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Friday, March 30, 2012

Knight vs. Tor Buamas Weigh-in Pics

By Ryan Maquiñana

With the festivities taking place on a yacht, IBF flyweight champion Ava Knight and her challenger, Hongfah Tor Buamas, both met the 112-pound limit for Saturday's title fight, coming in at 111.10 apiece.

The fight will take place in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, and air on the Mexican channel Televisa 5.  Pictures courtesy Team Knight/HG Boxing.

Local Amateurs Compete in King's Challenge Saturday

By Ryan Maquiñana

The world famous King’s Gym in Oakland, located right off the Fruitvale exit on Highway 880, will be hosting its annual “King’s Challenge” on Saturday at 1 p.m.  Weigh-in starts at 9 a.m., and physicals start at 11 a.m.  Come watch some of NorCal's top amateurs show off their skills.

Tickets are $15 general admission, while members and students pay $10.  Children eight years old and under are free, and barbecue will be sold at the event.

Call Celeste King at (704) 315-1936 or e-mail for more details.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CSN Weekly Spotlight: Knight Makes First Title Defense in Mexico (With VIDEO)

By Ryan Maquiñana

If 2011 was a year to remember for Bay Area women’s pro boxing, then 2012 has its supporters looking for a time machine to speed through it.

Last month, San Jose’s Melissa McMorrow went to Mexico to fight for a vacant flyweight championship only to lose via controversial decision.  Daly City’s Ana Julaton fared no better, leaving her WBO junior featherweight title belt in Argentina after a points defeat two Fridays ago.

Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight will aim to break the trend when she travels south of the border to defend her IBF flyweight title for the very first time Saturday.

Mayfield Fighting Serrano on May 18 in Albany, N.Y.

By Ryan Maquiñana
Mayfield (right, with Andre Ward) will add Ward's trainer to his corner. (Team Mayfield)

S.F.'s Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield will take on fellow unbeaten 140-pounder Raymond Serrano of Philadelphia on the May 18 edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. The bout will be Mayfield’s first defense of his NABO jr. welterweight regional belt and will take place at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Battle of the Badges This Saturday in Rancho Cordova!

By Ryan Maquiñana

The United Combat Association will hold “The Battle of the Badges” at Power Gym USA in Rancho Cordova on Saturday starting at 5 p.m.  There will be 13 bouts in all featuring officers from all over California.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mayweather vs. Cotto Press Tour Information

Press Release


            Los Angeles, CA - March 27...Boxing fans can now go behind the scenes of the "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" press tour as a three-part video series produced chronicles each stop of the three-city tour. The tour, which made stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico, New York City and Los Angeles between February 27 and March 1, officially announced the May 5 mega-fight between undefeated Seven-Time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto.

VIDEO: Ava Knight Interview for (Excerpt)

By Ryan Maquiñana

Ava Knight is the subject of our Comcast SportsNet Bay Area NorCal Boxing Spotlight Thursday as she defends her IBF flyweight world title Saturday in Mexico. Here's an excerpt from this week's interview in something we're calling "The 10 Count."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

VIDEOS: NorCal P4P Top 10, Raquel Miller, Denis Madriz Updates

By Ryan Maquiñana

It was a busy weekend in San Francisco, as I spent part of it in the Comcast SportsNet studio on 3rd and Folsom with Henry Wofford breaking down the NorCal Pound-for-Pound Top 10 list.

Here's the video below:
I also took some time to visit SFC Boxing on 7th and Market, where I interviewed resident IBF flyweight champ Ava Knight before her first title defense in Los Cabos, Mexico, next Saturday against Hongfah Tor Buamas of Thailand.

Knight has enlisted the help of two-division world champion Carina Moreno for sparring. While I'm saving that video interview for the NorCal Boxing Spotlight this coming Thursday, I do have a couple other ones for you today.

S.F. Bayview's Raquel Miller, the Olympic Trials bronze medalist at 165 pounds and national champ at 152, spoke to me about her upcoming trip to Colorado Springs to train with Team USA for her first international competition in Canada next month. Check it out below:

Another SFC fighter, featherweight Denis Madriz, let me know about his next fight May 12 in Woodland on the Solo Boxeo Tecate undercard. He's trying to pursue a rematch of his draw with Jesus Partida last year. Here's the brief interview:

A Few Thoughts on Bert Sugar, Magdaleno-Beltran, Garcia-Morales, Kirkland-Molina

By Ryan Maquiñana

First of all, my condolences to the family of the legendary Bert Sugar. The stories about him were true; he was a great guy.  I hope he will be given the media tribute he deserves.

In terms of the rest of the weekend, for those who saw Diego Magdaleno scrape himself off the canvas to stop Fernando Beltran on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on Friday, we spoke on the phone at length after the fight. His team was adamant on facing IBF junior lightweight champ Juan Carlos Salgado next. Here's my article on our discussion for 

As far as Saturday night's HBO card, for the record, I don't always get 'em right, but I picked Danny Garcia to defeat Erik Morales by decision as evidenced by my prediction on Ring Magazine's website earlier in the week. Here's the link: 

FULL REPORT: NCBA Regional Finals; Cal's Ramos Best Middleweight in West

By Ryan Maquiñana

The Air Force Academy dominated Saturday's NCBA Western Regionals action in front of a near-sellout crowd at the El Dorado Hotel in Reno, with 10 Falcons emerging victorious out of the 12 divisional final bouts.

However, Northern California schools were not shut out, as Cal 165-pounder Juan Ramos took home the middleweight title, edging Air Force's Casey Habluetzel in a close 3-2 decision.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cal Duo Advances to NCBA Regional Finals; Full Results

By Ryan Maquiñana

Cal's Jose Jimenez (right, with coach Jim Riksheim) will be fighting for a Regional title tomorrow.

The semifinals at the National Collegiate Boxing Association Western Regionals are complete, and Northern California fighters had a relatively rough day on the scoreboard.

Only two pugilists from Cal advanced to Saturday's finals at the El Dorado Reno Casino in junior middleweight Jose "Jay" Jimenez (156 lbs.) and middleweight Juan Ramos (165 lbs.).  Jimenez stopped San Jose State's Gabriel Sanchez and Ramos did the same to Texas Southern's Jalen Moore.

Despite losing Friday night, USF bantamweight Jaren Hayashi (119 lbs.) and middleweight Sebastian Doerner (165 lbs.) will actually make it to Nationals after all.  After falling by decision to UNLV's Vanh Than, Hayashi took a wild-card spot because there weren't enough bantamweights to fill all eight seeds.

Meanwhile, Doerner dropped a close decision to San Jose State's Andrew Cabatic in Thursday's quarterfinals but was voted in following the Spartan's stoppage defeat to the Air Force Academy's Casey Habluetzel.

In addition to Sanchez and Cabatic's exits, the San Jose State pair of welterweight Oscar Gomez (147 lbs.) and heavyweight Dalton Osuka (195 lbs.) saw their respective runs at Regionals and successful seasons come to an end.

All of the fighters who advanced to Saturday's finals have already earned a spot in Nationals and will compete for a Regional title and seeding next month.

Special thanks to USA Boxing's Lydia Martinez Razo for keeping posted on the action!

Northern California Pound-for-Pound Top 10 (March 2012)

By Ryan Maquiñana

After a lengthy winning streak over the past several months, the Northern California Pound-for-Pound Top 10 finally saw some movement after two fighters were defeated in world title bouts.

Our 14-member voting panel had No. 4 Eloy Perez dipping to eighth following February’s stoppage loss to Adrien Broner and pending appeal of a positive post-fight drug test. Ana Julaton fell from seventh to tenth following her decision defeat to Yesica Marcos last Friday.


VIDEO(S): Julaton's Ill-Fated Trip Part of Disturbing Trend in Argentina

By Ryan Maquiñana

If Argentinian promoter Osvaldo Rivero thought that last Friday’s junior featherweight title bout between his fighter Yesica Marcos and WBO champ Ana Julaton would restore his country’s reputation as a fair place to hold a fight, one look at the YouTube footage would tell you he failed.

The Filipino national anthem was cut short, and "The Star-Spangled Banner" wasn’t played for the Daly City native.  Referee Robert Ramirez Sr. did a hardly objective job, chiding only Julaton for perceived fouls that did not occur from my viewpoint. None of the three judges came from America or the Philippines.  Even the local TV color commentator shamelessly told viewers to score the second round 10-10 even though Julaton had floored Marcos and won the rest of the frame. (This same "analyst" gave the other nine rounds to the hometown challenger. Naturally.)

Based on what I observed, I’m only half-joking when I say the Bay Area fighter would have needed a knockout just to secure a draw in San Martin. Julaton, a stylist by trade, found herself forced into the unfamiliar position of transforming into a slugger.  These uncomfortable new clothes did not suit her well; while she lost the fight by my tally, it was definitely not by six or seven points, which is what the scorecards would erroneously impart.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

College Boxing Western Regionals Quarterfinal Results

By Ryan Maquiñana

 San Jose State's Oscar Gomez advanced to the semis. (Madador Productions)

As covered in this week's NorCal Spotlight, the National Collegiate Boxing Association's Western Regionals commenced at the University of Nevada-Reno Thursday night.

The two finalists in each weight class will secure spots in the National Championships, which take place Apr. 5-7 at the Air Force Academy.

Friday's semifinals and Saturday's finals take place at the El Dorado Casino in Reno, and will involve several local fighters who did not appear in tonight's quarterfinal action, the summary of which you will find below.

Santa Rosa Location Showing April 14 Marquez-Fedchenko, Rios-Abril PPV

By Ryan Maquiñana

Fight fans in the North Bay looking for a place to watch the Juan Manuel Marquez-Sergei Fedchenko and Brandon Rios-Richard Abril pay-per-view card on April 14 can do so at the Danny Rizzo Boxing Club, located at 366 Flower Avenue in Santa Rosa.

A $5 donation to support the club will gain you entry to watch the show on their big screen.  The telecast begins at 6 p.m. with the undercard bouts.  Go to or call Danny at (707) 546-3318 for more information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fairfield's Alan Sanchez Secures Rematch with Artemio Reyes on ESPN2 April 13

By Ryan Maquiñana
Sanchez (left) hopes to turn the tables in the rematch on Reyes (right).

Fairfield welterweight Alan Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KOs) will face a familiar foe in Artemio Reyes (15-1, 12 KOs) on April 13 in Las Vegas.

This rematch will take place at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Spotlight: March Madness Begins for College Boxers

My latest for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: College boxing's answer to March Madness starts Thursday as the NCBA Western Regionals begin in Reno.

I profiled four of our top local fighters with national title runs on their minds: Jay Jimenez (Cal), Oscar Gomez (San Jose St.), Colin Schmitt (UC Davis), and Nargis Shaghasi (USF).

Once you read it, please hit "Recommend" or share the link to show your support for college boxing!


Monday, March 19, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Guerrero's First Interview Since Signing Contract to Fight Aydin

By Ryan Maquiñana
Aydin (left) meets the southpaw Guerrero in HP Pavilion on July 28.

Floyd Mayweather will not be sauntering through the HP Pavilion tunnel with his signature swagger on July 28th, but Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is finding out that Selcuk Aydin might be a fitting opponent after all.

"For all these years I have been waiting for a major fight in the U.S.A., but nobody wanted to fight me,” Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) said. “Andre Berto ducked me over years, Victor Ortiz decided that it would be better for his career to lose to Mayweather than to me, and Mayweather himself obviously prefers doing time in jail to stepping in the ring with me.”

If Aydin’s propensity to call out the big names sounds familiar, it’s because Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) has felt the same way about being avoided by them.  However, the similarities stop there, as Aydin, a self-proclaimed “Ghostbuster” from Trabzon, Turkey, will meet Guerrero on the aforementioned date for the WBC interim welterweight title.

Pro Boxing Returns to Woodland on May 12; Escobedo Headlining?

By Ryan Maquiñana

Escobedo might headline the May 12 card in Woodland. (Golden Boy) has been advised that Golden Boy Promotions will return to Woodland, Calif., on May 12, with the card to be tentatively televised by TeleFutura on their “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.

The Woodland Community Center, about a 30-minute drive northwest of Sacramento, hosted a sellout crowd of over 1,000 earlier this month.  In that show, also on TeleFutura, junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs) wowed his hometown fans with a first-round knockout of Lonnie Smith in the main event.

Escobedo has been one of the names mentioned to headline the card. first reported that “Chente” is in the mix to challenge WBO 130-pound world champion Adrien Broner, who is also promoted by Golden Boy, sometime this year.

Friday, March 16, 2012

VIDEO: San Leandro's Glenn Donaire Outlasts Salado in Mexico City

By Ryan Maquiñana

Donaire held off a surging Salado in a highly entertaining 11th round. (Telemundo)

San Leandro's Glenn Donaire continued his comeback with his second consecutive victory, a 12-round unanimous decision over Omar Salado at Mexico City's Auditorio Plaza Condesa Friday night.

Donaire (19-4-1, 10 KOs) annexed a regional junior bantamweight title in the process and was dominant in the early going.  The Filipino-American gave his foe numerous angles and counted on a left hook to the body followed by an accurate right hand upstairs to build an early lead.

Daly City's Julaton Loses WBO Title to Marcos in Argentina

By Ryan Maquiñana
Julaton (left) will leave her WBO title belt in Argentina. (Alfredo Perez)

Before a crowd of over 27,000 fans, Daly City's Ana Julaton (10-3-2, 1 KO) lost her WBO junior featherweight title at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Argentina, via 10-round unanimous decision to hometown challenger Yesica Marcos (19-0-1, 6 KOs) Friday night.

San Ardo's Morales Impresses on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights with Points Victory

By Ryan Maquiñana
Morales (left) about to put Serrano down with a right hand to the body. (ESPN)

San Ardo junior featherweight Roman Morales (10-0, 6 KOs) continued his unbeaten run through the pro ranks with a six-round unanimous decision against Santa Maria's Rufino Serrano (12-4).

After a relatively even first round that could have gone to Serrano, Morales took control of the action behind a versatile display of power, ring savvy, and a vicious body attack.  As the rounds wore on, Morales felt more comfortable in the ring, switching to southpaw and continuing to rip Serrano with left hooks to the midsection.

NorCal Amateur Spotlight: Four Local Shows This Weekend

By Ryan Maquiñana

• The L.A. Boxing Club in Brentwood (above) will put on the St. Patrick Day’s Challenge starting at 2 p.m.  The gym's address is 8650 Brentwood Blvd.  Contact Joseph Garcia at (925) 813-0382 or for more information.

"It's a USA Boxing sanctioned event," Garcia said.  "We're going to have 12 fights in all.  L.A. Boxing, Old School Boxing, CYC, Double Punches, and several other clubs will be participating."

Ben Delgado, the former trainer of Manny Pacquiao, will make a cameo, along with Nevada fight manager Barbara Manos, and United Combat Association President Tom Gaffney.  VIP tickets are sold out, and the remaining tickets are $20.  They can be purchased at

Bay Area Boxing News & Notes

Check out this week's local pro and amateur news!


CSN Spotlight of the Week: New-Look Julaton Takes Aim at Marcos

Julaton and Marcos size each other up at the weigh-in. (Alfredo Perez)

Taking a line from Peter Finch in the film Network, Ana Julaton’s mad as hell, and she’s not going to take it anymore.

“I’m sick of all these fighters getting a chance on TV when they don’t even fill up the stands,” she told before this Friday’s matchup with Yesica Marcos in San Martin, Argentina.  “I’m a fan of Guillermo Rigondeaux, but there were more people at my fight against Kelsey Jeffries without any TV backing than there were for his world title fight, and he gets the shot on TV. He gets the shot. This is where I’m at right now.”

In the past, her “Hurricane” nickname was emblematic of her whirlwind fighting style, not her demeanor. Not today.

Guerrero-Aydin Official for HP Pavilion on July 28; WBC Interim Welterweight Title at Stake

Press Release
By Team Guerrero
 Guerrero's a long way from featherweight now. (Team Guerrero)

Five-time world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, California, has signed to fight undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked contender, Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs), of Hamburg, Germany, for the WBC interim welterweight title.  The fight is scheduled for July, 28, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. and will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Fight Poster for Ava Knight-Hongfah Tor Buamas

Here's the fight poster for Ava Knight's March 31 IBF flyweight title defense against Thailand's Hongfah Tor Buamas, which will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, on the undercard of Ana Maria Torres vs. Maria Andrea Miranda. (Courtesy HG Boxing)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gesta Might Face New Opponent on April 14

Gesta might have a new foe on April 14. (Chris Farina)
By Ryan Maquiñana

Unbeaten lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta might not be facing Luis Arceo on April 14 after all, according to his manager/trainer Vincent Parra.

“Arceo’s tough as nails, and he’d be a good opponent, but from my understanding there’s a couple other names that are in the mix now.  He’ll still be on the card, but Mercito might be fighting someone else at the end of the day,” he told Wednesday morning.

Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs), a 24-year-old Filipino southpaw based out of San Diego, Calif., was slated to see action in Las Vegas before the Brandon Rios-Yuriorkis Gamboa main event, which as of the moment is in flux.

Arceo, a 33-year-old from Aguascalientes, Mexico, who now resides a stone’s throw away from Gesta in San Ysidro, Calif., is coming off an eighth-round knockout of Misael Castillo last month.  A year ago, he battled Ricardo Dominguez—who dropped a lopsided decision to Gesta back in November—to a split decision loss.

Gesta, who will be fighting under the Top Rank banner for the fourth time, has seen his name pop up in discussions to fight Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez on July 14 in Arlington, Texas, at the gargantuan Cowboys Stadium.

By that time, Marquez might be in possession of the WBO interim junior welterweight belt, which in all likelihood will become the full-fledged title if current holder Timothy Bradley continues to campaign at welterweight following his June 9 fight with Manny Pacquiao. 

The Mexican legend meets Argentine Rene Cuenca for the vacant strap, also on April 14, but in Mexico City. 

Whether or not Gesta is on a collision course to meet Marquez, it is becoming readily apparent that his next fight will serve as a de facto audition for the major networks on his viability in such a role.  Parra outlined his fighter’s plans for the summer.

“We think we’re ready for a title shot now, and this fight is going to show that,” he said.  “As far as July 14, it doesn’t matter if it’s a title shot at 135 pounds against a Miguel Vazquez or at 140 against Marquez.  He’s hungry to show what he can do.”

Gesta is currently in camp, which is taking place in San Diego and has involved several local fighters, including featherweight Aaron Garcia (10-3-2, 2 KOs), junior welterweight Adrian Vargas, and Tijuana-based junior lightweight Emilio Bojorquez (19-1, 13 KOs).  Highly regarded 140-pound prospect Antonio Orozco (13-0, 9 KOs) has pledged to coming in for sparring next week.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.


Quillin-Wright Back on for 5/26; Kid Chocolate Speaks

By Ryan Maquiñana

Unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin’s clash with Winky Wright has been finally set for May 26.

The bout will take place as the Showtime-televised co-feature to the main event of Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode.  The venue has yet to be determined, as California, Florida, and even Texas have been discussed.

“I’ve only been in training for a week and a half in Hollywood at Wild Card [Boxing Club] and I’ve already sparred over 10 rounds,” the 28-year-old Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) told  “When fight night comes, I’ll be ready to show people why I’m at where I’m at, and that I deserve the big fights to come my way.”

Originally, “Kid Chocolate” was slated to meet Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs), a former undisputed junior middleweight champion, on the May 5 Miguel Cotto-Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view undercard. 

Now the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, seems to have landed on his feet, likely with the help of the new member on his team.

“Everything’s set in play,” Quillin said.  “Al Haymon is working with me as far as my advisor now, so that shows you the power he’s got.”

Quillin is coming off an impressive sixth-round stoppage of Craig McEwan on HBO last November.  He stressed the importance of consistently honing his craft and pointed to a couple of changes in his lifestyle.

“I just got a tattoo on my left shin of the bonsai tree,” Quillin said.  “It symbolizes the tranquility in my life and showing growth as a human being.  For that matter, I gave up drinking. 

“I like to have fun, but it definitely has an effect on a professional fighter.  When you drink, you might not always be ready to give your best in the gym the next day, so I gave it up.  I want to be a powerhouse nonstop.”

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old Wright hasn’t fought in almost three years, with the last bout a wide decision loss to Paul Williams.  Undoubtedly one of the best southpaw stylists of this era, the questions for this fight are whether the pride of St. Petersburg, Fla., has anything left in the tank, and Quillin’s ability to penetrate Wright’s guard.

“I’ve been keeping my weight down to 172 pounds so far,” said Quillin, who is working with trainer Eric Brown.  “Of course, when I fight Winky, I have to keep my volume up.  But I’m not just the type of fighter who just throws a bunch of punches just to throw them.  Whatever punches I put on his ass got to come with something so he feels them.”

The news of the May 26 date was initially reported by Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.


Details of Top Rank’s Suit vs. Gamboa, Unnamed Defendants

By Ryan Maquiñana
Gamboa has been sued by Top Rank. (Chris Farina)

Based on a document obtained by, promoter Top Rank has filed a complaint against Cuban star Yuriorkis Gamboa for allegedly breaching a contract that would pit him against former lightweight champ Brandon Rios on April 14 in Las Vegas.

"Since mid-2009, Top Rank has invested millions of dollars to develop, advance, and promote Gamboa’s career,” alleged the complaint by Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. “Under Top Rank’s financial commitment and stewardship—just the right mix and selection of opponents, venues, broadcasters, and sponsors—Gamboa is on the verge of stardom.

"Now, having benefited from Top Rank’s considerable history, talents, connections, and success, Gamboa willfully breached multiple obligations to Top Rank and has clearly and unequivocally announced his intent to repudiate the contracts in their entirety."

The complaint, filed in Federal District Court in Nevada, also blames a number of unnamed “John Does” responsible “in some manner” for urging Gamboa to break said agreement with Top Rank.

“Top Rank believes one or more rival boxing promotion companies and unknown individuals associated with them are at the root of Gamboa’s wrongful conduct,” it continued.

“These ‘poachers’ see what everyone sees—a gifted boxer platformed by Top Rank for superstardom—and they want to unfairly capitalize on what Top Rank orchestrated and built. Upon information and belief, the rival promoters and others promised Gamboa that if he breaches his contract with Top Rank, they will promote his fights.”

Top Rank also revealed the monetary aspects of the agreement, which included a hefty advance and a purse “four times his contractually-guaranteed minimum.”

“After agreeing to fight Rios, Gamboa requested, received, and accepted in excess of $70,000 in advances from Top Rank and Arena in anticipation of the Rios bout,” the complaint stated.

The complaint concluded with a request for judgment against Gamboa and “[d]irect and consequential damages in an amount to be proven at trial in excess of $1,000,000,” as well as “reasonable attorney fees” and “[a]ll costs of the suit incurred.”

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Eloy Perez Tests Positive After Broner Fight

By Ryan Maquiñana

In an unfortunate development, a source close to the situation has advised that Eloy Perez has tested positive for cocaine following his fourth-round stoppage loss to Adrien Broner in St. Louis on February 25.

Team Perez reportedly received a letter from the Missouri commission on Monday stating the positive result.  His license will be revoked indefinitely pending a hearing.

The Garcia Boxing Management Team, which handles Perez, gave this statement when asked about the matter:

“On Monday, March 12, Garcia Boxing has released Eloy Perez of any contractual obligation.  Due to pending matters, we are not at liberty to discuss his personal or professional conduct.”
Come back to later for more information as it becomes readily available.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area ( He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fight Feed's New Home is!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is with great pride that welcomes local boxing scribe and editor Kim Francesca Martinez, who will now contribute her weekly "Fight Feed" column to the site from this point forward.  Check out her insightful debut below.

Choice sound bites from the pugilistic press and public, served weekly with a side of snark.

“Boxing is a negative business. It will suck the soul out of you… But that’s the one thing I’ve been able to take from boxing, the ability to laugh about situations.  If you don’t, you lose your mind.”  -promoter Lou DiBella (PHOTO: 20th Century Fox International)

It’s not always sunshine in the ring.  Our sport has weathered many a storm in recent months; among others, the loss of several beloved boxing personalities, the sudden (and radical) restructuring of Ring Magazine, cries of corruption among sanctioning body brass, superfights negotiated only to be extinguished (along with the hopes of dedicated fans).

Yet, it is with hope that we accept the bitter side of the sweet science—hope that talent and integrity will prevail, bringing both fighters and fans the competition and entertainment that they, respectively, seek.  While all the kinks are being ironed out, however, laughter proves a powerful medicine.

With that said, welcome back to Fight Feed.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Daly City's Julaton Lands in Argentina for March 16 Title Defense

By Ryan Maquiñana


Daly City's Ana "Hurricane" Julaton (10-2-1, 1 KO) will be making the fourth defense of her WBO junior featherweight world title on Friday, March 16, at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Argentina, against hometown challenger Yesica "La Leona" Marcos (18-0-1, 6 KOs).

The bout will be televised by GMA Pinoy TV in America.  However, the actual listing is TBD.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SF's Mayfield Offered Apr. 27 ESPN2 Main Event vs. Brewer

By Ryan Maquiñana
Mayfield might finally be able to defend his regional belt for the first time in April. (Ethan Barrientos)

San Francisco junior welterweight Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) has been offered an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights headliner against Prenice "Greatness" Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs) to take place on April 27 in Mississippi.

"The contract is in S.F.," Mayfield told via text. He has currently been in Philadelphia sparring former rival Danny Garcia, who is preparing for a world title shot against Erik Morales. "I'll sign it when I get back.  We're still working on the money."

The Landover Arena in Southaven or FitzGerald Casino in Tunica would be the two venues most likely to host the event.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

San Leandro's Glenn Donaire Now Facing Salado After Soto Pulls Out

Glenn Donaire has a new opponent on March 16.

San Leandro flyweight Glenn Donaire (18-4-1, 10 KOs) is now facing former two-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-4-2, 15 KOs) after Omar Soto pulled out.  The fight is still March 16 in Mexico City on Telemundo, except it will be for a minor title at junior bantamweight, so Donaire will ascend three pounds from 112 to 115 for this one.  Source:

Check the updated Norcal Pro & Amateur Fight Schedule for this matchup and all other cards relating to our local fighters!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sacramento's Robb Signs with Goossen, Moves Down to Featherweight

By Ryan Maquiñana

The electrifying Guy Robb of Sacramento briefly spoke to me about signing with Goossen Tutor Promotions and moving down from 130 to 126 pounds for his next fight.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

NorCal Roundup: Miller & Ramirez Win National Titles, Woodland Recap, College Boxers Shine at USF

By Ryan Maquiñana
Miller and Ramirez represented Region 11 well. (Ben Bautista)

At the link below, you'll find:






Saturday, March 3, 2012

S.F.'s Miller and Avenal's Ramirez Crowned National Champs!

By Ryan Maquiñana
S.F.'s Raquel Miller captured her first national title Saturday with the aid of trainer Ben Bautista. (SFC Boxing)

S.F.'s Raquel Miller and Avenal's Jose Ramirez took gold in their National Championship bouts, while Pacific Grove's Jamie Mitchell fought valiantly in a decision loss to New York's Christina Cruz, earning silver.

"Hard work pays off," Miller said. "Keep pushing, keep dreaming, and putting God first. Thanks for the love, support, and prayers. They worked."

While Miller captured the 152-pound women's crown by defeating San Diego's Danyelle Wolf on the cards, Ramirez completed a triumphant run through America's 132-pounders with a clear decision win over Cleveland's Raynell Williams in a rematch of their two clashes at last year's Olympic Trials.  Ramirez would make it three wins in three tries, but is aware there is still work to be done.

"I'm right back to the spot I want to be," he told

Ramirez will move on the Americas Qualifier in May, an international competition where he must finish in the top four to finally punch his ticket to London for the 2012 Olympics.  Although there will be no trip to England for Miller since she did not win the Olympic Trials, her victory Saturday netted her a spot on Team USA for the 2012 World Championships in China.



New York's Christina Cruz dec. Pacific Grove's Jamie Mitchell, 22-7


San Francisco's Raquel Miller dec. San Diego's Danyelle Wolf, 10-5


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Avenal's Ramirez celebrated his victory with his team. (Armando Mancinas)

#1 Avenal's Jose Ramirez dec. Cleveland's Raynell Williams, 19-13

Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiñana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at, check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

My College Basketball Debut for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Did some college basketball work today for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area! Check out my interviews in the locker room with Cal stars Harper Kamp and Justin Cobbs after they watched UCLA upset Washington, making Sunday's game at Stanford for the Pac-12 conference co-title.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Walnut Creek's Mendez Hopes to Cultivate Dream Saturday (with Video!)

By Ryan Maquiñana


Here are video interviews of Manuel "Tino" Avila and Paul Mendez along with my take on the Solo Boxeo Tecate card at Woodland this Saturday.

Three Local Fighters in National Finals; L. Mitchell Drops Disputed Decision

By Ryan Maquiñana

S.F.'s Raquel Miller (in red) has the chance to add a Nationals gold to her Olympic Trials bronze medal on Saturday. (Team Miller)

Two Central California fighters and one from Northern California have advanced to Saturday's last day of competition at the USA Boxing National Championships in Fort Carson, Colo.

Top-ranked lightweight Jose Ramirez and bantamweight Jamie Mitchell of Pacific Grove won their semifinal bouts, as did Olympic Trials bronze medalist Raquel Miller, who moves on to the welterweight final.

Escobedo-Broner Might Be Next if 'Chente' Can Beat Smith

By Ryan Maquiñana
Escobedo might be in line for a title shot at Broner. (Golden Boy)

DIRECT LINK TO ARTICLE: has been advised by sources within Golden Boy that Vicente Escobedo will step to the forefront of viable challengers for Adrien “The Problem” Broner’s next junior lightweight title defense if the former Olympian can get by Lonnie Smith this Saturday on TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.

The 30-year-old Escobedo (24-3, 14 KOs) will be fighting in his hometown of Woodland, Calif., for the first time as a pro this weekend.  After losses to former beltholders Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero, “Chente” has moved down from lightweight to the junior lightweight division, where he defeated Rocky Juarez last September.

“My body feels a lot more comfortable,” Escobedo said.  “The guys were bigger than me at 135 (pounds), and it’s a new me down here at 130.”

Broner (23-0, 19 KOs), a 22-year-old from Cincinnati who owns a share of the 130-pound crown, impressively stopped previously unbeaten Eloy Perez last Saturday on HBO.  Both Escobedo and Broner are promoted by Golden Boy.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nationals Day 5: Eight Local Fighters Reach Semifinals

By Ryan Maquiñana

Fresno's Gary Salazar continued his streak at Nationals with his third straight stoppage. (Team Salazar)

A total of eight local fighters advanced to the 2012 National Championship semifinals in their respective weight classes.

In the early session, Fresno bantamweight Gary Salazar scored his third consecutive stoppage to turn some heads at the Special Events Center in Fort Carson, Colo.  Sacramento light flyweight Marina Ramirez opened her journey with a dominant victory, while fellow Causeway 123-pounder Mario Ayala saw his successful run come to an end.

S.F. Mitchell's Defeats Taylor 13-8, Marches to National Semifinals

By Ryan Maquiñana
Mitchell moves on to the semifinals with a decision win over Taylor. (USA Boxing)

Super heavyweight LaRon Mitchell inched even closer to his Olympic Team dream with a 13-8 decision win Thursday afternoon over Dallas' Adrian Taylor in the quarterfinals of the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships.

"Taylor's a very good boxer," Mitchell said.  "He was good at hiding his right hand with that awkward stance of his.  He had lost some considerable weight from an old fight of him I had seen on YouTube the night before, so he was moving well."

Overcoming an early 3-2 deficit, the San Francisco southpaw reverted to his boxing skills and cruised to victory in the final two rounds.