Gilberto Ramirez vs. Max Bursak in Play For April 22

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By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Organization super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will make his first championship defense on April 22 in California, according to the information that Top Rank’s Bob Arum disclosed to Mexican promoter Jesus Zapari.

Based on the information given to Zapari, the opponent of ‘Zurdo’ will be Ukrainian contender Max Bursak, who has a record of 33-4-1 and 15 knockouts. In addition, the European is 32 years old and he’s lost fights to top opponents like Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Zac Dunn and Martín Murray.

Zápari, who along with promoter Arum leads the career of Ramirez, was advised of the details on Monday and told that his boxer would fight in Los Angeles, California.

Zapari was under the impression that Ramirez would join the undercard of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who is also fighting on that day – and the Filipino star’s return will happen in either Australia or the United Arab Emirates. But Ramirez will appear on a separate presentation in California.

“The date Arum gave us was April 22nd in California against the Ukrainian. At the beginning we thought there was a chance of having a role in Pacquiao’s undercard, but they have not decided on that, so what we have been told is that he’s goes to fight Bursak in California, which is good because we wanted to stage a fight in this area,” Zápari said to ESPN Deportes.

Ramirez became the first Mexican fighter to win a world super middleweight championship (168 pounds) last April, after he dethroned the dangerous German veteran Arthur Abraham in Las Vegas. However, he could not fight for the rest of 2016 due to an injury to the knuckle of his right hand.

The first defense was scheduled for July 23, but after the injury he withdrew from that opportunity. He was forced to undergo surgery, which left him on the shelf for the rest of the year.

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Photos: Felix Verdejo, Christopher Diaz – San Juan Presser

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SAN JUAN, P.R. – Undefeated Puerto Rican contenders Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo and Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz have promised to put on a big show to the Puerto Rican fans on Friday February 3 as part of the ‘Solo Boxeo’ event at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente of the borinqueña capital.

Verdejo (22-0, 15 KO’s), who will return to the clinic after recovering completely from the abrasions he suffered last August in a motorcycle accident, will face Nicaraguan Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KO’s) and defend for the sixth time his Latin lightweight title of the World Boxing Organization (WBO).  ‘El Diamante’ of Puerto Rico will attempt to prove that he is prepared to challenge Terry Flanagan of the UK for the WBO lightweight world title.

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“This is just the beginning. I’m now more focused. I’m coming in here very hungry and very eager to succeed.This is how you will see it on February 3. Felix is ??back!” said ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo when he spoke at the podium.

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Meanwhile, ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (19-0, 11 KO’s), currently the WBOYouth featherweight world champion, will face American Efrain Esquivias (17-5-1, 10 KO’s). In 2016, Diaz achieved important victories and has positioned himself as one of the highest ranked contenders of the featherweight division.

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“On February 3 you can expect a great fight from me, from my brother Felix Verdejo and the whole El Diamante team,” said Diaz. “I will continue to develop as a fighter to be able to provide a new champion to Puerto Rico,” guaranteed Diaz.

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“On February 3 you can expect a great fight from me, from my brother Felix Verdejo and the whole El Diamante team,” said Diaz. “I will continue to develop as a fighter to be able to provide a new champion to Puerto Rico,” guaranteed Diaz.

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Tickets remaining for the card, presented by Top Rank in association with Diamante Promotions, are priced at $ 150 (Red Carpet), $ 100 (Ring Side), $ 75 (Stage Center), $ 35 (Stage), and $ 20 Applicable charges, are already on sale and can be purchased at www.Ticketera.in or by calling (787) 305-3600.

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The card will be televised from coast to coast in the United States on Friday, February 3 at 11 p.m. ET / PT on the likes of ‘Solo Boxeo’ in a simultaneous transmission of the UniMás and Univision Deportes Network networks.

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DATE CHANGE HEAVYWEIGHT -PURSE BID – @ Verdanza Hotel PR

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Chairman

WBO Championship Committee

 TO: ALL BONA FIDE PROMOTERS

FROM: LUIS BATISTA SALAS, ESQ.

DATE: January 26, 2017

RE: DATE CHANGE HEAVYWEIGHT

-PURSE BID – Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury

Please be advised that the Purse Bid Scheduled for 11:00 am AST on Wednesday, February 1st 2017 has been postponed until Friday, February 3rd, same time and place:

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8020 Tartak Street

Isla Verde, PR 00979

Ph.: +1 (787) 625-9025

E-mail: reservations@verdanzahotel.com

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The minimum acceptable bid for the Heavyweight Title is $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars). The Purse division for Champion Parker will be 60% and for the Challenger 40%, as accorded during the 2016 WBO Convention in San Juan, PR.

President Francisco Valcarcel will be presiding

WBO Middleweight Bout Negotiations Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Chairman WBO Championship Committee

Via Email

January 26, 2017

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Re: WBO Middleweight Bout Negotiations Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze

Gentlemen:

Please be advised the parties have ten (10) days to negotiate an agreement for the WBO Middleweight Championship bout between Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered.

The minimum acceptable bid for the Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Dollars).

Any one of the parties involved may call for a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly,

Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

C/c Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

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WBO HEAVYWEIGHT PURSE BID

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Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

Chairman

WBO Championship Committee 

January 24, 2017

             

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Re:     WBO HEAVYWEIGHT PURSE BID

Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury

 

Gentlemen:

As per Section 11 through 14 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (www.wboboxing.com), please be advised that a purse bid will be held at 11:00 am AST on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the:

 

WBO Headquarters

1056 Muñoz Rivera Avenue

Suite 711-714

San Juan, PR 00927

+1 (787) 765-4444

 

The minimum acceptable bid for the Heavyweight Title is $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars). The Purse division for Champion Parker will be 60% and for the Challenger 40%, as accorded during the 2016 WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

President Francisco Valcarcel will be presiding.

Cc:      All Bona Fide Promoters

Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson postponed until February 24 (www.boxingnews24.com)

slo, Norway (January 23, 2017). First Lady Promotions has postponed the highly anticipated battle between Consensus #1 Women’s Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and Undisputed Welterweight World Champion, CECILIA BRAEKHUS, (29-0-0, 8 KO’s) and Mandatory Challenger KLARA SVENSSON, (17-1-0, 5 KO’s) scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 to the new date of Friday, February 24.

Braekhus, holder of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Titles has been hit with the flu which will require a period of rest before the resumption of a full training schedule.

“I was in the best shape of my life before I got knocked out by the flu. This is the worst that can happen to a fighter so close to battle, but health and safety comes first of course,” said Cecilia Brækhus.

The entire event, planned for another sold-out night at the Oslo Spektrum, will now take place on Friday, February 24 with all tickets being honored for the new date.

Through Braekhus’ extensive lobbying work over the last several years, Norway lifted their 33-year ban on professional boxing in 2015. On October 1, 2016, Braekhus was finally able to fight in her home country, knocking out Anne Sophie Mathis in the second round, a national event that captivated the entire country.

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Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson postponed until February 24

Liam Williams vs. Liam Smith For WBO European Belt, April 8

By Elliot Foster

Liam Smith against Liam Williams was arguably the biggest highlight of Monday’s announcement regarding the BT Sport schedule. Promoter Frank Warren confirmed the super-welterweight clash as part of his deal between BoxNation, his own broadcaster, and the aforementioned BT Sport. Reports last week suggested that the fight would be for the vacant WBO super-welterweight world title.

That belt, however, is currently held by Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6. And a media release from Frank Warren’s office, just hours after the schedule announcement for the next few months, revealed that the fight between the Liverpudlian –– who lost the WBO title to Alvarez in Texas last September –– and Clydach Vale’s Williams, on April 8 at Manchester Arena, exclusively live on BoxNation and BT Sport, will instead be for Williams’ WBO European title at 154 pounds. Williams won the title against Gabor Gorbics on November 26, 2016, at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. Further details regarding the fight and the full card, which is headed by Terry Flanagan’s fifth defence of the WBO lightweight world title against number two-ranked Petr Petrov and will also feature the professional debut of two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams, will be revealed in due course.

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Orfanato de Malambo en Panamá recibe donación OMB

Este jueves 19 de enero 2017 el Orfelinato San José de Malambo, en El Carrizal, Arraiján, volvió a recibir una donación económica por parte de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), por medio de su presidente,  Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel quien ademas fue acompañado por el Lic. Luis Batista Salas, Presidente Fundador de la OMB y Presidente del Comité de Campeonatos Mundiales, junto a Joe Hernández y Rubén De Jesús, cercanos colaboradores de la Organización y don Marco Hermoso representante de la OMB en Panamá quien escogió al Orfanato de Malambo para recibir la donación.

“Es un compromiso que tenemos y pasamos por varios países”, dijo el dirigente de la OMB, programa conocido como Kids Drug Free y que esta semana se llevo acabo importantes donaciones en los países hermanos de Costa Rica y Nicaragua. Mientras, Sor Lourdes, anfitriona hace muchos años de esta organización, agradecía a la entidad boxística, este hogar es casa para niños y jóvenes huérfanos y que algunos inclusive tienen que enfrentar enfermedades como el Sida, por lo que la ayuda siempre es importante para seguir con tan importante labor que conlleva gastos diarios.

Como parte importante del acto realizado ayer en la entrega de la donación, también se recordó a Luis Pérez, un miembro importante en la consolidación mundial de la OMB, quien perdió la batalla con el cáncer el pasado mes de diciembre y que siempre en vida apoyo el programa Kids Drug Free en Panamá.

 

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La OMB continúa con su respaldo a hogar infantil en Nicaragua

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), con sede en San Juan, Puerto Rico, continúa impulsando su programa “Niños Libres de Drogas”, no sólo en la Isla del Encanto, sino a nivel internacional. Por esa razón, este martes, el puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB, se hizo presente al frente de una comitiva al Hogar de Niñas Cristo Obrero, ubicado en Diriomo, municipio de Granada, a unos 50 kilómetros de Managua, capital de Nicaragua.

Este centro es atendido por las Hermanas de Amistad Misionera en Cristo Obrero (AMICO), a cargo de la Hermana Ivelisse Guzmán de la Rosa, superiora de este centro de atención a niñas.

La Hermana Ivelisse recibió este importante donativo, en esta visita que estuvo encabezada por Valcárcel, junto al promotor Félix “Tutico” Zabala, quien dirige la emprea All Star Boxing en La Florida, el Representante de la OMB en Nicaragua, Erick Rivera, el Vice-Alcalde de Managua, Enrique Armas y el aventajado concertador internacional de boxeo Ricardo Rizzo, nicaragüense que vive en Miami, pero que es uno de los más aventajados en el tema de concertar combates en la actualidad.

Valcárcel comentó que se hizo un donativo económico, como parte de una ayuda constante que la OMB entrega a este Centro de Atención de Niñas, ya que están trabajando en la instalación de un ring para que las menores aprendan el boxeo, como una forma de defensa personal.

“Estamos ayudando de diversas formas al Centro Cristo Obrero, pero el plan inmediato en la construcción del gimnasio para que las niñas aprendan defensa personal y aumenten su auto estima”, comentó Valcárcel.

“La idea es llevar una o dos veces a la semana a una entrenadora para que de clases de boxeo a estas niñas. Estamos trabajando en eso, y en unas mejoras para el hogar”, reiteró el presidente de la OMB.

Este es el octavo año consecutivo que la OMB apoya a este Hogar de Niñas, como parte del programa “Niños Libres de Drogas”, que esta organización impulsa en muchos países latinoamericanos y del mundo. En Nicaragua, la OMB ha brindado aportes económicos y material deportivo para las escuelas de boxeo, además de donaciones a centros de atención de niños en riesgo.

El Hogar de Niñas Cristo Obrero en Diriomo es una institución sin fines de lucro, que alberga a más de 30 niñas, entre las edades de 7 a 18 años, que han sido víctimas de maltrato físico y emocional, abandono, negligencia, orfandad y situaciones de alto riesgo. Fue fundado el 16 de Marzo de 2003 por AMICO, para responder a las necesidades de la niñez. Actualmente, con limitaciones, es administrado y operado por las hermanas religiosas de AMICO.

Para información adicional y realizar donativos, contactar a la hermana Grethel Marchena al teléfono (506) 8112-3170 o escribirle a su e-mail gremarmar@yahoo.com

http://notifight.com/la-omb-continua-con-su-respaldo-hogar-infantil-en-nicaragua/

OMB brinda su aporte a La Posada de Belén en Costa Rica

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) continuó este miércoles con su programa de ayuda y donaciones en distintos países latinoamericanos, al hacer un importante donativo a La Posada de Belén, un hogar que rescta a niñas de 11 a 18 años en riesgo social, que se ubica en San José, Costa Rica.

El acto de donación se llevó a cabo este miércoles en el Fight Club Gym de San José, con la presencia del puertorriqueño Luis Batista Salas, Presidente Fundador de la OMB y Presidente del Comité de Campeonatos Mundiales, junto a Joe Hernández y Rubén De Jesús, cercanos colaboradores de la Organización, y la señora Silva Vindas, en representación de la Posada de Belén.

También estuvo en el acto Marco Molina, Presidente de la Comisión de Boxeo de Costa Rica, el entrenador y asesor boxístico Ezequiel Obando, muy conocido a nivel internacional; el representante de peleadores Ernesto Sandoval, el excampeón mundial Bryan “Tiquito” Vázquez, y especialmente la costarricense Hanna Gabriels, campeona mundial superwelter de la OMB y una de las máximas representantes del pugilismo profesional en el país centroamericano.

En la página de Facebook de “La Posada de Belén”, se explica claramente cuál es el objetivo de este centro de atención a jóvenes madres: “Somos una organización sin ánimos de lucro, dedicada a la atención integral de adolescentes madres y sus bebés”.

“Nuestro objetivo es darles una adecuada preparación psicosocial, humana, académica y laboral para que tengan una exitosa reinserción en la sociedad al lado de su hijo o hija y evitar así la reproducción de patrones negativos de crianza. Creemos fielmente en que educar a una madre adolescente es abrirle las puertas para que construya un nuevo futuro para ella, su bebé y todas las generaciones que están por venir. Nuestra organización es avalada por la Conferencia Episcopal y fue declarada de utilidad pública por el Ministerio de Justicia”.

http://notifight.com/omb-brinda-su-aporte-la-posada-de-belen-en-costa-rica/

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02/24/2017 Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2017

WBO Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout

Location: The Spectrum, Oslo

Promoter: FIRST LADY PROMOTION AS/MORTEN ANDREASSEN

Supervisor: MARION PALATIN

Referee: MASSIMO BARROVECCHIO (WBC)

Judges:FABIAN GUGGENHEIM (WBC), PREDRAG ALEKSIC (WBC), ROBIN DOLPIERRE  (WBC)

Results:

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01/14/2017 Amanda Serrano vs Yazmin Rivas

Date:  Saturday, January 14, 2017

WBO Junior Featherweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Nueva York.

Promoter:  DiBella  Entertainment

Supervisor:WBO Second Vice President Erno Labega,

Referee:Sparkle Lee (New York)

Judges:Robin Taylor (New York), Kevin Morgan (New York) and Ron McNair (New York)

Results:The WBO Junior Featheweight Championship Title was won bySerrano Wins by Unanimous Decision

TV:Showtime

Kosei Tanaka

Amateur Career

Preceded by:
Katsunari Takayama
Vacated
WBO Minimumweight Champion
2015 May 30 – 2016 April
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Katsunari Takayama
Preceded by:
Donnie Nietes
Vacated
WBO Light Flyweight Champion
2016 Dec 31 –
Succeeded by:
Kosei Tanaka
Statistics
Nickname(s) Chukyo no Kaibutu (中京の怪物?) “Monster of Chukyo”
Rated at
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality Japanese
Born June 15, 1995 (age 21)
Tajimi, Gifu, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 8
Wins 8
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0

Video: WBO Prez on Canelo-Saunders, Parker-Ruiz, More

By Ryan Burton

In just two days, boxing’s only eight division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, collides with World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas.  Pacquiao and Vargas will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe in a high-stakes welterweight showdown.  Photos by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.

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While Pacquiao will be looking to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion as well as the first senator to win a world title, Vargas will be resolute in enforcing a term limit on the future Hall of Famer’s boxing career.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas takes place This Saturday!  November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its three co-main event world title fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.

The three additional world championship fights on the pay-per-view telecast include:  four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE (37-3, 24 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, defending his WBO junior featherweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender JESSIE MAGDALENO (23-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas; and newly-minted WBO featherweight champion and two-time Mexican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ (21-0, 18 KOs), from Nogales, Mexico, making his first title defense, against No. 1 contender  HIROSHIGE OSAWA (30-3-4, 19 KOs), from Osaka, Japan.

The pay-per-view telecast will open with the rematch between top-rated contenders Chinese Olympic icon ZOU SHIMING (8-1, 2 KOs), from Guizhou, China, and PRASITAK PAPOEM (39-1-2, 24 KOs), of Buriram, Thailand, battling for the vacant WBO flyweight world title.  Zou a two-time Olympic gold medalist trained by Freddie Roach, will have his hands full against Prasitak, who enters this fight riding a two-year, 12-bout winning streak, with all of his victories coming by way of knockout.

www.boxingscene.com/video-wbo-prez-on-canelo-saunders-parker-ruiz-more–110392?print_friendly=1

Nonito Donaire Jr. claims he’ll be victorious over Jessie Magdaleno through personal ‘war chant’

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NONITO Donaire Jr. claims he’s limitless and victory will come Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) when he stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight title belt against Jessie Magdaleno at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old Filipino showed his new-found confidence in the form of a ‘war chant’ he did with his team during the scheduled media workout at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

His trainer and members of team following the lead, Donaire shouted ‘I am warrior. I claim victory. I am limitless.’

He ended it by exclaiming, ‘Victorryyy. Victory, that’s who I am.”

That’s what Donaire will be five days from now despite being up against a formidable opponent in Magdaleno, who is unbeaten in 23 fights, including 17 by knockouts.

“I’m the ‘King of the Ring,” Donaire stressed before a throng of media men. “It won’t go 12 rounds vs. Magdaleno.”

The 12-round bout, which many sees could steal the thunder away from the main event featuring Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title belt, marks the second time the ‘Fllipino Flash’ will be defending his 122-lbs crown since becoming a champion again following a 12-round unanimous decision win over Cesar Juarez last year.

He currently sports a 37-3 ring record, including 24 KOs. Donaire is currently on a four-fight winning streak since suffering a sixth-round TKO loss to Nicholas Walters to yield the World Boxing Association (WBA) super-featherweight championship two years ago.

Magdaleno, 24, however, remains unperturbed with Donaire’s vast experience and believes he can beat the reigning champ right in his first attempt at a world crown.

“I will outwork, outbox, overwhelm Nonito,” said Magdaleno in his separate media workout.
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WBO, Sammy Valentin and All Star Boxing make Donation in Tampa

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Photos: All Star Boxing

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

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

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Vargas Warns Critics: I’m Going To Beat The Sh*t Out of Pacquiao!

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By Edward Chaykovsky –

World Boxing Organization [WBO] welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10KOs) has warned the critics out there, because he intends to give Manny Pacquiao a severe beating in the fall.

Vargas landed the major opportunity last week, when Pacquiao selected him to become the opponent for his November 5th return at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao had announced his retirement in April after winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley in their trilogy fight. The Filipino superstar was planning to pursue a full-time career back in home in the Philippines. He secured a senatorial seat in the May elections.

Not everyone is pleased with Pacquiao’s selection of Vargas. Many critics would have preferred if Pacquiao would have picked WBC/WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford, who dominated unbeaten Viktor Postol last month.

Vargas disagrees with the critics. He sees no reason for a smaller fighter to get selected, because Pacquiao has been a player in the welterweight division since 2008.

“Crawford’s a super-lightweight champion, I’m the welterweight champion – isn’t Manny Pacquiao a welterweight? Why would he be negotiating to fight a super-lightweight?,” Vargas told Boxing News.

Vargas predicts that after November 5th, when he sends Pacquiao packing into retirement, that these same critics will be tabbing him as the next superstar in the sport and singing his praises.

“I’m going to surprise the world, I’m going to let them know who Jessie Vargas is. Tune into the fight November 5, I’m going to beat the sh*t out of Manny Pacquiao and then I’ll be the next star, everyone will be talking about me. It’s plain and simple,” Vargas said.

www.boxingscene.com/vargas-warns-critics-im-going-beat-sht-out-pacquiao–107719?print_friendly=1

Photos: Crawford Dominates Postol To Unify – HUGE Gallery

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Unbeaten Terence Crawford punched his way to a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision over Viktor Postol on Saturday to unify the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Council super lightweight world titles.

crawford-postol-fight (26) (720x500)Crawford, who improved to 29-0 with 20 knockouts, dropped Postol twice in the fifth round to seize control of the bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with two judges scoring it 118-107 for the American and the third seeing it 117-108.

crawford-postol-fight (18) (720x491)In handing Postol his first defeat in 29 fights, Crawford not only added the Ukrainian’s WBC belt to his own WBO title, he put himself in line for a potential date with Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino’s return to the ring likely later this year in Las Vegas.

crawford-postol-fight (16) (720x548)“It’s whatever,” Crawford said of a possible fight with Pacquiao. “I let my coaches handle that. I’m a fighter. I’ll fight anybody. I’m looking forward to the biggest and best fights to get me to that next level.”

crawford-postol-fight (25) (720x532)Crawford, 28, was content to feel Postol out over the first three rounds, before landing a series of damaging lefts in the fourth.

crawford-postol-fight (17) (720x542)He had Postol’s knee on the canvas in the opening seconds of the fifth with a right hook, and sent him down again in the same round with another left.

crawford-postol-fight (10) (720x542)As Postol struggled to deal with Crawford’s quick, erratic movement, the American won round after round, staggering Postol again in the ninth.

crawford-postol-fight (6) (720x544)Postol tried to pour it on in the 12th, but Crawford didn’t yield.

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“I just stick to what I knew – boxing,” Crawford said. “They say he’s got the best jab in my division, I proved different today.”

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Via Email Only July 21, 2016

Lou Dibella
Dibella Entertainment

Frank Warren
Frank Warren Promotions

Re: WBO Middleweight Elimination Bout Negotiations Left Without Effect Avtandil Khurtsidze vs. Tommy Langford

Gentlemen:

Previously, on June 7th, negotiations were ordered for the WBO Middleweight Elimination Bout between Avtandil Khurtsidze and Tommy Langford. However, at this time, the order has been left without effect.

Please be advised that the future of the division will be discussed in depth during the WBO 29th Convention to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from the 17th to the 21st of October.

Yours truly,

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Liam Smith promises to win

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Liverpool’s WBO Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith came face-to-face with Montenegro’s Predrag Radosevic at today’s press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. Undefeated Smith, 22-0-1 12 KO’s, makes the second defence of his world title against WBO European Champion Radosevic this Saturday at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Scouse hero Smith knows he will have to be at his very best if he is to avoid any slip-ups against a rough and ready Radosevic. Smith’s promoter Frank Warren has hinted at a potentially huge fight for Smith in September should he overcome Radosevic. However, the Merseyside maverick says there’s no danger of him overlooking his latest challenger.

“I’m buzzing to get back in the ring on Saturday. I’ve been out of the ring since December and I’ve had a good rest. I’ve been linked with some big names but none of those fights can happen if I don’t win this weekend. I’m fully focused on Predrag Radosevic; he’s a dangerous opponent and has my full attention. I’m from too good a family and too good a gym to overlook anyone,” said Smith.

He added: “I want to put on a good performance back in my home city. I won the title in Manchester and defended it in Manchester but there’s no place like home. I’m going to put on a show for everyone at the Echo Arena and watching at home on BoxNation”.

Radosevic, who is ranked number 11 with the World Boxing Organization, is on a red-hot three-fight winning streak since losing his unbeaten record at the hands of controversial WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm in July 2013 and insists he isn’t in Liverpool to make up the numbers.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be here and fighting on a Frank Warren promotion. On Saturday night I’ll be taking that belt home with me; I’m not here as a tourist. I believe I have what it takes to beat Liam and become the new world champion.”

Ellesmere Port star Paul Butler finds himself within striking distance of another shot at becoming a two-weight world champion. Standing in his way of making history is Thai terror Petchbarngborn Kokietgym who boxes out of Bangkok. Former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Butler is excited to show off his new skills against Kokietgym.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday night. Obviously I’ve got a new trainer and I’m buzzing to show everyone what I’ve been up to in the gym. I’ve got a good opponent but we’ve been putting the hours in in the gym and you’ll see a new Paul Butler this weekend,” said Butler.

EBU European Bantamweight Champion Ryan Farrag makes the first defence of his belt against Karim Guerfi. The Everton Red Triangle man is confident of getting a knockout win over the tricky man from Manosque in France.

He said: “Karim is a good opponent. He’s the type of opponent I want to be in there fighting but I believe I’ve got the beating of him. He’s going to be in for a rough night; I’m looking forward to punching him in the face and keeping hold of my belt!”

Lastly, Tom Stalker looks to make it third time lucky when he challenges Portugal’s Antonio Joao Bento for the Vacant European Lightweight Championship. ‘The Captain’ is confident there are big fights ahead of him should he claim the European crown on Saturday.

Stalker said: “In the past year I’ve had three draws a win and a loss. Frank Warren has stood by me and got me another great opportunity. It’s about time I repaid their faith in me. I’m going to put in a great performance on Saturday and finally get my hands on that belt.”

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