Manyushi, Nkosi WBF World Champions, Denes, Cafu & Pinto Wins
Saturday September 28 was a big night of action for the World Boxing Federation (WBF), as championship double-headers took place in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and a defending International Champion put his title on the line in Mexico.
At the International Convention Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, national hero Charles Manyushi captured the vacant WBF World Middleweight title when he beat former title-holder Diego Diaz Gallardo from Argentina in three one-sided rounds.
Manyushi (30) was unmerciful, and showed that he is at the peak of his powers, while Diaz Gallardo may be at the end of the road at 39. The new World Champion improved his professional record to 24-4-1 (15), while Diaz Gallardo drops to 22-7-1 (13).
In main undercard attraction of the show promoted by Exodus Boxing Academy, Brandon Denes remained undefeated at 7-0 (4), scoring three knock-downs on the way to stopping late substitute Limbani Chipaka from Malawi, now 11-7 (4), in round eleven to win the vacant WBF Intercontinental Light Welterweight title.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Portuguese Hall promoted by Fantastic 2 Promotions, Ayanda Nkosi took home the vacant WBF World Lightweight title by seventh round stoppage over Mexico´s former WBA World titlist Emanuel Lopez.
While Lopez was always brave and dangerous, and kept coming forward, Nkosi picked him apart by using his sublime boxing skills. In round seven, with Nkosi punishing Lopez, the Mexican´s corner had seen enough, and saved their man by throwing in the towel.
With the victory “Greyhound” Nkosi takes his ledger to 14-1 (8). Lopez, only halted three times inside the distance prior to his trip to South Africa, travels back to Tapachula at 30-12-1 (14).
Prior to the main event, up-and-coming Phumelele Cafu went 4-0-2 (4) with an outstanding performance as he claimed the vacant WBF International Flyweight crown, stopping Hamza Mchanjo, now 17-13-3 (3), from Tanzania.
Cafu was near perfect as he landed basically at will, and clearly hurt Mchanjo several times with excellent body-shots before the towel was thrown in at 1:51 of the fourth round, prompting referee Simon Mokadi to wave the fight off.
Finally, local underdog challenger Ivan Pinto won the WBF International Super Featherweight title dethroning defending champion Donald Brown, from Inglewood, California, USA, at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.
Pinto, now 4-0 (2), appeared to overwhelm the American, who falls to 7-1 (5), and floored him in rounds 5, 6, 7 and 9, enroute to a unanimous decision by scores of 96-88, 94-90 and 94-90. Gonzalez Boxing Promotions promoted, in association with GM3.
Carlos Monroe Defends Title Saturday At Atlanta’s Buckhead Theater
On Saturday, September 28 at Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, World Boxing Association Fedalatin Champion Carlos Monroe, in his biggest fight “to date,” successfully defended former world title challenger Javier Francisco Maciel.
On Saturday, September 26 at Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, World Boxing Association Fedalatin Champion Carlos Monroe, in his biggest fight to date, defends his title against former world title challenger Javier Francisco Maciel. In the co-feature, Eric Moon will fight Mike Guy for the American Boxing Federation (ABF) title, as there will be eight bouts in all.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
Carlos Monroe (16-0, 13 KOs) was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta age 3. As an amateur he won NINE consecutive Georgia State Golden Gloves tournaments. He also was two-time Florida State Golden Gloves champion. “Every year I competed n the state Golden Gloves, I won,” stated Carlos. In the 2015 Olympic trials, even though Carlos won his final bout, he was unable to fight further due to a major cut from an accidental head butt.
Monroe, coached by trainer of world champions Stacie McKinley, made his professional debut on December 16, 2017 and had ten fights in 2018, and this will be his sixth this year. “This is my biggest fight, to date,” said Carlos. “ I have been training in Pompano Beach, Florida, with a lot of sparring partners with different styles, so I am good about making adjustments on the fly. I don’t feel any threats in the ring. Javier is a game opponent and fought a few big names. He comes forward and is a pressure fighter, and I like that.” Monroe likes to work the body and “most of my stoppages have come from body shots.” Carlos lives about twenty minutes outside of Atlanta and will have many family and friends at the fight.
“Carlos is very smart, listens well and is a hard worker,” said McKinley, who has trained Mike Tyson and numerous middleweight world champions. “He has unusual hand speed, and power at the same time. This fight is a step up for him and after that, there will be another step up. I have big plans for him. He leaves home and comes here for to train, has a fight, goes home for week then comes back for another six to eight weeks. He is not just training boxing, he is living boxing and that’s what you need to do to become great. He has a young daughter now and a wonderful promoter, Judy Starkey, who has invested a lot in Carlos to provide for him what he needs to be successful.”
Javier Francisco Maciel (33-8, 23 KOs) from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has fought for the World Boxing Association world middleweight championship and has won numerous regional titles. Maciel has fought world champion Dmitry Pirog and world title challengers Willie Monroe Jr., Francisco Antonio Mora.
“We are so thankful to partners like this that support the nearly 3,000 kids that attend our Clubs each day and help them reach their full potential,” said Missy Dugan, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Through sports, youth build skills that will serve them now and throughout their lives including self-confidence, good sportsmanship, discipline, and an appreciation of healthy living and exercise.” Kids from several local Clubs will attend. Event organizers are Judy Starkey, an accomplished Atlanta businesswoman and Harry Barnett, who has been involved in boxing for over sixty years as a boxer, manager and promoter.