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Javier Loya, a popular light welterweight boxer fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona has decided to take his gloves off to pursue other endeavors for the sake of his family. It was a stunning announcement from a fighter who was in preparation for a bout on the November 30 “Proof Over Promises”Iron Boy Promotions produced Boxing Show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Loya, 7-1-0 w/6 knockouts, suffered his only loss (4th Round TKO) at the hands of rising prospect Jose Benavidez Jr.(17-0-13 knockouts) during their scheduled 6 round contest at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada . Mr. Loya was brave to accept the daunting challenge

After the bout, it was discovered that Loya suffered a punctured ear drum but the gritty 26 year old vowed to return and promised to prove he could become an elite fighter….not all promises can be kept. As for his legacy; he will be remembered as a young man who gave the sport all he had. Good luck to him and his family.

Short Jabs: 27 year old Sione Tava,born in Tonga, won his first amateur fight in his debut at last month’s Copper Gloves and boxing fans are still talking about his kryptonite like power….awesome if not ooh some. His management team plans to put his training on speed dial and have him turn professional at the end of 2013 or early 2014. They honestly think he will be ready after 8 amateur fights..WOW!..

The Event Center in Mesa, formerly the Julio Cesar Chavez Restaurant, will host boxing on January 18 according to the schedule of events posted on the Arizona State Boxing Commission website. Crank It Up Promotions is listed as promoter and familiar Arizona boxing figure Michelle Rosado ,Sonora Capital Group, is reportedly playing a pivotal role in the presentation and promotion of the show. No official word on whether or not Ms. Rosada is still connected with the Sonora Capital Group.The Center is considered a medium sized venue. Details on the 1/18 show are forthcoming …Phoenix Heavyweight Chad Davis (4-10) takes on undefeated Duane Mobley (6-0) from Maryland at Edge Water Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada on Saturday, November 17. Main Event features Lightweights Pipino Cuevas and Robert Osiobe in a 10 round Lightweight tussle. If you can’t go..catch it on ESPN International. At 38, Davis isn’t given much of a chance against the young stud; but it only takes one punch. Sterling promotions is presenting the show. They have ties in Phoenix and at least one of their fighters trains at Big Johns Gym on the East side of 24th Street just North of Thomas Road.

Remember the Wrigley’s Gum commercial that featured the “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun” theme…course you don’t. Phoenix has two Top Level Gyms. The first one established is located on Jefferson Avenue and is closed. It was managed by Controversial Trainer Joe Diaz and for whatever reason, he closed it. The second Top Level Gym is located on Bethany Home Road at 23rd Avenue and the boss man is Rollin “Chiller” Williams who won several USBA state titles (Arizona & California) during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Williams manages Welterweight Saul Benitez (1-3) and trains a few others at his new facility. I asked him about the 2 Top Level Gyms in town and he said the other one is Top Level Gym Inc. and his is registered as Top Level Gym LLC. Sounds rather odd but the Chiller was born and raised in Arizona;so, he should know the rules. Benitiz is supposed to fight in January or February.

Iron Boy Promotions is happier than a pig in mud when discussing their November 30 show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. The theme for their 5th show at the Celebrity is “Proof Over Promise” and the boxing menu includes an impressive list of undefeated young ring prospects with Arizona ties:Light Heavyweight Trevor McCumby(8-0 w/8 knockouts), Light Welterweight Victor Castro (7-0), Light Welterweight Abel Ramos (5-0), Super Bantamweight Fernando Samaniego (4-0) and Featherweight Carlos Castro (2-0). In the Main Event: Super Bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago takes on Jensen Ramirez of Phoenix in a 6 round contest. Santiago is the favorite but Ramirez has a following. Iron Boy urges all fans to come early;so they can catch the final amateur appearance of budding boxing star Francisco C.De Vaca who joins the professional ranks in early 2013.

Francisco has impeccable credentials and he has the capable Roger Mayweather and Bobby Ware working in his corner.Tickets are currently on sale at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office. No word on who will handle mike chores for the Proof Over Promise Show; Ralph Velez has moved his saddle over to Fan Base Promotions. Iron Boy Ceo Roberto Vargas wants everybody to check out his soon to be open gym at 4238 South 37th Street in Phoenix. The facility will host a Silver Gloves tournament next month. November 30 is the last scheduled Celebrity Theatre Show for Iron Boy. Expect a major announcement soon..maybe in 2 or 3 days.Fan Base Promotions sent out a press release notifying Journalist that the Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales versus Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose 10 round showdown in Calgary Alberta, Canada actually falls on Saturday, January 19, 2013.An earlier press release gave the date as January 16…stuff happens.

In the meantime a personal and real dislike amongst the two fighters is being suggested over the Internet. It allegedly began when Gonzales was in Montreal to fight Adonis Stevenson. The two fighters (Gonzales & Stevenson) were posing for photographers when Gonzales detected a odor that was pungent to him. He quickly sniffed himself and logically concluded that the putrescent smell was the result of poor hygiene etiquette choices made by Mr. Stevenson. Instead of remaining silent; the former IBF NABF Super Middleweight Champion informed Stevenson of his dissatisfaction as he was holding his nose for everyone to see. Stevenson became furious and told gathered members of the media that the fighter from Phoenix had called him the N Word. The accusation caused an uproar and the story made its’ way across Canada and the United States. Gonzales denied the charge and his claim was supported by several reporters who were within earshot of the boxers during the photo session. Onolunose and Stevenson aren’t friends but the racial slur charge,according to rumors, didn’t sit well with Onolunose who is Nigerian. We will just have to wait and see how it all plays out. A spokesperson for Fan Base says interest in the show is intense and they expect a sellout.

It is scheduled to be held at Desperados Night Club in Calgary but the intimate setting may not be big enough to accommodate ticket requests. The fight card also includes Light Welterweight Steve Claggett vs Eddie Brooks, Heavyweight Ed Jackson vs TBD, Light Middleweight Janks Trotter vs. TBD and Featherweight Paul “Ziggy” Romero vs TBD. Claggett is already on record predicting victory over Brooks and he wants Jose Benavidez jr.”Next.”. Nothing modest about Mr. Claggett who sports a 15-1-1 record with 10 knockouts. Fan Base is also working on presenting a show in Phoenix sometime in February and they hope to sign a Steve Franjic vs Andrew Hernandez rematch for the card but at what weight.? Andrew doesn’t want to add and Franjic doesn’t want to come down. Also the money is an issue, franjic is more interested in the revenge factor while Hernandez has two kids and they wear nice shoes. Their first meeting resulted in a majority draw and Franjic hasn’t slept since their fight in Calgary, Alberta. Hernandez is 5-0-1 after a recent 2nd Round TKO victory over Rudy Puga jr. in Las Vegas. Franjic is 8-0-1 with 5 knockouts. Hopefully a rematch can be arranged.
USA Boxing: On Thursday November 8, 2 days after Obama bested Romney in a contest for the USA Presidency, members of the Arizona Local Boxing Club 48 (USA Boxing) met at the Gene Lewis Boxing Tournament venue in Mesa to elect club officials to 4 year terms. Jake Magallanez,inducted into the Arizona Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004, was elected President over nominated challengers Andrew Soto and Seferino Rodriguez. Veteran Boxing Trainer Tom Garcia is now the Vice President and he had no opposition.

According to two sources, he had to be coaxed into accepting the nomination and position. Walt Hoskins will remain Treasurer and Registration Chairman with a vote of 35 ayes and 7 nays. His health has been fragile in recent months but apparently he felt strong enough to accept and handle the two positions. Lydia Hoskins,his wife, was unopposed in her bid to remain Secretary of the club. Mike Sanchez , predecessor of Mr. Magallanez, was nominated for Junior Olympics Chairman and had no opposition. 3 months ago Mr. Sanchez, a Professional Boxing Matchmaker, indicated he wouldn’t seek reelection as President and would step away from USA Boxing to perhaps coach football. Apparently he had a change of heart or he was misunderstood. Richard Soto was unopposed in his bid to continue as Chief of Officials and he also doubles as ring announcer.

One of his coworkers said he couldn’t imagine anyone better for the job.Soto did a yeoman’s job at the Copper Gloves at the Arizona State Fair this year as the Chief of Officials and main announcer. A Quick Reminder: Amateur Boxing on Saturday December 15 at The American Legion Post 2 located at 2125 S. Industrial Park in Tempe, Arizona. Doors open at 1:45PM and 1st bell chimes at 3:00PM sharp. Call 602-996-9407 or 602-799-8536 for more information!UNTIL NEXT TIME!

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