IABA UPDATE – 2011 AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW; Estrella Bros. Back in Tijuana

Belfast’s Michael Conlon will open Ireland’s campaign at the 2011 AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers with a last-64 clash with Moldovan Alexandr Riscan on Tuesday.

Both flyweights sparred with each other at Ireland’s recent training camp in Cologne and are no strangers to each other say Irish head coach Billy Walsh.

Joe Ward, Ken Egan, John Joe Nevin and Paddy Barnes all received byes from today’s draw in Baku.

Barnes, who was the first Irish boxer to qualify for the 2008 Olympics – where he won bronze – from the 2007 AIBA World Championships in Chicago, will meet either Mark Barriga (Philippines) or Stefan Caslarov (Romania) in the last 32.

If he advances from that then he could face Zou Shiming in a repeat of the 2008 Olympic semi-final – which the Chinese light-flyweight won – for a place at the London Olympics.

Meanwhile, European light-welterweight champion Ray Moylette will open his campaign versus Arturs Ahmetous of Latvia.

Kilkenny middleweight Darren O’Neill will need no introduction to Glodi Eneste of Norway, an opponent he beat 13-2 in the 2009 EU final in Denmark.

Ken Egan, meantime, will clash with either Jose Larduet of Cuba or Lubas Velecky of the Czech Republic in the heavyweight class on October 3rd.

European light-heavyweight champ Joe Ward awaits the winner of the last-64 duel between Dmitrov Stoimen (Bulgaria) and Abdurakhmonov Dilovasnoi (Tajikistan).

The St Michael’s Athy pair of David Oliver Joyce and Roy Sheehan will face Mohammad Momevad of Iran and Carl Hield of the Bahamas.

Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan meets Faruth Kalonov (Tajikstan) and John Joe Nevin, a bronze medal winner at the 2009 World Championships in Milan, awaits the winner of the bantamweight
contest between Filip Barak (Slovakia) or Akhil Kumar (India).

Boxing begins on Monday morning at the 2011 AIBA World Championships which is acting as the first major qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympics.

Ward (2), Nevin (4th), Moylette (4th), Egan (6th) Joyce (7th), O’Neill (8th) and Barnes (8th) were all seeded in today’s draw.

2011 AIBA World Men’s Championshipos Baku, Azerbaijan

September 27th

52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) v Alexandr Riscan (Moldova)

September 29th

69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) v Carl Hield (Bahamas)

September 30th

64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) v Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia)

October 1st
75Kg: (last 64) Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) v Glodi Eneste (Norway)
60Kg: (last 64) David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Mohammad Momevad (Iran)

October 2nd

81Kg: (last 32) Joe Ward (Moate) v Dmitrov Stoimen (Bulgaria) or Abdurakhmonov Dilovasnoi (Tajikistan)
91+Kg: (last 32) Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Faruth Kalonov (Tajikstan)

October 3rd

49Kg: (last 32) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) v Mark Barriga (Philippines) or Stefan Caslarov (Romania)
56Kg: (last 32) John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Filip Barak (Slovakia) or Akhil Kumar (India)
91Kg: (last 32) Ken Egan ( Neilstown) v Jose Larduet (Cuba) or Lubas Velecky (Czech Rep)


With 10 fights was completed the card Triple Crown III, where former double world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López headlines facing Mike Oliver this Saturday, October 1st, at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank, to be televised on “Pay Per View”.

The main event present López (30-1, 27 KOs) and Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) fighting for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino featherweight title. Also in action, former WBO junior lightweight champion, Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs), will face Nigerian Daniel Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental 130lb belt, and superbantanweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) will fight versus Mexican José Luis Araiza (29-4, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino superbantamweight title.

The preliminar bouts present prospect Luis Joel González (8-0-1, 5 KOs) against Edward Valdez (5-7-2, 3 KOs) to six rounds in 135 pounds; Camilo Pérez (5-0, 4 KOs) versus Omar González (3-7, 1 KO) to six rounds in 122 pounds; Jonathan “Bomba” González (4-0, 4 KOs) against Jhonny Determan (3-0, 2 KOs) to six rounds in 112 pounds; Kenneth Díaz (2-0, 2 KOs) versus Radamés Vélez (1-2, 1 KO) to four rounds in 140 pounds; Jeffrey Fontánez (2-0, 2 KOs) will face debutant Peter Rampolla to four rounds in 130 pounds; Rafael González (2-0, 2 KOs) against José del Valle (1-0-1) to four rounds in 140 pounds, and Anthony Sánchez (2-1, 2 KOs) versus Carlos López (3-1, 1 KO) to four rounds in 140 pounds.

Tickets availables at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and at Ticketcenter, www.tcpr.com, 1 787 792-5000. Prices $25, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $300.

Mumbai Fighters’ to Dhishoom and fight for India at the World Series Boxing

Mumbai September 25, 2011: Transstadia Boxing India Pvt Ltd, the parent company of the Indian Franchisee for World Series of Boxing (WSB) has officially launched its team name as ‘Mumbai Fighters’ for the WSB. TransStadia had shortlisted 19 probable boxers recently, out of which 14 would represent the country in upcoming AIBA-World Series of Boxing (WSB) starting in November, 2011. The company has officially launched the team name ‘Mumbai Fighters’ and its logo at the 2nd edition of India International Sports Summit 2011 (IISS).

Mr. Udit Sheth, Managing Director, TransStadia, says, “The team name is quite apt and appealing for the Indian fans of boxing. In India, most of the boxers struggle their way through financial and social limitations. They become boxers fighting out the struggle with the punches of inner strength in pursuance of their dreams. Our team is made of such dreamers who can turn into doers. They are heroes, inspiration and symbol of courage for their fans. That’s where we derive our team’s name from – Mumbai Fighters.”

With the tagline ” Dhishoom ” synonymous with the sound of punches, this new sports property is expected to infuse fresh like into sports like boxing which is one of India’s leading medal hopes at the London Olympics 2012. With the positioning of “Dhishoom” the Fighters will be a team that will resonate with every Indian out there, who has to punch his way through the various struggles on a day to day basis.

The name and logo of Indian franchisee was unveiled in presence of stalwarts of sports in the continent including ,Dingko Singh(former India boxing Asian Games 1998 Gold medal winner ), hockey legend and fighter, Dhanraj Pillay , Brigadier PK Murlidharan Raja (Secy General IBF), Mr. Bhupender Singh Kaswan (Vice President ,Indian Boxing Federation), Mr Jay Kowli (Jt. Secy, Indian Boxing Federation) Bollywood’s original macho man and sports buff, Suniel Shetty and Mr Udit Sheth, MD and CEO SE Transstadia Pvt. Ltd.

The team will be unveiled to the media and country in mid October with bouts going on ground across the country between November and February.

Estrella Bros. Back in Tijuana

Thursday, October 8th, marks the return of two explosive fighters to their native city, Tijuana. Omar and Jose Estrella will return to Tijuana, Mexico, after nearly twelve months not of fighting in their hometown. The stage for the return will be an outstanding one as they will appear on the under card of Jackie Nava vs. Soledad Matthysse. The Zanfer Promotions fight card will take place at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium and will be transmitted live in Mexico by Canal Azteca.

Super featherweight Omar Estrella (14-3-2, 9KOs), the older of the Estrellas, will take on Victor Ezequiel Corvalan (7-17-5, 2KOs) of Argentina in an eight round bout. In his last bout held in Tijuana last December, Omar stopped David Martin Galindo in four rounds. In his last outing, Omar was awarded the TKO victory when Ensenada, Mexico’s Sergio “Mikey” Lopez did not come out after the sixth round in their scheduled ten rounder in Mazatlan, Mexico, last May.

Appearing in the same fight card, super flyweight Jose Estrella (9-2-1, 8KOs) is scheduled for a bantamweight six rounder versus the always dangerous TBA. His last performance in Tijuana was at the same venue, the Municipal Auditorium, where after eight hard battled rounds, Jose stopped in the last seconds of the fight by the much bigger Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez. Jose Estrella was able to control the first half the fight but once his nose was bloodied, Gomez’s size was too much and Jose was stopped with ten seconds to go in the battle. Since that loss, Jose has gotten back in the win column with three spectacular knock outs. The last one in July of this year in Mazatlan, Jose found himself on the canvas in the first round but came back to knock out the previously undefeated Juan Jimenez in the third.

“We are very happy to be back in Tijuana and fight in front our friends and family,” twenty-four year old Omar stated. “We would like to thank our promoter Box Latino for getting us these fights and the opportunity to appear in Tijuana.”

Jose also had some thoughts on his next fight,” I am ready for a tough opponent. I don’t know if this will be the fight where I will get that type of opponent but I am anxious to show my skills and what better city to do that but in Tijuana.”

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