Arizona Bolxing News & Notes With Don Smith: The Arizona boxing community is saddened and shocked to hear that Boxer Christopher Phil Lopez was arrested on Sunday Morning (11/2/2014) and currently sits in the Volusia County Jail for allegedly stabbing his 61 year old stepfather (Adrian Nelson Cruz Sr.) twice with hunting knife, 6 inch blade, in a bizarre incident at the Cruz family home in Deltona, Florida a city with a population of almost 90,000 residents located between Orlando and Daytona Florida. Lopez’s Mother (53 year old Theodora Lopez Cruz) wrestled her son to the floor and sat on him while applying a choke hold until police responded to a frantic 911 call shortly after 7 a.m. Florida time.
WBO # 1 ranked lightweight contender Ray Beltran nixed the Juan Diaz June 28 proposed bout due to a need for more preparation time. He was hoping to fight in July, but now the affable boxing veteran believes his return to action might be as late as September. He was unaware that Top Rank is mulling over the idea of putting on a show in Arizona. Top Rank has literally stayed away promotionally from Arizona since promoting Julio Cesar Chavez’s farewell fight at US Airways in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17, 2005. A little info for boxing trivia buffs, he lost to used car salesman/boxer Grover Wiley. Asked if he would like to would like to fight on the rumored card, he replied yes.
Santiago Wins Title, Boxing Noise & More
A sellout crowd (2,650) packed the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night, 2/22, to watch hometown favorite Alexis “The Beaver” Santiago successfully defend his WBC (USA) USNBC Bantamweight crown against highly regarded Hanzel “Rudy Boy” Martinez (Mexico) who left the ring with a 20-2 record while the win improved Santiago’s record to 16-3-1. It was easily the best of the televised fights (live stream) and both fighters received a standing ovation after the final bell and deservedly so.
On April 1, 2006 Sergei Liakhovich, in Cleveland Ohio, scored a unanimous victory over Lamont Brewster to capture the WBO Heavyweight Championship. It was a dream that came true. However; … Read more