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Rivera Promises to Dethrone WBA Champ Santa Cruz!

(photo credit Luis Mejia/TGB Promotions)

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 14th) The Tijuana native Rafael Rivera promised to dethrone on Saturday Leo Santa Cruz, when ‘The Earthquake’ makes another defense of the title of the World Boxing Association at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on a billboard of Ringstar and Premier Boxing Champions that will be televised on Fox.


“As I always tell my fans, they must be ready for a big fight. I want this fight to be exciting and interesting. The belt is going back with me to Tijuana,” said Rivera (26-2-2, 17 knockouts). “I love fighting with the best. Leo is a fighter who punches a lot, we have seen and studied him. But I do not think he is faster than me and I’m going to take advantage of it, I have to counterattack,” said Rivera.


Santa Cruz comes into the fight with a record of 35-1-1 and 19 knockouts and is looking for his fourth win in a row after having recovered the WBA featherweight championship that the Irishman Carl Frampton snatched from him. After regaining the title, Santa Cruz defeated Chris Avalos and Abner Mares in grudge match, and now hopes to beat a tough challenge in Rivera.


On the undercard, former world champion Omar ‘Panterita’ Figueroa will face John Molina, a fighter who always comes to fight, in what promises to be a duel of flying fists in an evening that is expected to have a lot of thrills at the Microsoft Theater.

United States, United Kingdom,

And Japan Lead the WBA Rankings!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 5th) The Classification Association of the World Boxing Association (WBA) offered important details about the rankings and their statistical summary for the month of January. The section on the presence of boxers by country is one of the most relevant. In this area, United States is highlighted as the territory with the most fighters in the ranked lists.


The Americans have a total of 39 boxers in the rankings for January. Of those 39 classified, 5 are world champions of the pioneer organization.


The United States is followed by the United Kingdom, with 19 fighters. The British have 3 world champions. For its part, Japan also has 19 gladiators in the rankings, of which 2 are owners of titles.


As far as Latin America is concerned, Venezuela stands out, with 18 fighters represented in the lists, while Mexico and the Dominican Republic follow suit with 11 fighters classified for each. Other countries also stand out in the global sphere, such as Russia, which has 16 presences in the ranking, in addition to Australia (11) and the Philippines (10).


January had a total of four championship fights, all developed in US territory and with the presence of fighters of five nationalities, among which are the United States, Puerto Rico, China, Sweden and the Philippines. This was highlighted by the title defense of Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on November 19th, winning the Boxer of the Month award.


All the title matches were decided by the scorecards, in a demonstration of well matched the fights were. There were three unanimous decisions and a majority decision, while in two of the fights the titles were retained by the champions while in one fight there was a vacant title won. In the remaining fight there was an upset win with the title changing hands to Can Xu, who beat Jesus Rojas.

Pacquiao Is the WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 1st) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee announced its rankings for January, which includes the 15 best boxers in the 17 weight divisions. Only these boxers have the possibility of aspiring to a world title fight within their respective divisions.


The “Boxer of the Month” distinction for the month of January was awarded to Manny Pacquiao, who beat Adrien Broner to retain his WBA World Welterweight Champion status.


Manny Pacquiao retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight Title over Adrien Broner via unanimous decision, with the scorecards reading 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112.


Manny showed flashes of his old self in the fight as he still has very quick hands at the age of 40 years old, as he was able to put combinations together and outwork and out-hustled his much younger opponent.


Manny looks forward to big fights in the future now that he is signed with Premier Boxing Champions, which has a wealth talent in and around his weight class.


The WBA congratulates the Filipino senator and still-active boxing champion on a great showing and still prosperous career at the ripe age of 40 years old.


The honorable mention for the boxer of the month is the Chinese native Can Xu. Xu came in as an underdog against the then champion Jesus Rojas on January 26th and managed to dethrone him at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. It was just the second time the Asian native had fought in the United States and already he has made it clear that he is a brave fighter who will do everything he can to win with the belt on the line.


The WBA congratulates both fighters for their awards of the month and invites them to visit their official website to review the division by division rankings.

The WBA Will Hold Four Purse Bids on February 6th!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(January 29th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there has been changes in the purse bids announced for Monday, February 4th, as one more fight has been added and it will take place on Wednesday, February 6th, at the WBA offices located in Panama City at 11:00 am.


The bids that will place that day will be: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla for the title lightweight title currently held by Lomachenko, Beibut Shumenov vs. Arsen Goulamirian for the cruiserweight title currently held by Shumenov, Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev for the super bantamweight title currently held by Roman and Trevor Bryan vs Jarrel Miller for the interim Heavyweight title currently held by Trevor Bryan.


The percentages of the auction will be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger in the case of 135 and 122 pounds. While at 200 pounds the champion will have 55% and the challenger 45%, the heavyweight bid will be announced soon.


The minimum purse bid per weight class is the following: $200,000 for cruiserweight, $150,000 for lightweight, $120,000 for super bantamweight and $600,000 for interim Heavyweight.

Figueroa Knocks Out Flores in Los Angeles!

(photo credit Lester Silva)

(January 14th) Texas native Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa dominated by technical knockout in three rounds Moises “Chucky” Flores in the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title eliminator bout held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.


At the sound of the bell Figueroa went out to fight and immediately hurt Flores with blows to the face and stomach. In the third round the fight was suddenly over, as the American sent his opponent to the canvas on two occasions forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.


With this victory Figueroa is placed as a challenger to the regular crown of the WBA that the Mexican-American champion Daniel Roman has held for two years.

Alberto Reyes of Cleto Reyes, Passes!

By: Samuel Rosenberg

(January 3rd) The World Boxing Association (WBA) regrets the death of Alberto Reyes, owner of the historic Mexican company Cleto Reyes gloves, which were used in a number of fights of the black and gold title organization through many decades.


Mr. Reyes branded the company with his father in 1975 and officially founded it in 1979, the their globes now being dispersed across the world on nearly every continent.


Reyes globes were used by many great fighters, too many to list, but notably Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, and many many more.


The WBA deeply regrets the departure of a great man of boxing and a great contributor to the development of the pugilistic discipline. May he Rest In Peace.

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