WBA closing party

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By Boxing Bob Newman

WBA commence it’s 99th convention – virtual edition, with a worldwide gala fiesta. Featuring a DJ who was playing festive Latin music, the closing party was joined by WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, modern legend Oscar de la Hoya, all-time legend Roberto Duran, (freshly discharged from the hospital after battling COVID-19), female champion Yessica Bopp, and the others from the WBA worldwide family. The countdown has begun for the WBA 100th convention in 2021, Moscow, Russia!

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By Boxing Bob Newman WBA commence it’s 99th convention – virtual edition, with a worldwide gala fiesta. Featuring a DJ who was playing festive Latin music, the closing party was…
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Ring Officials Seminar closes out WBA 99th Convention

Ring Officials Seminar

By Boxing Bob Newman

Octavio Raúl Rodrígues Salazar, Gustavo Padilla, Raúl Cáiz, Jr., Luis Pabón and José Roberto Torres all participated in the WBA ring officials seminar as the last order of the day for the 99th WBA convention online.

Preparation of ring officials as always, is extremely important. Everything from pre-fight diet, having extra pens (for judges), mental and physical conditioning are all paramount to carrying out the responsibilities of judges and referees.

Several hypothetical, situational exercises were held combining both judging and referee issues. Slips versus knockdowns, cuts caused by unintentional head clashes, etc. were discussed. Continue reading “Ring Officials Seminar closes out WBA 99th Convention”

By Boxing Bob Newman Octavio Raúl Rodrígues Salazar, Gustavo Padilla, Raúl Cáiz, Jr., Luis Pabón and José Roberto Torres all participated in the WBA ring officials seminar as the last…
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Resistance To Change

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of José Sulaimán – President of the WBC

The World Boxing Council, in collaboration with national boxing federations and local boxing commissions, has revolutionized the sport, implementing measures to make it safer for fighters as well as to improve the dynamics of the sport in general, making precise modifications to certain rules to achieve justice, and modernizing boxing to bring it to the levels of other sports, using technology that is now a reality and serves to maximize justice in the fights.

Resistance to change is what so often dominates. Traditionalists immediately reject the possibility of even studying and analyzing the proposed modifications. There are some who, taking advantage of their position, abuse the power that it gives them, and even take actions to block the possibility of any variation/innovation/progress. Continue reading “Resistance To Change”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán – President of the WBC The World Boxing Council, in collaboration with national boxing federations and local boxing commissions, has revolutionized the sport,…
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WBA Day 4 Virtual Convention Notes & Quotes

By Boxing Bob Newman

The fourth and final day of the 99th WBA annual virtual convention opened with the medical seminar.

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The panel consisted of moderator Maximiliano Cordaro, Dr. Nina Radcliff, Dr. Saúl Saucedo and Dr. Jorge Ramírez as well as WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.

Dr. Ramírez is the director of the World Boxing Academy and he opened with an explanation in the function of the academy.

“The academy is an educational, technical, scientific initiative of the WBA that is first and foremost one that helps update and train professionally all of those who are involved and have a livelihood in boxing. It is not only in our association but any other organization whether professional or amateur whether public or private. So what I mean by updating is updating boxers, coaches, officials, medics, managers and even promoters when this is the case.” Continue reading “WBA Day 4 Virtual Convention Notes & Quotes”

By Boxing Bob Newman The fourth and final day of the 99th WBA annual virtual convention opened with the medical seminar. The panel consisted of moderator Maximiliano Cordaro, Dr. Nina…
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Amir Khan Speaks

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By Boxing Bob Newman

Former unified 140-lb champion Amir Khan held court this afternoon during the WBA’s 99th convention on Zoom!

The former champ answered questions from both the panel and fans who tuned in.

Khan reflected on two of his losses being the toughest to come back from. The first one was against Danny Garcia. Khan admitted going into that fight to cocky and thinking that Garcia couldn’t do anything to him.

“The fight against Lamont Peterson was also hard to take. When the judges said he had won the fight, there’s no way he won the fight. I put him down two times. One thing I respected was that the WBA, upon learning that he took testosterone, they reinstated me as champion. It made taking the loss a little less difficult.” Continue reading “Amir Khan Speaks”

By Boxing Bob Newman Former unified 140-lb champion Amir Khan held court this afternoon during the WBA’s 99th convention on Zoom! The former champ answered questions from both the panel…
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WBC Talks: Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt

As social reformer Adolfo Kolping would say, “In this world nothing great or useful is achieved without effort or sacrifice” a quote that we can read with the conviction that each letter carries or simply as one more phrase.

For WBC super featherweight champion, Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt, this recognition was a life lesson, which he learned from a young age when he packed his dreams and also his fears in a suitcase leaving his native Cancun, to go to Mérida in search of a better path. Continue reading “WBC Talks: Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt”

As social reformer Adolfo Kolping would say, “In this world nothing great or useful is achieved without effort or sacrifice” a quote that we can read with the conviction that…
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Weights from Mexico City

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Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava 120.3 vs Estrella “La Chacala” Valverde 119.7
Carlos “Chema” Ocampo 153 vs Jorge Luis “Chino” Garcia 151
Mauricio “Bronco” Lara 129.6 vs Alejandro “Piston” Palmero 130.5
Joel “Trino” Cordova 115.3 vs Martin Tecuapetla 116.2
Irving Turrubiates 128.3 vs Hector “Raton” Colin 126.7

Venue: Estudios TV Azteca
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Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava 120.3 vs Estrella “La Chacala” Valverde 119.7 Carlos “Chema” Ocampo 153 vs Jorge Luis “Chino” Garcia 151 Mauricio “Bronco” Lara 129.6 vs Alejandro “Piston” Palmero…
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WBA convention Day 3 Notes & Quotes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the WBA 99th convention, virtual version, commenced at 10:00 a.m., ET. The seminar topics were Challenges in Boxing, Boxing & Gender Equality and Olympic Boxing.

Challenges In Boxing

CHALLENGES IN BOXING

International journalist Claudia Trejo interviewed Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn and WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza on the logistics of getting boxing back on its feet during this pandemic. While admitting that the difficulties are huge in getting boxing to return, Hearn felt that the promoters have a great product and the sport will return to its former luster.

Hearn also felt that in the UK, boxing will return back to “normal” with crowds, be that indoor or outdoor, full capacity or 50% capacity. That will remain to be seen.

“What we need is quality to bring the fans back. If we don’t have the ring walks, the crowd noise, we need to have quality match-ups.”

“We come from a sport where the powers that be don’t particularly like each other. But we have to work with each other. I think that hopefully, what’s happened in the world will make people want to work together.” Continue reading “WBA convention Day 3 Notes & Quotes”

By Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the WBA 99th convention, virtual version, commenced at 10:00 a.m., ET. The seminar topics were Challenges in Boxing, Boxing & Gender Equality and…
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Three MTK fight cards announced

MTK Global has announced three MTK Fight Night events later this summer. The events will be held behind closed doors at the LS-LIVE in Wakefield, UK, and will be broadcast in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

The first show takes place on Tuesday, August 11 as world title challenger Jono Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) squares off with the always-entertaining Maxi Hughes (20-5-2, 4 KOs) at 133lbs.

The second event will happen on Tuesday, August 25 and sees unbeaten Lewis Crocker (11-0, 6 KOs) against Louis Greene (12-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBO European welterweight title.

The third event goes down on Tuesday, September 1 and is headlined by a British and Commonwealth super lightweight title fight between Akeem Ennis Brown (13-0, 1 KO) and Philip Bowes (20-3 3 KOs).

MTK Global has announced three MTK Fight Night events later this summer. The events will be held behind closed doors at the LS-LIVE in Wakefield, UK, and will be broadcast…
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Miguel Marriaga returns July 16 on ESPN

World ranked featherweight contender Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (29-3 26 KO’s) of Arjona, Colombia will return to the ESPN platform on Thursday, July 16th live from the MGM Conference Center Bubble. Marriaga is coming off a 6th round TKO win this past December over Alfredo Mejia, which continued his four fight knockout streak coming into this fight.

Marriaga is the first known Colombian athlete who has been able to travel into the U.S to compete due to all the travel restrictions put in place in Colombia, where the airports are closed until further notice as a result of Covid19. Continue reading “Miguel Marriaga returns July 16 on ESPN”

World ranked featherweight contender Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (29-3 26 KO’s) of Arjona, Colombia will return to the ESPN platform on Thursday, July 16th live from the MGM Conference Center…
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Ex-champ Pedraza dominates LesPierre

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Two-division world champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (27-3, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former 140-pound world title challenger Mikkel LesPierre (22-2-1, 10 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Thursday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. LesPierre was on the canvas in round five and round ten. Scores were 100-88, 99-89, 99-89.

In round five, LesPierre was credited with a knockdown against Pedraza, then moments later Pedraza dropped LesPierre. After the round, instant replay was used and officials ruled the knockdown LesPierre scored was a trip. Continue reading “Ex-champ Pedraza dominates LesPierre”

Two-division world champion Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (27-3, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former 140-pound world title challenger Mikkel LesPierre (22-2-1, 10 KOs) in a…
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Durán beats Corona by KO in 7

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After spending 7 days hospitalized for Covid-19, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Durán was released from San Fernando Hospital in Panamá City on Thursday afternoon.

“I have no words to thank the medical personnel for all of their care, kindness, respect, and love that they demonstrated to me. They really saved my life,” said Durán, while leaving the hospital in half the usual time.

By Héctor Villarreal After spending 7 days hospitalized for Covid-19, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Durán was released from San Fernando Hospital in Panamá City on Thursday afternoon. “I have no…
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Ramirez avenges loss to Gonzales

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (4-1, 3 KOs) got his revenge against Adan Gonzales (5-3-2, 2 KOs) in a featherweight six-rounder on Thursday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ramirez outboxed Gonzales all the way to win a unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 3x. Last August Gonzales shocked the boxing world when he upset Ramirez in his pro debut.

“I wanted to put our first fight behind me, and I did that,” said Ramirez. “Ever since our first fight, I wanted the rematch. I am glad this chapter of my career is behind me now. A couple more rounds and I could’ve scored the knockout. But I’ll take the win and continue to work hard on my craft. I have the best trainer in Ismael Salas.” Continue reading “Ramirez avenges loss to Gonzales”

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (4-1, 3 KOs) got his revenge against Adan Gonzales (5-3-2, 2 KOs) in a featherweight six-rounder on Thursday night inside “The Bubble” at the…
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Moreno vs Vásquez announced in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will face Yohan “La Fiera” Vasquez from the Dominican Republic, for the vacant featherweight Gold title of the World Boxing Association (WBA), announced Moreno’s wife and promoter, Rouss Laguna.

“The contracts of both boxers have already been signed and the fight will take place without an audience, due to the situation of the Coronavirus” said Laguna.

“Both sides agreed to fight on Saturday, October 24, but always obeying the commands and directions of the authorities about COVID-19, so we don’t discard moving the date for November if it is necessary” the promoter added. Continue reading “Moreno vs Vásquez announced in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will face Yohan “La Fiera” Vasquez from the Dominican Republic, for the vacant featherweight Gold title of the World Boxing Association (WBA), announced…
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99th WBA Convention, Day Two

The second day of the 99th Convention opened with the WBA qualifying committee meeting, along with the promoters and people involved.

During the meeting, different suggestions and requests regarding mandatory fights and boxers’ qualifications were addressed by promoters such as Roberto Diaz, Salvatore Cherchi, Tony Gonzalez, Ricardo Rizzo, Jairo Cuba, among others.

The WBA is the first boxing organization to hold a world convention online under the new normality resulting from the pandemic. It has been possible by using the available Internet platforms and digital communication apps. Continue reading “99th WBA Convention, Day Two”

The second day of the 99th Convention opened with the WBA qualifying committee meeting, along with the promoters and people involved. During the meeting, different suggestions and requests regarding mandatory…
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Arum/King: Our rivalry was positive for boxing

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The “99 Years of WBA History” forum has been one of the most important among those organized for the Online Convention of the pioneering organization. Gilberto Mendoza, President of the WBA, joined Don King and Bob Arum, the two most important promoters in the sport’s history, in a great talk about the organization and boxing in general. Continue reading “Arum/King: Our rivalry was positive for boxing”

The “99 Years of WBA History” forum has been one of the most important among those organized for the Online Convention of the pioneering organization. Gilberto Mendoza, President of the…
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Moloney has rematch clause with Franco

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) has arrived back in Australia and is confident he will win a rematch with Joshua Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs) who scored a twelve round decision over the Australian on June 23 at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas. Maloney had a rematch clause in the contract for the bout.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be having a rematch with Joshua Franco,” said Moloney. Continue reading “Moloney has rematch clause with Franco”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) has arrived back in Australia and is confident he will win a rematch…
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Team Serrano blasts Eddie Hearn

Since last year, Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor were scheduled to face off in a mega bout, but changes in logistics, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and constant wavering in the purse keep delaying the fight.

“In March, we received $10,000 to be used for training expenses for the Taylor fight, which was previously scheduled for May 2nd. With that money we hired a new trainer to help us in the technical aspects, hired sparring partners so we knew we wouldn’t miss out on any sessions. We also hired a nutritionist to make sure we maintained the weight up while training hard because 135 lbs isn’t Amanda’s natural weight while training hard she goes way under. Our new assistant trainer Gary Starks Sr. is out of Staten Island and those trips require a $19 daily tolls,” Serrano’s manager Jordan Maldonado said.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) we were notified by our promoter Lou DiBella that Eddie Hearn wants that 10k back by tomorrow Friday at 5pm. He seems not to care we trained not only from March til May but also for his rescheduled date of July 4th. Another date where he canceled without an accurate explanation. Continue reading “Team Serrano blasts Eddie Hearn”

Since last year, Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor were scheduled to face off in a mega bout, but changes in logistics, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and constant wavering in…
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WBA Convention, Day 2 Notes

Argentinian journalist Osvaldo Principi made a presentation advocating for the inclusion of certain AIBA “pro” results and World Series of Boxing results in professional boxing records.

WBA Championships Committee chairman Carlos Chavez stated that due to Covid-19 health protocols and travel restrictions, it’s not feasible for many world championships to be approved and all mandatory fights are suspended.

WBA Championships Committee vice-chairman Julio Thyme stated it’s possible that WBA championship fights could be approved for July 18 and July 25.

Don King is pushing for a bout between WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan and “that guy who hasn’t fought in three years.” (WBA regular champion Mahmoud Charr)

Golden Boy’s Roberto Diaz requested a fight between WBA regular super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa and WBA gold champion Ronny Rios, saying both are in the United States. Figueroa promoter Tom Brown stated he has already petitioned the WBA for a different fight.

Representatives of WBA gold super lightweight champion Ismael Barroso said Barroso is in the United States and ready to fight in two weeks. They want a fight with WBA regular champion Mario Barrios.

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza stated that decisions with be made during the week and announcements will be made Saturday.

A representative for welterweight Radzhab Butaev wants a fight against #1 rated Yordenis Ugas for the vacant WBA regular title. Current WBA regular champ Alexander Besputin beat Butaev for the title, but then failed his drug test so Besputin will be stripped during the convention.

A rep for WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara said the 37-year-old Lara isn’t getting any younger and needs to fight soon.

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and AIBA President Mohamed Moustahsane jointly announced that they are working together on some upcoming boxing initiatives. The two organizations will be forming a task force.

Argentinian journalist Osvaldo Principi made a presentation advocating for the inclusion of certain AIBA “pro” results and World Series of Boxing results in professional boxing records. WBA Championships Committee chairman…
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99th anniversary of first world title fight

Today is the 99th anniversary of the Jack Dempsey versus Georges Carpentier bout. On July 2, 1921, the first official world championship endorsed by a global organization took place and the World Boxing Association -known as the National Boxing Association (NBA) at that time- sanctioned the title. Previously champions were recognized by public acclamation.

Over the years this model has been adopted by other boxing organizations to make boxing what it is today. The bout took place in New Jersey, and Dempsey won the WBA heavyweight title. Continue reading “99th anniversary of first world title fight”

Today is the 99th anniversary of the Jack Dempsey versus Georges Carpentier bout. On July 2, 1921, the first official world championship endorsed by a global organization took place and…
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WBA Convention: Arum, King featured today

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On the second day of the 99th WBA Convention, two honored guests will share their memories of their passion for boxing. WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will open the conference with a historical review of the 99 years of the oldest organization in boxing.

Then Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will participate virtually along with Mendoza to share great stories involving their relationship with WBA Presidents.

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza became President on December 2015, and since then, he has worked extremely hard to uphold the vision of his father Gilberto Mendoza, who led the organization from 1982 to 2015. Mendoza resolved to join and humanize boxing through every action taken, such as the KO to Drugs Campaign. Boxing is in Mendoza’s blood, so he will try to get closer to all the people that helped him become who he is today. Continue reading “WBA Convention: Arum, King featured today”

On the second day of the 99th WBA Convention, two honored guests will share their memories of their passion for boxing. WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will open the conference…
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WBC orders Kingry vs. Luke Campbell

Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that with Javier Fortuna pulling out of the WBC-mandated Luke Campbell fight, the WBC has notified Matchroom that WBC #2 Campbell must now face WBC #3 Ryan “Kingry” Garcia. Kingry was ecstatic about the fight, which is for the WBC interim lightweight belt. “I’m finally getting to fight a southpaw, my favorite fighters to fight! Bring it on Luke Campbell,” he tweeted. Cambell tweeted, “Let’s go!” The WBC has confirmed it. No response yet from Kingry’s promoter Golden Boy. If no deal is reached between Golden Boy and Matchroom, a purse bid would be ordered.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that with Javier Fortuna pulling out of the WBC-mandated Luke Campbell fight, the WBC has notified Matchroom that WBC #2 Campbell must now face WBC…
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WBC Talks: Suleimen Award Ceremony

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Ibragim Akdrashev
Khaliolla Akdrashev
Kara Liebowitz
Morgan McDonald
Dorian Bostic
Mauricio Sulaiman
Jill Diamond
Oksana Semenishina
Victor Silva
Michel Salomon

Panel: Ibragim Akdrashev Khaliolla Akdrashev Kara Liebowitz Morgan McDonald Dorian Bostic Mauricio Sulaiman Jill Diamond Oksana Semenishina Victor Silva Michel Salomon –

Results from Kiev

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Wednesday, an event presented by Sparta Boxing Promotions took place at the Club Atlas in Kiev, Ukraine. In the main event, welterweight Aram Faniian (17-1, 2 KOs) knocked out Nazir Bakshiyev (5-10-3, 0 KOs) with a body punch in the first round. Heavyweight Igor Shevadzutsky (4-0, 4 KOs) easily knocked out Igor Pilipenko (5-50-2, 1 KOs) in the first round. Middleweight Stanislav Skorokhod (20-2, 17 KOs) stopped Vladislav Tantsyura (2-6, 1 KO) in round five.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Wednesday, an event presented by Sparta Boxing Promotions took place at the Club Atlas in Kiev, Ukraine. In the main event, welterweight Aram Faniian (17-1,…
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