Gutknecht-McIntosh on 5/7, Team USA to Face Mexico on 4/15, WBF To Crown First-Ever Womens champ

Eduard Gutknecht will challenge European Light Heavyweight Champion Danny McIntosh in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7. In the main fight of the night, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will defend his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale. “I´m thrilled to be fighting for the European title in just my second fight for Team Sauerland,” Gutknecht said from his training camp base in Zinnowitz. “McIntosh is a strong fighter with a big heart. He won his title on the road, which shows that he can perform well under pressure. But I will defeat him and take the title.”

Gutknecht (20-1, 8 KOs) joined Team Sauerland at the beginning of the year. McIntosh (13-1, 7 KOs) clinched the title on January 22 when he stopped Thierry Karl in France.

Team USA to Face off with Mexico in Dual Action, April 15 and 17 in Harvey, Illinois

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States and Mexico will face off in international dual action, April 15 and 17 at the Restorations Ministries’ Harvey Boxing Club and Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill., with the two squads competing in all 13 Olympic weight divisions over the two dual event.

Eight national champions will lead Team USA into action with light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.), female flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), male light welterweight Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.), female middleweight national champion Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.), male middleweight national champion Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and male super heavyweight champion Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) all competing in the international dual.

Two Chicago natives will see action in the international event with male lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and the Harvey Boxing Club’s own welterweight Alex Martin (Chicago, Ill.) facing Mexico over the weekend. 2010 USA Boxing National Championships male flyweight bronze medalist John Franklin (Fort Carson, Colo.), 2010 National PAL male bantamweight champion Oshanique Foster (Orange, Texas), male light heavyweight Caleb Plant (Ashland Tenn.), and 2010 Youth Olympic Games male heavyweight participant Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) will complete the U.S. team in Harvey.

Mexico is sending a squad of top athletes north of the border with five female athletes slated to compete in the two-dual event. The female athletes will be flyweights Mariana Caballero and Silvia Torres, lightweights Reyna Virdiana Cortija and Erika Cruz, and middleweight Alma Nora Ibarra. On the men’s side, light flyweight Francisco Alonso Melendez, flyweight Elias Emigdio Abarca, bantamweight Oscar Valdez Fierro, lightweight Angel Jordan Gutierrez Amezcua, light welterweight Carlos Barrera, welterweight Oscar Molina Casillas, middleweight Juan Antonio Mercado, light heavyweight Armando Pina, heavyweight Mario Heredia, and super heavyweight Juan Isidro Hiracheta will face American foes in the two dual event.

Charles Leverette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the United States’ Army, Clara Savannah (Houston, Texas) and Mark Chears (Chicago, Ill.) will be the Team USA coaches for the USA vs. Mexico Dual with Enrique Orci (Tuscson, Ariz.) and Randy Richard (Lafayette, La.) working as the AIBA officials, Rosemarie Trindle (Mercer, Pa.) serving as the Computer Technician and Dr. Alicia Broeren (Milwaukee, Wis.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.

Nine bouts of action will kick off the event on Friday at 8 p.m., at the Harvey Boxing Club with two women’s bouts showcasing a duo of the United States’ top female boxers against Mexican foes. Friday’s black-tie event will not only feature nine of the top Olympic hopefuls from both the United States and Mexico, but also serve as a fundraising event for the Restoration Ministries. USA Boxing and the Harvey Boxing Club have hosted the annual event for several years and it consistently provides a great night of boxing action.

Sunday’s action will commence at 2 p.m. at Thornton Township High School with competition being showcased in all 13 Olympic weight classes in the second dual of the event. Bout sheets for both days of USA vs. Mexico Dual action are attached.

Team USA Roster

Female – 112lbs/51kg: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas

Female – 132lbs/60kg: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.

Female – 165lbs/75kg: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky.

108lbs/49kg: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.

114lbs/52kg: John Franklin, Colorado Springs, Colo.

123lbs/56kg: O’Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas

132lbs/60kg: Kenneth Sims, Chicago, Ill.

141lbs/64kg: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.

152lbs/69kg: Alex Martin, Chicago, Ill.

165lbs/75kg: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.

178 lbs/81kg: Caleb Plant, Ashland, Tenn.

201 lbs/91kg: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo.

201+lbs/+91kg: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas

Coach: Charles Leverette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Coach: Clara Savannah, Houston, Texas

Coach: Mark Chears, Chicago, Ill.

Physician: Alicia Broeren, Milwaukee, Wis.

Official: Rosemaire Trindle, Mercer, Pa.

Official: Enrique Orci, Tucson, Ariz.

Official: Randy Richard, Lafayette, La.

Team Mexico Roster

Female - 112lbs/51kg: Mariana Caballero

Female – 132lbs/60kg: Reyna Viridiana Cortija

Female – 165lbs/75kg: Alma Nora Ibarra

Female - 112lbs/51kg: Silvia Torres

Female – 132lbs/60kg: Erika Cruz

Female – 165lbs/75kg: Irais Hernandez

108lbs/49kg: Francisco Alonso Melendez

114lbs/52kg: Braulio Avila Juarez

123lbs/56kg: Oscar Valdez Fierro

132lbs/60kg Angel Jordan Gutierrez Amezcua

141lbs/64kg: Carlos Barrera

152lbs/69kg: Oscar Molina Casillas

165lbs/75kg: Juan Antonio Mercado

178 lbs/81kg: Armando Pina

201 lbs/91kg: Mario Heredia

201+lbs/+91kg: Juan Isidro Hiracheta

Coach: Francisco Bonilla Vazquez

Coach: Guillermo Becerril Perez

Coach: Mario Gonzalez Lugo

Team Manager: Oscar Contreras Gonzales

Physician: Aurelio Alvarez Plascencia

Official: Ismael Mejia Cordova

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).

WBF To Crown First-Ever Womens Cruiserweight Champion

The World Boxing Federation is about to become part of boxing history when it sanctions the first-ever female world championship bout in the cruiserweight division on May 24 in Györ, Hungary. After thorough consideration, the WBF Championship Committee has approved the application by Profibox Promotion, the promotional outfit headed by Hungarian heavyweight champion Zoltan Petranyi, and pairs local heroine Zita Zatyko and Romania’s Izabella Torok for the WBF womens world cruiserweight crown. The WBF set the weight limit for the division at 86,182 kg (190 lbs), the old male cruiserweight limit.

The 30-year-old Zatyko will certainly start a huge favourite, having defeated Torok twice before in non-title fights. Currently, Zita is rated the # 1 female boxer in the world by boxrec and boosts an unblemished pro record of 11-0-1 (9 KO’s). She has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for WBF womens world heavyweight champ Natascha Ragosina, the undefeated Russian who cleaned out the supermiddleweight class prior to her jump to heavyweight, and if Zatyko can clinch herself the WBF title at cruiser it may move her closer to the big-money match. However, Torok will be the heavier of the two and just might be coming into her own at just 21 years of age. Her current record stands at just 5-3 (2 KO’s), but she has won her last two by knockout.

The WBF Championship Committee invites all female cruiserweight contenders around the world to forward their applications for future challenges for this title to the office of the General Secretary Diana Spasova ( for further consideration.

Article posted on 13.04.2011

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