Two of DiBella Entertainment’s rising stars, world ranked lightweight “Ferocious” George Kambosos Jr. and 2016 U.S. Olympian junior middleweight Charles “Bad News” Conwell continued their ascent over the weekend with outstanding performances.
“George and Charles continued to prove they have all the attributes to fight for world titles in the future and I look forward to providing them the opportunities,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “We’re very proud of both. They’ve worked very hard and now our job is put them in the best position to continue their climb in their respective divisions.”
Fighting in Athens, Greece, on Friday night, June 7, the 25-year-old Greek Aussie Kambosos (17-0, 10 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, stopped Richard Pena (11-3-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth round in front of a loud, supportive crowd at the Olympic Hall Galatsi. Dropping Pena in the fourth and fifth rounds, Kambosos continued to control the action as the referee called a halt to the action in round six following a barrage of unanswered punches.
“I fought a very smart, patient and explosive fight against a very tough young fighter who had an opportunity of a lifetime. Pena is a good young fighter who made a great account of himself with his long and awkward frame.
“I am a proud Greek and a proud Australian. Fighting in Athens, Greece, was an amazing experience,” said Kambosos, whose paternal grandfather originally came to Australia from Greece to begin a new life and raise a family.
Heading into the fight, Kambosos was world ranked #5 by the IBF and #9 by the WBO.
“This was another step toward a world title. My next fight will be in America. Jose Pedraza, I’m coming for you.”
Fighting at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Gennadiy Golovkin-Steve Rolls middleweight clash, the 21-year-old Conwell (10-0, 7 KOs), from Cleveland, OH, won a 10-round unanimous decision versus Brooklyn, NY’s Courtney Pennington (12-4-3, 5 KOs), earning the vacant USBA Super Welterweight Title. Scorecards read 97-92 twice, and 96-93. Streamed live on DAZN, Conwell used his advantage in strength to score at will throughout his first 10-round contest.
“I’m very happy with my performance. Pennington was a tough fighter, but we got the victory,” said Conwell. “Now it’s back to the gym to continue learning and growing as a fighter. It was an honor to fight at Madison Square Garden for the first time. Thanks to my promoter Lou DiBella for bringing me here and I hope to return in the near future.”
Arzalier Two-Time WBF World Champion, Sanchez Edges Torres Lopez
Laetitia Arzaler from France is now a two-time, two-weight World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Champion after defeating veteran compatriot Anne Sophie Da Costa for the vacant WBF World Flyweight title on Saturday night, June 8, in her home-town Balaruc-les-Bains.
At the Complexe Sportif Pech Meja, 35-year-old Arzalier, who held the WBF World Strawweight title in 2016 and is also a former European Light Flyweight title-holder, won a clear unanimous decision in the main event of s show staged by Ring Olympique Boxe.
After ten quality rounds of boxing, judges Mohamed Hireche and Jerome Lades both scored the fight 100-90, while judge Jean-Marcel Nartz had it slightly closer at 98-92, all for Arzalier who improved her record to 14-1 (3). Also a former two-time, two-weight WBF World Champion, Da Costa (36) drops to 28-6 (11).
On Friday night, June 7, at the Centro de Eventos in Tijuana, Mexico, undefeated Esteban “El Towy” Sanchez captured the vacant WBF Mexico Lightweight title with a controversial split decision over Ricardo “Explosivo” Torres Lopez.
Many felt that Torres Lopez had done enough to deserve the victory, as did judge Fernando Renteria who scored in 97-92 in his favour, but judges Carlos de la Rocha and Roman Cruz had it 95-94 and 96-93 respectively for Sanchez.
Sanchez, still only twenty years of age, takes his professional ledger to 13-0 (7), while Torres Lopez (22) is now 10-4-2 (8). Promoter was Terrazas Boxing Promotions, and a rematch would not be uncalled for to settle the score.
Split-T Management’s Boubacar Sylla remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision in a welterweight bout over gritty Marquis Hawthorne on Friday night at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Sylla boxed well, and scored by working behind an accurate jab. Sylla used his almost 6’1″ frame to his advantage to keep Hawthorne at the end of his work, before mixing it up on the inside. Hawthorne, who had defeated four undefeated foes, put up a good effort, but in the end, it was the technically sound Sylla that came home with the victory by scores of 58-56 twice and 59-55.
Sylla of Cincinnati, Ohio who is now trained by world championship trainer Brian McIntyre, continues to stay unblemished at 10-0.