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28, 10, 2021

Chantelle Cameron y Mary McGee frente a frente


 

El próximo sábado, Chantelle Cameron y Mary McGee encabezarán una noche de boxeo llena de acción en la O2 Arena de Londres.

El choque de Cameron y McGee por los títulos de peso superligero del WBC y la IBF, también es una semifinal del torneo Road to Undisputed de Matchroom, donde la ganadora se consolidará como la mejor 140 libras del mundo.

Ambas peleadoras estuvieron frente a frente previo a este esperado encuentro en una conferencia de prensa.

Cameron impresionó en la primera defensa de su título del WBC venciendo a la excampeona Melissa Hernández por nocaut técnico en la quinta ronda en mayo pasado.

Por su parte, McGee llega a esta pelea con una racha de siete victorias consecutivas y viene de noquear en el noveno asalto a Deanha Hobbs en 2020.

La cartelera es promocionada por Matchroom Boxing, en asociación con DiBella Entertainment y será transmitida por DAZN.

En el respaldo de la misma función, el peso pesado Alen Babic (8-0, 8 KOs) se fajará con el ex retador mundial, Eric Molina (28-7, 20 KOs), en un duelo pactado a ocho asaltos.

El semipesado Craig Richards (16-2-1, 9 KOs) se medirá a Marek Matyja (20-2-2, 9 KOs), en una pelea pactada a diez asaltos.

El britanico Youssef Khoumari (13-0-1, 5 KOs) se fajará con el estadounidense, Jorge David Castañeda (14-1, 11 KOs), por el Campeonato vacante internacional superplulma del WBC.




Los hermanos Benavidez se preparan para sus combates


 

El invicto dos veces campeón mundial David “El Bandera Roja” Benavídez y su hermano mayor, el contendiente José Benavídez, ofrecieron un entrenamiento público previo a sus respectivos enfrentamientos el 13 de noviembre en vivo por Showtime desde el Footprint Center en Phoenix, Arizona.

David se enfrentará al excampeón José Uzcátegui en una pelea eliminatoria por el título supermediao del WBC que encabeza el evento, mientras que José se enfrenta a Francisco Emanuel Torres en el evento co-estelar.

Esta es la primera vez que los hermanos Benavídez pelearán en su ciudad natal de Phoenix desde 2015.

Esto fue lo que los hermanos Benavidez comentaron al término del entrenamiento:

David Benavidez:

“Todo ha sido increíble en el campamento. Estamos entrenando de 12 a 13 rondas y corriendo seis o siete millas por día. He trabajado muy duro para dar un gran espectáculo el 13 de noviembre”.

“Uzcátegui es un competidor duro y fue excampeón mundial, así que tengo que darle ese respeto. Hay grandes peleas en el horizonte para mí, así que tengo que prepararme en consecuencia para Uzcátegui.

“Siento que soy el mejor peleador. Tengo mejores habilidades, más potencia, más velocidad y también tengo más hambre. Va a ser una gran noche para mi equipo. Siento que voy a entrar allí y conseguir la victoria por nocaut.

“Mucha gente en Phoenix está emocionada por esta cartelera y yo estoy muy feliz de volver. El momento es perfecto. Para mí, esta es la pelea más grande de mi carrera. Estoy listo para cualquier cosa que se me presente el 13 de noviembre.

“Solo estamos enfocados en Uzcátegui, pero por supuesto que hay peleas más importantes para mí en el futuro. Si gano esta pelea, estoy en el puesto número uno para quien gane entre Canelo Alvarez y Caleb Plant”.

José Benavídez:

“Se siente genial estar en esta cartelera con mi hermano y estar regresando a mi ciudad natal. Habrá mucho apoyo para mí. Es una gran sensación y espero poder brindarles a mis fanáticos un gran resultado.

“Tuve que tomarme un descanso, pero ahora tengo una mentalidad diferente. Solo quiero seguir peleando, entrenando y preparándome. Quiero llegar a lo más alto de la división de peso superwélter.

“Tenemos un gran equipo aquí. Todos venimos de la nada y todos comenzamos este viaje al mismo tiempo. Aprendimos día a día y eso es lo que fortalece nuestro vínculo. Sin mi equipo, no estaría boxeando.




Se desarrollan con éxito los Juegos Nacionales Populares 2021 en México


Los Juegos Nacionales Populares 2021, que se llevan a cabo del 24 al 29 de octubre en Acapulco, Guerrero, a generado una gran expectación en los jóvenes deportistas mexicanos.

Los Juegos Populares, considerados por la CONADE (Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte) como parte del sistema nacional de competencia y producto del corazón y el ingenio de su fundador, don Pepe Mora, buscan fomentar la práctica del deporte y la buena alimentación en los jóvenes de escasos recursos de los diversos barrios del país. Al calor de las competencias, los niños y adolescentes tienen la oportunidad de forjarse a través de los valores que emanan de la actividad física.

La edición 2021, especial por la complicada situación que ha vivido el mundo debido a la pandemia, ha convocado a poco más de 3000 atletas provenientes de 23 estados de la república mexicana en tres disciplinas: futbol, boxeo y artes marciales.

El Consejo Mundial de Boxeo felicita a todos los involucrados en estas importantes competiciones y les desea mucho éxito a los jóvenes atletas.

 




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!




Round 12: The Bridgerweight Division is here to stay!


Round 12: The Bridgerweight Division is here to stay!

By Mauricio Sulaimán / Son of José Sulaimán / President of the WBC

Last Friday, the inaugural WBC Bridger World Championship took place in Montreal , Canada, a division recently created by our World Boxing Council, within the range of 200 to 224 pounds.

It was a memorable battle between Óscar Rivas, from Colombia, and Canadian Ryan Rozicki, with Oscar emerging victorious.

Fighting toe to toe with an enormous amount of punches landed by both contenders, who sought victory from the starting bell to bell until the last second of the 12th round.

Rivas imposed his power and got a clear, but, at the same time, close and competitive decision. The last rounds were dramatic, the physical condition was noticeable and at one point it seemed like either one could go down. Rozicki made himself known to the world, distinguished himself, and we will surely be hearing from him in the non-too distant future.

Óscar Rivas, a Colombian living in Montreal, became the first monarch of the Bridger division; a worthy champion. Colombia and Canada celebrate the arrival of a new idol.

The Bridgerweight division has a lot of history behind it. The natural evolution of the human being has changed the conditions of our sport.

The categories or divisions in boxing were created to ensure fair conditions for the fighters, setting weight limits and thus avoiding uneven fights in terms of physical size. Originally there were eight categories: fly, bantam, feather, light, welterweight, middle, light heavy and heavy.

Eventually more divisions were added, recognizing the great complications and disadvantages that such a marked difference in weight generated among many contestants.

There were some fighters who inhumanly sacrificed themselves to continue attaining the weight in a division in which their body simply could no longer hold up, and also those who gave away too much advantage by going up to another division in which their rivals were stronger and more solid.

The World Boxing Council has been the great pioneer of implementing the intermediate divisions in this sport and eventually they were the following: super fly, super bantamweight, super featherweight, super lightweight, super welterweight and super middle.

Divisions were also created to give opportunities to so many small boxers, below the flyweight division, and the WBC created the light flyweight and straw-weight categories.

In 1909, the heavyweight world champion weighed 168 pounds. In a century, the human being has grown, evolved, and has become stronger with athletes becoming much more powerful now. This phenomenon was meticulously studied by the WBC, and it was decided to create a new division to address fighters who had endured great disadvantages. Thus the light heavyweight division had the limit of 175 pounds, and from there, we had the heavyweight division, with no weight limit.

In 1978, at the convention in Reno, Nevada, our body created the cruiserweight division, which ranged from 175 to 190 pounds. 12 years ago, recognizing the same phenomenon of athlete growth, we moved the limit from 190 to 200 pounds; from there, then, we got the heavyweight division.

Today, the WBC heavyweight world champion is Britain’s Tyson Fury, weighing in at 280 pounds.

Last year, continuing the work that the WBC has done over the years, a division was created to include those fighters who are literally small heavyweights, and created a new division between 200 and 224 pounds. This was named Bridger.

THE CURRENT DIVISIONS

Heavy: Starting at 224, however fighters may weight less and be eligible to fight for the title.

Bridger: Up to 224 pounds (101 kg).

Cruiser: Up to 200 pounds (90,892 kg).

Light Heavy: Up to 175 lbs. (79,378 kg).

Super Middle: Up to 168 pounds (76,203 kg).

Middle: Up to 160 lbs. (72,574 kg).

Superwelter: Up to 154 pounds (69,853 kg).

Welterweight: Up to 147 pounds (66,678 kg).

Superlight: Up to 140 pounds (63,503 kg).

Lightweight: Up to 135 pounds (61,235 kg).

Super Feather: Up to 130 lbs. (58,967 kg).

Feather: Up to 126 lbs. (57,153 kg).

Super Bantamweight: Up to 122 pounds (55,225 kg).

Bantam: Up to 118 pounds (53,525 kg).

Super fly: Up to 115 pounds (52,163 kg).

Fly: Up to 112 pounds (50,802 kg).

Light fly: Up to 108 pounds (48,988 kg).

Straw: Up to 105 pounds (47,627 kg).

DID YOU KNOW…?

During the COVID-19 pandemic there was an event that made news worldwide.

A six-year-old boy saved his four-year-old sister from the attack of a wild dog. The boy got in when the attack occurred and his words captivated the whole world: “If someone had to die, it was me and not my little sister.”

This happened in Colorado, USA, and the hero is named Bridger Walker. The WBC sent him a world champion belt and named him: “The bravest man in the world.”

During the convention held in 2020, which was done virtually, the creation of the new division was formalized, and with the inspiration of this heroic act, it was called Bridger weight.

Today’s anecdote

The top priority of my dad, Jose Sulaiman, was always to find ways to make boxing safer for fighters, more humane, and to minimize the risks they have before going into the ring.

Rules were changed or instituted during his glorious and historic 38-year duration as WBC President.

I remember the first time I heard a story that shocked me; We were having breakfast at Sanborns Lindavista and my dad told something that happened to Púas Olivares …

“Poor Puas, he was struggling a lot to make weight; Before, the weigh-in was the day of the fight and he had been eating lettuce for a week and only one glass of water a day …

“Well, the night before the fight, not being able to sleep and being totally affected by dehydration, he got out of bed and drank a whole jug of water without stopping. The next day he was three kilos over the division, he had to undergo inhumane strictures to lose weight. They wrapped him in rubber, they dressed him with three sets of clothes and they left him inside a car under the sun of Mexicali, for a broiling, searing twenty minutes ”.

That was a demonstration of the urgent need to create intermediate divisions.

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Jackie Nava y Mariana Juárez disputan cinturón Diamante del WBC


Uno de los combates más atractivos y esperados del boxeo femenil en los últimos años, se llevará a cabo entre las mexicanas Jackie Nava y Mariana Juárez.
La pelea finalmente será el próximo 30 de octubre en el Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana, donde ambas guerreras se medirán en la división supergallo, estando en juego el prestigioso cinturón Diamante del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo.
Ambas pugilistas se encuentran en excelentes condiciones para subir al ring y demostrar quien es la mejor de estas historicas guerreras.
Últimas 5 peleas de Jackie Nava
*Jackie Nava vs Karina Fernández – Tijuana – Gana DU
*Jackie Nava vs Marisol Corona – CDMX – Gana DU
*Jackie Nava vs Estrella Valverde vs CDMX – Gana DU
*Jackie Nava vs Marcela Acuña – Vallarta – Empate
*Jackie Nava vs Carolina Álvarez – Tijuana – Gana RTD
Últimas 5 peleas de Barby Juárez
2021-05-21 – Barby Juárez vs Alejandra Soto – Gana por RTD
2020 – 10 – 31- Barby Juárez vs Alejandra Luna – Pierde por DU
2019 – 10 – 12 – Barby Juárez vs Carolina Raquel – Gana por DU
2019 – 06 -15 – Barby Juárez vs Diana Fernández – Gana por DU
2019 – 03 – 02 – Barby Juárez vs Eva Naranjo – Gana por DU