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News: Hugo Ruiz faces Koki Kameda on 12/4; GBU Announces 3 Minute Rounds

On December 4, Los Mochis, Mexico Hugo’s “Cuatito” Ruiz (31-1, 28 KOs) will relinquish his Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) World Bantamweight Championship to face “Regular” WBA Bantamweight Champion Koki Kameda (28-1, 17 KOs) at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan.

The hard-punching 26-year-old Ruiz won his interim title in January 2011 with a nine-round technical decision over Alvaro Ruiz, after Ruiz was cut by an accidental headbutt. He has successfully defended the belt four times since then, three by way of knockout.

25-year-old southpaw Kameda is a two-time world champ. He won the WBC Flyweight title in November 2009, but lost it via close decision in his first defense. He then moved up to bantamweight and won his current belt with a December 2010 unanimous decision over Alexander Munoz. He has since made four successful defenses. Kameda is one of the most popular boxers in the world based on TV ratings. His fights draw over 50% of Japanese homes.

“Hugo is going into the other guy’s backyard in a very big fight for the Regular championship,” said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “But he is ready for this. He simply hits too hard for anyone to stand up to and I expect him to score a huge victory.”

Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno is the WBA Bantamweight “Super” Champion.

GBU votes to move all women’s title fights to three minute rounds

The Board Members of the GBU (Global Boxing Union) sanctioning body announced today they have voted to move all women’s title fights to three minute rounds, in light of the recent rallies of professional women fighters across the U.S. and other countries.

This decision has been made to further the support of women’s boxing in anticipation of an incline in the sport due to female participation in boxing as an Olympic sport, and to equalize the marketing value of top tier women’s championship fights to eventually enable comparable pay for top female professional fighters. Their long term goal is to also draw the top female amateurs in the world into the pros with a promise of a profitable professional career as they move out of the amateurs. Terri Moss, coordinator for the GBU said, “The GBU will still negotiate the time of rounds with other sanctioning bodies in the event that championships are unified or when multiple titled are fought for in a single match in order to present as much opportunity as possible for contenders, but as a single sanctioning body in a title fight 3-minute rounds will be mandatory”.

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