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News: Viloria vs Marquez; Dudchenko vs. Hendrix; IABA Update

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, November 17, in the world title unification bout between flyweight champion Brian Viloria and also world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez to be held at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

For the third title defense of Viloria’s (31-3, 18 KOs) WBO flyweight (112 pounds) title against the WBA champion Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs), the referee will be David Mendoza, from United States.

Meanwhile, the judges for the Viloria-Marquez fight are Levi Martinez, Jonathan Davis and David Denkin, all from United States. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Richard De Cuir.


WBF World Title Twin-Bill In Mexico, Dudchenko vs. Hendrix In L.A.

Two World Boxing Federation World titles will be on the line this coming Saturday, November 17, in Acapulco, Mexico, as Luis Ceja and Ganigan Lopez square off for the vacant Light Flyweight title, and Cesar Vasquez takes on Jesus Cruz Bibiano for the vacant crown at Super Featherweight.

On the same night in Los Angeles, US-based Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko fights fellow L.A. resident Tyrell Hendrix for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship.

At the Unidad Deportiva in Acapulco, 22-year-old Luis Ceja, 22-2-3 (18), will be in his first World title fight in what is his fourth scheduled twelve round bout, while Southpaw Ganigan Lopez, 20-5 (14), is nine years older and more experienced with ten championship fights and several regional titles under his belt, but also entering his first crack at world honors.

In the co-feature Cesar “Saba” Vasquez, 25-1 (16), might have a tougher time than he expects against Jesus Cruz Bibiano, who brings a deceiving record of 9-9 (5), but has proven his class in competitive fights against very good opposition.

Vasquez and Bibiano will also both be in their first World Championship fights, but if you know their fighting-styles you know this will be a very competitive encounter. While Vasquez is undoubtedly the favorite, Bibiano is definitely a live underdog despite his modest resume.

Luiz Ceja vs. Ganigan Lopez for the WBF World Light Flyweight title and Cesar Vasques vs. Jesus Cruz Bibiano for the WBF World Super Featherweight title will be promoted by Baja Boxing, Promociones Del Pueblo and KO Entertainment, and will be aired Live throughout Mexico on Cadena 3.

In Los Angeles, Anatoliy Dudchenko and Tyrell Hendrix is set to go to war for the WBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Dudchenko, 16-2 (11), turned pro in his native Ukraine in 2002, but has since fought exclusively in America.

A late bloomer in the game, Duchenko has progressed rather slowly, and will fight for his first title at 34 years of age against Hendrix who is five years younger and brings a 9-1-2 (3) ledger. Both guys haven’t lost for a long time, and since both are from L.A., and bring their own group of supporters, it should be an interesting night of boxing.

The Dudchenko vs. Hendrix World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title fight is presented by Ed Holmes and his All Star Boxing.


Irish Amateur Boxing Association statement re BBC Spotlight Programme.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association is a community,non-political,non-sectarian all-island body. We are saddened at the recent media coverage concerning the Sandy Row Boxing Club. We have long enjoyed a reputation as a sport that has successfully extended the hand of friendship, and sporting rivalries across political, social, national and religious boundaries. The IABA has maintained a proud tradition of supporting boxers across the island of Ireland. There is a long list of great boxers from all parts of the island who have gone on to represent their country at international level. For the vast majority of these athletes, the issue of nationality or religion has never been of great significance. In fact, the first all female fight in this country included a boxer from the Sandy Row area. In truth, funding distribution of grants to clubs has been weighted slightly in favour of non nationalist areas as was pointed out on the Spotlight programme.

We have made a number of efforts to achieve a resolution and address the concerns of Sandy Row Boxing Club. Regrettably this did not occur. It should be appreciated that the Board of the IABA like all organisations is governed by rules, regulations and procedures.Consequently, any Boxing Club affiliating must recognise and adhere to the Association’s rules. We also accept that we cannot ignore the responsibilities that arise with representing boxers who may reside in Ireland but who may regard their primary national allegiances beyond the island of Ireland. The IABA recognises that the Good Friday agreement gives those who are living in Northern Ireland the right to declare their nationality as Irish, British or both. This unique right sets those from the North of Ireland apart from anywhere else in the world. This can create headaches for those charged with administering sport and determing funding for bodies. However, these problems are not insurmountable in the opinion of the Board of the IABA.

The desire of the IABA is that the Sandy Row Boxing Club affiliate. Since its inception in 1911 the IABA has had a proud history of tolerance and inclusivity. It is now our responsibility to work with Sport NI to find a positive way of moving forward on this matter that in the longer term will serve to strengthen and consolidate the sport across the island as a whole.

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