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17, 1, 2022

Duelo de leyendas en el boxeo femenil


Ya sólo faltan unos días para que dos de las máximas leyendas del boxeo mundial femenil, Jackie Nava y Mariana Juárez, se enfrenten en el ring del Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana, en función de Zanfer que será transmitida por Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo.

La “Princesa Azteca” Nava (38-4-4, 16 ko’s) y la “Barby” Juárez (55-10-4, 19 ko’s) chocarán a 10 rounds en peso Supergallo, estando en disputa el cinturón diamante del WBC.

Ganadora de 10 campeonatos del mundo en dos divisiones, Jackie Nava, y campeona mundial en tres divisiones y protagonista de 29 peleas de título mundial, Mariana Juárez, protagonizarán una de las peleas más esperadas en la historia del boxeo femenil.

Entre ambas, tienen una experiencia de 43 años en el boxeo profesional, 115 peleas, 864 rounds, 54 peleas de campeonato mundial, incluyendo tres de título diamante, y lo más importante, 14 campeonatos mundiales ganados, en cinco divisiones.

La pelea ha dividido opiniones y no hay una clara favorita. El boxeo, la técnica y la velocidad de Jackie, ante la potencia, agresividad y ritmo de Mariana, en una pelea que garantiza acciones constantes y emociones arriba del ring.

La espectacular batalla de leyendas entre Jackie “Princesa Azteca” Nava y Mariana “Barby” Juárez, tendrá un respaldo muy atractivo.




“Canelo” en excelentes condiciones para enfrentar a Plant


El campeón supermedio, Saúl Canelo Álvarez y el invicto Caleb “Sweethands” Plant sse enfrentarán el próximo sábado 6 de noviembre, en vivo por SHOWTIME PPV en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas en un evento de Premier Boxing Champions, y el ganador estampará su nombre en los libros de historia como el primer campeón mundial indiscutible de las 168 libras en la era de los cuatro cinturones.

El mexicano Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez superó el pre-pesaje a 14 días de su esperado combate.

Los pre-pesajes de 30, 14 y 7 días previos a un combate reconocido por el WBC, son solicitados con el fin de prevenir la deshidratación súbita que provoca serios daños a los boxeadores.

Demostrando su disciplina y compromiso, el “Canelo” reportó 174.8 libras, estando por debajo del límite de peso a 14 días del combate en la división de peso supermedio.




El próximo sábado Cameron regresa al ring


El próximo sábado 30 de octubre en la O2 Arena de Greenwich, Reino Unido, la campeona superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo, Chantelle Cameron (14-0, 8 KOs) se enfrentará a la campeona de la FIB, Mary McGee (27-3, 15 KOs).

Este combate será parte de un torneo superligero femenil llamado “Road To Undisputed” para tener una campeona indiscutible en la división de las 140 libras.

Chantelle viene de derrotar a Melissa Hernández el pasado mes de mayo, por nocaut técnico en el quinto episodio.

Por su parte McGee, viene de noquear en el noveno episodio a Deanha Hobbs en febrero del año pasado.

En otras peleas de la cartelera Alen Babic (8-0, 8 KOs) choca con el dos veces retador al título mundial Eric Molina (28-7, 20 KOs) a ocho rounds, Craig Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs) regresa al ring contra el polaco Marek Matyja (20-2-2, 9 KOs), Youssef Khoumari (13-0-1, 5 KOs) enfrentará a Jorge David Castañeda (14-1, 11 KOs) por el vacante título internacional plata superpluma del WBC.




Zepeda y Vargas prometen una guerra arriba del ring


 

El contendor californiano, José “Chon” Zepeda, estará exponiendo su título plata superligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo, ante el puertorriqueño Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas, en la pelea estelar de una función que se realizara el próximo sábado, 30 de octubre, en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden, de la ciudad de Nueva York, Nueva York.

Zepeda ocupa el puesto número 2 en las listas del WBC, mientras que Vargas, ganador de 13 combates consecutivos, espera derribar a “Chon” de su posición elevada en los rankings mundiales.

Chon Zepeda (34-2, 21 KOs) está invicto en cinco combates desde una derrota por decisión mayoritaria ajustada ante el entonces campeón mundial del WBC, José Ramírez, en febrero del 2019.

Sin duda, Zepeda participó en la Pelea del Año 2020, noqueando a Ivan Baranchyk en el quinto asalto de una pelea que contó con ocho caídas en total. Regresó en mayo en la cartelera de Josh Taylor-Ramírez y superó a “Hammerin” Hank Lundy en 10 asaltos.

Zepeda espera que una victoria sobre Vargas conduzca a una oportunidad ante el monarca indiscutible Josh Taylor.

“Estoy esforzándome mucho para ganarme otra oportunidad de título mundial, pero entiendo la tarea que tengo entre manos contra un peleador joven y talentoso como Josué Vargas”, dijo Zepeda. “Hay respeto mutuo, pero cuando entramos en el ring del Madison Square Garden, todo saldrá disparado por la ventana”.

Josue Vargas (19-1, 9 KOs) se ganó su apodo de niño prodigio en el Bronx, donde compiló un récord amateur de 72-8 y ganó multiples campeonatos en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Aparte de una controvertida derrota por descalificación al principio de su carrera profesional, Vargas ha sido casi perfecto. Peleó dos veces en el 2020 dentro de “La Burbuja” del MGM Grand, logrando amplias victorias sobre Salvador Briceño y Kendo Castañeda. Peleó por última vez el 24 de abril en Kissimmee, Florida, y derrotó al complicado Willie Shaw en 10 asaltos.

Vargas comentó: “Estoy listo para esta oportunidad. Ser el evento principal en mi ciudad, y pelear en el Madison Square Garden, es un sueño hecho realidad. El Bronx y Puerto Rico estarán presentes para mostrar su apoyo. Esto es Puerto Rico contra México, así que sabes que será una gran pelea. Tengo las habilidades para vencer a Zepeda, y eso es lo que voy a hacer. Zepeda tiene mucha experiencia contra los nombres más importantes de la división de peso junior welter. Ambos tenemos el talento y las habilidades para dar un espectáculo”.




IRS KO`s Joe Louis


IRS KO`s Joe Louis

By James Blears

 

One of the saddest episodes in Boxing history came to pass, when “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis was obliged to come out retirement, culminating in the bout against young upcoming Rocky Marciano, who bludgeoned him to defeat in the eighth rounds at Madison Square Garden, on October 26th 1951.

Joe was the most successful heavyweight champion of all time, with twenty five successful title defenses. No champion in the history of Boxing before or since, has  matched this in any one weight category. It`s an illustrious record which still stands to this day.

Joe`s real career spans 1937 to 1949. He then retired from the ring.  By that time, he`s won a fortune, but taken home only a fraction of what he`d earned. All of his many and diverse business ventures had failed and the one implacable opponent pursuing him, forced him back to boxing when he was a spent force and his heart was no longer in it.

The Internal Revenue Service, better known as the IRS, was hot on his trail.  His tax returns, which had always been done by the Accountant of his Manager Mike Jacobs, were under merciless scrutiny.  In May 1950, the IRS concluded its investigation, announcing that including accrued interest and penalties, Joe owed the US Government more than half a million dollars.

A deal of sorts which amounted to an ultimatum was presented. It stated that all of his net proceeds would go to the IRS. So from now on the ageing star would be handing his purses over to them.

The fraying warning signs were all there to see. Joe lost a UD to world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, ending the fight cut over both eyes and badly beaten. But still…he had to fight on.  Going into the bout against “The Brockton Blockbuster,” Joe was the 6-5 favorite.  Those who knew anything about boxing were gripped with fear, foreboding and trepidation.  Joe`s body was willing but simultaneously failing. Joe`s heart and mind of a champion meant that he wouldn’t tamely surrender, and as such he would suffer a fearful beating. Joe was a tired faded thirty seven years old, while Rocky was twenty eight approaching his fearsome prime.

Joe was Rocky`s childhood hero and this is a fight he definitely didn`t want to take, on his path to the championship, which came five fights later.  Rocky said that Joe was the last man on Earth he wanted to fight. But the contracts were duly signed, so then awful inevitable fate had to take its course. Joe would be handing over 132,000 dollars to the taxman, while Rocky would be paid 44,000 dollars.  It was such a woefully high price to pay!

During World War Two, Joe had volunteered to be drafted into the Army. He`d fought two boxing bouts for charity, one going to the Navy Benevolent Fund and the other going to the Army Benevolent Fund, keeping one dollar each time. Incredibly, callously, clinically  and to its eternal damnation, the IRS taxed him for the full amounts on both purses!!!

At one hundred and eighty four pounds, learn and bristling Rocky was giving away twenty nine pounds in weight. While the weight of world weariness would be the crushing Atlas burden that Joe would carry on that so sad night.

As early as round two, Joe was absorbing some terrific punches, but his pride temporarily sustained him. He used his famed left jab to some effect, but its ramrod potency was long gone. A lump callous on the top of his right shoulder affected him, and he wasn`t able to get proper leverage with his once feared right hand.

Rocky`s very future was on the line, so it wasn`t possible for him to ease up on or to carry Joe, who would never have wanted, much less accepted this.  In round eight a massive left hook dropped Joe as if he`d been shot. He was really badly hurt and his legions of fans were fervently praying he`d stay down. The nature of the man made this utterly impossible.

He unsteadily staggered to his feet as worried Referee Ruby Goldstein reached the count of eight. He was there for the taking and at the mercy of a ruthless finisher.  Backed on to the ropes, Joe was pulverized by two lefts, and then the trademark Rocky blockbuster short right landed.  It catapulted Joe downwards and through the ropes strewn on the ring apron. He sagged on to the Press Tables.  Reporters tenderly held him so he wouldn`t fall further, as he lay prone. The ten and out decimal was finally reached and declared.

A concerned Rocky went straight over, as Joe regained his feet and told him he`d forever be a great and fabulous champion.  Back in the changing room, Sugar Ray Robinson, who`d accompanied Joe on exhibitions, especially in the Army, wept like a child, his head in his hands.  Rocky himself was there shedding copious tears. He went up to Joe and apologized saying: “I`m so sorry Joe.”  The forever GREAT Joe draped a comforting arm over Rocky`s shoulder and consoled him with the words: “What`s the use of crying. The better man won. I guess everything happens for the best.”

The millstone debt to the IRS still hadn’t been paid in full and awful finality.  It continued to gather pace. It was many years before these faceless, gutless bureaucrats finally stopped actively pursuing it and hounding Joe.  This badly affected his physical and mental health.

True friends including ex championship rival Max Schmeling, and Frank Sinatra stepped in to help Joe financially.  Max once paid a considerable hospital bill for Joe, but earnestly pleaded with the Director not to reveal his name, saying that Joe was so proud that if he became aware of this, he would certainly refuse it.  Max urged the Director to tell Joe, it had come from an admiring fan, which was totally true!

And when Joe died in 1981, Max paid for his funeral. That is the magnificent esteem in which Joe Louis was held by REAL AND GENUINE PEOPLE. OUR PEOPLE!

THE TEARS STILL FALL!