Archive for January, 2012
Young Talent To Define The 2016 Rio Olympic Games Era
This year, several young talents will be ready to showcase their skills and test themselves on the biggest stages of all with glory the 2016 Rio Olympics the ultimate target. The forthcoming AIBA Youth World Championships, to be held in in October, will be the first chance to see up close the array of exciting fighters coming through.
The new look Russian youth team has now some of the most talented boxers coming through and it could well be that their squad is the strongest one they have had yet. Lightweight National Youth Champion Kristian Stepanov, AIBA Junior World Champion and European Junior Championships gold medallist Sergey Sobylinskiy, current Welterweight European Youth Champion Igor Kharitonov, European Junior Champion and Denisov Youth Cup gold medallist Andrey Stotskiy and European Junior Champion Khodzhiakbar Mamakov make up an impressive squad that many predict will be dominant for years to come.
The Azeri elite team is the youngest in the world, while their youth squad is also coming up strong. They have great expectations for the immediate and long-term future. Two Azeri boxers claimed gold medals at the European Youth Championships in Dublin, Parviz Bagirov and Rauf Rahimov. Both boxers were born in 1994 so expect them to further demonstrate their impressive techniques in all the youth tournaments this year.
Uzbekistan’s best Lightweight fighter Aliyor Noraliyev secured a gold medal at the AIBA Junior World Championships in Astana last year so he will be one to watch. We can also expect great things from his accomplished compatriots Anvar Turapov, Ahmet Comert, Junior Tournament winner Akmalbek Kosimov, AIBA Junior World Champion Oybek Sharipov and Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Ulugbek Mubinov. 2012 should prove a very successful year for this squad.
Puerto Rico’s Panamerican Games bronze medallist and National Elite Champion Jantony Ortiz will be celebrating his 18th birthday in July and he will be looking to qualify and compete at the London Olympic Games. His main goal this season will be to secure a gold medal at the upcoming AIBA Youth World Championships.
Current AIBA Junior World Champion, 16-year-old Asror Vohidov, who was awarded the best junior boxer trophy in 2011, is the biggest hope for Tajikistan in the upcoming Olympic era, but he will be concentrating on the youth level championships with Rio 2016 his main objective. We are most likely to see him moving up a division to Flyweight.
The Philippines traditionally have excellent boxers in the Light Flyweight category and with Ian Clark Bautista securing a silver medal at the President’s Cup amongst the elite boxers in Jakarta last July; he will be certainly able to continue the tradition of Filipino success at the AIBA Youth World Championships.
The Dominican Republic’s rising star is Panamerican Junior Champion Huascar Ramirez who, last year, suffered only one loss. Kevin Brown of Cuba will also have some good opportunities of securing some top results. El Salvador’s new hope, Nathan Ridings, who competed at the 16th AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku is also expected to shine in 2012.
Other strong youth fighters to look out for in 2012 are Kazakhstan’s powerful Olzhas Kalaubek, India’s Agalarov Youth Cup winner Ajay Kumar, Lithuania’s European Junior Championships bronze medallist Eimantas Stanionis, Hungary’s AIBA Junior World Championships silver medallist and European Junior Champion Norbert Herczeg, Serbia’s National Elite Champion Vanja Bacic, Georgia’s former European Junior Champion Aleksandr Dokvadze, Australia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Jai Opetaia and Ukraine’s European Youth Championships bronze medallist Bohdan Blazhko.
It is shaping up to be another exciting year, full of exciting talent.
Three times World champion, five times European titleholder, a four in a row European Union winner, and arguably Ireland’s most likely Olympic Games gold medallist and yet Katie Taylor will NOT be Irish Elite champion of 2012.
That honour will fall to Carla Wright, from the Gleann club in Belfast who on 3rd February will be crowned Irish champ without throwing a punch in anger. Carla won the Ulster Intermediate championship in September also on a walk over and the Ulster Senior title in December – again without an opponent.
Taylor has wisely opted to forgo her national title rather than take on the Irish intermediate champion, Carla Wright, who has had fewer than seven competitive fights in her career, and most, if not all, of those in Novice or Intermediate events. Such a contest if it had taken place would have been a ‘complete mismatch’ – the acknowledged world’s no 1 versus a novice although one who for the second year in a row has entered the Irish senior championships, albeit last year she withdrew giving Taylor a walk over.
It is true that Taylor had a long prearranged commitment to attend a vital training camp in Georgia during the IABA Elite Senior Championships , she would have been back and able to compete in the final against Wright. Taylor always has been and remains ‘light years’ ahead of any competition in Ireland, thus her own coaches – and the iABA – insist it would be quite pointless her taking on inexperienced boxers such as Carla Wright, so the Gleann boxer takes the title by default .
IABA High Performance Unit Chief Billy Walsh said : ‘Katie is going to be away training in Georgia, and it’s an important part of her preparation for the World Championships’ . ‘The fact of the matter is that Katie is in a different league to the rest of the girls in Ireland.’
SCOTT QUIGG has been boosted by the possibility of a mouth-watering domestic clash against Rendall Munroe later this year
British super-bantamweight Quigg had hoped to meet the former Commonwealth and European champion in his first defence next week.
But southpaw Munroe said he was dropping down to bantamweight leaving unbeaten Quigg to risk his crown against Welshman Jamie Arthur at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Saturday February 4.
Their promoter Ricky Hatton revealed last week that the world’s best bantamweights were running scared of Munroe and he would remain at the 122lb division.
That has increased Quigg’s chance of facing Munroe, who ironically boxes Argentinian Jose Saez on next week’s bumper Bolton card.
Bury’s Quigg said: “This fight was offered to Rendall and I am willing to fight him after my defence against Jamie, who I am not overlooking.
“Rendall has nowhere else to go at the minute. I am ranked higher than him in the IBF and WBA and I’m British champion so he has something to gain from fighting me.
“It is down to him to come back to the table and ask for the fight. I am willing to fight him in my next defence.”
On the same bill Joe Murray meets a selected opponent, hopefully for the vacant English featherweight crown.
The card will also include Stephen Foster Jr v Yauheni Kruhlik. Matty Askin v Attila Palko, Craig Lyon v Yuri Voronin, Jazza Dickens v Michael Ramabaletsa, Feargal McCrory v Jason Nesbitt and Tasif Khan v Selected Opponent.
Steward Legacy Hangs On The Smudged And Controversial Cape Of “Superman”
Submitted By Boxing Fan
Boxing Fans, At 67, Boxing Trainer Emanuel Steward is a legend and his work in developing boxing champions made him an easy selection for Boxing’s Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, legends aren’t infallible and his decision to train Super Middleweight Boxer Adonis ” Superman” Stevenson may tarnish his well manicured image of being a first class gentlemen and a boxing scholar and teacher. In less than two weeks since the announcement, a firestorm of criticism has been leveled at Steward for “stealing” Stevenson from Howard and Otis Grant, his loyal mentors and trainers. The brothers , owners and founders of Grant Brothers Pro Boxing Club and Gym in Montreal ,Quebec, issued the following statement in addressing the sudden and recent transition allegedly initiated by Adonis Stevenson:
“We are done with Adonis Stevenson…he is not an honorable guy. We put him out of the gym over some issues.Reporters can direct their questions to whoever is preparing him for Jesus Gonzales.” Howard and Otis Grant, quoted on 2/26/2012 during a telephone conversation . The whoever is Emanuel Steward, one of the boxing world’s most recognizable trainers. It would be safe to say that only fellow Hall of Fame Trainer Angelo Merena aka Angelo Dundee is better known.
It is not clear whether or not Emanuel Steward lured Stevenson to his storied boxing den , aka Kronk’s Gym in Detroit, or was it coincidence? According to Stevenson, he sought a new trainer to take him to the the next level. The Boxer then called Steward who told Stevenson he was headed for California and would take a look at the 34 year old fighter and decide whether or not he would work with the Haitian born pugilist who now fights out of Longueuil, Quebec. Steward stayed five days, instead of the planned two days, and agreed to work with Stevenson . The Grant Brothers who were instrumental in guiding Stevenson to a 16-1 professional ring record after leaving the amateur ranks in 2006 were shocked and obviously hurt at hearing the news, second hand.
Most boxing observers labeled the transition as a good “business” move and saw the decision as a win, win situation for Stevenson who is preparing for a title eliminator bout with Gonzales on 2/18 in Montreal at the Bell Centre with the winner getting a shot at IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Butte The always nattily attired Steward, except in the gym, will no be flogged or dissed for his questionable act of agreeing to handle another trainer’s fighter without requesting permission…it’s business stupid!
The larger and more important issue to be addressed is what did Emanuel Steward knew about his new client before he promised him boxing immortality in the form of a future championship? Did the glib Steward know that his new client is a convicted sex peddler or did he forget to ask? In 1998 , Stevenson was arrested and convicted of pimping underage girls in Montreal. At the time, he was a member of a violent street gang who swore allegiance to a leader that advocated violence and intimidation toward women as means of making money. Adonis wasn’t a child at the time and his crime wasn’t a misdemeanor like stealing beer from a convenience store or joyriding in a stolen car. At his trial, witnesses testified that Adonis doubled his fists and punched his female victims when they refused to do what he asked. For his unforgivable sins, Mr. Stevenson was fined and spent time in prison. Some of his victims and their friends continue to protest the verdict as evidenced by the number of people who go to the Internet and infiltrate boxing sites with stinging remarks aimed towards Stevenson. A number of sites are refusing to allow bloggers to post negative comments about Adonis Stevenson. In explaining why, one site described the charges and conviction as “hear say”. A perfect example of why bloggers aren’t confused with journalists.
As a Hall of Fame Trainer,Emanuel Steward owes an obligation to boxing fan to explain why he is training someone who was accused and convicted of prostituting women. His poor judgement mirrors Joe Paterno’s failure to ask questions after learning that one of his coaches allegedly raped a student. How difficult would it be for Steward to ask Stevenson to address the public and alleviate any tension or apprehension they might have over Stevenson’s past. Natalie’s House, A non-profit organization supporting sexually abused girls, sent their logo to Jesus Gonzales a few days ago and he will wear it on his boxing trunks during his fight with Stevenson. This is an early indicator of how explosive the issue of crimes against women has become. Emanuel Steward can defuse or calm some of that fear by simply going to the airways and explaining why he standing in the corner of Adonis Stevenson. The longer he waits to explain…the less enduring his legacy becomes.
Saturday Night Boxing Results – 28th January – From: Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Tanzania, United Kingdom & United States
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Club El Fortín, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Super featherweight – Domingo Nicolas Damigella beat Edilson Rio on UD 12 / 12
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Polideportivo Unidad Turística, Embalse Río Tercero, Cordoba, Argentina
Super flyweight – Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite beat Maria Andrea Miranda on UD 10 / 10 - Interim WBA female super flyweight title
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Grand Elysée, Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany
Middleweight Rafael Bejaran beat Daniel Urbanski on UD 12 / 12 – WBO European middleweight title (supervisor: Markus Aslani)
Cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev beat Alexander Kotlobay on UD 10 / 10 – WBC Baltic cruiserweight title (supervisor: Mikhail Denisov)
Cruiserweight Firat Arslan beat Orlando Antonio Farias by TKO 2 / 10
Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev beat Kertson Manswell on UD 8 / 8
Featherweight Ina Menzer beat Milena Koleva on UD 8 / 8
Unbeaten cruiserweight and former Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alexander Kotlobay (21-3-1, 15 Kos) for the WBC Baltic belt. Scores were 100-89, 100-189, 99-89.- Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over José Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs. In his first fight in 21 months, Brähmer looked good as he landed his southpaw power shots against Guerrero in round one, and then floored Guerrero with a left uppercut in round two. The bout ended when referee Jürgen Langlos stopped the fight in round four.
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Super bantamweight Chanttall Martinez lost to Jackie Nava on UD 10 / 10 – WBA female super bantamweight title
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Lightweight Alejandro Sanabria beat Jhunriel Ramonal by KO 4 / 12 – Time: 2:05 – WBC Silver lightweight title (supervisor: Lorenzo Soberanes Maya)
Middleweight Marcos Reyes beat Isaac Mendez by TKO 3 / 12 – Time: 1:22 – Vacant WBC International middleweight title – WBC FECOMBOX middleweight title (supervisor: Lorenzo Soberanes Maya)
- Saturday 28 January 2012 Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Bantamweight Zulina Munoz beat Paulina Cardona by TKO 3 / 10 – Time: 1:40
WBC Silver female bantamweight title
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Hotel Atlantic Palace, Agadir, Morocco
Bantamweight Jerome Thomas lost to Hassan Azaouagh by KO 3 / 12 – Time: 2:00
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – The Corporate Box, Auckland, New Zealand
Heavyweight Chauncy Welliver beat Moyoyo Mensah by TKO 10 / 12 – Time: 1:56 – Interim WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title (supervisor: John Glozier) – New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) heavyweight title (supervisor: Gary McCrystal) – Vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council heavyweight title
Heavyweight Billy Wright beat Harry Funmaker by KO 1 / 12 – Time: 0:41 – Interim PABA heavyweight title (supervisor: Francisco Martinez)
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Flyweight Milan Melindo beat Juan Esquer by TKO 7 / 12 – Time: 2:16 – WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title (supervisor: Leon Panoncillo)
WBO #1 flyweight Milan “El Metodico” Melindo of the Philippines kept his Intercontinental crown via a 7th round TKO over Mexican Juan “Panterita” Esquer. Melindo.
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Recom Dome, Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Super flyweight Marvin Mabait beat Rey Perez on UD 12 / 12 – Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) super flyweight title
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Jamhuri Stadium, Morogoro, Tanzania
Super middleweight Francis Cheka beat Karama Nyilawila on UD 10 / 10
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Super bantamweight Carl Frampton beat Kris Hughes by KO 7 / 12 – Time: 0:48 – Commonwealth (British Empire) super bantamweight title
Light middleweight Erick Ochieng beat Nick Quigley by TKO 9 / 10 – Time: 0:10 – Vacant BBBofC English light middleweight title
Unbeaten Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (12-0, 8 KO’s) easily beat southpaw challenger Kris Hughes (15-2, 1 KO’s) Frampton, 24,displayed speed and power over the taller, Hughes from the start of the fight and Hughes was never really able to get into the fight due to his lack of power. In the 7th, Frampton put Hughes down with a right hand. The fight was then halted by referee Mark Green.
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States
Light middleweight Cory Spinks beat Sechew Powell on UD 12 /12
Cruiserweight BJ Flores beat Hugo Pineda by TKO 6 / 10 – Time: 2:34
WBO #3 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over 40-year-old former welterweight title challenger Hugo Pineda (39-6-1, 28 Kos) Flores dominated the fight throughout, dropping Pineda in round two and getting a stoppage in round six. – Former two-division world champion Cory Spinks (38-6, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs) in an IBF jr. middleweight eliminator. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 116-112.
- Saturday 28 January 2012 – Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Heavyweight Tony Grano beat Brian Minto by TKO 3 / 10 – Time: 1:04
Heavyweight Eric Fields beat Derrick Brown on UD 8 / 8
Super featherweight Jackie Trivilino lost to Ela Nunez by TKO 2 / 6 – Time: 1:20