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Updates From Day 3 of WBC Convention




The third day of the World Boxing Council’s annual convention was convened Wednesday morning by Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman, but before any boxing business was discussed at the general assembly meeting, everyone’s thoughts were focused on heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov of Russia, who was seriously injured in his fight last Saturday night.

North American Boxing Federation President Duane Ford of the United States proposed that his and the other nine Continental Federations that make up the WBC, along with other WBC Committees, donate money to help Magomed’s family with medical expenses.

The NABF donated $1,000, an amount that was matched by the Continental Americas Championships, headed by Sam Macias and Craig Hubble of the U.S., WBC Youth Championships Chairman Rex Walker of the U.S., African Boxing Union President Houcine Houichi of Tunisia, British Boxing Board of Control President Charles Giles of the U.K., South American Boxing Federation President Carlos Rodriguez of Argentina, Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation President Yenkow Hayashi of Japan, CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau President Miraslav Popovic of Serbia, Central American Boxing Federation and Latin American Championships President Alberto Guerra of Panama, Caribbean Boxing Federation President Peter Abdool of Guyana, Silver Championships Chairman Mike George of the U.S., USNBC Championships Chairman Robert Lenhardt of the U.S., and the WBC Membership Committee. European Boxing Union President Bob Logist of Belgium donated €800, and Female Championships Chairman Ed Pearson of Canada pledged $2000. $2500 was donated by International Championships Chairman Mauro Betti of Italy, and $2,500 by Baltic Championships Chairman Mikhail Denisov of Russia.

A personal donation of $1,125 was made by Convention Committee Chairman Chuck Williams of the U.S., and $500 each was donated by WBC General Counselor at Large Avel Gonzalez of the U.S., Ratings Appeals Chairman Bismarck Morales of Nicaragua, World Medical Advisory Board General Coordinator Dr. Ramon Garcia-Septien of the U.S., judge Joel Scobe of the U.S., and judge Thomas Nardone of the U.S.

Several promoters in attendance at the assembly also generously contributed $28,875 for a total of $54,000 that will go directly to Magomed’s family.

Much of the day was devoted to mandatory world title defenses.

The mandatory challenger for heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine is Bermane Stiverne of Canada. Stiverne and his promoter, Camille Estephan, however, were traveling to Bangkok today, and their mandatory fight will be addressed in Thursday’s general assembly.

Cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland is scheduled to fight No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni of Italy on December 6 in Chicago.

Light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson of Canada is scheduled to make his mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Tony Bellew of the U.K. on November 30 in Montreal.

Super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika of Australia won the vacant title in June, and is required to make two mandatory defenses. He is scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Anthony Dirrell of the U.S. on December 7 in Brooklyn, and the winner of that fight has been approved for one voluntary defense. No. 1 ranked Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico will fight No. 3 ranked James De Gale of the U.K., with the winner of that fight to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico in a final eliminator to determine the second mandatory challenger.

Middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina is currently still recovering from hand and knee injuries. Oswaldo Kuchle, the promoter of No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico, has agreed to wait 30 days to determine if Martinez is able to make his mandatory defense. If Martinez is not able to fight, then a fight for the interim world title between Rubio and No. 2 ranked Domenico Spada of Italy was accepted and acknowledged by Kuchle.

Super welterweight and welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. is currently in voluntary stages for both world titles, but must decide to keep one title or the other by December 15.

Super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia of the U.S. is in a voluntary stage. A final eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger was approved between No. 1 ranked Viktor Postal of Ukraine and No. 2 ranked Selcuk Aydin of Turkey.

Lightweight world champion Adrien Broner of the U.S. also holds the welterweight title of another organization. His request was approved to wait until after his next fight, scheduled for December 14, to decide which title he will keep. No. 1 ranked Silver champion Daniel Estrada of Mexico is the mandatory challenger. Since more than two mandatory periods have passed without a mandatory title defense, No. 2 ranked Denis Shafikov of Russia will fight No. 3 ranked Nihito Arakawa of Japan to determine the second mandatory challenger.

The mandatory challenger for super featherweight world champion Takashi Miura of Japan is Devis Boschiero of Italy. Due to legal requirements, Boschiero must secure his visa to enter Japan. If he unable to do so, Boschiero will fight No. 3 ranked Edgar Puerta of Mexico in Mexico. Miura has a voluntary title defense scheduled for December 31 in Tokyo against No. 2 ranked Dante Jardon of Mexico.

The promoters of the mandatory defense of featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico and No. 1 ranked Abner Mares of Mexico have a contractual dispute. They have 15 days to continue negotiations, and at the end of that period will notify the WBC of their status.

Super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz of Mexico is in a voluntary stage. A final eliminator between No. 1 ranked Hugo Cazares of Mexico and No. 3 ranked Andres Gutierrez of Mexico was approved to determine the next mandatory challenger. Cristian Mijares of Mexico and his promoter, Promociones Zanfer, are not in good standing with the WBC. The WBC will send them a letter giving them 15 days to cure the situation.

Bantamweight world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan has a voluntary defense scheduled against No. 11 ranked Alberto Guevara of Mexico on November 10 in Tokyo. An eliminator was approved for No. 3 ranked Stephane Jamoye of Belgium to fight No. 4 ranked Julio Ceja of Mexico, with the winner to fight No. 2 ranked Suriyan Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in a final eliminator to determined the mandatory challenger.

Super flyweight world champion Srisasket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand has a voluntary defense scheduled against No. 15 ranked Hirofumi Mukai of Japan on November 15 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. No 1 ranked Silver champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico is the mandatory challenger.

Flyweight world champion Akira Yaegashi of Japan is scheduled to make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Edgar Sosa of Mexico on December 6 in Tokyo.

Since more than two mandatory periods have passed since the last mandatory defense, light flyweight world champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico must make two mandatory defenses, but is approved for a voluntary defense until a mandatory challenger is determined. The first mandatory challenger will be determined in an eliminator between No. 1 ranked Javier Mendoza of Mexico and No. 2 ranked Yodmongkil Wor Saengthep of Thailand. Eliminators were approved between No. 4 ranked Pedro Guevara of Mexico and No. 5 ranked Ganigan Lopez of Mexico, with the winner to fight No. 3 ranked Jonathan Inguito Taconing of the Philippines to determine the second mandatory challenger.

Strawweight world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong of China is in a voluntary stage until June. A final eliminator was approved between No. 1 ranked Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand and No. 2 ranked Osvaldo Novoa of Mexico to determined the mandatory challenger.

Several more promoters have arrived in Bangkok, including Barry Hearn, Bebot Elorde, Liu Gang, Salvador Briman, Reginaldo Kuchle, Ahmet Oner, Mauro Gazcon, Adam Harris/Hennessy Sport, Alain Vanockiu/12 Rounds Promotion, Rahilou Abdelilah, Christopher Malunga, and representatives of Canelo Promotions, Queensbury Promotions, Arakawa Promotions, Tinopolis Promotions Asia, and Tom Sarkis Promotions.

Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has announced a limited edition production of 50 WBC World Champion watches that will be available in January for a price of $23,995 (US). An amount from their sale will be donated to the WBC Champions Fund, which has contributed money to former champions Gerald McClellan, Wilfred Benitez, Chartchai Chionoi, and others, and will include Magomed Abdusalamov.

Last September, Hublot and the WBC co-hosted an event at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas that included Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Jeff Fenech, Larry Holmes, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Azumah Nelson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya and George Foreman. 12 unique watches were auctioned and raised $1 million for the WBC Champions Fund.




Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

Matt Andrzejewski



 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers.

Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the willingness to dig deep when needed. He is without a doubt a future superstar in this sport. With momentum strong right now, he would be wise to be as active as possible even if not landing one of the big names his next time out.

I sense that Spence’s advisor, Al Haymon, will in fact get him back in the ring this summer. One name I would speculate as an opponent is Adrian Granados. Coming off a debatable loss to Adrien Broner, Granados has earned another shot at a top fighter. Granados is not a big puncher, but will put forth a good effort. The translation here is that he is someone that can be sold to the public as an opponent for Spence while bigger names are lined up, and also someone against whom Spence can in all likelihood look impressive once again.

After a summer tilt, I would expect to see Spence back in action towards the end of the year in a more substantial fight. Keith Thurman will still be on the mend at this point, recovering from elbow surgery, so that fight is out until next year. But Haymon has plenty of other welterweights and one that I suspect he steers toward Spence will be Lamont Peterson. Peterson is a name and has a belt. He also has a stated desire to want one of the big names next along with the payday that it would command. With Thurman out, this would seem the likely immediate path for Spence as such a fight would draw plenty of attention and be easy to sell.

As for Brook, he is going to need an extensive rest before restarting his career. He suffered a beating as well as an eye injury in September against Gennady Golovkin and then suffered another beating as well as injuring his other eye against Spence. After a rest, expect to see a tune- up bout followed by a massive fight in the UK against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has always been big and one of the reasons it has not been made is that it could frankly be made anytime with it still being a very significant event. Considering where both fighters are presently in their respective careers, the timing seems right for it to happen sooner rather than later. They both get a big payday and the winner gets well positioned for another big payday in what is a loaded territory at welterweight and junior middleweight.

Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook gave us a great fight on Saturday. While their career paths will head in different directions, expect to see both involved in big events once again down the road.

 Miguel Cotto’s Future

 Miguel Cotto announced this week that he would be returning to the ring on August 26th to face Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. Cotto, who split from his promoter Roc Nation last week, will work with Golden Boy Promotions for this fight which will be televised by HBO.

This is an interesting development in the career of Cotto. Reportedly HBO had not been interested in televising the proposed Kamegai fight unless it received assurances from Cotto that it would lead to a bigger fight to be televised by the network. Also, Golden Boy’s involvement in the promotion signals that they could be involved in Cotto’s future. Obviously, this would mean the opponent for a big fight for Cotto would come from under the Golden Boy banner.

The obvious choice for Cotto’s big fight opponent is David Lemieux. Lemieux has been chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. However, with Alvarez deciding to go after Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux gets left on the outside looking in. In need of a big fight for Lemieux, Golden Boy saw an opportunity with Cotto having been previously negotiating the Kamegai fight with Roc Nation. A fight between Cotto and Lemieux makes sense for both as Cotto wants a name who isn’t a slick boxer and Lemieux wants a big fight with the payday it commands as well as the opportunity to put a signature win on his resume to bolster his future ambitions.

But I also think Golden Boy has another potential plan for Cotto. Golden Boy’s main cash cow, Canelo Alvarez, is in a high risk, high reward fight with Golovkin in September. There is no rematch clause if Alvarez wins and, of course, a win by Alvarez cements him as a mega star in the sport. He will be eyeing a return in May 2018 during Cinco de Mayo weekend. With momentum behind him, Alvarez would be wise to seek a name opponent to further boost the event. A rematch with Cotto would not only do huge business but keep the momentum going. For Cotto, it would be a chance to avenge the loss from 2015 to Alvarez and give him one massive payday as his career nears a conclusion.

Miguel Cotto is determined to close his career out with something big and it appears likely he will get his wish.

Kudos to Golden Boy

 When Golden Boy announced its new series on ESPN this winter, I was cautiously optimistic in the fights they would produce. I must say that the matchmaking thus far on this series has been superb and is getting even better with some recently announced cards. These are the types of televised shows the sport needs to generate some badly needed positive buzz.

On June 17th, Pablo Cesar Cano takes on Fidel Maldonado in a junior welterweight contest. This fight is not only very evenly matched but can’t be anything except a slugfest given the styles of the two fighters. Cano is a high pressure fighter who is willing to exchange to get his own punches home. Maldonado has the ability to box, but often gets drawn willingly into wars. In 2015, he had a back and forth shootout with Amir Iman in a fight that got some talk in fight of the year chatter. As a matter of fact, round three was probably round of the year that year. Maldonado has a tendency to fire back when he gets hit and with Cano’s style Maldonado is going to get hit a lot. This one is guaranteed action and a perfect fight for television.

About two weeks later, Golden Boy returns with another ESPN card featuring a high stakes junior featherweight contest between Randy Caballero and Oscar Negrete. Caballero is an undefeated former bantamweight belt holder and is a very skilled boxer puncher. Negrete, also undefeated, has shown much improvement inside the ring in his last few contests. The styles of these two should mix well to provide an entertaining fight. It is also evenly matched, and with so much at stake we should see the best of both men inside the ring.

One point I harp on a lot is the importance of good matchmaking, especially in televised fights. Golden Boy is doing an excellent job so far with their new ESPN series providing high quality, well-matched fights. The boxing public is taking notice and Golden Boy deserves much praise in delivering excellent events for the fans.

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George Foreman Youth Center in Houston Hosts Amateur Event




George Foreman Youth Center

George Foreman Youth Center –  -Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.

Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.

The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.

“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”

Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.

Media open workouts for Houston amateur standout boxers will be held Wednesday October 19th at the George Foreman Youth and Community Center at 2202 Lone Oak Road Houston, Texas 77093 at 4:00 pm.

Confirmed attendees for interviews will be:

George Edward Foreman IV: Son of 2 Time Heavy Weight Champion, President of Foreman Public Relations

Marlen Esparza: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, 2014 Amateur World Champion, 2006 & 2016 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, Nine-Time USA Boxing National Champion.

Rocky Juarez: 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 1999 Amateur World Champion, WBC Silver Featherweight World Champion.

Raul Marquez: 1988 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, 1992 Olympic Games Quarter-finalist, IBF Light Middleweight World Champion.

Frank Tate: 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, IBF Middleweight World Champion, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz: WBA Lightweight World Champion, WBO Lightweight World Champion, WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion, IBF Lightweight World Champion.

“Sweet” Reggie Johnson: WBA Middleweight World Champion, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

In addition to many Houston area professional boxers and Gulf Boxing Association alumni. Event is sanctioned by USA Boxing – Gulf LBC: 16-25-14268

George Foreman Youth Center / Check out more boxing news and videos at The Boxing Channel.

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Michelle Corrales-Lewis Named New CEO of NV Boxing Hall of Fame

Miguel Iturrate



Michelle Corrales-Lewis

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2016) – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) a non-profit charitable organization which donates to boxing-related causes, is happy to announce Michelle Corrales-Lewis as its new CEO/President. Respected boxing announcer, Rich Marotta, who founded the NVBHOF in 2012, steps down after devoting years of his life to get the organization off the ground.

With a number of boxing greats already inducted, which include world champion fighters, judges, coaches and promoters, the NVBHOF has rapidly established itself as prestigious group not only here in Las Vegas, but around the world. The NVBHOF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year, helping local boxing organizations fulfill their goals to keep boxing alive within the community.

“I took this organization as far as I could and I’m very comfortable where it is at today,” said Rich Marotta. “Michelle is on the scene in Las Vegas, has a myriad of contacts, both in business and with the boxing community, especially the fighters, and is more than ready to completely run the company. She is incredibly capable and has been an indefatigable agent for growth of the NVBHOF the past three years, taking on additional responsibilities each and every year. It brings me great pleasure to announce her as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”

After serving as the NVBHOF Chief Operating Officer for many years, Michelle Corrales-Lewis, is thrilled at her new position within the organization.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, widow of former multiple world champion and 2013 NVBHOF inductee, Diego Corrales. “Rich Marotta did a fantastic job building the organization from ground up. His immense work ethic is a great example of how I plan to continue the vision he set forth. My goal is to find a home for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, one where fans from all around the world can visit on regular basis. The boxing community is filled with wonderful people that we will honor as inductees each year. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to me by my dear friend Rich Marotta.”

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