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Two World Title Fights and Several Other Top Contenders in Action for World Champ Sergio Martinez in his Promotional Debut in Homeland of Argentina

World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez of Maravilla Box Promotions will make his promotional debut in his home country of Argentina on Saturday, November 3, in the city of Colon, in Entre Rios, Argentina, in a jam-packed night of professional boxing presenting two world title fights and several top contenders in important battles.

Co-promoted by Maravilla Box, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Carlos Gonzalez of Best Box, the exciting night will feature in the 12-round main event, WBA #2 contender Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez (32-5, 22 KOs) of Panama City, Panama, taking on WBA #3 contender John Mark “Iceman” Apolinario (17-2-1 4 KOs) of Sarangani, Philippines, for the Interim WBA World Bantamweight Championship.

The 29-year-old southpaw Vasquez is a former WBA World light flyweight Champion. 22-year-old Apolinario won the WBO Oriental Super Flyweight title in 2009.

In the night’s 10-round co-main event, Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales (9-1, 6 KOs) from Paysandu, Uruguay, will make the first defense of her WBA female lightweight title against Simone Da Silva Duarte (11-3, 4 KOs) from Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 23-year-old Comunales won the title with a TKO 1 over Maribel Santana last March.

On the jam-packed undercard:

In a 10-round super featherweight bout, Israel Hector Enrique “Cachito” Perez (23-2-1, 13 KOs) from Oxnard, California via Buenos Aires, will face Orlen Padilla (19-3-1, 17 KOs) from Puerto Colombia, Colombia.

In a 10-round featherweight bout, Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (8-0, 8 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face Emerson “The Winner” Santos Carvalho (10-3-1, 8 KOs) from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In another 10-round super featherweight bout, Fernando David “El Vasco” Saucedo (46-5-3, 4 KOs) from Buenos Aires, Argentina takes on Cristian El Tigre Palma (18-6-1, 5 KOs) from Lautaro, Chile.

In a 10-round welterweight bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin Welterweight Title, Azael “Turbo” Cosio (15-1-2, 12 KOs) from Santa Marta, Panama, will face Cesar Humberto Velez (11-3-1, 4 KOs) from Cordoba, Argentina.

In an 8-round super lightweight bout, Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (12-0, 11 KOs) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face Claudinei “Volcano” Lacerda (14-6, 10 KOs) from Sombrio, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

And in another 10-round super featherweight bout, undefeated Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez (9-0, 9 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will take on Roberto Santos de Jesus (14-7, 10 KOs) from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The beautiful City of Colón in Argentina is located on the western shore of the Uruguay River and lies opposite Paysandú, Uruguay. Colón is the center of an important tourist region, featuring high-quality hotels, a casino, and also a hot springs and associated facilities.

The event will be televised by TyC Sports in Argentina, in Panama on RPC Channel 4, in Uruguay on VTV and on TV5 in the Philippines.



Olympic Champions give WSB extra dimension at Sportel

Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 October 2012 – World Series of Boxing (WSB) made its presence felt at the International Sports Television Convention Sportel in the Principality of Monaco on Tuesday by presenting three Olympic Champions to the world media.

The Sportel trade show is the international Sports Business Market for sports rights owners and buyers, broadcasters, marketing agencies, new media and has been recognised as the most influential business market for top-level sports and media executives for over twenty years. The perfect setting to introduce three of the world’s best boxers.

WSB was keen to promote its third season which will begin on 16-17 November 2012 and took the opportunity of holding a press conference to unveil two knock-out signings in the shape of two-time Olympic and World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko and his compatriot, also a reigning Olympic and World Champion, Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine. 2011 WSB World Champion and 2012 WSB Team Champion Captain Clemente Russo, a silver medallist at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, was also present to give his thoughts on seeing two colossi of the sport joining a competition that he has dominated over the last two seasons.

Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound amateur boxer in the world, 24-year-old Lomanchenko’s signing is a real coup for the competition and he will head up a fearsome group into this season. Oleksandr Usyk claimed the Heavyweight (91kg) Olympic title in London and has been the dominant force in that category for the last two years, hugely charismatic, technically gifted and deceptively fast, he has all the attributes to become a household name.

Lomachenko declared, “I had lots of offers from the professional ranks. However I wished to continue my adventure with the Ukrainian team and what better place to do so than in the WSB, we have a great group and we can achieve great things. I am proud to be one of the leaders and I will give my all in this exciting competition”.

When asked about his ‘Hopak’ style celebration at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Usyk replied, “It was not something rehearsed, it just felt right, it was natural for me to want to express my joy by sharing a Ukrainian tradition with the world”. On the WSB, he added, “it’s where every boxer wants to be right now”.

With the injection of so much quality into an already tough competition, Clemente Russo rejoiced, stating, “It is going to be a very interesting season for everyone, especially for the fans, the WSB has never seen a line-up this strong. I am really impressed by these new recruits, especially in the Heavyweight category with Usyk, of course, but also with Filip Hrgovic and Ivan Dychko, it gives me great motivation. This season will be the hardest I have ever faced but I am confident in myself, it will be great to see who the best in the ring is”.

Upon the presentation of Lomachenko and Usyk to the world media, General Manager Dmitriy Gaistruk revealed the name of their team to be Ukraine Otamans before stating, “I am honoured with this most important position with this hugely talented squad that boasts some of the most talented boxers in the world. There is already huge pressure on us to perform but I know that fighting for the Ukrainian people will bring out the best from the group”.

Claudio Ballor, WSB Team Champion General Manager, was drawn into the banter with the Ukrainian team and beamed, “Can we repeat the success of last season? I don’t think we can, I know we will”.

The very successful press conference was brought to a close with a few words from Mr Ivan Khodabaksh, WSB Chief Executive Officer, who stated, “It is great to capture these sensational Olympic Champions, proving that the fledgling WSB really is the place to be when it comes to quality of boxing. I am also very pleased to announce that there will be many more Olympic stars joining our ranks in the next few weeks, this season will be huge”.



Ryan Coyne on Last Call on October 19th to discuss Cleverly bout

Top ranked Light Heavyweight boxer RYAN COYNE ( rejoins the show as he prepares for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Heavyweight title shot against Welshman Nathan Cleverly on Showtime. The former Missouri linebacker sits down with the Swami to talk about fighting in Los Angeles, what he knows and has seen in pervious fights with Cleverly, becoming a free agent and the pros and cons of it, making his Showtime TV debut, dropping down from Crusierweight, and what he feels he needs to do to win the Light Heavyweight title.

All of this plus much more only on LAST CALL on Friday, October 19th from 11 to 1 a.m. Eastern time/8 to 10 p.m. Pacific time.




SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referees and judges who will work in the world title bouts to be held this week in Argentina, Philippines, United States and Colombia.

Valcarcel said that for tomorrow’s fight at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between two time champion Omar Narváez (36-1, 19 KOs), who is going to make his fifth superflyweight title defense, against Mexican Johnny García (16-3-1, 8 KOs), the referee will be Roberto Ramírez Jr., from Puerto Rico. Judges for this bout are David Singh, from Panamá, Ramón Cerdán, from Argentina, and Roberto Ramírez Sr., from Puerto Rico. WBO supervisor for this fight is Jorge Molina.

For the Saturday, October 20, fight, in Metro Manila, Philippines, where  vacant WBO bantamweight title is on line, with the clash between local AJ Banal (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Punglung Sorsingyu (42-1, 27 KOs), from Thailand, the referee will be Tony Weeks, from United States. Judges for this bout are Robert Hoyle, Levi Martínez and Raúl Caíz Jr., also from United States. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo.

Meanwhile, this Saturday at the Barclay’s Center in New York, WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0, 17 KOs), will defend for the first time his belt versus Peter Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs). The referee for this bout will be Eddie Claudio, from United States. Judges are John Stewart, Donald Trella and Julie Lederman, all three from United States. WBO supervisor for this fight will be  Rudy Paz.

For the WBO female lightweight title bout to be held at the coliseo Elías Chewing in Barranquilla, Colombia, where champion Enis Pacheco (10-1, 7 KOs) will defend for the second time her crown against Ana Laura Esteche (6-2, 2 KOs), the referee will be Omar Quijada, from Panama. Judges are Manuel Rodríguez, from Colombia, and Horacio Bakemon and Francisco Javier Benzán, both from Dominican Republic. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Rolando Marcos.

Remember the 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, next week, from October 22 to October 26, 2012. For reservations at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, you can call 1 800 937-0010 or access More information at

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