both of you are actually from Mexico City, the site of the fight. Any pressure fighting at home?

I enjoy fighting at home. I’m very comfortable here. He has a decent fan following here as well so there won’t be a hometown advantage for me. I honestly think the crowd will be divided cheering for us both.

After your recent world title fight loss do you feel that you need to get some more solid wins before another opportunity a world title?

I don’t think about it much. I’m happy I had the opportunity and got the experience from the fight. I don’t look too far ahead. Right now my most important fight is this Friday and that’s what I’m focused on. I’m coming to win and give the fans on hand and the fans watching an exciting fight.

WBO Youth Title: David Carmona-Ricardo Rodriguez


Photos/Weights: David Carmona-Ricardo Rodriguez –

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

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



Gello-Ani is Confident Saludar Can Win a World Title

Well known promoter Sammy Gelloani is confident that undefeated flyweight Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar can win a world title if given a chance.

Saludar is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO behind ALA Promotions Milan Melindo with another Filipino Brian Viloria reigning as champion. Saludar is also ranked No. 8 by the IBF, No. 9 by the WBC and No. 15 by the WBA.

But before he aspires for a world title shot, Saludar will have to overcome the challenge of Mexico’s Alejandro “Terrible” Morales whom he battles at the Hoops Dome in Lapu Lapu City on Saturday in an exciting fight card that also features former WBO world super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona who is trying desperately to make a comeback and earn another world title shot.

The fighters as well as Gello-ani will be present at a press conference to be held at Masas restaurant in Greenbelt 2 in Makati at 12 noon on Wednesday, hosted by AKTV 13 which will telecast the fights on a slightly delayed basis from the Hoops Dome at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The 23 year old Morales is considered a typical Mexican warrior who comes to fight and has an impressive record of 13-1 with 7 knockouts to back him up. His only loss was in a battle of then undefeated fighters when he was stunned by Julio Ceja (16-0, 14 KO’s) in a 1st round TKO loss in a WBC FECARBOX super flyweight title fight on September 3, 2011. However, Morales  quickly recovered from that setback with a unanimous eight round decision over Israel Rojas on October 7, 2011.

Reports on Morales received by the Standard state that he is impressive  against fighters who are not in the top of the rankings and that he had “stepped up a bit in his 2nd round knockout of Patricio Camacho” on April 29, 2011.

Gello-ani told Standard “I am very confident of Saludar if he is given an opportunity very early for the world title. He is very disciplined, has a matured mind and the ambition. Everything is with him.”

The promising Saludar has a record of 14-0-1 with 11 knockouts and is the current WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Youth flyweight champion. He is coming off a 1st round knockout of a veteran of 51 fights, Nelson Llanos last December 23. Saludar dropped Llanos twice in the opening round with devastating body shots before the referee waved the fight off..

Saludar won the WBO title with a 10th round TKO over a battling Gabriel Pumar in an action-packed title fight at the Island Cove in Cavite on August 6, 2011 which was also covered by AKTV IBC 13.

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

More Awards For Filipino Boxers and Referee at WBO Convention

It’s been a great WBO Convention for the Philippines with “Promoter of the Year” Sammy Gello-ani joined by two other boxers and a referee at the recently concluded WBO Awards ceremony in Puerto Rico.

WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo told the Manila Standard that undefeated 22 year old Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar who has a record of 13-0-1 with 10 knockouts was named WBO Asia Pacific and WBO World Youth flyweight “Boxer of the Year.”

Saludar won the Asia Pacific title with a rousing 10th round TKO over Gabriel Pumar in an exciting title fight at the Island Cove Resort in Cavite telecast by AKTV IBC Channel 13 last August 6.

Saludar had earlier won the vacant Youth title with a sensational 1st round TKO over Thailand’s Liempetch Sor Veerapol on the top rated weekly boxing show “The Main Event” also telecast on AKTV IBC Channel 13.

Undefeated 19 year old southpaw Jerwin Ancajas was named WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight “Boxer of the Year” for winning the title by a unanimous ten round decision over Rex Tito last April 16.

Referee, lawyer Danrex Tapdasan was awarded the WBO Asia Pacific “Official of the Year” and commended as “ as one of Asia’s most

Photo: Froilan Saludar (C) with WBO Vice-President Leon Panoncillo (L) and Promoter Samson Gello-ani (R).


By Ronnie Nathanielsz