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Clara Lescurat Retained Her Title In Buenos Aires!

By: Yesica Palmetta

(February 26th) At the Casino de Buenos Aires and with the encouragement of her fans, Clara Lescurat kept her World Boxing Association super flyweight title after defeating Mexican Regina Chavez in ten rounds by unanimous decision.

 

The bout did not have a first round of analysis. Both fighters walked to the center of the ring and immediately started the action. The world champion, who is one of the two Argentinean champions, kept the rhythm of the fight with more speed in attack, trying to keep her opponent out of distance.

 

On the other hand, the Aztec fighter left a good impression after absorbing well the blows received and keeping up with the rhythm of the fight. Always going forward and managing to land some good punches that led her to stand up until the last round.

 

Undoubtedly, this has been a profitable experience for the boxer from Mexico who with only 19 years old presented a good opposition against the champion who continues to consolidate her reign and remains undefeated in ten presentations.

 

The judges’ scorecards: 97-93 / 99-91 and 97-93 marked the victory of Lescurat who after the fight assured to be willing to fight anyone and is waiting for the big challenges.

Inoue Defended His WBA Belt Against Ancajas!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 26th) Takuma Inoue retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight world belt with a nine-round knockout win over Jerwin Ancajas on Saturday night. The Kokugikan arena in Tokyo, Japan, experienced an atmosphere like no other, and the home fighter shined against an experienced challenger to consolidate his position as champion of the pioneer organization.

 

Speed and intelligence were key for the champion, who made a perfect fight and was very patient to counter the attacks of an incisive and eager opponent, who pressed throughout the fight.

 

Inoue took advantage of his speed to fight on the counterattack, made the fight from long distance and also capitalized on the short exchanges thanks to his hand speed.

 

After dominating most of the fight, in the ninth round he landed a combination that surprised Ancajas. An upper to the stomach that sent him to the canvas with delayed effect and without a chance to recover to decree the victory in his favor.

 

Inoue made the first defense of his crown and now has a record of 19 wins, 1 loss and 5 knockouts. For his part, Ancajas left his record at 34 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws and 23 knockouts.

Josue Aguero Keeps His Fedelatin Belt!

By: Yesica Palmetta

(February 26th) Argentina’s Josue Agüero defended his World Boxing Association FedeLatin Super Featherweight belt for the first time with an explosive first round technical knockout over Aztec Francisco Lucero at the Casino de Buenos Aires.

 

On the banks of the Rio de La Plata, Agüero brought the crowd to their feet in an evening of luxury boxing.

 

They clashed gloves in the opening salute and the gaze of the local announced a complete focus on his purpose: to keep the belt on. There were exchanges of blows to the body, where the Mexican honored his warrior blood, however, he threw a punch that missed, leaving his guard down, a mistake the local took advantage of to connect a powerful and firm left cross that fulminated Lucero.

 

Despite trying to stay in the fight, the Mexican could not recover and was cornered and suffocated with a series of punches by Agüero. Finally, the referee intervened with precision to decree the technical knockout.

 

Thus, the 22-year-old native of the province of Catamarca, Argentina, maintains his unblemished record at 11 wins with 6 quick knockouts.

Caparello Wins NABA Gold Cruiserweight Title!

By: Luis Vargas

(February 26th) Australian Blake Caparello captured the North American Boxing Association (NABA) Cruiserweight Gold Title on Friday night at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, defeating Italian Simone Federici by knockout.

 

With a powerful left jab, “Il Capo” Caparello caught Federici in the left chin, putting an end to the main event of the evening at 2:10 of the fifth round. The event was organized by Star Boxing.

 

The experienced Caparello confirmed his comeback in great shape, with his second straight win. The previous one came in June 2023, after a break of more than a year. The 37-year-old Australian now extends his record to 32 wins, 15 of them by KO, four losses and one draw.

 

Simone Federici, meanwhile, suffered his first loss in his last seven fights. His record now stands at 20 wins, three losses and one draw.

Goulamirian To Defend His WBA Belt

Against “Zurdo” On March 30th!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 23rd) Golden Boy Promotions officially announced that World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Arsen Goulamirian will face Gilberto Ramirez on March 30 at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California.

 

Both teams had reported that they reached an agreement days ago, but it was not until this week that it was made official with the place and date of the fight.

 

Goulamirian will make his U.S. debut with a new defense of his crown. He has become a solid champion and has made four defenses of his black and gold belt, a streak he wants to extend in this new stage of his career. The Armenian-born fighter has French nationality and at 36 years of age is making a great leap in his career.

 

He will face Mexican Ramirez, who defeated Joe Smith Jr. in a knockout on October 7. The “Zurdo” lost his world light heavyweight opportunity against Bivol in 2022 and now he will go to a new opportunity in the top category with all the motivation and in his best moment from the physical point of view.

 

Goulamirian is undefeated in 27 fights, 19 won by knockout. Ramirez has 45 wins, 1 loss and 30 knockouts.                     

Andy Cruz Defends His WBA

Regional Belt Against Zamarripa!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 20th) Cuban sensation Andy Cruz will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Latin America crown against Mexican Bryan Zamarripa this Saturday at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

 

The 28-year-old lightweight fighter will be making his third professional fight and the first defense of his WBA regional belt.

 

Cruz won the belt on December 9 when he defeated Jovanni Straffon by knockout in three rounds during their fight in San Francisco. After a short break, the Antillean is ready for his return and intends to keep the crown in his possession.

 

His opponent this time will be Zamarripa, a tough Mexican who has good experience and has won 11 of his last 12 fights. The 26 year old fighter knocked out Giovanni De Jesus in his last fight held on December 16, in Baja California, so he is in good shape for this fight.

 

Cruz has 2 wins, 1 via fast track, while Zamarripa has 14 wins and 2 losses.

Agüero Will Face Lucero With The Goal

Of Defending His WBA Fedelatin Crown!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 20th) World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin super featherweight champion Jose Francisco Aguero will defend his belt against Mexican Francisco Javier Lucero this Saturday night during the event to be held at the Casino Buenos Aires, in the capital of Argentina.

 

Agüero was crowned last December 2 with a first round technical knockout victory over Pablo Manuel Ojeda, at the same venue. The 22-year-old fighter has been growing rapidly and has shown talent and strength, so now he wants to show the best of himself in this presentation.

 

The Mexican comes as a visitor with the expectation to surprise and impose his experience in the ring. A native of Hermosillo, he is 32 years old and has a six-fight winning streak, a moment he wants to extend on this occasion.

 

Agüero is undefeated in 10 fights, 5 won by knockout, while Lucero has 16 wins, 4 losses, 4 draws and 12 knockouts.

Dominguez vs. Rivera Fight

For WBA Continental Americas Belt!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 20th) Two flyweight prospects will face off this Saturday at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Americas title. The classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown will be represented in this Andy Dominguez vs. Yankiel Rivera fight, which will be one of the most interesting of the night.

 

Dominguez debuted in 2020 and has made his entire career in the United States. The Mexico City native has been based in Las Vegas, where he has trained for every fight and now he will have a great opportunity in this event for the regional belt of the pioneer body.

 

At 25 years old, Dominguez has faced experienced opponents and has proven himself on more than one occasion, but now he will have a different challenge.

 

Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican national team and participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which closed his cycle in amateur boxing. He entered the professional arena with great expectations and has been winning good fights since his debut in 2022.

 

The 26-year-old from Bayamon has been adapting his style to the professional boxing to dominate thanks to his boxing and intelligence. This bout will be a big test for him and he must overcome it if he wants to keep moving up in his career.

 

Dominguez has 10 wins, no losses and 6 knockouts, while Rivera has 4 wins, 2 of them before the limit.

Naoya “Monster” Inoue Honored In Japan!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 19th This weekend was held the Annual Award Ceremony of the Japanese National Commission with the best of boxing during 2023 and with Naoya Inoue as the star of the show with two of the most important awards of the night.

 

Inoue was presented with the best boxer of the year award thanks to his excellent campaign and also won the knockout of the year. In addition, his fight against Stephen Fulton was awarded as the best fight of 2023.

 

Meanwhile, WBO super flyweight world champion Mizuki Hiruta was awarded Female  fighter of the year after making two dominant defenses and remaining the reigning champion in her ascending career.

 

Other fighters such as Kenshiro Teraji also received recognition at the ceremony, which also gave awards to promoters, trainers, among other characters that develop within Japanese boxing.

 

The WBA congratulates Inoue, undisputed super bantamweight champion, on his new award and hopes that 2024 continues to be a very successful year for one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

Kholmatov and Ford Count Down

The Days To Their WBA Title Fight!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 16th) Otabek Kholmatov and Raymond Ford will battle for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight belt on March 2 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

 

Both undefeated fighters will fight for the pioneering body’s 126-pound title, which is currently without an owner after former champion Leigh Wood decided to move up in class and vacate it.

 

Kholmatov is number one in the rankings and therefore was the one called to fight for the crown. The Uzbek is a strong and intelligent fighter who is 25 years old and is a great knockout who combines that power with good boxing and an excellent IQ in the ring.

 

Ford, meanwhile, is a 24-year-old southpaw guard fighter who has made a name for himself in the division thanks to his great fights and is ranked No. 2 in the rankings. The American has defeated the likes of Jessie Magdaleno, Richard Medina, Samaria Luka, among others, victories that have brought him to this big occasion.

 

The fight will be an evenly matched contest between two young rivals looking to establish themselves and on paper it looks like a 50/50 for both boxers.

 

Kholmatov has 12 wins, 11 of them by knockout. Ford, meanwhile, has 14 wins, 1 draw and 7 KOs.

Morales Jr. & Nunez Will Have Eliminator March 16th!

By: Jesús Milano

Victor Morales and Luis Reynaldo Nunez will meet on March 16 in a World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight eliminator bout to be held at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

 

Morales and Nunez will feature in a very interesting fight that means a lot to both of them, who want a shot at a world title in the short term.

 

Morales Jr. is in the best moment of his career after defeating Diego De La Hoya and Edwin Palomares in back-to-back fights. The American of Mexican descent proved he has the quality for big challenges and now he will have a much more important one.

 

Nunez, a 24-year-old Dominican, has come on strong in the United States and in his most recent bout defeated the previously unbeaten Christian Olivo to send a warning to the fighters in the division and earn this opportunity.

 

Morales has a record of 19 wins, no losses, 1 draw and 9 knockouts, while Nunez has 19 wins, no losses and 13 knockouts.

Bautista Defends Against Haghighat Joo

On April 27th In Toronto!

By: Jesús Milano

Guadalupe Bautista will travel to Canada to defend her World Boxing Association junior flyweight title on April 27 against local Sara Haghighat Joo. The bout will take place at the Toronto Casino Resort and will be the main event of the night.

 

Bautista, 35, is the  champion and will try to retain her crown despite being a visitor. The Mexico City native will be making the third defense of her belt, which she won in 2020 when she defeated Nora Cardoza.

 

In September 2021 she made her first defense defeating Alma Meraz Rodriguez, and her second was against Gabriela Sanchez in 2022. It should be noted that during all that time, Bautista has remained active and making fights, despite the fact that in some of them the belt has not been at stake.

 

Haghighat Joo is an undefeated fighter who has been going strong since her debut in 2022. A 29-year-old fighter with good technique, she is fast finding herself with a great opportunity and will try to take advantage of her tools and the fact that she is at home to surprise the champion and take the title.

 

Bautista has a record of 23 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws, in addition to 6 knockouts. Haghighat Joo has 3 wins and is undefeated.

Giyasov-Cano Promise Action

For Their Eliminator In Orlando!

By: Jesús Milano

Shakhram Giyasov and Pablo Cesar Cano will step into the ring at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida for a World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight eliminator fight on Saturday, February 24.

 

Giyasov is ranked No. 1 in the 147-pound rankings, while Cano is ranked fifth and both will fight in the Matchroom event at this venue that has been gaining momentum in boxing.

 

The Uzbek will be making his fourth fight at welterweight after a good stint at super lightweight early in his career. However, he decided to move to the next weight from 2022 to adapt well and now look to get closer to a title shot in the future.

 

Cano, meanwhile, is an experienced fighter who has earned every opportunity thanks to his hard work and the great fights he has put on throughout his career, even though he has often been an underdog. The Mexican has a two-fight winning streak, both by knockout, and wants to get a win that would be very valuable at this point in his career.

 

Giyasov has a record of 14 wins, no losses and 9 knockouts, while Cano has 35 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw and 25 knockouts.

Hernandez Retains Fedelatin Belt In Argentina!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 7th) Venezuelan Jonathan Hernandez retained the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin Welterweight belt with a wide unanimous decision over Argentina’s Elias Mauricio Haedo in Galvez, Argentina.

 

The undefeated fighter scored 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92 scorecards to earn a new victory and defend his belt for the third time.

 

Hernandez dominated thanks to his height and reach and was able to keep Haedo at a distance, who was aggressive and always looking to get inside to hurt him. In the sixth round he was able to knock down the Argentinean, which was the key point of the fight and of his victory.

 

The victory was the 13th in the career of the Venezuelan, who has 8 knockouts. For his part, Haedo left his record at 14 wins, 5 setbacks and 10 knockouts.

Vergara Won WBA Fedelatin Belt

With A Knockout Over Murillo!

By: Jesús Milano

Nicolas Agustin Vergara became the new World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin Featherweight Champion by knocking out Gerardo Murillo in just two rounds last Friday at the Union Electrica Club in Cordoba, Argentina.

 

Vergara settled early the fight that was tough on paper but proved his level by scoring a technical knockout in the second round.

 

The 24-year-old fighter knocked Murillo down with a great combination at the beginning of the round and although his opponent got up, the punishment continued until the referee decided to stop the actions and decreed the technical knockout in favor of Vergara.

 

The young native of Cordoba improved his record to 7 wins, 6 of them by knockout. Murillo now has a record of 10 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 2 knockouts.

Coulson Is The New WBA Oceania Champion!

By: Jesús Milano

Elle Coulson captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania Middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Jamie Edenden last Saturday at the Shirebrook Leisure Centre, Mansfield, in the United Kingdom.

 

Coulson, after a dominant performance won on cards of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 to win the regional belt of the pioneering body and take a big leap in her career.

 

The home fighter had to work hard to counter an insistent opponent like Edenden, however, she proved she was ready for this kind of challenge and was able to outbox her in almost every round.

 

This victory puts Coulson in a great position to continue to move up in her professional career and moves her closer to great opportunities in world boxing.

WBA Future of Panamanian Boxing

Was A Great Success!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 6th) The WBA Future of Panamanian Boxing opened the 2024 season with a bang on Saturday. The event, which took place at the Cinta Costera in Panama City, gathered around 30 amateur boxers who had the opportunity to step into the ring and face great talents of this country.

 

The WBA Future is a project that takes place in several countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Andorra, Argentina, among others. In this case, 2024 opened in Panama, a very important place for the organization.

 

The event was broadcast live on the WBA’s official YouTube channel and was full of action with fights in various categories between children and teenagers. The objective of the pioneer body is to give activity and visibility to the young fighters of different countries and on this occasion it was possible to watch great fighters in the ring.

 

For the pioneer organization it is a great pride to contribute to the development of the sport in several regions. In addition, the start of the WBA Future season is a great commitment that assumes all the WBA family and from which it expects a great growth in this 2024.

Yuri Akui Is WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 2nd) The new World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight champion, Seigo Yuri Akui, was named Fighter of the Month by the pioneer body.

 

This Thursday, February 1, the first ranking of the year was published with the individual awards, in which Kenshiro Teraji was also recognized with the Honorable Mention.

 

Yuri Akui broke Artem Dalakian’s long reign on January 23 by defeating him by unanimous decision in Osaka. The Japanese made a great fight and took away the Ukrainian’s undefeated record to keep the 112-pound belt.

 

The 28-year-old fighter got cards of 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 as evidence of his dominance in the ring and thus begins a new path as world champion at this point in his career.

 

For his part, Teraji had to work hard in one of the best fights of this new year but in the end he got a majority decision against Carlos Cañizales in the same event on January 23. The unified light flyweight champion knocked down the Venezuelan but was also knocked down in the fight, however, he was able to bounce back for a hard-fought victory.

Matsuda Is the Fighter of the Month

And Miranda Won The Honorable Mention Award!

By: Jesús Milano

(February 2nd)

The World Boxing Association (WBA) released its January Female rankings with the individual awards for the month, including Eri Matsuda as Fighter of the Month and Jennifer Miranda as Honorable Mention.

 

The women’s ranking lists with all the corresponding changes for the month of January are public and can be accessed by journalists, promoters and anyone interested in the organization’s website.

 

Matsuda stepped into the ring on January 12 in Tokyo to face up to then light minimumweight champion Yuko Kuroki, and managed to snatch the championship with a split decision victory. The 29-year-old fighter was a surprise winner and became champion with an excellent performance and beautiful boxing.

 

On the other hand, Jennifer Miranda had a dominant performance against Iara Altamirano on January 7, in Madrid, to become the new Gold featherweight champion after a wide victory by unanimous decision. The Spanish fighter left great sensations and was the protagonist in a great event held in the capital to win the WBA belt.

 

The WBA congratulates both fighters for their awards and wishes them the best in their next challenges in professional boxing.

Estrada-Valle:

Battle For The Undisputed Title March 29th!

By: Jesús Milano

(January 31st) The minimumweight mega bout between Seniesa Estrada and Yokasta Valle is official and will take place on March 29 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The announcement was made on Tuesday and will pit both champions face to face to determine the undisputed champion of the division.

 

Estrada holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) and WBC belts, while Valle holds the IBF and WBO belts.

 

They are the two best boxers in the division and the world. The bout has been long awaited and now they will finally face each other.

 

“Superbad”, as Estrada is nicknamed, is 31 years old and last fought on July 28 when she defeated Leonela Paola Yudica by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. The monarch has become one of the most mediatic fighters of today due to her aggressive style and the forcefulness of her boxing, elements that she wants to use to her advantage this time.

 

Valle is from Costa Rica and is also 31 years old. The Central American has Nicaraguan roots and has grown within boxing with hard work and thanks to her talent. She has not lost a fight since 2018 and is going through the best moment of her career, so the bout with Estrada comes at the ideal time for her.

 

Seniesa is undefeated in 25 fights, 9 of them won by knockout, while Valle has 30 wins, 2 setbacks and 9 defined before the limit.

Williams Demolished Feliciano In Plant City

By: Jesús Milano

(January 19th) The main event of the night pitted two undefeated fighters against each other and Mykquan Williams put on a masterful performance in a tough fight that he was able to resolve by knockout against Luis Feliciano.

 

In the sixth round, he landed a counter right hand that left Feliciano in bad shape. The American managed to finish off with another straight right and a left upper that sent his opponent to the canvas, who despite getting up was in very bad condition and the referee did not allow him to continue.

 

In total, Williams scored three knockdowns during the six rounds of the fight to tip the scales in his favor and come out with a great victory that makes him the WBA regional champion.

 

Mykquan Williams now has 20 wins, no losses, 2 draws and 9 knockouts. Luis Feliciano, meanwhile, has 17 wins, 1 loss and 8 knockouts.

WBA Asia Presented New Regional Competition!

By: Jesús Milano

(January 19th) The WBA Asia made the official anouncemen of the WBA Asia National Tournament during the annual judges and referees seminar held by the organization in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday.

 

Won Kim, from WBA Asia, and Liu Gan, who represents WBA China, gave details of this project, which intends to develop the sport in this continent through a tournament of several participants that will allow them to have activity and sporting rewards.

 

They will work with the local commissions of countries such as Vietnam, China, among others, and they displayed their belts of each of these events, which have the flag of the country, the logo of the commissions and, obviously, that of the WBA Asia.

 

The tournaments will start from round of 16 with direct elimination 4 round bouts. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals, where they will have to win in 6-round bouts, while the semifinals will also be 6 rounds and there will be an 8-round final.

 

The format establishes that the winner of the tournament will have the right to challenge the regional champion of the category and will also win the special belt that will be awarded in this competition. As an additional detail, there will be a golden round for fights that end in a draw, which consists of fighting one more round to define the winner.

WBA Championships Committee

Orders Lara-Zerafa Fight!

By: Jesús Milano

(January 17th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered negotiations for the middleweight world title fight between champion Erislandy Lara and his mandatory challenger Michael Zerafa.

 

The pioneer organization sent the official communication to the parties, which will have from January 15 to February 15 to reach an agreement for this bout.

 

Erislandy Lara has been champion since May 1, 2021 and the rules state that he must defend against the mandatory opponent after a period of nine months, which expired on February 1, 2022.

 

For this reason, his fight against Zerafa, who is ranked No. 1 and earned the right to fight for the world title, has been ordered.

 

In the event that the parties cannot reach an agreement or one of them refuses to do so, the committee may call for an auction under the internal rules of the WBA and with a purse split of 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger.

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