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News: WBO On Saunders vs Andrade; Miguel Cartagena; Irais Hernande

World Boxing Organization (WBO) President Francisco Valcárcel Mulero commented today on Billy Joe Saunders inability to defend his World Middleweight Championship, as per contractually agreed, against Demetrius Andrade on October 20th.

This after the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission voted today against granting him a boxing license following a failed doping test on August 30th.

“It is unfortunate that a boxer as talented as Saunders is facing this controversy and will not be able to defend the title,” said Valcarcel today. “The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its ‘Rules & Regulations’ decide which is the proper course of action”.

Valcárcel, a practizing attorney, added that if Andrade fights the first available contender, the WBO Championship Committee will consider sanctioning the bout.


Rising Star Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of Flyweight contender Miguel Cartagena.

Cartagena of Philadelphia has a record of 15-5-1 with six knockouts.

After a stellar amateur, Cartagena turned professional in 2011, and won his first 12 bouts with signature victories over Angel Carvajal (2-0) and Miguel Robles (12-3-2). Cartagena also has an impressive 1st round knockout over Jobert Alvarez (15-1-1).

Cartagena won the IBO International Super Bantamweight championship with a win over Javier Franco.

Cartagena has also fought current undefeated bantamweight world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez as well as former two-division world champion Brian Viloria.

“We are very happy to have signed Miguel Cartagena,” said Rising Star Promotions President, Debbie LaManna.

“He is a terrific boxer who at still age 26, his best fights are ahead of him. We look forward to having him fight on our shows, and eventually a world championship.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to sign with Thomas LaManna and his promotional company. I feel confident because it is someone I can trust,” said Cartagena

“My biggest downfall has been inactivity. I would win a fight, and look great, and then be off for like eight months. So signing with Rising Star will keep me active. If everything goes as planned, I see myself back in the big fights within the next year. I can see myself fighting any and all of the significant fighters in the flyweight or light flyweight divisions

“Look for me back on November 16th”


Irais Hernandez, from Tijuana in Mexico, will get an unusually quick second chance to win the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Middleweight title when she rematches Slovenian Ema Kozin five weeks after they fought to a draw for the vacant crown on September 8 in Croatia.

Sunday October 14 at the Technikum in Munich, Germany they will try to settle the score, as Hernandez hopes to win her first world championship and Kozin attempts, again, to add the Super Middleweight crown to the WBF World Middleweight title she already holds.

Despite a mediocre 2-1-2 (2) record, Hernandez must be considered one of the very best in the world, in and around her weight class, as she already has more significant results than most of her fellow contenders. Before drawing with Kozin, she did the same with 10-0 WBC World Heavyweight titlist Alejandra Jimenez.

Kozin, 14-0-1 (8), will be focused on rectifying the only non-victory on her record. She won the WBF World Middleweight title exactly one year before this upcoming fight, and has successfully defended it twice against former IBF World Champion Eva Bajic.

Hernandez gave the Southpaw from Ljubljana more problems than anyone else she has faced in her pro career, so it is very much to Kozin´s credit that she has agreed to face the Mexican box-of-tricks again so soon after.

Should 19-year-old Kozin emerge victorious from the rematch, she will be only the second two-weight world champion from Slovenia, joining former IBF Welterweight and WBF Super Welterweight Champion Jan Zaveck.

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