WBC creates Gold strap for Mayweather vs. Canelo fight
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 11) – On Saturday, Sept. 14, boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez will meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to determine who is “THE ONE” live on SHOWTIME PPV® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). Fittingly, the World Boxing Council has created a one of a kind solid gold belt to present to the winner of the biggest boxing event of 2013.
Shown to the media by WBC President Jose Sulaiman for the first time last Tuesday, the green and gold belt, which was designed by a Mexican artisan, measures 1.28 meters in length by 30 centimeters in height and is made of pure gold and Italian leather. It also includes the Mexico Tourism logo, which will mark the winner as an ambassador of Mexico, not only in Mexico, but throughout the world.
Six United States’ Boxers to Vie for Spots in the Medal Round at the 2013 Junior World Championships
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Six United States boxers will compete in quarterfinal action on Thursday at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine following four more wins from Team USA in Wednesday’s preliminary action. The day’s victors will join bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah) in Thursday’s quarterfinal competition.
Junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) followed his second round TKO win with a unanimous decision victory in Wednesday afternoon action. Rocha took a 3-0 decision over Slovenia’s Alen Puuman in the second round contest to move on to the quarterfinals. He will face off with host nation boxer Ramil Gadzhyyev on Ukraine on Thursday evening.
In light heavyweight action, Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.) made a successful tournament debut in a bout with Hungary’s Roland Erdelyi, winning a 3-0 decision. Mahmutovic will compete for a spot in the semifinals on Thursday evening in a quarterfinal contest with Azerbaijan’s Shukran Mehdiyev.
Two more United States boxers garnered spots in the quarterfinal round with wins in Wednesday evening’s action. Light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) earned a 3-0 victory over Mexico’s Luis Pacheco in their second round contest. He will face off with Umed Yakubov of Tajikistan tomorrow night.
Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) claimed the final win of the day for the United States squad in a second round match-up with Aital Diakonov of Russia. Stevenson’s unanimous decision win earned him the final spot in the quarterfinals for the United States. He will take on Georgia’s Valeri Bokeli on Thursday night to move on to the semifinals.
Team USA lost two bouts in the afternoon session with welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) dropping a 3-0 decision to India’s Aditya Maan and lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii) falling to Georgia’s Muzaffar Rashidov, 2-1. In the evening session, featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio) lost a 3-0 decision to Uzbekistan’s Boburmizo Tolibov.
Two American boxers earned spots in the quarterfinals via their wins in Tuesday’s competition. Haney will take on Russia’s Suleiman Bammatov in bantamweight quarterfinal competition, and Tiatia will battle Armenia’s Aram Abrahamyan in super heavyweight action on Thursday.
Coaches Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.), Keoni Adric, Sr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), and Jacob Najar (Indio, Calif.) are serving as the team coaches for the United States team. Ilya Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is the squad’s Team Manager at the event with Dr. Rodney Muhammad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician.
106 lbs: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif./USA dec. Luis Pacheco, MEX, 3-0
114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J./USA dec. Aital Diakonov, RUS, 3-0
125 lbs: Boburmizo Tolibov, UZB, dec. Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio/USA, 3-0
132 lbs: Muzzaffar Rashidov, GEO, dec. Keoni Adric, Jr., Haleiwa, Hawaii/USA, 2-1
145 lbs: Aditya Maan, IND, dec. Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif./USA, 3-0
154 lbs: Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif./USA dec. Alen Pauman, SLO, 3-0
176 lbs: Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif./USA dec. Roland Erdelyi, HUN, 3-0
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Official Fight To Educate weights from Manchester, NH
Official Weights from Manchester, NH
12th annual ‘Fight To Educate’
Plus Boxing Legends Aaron Pryor, Ray Mancini & ‘Buddy’ McGirt
Main Event – Welterweights (8)
Danny O’Connor (22-1, 7 KOs), Framingham, MA 146 LBS.
Raul Tover (11-7-1, 4 KOs), Mission, TX 149 LBS.
Co-Feature – Light Middleweights (8)
Chris Gilbert (9-0, 7 KOs), Windsor, VT 148 ¼ LBS.
Anthony Chase (11-1, 4 KOs), Providence, RI 153 ½ LBS.
Light Welterweights (4)
Brandon Berry (2-0, 2 KOs), West Forks, ME 143 ¾ LBS.
Jesus Javier Cintron (1-3-2), Springfield, MA 141 ¾ LBS.
(weighing in tomorrow)
Joel Felix, Manchester, NH
James Perkins, Saugus, MA
Dominic Lessier, Lowell, MA
Josh Bickford, Mount Holly, VT
Jose Vargas, Lawrence, MA
Jalen Renaud, Springfield, MA
null (L-R) — Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor, Aaron “Hawk” Pryor, Raul Tover, and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
(photo courtesy of Jeffrey Freeman)
All bouts are sanctioned by the New Hampshire Boxing & Wrestling Commission.
Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Alrich Cabinet, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 11 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefitting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
This year’s Boxing Legends are two-time world light welterweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Aaron “Hawk” Pryor (39-1, 25 KOs), former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (29-5, 23 KOs), and two-division (welterweight & light welterweight) world champion James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs).
Proceeds from the 12th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (www.see-sciencecenter.org), The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (www.stepheneducationfund.com), and New Horizons for New Hampshire.
Tickets, priced at $50.00 and $25.00 (general admission), are available to purchase at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box office, by going online at
Call Stephen Singer at 603.669.4100 for more details about sponsorship opportunities, including VIP table (of 8 for $1000) sponsorships for a night of professional boxing and Black Tie dinner. This special offer also includes an auction and meet-and-greet with the aforementioned boxing legends Pryor, Mancini, and McGirt.
The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. ET, doors for boxing open at 7:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Visit www.fight2educate.com or www.verizonwirelessarena.com for additional information.