Emanuel Steward new coach of Yuriorkis Gamboa; Calderon vs. Rivas, Vazquez Jr. vs. Leyva on Saturday

Hall of Fame coach and living legend Emanuel Steward is the new head coach of fast rising Cuban superstar Yuriorkis „El Ciclon“ Gamboa. Promoter Ahmet Oner sealed the deal with Steward at the WBO convention in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Gamboa had split up with his former amateur coach Ismael Salas after his most recent win over former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon on September 10th in Atlantic City. Steward has worked with some of the greatest fighters of all times including “Hitman“ Tommy Hearns, Oscar de la Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Lennox Lewis, only to name a few. Currently Steward is training world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

„Emanuel Steward is one of the best trainers in the world – with Gamboa he now has one of the best fighters in the world“, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “I am very happy with this solution and I hope that Steward will take Gamboa to the next level. Yuri is already a complete fighter but it doesn’t matter how good you are – a great trainer will always find a way to make you even better.“


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Renowned trainer Emanuel Steward talked today to a group of Puerto Rican trainers as part of the 24th World Boxing Organization (WBO) Annual Convention held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel located in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Steward, who trained among others, former World Champions as Thomas Hearns, Oscar de la Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and more recently World Champion, Miguel Cotto, talked to the trainers about some strategies, boxers feeding, some techniques and other themes during the Seminar he lead. Steward is the trainer of the WBO Heavyweight Super champion Wladimir Klitschko and also a TV Commentator for HBO.


Meanwhile, today, during the General Assembly-Executive Committee Second Session, was announced that the 25th WBO Annual Convention will take place in Miami, Florida. Also, WBO honored Combat Space for their 25 years in boxing broadcasting, and gave some regional awards.

For tomorrow, Thursday, October 27, their will be the Championship and Ratings Committee Meetings from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the General Assembly and Executive Committee Closure. All that tomorrow’s works will be broadcast by the WBO on www.facebook.com/WorldBoxingOrganization.

Calderon-Rivas, Vazquez-Leyva, Bopp-Warner on Saturday

CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO- Former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and WBO junior flyweight champion Yessica Bopp will headline this Saturday, October 29, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champions Tournament that will took place at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation as part of the 24th WBO Annual Convention.

In the main event of the evening, former WBO 105 and 108 pounds titlist Calderón (34-2-1, 6 KOs) will face Mexican Felipe Rivas (11-8-1, 5 KOs) for the 105lb WBO Latino title.

The co main event fight will have Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs), who reigned at 122 pounds from 2010 to 2011, facing former world title challenger Roberto “Mako” Leyva (28-13-1, 21 KOs). This is a 10 round bout for the WBO super bantamweight Intercontinetal title.

Meanwhile, the Argentinian Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) will defend her WBO junior flyweight belt against Suzane Warner (9-10-1, 2 KOs) in a 10 round bout.

The other two title fights present hard puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1, 20 KOs) against veteran Eric Mitchell (23-7-1, 11 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior middleweight title, and Javier Monserrate (24-1-1, 17 KOs) versus Javier Castro (25-4, 20 KOs) for the WBO Latino junior welter belt.

In a six round bout, Cuban Yoelvis Gamboa (7-0, 3 KOs) will fight against Osenohan Vazquez (3-1, 2 KOs) in the lightweight division, and in four rounds bouts, Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (3-0-2, 3 KOs) versus debutant Jesús Pagán in the flyweight division; KennyRivera (1-0, 1 KO) will face Luis Ortiz (2-9) in the featherweights, and debutantes Anaury Rijo and Pablo de Jesus will fight in the junior middleweights.

The 24th WBO Annual Convention is from October 24 to October 29 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Tickets for the card availables at Ticketcenter 1 787792-5000 or www.tcpr.com. Prices are $25, $40, $78, $103, and $203.

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