Fernandez-Lara for the Vacant
WBA-Fedelatin Belt On Saturday!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 17th) Venezuelan Keiver Fernandez and Nicaraguan Keyvin Lara will fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin Super Flyweight belt this Saturday night in Panama City.
Two young rivals with good records will meet in a clash for the regional belt of the pioneer organization from the facilities of La Bar 12.
Fernandez has made a good part of his career in the flyweight category, but he has also fought several bouts at Super Flyweight. He must prove that he is capable of winning an important fight in this division and this is the perfect opportunity for him. The 24-year-old South American is nicknamed “Chuky” and has won two fights in a row before this one.
On the other hand, the 26-year-old Nicaraguan comes from four straight wins. Lara is a former WBA-Fedecentro 115-pound champion and will now seek a new regional black and gold belt. He defeated his fellow countryman Ricardo Blandon in his last fight and is very motivated to visit Panama.
On Friday they will step on the scale and on Saturday night the first bell will ring. Fernandez has 22 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw, and 12 KOs, while Lara comes into the fight with a record of 30 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, and 10 KOs.
Inoue Will Defend Against Dasmarinas On Saturday!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 16th) Naoya Inoue is one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world today and is gaining more fans in the United States. The attention for the Japanese fighter will grow even more thanks to the fact that this Saturday he will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship against Filipino Michael Dasmarinas in Las Vegas.
The Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, will once again see “The Monster”, who comes from defeating Australian Jason Moloney last October 31st.
The 28-year-old Japanese has been champion of the pioneer organization since May 2018. He won his title with a crushing knockout against Britain’s Jaime McDonnell and has defended it three times since then. In addition, Inoue also owns the IBF belt and will defend it in this fight.
Dasmarinas is in a good moment. He has not lost a fight since 2014, which has earned him the right to be Inoue’s challenger. He is also 28 years old and has a lot to gain in a fight of this caliber.
The event organized by Top Rank Boxing will have several promotional activities over the course of the week. On Friday, they will step on the scales to make the 118-pound weight limit and then they will be ready for the fight.
Inoue is undefeated in 20 fights, with 17 KOs. Dasmarinas has 30 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, and 20 KOs.
Teofimo / Kambosos Jr.
In Undefeated Duel for the WBA Belt!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 14th) Teofimo Lopez will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight Super Championship against the dangerous George Kambosos Jr. this Saturday. The American of Honduran descent will step into the ring at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida for a great duel between undefeated fighters.
Lopez became the top 135-pound star after defeating Vasyl Lomachenko in October last year. Lopez, younger and less experienced, dominated the Ukrainian, considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters today.
Now he will make his first appearance as the pioneer body’s new Super Champion. He is only 23 years old and also holds the IBF, WBO, and WBC belts.
He will face 28-year-old Australian Kambosos, who comes into the bout after defeating veteran Lee Selby. He has good boxing skills, a respectable power, and a long career that makes him worthy of facing the best today.
Promotional activities for the event will be held this week and on Friday the weigh-in ceremony will take place. The same event will have WBA Super Middleweight Champion, Elin Cederroos, facing Franchon Crews Dezurn in a bout for all the belts.
Both Lopez and Kambosos are undefeated. In the case of Teofimo, he has 16 wins and 12 KOs, while Kambosos Jr. has 19 wins and 10 KOs.
Cuba and Mexico, Boxing Is One In Aguascalientes!
By: Juan Francisco Arias
(June 13th) The World Boxing Association’s (WBA) flag campaign “Boxing is One” resounded this Friday, June 11th, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, thanks to the boxing cards between fighters of the Cuban Olympic Team, for the first time in history, and a team of professionals representing Mexico. The event was organized by the Cuban Boxing Federation, through its president Alberto Puig, and Golden Ring promotions company, in charge of Mexican Gerardo Saldivar.
The card, made up of eight 6-round bouts, and each one of them without announcement of the final result because they were exhibition bouts, was starred by Cuban Andy Cruz, former AIBA World Champion and former Pan American Champion, and former Mexican World Champion Miguel “Títere” Vázquez, who offered a great show in which Cruz even kissed the canvas on one occasion in a very even bout.
Cuba’s former Olympic Champion, Roniel Iglesias, and Mexico’s Jose Miguel Borrego did the same in the Welterweight division, as they battled hard in an also even bout of different styles. The Palenque Coliseum also vibrated with the fight between the Mexican Rolando Soto and Dainier Peró of Cuba, in the Heavyweight division; in the Cruiserweight division, the local Julian Fernández had to face the elusive Julio César La Cruz of Cuba, who gave a great defensive exhibition.
The Cubans Arlen Lopez and Yoel Feliciano, who faced the Mexican Riojas and the Venezuelan Alfonso Florez in two good fights in light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight, respectively, did not want to be left behind. Local Emmanuel Dominguez also showed his skills against Yosvani Veitía of Cuba.
However, this Friday event demonstrated that there is only Boxing is One, as stated by the WBA in 2018 through its president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and that if things are done right the athletes and the public are the biggest winners.
WBA Orders Kyoguchi-Bermudez Fight!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 11th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the bout between the Light Flyweight Super Champion, Japanese Hiroto Kyoguchi, and the Champion of the division, Mexican Esteban Bermudez.
In the communication sent to both parties (Matchroom Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions), it is stated that Kyoguchi was supposed to make his mandatory defense before September 30th, 2020. However, the Japanese champion was allowed to make a voluntary defense on March 13th against Axel Aragon Vega.
According to WBA Rule C.13 – Fighting Limitations, the champion cannot fight an opponent different from the mandatory challenger within 60 days after the expiration of the mandatory defense period.
The Committee has given a period of 30 days for negotiations between both parties. This period began on June 10th and will end on July 11th.
If an agreement cannot be reached or any of the protagonists is unwilling to do so, the organization may call the fight to a purse bid with a purse split of 65% for Kyoguchi and 35% for Bermudez.
The Fruits of the WBA’s
“Boxing Is One”
In Aguascalientes, Mexico!
By: Juan Francisco Arias
(June 11th) In 2018, the president of the World Boxing Association (WBA) sent a letter called “Boxing is One” where through 7 fundamental principles he committed to strengthen the values of this sport and to join bonds with Olympic boxing, and this is clearly shown in the historic event organized by Golden Ring and the Cuban Boxing Federation in Aguascalientes, Mexico in which Cuban Olympic boxers will fight with rules of professional boxing.
The WBA was the first organization to allow professional boxers to fight in the Olympic Games. Besides, it is the only professional body that has organized an Olympic-style tournament, such as the Future WBA Champions that took place in 2020 in the city of Medellin and received more than 100 athletes. It was also held in the city of Miami and Las Vegas in 2019, among other actions.
These actions have strengthened Mendoza’s bonds with the presidents of different boxing federations, especially the Cuban Federation and its president, Alberto Puig, the organizer of this historic event in Aguascalientes, who greeted the WBA President with affection.
“First, I think Mendoza is a great person. We have spoken with him several times and we really admire his ethics, we admire his capability, his intelligence, and we have been very satisfied. Every time we have talked, we have understood each other. And Mendoza is our friend, so we can continue conversing as many times as necessary or when there is mutual interest. And I want to take take the opportunity to send Mendoza a hug”, said Puig.
Gerardo Saldívar, CEO of Golden Ring, also likes to see that professional and Olympic boxing are coming together: “It is very important that both Olympic boxing and professional boxing have the same goal so they can go hand in hand as much as possible. In the end it’s the raw material, the boxers, who pass from one side to the other and if they find a common ground to walk, a goal to follow, I think it would be beneficial for them, for the trainers, and for the sport itself”.
For these reasons, the WBA celebrates this June 11th event in Aguascalientes, Mexico and sees it as part of what it has sown since 2018 with the “Boxing is One” campaign.
WBA Trainers Course Starts On August 11th!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 9th) The World Boxing Association (WBA), through its Academy, seeks to train and certify many of the participants involved in the sport, especially trainers. Therefore, the WBA Development Program for Trainers, a project that has great expectations, will be launched on August 11th.
This project was born to meet the demand for specialization that is currently required in the field of sports training. The coach is in charge of training the athletes, many times he discovers them and has an influence over them beyond sports; that is why it is so important to have knowledge in different areas to be able to help and guide them.
“The WBA Trainers Course is a way to generate new human resources in our sport, optimize their knowledge and raise their intellectual level,” said Lautaro Moreno, one of the main architects of the project.
For this reason, the program has very important objectives, especially to provide scientific knowledge and skill training to the participants so that they can use them with their athletes. The idea is to strengthen the theoretical learning to ensure that this knowledge is reflected in practice and that the athletes are better protected from the training point of view, and even in terms of health and safety.
The program will be online and it will consist of four modules during a period of one year. The modules will be WBA Amateur Trainer, WBA Elite Amateur Trainer, WBA Professional Trainer and WBA Elite Professional Trainer.
“We have an updated teaching method, different class modes. We will also go over the technical basics in depth. We have the best trainers recognized in both the amateur and professional fields for this long-term project”, said the Argentine WBA Directorate member.
Each module will have 10 classes of 90 minutes each and will deal in an extensive and detailed way with the most important topics related to sports training. Each of these modules will conclude with an exam and different practical works for its approval.
The WBA seeks to develop trainers with high ethical, technical and tactical level, capable of drawing up plans with the correct use of the methodology. The pioneer organization will continue to provide details of the course through its social networks and press releases in the coming days.
The Academy is a program that uses science and technology for the improvement of boxing. It has courses for trainers/coaches, judges, referees, preparation of boxers in the economic field, and advice to gyms.
More than 20 face-to-face and online seminars have been held for fighters, trainers, referees, judges, and medical personnel.
The courses and seminars are endorsed by great institutions such as the Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas. They have been held all over the world, with special mention to those of WBA China, Europe, Brazil and the United States. In each one of them, more than 100 people have been registered.
More than 300 trainers, judges, and referees have obtained the academic endorsement according to their experience and knowledge. It has been a way to honor their great work over the years and support them from the scientific and technological point of view for the good of boxing and themselves.
Several in-person events hosted in Europe, China, Latin America, and the United States have been combined with several online editions that have put technology at the forefront of the project, while managing to circumvent the difficulties of the pandemic.
After the creation of the WBA Academy, other projects have been known, such as the WBC University, which was born with similar purposes to those of the pioneer organization’s project.
Kabayel Retained His WBA-Continental Belt!
By: Jesús Milano
(June 6th) Agit Kabayel retained his WBA Continental Heavyweight crown with a wide unanimous decision win over Kevin Johnson on Saturday at the Seebühnee Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.
The undefeated German won the scorecards of 118-111, 118-111, and 119-110, which show who was better in the ring despite the entertaining bout.
The champion was able to keep the American at a distance, especially in the first half of the fight, which he dominated at ease with the good use of the jab and the right hand as his main weapon to hurt. However, as the rounds went by, Johnson was able to decipher the monarch and managed to land several power punches that put Kabayel in trouble.
The fight was quite competitive in the final rounds although the local fighter was able to keep the advantage and use all his tools to win and get closer to great opportunities.
This was the 28-year-old’s 21st victory in his career, while Johnson, a 41-year-old veteran, now has a record of 35 wins, 18 losses, 1 draw, and 19 KOs.
The Law Was Imposed In Mexico:
Eva Guzman Is the New WBA Interim Flyweight Champion!
(June 5th) In a technical display, a boxing class, the young boxer from Venezuela, Eva “La Ley” Guzman forcefully surpassed the local Isabel “Estrella” Millán. Thus, with the unanimous decision of the judges, Guzman established herself as the new interim champion of the World Boxing Association at 112 pounds.
While the odds were in favor of Millán, who appeared in front of her people, the plot changed. The differences were noticeable from the start: Guzman applied her tactical and technical intelligence with swift movements that allowed her to maintain a fair distance to connect her punches and be out of danger instantly.
In the continuity of combinations where the precision of her left punch and crossed punch over the face of Millán prevailed, Guzman took the lead in all rounds. While Estrella tried to stop her opponent with open blows, she also protected her face, which was already hurt by the fourth round. And that was precisely the dramatic closure of the fall of Millán on the canvas because of a powerful left cross on her chin. The difference in height in favor of the Mexican was not at all unfavorable for The Law, who won the victory justly.
This is how Eva Guzmán extended her record to 18 wins, with 10 KOs, 1 fall, and 1 draw. At age 28, Guzmán reached her peak by winning the Interim Flyweight black and gold belt.
Bermudez Reached Glory With a Right Punch!
(photos: Majo Gómez)
By: Juan Francisco Arias
(May 29th) Mexican Esteban Bermúdez connected two impressive right punches in the sixth round to beat Venezuelan Carlos Cañizales by TKO and snatch the World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Flyweight Title from him.
From the opening bell, the boxers started the blow exchange, they fought toe-to-toe and Cañizales was leading. However, the Mexican’s blows made a dent in the South American, who fell on the corner after a right punch in the sixth round, beat the count of 8, but immediately Bermúdez finished the task with another right punch at 2 minutes 38 seconds of that chapter.
“Thank God the blow came, I had energy for the 12 rounds, but thank God this happened and now we have to keep working hard, I have become champion but the most difficult thing starts today,” said the new champion.
The key to the fight for Esteban was that he managed to resist the onslaught of Cañizales: “I think I came here with the hope of being world champion, thank God we are now champions”.
Bermúdez left his record at 14 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws, and 10 KOs, while Cañizales lost the title that he successfully defended twice, and adds the first stain on his record that has 22 wins, 1 draw and 17 KOs.
In Life, In the Ring and In the Movies!
(May 26th) We have seen her being part of great boxing events, such as the one against Cecilia Braekhus when both left a mark in history: the first female fight broadcasted by HBO.
Kali “KO Mequinonoag” Reis became World Boxing Association super lightweight champion in 2020 and she is waiting for the first defense of her title in August in Atlanta, United States, with an opponent to be confirmed.
But first we will see her on the big screen in June with the premiere of “Catch The Fair One” where she will be the protagonist of the film.
At the end of the official trailer, Reis is caught in a close-up where her gaze crosses the screen and takes over the sensory to let us know that she will never give up.
In Catch The Fair One, the world champion stars as a former boxer who must face the toughest fight of her life: finding her missing sister.
Reading the synopsis of the film, one can only think of Reis in real life, where she leads a strong fight in favor of the rights of indigenous peoples as well as the visibility of the enormous number of women, girls, boys and men who are missing or victims of violence. In the film to be released on June 13th, Reis will make another act of awareness through fiction.
The name ‘Mequinonoag’ was given to Reis as her native name. This name was given by her mother, our tribal medicine woman Seaconke Wampanoag, and means “many feathers” or “many talents.” Reis expresses pride in her native ancestry and carries this name with her in every fight.
Since she was a child, she has always practiced different sports until she decided to take boxing lessons at the age of 14 when she started at Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where she was trained by a friend of her mother, Domingo Talldog. Over time she achieved great triumphs in the amateur until she reached the professional field when she managed to become the first Native American woman to become world champion: in 2016 she defeated Maricela Cornejo and conquered the WBC belt in the middleweight category.
In addition, at 34 years old with 25 fights, Reis gives motivational talks, as well as open trainings for native women and girls to whom she teaches how to defend themselves. And among her many qualities, Kali Reis is a certified motorcycle mechanic. A passion that has been with her since she was a child.
The multifaceted WBA 140 lbs. champion is looking forward to new achievements in 2021 with the release of the movie and her first defense of the black and gold belt.
Matchroom Boxing Won the Akhmadaliev-Rios Purse Bid!
By: Jesús Milano
(May 25th) Matchroom Boxing won the purse bid to promote the fight between the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight Super Champion Morodjon Akhmadaliev from Uzbekistan and the mandatory challenger and Gold Champion Ronny Rios from the United States, held on Monday, May 24th, online.
Shaun Palmer, representing Matchroom Boxing, made the highest bid to promote the fight with 525,555 USD, and the tentative date for the fight was set for August 21st. The three possible venues are New York, Los Angeles, and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
On the other hand, Golden Boy Promotions made an offer of 503,000 USD through its representative Robert Díaz, and had August 28th as a tentative date for the fight.
The procedure was held online through the Zoom platform and was presided by the Director of the Championships Committee, Mr. Carlos Chávez.