Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By Togorashi

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com

The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately for the Argentine, Mares suffered an eye injury and as a result the fight to be postponed.

“Well it’s finally here, we were supposed to fight earlier this year but the opportunity presented itself once again, we are ready for this fight,” Cuellar mentioned.

In preparation for Mares this will be Cuellar’s first camp under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach as he spent the last few years under the guidance of another respected trainer Robert Garcia. Training at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Cuellar has been training in Southern California since January.

“The camp has gone well, I have trained really well. I have been in Los Angeles since January. We were having a solid camp for the original date but things happen for a reason. I will say this I have been working hard this entire year,” Cuellar on training camp.

Cuellar talked about training with Roach.

“This is my first fight with Freddie. We have worked for a total of four months. Freddie brings out the best in me and gives me the time. His assistants Marvin and Paulie are good trainers as well,” Cuellar said on working with Roach. “Freddie believes in me and he gives me confidence. He has taught me a lot of what he knows,” Cuellar added.

Having not been in the ring since December of 2015, Cuellar defeated Jonanthan Oquendo by unanimous decision in his last fight as the champ has been inactive for over a year.

“I have been active this whole time training. We were supposed to fight in June but that fight was postponed that is part of the reason why I haven’t fought. I have been looking for this fight,” Cuellar explained.

For Cuellar’s opponent, Abner Mares he has also been out for over a year as he lost a unanimous decision in a fight of the year candidate to Leo Santa Cruz in August of 2015.

“Abner is a great fighter. I am training hard because I know what he is about,” Cuellar said. “Mares is a great fighter. He’s been a champion for many years. He’s never faced an opponent like me. This will be his hardest challenge,” Cuellar added.

Mares will have Cuellar’s former trainer Robert Garcia in his corner as he guided the Argentine to his first world title. Cuellar talked about what it will be like going up against his former trainer.

“Robert is a good trainer I respect what he has done in the sport and I am grateful for what he has done for me. This time I am going up against his fighter,” Cuellar on Garcia.

Cuellar vs. Mares will be a scheduled 12 round championship bout as Cuellar will be defending his WBA World tile for the third time looking to make a statement against the former world champ.

“You will see the warrior that I am in the ring giving it all and I will knock him out,” Cuellar promised.

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Top Rank prospect Joey Alday back in the ring Friday in Dallas

By Togorashi

By Jeff Zimmerman

Super Welterweight prospect Joey Alday (3-0, 3KO) out of Odessa, Texas, takes center stage this Friday night as the main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. Alday was signed by Top Rank earlier this year after coming up short in his bid to make the Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. Alday is guided by Montoya-Ruibal Boxing Management, where Michael Montoya has been a long time fixture in the Dallas boxing scene and runs the Montoya Boxing Gym with his dad and brother. The card is being promoted by Golden Eagle Promotions.

In only his 4th pro fight, Alday will lead a list of top local DFW fighters that include exciting seasoned veterans such as the lightning fast featherweight Ray Ximenez (14-1, 4KO) and the heavy handed light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson (18-3, 11KO) who has upset previous rising contenders on Showtime.

Alday though, is projected to have the biggest upside. At 21, Alday should have every opportunity to one day fight for a world title. He won over 200 fights as an amateur and was ranked the #1 152lber in the USA three years in a row before he missed out on his Olympic dream this past summer. He’s bilingual, English and Spanish, and with the charisma that could potentially make him a household name.

He’s still young and growing into his body so he’s nowhere near the finished product but was still highly sought after before signing with Top Rank, who has been known to move a fighter or two over the years. Alday can’t wait to get back in the ring.

“I’m excited to be fighting in Dallas for my fourth professional fight,” said Alday. “I feel great and extremely confident going into my fight at The Bomb Factory.”

Matching Alday is no easy task and for this show that’s definitely been the case. He has already had three potential opponents fall out due to various reasons such as a broken ankle and another that got jailed so at this time he is fighting an opponent to be named later. He will be fighting as the main event although his fight is a scheduled four rounder.

The co-main event will feature lightweight Alex “El Perro” Del Bosque (11-3, 8KO) who loves to bang the body. He’s a Dallas native that should bring a lively fan base.

Exciting bantamweight Oscar Mojica (9-2, 1KO) who won the WBO NABO bantamweight title against Johnny Determan in January this year only to give it up in June to Antonio Nieves, will look to rebound this Friday against the ever dangerous TBD.

Also showcased on the card is undefeated Dallas welterweight prospect Amon Rashidi (3-0, 2KO) who is a product of the Montoya Boxing Gym. Another Dallas fighter is the crowd pleasing featherweight DeAnthony Bonner (10-2-1, 2KO). Not to be left out in the winter cold, neighboring Fort Worth will showcase super welterweight Jon Bullock (6-3, 2KO) and welterweight Jarvis Shepard (2-0, 2KO) representing the FHG Boxing Gym in separate fights. Other fighters on the card include Mojica’s brother, Freddy, Thomas Smith and Chris Jones

The Bomb Factory is located at 2713 Canton St in downtown Dallas and the first bell will ring at 7pm. Tickets can be bought at www.thebombfactory.com or at the door.

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Jesus Cuellar eager to finally face Abner Mares

By Anson Wainwright

Jesus Cuellar was scheduled to meet Abner Mares in Brooklyn, New York in June but a medical issue with Mares’ eye curtailed those plans. It was long believed the fight would be moved to a new date and after several months the attractive featherweight fight will finally happen on Saturday.

The bout takes place on Showtime (in the U.S.) as chief support to the Jermall Charlo-Julian Williams IBF junior middleweight title bout. The event takes place at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles (Showtime broadcast to start at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

The evenly poised contest pits Cuellar (28-1, 21 knockouts), a big-punching pressure fighter from Argentina, against the more seasoned, technically superior Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs), who’s attempting to once again reach the top having lost a spirited decision to Leo Santa Cruz last August.

Cuellar is respectful but confident of turning back the biggest challenge of his career.

“He is a very good fighter, no doubts about it,” Cuellar told RingTV.com through his manager Sebastian Contursi. “He is definitely one of the best featherweights out there.

“That’s exactly why I’ve been trying to face him. Luckily, it came true. That’s why I am highly motivated because I want to prove myself as one of the really best.”

The 29-year-old who hails from Buenos Aires is keen to make the most of his opportunity.

“I will try to make a statement in this fight,” he said, “since a win over him would definitely open some big doors for me. It will definitely put me in a privileged position among boxing fans and media so I really have to take advantage of this chance.”

Cuellar, who openly admits making 126 pounds is tough, went straight into training camp after this fight was originally signed in mid-March. He started out in Argentina before flying to America and basing himself in Big Bear, California with his trainer Juan Ledesma, assistant Donald Leary and strength and conditioner Raul Robles.

Interestingly, adding an intriguing subplot, Mares is working with Cuellar’s former trainer Robert Garcia. Although Garcia prepared Cuellar for five fights, the Argentine southpaw isn’t bothered by having his former mentor in the opposing corner.

“I trust myself and my trainer so there are no concerns at all about Garcia being in the other corner,” he explained. “I’ve worked with Robert and I’m grateful to him, he is a great trainer. But I needed something different.

“There is no bad blood on my side yet it seems that’s not the case for Robert. But I don’t care because on Dec. 10 there will be only Mares and myself on the ring.”
Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright

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The 12th Round: The real deal

By toshiro

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman´s son

The name of this column was inspired by what I saw this past weekend in Chicago during the closing activities of the sensational program 2N1D ‘2 Nations 1 Dream – Boxing without borders’ “Evander“ The Real Deal” Holyfield was present as guest of honor at the amateur boxing show in which all 21 kids enrolled in 2N1D fought.

Why was I so impressed with Evander? Well, he has won my heart through his actions. He is humble and easy going, he always says yes to a photograph and does it smiling. Always on time to go to the events and all he talks about is his “Momma.” To listen to his story is entertaining and highly motivational, I’m sure one day there will be a book or even a movie about his life and the influence by his Mom.

The amateur boxing show was held at Cicero Stadium, a traditional boxing venue from the past in Chicago. The show started at 5pm There were 20 fights, awards and speeches so it was a 5 hour event. When Chuck Williams called Evander to confirm time of departure for the venue, Chuck recommended to leave around 6:30 or 7, the champ immediately said “no way, I want to be there from the first bout, all kids deserve it and I want to see the fights!“

Evander went into the ring 20 times to award a medal and belt to the winner. Evander took hundreds of pictures in between bouts and sat all night giving these young warriors his full attention and motivating them to perform. EVANDER HOLYFIELD IS THE REAL DEAL.

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The 2N1D program leaves an indelible mark in the hearts and spirits of many of us. Chicago, Mexico City and Acapulco, all in all it was about 150 boys and girls who participated in this 3 month program. Boxing training, awareness and motivational seminars, community actions, cultural events and the boxing tournament. At the end there were tears at all 3 sites, there was laughter and joy but most importantly there was unity and as mentioned during the closing remarks, this is not the end of a program, it is the beginning of a new life for all involved.

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I must praise Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Claudia Ruiz Massieu for taking boxing as a way to truly get to the basics of the roots of our society and change the lives of the kids, their families and the neighborhoods. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago Mr Carlos Jimenez Macias and the ministry of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, led by David Velazco, participated throughout the so many actions that made the program unique and special.

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The Illinois Boxing Commission was fundamental for the success. Nancy Illg led the efforts and Joel Campuzano performed the tasks with his team. USA Boxing which regulates amateur boxing in the USA collaborated hand in hand with the WBC Amateur Program as Joe Sanchez, head of USA boxing in the state, and with the Illinois Boxing Commission making a solid statement that there can be reciprocity and mutual respect.

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The WBC will have a group of kids from 2N1D at the annual convention in Florida which begins this coming Sunday and those kids will be surrounded by the great heroes of the ring from today and yesterday. The solid group who dedicated 3 m months with passion and dedication made a bond which will forever be remembered. Joel, Celestino, Derek, Mario, Leo, Lao and Michel.

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Our Convention is shaping to be one of the best ever. The Diplomat beach resort is beautiful, there will be so many great champions, there are so many important topics of discussion, and the world of boxing is eager to unite and continue to find ways of making boxing better and safer. The Boxing world will give the Greatest, The King of Boxing his final welfare as a spectacular memorial will take place on Monday the 12th. The Awards dinner will also be magic, as we will have in the room some of the greatest champions of today and yesterday and the future stars of the sport.

Thank you and I welcome any ideas, comments or suggestions at contact@wbcboxing.com

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Miguel Cotto to return on February 25th

By Patrick L. Stumberg

Cotto has not fought since November of last year.

After missing the entirety of 2016, former multi-division champion Miguel Cotto will make his ring return on February 25th against an opponent to be named. He has not fought since November of 2015, when he lost a decision to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.

According to Bryan Perez, executive of Cotto’s titular Promotions, they are pursuing Arlington’s AT&T Stadium as a staging ground. The stadium hosted Canelo’s knockout of Liam Smith on September 17th.

As far as opponents, Perez mentioned two wildly different options. One is Lamont Peterson, who also missed all of 2016 but is still very capable in the ring. The other is James Kirkland, who was offered the fight last year but presumably hadn’t yet woken up from getting knocked into low Earth orbit by Canelo.

Obviously, one is slightly preferable to the other.

In any case, “Junito” recently turned thirty-six; sharp as he’s looked recently, there’s no telling how many fights he’s got left. Fingers crossed he doesn’t waste one on Kirkland.

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Jesus Cuellar: I’m Going to Make a Statement

By toshiro

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KO’s) of Argentina is eager to get back in the ring as he will finally take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Gudalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Cuellar vs. Mares will take place on Saturday December 10, at the Galen Center on the campus of U.S.C live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com “I’ve wanted to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement,” Jesus Cuellar told Fightnews.com

The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year in June at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately for the Argentine, Mares suffered an eye injury and as a result the fight to be postponed.

“Well it’s finally here, we were supposed to fight earlier this year but the opportunity presented itself once again, we are ready for this fight,” Cuellar mentioned.

In preparation for Mares this will be Cuellar’s first camp under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach as he spent the last few years under the guidance of another respected trainer Robert Garcia. Training at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Cuellar has been training in Southern California since January.

“The camp has gone well, I have trained really well. I have been in Los Angeles since January. We were having a solid camp for the original date but things happen for a reason. I will say this I have been working hard this entire year,” Cuellar on training camp.

Cuellar talked about training with Roach.

“This is my first fight with Freddie. We have worked for a total of four months. Freddie brings out the best in me and gives me the time. His assistants Marvin and Paulie are good trainers as well,” Cuellar said on working with Roach. “Freddie believes in me and he gives me confidence. He has taught me a lot of what he knows,” Cuellar added.

Having not been in the ring since December of 2015, Cuellar defeated Jonanthan Oquendo by unanimous decision in his last fight as the champ has been inactive for over a year.

“I have been active this whole time training. We were supposed to fight in June but that fight was postponed that is part of the reason why I haven’t fought. I have been looking for this fight,” Cuellar explained.

For Cuellar’s opponent, Abner Mares he has also been out for over a year as he lost a unanimous decision in a fight of the year candidate to Leo Santa Cruz in August of 2015.

“Abner is a great fighter. I am training hard because I know what he is about,” Cuellar said. “Mares is a great fighter. He’s been a champion for many years. He’s never faced an opponent like me. This will be his hardest challenge,” Cuellar added.

Mares will have Cuellar’s former trainer Robert Garcia in his corner as he guided the Argentine to his first world title. Cuellar talked about what it will be like going up against his former trainer.

“Robert is a good trainer I respect what he has done in the sport and I am grateful for what he has done for me. This time I am going up against his fighter,” Cuellar on Garcia.

Cuellar vs. Mares will be a scheduled 12 round championship bout as Cuellar will be defending his WBA World tile for the third time looking to make a statement against the former world champ.

“You will see the warrior that I am in the ring giving it all and I will knock him out,” Cuellar promised.

Follow Miguel on Twitter @MigMaravilla

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Joshua vs Klitschko set for April 29 at Wembley Stadium

By Scott Christ

If Anthony Joshua does as expected on Saturday when he faces Eric Molina, he will defend his IBF heavyweight title on April 29, 2017, in a big-time fight against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko, according to ESPN.com.

The fight is set for Wembley Stadium, where Carl Froch once beat George Groves in front of 80,000.

Joshua (17-0, 17 KO) is a massive favorite on Saturday against Molina (25-3, 19 KO). Molina has received one world title shot in his career, against Deontay Wilder in June 2015. Wilder dominated and knocked Molina out in the ninth round.

Molina is coming off of a win over a faded version of Tomasz Adamek, knocking out the Polish veteran on April 2 in Krakow. He trailed big (88-83 on all three cards) before scoring the KO.

Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) hasn’t fought since his November 2015 loss to Tyson Fury. A mandatory rematch was in order for 2016, but never did happen, and Fury ultimately vacated the WBA and WBO titles that he had won in that fight. (Fury also won the IBF belt, which was stripped from him shortly after the fight.)

The WBA has decided to sanction Joshua-Klitschko for its vacant title, as well, if the fight does happen.

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