(October 19, 2004) – VICTORIANO SOSA successfully defended his Dominican Republic lightweight title last night at the Santiago Sports Palace, via a first round KO of Marcos Hernandez. Sosa, who improved to 39-4-2 (28 KOs), ended the fight with a left hook to the body and a right cross to the chin of Hernandez, 10-4, who was counted out at 2:32 of the round. Sosa, currently world rated No. 13 by the IBF, is promoted by Michael Acri Promotions.
US Marines & Team New England put up their dukes for charity
BOSTON, Mass. (October 18, 2004) Two of the leading female amateur boxers in the United States, one a Marine and the other an environmental engineer, have been matched November 9 in the opening leg of the U.S. Marines Boxing Team Great Northeast Tour, promoted by S & L Boxing, at The Roxy in downtown Boston.
US Marine Grace Kelly, fighting out of Tacoma (WA) not Monaco, was runner-up in the 146-pound division at the 2004 US National championships. Her opponent will be New England champion (14-0) Lisa Kuronya, fighting out of the Portland (ME) Boxing Club. Kuronya is a graduate of West Chester University (PA) with a degree in environmental engineering. She is a well-known animal rights activist.
A full card featuring the U.S. Marines Boxing Team versus a squad comprised of boxers representing USA Boxing/New England will soon be announced. The Fightin Leathernecks will be competing in a three-part amateur boxing series for the benefit of the U.S. Marines Scholarship Fund with stops at Boston, Foxwoods and Philadelphia (see schedule below).
Mixed among boxing are cultural tours of Old Ironsides in Boston, Pequot Museum at Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket, Connecticut) and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
For more information about the Great Northeast Tour call 1.617.227.9332.
WBC Message From Jose Sulaiman
Mexico City – October 19, 2004.
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman:
“The World Boxing Council has declared today as a day of world mourning in the WBC because of the passing away of David Chung of Korea. David worked as a judge in many world title fights, including many in the United States, and was considered one of the best ring officials in the world. Personally, he was very well-liked and held in the highest esteem by everyone who knew him. He was a gentleman and will be missed very much.
“David refereed an OPBF title fight in Tokyo on Monday and a few hours after the event, collapsed and passed away from a heart attack.
“The WBC also regrets learning that the mother of Chuck Williams has passed away. Chuck is the WBC Convention Committee Chairman.
“The WBC sends its most sincere condolences to the Chung and Williams families and loved ones.”