This Friday night at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey, Three members of the GH3 Promotions will be in action with two being featured in prominent fights as part of ESPN Friday Night Fight’s televised portion of the 12 bout card.
WBF ANNUAL AWARDS 2013
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR – DANIE VENTER (South Africa)
Having been stopped in his final 2012 outing by world class Thabiso Mchunu, Danie Venter began 2013 with two low key wins over Nsitu Mbaya (TKO 1) and future WBF All Africa Heavyweight Champion Elvis Moyo (W 6) and it certainly did not look like he would become the WBF’s ‘Fighter of the Year’. But it took him less than a round last September to achieve just that when the man from Johannesburg climbed into the ring against Shawn Cox from Barbados. Aside from a decision loss in Italy some four years ago, Cox had only lost against the outstanding Denis Lebedev, not before rocking the Russian down to his boots. So no expert expected the fast and sudden ending that Venter achieved by blowing away Cox in the very first round to annex the vacant WBF World Cruiserweight crown. A stunning result indeed. Thus, Venter went from a loser to 3-0 in 2013 plus a world title to boot in most impressive fashion – impressive enough to merit the ‘Fighter of the Year’ award.
Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) took time out of her busy training schedule to answer fans’ questions via a live Q&A session on her Facebook page yesterday evening.The pound-for-pound number one, who puts her WBA, WBC & WBO titles on the line against Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night, said: ‘’It is great to be able to interact with my fans. I am so grateful for their support, as without them, I would not be where I am today. It really is a pleasure to be able to give something back!’’
ESPN will televise the Boxcino 2014 tournament, a new boxing tournament presented by Banner Promotions, that will air on ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra. The first of five shows will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, and will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. The competition will be a single-elimination, two-weight class tournament that will feature eight fighters in both the Lightweight and Middleweight divisions.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – World Boxing Organization (WBO) awarded the young professional fighters Felix “Diamante” Verdejo, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez and John Karl Sosa, and amateurs Kiria Tapia, Danielito Zorrilla and Henry Lebron, today in the first edition of this event for the Puerto Rican WBO Prospects Right Now, which the WBO will held annually for the promises of this sport in Puerto Rico, as part of the successful program “Kids Drug Free”.
Thus Saturday afternoon at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, Lee Selby (17-1, 6 KO’s) will defend his British Featherweight and vie for the vacant European Featherweight crown when he takes on Rendall Munroe (27-3-1, 11 KO’s) that will headline a fantastic afternoon of boxing on AWE.
Make way, Chris Arreola! There’s another “Nightmare” in the Goossen Tutor Promotions stable of boxers, as promoter Dan Goossen today announced the signing of veteran world title challenger and world-ranked contender, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan.
The 6-0 tall, 27-year old Armenian native, who has lived in Glendale, California since emigrating there with his family at age 4, has compiled an impressive 33-1-1 record with 21 knockouts in his nearly nine years as a professional boxer while fighting under Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. banner. The orthodox-style super welterweight was recently ranked as the #1 contender in most of the world sanctioning organizations. He formerly held the NABF Super Welterweight and NABO Junior Middleweight titles.
Jenkins lands golden WBC International shot in Cardiff – 29/01/2014
Unbeaten Welshman faces Sebire for vacant belt on Saturday
Jenkins burst onto the scene in July with his impressive win in the Prizefighter Light Welterweights III at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, coming in as a late replacement to win every round he boxed in, with the icing on the cake a second round stoppage of Danny Connor in the final.
The unbeaten 25 year old has moved seamlessly to 12-0 and now he’s ready to step-up to title level, and claiming the WBC International crown against the former French champion (22-6) could be the first step on the path to British title glory.