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Oumiha Stood Out At IBA Night Of Champions!

(photo Fabio Bozzani)

By: Jesús Milano

(September 25th) Frenchman, Sofiane Oumiha won the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight continental belt after defeating Nicolas Blanco by technical knockout this Saturday during the IBA Night of Champions held in Monaco.


The Frenchman won the regional belt by defining the fight in the sixth round and took away the undefeated South American fighter to be one of the most outstanding boxers of an evening that was full of great talent and good boxing.


Oumiha has made good progress in the professional arena and won his fourth fight, the third by knockout, to continue his ascent and demonstrate his adaptation in the professional boxing.


In another of the night’s bouts, Venezuelan light heavyweight, Albert Ramirez defeated Dominican veteran Lenin Castillo by unanimous decision in a fight that represented a great test and that he was able to overcome despite the difficulties he faced.


In the event there were several amateur fights, which were combined with the professional ones and left an unforgettable night for boxing fans.

Utria Won The Future Of Colombian Boxing Stellar Fight!

By: Jesús Milano

(September 25th) Young Carlos Utria got a convincing victory in the stellar fight of the Future of Colombian Boxing program, which took place this Saturday at the Cuadrilátero Elite Gym, in Barranquilla, Colombia.


The 20-year-old, Utria, defeated Venezuelan, Santiago Ochoa in a duel of undefeated fighters with a knockout in the first round thanks to a body blow and reaffirms himself as one of the most important prospects of Colombian boxing and one of the most outstanding participants of this program promoted by the WBA in collaboration with Alberto Agamez Producciones.


On the other hand, welterweight Juan Carlos Ubarnes defeated Jefferson Varela by technical knockout in three rounds, while Javier Tineo and Alan Anaya ended ND. Steven Simancas defeated Luis Martinez by unanimous decision at super bantamweight and Juan Benjumea knocked out Carlos Jimenez in his bantamweight debut.


The event featured several amateur fights between children and teenagers from various locations in Colombia and the broadcast can be seen on the official World Boxing Association YouTube Channel.

Cardenas Knocks Out Pedroza And Is New

WBA Continental Latin America Champion!

By: Jesús Milano - (photo Showtime)

(September 16th) Ramón Cárdenas struck an authoritative blow and knocked out Rafael Pedroza in two rounds on Friday night to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Latin America belt at the Boeing Center at Tech Port, in San Antonio, Texas.


Cardenas had said he wanted to win a new WBA belt and he accomplished his goal in this opportunity by technically knocking out the Panamanian fighter in just two rounds, taking away his undefeated record.


The left hook was key for the American fighter of Mexican descent, who found Pedroza’s chin in an exchange and sent him to the canvas. Although his opponent got up and was aggressive in his attack, it was only seconds before Cardenas connected again with the same punch and this time the referee did not make the count.


The 27-year-old Cardenas looked strong and won his 23rd fight in his professional career, while he has barely lost one and has knocked out 12 opponents. Pedroza, meanwhile, left his record at 15 wins, 1 loss and 11 knockouts.

Cuello Defeats Garcia

To Retain His WBA International Belt!

By: Jesús Milano - (photo -Showtime)

Mirco Cuello defeated Rudy Garcia by wide unanimous decision and retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) International Featherweight Championship this Friday night.


The Argentinian returned to the United States, specifically to the Boeing Center at Tech Port, San Antonio, and gave a great performance to win the decision on a 99-90 scorecard by the three judges.


Despite the wide scorecards, Cuello did not have an easy night and Garcia represented a real test for him. The South American had to come from less to more and adapt as the rounds went by against an opponent who moved a lot, counterattacked well and managed to evade the attack of the Argentinean.


Cuello had to figure Garcia out and deal with a slightly swollen eye from the start but gradually found his way with his powerful left and body shots. In fact, he landed a knockdown with a nice jab to the abdomen in the middle part of the fight that gave him peace of mind and confidence.


Cuello remains champion and is still undefeated after 13 professional fights, of which he has won 11 by knockout. Garcia, on the other hand, lost his first fight and has 15 wins.

Rafael Pedroza Traveled With His Sights

Set On The WBA Continental Title!

By: Aurelio Ortiz

(September 12th) Panamanian boxer Rafael Pedroza, known as ‘El General’ traveled to San Antonio, Texas on Monday morning to face Ramon ‘Dinamita’ Cardenas, an American of Mexican origin, next Friday, September 15.


Pedroza, whose professional record is 15-0, 11 KO’s and Cardenas, who is 22-1, 11 KO’s, will be fighting for the Latin American Continental Super Bantamweight title (122 lbs.) endorsed by the World Boxing Association (WBA).


The fight will be the main event of an event that will take place at the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio and will be broadcasted by Ringside on COS screens.


“We have done a good camp here in Panama which we closed on Saturday. Once we get to Texas we will only do shadow maintenance work, ropes and treadmill to drop the last four pounds (he traveled at 126) and make weight,” commented to COS, Juan Mosquera, Pedroza’s trainer.


“Here in Panama we worked a lot on strength, speed and fight strategy. Pedroza is very excited and well prepared, so we are going all out for this victory, since it is a fight for an important WBA title”, added the trainer of the Panamanian fighter, who is currently ranked as the fifth challenger to the WBA 122 lbs. world title.



Meanwhile, the North American Cardenas said he is very motivated to fight in front of his public (he was born and resides in San Antonio) so he hopes to celebrate with them the conquest of that regional crown.


“I put on a good show and a lot of people come to my fights. I’m going to fight for my second WBA belt. Winning it in front of my family, my fans and everyone will be very sweet. My first WBA belt I won in Florida and there were only a few people there to celebrate with me. It’s going to be super sweet. I’m excited. It’s a dream come true,” specified Cardenas who adds a 10-fight win streak after losing his only professional fight in April 2017 to Danny Flores.


As for his Panamanian opponent, Cardenas also referred, “This guy (Pedroza) is undefeated, so he will fight like that. He will come a little stronger than other fighters and I’m fully prepared for that. I know he will be dangerous during the first few rounds, but then my experience will prevail in the later rounds,” Cardenas specified.


“I don’t really watch tapes of anyone because every fight is different. They fight you differently than anyone else, so I don’t normally watch tapes, but he tagged me in something on his Instagram and I watched a short video of him. Everything he does, I do better. I don’t say that in an arrogant way. Overall, I’m the better fighter,” stressed Cardenas who is a former WBA regional featherweight (126 pounds) champion.

Hernandez vs. Baleta For The Fedelatin Title!

By: Rubén Darío Sánchez

(September 12th) The countdown begins for the undefeated clash between the Venezuelan, Jonathan Hernandez and Colombian, Alan Baleta for the Fedelatin title of the pioneer organization, next Saturday, September 16.


The 10-round bout will be the main event of the evening to be held at the FAB Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the organization of OR Promotions.


Jonathan José Hernández, born in Cantaura, Venezuela, will return to the ring for the fifth time in 2023. Earlier this year he defeated Argentinean Marcelo Puebla (5-4) by unanimous decision, in March he defeated Dario Soto (3-3-1)  by knockout.


He also defeated his compatriot, Kelvinyer Salazar (18-1-1) by knockout in the fifth round, to take away his undefeated record and win the Fedelatin  vacant title. In August, he made his first title defense, beating Argentina’s Marcelo Gabriel Sanchez (8-5-3) by a fourth round knockout.


Hernandez (11-0 / 7 KO), 28, has a knockout power above 60%. Also, in his most recent five fights, he has three wins by knockout and two by unanimous decision.  


The native of Barranquilla, Alan Enrique Baleta, will make his third fight of the year, after a draw against his compatriot, Jhan Carlos Ubarnes (7-1-1), in May. He also saw action in the ring in a second round knockout victory over Luis Arrieta (4-3).


The 21-year-old Baleta (7-0-1) accumulates an interesting knockout power above 70%, of his last five victories, he has achieved three knockouts, two of them before the second round and two by unanimous decision.

Radivoje Kalajd Is New WBA Continental Champion!

By: Rubén Darío Sánchez

(September 7th) Radivoje Kalajd, born in the former Yugoslavia, defeated Mickey Ellison in the eighth round to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) North American Continental title on Wednesday night.


The Serbian proved he is still among the light heavyweight elite in the main bout of the event held at the Whitesands Events Center in Plant City, Florida. The card was organized by the American promoter, ProBox TV.


Kalajd (28-2 / 20 KO) started the fight actively but without losing the order and calm that characterizes him, throwing accurate combinations especially focused on the face, an area that early in the fight caused his opponent sacred complications. 


For “Hot Rod” this was his first fight of 2023, a little over a year without stepping into the ring, when he defeated Ghanaian Ernest Amuzu (26-8) by knockout in the first round. Last night he showed his mature and analytical skills in critical moments, and it was also evident that the defeat against Beterbiev made him improve in several aspects.


On the other hand, the British fighter never found a way to counter his opponent’s jab, which limited his actions, he was rarely able to be in his distance to throw combinations, he was uncomfortable in each chapter and only chose to throw punches without a clear destination.


Although Ellison (14-5 / 5 KO) did not walk backwards at any time and, in each round he came out to fight, he did not have enough arguments, other than courage and always going forward, factors that would be important to put Kalajd in trouble.


However, in the final stretch of the duel, at the beginning of the eighth round, the Belgrade (Serbia) born, would come out to take advantage of the punishment caused in the previous rounds, fundamental move that would cause the first knockdown of Mickey, after the referee’s count, he would get up, but not for long because Radivoje would launch a barrage of punches that confirmed his victory by the fast track.

Tewa Kiram Retained His WBA Asia Title

With Knockout Over Baishanbo!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 31st) Tewa Kiram retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asian super welterweight belt by defeating Baishanbo Nasiyiwula this weekend by a 9 round TKO during the Coñor World Cup held at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel, Dubai.


The event that initiated a big stage for Asian boxing was a great success and had the Thai in the spotlight with a victory before the limit against a brave Chinese who stayed on his feet for 9 rounds of the bout.


At the time of the stoppage, the scorecards were 80-71, 80-71 and 79-72, all in favor of the Thai fighter, a veteran who has fought world title fights and currently stands as one of the continent’s top fighters in his category.


The event featured several regional title fights and other bouts in which Asian talents from different countries participated. The WBA Asia will continue to make billboards under the brand of this event and will extend to other countries including China, Vietnam, Thailand, among others.


Kiram improved his record to 49 wins, 1 loss and 35 knockouts, while Baishanbo now has 17 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 7 knockouts.

Dalakian-Yuri Akui Purse Bid

To Be Held On September 8th!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 28th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called for the auction the purs bid between the flyweight champion of the organization, Artem Dalakian and the number one contender Seigo Yuri Akui, to be held on September 8.


The auction will be held in Houston, Texas, and will be conducted by the committee’s vice-president, Julio Thyme, according to the communication sent to the teams of both fighters.


The bidding will be conducted under the rules of the pioneer organization and will have a purse split of 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger. The minimum amount to obtain the organization rights will be U$ 80,000.00.


The Ukrainian comes from defending his crown in January against David Jimenez and now must face the Japanese after the deadline to face the official challenger has passed.

Bravo Defeats Madera In Orlando

And Is The New WBA Regional Champion!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 21st) Puerto Rican Nestor Bravo won the World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Latin America super lightweight belt after defeating American Will Madera on Friday at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida.


Bravo was the star of the main event organized by BoxLab Promotions and Most Valuable Promotions and lived up to the expectations by defeating an important opponent and winning the regional belt of the oldest boxing organization in the world.


Bravo had to fight for 10 rounds to get cards of 96-94, 96-94 and 99-91 and win the decision against an experienced opponent who made the night difficult and went all out for the victory.


For the undefeated Puerto Rican it was a great test in his career and he was able to overcome it to move up in the world arena. The 29-year-old fighter remains undefeated and now has 21 wins and 15 knockouts. For his part, Madera dropped his record to 17 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws and 10 knockouts.

WBA Orders Akhmadaliev vs Kameda Eliminator!


By: Jesús Milano

(August 20th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the super bantamweight eliminator bout between Japan’s Tomoki Kameda and Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev.


The pioneering body sent the official communication this Friday, August 18, to both teams granting them 30 days to negotiate the bout between the two top-ranked fighters.


Kameda is ranked No. 1, while former world champion Akhmadaliev is ranked No. 2 in the 122 lbs. The winner of the bout will be the official challenger for the world title, which is currently held by Marlon Tapales.


Should both contenders fail to reach an agreement within the time limit or should either party refuse to sign the fight, the WBA may call for a Purse Bid with a 50/50 purse split for each fighter.

Ivan Chirkov vs. Edixon Peréz

In Russia, September 8th!

By: Rubén Darío Sánchez

(August 18th) Undefeated Russian fighter Ivan Chirkov will return to the ring to face experienced Venezuelan Edixon Peréz on Friday, September 8 at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia. 


The fight, scheduled as part of the preliminary card of the boxing event to be held on Russian soil, is scheduled for eight rounds at featherweight.


The 27-year-old Russian boxer, Ivan Chirkov, will face his second fight of 2023. Last May he defeated his compatriot Bislan Bekukh (5-4) by knockout in the fifth round of the six-round bout.


Chirkov (10-0 / 2 KO) despite the fact that punching is not his best tool, his last two fights have ended by knockout, for a knockout percentage of 20%. Likewise, the rest of his wins have come by unanimous decision.


The native of Yemanzhelinka, Russia, will undoubtedly face the toughest opponent so far in his career, due to the Venezuelan’s background and experience in the ring. However, the Eurasian has recently fought more rounds and has a physical condition to highlight. 


The native of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, Edixon Perez, will fight for the third time this year. In March, he defeated his compatriot, Angel Guedez (5-2 / 3 KO) by knockout in the second round. Later, in the recent month of July, he drew in a very even fight against the Chilean, Jose Velasquez (27-8-1 / 21 KO).


Perez (27-8-1 / 21 KO) 31 years old, will return to action on Russian soil, after losing in his only visit to the undefeated local, Yevgeniy Pavlov (10-0) by unanimous decision.


The Venezuelan has a knockout power above 50% and accumulates three wins, two of them by knockout, one draw and one loss in his five most recent bouts.

Crowder Won the WBA International Belt In Baltimore!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 8th) A new boxing season began in Baltimore with Dominique Crowder as the star of the show. The American defeated Kenny Demecillo by unanimous decision to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) International Bantamweight belt.


The scorecards of the judges of the Maryland Athletic Commission were 100-89, 99-91 and 99-91, all for the local fighter, who defeated the Filipino amidst the great atmosphere that was experienced at the Physical Education Complex 2500 W. North Ave, Baltimore.


Crowder took advantage of each of his tools to carry out an impeccable fight and imposed from the beginning to the Filipino, who was quite brave in the fight but was not enough to face the superiority of the American.


This was the first event held in Baltimore by BadGurl Promotions, which has an interesting project in a city that continues to grow from the boxing point of view. The event was supported by Calvin Ford, the Gervonta Davis team and other local big names.


Crowder improved his record to 16 wins, no losses and 10 knockouts, while Demecillo´s dropped to 17 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws and 10 knockouts.

Meza Defeated Fernandez and Is New

Fedelatin WBA Champion!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 8th) Jennifer Meza became the Fedelatin light minimumweight champion by defeating Yoselin Fernandez this Saturday night by unanimous decision during their bout held at the FAB stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


It was a historic fight for boxing in this country since it is the first regional title of the category to be held in Argentina. Meza won by unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 in a good women’s bout that featured good exchanges and good action.


The Argentinian reached her fourth consecutive victory and winning the regional title helps her to keep moving up in her career. It is clear that she wants to become world champion and for that she will have to keep working hard and facing quality opponents.


The Olivos native’s record now stands at 8 wins and 3 losses, with 3 knockouts, while her Venezuelan opponent dropped her record to 12 wins, 4 losses and 6 knockouts.

William Flores Is Crowned

National Bantamweight Champion In Venezuela!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 3rd) William Flores from Miranda, Venezuela, became Venezuela’s national bantamweight champion (vacant). The holder of the Fedecaribe belt of the World Boxing Association (WBA) defeated his compatriot Fernando Toro by unanimous decision.


In the stellar duel of the evening that took place at the Gimnasio Vertical del Dorado, California, Miranda, Venezuela, the judges unanimously agreed: 95-94 (X2) and 96-94 in favor of the native of Petare, William Flores.


Flores (15-0 / 12 KO) at 23 years of age, adds the second title of his professional career and the first at national level. In addition, he is emerging as one of the most striking prospects of Venezuelan boxing at 118 pounds.


Incidents of the Fight

Without a clear dominator, the duel began very disputed and aggressive, without a previous study by the boxers, just in the second round of the fight, there was already one knockdown per side. Flores slightly managed to take the first rounds.


From the fourth round, Toro began to throw more punches, causing much damage. Likewise, in the seventh round, after a remarkable supremacy on the part of Fernando, who was progressively recovering the complicated start he had, he reached the point of having his rival against the ropes, but the bell would save him.


In the last part of the fight, Toro showed the wear and tear he had suffered and the effort he made to try to get back on his feet.


In the last part of the fight, it was evident in Toro the wear and tear he suffered and the effort he made to try to finish the fight by KO. Flores took advantage of this fatigue to rescue a duel that until that moment seemed lost, but he managed to recover and win the final three rounds on the cards.


Fernando José Toro, also a native of Miranda State, Venezuela, showed that he was up to the challenge of a national title, which he failed to win due to details. Also, he lost his undefeated (8-1 / 8KO) but for the fight he fought, he could be given the opportunity to fight for the 122 lbs. belt.

Patrick Teixeira vs. Carlos Rivero

For the Fedebol Title!

By: Rubén Darío Sánchez

(July 18th) Brazilian fighter Patrick Teixeira has been confirmed to face Venezuelan Carlos Rivero for the vacant Fedebol middleweight belt of the World Boxing Association (WBA).


The fight is scheduled to take place on August 27, and will be the main event of the card to be held in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.


The native of Sombrio, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Patrick Alen Teixeira (32-4 / 23 KO) will face his first fight of 2023. His last fight was at the end of last year in his homeland, where he defeated Adrian Perez (16-14 / 14KOs), also from Venezuela, by knockout.


Teixeira, 32 years old, accumulates a knockout power above 60%. Likewise, he has three victories and one by knockout in his most recent six bouts.


Carlos Luis Rivero, born in the city of Coro, Falcon, Venezuela, will return to the ring after a long inactivity of more than three years. His last fight was at the beginning of 2020, where he defeated his compatriot Yoel Lucena (3-8) by knockout in the second round.


Before his title fight, the Venezuelan will face José Rafael Marcano (2-5) on July 29 in Anzoátegui state, Venezuela.


Rivero has a streak of five consecutive victories, one of them by knockout and accumulates a knockout power slightly above 50%.

WBA Status: 12 Categories

With a Single Champion!

By: Jesús Milano

The World Boxing Association’s (WBA) World Title Reduction Plan has made significant progress toward having a single champion in 12 of the 17 available categories, while the others are moving forward to achieve the goal set by President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the Championships Committee.


With 12 single champions and five remaining, the entity has continued to make decisions that contribute to achieving the goal. The minimum weight is one of those that has been working to achieve a single champion between Thamanoon Niyomtrong and Erick Rosa, so an bidding will be held on July 21 to make the fight before the end of the year.


In Heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois will fight on August 26, whose winner will be the only champion the division of the pioneer organization.


Among the only champions of the organization are Kensjiro Teraji, light flyweight; Artem Dalakian, flyweight; Kazuto Ioka, super flyweight; Takuma Inoue, bantamweight; Marlon Tapales, super bantamweight; Leigh Wood, feather; Héctor García, super feather; Rolando Romero, super lightweight; Jermell Charlo, super welter; Erislandy Lara, middleweight; Dmitry Bivol, light heavyweight and Arsen Goulamirian cruiserweight.


Among the categories that remain to be resolved is the welterweight, whose process was paused due to the suspension of the fight between Vergil Ortiz and Eimantas Stanionis; however, it is expected that the Lithuanian can face the winner of Spence-Crawford in the near future to define the division. Moreover, the super middleweight will have Canelo facing Charlo, while confirmation is expected for David Morrell to make a voluntary defense of his belt.


Finally, the committee is working and waiting to make a decision at lightweight, which has Devin Haney as super champion and Gervonta Davis as champion.

“Camarón” Zepeda Motivates

The Young People of His City!

By: Jesús Milano

(July 14th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental Americas lightweight champion, William Zepeda, was in his native San Mateo Atenco to spend time with the children and teenagers who train at the town’s Multideportivo.


The activity organized by the Municipality of San Mateo Atenco was intended for the 27-year-old boxer to approach young people and give them a message through “Charla de Vida”, a motivational speech that seeks to keep children on the right path.


“For me it’s an honor to be an example for young people and a responsibility to set kids on the path to what they can achieve,” Zepeda told the media outlet Portal.


“Camarón” spoke to them about the great Mexican champions and about the rewards that come with sacrifice and hard work. He told some of his anecdotes and what his rise in boxing has been like.


Zepeda is currently in the middle of training camp and hopes to return to the ring in September. Although his next fight has not been officially confirmed, it is expected to be against Filipino veteran Mercito Gesta.

Minimum Weight Resolution!

By: Jesús Milano

(July 11th) WBA

The World Boxing Association (WBA), through its Championships Committee, issued a resolution for the minimum weight in which it ordered a Purse bid between Thammanoon Niyomtrong and Erick Rosa for next July 21, to be held via Zoom.


The situation has been unprecedented due to a series of events that have prevented both fighters from stepping into the ring to fight for the world championship. For that reason, the pioneer organization decided to make an unprecedented decision with the intention of resolving the situation and leave the 105 lbs. with only one champion.


The bidding is scheduled to take place under WBA rules but with certain conditions among stands out the fact that the fight has to be held in a neutral country. It cannot be organized in Thailand or the Dominican Republic due to the inconveniences that have delayed the fight in previous occasions.


On the other hand, whoever wins the rights to organize the fight must do it in a period between 60 and 90 days; that is, between September 19 and October 19, 2023.


On the other hand, the WBA offered the possibility to both fighters to make a fight without their titles at stake. In case of accepting this fight by either of them, it must be done before August 21.


The WBA continues to work in order to comply with the world title reduction plan implemented by President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. To date, it has managed to have only one champion in 12 of the 17 categories.

Ioka Is WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Jesús Milano

(July 3rd) Kazuto Ioka was named Boxer of the Month by the World Boxing Association (WBA) Rankings Committee after becoming the super flyweight champion on June 24 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.


Ioka captured the vacant belt after defeating Joshua Franco by unanimous decision in a fight in which his opponent missed weight and lost the title on the scales. The Japanese fighter delivered in the ring and made an exceptional performance to take the crown.


In December of last year both had drawn in a good fight that left the public wanting to see more. Then the rematch was agreed and Ioka was able to make all the adjustments to secure the victory and become WBA champion again, a sash he had not held since 2017.


With the monthly awards, the rankings of the pioneering body were also published,  which are available to the press and fans and the corresponding section of the WBA web portal.

Actions Beyond Words:

30 Years Of the KO Drugs!

WBA Press, Yesica Palmetta

(June 15th) This last edition, as part of the 30th anniversary of the KO Drugs, had an emotional closing with a donation of equipment to some gyms in the neighborhoods of Laferrere and Gonzalez Catón, located in the La Matanza district, in the western area of Greater Buenos Aires.


Dreams require hard work, perseverance, dedication, but also the necessary tools to develop talent. That was the premise from which the WBA original program was born in 1991; The KO DRUGS.


Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the organization, shared a pleasant afternoon with the little ones. Boys and girls made manopleo with Mr. Gilberto and shared their desires with the noble art of the fists, they told him who they admire and were excited to thank the entity for being there.


Along with Mr. Gilberto Mendoza were present former world champions such as Mariano Carrera from Argentina, Cecilia Comunales from Uruguay, Kina Malpartida from Peru, together they gave a brief motivational talk where they highlighted the value of having a dream and work for them regardless of the circumstances; it is always possible to achieve it when you do things from your heart. The event closed with a statement from the president of the pioneer organization: “I am honored to be here sharing this moment with you because this is where boxing is born. So I wish with all my heart that our contribution will help you to continue working for your dreams.


Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of the entity, shared a pleasant afternoon with the little ones. Boys and girls punched mitts with Mr. Gilberto and shared their desires with the noble art of the fists, they talked about who they admire and thanked the entity for being there.


Along with Mr. Gilberto Mendoza were present former world champions such as Mariano Carrera from Argentina, Cecilia Comunales from Uruguay, Kina Malpartida from Peru, together they gave a brief motivational talk where they highlighted the value of having a dream and work for it no matter the circumstances; it is always possible to achieve it when you do things with the heart. President Mendoza closed this moment stating, “I feel honored to be here sharing this moment with you because this is where boxing is born. So I wish with all my heart that our contribution will help you to continue working for your dreams.


After the delivery of gloves, gauntlets, headgear, punchin bags, pouches and clothing, Mr. Gilberto Mendoza went on to present a mini World Boxing Association championship belt to trainer José Rafael Sosa who organized Sunday’s event and received the donation: “I fought three times for the world title when I was a boxer and lost all three. Today I receive my belt and I feel very grateful”, concluded the trainer with great emotion applauded by those present.


On Saturday night, at the Casino de Buenos Aires, during the second and final day of fights, many outstanding boxing prospects performed in the ring but also Ismael Salas received his mini black and gold belt to reward his trajectory. Salas has been the corner of multiple champions in more than 150 championship fights. In 1996, the WBA named him coach of the year and 27 years later he is once again recognized for his sustained work over time.


“After having shared a nice talk with Salas regarding today’s boxing and its methodologies and on Sunday sharing a beautiful afternoon with Rafael Sosa, whose work is very important, because it is where the seedbed is, I was moved. In those two moments I understood that no matter what level a trainer can reach, his importance is vital in the formative part and they become fundamental protagonists of our sport”, were the words of WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza to conclude what has been a very important trip to Argentina with a new KO drugs. There is always a lot of work to be done and this is what the entity has proposed, so that boxing continues to be the human tool that it is.

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