Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dan Goossen dies at Age 64

Boxing lost one of it's best this week when Dan Goossen died of liver cancer. The news took most in the Boxing world be surprise and sympathy has come from all corners. Here is the Official Statement from the Goossen family


"It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer. The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends. Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing, however we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure."

Rest in Peace. you will be missed.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The 1st WBC Female Convention has started

September 25th, 2014.
History was written this morning at the Salon Mexico of the Princess Hotel. The expectation was huge and the place was crowded with people from all places of the worlds. The event was not only special for being the 1st Boxing Female Convention ever, but also because it was fulfilled a dream of our beloved, Don Jose. His plans and expectations finally were reality. The inauguration was one of the best boxing ceremony events
The event was characterized for the beauty, femininity and unity that our Female Champions spread and they were accompanied and applauded by great characters as: Quintana Roo Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo; Solidaridad Municipality President, Mauricio Góngora Escalante and by the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar.
It also participated on the podium the Multi World Champion and currently great promoter, Oscar De la Hoya; Don King; Senator and Olympic medalist, Ana Gabriela Guevara; and Rosario Graham on behalf of Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas from the Tourism Secretary.
It also attended, an over standing group of great Champions including: Ana María Torres, Christy Martín, Jelena Mrdjenovich and Jackie Nava, who were the responsible of welcoming fans, they also thanked emotively to WBC for the efforts on developing and making better Female boxing.
Suddenly and emotive moment came, some attendants dropped some tears even. Laura Serrano, Female Boxing pioneer, dedicated some special words, directly from her heart, in honor of her friend and teacher, Jose Sulaiman. Under the same roof there were also present great current and former WBC Champions, including : Mia St. John, Mariana Juarez, Momo Koseki, Yazmín Rivas, Jessica González, Ibeth Zamora, Irma García, Alicia Ashley, Yuko Kuroki, Nikky Adler, Areli Muciño, Jessica Chávez, Esmeralda Moreno, Judith Rodríguez, among other great fighters.
The event was special also for counting with the attendance of our friends Gilberto Mendoza y Darryl People, WBA & IBF Presidents accompanied by WBC board of governors members Rex Walker, Bob Logist, Charles Guilles, Robert Lenhard and Alberto León.
The opening of this historic event was characterized for being original, making it unique and memorable: On the main screen it was projected several videos that took us in a tour through time, being projected some epic past fights and great Knock outs, showing to us the long path Female boxing has walk since its origins.
Many champions and great characters had the opportunity to give a speech; most of them agreed that Female Boxing is finally growing. Promoters as OSacar de la Hoya, Pepe Gomez, among others expressed their commitment to support Female Boxing including great fights in their next cards.
Almost at the end of the event, Mauricio Sualiman, visibly excited for fulfilling a dream of his father, Don Jose, commented that this was only the beginning of great steps towards the opening of new routes that will help women to have bigger purses “ We can consider this Convention as the bases of the future we want for Female Boxing “He concluded.
Don Gilberto Mendoza, remembered to Don Jose as “ my brother , my friend and a great teacher who gave his life and efforts to boxing.”
He also exhort to the attendants for making the effort of continuing bringing unity into boxing. HE was a passionate man that entirely love his sport, and he will always be remembered as the Father of modern boxing, Concluded WBA President.
 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

WBC Makes History Holding the First Ever Female Boxing Convention


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The 1st WBC Female Convention has started

September 25th, 2014.
History was written this morning at the Salon Mexico of the Princess Hotel. The expectation was huge and the place was crowded with people from all places of the worlds. The event was not only special for being the 1st Boxing Female Convention ever, but also because it was fulfilled a dream of our beloved, Don Jose. His plans and expectations finally were reality. The inauguration was one of the best boxing ceremony events
The event was characterized for the beauty, femininity and unity that our Female Champions spread and they were accompanied and applauded by great characters as: Quintana Roo Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo; Solidaridad Municipality President, Mauricio Góngora Escalante and by the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar.
It also participated on the podium the Multi World Champion and currently great promoter, Oscar De la Hoya; Don King; Senator and Olympic medalist, Ana Gabriela Guevara; and Rosario Graham on behalf of Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas from the Tourism Secretary.
It also attended, an over standing group of great Champions including: Ana María Torres, Christy Martín, Jelena Mrdjenovich and Jackie Nava, who were the responsible of welcoming fans, they also thanked emotively to WBC for the efforts on developing and making better Female boxing.
Suddenly and emotive moment came, some attendants dropped some tears even. Laura Serrano, Female Boxing pioneer, dedicated some special words, directly from her heart, in honor of her friend and teacher, Jose Sulaiman. Under the same roof there were also present great current and former WBC Champions, including : Mia St. John, Mariana Juarez, Momo Koseki, Yazmín Rivas, Jessica González, Ibeth Zamora, Irma García, Alicia Ashley, Yuko Kuroki, Nikky Adler, Areli Muciño, Jessica Chávez, Esmeralda Moreno, Judith Rodríguez, among other great fighters.
The event was special also for counting with the attendance of our friends Gilberto Mendoza y Darryl People, WBA & IBF Presidents accompanied by WBC board of governors members Rex Walker, Bob Logist, Charles Guilles, Robert Lenhard and Alberto León.
The opening of this historic event was characterized for being original, making it unique and memorable: On the main screen it was projected several videos that took us in a tour through time, being projected some epic past fights and great Knock outs, showing to us the long path Female boxing has walk since its origins.
Many champions and great characters had the opportunity to give a speech; most of them agreed that Female Boxing is finally growing. Promoters as OSacar de la Hoya, Pepe Gomez, among others expressed their commitment to support Female Boxing including great fights in their next cards.
Almost at the end of the event, Mauricio Sualiman, visibly excited for fulfilling a dream of his father, Don Jose, commented that this was only the beginning of great steps towards the opening of new routes that will help women to have bigger purses “ We can consider this Convention as the bases of the future we want for Female Boxing “He concluded.
Don Gilberto Mendoza, remembered to Don Jose as “ my brother , my friend and a great teacher who gave his life and efforts to boxing.”
He also exhort to the attendants for making the effort of continuing bringing unity into boxing. HE was a passionate man that entirely love his sport, and he will always be remembered as the Father of modern boxing, Concluded WBA President.





Histórica inauguración de la primera Convención Femenil WBC

 

25 de Septiembre de 2014.
La historia se escribió esta mañana a partir de las 10:30 horas en el interior del Salón “México” del Hotel Princess, que registró la asistencia esperada, un lleno total multicolor y multirracial en lo que fue no solamente la ceremonia de inauguración de la primera convención mundial femenil del WBC, un sueño largamente acariciado de nuestro querido Don José, proyecto que hoy tomó forma como uno de los eventos boxísticos más emotivos que se han visto abajo del ring.
La reunión se caracterizó básicamente por la belleza, feminidad y unidad de todas las campeonas y boxeadoras en general que se dieron cita en el lujoso escenario situado en Playa del Carmen, las que estuvieron rodeadas, arropadas, “apapachadas” y muy aplaudidas por personajes como el Gobernador quintanarroense, licenciado Roberto Borge Angulo, el Presidente Municipal de Solidaridad, Mauricio Góngora Escalante y el presidente del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo, Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar.
En el presídium también figuraron de menara destacada el seis veces campeón del mundo en otras tantas divisiones Oscar De la Hoya, inmortal del boxeo ahora dedicado a la promoción; el también promotor Don King, la Senadora y superestrella de las pistas mundiales Ana Gabriela Guevara, quien tenía a su lado a la Licenciada Rosario Graham Directora General de Normalización y Calidad Regulatoria Turística de la Secretaría de Turismo, quien representó a la abogada Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas.
Abajo del estrado se encontraba un nutrido grupo de campeonas, ex campeonas y peleadoras en general activas y retiradas que dieron al acto algo que constituyó una especial fascinación para el público asistente.
Ana María Torres, Christy Martín, Jelena Mrdjenovich y Jackie Nava fueron las féminas de puños rosas en dar la bienvenida a los presentes y agradecer al WBC y especialmente a quien fuera su presidente, Don José; por haber pensado en el boxeo femenil y darle el lugar que ahora tiene, ya que como las pugilistas acotaron, esta convención es la muestra fehaciente de lo mucho que ha crecido.
Momento profundamente emotivo y que conmovió a algunos hasta llevarlos a las lágrimas, fue aquel en el que la licenciada Laura Serrano, pionera del boxeo femenil mexicano, dedicó unas conmovedoras y hermosas palabras en honor a José Sulaimán a quien calificó como maestro y amigo.
Entre las peleadoras asistentes destacaban formidables exponentes de algunos años atrás y actuales como Mia St. John, Mariana Juárez, Momo Koseki, Yazmín Rivas, Jessica González, Ibeth Zamora, Irma García, Alicia Ashley, Yuko Kuroki, Nikky Adler, Areli Muciño, Jessica Chávez, Esmeralda Moreno, Judith Rodríguez entre docenas más.
En ese ambiente y en el escenario alto, también se encontraban elementos como Gilberto Mendoza y Darryl People, presidentes de la WBA y la FIB, respectivamente, flanqueados por miembros de la junta de gobierno del WBC, Rex Walker, Bob Logist, Charles Guilles y los abogados Robert Lenhard y Alberto León.
Esta apertura de convención tuvo a característica de una diversificación pocas veces vista:
En la pantalla principal corrieron diversos videos que nos llevaron en un pequeño recorrido a través del tiempo, de los inicios y confirmación del boxeo femenil, con los mejores peleas u grandes nocauts.
Muchos de los ahí presentes hicieron uso del micrófono y coincidieron en que a partir de hoy el boxeo femenino tendrá el crecimiento que todos hemos estado esperando y que según algunos criterios estaba retardándose. Promotores como de la Hoya, Pepe Gómez y otros se comprometieron a brindar todo su apoyo al boxeo de mujeres dentro de sus programas próximos y arrancaron los aplausos de la gente.
Casi al finalizar Mauricio Sulaimán, se mostró emocionado por haber realizado el sueño de su padre don José, cristalizado en esta convención femenil y abrir el camino para proyectos que llevarán al éxito, a las grandes bolsas y a la gloria a muchas de las damas que en lo sucesivo suban al cuadrilátero. “Esta convención puede considerarse como los cimientos de ese futuro” -finalizó-.
El ingeniero Gilberto Mendoza, recordó a Don José como “mi hermano, amigo y un gran maestro que dedicó todos sus esfuerzos el boxeo”.
Exhortó a los presentes a continuar con el mensaje de que haya unidad en el boxeo. Fue un hombre apasionado por su deporte y será como recordado como el padre del boxeo moderno, dijo el presidente de la WBA.













 
 
 




         






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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Canelo Alvarez signs deal to fight on HBO

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2014)—Golden Boy Promotions Founder Oscar de la Hoya, HBO Sports President Ken Hershman, and superstar boxer Canelo Álvarez today announced a major new agreement to showcase the fan-favorite fighter’s matches on HBO Sports.

 

“For all of my career, I have wanted to fight on HBO for one main reason–I believe it will allow more of my fans to see me in action,” said Álvarez (44-1-1, 31KOs). “Today marks a huge milestone for me, and I look forward to a long and successful partnership with HBO.”

 

Álvarez, a light-middleweight knockout artist known for his tremendous punching power, made his pro debut in 2005 at 15-years-old and quickly became one of the most popular prize fighters in the sport. His exciting fighting style and reputation for taking on all comers has captured the attention of fans all around the world.

 

“Everyone at HBO is excited to welcome back Canelo Álvarez to the HBO family, and we can't wait to re-introduce him to our subscribers,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “At only 24-years-old, Canelo has already established himself as one of the boxing world’s brightest stars, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we embark on this new chapter together. We are delighted to partner with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions in presenting Canelo's fights and events on our various platforms.”

 

The award-winning network has a 40-year history of presenting the best fights on television. Canelo has previously fought seven times on HBO platforms in his pro career; three times on the HBO Boxing After Dark series in 2011 against Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, and four on the HBO Pay-Per-View platform versus Jose Miguel Cotto (2010), Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (2010), Alfonso Gomez (2011) and Sugar Shane Mosley (2012).

 

“I’m thrilled to be part of this historic agreement between Canelo Álvarez and HBO Sports, an agreement that marks another major step in Golden Boy Promotions’ primary goal–to give boxing fans the fights they want to see,” said Oscar de la Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is the best young fighter in the sport, and this move will help line him up to fight top opponents in the sport for many years to come.”

 

A former world champion, Canelo is eager to once again hold a title belt. His record includes victories over some of the best fighters in the light-middleweight division including Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Sugar Shane Mosley and most recently the dangerous southpaw, Erislandy Lara. Canelo’s lone blemish in 46 fights came in September 2013 against Floyd “Money” Mayweather in the highest grossing bout of all time, further cementing Canelo’s stature as boxing’s next superstar fighter.

 

For more information, visit www.CaneloÁlvarez.com, www.GoldenBoyPromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing.

 

Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CaneloOficial, www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing

and www.twitter.com/HBOBoxing and Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing.

 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

WBC Raising Funds to Help Mexican Hurricane Victims



The World Boxing Council is adding its support for the communities grievously affected by Hurricane Odile.
The WBC will do its utmost with funds, food and water, and other needs, as the current situation is critical.
World Champions will be at the supply center of the Tourism Ministry located in Presidente Masaryk number one hundred and seventy two, for delivering services, to show full solidarity in helping to alleviate this unfortunate situation.
All boxing cards during the next weeks will announce their support “We all are with BC Sur”
Some Mexican Gyms, will also be part of this cause, as supply centers.
 The WBC announces bank accounts via which you can help:

BANCO MERCANTIL DEL NORTE, S. A.  -  BANORTE -    # 2067
Account number: 0897473219
National Money (pesos)
CLABE: 072 180 00897473219 2
SWIFT : MENOMXMT

Bank:  BANCO MERCANTIL DEL NORTE, S. A.  -  BANORTE -    # 2067
Name: CONSEJO MUNDIAL DE BOXEO A.C.
Account number: 0897479985
American Money (dollars)
CLABE: 072 180 0000897479985 0
SWIFT : MENOMXMT

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nonito Donaire back in Action on GGG Card in LA



NONITO DONAIRE AND NICHOLAS WALTERS
BATTLE FOR THE WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
ON GOLOVKIN-RUBIO CHAMPIONSHIP CARD

Saturday, October 18 at StubHub Center
Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®


            LOS ANGELES (September 19, 2014) -- Top Rank® announced today that 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and undefeated world champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS  will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion.  Donaire vs. Walters will take place Saturday, October 18, at StubHub! Center in Carson, Calif.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also feature WBA middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin defending his title against World Boxing Council (WBC) interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio "El Veneno" Rubio.  Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard are presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo

            Donaire and Walters boast a combined record of 57-2 (41 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%.  When it comes to these two world featherweight champions, "You could have knocked me over with a feather," is more than just a figure of speech!

            "I am very excited for this fight. We are doing everything we can to be ready for everything Walters brings on October 18," said Donaire.

            "This is my dream fight. It's now the time to show everyone who is the best 126 pound world champion in the entire world," declared Walters.

            "The featherweight division has a rich history with epic matchups, said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  "Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters are two of the great champions in the division today. This promises to be an entertaining, exciting world title unification battle."

            “Nonito Donaire is a four-division world champion and former fighter of the year, who always delivers for fans by challenging the toughest competition, which is precisely what he'll be facing when he fights undefeated power-puncher Nicholas Walters in a superb featherweight championship co-feature on October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, live on HBO World Championship Boxing,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports. 

            Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, has been a consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter for several years. He returned to the top of the mountain as a world champion in his last fight, on May 31, at The Venetian Macao, dethroning defending WBA featherweight champion Simphiwe Vetyeka via a vicious five-round technical decision. His banner year in 2012 included four world championship victories. He beat former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, then unified the title by defeating IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire collected his third belt of the year by knocking out WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak. Donaire concluded his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honors while extending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak.  He lost his title to undefeated Cuban sensation and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a title unification bout at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013. Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of defending IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, and defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire’s ended 2013 with a ninth-round knockout victory of Darchinyan in their eagerly-awaited rematch.  Donaire has held a world title every year dating back to 2007.  Three of his last four victories have been by way of knockout.

            Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, enters this fight having won 10 of his last 11 fights by knockout. He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He has successfully defended the title twice -- both by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza and former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.

            Remaining tickets to the Golovkin-Rubio/ Donaire-Walters world championship doubleheader, priced at $210, $105, $53 and $27, plus applicable services charges, are available online at www.AXS.com, by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and www.StubHubCenter.com.  Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. PT, with the first bell scheduled for 3:15 p.m. PT.

            For Donaire vs. Walters fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo, or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #DonaireWalters to join the conversation on Twitter.

Stacking the Undercard for Pacquiao vs Algieri PPV



INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE!

TWO WORLD TITLE RUMBLES
AND A WORLD TITLE ELIMINATION BATTLE
HIGHLIGHT PACQUIAO VS. ALGIERI
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PAY-PER-VIEW CARD

Saturday, November 22 at The Venetian Macao
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®


        MACAO (September 18, 2014) -- World champions VASYL LOMACHENKO  and JESSIE VARGAS and China's most iconic athlete, undefeated Top-Five contender  ZOU SHIMING, will be featured in exciting battles on the MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO vs.  CHRIS ALGIERI World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard.  Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao-Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.    
        Six different nations will be represented by the eight fighters on the live pay-per-view telecast.
            Lomachenko, of Ukraine, will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand.  Vargas, of Las Vegas, NV., will be defending his WBA super lightweight title against former world champion Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico.  Top-five contenders Zou, of China, and Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym, of Thailand, will be battling in a 12-round WBO flyweight world title elimination bout.   These six gladiators boast a combined record of 142-5-3 (79 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 56%.

        "We are very proud to present these three significant international fights on the pay-per-view undercard.  Boxing is a worldwide sport and this card reflects that," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
            "I am very happy and excited to have become a world champion in my third professional fight," said Lomachenko.  "I just followed the plan for the world title fight against Gary Russell - work the body, make him fight as much as possible and then go to  the head.  Russell was very fast and I had to take my time. I felt I hurt him a few times and I did not feel his power at all. That was a big win for my country and I know that they enjoyed it very much."
            "My opponent, Antonio DeMarco, is a tough, rugged fighter who comes to fight," said Vargas.  "I know this will be a fight that fans throughout the world will enjoy. This is very exciting for our team to be part of an event of this magnitude. I plan on bringing my world title belt back to Las Vegas."
            "The goal to win another world championship and bring it back to Mexico are the reasons why I keep fighting and this title fight against Jessie Vargas is a great opportunity to do just that," said DeMarco.  "I am sure that Freddie Roach will have me ready to win the fight and because of our styles I am sure this fight with Vargas will be one that the fans will enjoy."  
            “This will be my first time fighting in a bout that is scheduled for 12 rounds. It will be the toughest test of my skills as a professional," said Zou.  "As we all know,  the boxing atmosphere in Thailand is awesome. I watched videos of my opponent’s fights, where he performed fiercely and bravely. It is no surprise that he is undefeated. I respect his strength and his skills . This fight is so important because so much is at stake -- most of all the opportunity to fight for the world title with a victory on November 22.  I will make this the best training camp I have ever had so I can give my best performance ever.”

            The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO), of Odessa, captured the vacant WBO featherweight title on June 21, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin  won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.  Russell, a former U.S. Olympian, was totally blitzed by Lomachenko, battered around the ring throughout the fight.  From the outset of his professional career, Lomachenko made it known that he was ready for the best in his division.  He made his professional debut in 2013 knocking out the WBO's No. 7-rated featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round of a bout that was scheduled for 10.  Last March, in his second professional bout, he challenged WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, losing a split decision to the heavier defending champion whose title had been stripped because he could not make the weight limit.  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively. 
            Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs), made his pro debut in 2003 and captured the Asian featherweight title the following year in just his fifth professional bout.  His only blemish is a world title decision loss to the legendary defending WBA featherweight champion Chris John in 2012.  He enters his second world championship fight world-rated No. 1 and riding  a two-year, eight-bout winning streak, including six victories by way of knockout.
            Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV., will be fighting outside the U.S. for the first time in his professional career.  He captured the WBA super lightweight title on the April 12 Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr world welterweight title rematch in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev. It was a close and competitive fight that proved Vargas' grit as he bit down hard during the championship rounds to pull away with the victory and the world championship belt. His impressive resume includes victories over former world champions Stevie Forbes and Vivian Harris and top contenders Josesito Lopez, Lucky Boy Omotoso, Ray Narh and Lanardo Tyner.  In his last fight, on August 2, Vargas successfully defended his title against undefeated contender Anton Novikov via a unanimous decision.

            DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, captured the WBC lightweight championship crown on his second try, winning the vacant title with an 11th-round stoppage of top-rated contender Jorge Linares in 2011.  DeMarco successfully defended the title twice during his one-year reign -- both by knockout -- against Miguel Roman and John Molina.  Since moving up in weight, he has won three straight fights, with two of those victories coming by way of knockout.  In his last fight, on August 23, DeMarco won a 10-round unanimous decision over Landro Tyner.  
Zou (5-0, 1 KO), from Guizhou, China, and trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, returns to ring fresh from his most impressive professional victory -- a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Top-10 contender Luis De La Rosa to capture the vacant WBO International flyweight title.  Stepping up to his first 10-round bout, Zou vs. De La Rosa  took place on July 19 at Cotai Arena and showed the world that Zou had developed into a world title contender.  Zou is currently world-rated No. 4 by the WBA, No. 5 by the WBO and No. 6 by the WBA. He won his professional debut April 6, 2013 at Fists of Gold, via a dominant four-round unanimous decision over gritty Eleazar Valenzuela. He followed that up with six-round unanimous decision victories last year over Jesus Ortega and Juan Toscano July 27 at Fists of Gold II and November 24 at The Clash in Cotai, respectively, and celebrated his 2014 debut with his first professional knockout February 22 at Ring of Gold, stopping Yokthong Kokietgym in the seventh round. All of his professional bouts have taken place at the Cotai Arena. One of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou was the world's greatest amateur light flyweight, capturing gold medals in the World Amateur Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011, along with gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He also owns an Olympic bronze medal from the 2004 games, making him his nation's first Olympic medallist in boxing as well as its first boxing gold medallist in the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics.
Onesongchaigym (27-0-2, 12 KOs), of Buriram, Thailand, made his professional debut in 2010 and captured the WBO Oriental junior bantamweight title the following year knocking out Fredirex Rodriguez in the seventh round.  After one successful defense he moved down one division where he captured the WBO Oriental flyweight title in 2012, which he has held for the past two years.  Six of his last 10 victories have been by knockout, including his last one, a seventh-round TKO of Oscar Raknafa on June 6, to retain his title.  Onesongchaigym is currently world-rated No. 3 by the WBO.

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            Fighter of the Decade and Filipino icon Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (56-4-3), boxing's only eight-division world champion, defends his WBO welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI (20-0), who has Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Upsets Inside the Ring, in the main event of the four-bout pay-per-view telecast.
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