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Friday, September 6, 2013

NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10: September 2013

By Ryan Maquiñana


The summer of discontent continues for the local boxing scene, as not a single fighter in’s NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 has recorded a victory since May, when No. 5 Ava Knight outpointed Linda Soto.

Since our last poll in July, No. 8 Carina Moreno and No. 9 Ana Julaton both incurred decision losses, further contributing to a dismal 2013 where No. 2 Nonito Donaire, No. 3 Robert Guerrero, and No. 10 Vicente Escobedo have already tasted defeat.

This tally doesn’t even include No. 6 Brandon Gonzales, who was robbed by the judges of a win in June against Thomas Oosthiuzen and had to settle for a draw.

Perhaps No. 4 Karim Mayfield can stop the slump on September 28, when the San Franciscan faces Pavel Miranda in a bout that he is expected to win. With Guerrero, Donaire, and No. 1 Andre Ward also scheduled to fight in the upcoming months, some measure of equilibrium should be attained by year’s end.

Until then, Alejandro Perez has usurped Moreno in the 8th spot. The North Salinas slugger stretched his winning streak to three after overwhelming Edgar Riovalle on UniMás in July. The currently inactive Vicente Escobedo rises one notch to No. 9, while Moreno drops to the final slot on the poll, bumping Julaton out.

Let’s take a look at the latest news on the NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 for September.


Daly City's Mahmutovic in Ukraine for Junior Worlds

Press Release
By USA Boxing

Mahmutovic is ready to shine on the world stage.

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – After months of preparation, Team USA’s junior men will face off against the best young boxers on the planet at the AIBA Junior World Championships, September 7-15 at the Kiev Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine. The 13 representatives on the United States squad closed their acclimation training camp in Assisi, Italy on Thursday in order to travel to Kiev for the event. Nearly 400 boxers from 57 nations across the globe are registered to compete in the AIBA Junior World Championships, which takes place every other year. All of the tournament participants will step on the scale on Saturday prior to the event draw and first session of competition.

The 13 young men hoping to win gold for Team USA are pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), flyweight Joseph Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio), lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), light welterweight Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.), welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), middleweight Eric Murguia (Mission Hills, Calif.), light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.), and heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah).

Preliminary round action will run through Friday, September 13 with semifinal competition taking place on Saturday, September 14. The event will culminate with championship round action in all 13 weight divisions on Sunday, September 15 at the Kiev Palace of Sports.

The event will be the first World Championship competition for all of the United States boxers, but the athletes gained valuable international experience in Ukraine in May at the Victory Day Tournament in Ukraine. Team USA won nine medals in the junior international event with light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and heavyweight Pano Tia Tia (St. George, Utah) all claiming gold. The U.S. squad has also participated in multiple training camps with USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to prepare for the biggest event in the world for junior boxers.

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.

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).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keith Thurman Commercial for Southwest Airlines (Parody)

Keith Thurman inadvertently starred in his own Southwest Airlines commercial Saturday night when he thanked the San Diego fight fans after his win. Too bad he was in San Antonio. Either way, he finished the show in style, stopping Diego Chaves in the 10th round.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

CSN Bay Area Video Highlights from Redwood City

Watch all the highlights from Friday night's card in Redwood City including every single knockout, knockdown, and postfight interviews with each of the six winners!


PAUL MENDEZ UD10 DASHON JOHNSON (98-92, 99-91, 99-91)

Junior Bantamweights




Junior Welterweights

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Edwin Rodriguez, Alejandro Perez Score Impressive Stoppages

By Ryan Maquiñana

Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, who spent the first portion of training camp in San Carlos, won the "Million Dollar Super Four" tournament final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with a devastating first-round stoppage of Denis Grachev on Saturday. 

Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), who will receive $600,000 to $400,000 for Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs), scored two quick knockdowns and then wailed away on his foe until referee Stanley Christodoulou waved off the contest. Official time was 2:50.  The fight, which was televised by BeIN Sport, propels Rodriguez into the thick of the super middleweight title picture.

Perez made his Top Rank debut a successful one. (Top Rank)

Later on Saturday, Alejandro Perez made his Top Rank promotional debut a successful one as he knocked out veteran Edgar Riovalle in the seventh round at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, Calif. 

Perez (18-3-1, 12 KOs), a junior lightweight from North Salinas, had Riovalle (35-15-2, 25 KOs) down and out after landing a crushing left hook to the body.  Official time was 1:14.  The bout aired on UniMás.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Escalante, Local Fighters Host Public Workout in San Carlos on Saturday

Junior bantamweight prospect Bruno Escalante and three other local fighters will host a public workout for media and fans of all ages this Saturday at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos from 12:30-2 p.m.

Escalante will be joined by San Francisco middleweight Ricardo Pinell, Redwood City cruiserweight Juan Hernandez, and San Jose junior lightweight Andy Vences.  Escalante will spar four rounds and show the tricks of the trade behind his 1-2 and his patented jump rope routine.

Click the flyer below to enlarge it for more information, courtesy Don Chargin Productions/Paco Presents.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NorCal Pro & Amateur Schedule Updated for July-August

Sacramento's July 20 card is one of four pro shows this month. (OPP Presents)

Looking for a fight card in your area over the next two months?  Click the link below for the updated schedule, which includes every pro and Region 11 amateur card from now until September.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Gonzales 'Draws' with Oosthuizen, Ramirez Now 4-0, National Junior Olympic Results

Gonzales appeared to have edged Oosthuizen, but it was not the case. (USA Today Images)
NORCAL BOXING RECAP: Brandon Gonzales handed dubious 'draw' with Oosthuizen, Jose Ramirez moves to 4-0 as a pro, and Region 11 amateurs capture three golds (Ruben Villa, Isidro Ochoa, Odalys Camacho) and 10 medals in all at the National Junior Olympics.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Week in NorCal Boxing: Gonzales Makes HBO Debut

By Ryan Maquiñana

Thomas Oosthuizen 167 pounds, Brandon Gonzales 166 pounds. (DBE)

-Brandon Gonzales fights Thomas Oosthuizen on HBO Boxing tonight (9:45 p.m. PT)
-Dan Goossen wins arbitration dispute against Andre Ward
-Nonito Donaire Jr. zeroes in on three possible opponents
-Region 11 wins 10 medals at National Junior Olympics


Dan Goossen Wins Arbitration Dispute Against Andre Ward

Super middleweight world champion Andre Ward was unsuccessful in his bid to break away from longtime promoter Dan Goossen, as the California commission ruled to uphold their current contract.

Here's my quick piece on the matter and a video breaking down possible reasons why "S.O.G." sought a release from his contract.


Region 11 Claims 10 Medals at National Junior Olympics

By Ryan Maquiñana

Villa took home his second straight National J.O. title. (Ruben Villa)

Ruben “Dracula” Villa took one last bite out of the field in Saturday’s 119-pound final at the National Junior Olympics in Mobile, Ala. The defending champion from Salinas outpointed Las Vegas native Devin Haney and was one of four Region 11 (NorCal and Central Cal) amateurs to reach the gold medal round.

Last year’s 110-pound champion, Fresno’s Isidro Ochoa, moved up to 125 pounds and downed Ohio’s Michael Nelson in his final. Sanger’s Derek Ochoa lost by decision to New Mexico’s Aaron Perez at 106 pounds to take silver, and Bakersfield’s Odalys Camacho bested Kristy Rodriguez of Illinois for the female 114-pound crown.

A sextet of locals fell in the semifinals and will receive bronze medals: South San Francisco’s Charlie Sheehy (132 pounds), Daly City’s Suray Mahmutovic (165 pounds), Sacramento’s Angel Rios (165 pounds), Napa’s Brandon Trejo (138 pounds), Sacramento’s Amisael Jimenez (154 pounds), and Antioch’s Katrina Nahe (female 119 pounds), who represented the USF Boxing Club.

Region 11 poses for a post-tournament picture. (Lydia Razo)

As a result of the guaranteed 10 medals, Region 11 was currently tied for first place in the team standings heading into the last day of action.  However, Villa and Isidro Ochoa's results counted toward the Junior World Team's tally because they competed with the JWT in Ukraine earlier this year.


106 lbs/male: Aaron Perez (New Mexico) def. Derek Ochoa (Region 11/Sanger)
114 lbs/female: Odalys Camacho (Region 11/Bakersfield) def. Kristy Rodriguez (Illinois)
119 lbs/male: Ruben "Dracula" Villa (Region 11/Salinas) def. Devin Haney (Las Vegas)
125 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa (Region 11/Fresno) def. Michael Nelson (Ohio)

119 lbs/female: Jayda Thomas (Detroit) TKO2 Katrina Nahe (Region 11/Antioch)
132 lbs/male: Keoni Adric, Jr., (Hawaii) dec. Charlie Sheehy (Region 11/South S.F.), 2-1
138 lbs/male: Mark Dawson (Philadelphia) dec. Brandon Trejo (Region 11/Napa), 3-0
145 lbs/male: Hans Perez (New York) dec. Angel Rios (Region 11/Sacramento), 3-0
154 lbs/male: Ferdinand Kerobyan (N. Hollywood) dec. Amisael Jimenez (Region 11/ Sacramento), 3-0

165 lbs/male: Manjaro Hills, Jr. (Louisiana) dec. Suray Mahmutovic (Region 11/Daly City), 3-0 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Maraon, Vasquez Fall in New Jersey

By Ryan Maquiñana
Bay Area fighters go 0-2 in West Orange, NJ, tonight as Hercules light heavyweight Paul Vasquez recovered from a first-round knockdown but lost to Lavarn Harvell on points. In the ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, a WBA bantamweight title eliminator, San Leandro's Jundy Maraon floored Juan Carlos Payano in the third frame but ended up getting knocked out with an overhand left in the seventh.
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