Joseph “Jojo” Díaz 130 vs. Jesús “Escopeta” Cuadro 128.6
(WBA Gold super featherweight title)
Venue: Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Facebook Watch
Fresh off his win in Japan, former three-division world champion Jorge Linares will present a closed-door clinic at the MMA Colombia gymnasium in Medellin, Colombia, this coming Monday, September 23rd. As part of the WBA’s effort to grow Colombian boxing, the activity will be aimed at young MMA fighters from various disciplines who want to improve in their boxing skills.
However, boxing technique is not the only thing that attendees can learn. Linares will provide learning from the emotional point of view with his experiences inside and outside the ring to help young fighters to forge the necessary character in order to become high-level athletes.
The clinic is the second in the series. A few weeks ago, world-class coach Jorge Zerpa also shared with the boys of MMA Colombia.
Highly world-ranked and heavy-handed Ryad Merhy (28-1, 23 KOs) of Belgium faced off with unbeaten Imre Szello (24-0, 16 KOs) of Hungary Wednesday. The pair will square off for real October 19 at the Spiroudome Arena, in Charleroi, Belgium with the vacant WBA interim cruiserweight world title.
Accompanying the fighters were the event and Merhy’s promoter Alain Vanackere and the promoter of Szello, Felix Racz.
Merhy came up short in his previous attempt at this same title last year vs unbeaten Arsen Goulamirian of France in France but is confident it will be different this time around fighting at home.
“This is an opportunity for me to show I am much improved since my fight with Goulamirian. This time the fight will be at home and that will be a small but still a psychological advantage.”
Szello has his own plans for victory.
“I do not want to miss out on this opportunity. I have already been preparing 5 weeks for this fight. It will be a very special fight in my career,” said Szello.
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The co-feature will have unbeaten world ranked Mikalai Vesialou (10-0-1, 5 KOs) of Belarus defending his World Boxing Association Continental middleweight title vs Abdul Khattab(18-2-1, 5 KOs) of Denmark.
Rounding out the undercard:
Abraham Nova (16-0, 12 KOs), Herve Hubeaux (31-3, 14 KOs), Timur Nikarkhoev (21-3, 14 KOs), Kamel Kouaouch (8-0, 0 KOs), Antoine Vanackere (11-1, 6 KOs), Miko Khatchatryan (8-0, 4 KOs), and Hovhannes Martirosyan (7-0, 5 KOs) all in separate bouts.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.be
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
In a WBA super bantamweight eliminator, #8 rated “Crazy A” Azat Hovhannisyan (18-3, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round knockout over #14 Franklin Manzanilla (18-6, 17 KOs) on Thursday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Entertaining bout as both fighters are bangers and recent world title challengers (both losing by decision to current WBC champion Rey Vargas). Hovhannisyan’s pressure was very intense and relentless the whole fight. Manzanilla finally sunk to the canvas for the count at 2:58.
Unbeaten lightweight Edwin Valentin (9-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for the first time against Julio Bassa (21-9, 13 KOs). After eight rounds, scores were 79-73 3x.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered a purse bid for the fight between WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (20-0, 7 KOs) and mandatory challenger Jose Argumedo (23-4-1, 14 KOs), to take place on September 16 in the WBA’s Panama City offices. The purse bid will be directed by Aurelio Fiengo, deputy director of the Classification Committee.
Minimum bid will be $80,000, with the purse being distributed 75% to champion Niyomtrong and 25% to challenger Argumedo.
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Former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Ramon “El Inocente” Alvarez battle for the WBA Super Welterweight title this Saturday night in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from The Armory in Minneapolis.
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