Mosley Upsets Margarito

Shane Mosley dominated from start to finish Saturday night, scoring a technical knockout of Antonio Margarito 43 seconds into the ninth round to win the World Boxing Association welterweight title in a stunning upset in Los Angeles.

Margarito, 30, was coming off an impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Miguel Cotto six months ago. But Mosley, 37, used his superior quickness from the beginning, and Margarito was never able to display the power and strength he showed against Cotto.


Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing January 27, 2009 @ 12:35 am

Matumla ponders to quit boxing

Famous professional boxer Rashid ‘Snake Man’ Matumla says he has one option: to quit, if he loses his next bout against Francis ‘SMG’ Cheka.

Matumla fight the Morogoro boxer on February 13 for the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) middleweight championship at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“This is my last chance,” he said. If he loses, it will be the third time to go down against Cheka.

Cheka beat Matumla twice on points at the Diamond Jubilee Hall and Luxury Pub in Temeke.

“My intention is to beat him and win the title, but if the results turn out negative my plan is to quit,” said Matumla.

The seemingly pessimistic ‘Snake Man’ said he has had his hands full as he prepares for the bout.

In the next few weeks before the fight, Matumla hopes to reduce his weight by three kilogrammes. He said that would see him back to his original shape.

He vowed to make Cheka “suffer a lot” as he avenges the “sleepless nights” he has had due to the previous humiliation by the Morogoro boxer.

“He is a good boxer who caused me sleepless nights after the last two fights but that was because I had not trained well,” he said.

“This time it will be his end, I will make sure he never forgets that day,” said Matumla.


Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing January 24, 2009 @ 1:49 am

RP amateur boxers dominate Guam in goodwill meet

The six-man Philippine amateur boxing team sponsored by Smart-PLDT scored a dominating 5-1 victory in a goodwill meet against Guam staged at the Dedo Sports Complex in Hagatna, Guam on Saturday.

Light welterweights John Rey Melligen and Jameboy Vicera were outstanding in the contest which the Filipinos dominated in five of the six bouts with Melligen the most impressive.

Melligen scored a second-round Referee-Stopped-Contest (RSC) win over Shaun Santos while Vicera staggered and bloodied the stocky and aggressive Jashua Herrera on the way to a unanimous decision win in two of the featured light-welterweight fights.

Iginanti ko lang po si Tacuyan. Sa loob-loob ko, kailangan knockout talaga para convincing ang panalo,said the shy, soft spoken 18-year old Melligen, brother of pro boxer and former national team member Mark Jason Meliggen.

In a surprise reversal, lightweight Tacuyan’s split decision win was overturned after the 17-year-old from Angeles City had gone to the dressing room was asked to climb the ring again only to hear the announcement that he had lost his bout.

The decision which was reversed came as a surprise since Tacuyan controlled the fight most of the way despite hurting his right hand early in the opening round.

Panalo na, natalo pa, said the son of former RP boxing team stalwart Orlando Tacuyan Sr. He was later brought to the hospital where the results of X-ray showed a mild crack in his right hand.

Aside from what was regarded as a minor setback the nationals didn’t have any trouble.

Bantamweight Aston Francis Palicte used his jab effectively to outbox Roel Ubaldo while Adones Cabalquinto Lauronal hammered out an impressive victory over Kyle Reyes in an action-packed welterweight battle.

Newcomer Nesthy Petecio fought like a grizzled veteran, wowing the big paying crowd with her fancy footwork and constant showboating in a striking win over basketball player turned boxer Gianna Sarusal in the lone female match-up in the featherweight division.

It’s really encouraging. We just got started and already, Harry won the World Cup Championship, Annie Albania bagged the silver in the World Women’s Championship and now, the triumphant campaign in Guam, ABAP executive-secretary Patrick Gregorio said in his text message to coaches Nolito Boy Velasco and three-time Olympian Romeo Brin from Bacolod City where the National Boxing Open Championships is currently being held.

Melligen started off aggressively when he staggered his Guamenian opponent with a right straight and then caught him with a barrage of punches but couldn’t end it in the opening round.

Vicera, younger brother of current RP team coach Isidro, engaged the bigger and muscular American in a phone-booth warfare and came out the better fighter in their match. A straight right by the young national stalwart in the third round bloodied the nose of Herrera, before a wicked hook opened a cut just under the left eye of the Guamenian a moment later.

As the 10-man boxing team heads home today, Guam Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) Cano Collazo-Cruz, the man responsible for the Goodwill tournament he put up in cooperation with Guam Governor Felix Perez Camacho and Lt. Gov. Michael Cruz, is hoping a similar meet will be staged in Manila sometime this year.


Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing January 19, 2009 @ 2:34 am

Local boxing club fighting to keep kids off the street

BURNETTOWN, SC — “I like the good old red, white and blue,” said Joanne Newman,

Joanne Newman got her start in the boxing ring back in 1976 when she and her husband Noah started the North Augusta Boxing Club in the garage of their home.

“My husband would get in the ring with me with the punch mitts, teaching me how to box so that I could teach the young people the basics, just the basics,” said Joanne.

But the basics soon became a career for Joanne. She jumped into the ring in 1993 when she became the first woman to referee the Junior Olympics. And just three years later, she was the first woman to work with boxing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

“It’s wonderful that I’m able to still do this because I love it so much,” said Joanne.

But Joanne is packing a punch in more ways than one. She’s using the sport she loves as a tool to keep kids out of trouble. Joanne says instead of knocking them out on the streets, the club gives the kids an opportunity to knock them out in the ring.

She and her husband take the children from the club on monthly trips. Joanne says it’s a time for the students to experience something new. And for her, Joanne says she’ll never forget one child’s reaction

“When we went to the beach and he saw all the waves, it was just amazing because his ocean was Clark’s Hill. He had never seen the ocean; he just thought he’d seen the world,” said Joanne.

It’s a club opening up a world of opportunity for children and that’s one of the reasons Joanne and her husband plan to keep fighting.

“The reason that we built this facility is so that when my husband and i are no longer able to operate this facility, it will be here for the kids. We wanted to make a lasting contribution to our community,” said Joanne.

And with almost 80 kids enrolled and the number growing, it’s pretty clear the North Augusta Boxing Club will remain a hit.

The club has some bragging rights. The first female national boxing champion from the state of South Carolina got her start at the North Augusta Boxing Club and was still a member when she won.

The club is a non profit children’s charity and it’s free for children ages 8-18. But if you’re over 18, you can still join for a small fee. Joanne also says they’re in the process of opening South Carolina’s first and only boxing hall of fame at the facility.

The North Augusta Boxing Club is also a part of the Police Athletic League. They are sponsored locally by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

In 2003 Joanne Newman was the first and only woman to become World certified as both a boxing judge and referee. She has traveled all over the world to Russia, China, France and Europe representing the US in matches.


Filed under: Sakio Bika,Uncategorized — proboxing January 6, 2009 @ 12:51 am
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