Friday, December 8, 2017

Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux Preview

Skill, Craft, Finesse, and Guile. These are the adjectives I will use to describe Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, as the 2 Two-time Olympic gold medalists collide this Saturday, December 9 on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

Normally as you all know I would be doing a video breakdown of this super-fight on paper, however since IN THIS CORNER TV Producer Jon Hait is out of town and yours truly, Smitty, is a bit under the weather, you'll have to just settle for this quick pugilistic pen breakdown. Here we go. 

Let start out with Offense where for the most part I give the edge to Lomachenko as he is simply the much busier of the two. However, in terms of really sharp shooting and power shots, Rigondeaux is the better of the two. Loma has the better footwork from an offensive standpoint and is very 'Willie Pepish' as Rigo is usually thinking more from a defensive posture which brings us right into defense where clearly Rigo has a strong edge. He is masterful to a point where it has caused him to be somewhat of an anathema to networks and some fans who see much of his style as being somewhat boring. Something many have said about Floyd Mayweather but Rigo takes it to another level and many of those reasons are not his fault but that would be a whole other story. Anyway Rigo is the better fighter defensively. Nothing at all wrong with Loma's D, but his overwhelming offense and brilliant footwork and athleticism are the attributes that make him very difficult to catch solid and with more than one punch at a time. Although how many fighters of today even throw combinations. I know that to is another story and again Smitty is under the weather so lets move on and try and wrap this up. 

The factors that will most likely be the coup de grace in this one will be the intangibles. Loma, age 29, is much younger than Rigo who at age 37 is not only 8 years the senior but moving up 2 weight classes for this fight which for little dudes in boxing can be a huge difference. Also, and this is key in terms of activity, Loma has been the much busier having 9 fights over the past 3 years compared to but 5 for Rigo. Let's also remind ourselves that although these two are all-time great Amateur Boxers, but as pros they have had only 27 total fights (Loma 9-1 and Rigo 17-0). So I for one will not call them all-time great professionals simply for that reason. However, by today's standards and with what they both accomplished as Amateur fighters, this is about as good as it gets. 

Putting all of this together I have to give the edge to the boxer from Ukraine over the brilliant Cuban tactician with big pop. I believe all that Loma needs to do is keep doing what he has done, whereas for Rigo to pull off what would be considered the upset, he needs to get out of his comfort zone somewhat to make Loma uncomfortable. My advise would be go to the Loma body early and often. Get on the inside and attempt to rough him up a bit. I have noticed more than a few times that Loma can get unglued mentally when he is made to feel uncomfortable. He will complain to the ref and he gets off of his game. Rigo will also have to take some shots a few more times than he is accustomed to in order to set down on his tremendous straight left off the southpaw style. If Rigo can do these things enough he is capable of winning this fight.

My pick is Vasyl Lomachenko to defeat Guillermo Rigondeaux by decision in a boxing match that could at many times mimic the Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky Chess Match. (look it up young pups), meaning ultra strategic when you have two boxers with pugilistic IQs that are off the charts. If you're looking for Gatti vs Ward 4, you won't get it Saturday night at the Garden. What you will get is two wonderful fighters with 4 Gold Medals between them (only time this has been seen) giving us a big dose of Skill, Craft, Finesse and Guile that I believe will work better for me than any of these antibiotics I'm currently ingesting! I'll take boxing-biotics over antibiotics any day of the week. Loma by decision. Enjoy the fights everybody.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017




So many kind requests from members of the boxing community from around the world, inquiring on how support can be directed to the so many needs for aid of victims the tragic earthquake which hit Mexico City and 5 others states in the country.
The WBC wishes to recommend donations to deposit in a bank account from which Carlos slim foundation will make a 5 to 1 matching contribution (Carlos Slim Foundation will contribute $5 USD per each dollar donated).
Carlos Slim’s contribution through his foundation ads to his exemplary support for boxing through ring TELMEX-TELCEL Foundation and is of tremendous importance in this time of urgency.
To donate inside of Mexico:
Banco Inbursa, S.A.
Account: 11111111111
Account CLABE: 036180111111111111
Name: Carlos Slim Foundation

Also the WBC has opened the following bank account to receive donations from around the world:
Bank Name:
Av. Montevideo No. 27
Col. Tepeyac Insurgentes
Deleg.  Gustavo A. Madero
México, D. F.  07020
Teléfono: (5255) 5577-65-74
Fax:      (5255) 5577-61-48

Calle: RioBamba 835, Col. Lindavista, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07300 CDMX
Account Nbr..:   0826381248
Currency : US Cy. Dollars
Bank Code (Clabe): 072 180 00826381248 0



             WBC JOSÉ SULAIMÁN

                BOXERS FUND 2017

The WORLD BOXING COUNCIL and Nevada COMMUNITY FOUNDATION are pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 grant cycle of the WBC José Sulaimán Boxers Fund. WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán and the WBC Board of Governors proudly continues the legacy built by WBC Lifetime President (RIP) Don José Sulaimán in supporting retired boxing heroes who have fallen into hard times.
Thanks to the continued generosity of WBC-affiliated organizations, promoters and several other generous individuals and entities, notably TELMEX TELCEL Foundation, as well as the tireless service of the Fund’s Selection Committee, the Fund has awarded approximately $620,000 to over 40 boxers in need through 4 annual funding cycles and numerous off-cycle exceptional circumstances cases. Administered by Nevada Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Fund will award as much as to $10,000 (U.S. dollars) per awardee during the 2017 grant cycle.
The Fund accept applications for assistance from August 15, 2017 through September 30, 2017. Applications must include all requested supporting documentation, to be mailed or emailed to Nevada Community Foundation by September 30, 2017, in order to be considered.
Retired professional boxers who face significant immediate financial need are encouraged to apply. For questions and assistance, please contact your local WBC federation or affiliate. Questions may also be directed to Nevada Community Foundation at:
Jane Ramos
Director of Operations / Finance Administrator
Nevada Community Foundation
410 South Rampart Blvd. Ste. 390
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Tel: 702-892-2326 | Fax: 702-892-8580
Click here to download the application materials and guidelines

Puerto Rico Donations



The World Boxing Council invites you to support our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters who are going through very hard times due to the ravages and destruction of Hurricane Maria.

The island has been declared a disaster area, as the damage has resulted in a lack of electricity, lack of potable water, shortage of gasoline, among other problems.
Our Friend Gaby Peñagaricano has created a fund, which we can support with a donation. The WBC expresses its solidarity with this beautiful Caribbean nation and invites people to support on the following link:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WBC Needs You to Help Houston




President, Mauricio Sulaiman and the World Boxing Council have joined forces with the Foreman Family and ATR Sports Management to provide relief to those most effected by Hurricane Harvey. Let's Help Houston!

It's time like this, that we come together to lend a hand to families and friends who've suffered catastrophic damage during a natural disaster. Nature knows no boundaries, no politcal affiliation, no prejudice; and neither does the WBC. We are in this together and we fight to win!

Our prayers and thoughts are with Houston.
Jill Diamond,  Chair, WBC Cares
Rocky Juarez; "Houston is a strong proud city. I am the son of an immigrant and one of the most important things about Houston is that the city welcomes everyone. We all help one another in times of need. I am proud to work with the WBC, the Foreman Family,and ATR Sports to help those affected by Harvey. We will not be defeated."

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President; “How fortunate we are to be able to give in times of urgency and not be the ones desperately hoping for aid to arrive, be a CHAMPION and be part of this team, let’s raise funds for Harvey victims".

George Foreman; I'm humbled that the WBC and Rocky Juarez would include us in this initiative. Houston has taught us to be strong as a unit. Joining forces is the way to make a difference. I will continue to reach out too. The road to recovery has just begun, so every alliance in every industry is needed. Thanks to our boxing family.

September 10th, 2017
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Rocky's Boxing Gym
WBC Champion Rocky Juarez, Owner
1524 Freeman St
Houston, Tx 77009
What: Auction and Fundraiser to benefit the community.
Hosted By: Memphis 10 from 93.7 the Beat and the Blessed Beats radio Show
Shoes, Socks, Bedding and Pillows, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Baby Food, Wheelchairs, Dog Food, Cat Food, Cat Litter, Insulin, Stethoscopes, Cell phone chargers, Femine Hygeine Products, Power Strips, Wet Wipes, Womens & Men's CLothing, Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap) and non perishable food items and water.
To Donate Money:GHCF

Tuesday, July 18, 2017




 July 17, 2017 

The WBC through the Clean Boxing Program administered by VADA has tested a total of 72 fighters in the first semester of 2017. Many of these fighters were tested multiple times during the process.

Following is the list of tests with all negative results:

Following is the list of missed tests:
Following is the list of adverse findings:
Each missed test and adverse finding has been or is in the process of results management protocol.
The WBC and VADA wish to make the following very important recommendations to all fighters and members of the boxing community

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ITC Pound for Pound Rankings

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos

Pound For Pound

1.  Andre Ward

2.  Gennady Golovkin

3.  Terrance Crawford

4.  Canelo Alvarez                                                                                                             

5.  Vasyl Lomachenko

6.  Errol Spence

7.  TeShinsuke Yamanaka

8.  Keith Thurman

9.   Naoya Inoue

10.  Deontay Wilder/Anthony Joshua

11.  Manny Pacquiao

12.   Guillermo Rigondeaux

13.  Erislandy Lara

14.   Leo Santa Cruz

15.   Shawn Porter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Photo by Mario Serrano - Team Plant
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 17, 2017) - This past Saturday, undefeated super-middleweight contender, Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (15-0, 10 KOs), made an impact while doing a speaking engagement to at-risk teens at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp (SMYC) in Las Vegas.  Caleb spoke to the youth about a variety of subjects but mostly about staying focused on their goals.
"I really wanted to come talk with these kids instead of at them," said Caleb Plant. "The kids were very well mannered and they asked a lot of questions.  I was honest with them and I believe I made a positive impact on the entire group.  They have a boxing program up there and I was able to give a few pointers to some of the kids.  It was a very uplifting experience for me and I'm grateful to the Spring Mountain youth leaders for inviting me."
About Spring Mountain Youth Camp: (SMYC) is a staff-secure correctional facility, housing male youth between the ages of 12 and 18. This division provides for the therapeutic, educational, social, medical and recreational needs of approximately 240 young men each year.  SMYC is located at Angels Peak in the Mt. Charleston National Forest Area.  It sits at an elevation of 8,470 feet and has a capacity of 100 youth.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ward vs Kovalev 2 Set for June 17 at Mandalay Bay



NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2017) - Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former title holder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses” will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days.

“I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for - now you have to see me on June 17. This time...leave the excuses at home,” said Ward.

I'm glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher--the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all of boxing fans," said Kovalev.

“Roc Nation Sports is proud to be the lead promoter behind a boxing rematch for the ages,” said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. “Last November, Andre showed the world he was boxing’s best. No doubt he will build upon his legacy come June 17 in another historic night. There’s no excuses, the rematch is on.”

“After the last fight, we are preparing for another unbelievable experience. Can't wait for the bell to ring! This is sure to be another nail-biting roller coaster ride,” said Kathy Duva, CEO, Main Events. “This is the only fight that Sergey wants right now and he refused to settle for anything less than the chance to get his belts back. I'm told that Roc Nation and Andre Ward have lots of great ideas for the promotion and we can't wait to see them in action!”

"After a razor thin decision last November in their first meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a Ward-Kovalev rematch," said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. "These are two world class prizefighters who embrace being on the sport's biggest stage. Like Andre and Sergey, we can't wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas."

“This spectacular rematch of pound-for-pound champions will be a ‘can’t-miss’ fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center,” said Richard Sturm, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International.  “We look forward to working with both Roc Nation Sports and Main Events once again on this championship event which should be one of the most thrilling fights of 2017.”

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, 33-year-old Andre Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up an undefeated record since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. Ward returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith. On March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut against Cuba’s undefeated and IBF number one rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera and came out victorious. Ward continued his conquest of the light heavyweight division on August 6, 2016, with a unanimous decision over Alexander Brand. Immediately following the win, Ward announced that he will be taking on unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev in the ultimate showdown for division supremacy and recognition as the best pound-for-pound fighter. In the most anticipated fight of 2016 on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward would prove to the world his dominance as one of boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters by becoming the unified World Light Heavyweight Champion with a unanimous decision win over Kovalev, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 34, is currently ranked #2 Pound-for-Pound by Ring Magazine and has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013 when he won the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. One year after winning his WBO title Sergey went on to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins in a 12-round unanimous decision victory to add the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles to his mantle. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. In his last fight, Kovalev went the distance against former two-time world champion Andre “SOG” Ward. The bout ended in a highly-contested unanimous decision against Sergey even though Kovalev managed to knock down Ward and many thought the cards should have gone in his favor. Out of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only three times in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.

Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

LAS VEGAS (March. 7, 2017) The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation's (TFMJF) 3rd Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Run, 2K Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Community Day is scheduled for this Sunday, March 12th at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.
This year, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, plans to unite runners and families within the Las Vegas community and surrounding communities in with a day filled with events geared toward the whole family. The festivities will start off with a 5K race and 2K walk, the Kids Fun Run will follow with Community Day serving as the last event of the day. The races are followed by an awards ceremony honoring the top 5K Race participants in each age category.
Fight-4-Fitness will also feature great healthy food options, vendors, a merchandise booth, kids scavenger hunt, live performances, physical activities geared toward fitness and fun, PLUS MORE! Comedian & radio personality, Mike P, will host this year's event while the event also features performances by DJ D. Miles, The Monster Kids, Prodigy Dance Group, and appearances from several Mayweather Promotions' boxing stars: Badou Jack, J'Leon Love, Alexis Santiago, Kevin Newman, Charvis Holifield, and more!
"We're looking forward to putting on our 3rd Fight-4-Fitness event in the Las Vegas Community," says Nicole Craig, President of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation. "It's vital that we get the word out about our Fight-4-Fitness event, which helps to spread health and fitness awareness in a fun interactive way, with a common goal to live longer and feel better We look forward to promoting healthy living through this event for many years to come!
Fight-4-Fitness is a movement toward good health through the possibilities of change that can enhance one's own life and the lives of those around them. Participating in the Fight-4-Fitness event can be the catalyst needed to create a vigorous, happy, and healthy Las Vegas community. This unique experience invites all members of the community to run/walk independently or with friends, family, and coworkers.
The 2017 event day schedule:
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Participant registration/check-in
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Kids Scavenger Hunt
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 5K Run & 2K Walk
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Kids Fun Run
  • 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Community Day
Registration dates and fees are listed below:
  • March 1st- March 10th: $45 5K/ $35 2K/ $15 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day
  • Same Day Registration: $60 5K/ $50 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day
The 3rd Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Race, 2K Walk, KIDS FUN RUN, & Community Day sponsors to date include: Mayweather Promotions, The Money Team, Mayweather Sports, SHOWTIME, and Greenspun Media Group. This year, a portion of registration proceeds will go toward local Las Vegas track teams, and the top 3 track teams with the highest registration participation will also be presented with a cash prize for their respective teams. First place winners will receive a donation of $5,000, 2nd place will receive a donation of $3,000 and the 3rd place team will receive a donation of $2,000.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thurman vs Garcia reaches 5 Million Fans!

Photo Credit: WBC/Sumio Yamada

Check out this story by NVBHOF writer Kevin Iole about the great ratings the Thruman vs Garcia fight did!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NVBHOF Announces 2017 Induction Class


Spinks brothers, Michael Carbajal, Erik Morales and Salvador Sanchez are also among the greats to be honored Aug. 12 at Caesars Palace.  

LAS VEGAS - Former world champion Thomas Hearns, who along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran dominated boxing in the 1980s and became known collectively as "The Four Kings," headlines a 14-person class of inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Hall CEO/president Michelle Corrales-Lewis announced Wednesday.
Hearns was chosen in the non-Nevada resident boxer category, along with Michael Spinks, Erik Morales, Michael Carbajal, women's boxing star Lucia Rijker and Salvador Sanchez. Elected in the Nevada resident boxer category was Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Richie Sandoval.
Chosen in the non-boxer category were referee Davey Pearl, public relations specialist Debbie Munch, promoter Mel Greb, trainer/cut man Rafael Garcia and Nevada Athletic Commission chair Dr. Elias Ghanem.
Norton, Sanchez, Greb and Ghanem will be inducted posthumously.
The members of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame's star-studded fifth-induction class will be honored at a gala dinner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 12. Ticket will be released Thursday, February 16th at 12pm on .
"We are very proud of this class of inductees, and it contains some of the greatest fighters who ever lived," Corrales-Lewis said. "I'm looking forward to our gala dinner when we can honor these richly deserving people and allow their fans to say hello."
Hearns was one of the standouts during the 1980s and participated in a series of great bouts in Las Vegas with Leonard, Hagler and Duran. His 1985 bout with Hagler at Caesars Palace is still regarded by many as the greatest fight in boxing history.
The Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon, become the first set of brothers inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Both won gold medals for the U.S. at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and then went on to win world titles in the pros.
Norton, known primarily for a series of close bouts with the legendary Muhammad Ali, also competed in one of the great heavyweight title bouts ever. He lost the WBC title by a razor-thin decision to Larry Holmes in 1978, among the finest heavyweight championship fights ever held.
Pearl was among the best referees of all-time and worked more than 70 championship bouts. He was the referee for both Leon Spinks' shocking 1978 upset of Ali as well as for Leonard's dramatic 14th-round knockout of Hearns in 1981.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is an IRS 501 (c)3 charity and all donations are tax deductible. The Hall's charitable contributions over the five years since its formation have helped boxers in need and boxing-related charities. Donations are welcome.
The Hall was founded in 2013 by noted boxing broadcaster Rich Marotta.
For more information, phone 702-3NVBHOF, or 702-368-2463.
Michael Carbajal - Best known as the first junior flyweight to earn a $1 million purse, Carbajal won world titles at junior flyweight and flyweight. Known as "Little Hands of Stone" for his punching power, Carbajal was 49-4 with 33 KOs.
His rivalry with Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez was one of the best of the early 1990s and their 1993 fight was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. In 2004, The Ring named Carbajal as the best junior flyweight in history.
He was 98-10 as an amateur and won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Thomas Hearns - Hearns, 58, won recognized world titles at welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight during a career in which he went 61-5-1 with 48 KOs.
He's most remembered for his savage three-round battle with Hagler in 1985, but he participated in many of the decade's biggest and most electric bouts. He fought in Las Vegas 16 times, going 11-4-1 with nine knockouts.
Erik Morales - One of the most exciting fighters of the early part of the 2000s, Morales is best known for his series of outstanding fights with arch rival Marco Antonio Barrera. Morales went 52-9 with 36 knockouts but is best known for his trilogy with Barrera, two of which were named Ring Fight of the year.
Morales won major world titles at super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and super lightweight, becoming the first Mexican born fighter to win titles in four weight classes.
He also engaged in a spectacular trilogy with Manny Pacquiao, beating him in the first and dropping the last two.
Ken Norton - Though he was the heavyweight champion before losing his belt to Larry Holmes in one of the great title bouts ever, Norton was best known for his three fights with the legendary Muhammad Ali. Norton defeated Ali in 1973 in San Diego in their first bout, breaking Ali's jaw.
Ali won the two subsequent bouts, including a 1976 match at Yankee Stadium for the title. Some observers believe Norton deserved to win all three fights.
The Holmes fight was sensational and the two men stood in the center of the ring at Caesars and slugged it out in the 15th and final round.
Lucia Rijker - Rijker is regarded as one of, if not the best, women boxers in history. She was 17-0 with 14 knockouts in boxing and was 37-0-1 with 25 knockouts as a kick boxer.
In her boxing career, she scored dominant wins over the likes of Jane Couch, Marcela Acuna and Chevelle Hallback.
She later appeared in the Oscar-winning film, "Million Dollar Baby."
Salvador Sanchez - Sanchez tragically died in an auto accident in Mexico at just 23 years old, robbing the world of one of the elite fighters in history well before his time. Sanchez was 44-1-1 with 32 knockouts and was the lineal featherweight champion from 1980 until his death in 1982.
He won the title by knocking out Danny "Little Red" Lopez, but is best known for a dominating eighth-round stoppage of Wilfredo Gomez. Gomez was 33-0 with 32 knockouts but was no match for Sanchez.
Richie Sandoval - Sandoval held the bantamweight title for two years, but his career, as great as it was, is a question of what might have been. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team, but he lost his chance at a medal when President Carter decided to boycott the Games in Moscow.
Sandoval won the first 29 fights of his pro career, racking up 17 knockouts, and beat the great Jeff Chandler for the bantamweight belt.
But tragically, Sandoval suffered serious boxing related injuries in a 1986 bout with Gaby Canizales and was forced to retire.
Leon Spinks - Spinks is most known for upsetting Muhammad Ali  in 1978 in just his eighth pro fight to win the heavyweight championship. He lost the title in a rematch and failed in two other attempts to win a title. He was stopped by Larry Holmes in a heavyweight title fight in 1981 and lost a cruiserweight title challenge in Reno to Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986.
A colorful figure known as "Neon" Leon, he was an acclaimed amateur who was 178-7 with 133 KOs and the light heavyweight gold at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
He finished his professional career with a 26-17-3 mark and 14 KOs.
Michael Spinks - Spinks was 31-1 in his career and won both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles. He moved up from light heavyweight to defeat Larry Holmes at the Riviera in 1985, denying Holmes the opportunity to go 49-0 and match Rocky Marciano's record.
He won the light heavyweight title in his 17th pro fight in 1981 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas when he bested the much more experienced Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Spinks held the light heavyweight title for four years, before giving it up to move to heavyweight to fight Holmes.
A 1976 Olympic gold medalist, Spinks' only pro loss came in his final fight when he was knocked out by Mike Tyson in a bout for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Rafael Garcia - Garcia, 87, is best known for his cap he wears festooned with pins and for working as Floyd Mayweather's hand wrapper. But he had a long career as both a cut man and a trainer and was outstanding at both. He worked with elite fighters such as Mayweather, Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello and Wilfredo Gomez.
Dr. Elias Ghanem - Ghanem as the long-time chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, and was responsible for helping it to earn the moniker, "The greatest commission in the world."
Ghanem, a physician whose patients once included Elvis Presley, played a key role in the hearings after Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield, and also was instrumental in bringing the Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad bout to Las Vegas in 1999.
Mel Greb - Known as "The father of professional boxing in Southern Nevada," Greb was a promoter and matchmaker who first brought Muhammad Ali to Nevada. Then known as Cassius Clay, Greb promoted Ali's seventh pro fight in 1961. That week, he introduced Ali to wrestler "Gorgeous" George, and Ali patterned himself after George in many ways.
Greb died in 1996 at 75  years old.
Debbie Munch - Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was a legendary host for many of boxing's biggest fights in the 1980s and early 1990s, and Munch, a public relations expert, was instrumental in it.
She was widely respected by promoters, boxers and the media and helped many journalists immeasurably with their boxing coverage.
Davey Pearl - Pearl was small of stature, but was a giant as a referee. He worked more than 70 world title bouts, including Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks and Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns.
Pearl was also a highly regarded judge. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017



February 14, 2017

The World Boxing Council is proudly developing and evolving the campaign "I Fight for Mexico," which inspires and encourages  values of  solidarity  and unity, through  hard work nationwide.  
This initiative invites all people to stand proud and together, stating:  "I fight for Mexico." So we are all as one,  giving our utmost, whatever our daily activity.  The goal is to offer  the very best of ourselves  through solidarity in benefit of our Great Mexico.
Join us in the next link:  


Febrero 14, 2017

El Consejo Mundial de Boxeo impulsa la campaña "Yo peleo por México2 que tiene la intención de incentivar los valores de unión y trabajo dentro de la sociedad del país.
En esta iniciativa se invita a todos a ponerse la playera y decir "Yo peleo por México", todos unidos, dando  nuestro mejor esfuerzo, sea cual sea la actividad que desempeñemos día con día, la meta es dar lo mejor de nosotros mismos y salir adelante en beneficio del país.
Únete a esta campaña  en el siguiente enlace:


February 14, 2017

The World Boxing Council is celebrating its 54th anniversary today.
We were founded in 1963 at 1:00 p.m.-at the Prado Alffer Hotel in Mexico Sity, counting On the assistance and support of representatives from 11 countries, including Mexico.
This was part of an agreement of the then Mexican President, Mr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, who was a great boxing fan, who even practiced it as amateur.
The directors of the then National Boxing Association (NBA) and the New York Athletic Commission came to the event. They were the most influential organizations in boxing at the time. So, we were formed, established and destined to become the greatest.
J. Onslow Fane, from England, represented the British Board of Boxing Control.
Edouard Rabret came on behalf of France.
Representing the NBA, Charles P. Larsen, President, Anthony Petronella and Emile Bruneau.
Other US commissions included Harry W. Falk (California) and General Melvyn Krulewitch (New York).
Luis Spota, Ramón G Velazquez and Rafael Barradas represented Mexico.
Don Rodrigo Sánchez was here for Panama.
Dr. Gustavo Vega represented Venezuela.
Rafael Nahmías was here on behalf the Chilean Boxing Federation.
Icaro Frsca was here on behalf of the Argentine Boxing Federation.
And Colonel Vicente Saguas Presas represented Brazil.
The first President was Mexican Luis Spota, winning with three votes against one for the British Onslow Fane, and another for Edouard Rabret, of France.
The successors in the presidency of the WBC were Filipino Justiniano Montano, the Mexican Ramón G. Velázquez and later the Mexicans José Sulaimán Chagnón and Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar. Don Jose won a unanimous vote in Tunis, on December 5 of 1975. And our Leader Mauricio Sulaiman won a unanimous vote for the Presidency, in Mexico City three years ago, on February 11.
54 years since its foundation, the World Boxing Coucnil is the most respected and influential professional boxing sanctioning body, incorporating 166 countries, whose representatives meet each year at a World Boxing Council Convention, which takes place in various parts of the world.


Febrero 14, 2017

El Consejo Mundial de Boxeo está celebrando su aniversario número 54. Nuestro organismo fue fundado exactamente un día como hoy -14 de febrero de 1963 a las 13 horas- en el desaparecido hotel Prado Alffer de esta capital, con la asistencia de representantes de 11 países, obviamente incluído México.
Todo se llevó a cabo por un acuerdo del entonces Presidente mexicano, el Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos, quien fue un gran aficionado al boxeo, el que incluso practicó en el terreno amateur.
Además vinieron al evento los directivos de la entonces Asociación Nacional de Boxeo y de la Comisión Atlética de Nueva York, que eran los organismos más influyentes en el boxeo de aquella época y que formaron parte de la nueva agrupación.
J. Onslow Fane, de Inglaterra, represento a la Junta Británica de Control del Boxeo.
Edouard Rabret vino por Francia.
Representaron a la NBA Charles P. Larsen, Presidente, y los señores Anthony Petronella y Emile Bruneau. Por otras comisiones estadounidenses estuvieron Harry W. Falk (California y el General Melvyn Krulewitch (Nueva York).
Los señores Luis Spota y Ramón G. Velázquez, representaron a México, entre otros, uno de ellos, Rafael Barradas.
Por Panamá estuvo presente don Rodrigo Sánchez.
El Doctor Gustavo Vega representó a Venezuela.
Rafael Nahmías participó por la Federación Chilena de Boxeo.
Icaro Frsca estuvo aquí en representación de la Federación Argentina de Boxeo.
Y el Coronel Vicente Saguas Presas representó a Brasil.
El primer Presidente fue el mexicano Luis Spota, por tres votos contra uno para el británico Onslow Fane, y otro para Edouard Rabret, de Francia.
Los sucesores en la presidencia del CMB fueron el filipino Justiniano Montano, el mexicano Ramón G. Velázquez y posteriormente los mexicanos José Sulaimán Chagnón y Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar. El primero de ellos asumió el cargo en Túnez, capital del país del mismo nombre, el 5 de Diciembre de 1975; y el segundo y actual dirigente de nuestro organismo fue votado presidente en la Ciudad de México hace tres años, el 11 de febrero.
A 54 años de haber sido fundado, el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo es la agrupación más respetada e influyente en el boxeo y está conformada por 166 países, cuyos representantes se reúnen cada año en una Convención Mundial, que se efectúa en diversas partes del planeta.