Donald vs. Gavern on February 9th; Carina Moreno with Zeferino
Five time women’s boxing world champion Carina Moreno is enjoying the fruits of her labor this Holiday Season.
After winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) Flyweight title in Germany on December 1st, the slick fight veteran found a multi-fight contract with Zeferino Entertainment nestled safely under her tree.
The California based fighter feels blessed to have the support of an ambitious promoter once again.
“It’s nice to have a promotional group like Zeferino Entertainment behind me,” states the three division world titlist. “Without the benefit of promotional representation, I’ve had to take fights in other countries while being the visiting fighter in a hostile environment.”
Over the past 3 years, the talented boxer/puncher has seen her not so fair share of questionable decisions while fighting in Mexico and Argentina. Moreno looks forward to eventually defending her title within the friendly confines of the USA.
“It will be really nice to be able to fight in front of my friends, family, and supporters again. The excitement of being able to fight while hearing your fans giving you their love and support is something I really look forward to.”
And at age 31, Carina feels like she’s just getting started.
“There’s so much that I still want to do in this sport. I love boxing and there are so many great fights out there for me. I’m really looking forward to 2013.”
The nine year fight veteran insists she wants to step in the ring with the best fighters in the world.
“I will have an immediate title defense with Susi Kentikian of Germany in February. But after I defend my belt in the Flyweight division, I would like to challenge the various champions at 105 and 108 pounds. I feel like those are my strongest weights.”
While Carina possesses the ability to defend her title at 112 pounds, the experienced professional feels most comfortable fighting at Junior Flyweight or Straw-weight.
“I want to take on the top fighters in boxing. I would love to fight for the WBC Junior Flyweight title against Esmeralda Moreno or Jessica Chavez for her IBF title. I would also jump at the chance to rematch Yesica Bopp for her WBA and WBO titles in neutral territory.”
“I also look forward to the eventual rematch with Anabel Ortiz for the WBC 105 pound title. I felt that I should have retained my title that night and would love to face her once again to win back my belt.”
Regardless of who Carina is paired with throughout the upcoming year, the future looks bright for the hungry Ms. Moreno in 2013.
“I’m excited to fight under the Zeferino Entertainment banner. I want to thank all of my fans for always believing in me. They’re the ones who give me the strength and passion to continue fighting. I’m really anticipating great things in 2013. It’s going to be a great New Year for Carina Moreno.”
AL BERNSTEIN HOSTS SHOWTIME YEAR-END SHOW
Hall of Fame Boxing Announcer Al Bernstein closes out his broadcast year when he serves as host of “The Best of Showtime Boxing 2012” airing on SHOWTIME at 10:30 EST and PST on Saturday, December 29.
The show looks back on the great matches and compelling stories on Showtime Boxing in this past year. It also includes a panel discussion about 2012 featuring Al and his Showtime announcing colleagues Steve Farhood and Mauro Ranallo. “It was fun looking back at some of the terrific fights and boxers that we have had this year on Showtime,” Al said. He added, “We have had upsets, wild action fights, great performances by fighters, and some amazing personal stories. This show does justice to all that as a review of this exciting year of boxing on Showtime.”
“The Legend” returns…
By Brendan George: Larry “The Legend” Donald (42-5 – 24 KO’s) returns to the ring February 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Centre against tough journeyman Jason Gavern (21-13 -14 KO’s). Donald last fought in June 2007 against current WBA Champion Alexander Provetkin losing a decision on the scorecards. When asked why he was making a comeback, Larry stated the following: “I’m in great condition. I never lost it and I’m giving all these heavyweights hell in sparring. I never lost the passion for competition.”
Donald had a stellar amateur career including two time Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion, United States National Amateur Champion and he represented the USA at the summer Olympics in Barcelona. His professional career peaked with impressive wins against former World Champions Evander Holyfield and Tim Witherspoon.
The Event is co promoted by Donald’s trainer Dione Walker of Dione Legend Promotions and Next Level Boxing. Promoter Dione Stewart had the following to say: “This event is going to be very special. It is the first time Larry has fought as a professional in front of his home town fans. We expect a good turnout and we have a packed international fight card.” When Larry Donald was asked what this event means to him he replied: “This is one of the most important fights of my career because it’s the first time I have ever fought at home in front of my family, friends and home town fans. When I walk out under the bright lights that’s when I’m at my best.”
Donald claims his comeback has been long overdue: “ I feel great and have been training for over 2 years conditioning my body. I’m ready to do something special.” Donald continued: “I’m coming back for the right reasons, it’s not for a pay day but I want to be the people’s champion and do it for those less fortunate.” Donald claims to have a new lease on life and feels fresh and wants another shot at the big time: “I would love to get another big eliminator fight and a chance to prove myself in a World title shot.” Stated Donald. Only time will tell if Donald can put a string of wins together to once again be recognised as a contender to the World title.
In what looks to be a great night of boxing with 10 professional fights the main support bout will feature a local heavyweight grudge match between Zakeem “Showtime” Graham (10-2-8KO’s) and David Long (11-2- 7 KO’s). Also featuring on the show is undefeated sensation Mel “Black Diamond” Crossty (6-0-1 KO) v Tyrone “Fist of Fury” Harris 24-9- 16 KO’S).
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