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News: Holm-Prazak quotes; Mexico vs. Algeria



Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 December 2012 – With the opportunity of moving top of Group A with a win, Mexico Guerreros will have several of their best performers gracing the canvas for the visit of Algeria Desert Hawks this Sunday 9 December (18:00 local time). Spearheading the team at fortress Foro Polanco will be two of last season’s most exciting prospects, with the home team lining-up Elias Emigdio and Juan Romero against a quintet of boxers yet to taste World Series of Boxing (WSB) action.

2012 Individual Championships finalist Emigdio boasts one of the most impressive records in the competition and with this being his third season in WSB, Mexico expect their leading Bantamweight (50-54kg) to overcome the challenge posed by the dangerous unbeaten French pro boxer Vincent Legrand.

Romero, who won the WSB Individual Lightweight (57-61kg) belt in June this year, will afterwards need to be on his toes throughout the five rounds in order to counter the threat posed by the skilful London Olympian Ahmed Mejri from Tunisia. The 22-year-old Mexican came of age last season and will want to continue that fine form against an opponent who will be fighting for the very first time in pro style.

A confident Romero said, “I really love boxing in WSB, I was crowned the best Lightweight last season and I want to retain that title. I am in even better shape this season and just want to get out there and fight”. On the opposition, he declared, “Algeria might be a new team but I have learned that in WSB there is no easy opponent. I will put my heart and soul into this match to give the Guerreros the win”.

Mejri was quietly confident, “He is the champion but he will be surprised by me. I am here to show that I have all the attributes to succeed at the highest level. I was delighted to join the Algerian team and I want to repay their faith in me by beating my opponent”.

The Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown will then see the tough Mexican southpaw Marvin Cabrera pitted against emerging Algerian talent Ilyas Abbadi. 19-year-old Cabrera’s raw power saw him shine in his last outing against Poland and he will be looking to maintain that form with another win against this next rival.

Two WSB debutants will go head-to-head in the battle of the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) southpaws as Mexico’s Miguel Angel Gomez Meneses faces another French pro boxer, Matthieu Bauderlique. This will be a tough one to call with home boxer Gomez Meneses in for a long night against the powerful undefeated Frenchman.

It will be a real clash of Heavyweights (91+kg) when the Guerreros’ giant Puerto Rican Gerardo Miguel Bisbal Melero meets 23-year-old Aboulaye Diane from Mali in the last contest of the night. Bisbal takes no prisoners and looked hard as nails in his previous bout when he outclassed his Argentine opponent. Diane is a proven fighter so it will be an intriguing one.

Notoriously strong at home, Mexico has begun its season with real panache and will look to maintain its winning sequence once again when the opposition come to town. You would not bet against them in this one.

AIBA provisionally suspends the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation

Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 December 2012 – Further to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau has decided today 6 December 2012 to provisionally suspend the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF).

This provisional suspension is also due to the fact that AIBA had learned about possible manipulation of the recent IABF’s election. AIBA will now investigate this election and especially a potential political link between IOA President, as former Chairman of the IABF, and the IABF election.

Holm vs. Prazak press conference quotes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (December 6, 2012) – The final press conference was held yesterday at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque for Friday night’s Fresquez Productions-presented “Fire And Ice” show at the same venue, featuring the International Boxing Association (IBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) light welterweight title fight between 12-time, three division world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) and WIBA super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (11-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Press Conference Quotes

Holly Holm: -”I’m happy to have this opportunity again. I’m grateful for my coach. I want to prove to him that all this hard work is worth it.”

Diana Prazak: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to come to New Mexico. I’m ready to go. I’m really 130 pounds but I’ll jump to 140 anytime. That’s all there is to it. We’re fighters – that’s what we do.”

Lucia Rijker (former world champion and Prazak’s head trainer): “Prazak is a very powerful fighter. Before this fight was offered to her, she was going to fight Victoria Cisneros at 140 (on the same card). We’re here to give a good fight. The bigger the obstacle, the greater the victory.”

The “Fire And Ice” undercard fights showcases local boxers in action, including light welterweight Matthew “Champ” Baca (1-0, 1KO) vs. Derek Perez (pro debut) in a four-round bout, female light welterweight Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (8-13-2, 3 KOs) vs. “Merciless” Mary McGee (19-1, 10 KOs) in a six-round match, bantamweight Raymond “Hollewood” Montez (5-2, 3 KOs) vs. Tony Valdez (6-6-3, 6 KOs) in a much-anticipated eight-round rematch, and amateur standout Jason Sanchez makes his pro debut in a four-round fight vs. featherweight Gene Perez (1-0).

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Strong Argentina line-up awaits visit of Poland

Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 December 2012 – After a tough introduction to life in World Series of Boxing (WSB) with two successive defeats, Argentina Condors will be aiming for their first win as Hussars Poland come to town this Saturday 8 December (22:30 local time). With the skills of Fernando Martinez, Juan Javier Carrasco Herrera and Yamil Perlata, the home team will be counting on their big names to claim victory.

At Bantamweight (50-54kg), season one star Martinez will be seeking to get the Condors off to a flying start when he battles Polish teenager Sylwester Kozlowski. The Argentine orthodox fighter has already tasted WSB action and impressed with his offensive style so will be expected to give his team an early lead in the tie. However the Hussars man cannot be underestimated with the squad high on confidence following their victory in week two.

Martinez is extremely focused on the fight, stating, “I know this competition well, having fought six times in season one, but I now have even more hunger and motivation for it because I am representing my flag and my country. I now feel a great responsibility to my team and to my fans. I cannot wait to box for the Condors”.

There is also fighting talk from Kozlowski, “I have trained really hard these past two weeks, adding a lot more sparring to my sessions. Losing my first fight was difficult to take but the calibre of the opponent was high and it was a great lesson, I learnt a lot about myself. I am not travelling to the other side of the world to lose again, this time I am ready”.

Carrasco Herrera, recruited over the summer from Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder to pass on his knowledge to the Condors team, will then be locking horns with Poland orthodox fighter Jacek Adam Wylezol in the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest. The 20-year-old Argentine is deceptively fast and with a delicious hook in his arsenal, he will be looked upon to fire up the team and the crowd. Wylezol is also finding his feet at this level but is a promising boxer so it will be all but straightforward here.

The experience of Juan Jose Velasco Chanampa should make the difference in the night’s Middleweight (68-73kg) bout against the tall Hussars orthodox fighter Mateusz Jerzy Tryc. The Argentine was given a baptism of fire on his WSB debut against 2012 Individual Championships finalist Heybulla Mursalov but acquitted himself well in defeat. Tryc will be looking to make his height and reach advantage count so it will be intriguing to see who can gain the upper hand.

The home fans will all want to catch a glimpse of their star boxer Peralta when he enters the ring to face Michal Gerlecki of Poland at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg). London Olympian Peralta was class on his WSB debut, displaying a maturity way beyond his tender years, so should be the favourite to win this one.

The final contest of the evening will see Heavyweight (91+kg) WSB debutants Luis Miguel Bravo of the Condors go head-to-head with Hussars’ Patryk Brzeski. Both are of the same age and have the same stance but Argentine Bravo is taller and this could be the deciding factor in the fight.

On paper these two sides look evenly matched, however with home advantage and boxers more in tune with this tough competition, the Condors should shade it.

IABA UPDATE (WALKER BOWS OUT AT AIBA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS)

Irish Amateur Boxing Association

Kurt Walker had to settle for bronze at the AIBA World Youth Championships in Yerevan, Armenia today after losing out to England’s Oliver Simpson in the 52kg semi-final.

Walker, who was trailing 9-5 going in to the final frame, produced a big finish against the Yorkshire flyweight, but his Kelly’s ABC opponent held out to earn a 14-12 decision.

Simpson will now meet Jeyvier Cintron Ocasio of Puerto Rico, who beat Cuba’s Luis Cordero-Parlay today, in Friday’s final.

“Kurt can be very, very proud of his performance. He had a storming final round and he might have nicked it in the end, said Irish coach Billy McClean, who was working Walker’s corner along with Tom Hayes.

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“We’re proud of the performances of our squad at this tournament, particularly as we had a really tough draw. Nothing came easy for our squad in Yerevan, ” added McClean.

Walker’s defeat brings Ireland’s competitive interest in the tournament to a close.

However, tomorrow (December 7th) will be a day of celebration for Ireland’s most successful Olympics sport in Yerevan as Walker, who boxes out of the Canal BC in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, will be presented with his medal and Katie Taylor will collect the AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year Award for a third time.

Tyrone’s Michael Gallagher will pick up his second AIBA World Referee and Judge Award at the AIBA ceremony after the finals of the 2012 AIBA World Youth Championships.

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2012 AIBA World Youth Championships Yerevan, Armenia

Preliminaries

November 29th

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) beat Brec Mislav (Croatia) RSC2

64kg: Thomas Waites (Ireland) lost to Eimantas Stanionis (Lithuania) 6-14

November 30th

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Giorgi Gabodze (Georgia) 14-7

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) beat Aleksandar Jankovic (Denmark) 16-10

December 1st

49kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) beat Pavel Gunchenko (Russia) 23-10

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) beat Lin Sheng-Ling (Chinese Taipei) 19-10

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (Ireland) lost to Zhidi Zhang (China) 13-16

December 2nd

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Suthin Masuk (Thailand) 13-6

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) beat Armarsanaa Badar-Uugan (Mongolia) 18-9

December 3rd (Last 16)

49kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) lost to Andy Cruz-Gomes (Cuba) 13-21

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Sam Kistohurry (France) 18-14

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) lost to Stefani Gasparri (Italy) 6-7

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) lost to Raul Curiel-Garcia (Mexico) 13-18

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) beat Eric Finau (New Zealand) 8-7

December 4th

Quarter-finals

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Ian Clarke Bautista (Philippines) 19-12

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) lost to Idris Shakhmanov (Russia) 7-15

December 6th

Semi-finals

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) lost to Oliver Reece Simpson (England) 12-14

Irish squad

49kg: Keith Flavin (Paulstown)

52kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)

56kg: Chris Nevin (Holy Family Drogheda)

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Cavan)

64kg: Thomas Waite (Holy Trinity)

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (St Malachys)

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Crumlin)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly

Coaches: Billy McClean and Tom Hayes

Physio: Conor McCarthy

<AIBA provisionally suspends the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation

Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 December 2012 – Further to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) suspension imposed on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee Bureau has decided today 6 December 2012 to provisionally suspend the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF).