WBO Convention Awards / Special Recognitions at Gala

Results: WBO Convention Awards Gala at the Hotel El Panama in Panama City. Next year’s WBO Convention will take place in Tokyo, Japan.

WBO Fight of the Year 
Sho Kimura vs. Kosei Tanaka

WBO Female Fight of Year
Arely Muciño vs. Maria Salinas

WBO Female Fighter of the Year and Super Champion
Amanda Serrano

WBO KO of The Year
Ángel ‘Tito’ Acosta 1st-round KO to Abraham Rodriguez

WBO Fighter of The Year
Terence Crawford

WBO Upset of The Year
Eleider Alvarez TKO’s Sergey Kovalev

Special Recognition
1. Brian ‘Bo Mac’ McIntyre – Gordy Volkman Award for Outstanding Trainer
2. Eddie Hearn – The New Generation Award for Outstanding Promotions During 2018
3. Masayuki Ito v. Christopher “Pitufo” Díaz – for Outstanding Fight
4. Crawford, Montiel y Tanaka – Triple Crown Award for Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions
5. Kosei Tanaka – Super Champion Belt – For Winning WBO World Titles in Three Weight Divisions
6. Promoter of The Year US – Bob Arum
7. Promoter of The Year Europe – Frank Warren
8. Oscar De La Hoya – Trailblazer Award for Ground Breaking Fight Series Transmitted Via Facebook Watch
9. Special recognition to Rosa Volante –  First female WBO World Champion
10. Special recognition Ahikiko Honda promoter Japan
11. Raja Amasheh First Female Fighter World Champion of The Middle East
12. Dariusz Michalczewski 22 titles defenses at Light Heavyweight Division
13. Ivan Calderón – Commitment to the Youth Boxing Program. WBO Two division Champion
14. Acelino Freites – WBO Two division World Champion
15. Arthur Grigorian – Former WBO World Lightweight Champion who defended his word title 17 times
16. Jaime Munguia – Devasting Knockout Puncher

Photos by Fernando Gaztambide / WBO

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The World Boxing Organization impacted the Sor Isolina Ferré Center in Ponce, PR


PONCE, PR- As is customary in the different corners of Puerto Rico and the world, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and its president, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel,Esq accompanied by former world champions, prospects, Jr. Flyweight World Champion Angel Acosta and members of the Puerto Rican National Amateur Boxing Team, were sharing with the children of the Sor Isolina Ferre Center with motivational messages, educational and sporting gifts, as part of the successful program “WBO Kids Drug Free”.
The Spiritual Director of the Isolina Ferré Centers of Puerto Rico, Sister Mildred Vázquez, said that, “For us, Francisco Valcárcel has been a friend who has never failed us. When Hurricane Maria came, Valcarcel came here fast with his people and helped us a lot. Every year he promises to return and has not failed us. Thank you for following the tradition and for giving a great smile to these children every time you visit us. ”
“Since the beginning of the WBO, we have always been helping the center. I remember that Sister Isolina always told us that we were going to be blessed by our actions and today I can tell you that this was the case. Now we are better and with our hearts full of much love for today’s great activity. As long as I’m still alive, the center will always have my help, “said WBO President Francisco Valcárcel.
World champion Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta confirmed that, “these activities are very good because they help society and give hope to those who do not have much. The WBO will always have my support for these activities. I’m really happy because the kids enjoyed everything”.
In the busy and packed activity, the children received backpacks, bicycles, basketball and volleyball balls and school supplies.
Of the activity participated, the NABO Light Heavyweight champion Lenin Castillo, Interim Latino Jr. Featherweight Champion Yenifel Vicente, Lightweight Latino Champion José Pedraza, along with the former Olympian Jeyvier Cintrón, Yomar Álamo, Víctor Bisbal, Bernard ‘Bimbo’ Lebrón, Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez and John’ The Beast ‘Correa. Also the Puerto Rican Boxing Amateur National Team was present with Ashley Lozada, Stephanie Piñeiro, Rose Matos, Angelyris Lopez, Nisa Rodriguez, Oscar Collazo, Yankiel Rivera, Omar Rosario, Luis Rodriguez and Bryan Polaco.
Former world champions Samuel ‘Torbellino’ Serrano, Álex ‘El Nene’ Sánchez and Ángel ‘Cholo’ Espada, promoter Peter Rivera, manager Margaro Cruz, trainers Luis Espada, Jesús ‘Tongui’ Ortíz, Félix Pagán Pintor, and Armando Alamo were also in the activity alongside with referees José Hiram Rivera, José Ramírez,Jr, Ramón Peña and Melva Santos, judges Nelson Vázquez, Luis Ruiz, Gerardo Martínez, César Ramos and WBO legal advisor Gustavo Olivieri, Esq.
About the Sor Isolina Ferré Center:
CSIF has contributed to the well-being, security and socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico since its foundation 49 years ago at the Ponce Beach by Sister Isolina Ferré, MSBT. Its corrective programs and prevention, human development and community development provide solutions to address problems such as school dropout, violence and unemployment and the economic crisis. The different programs and services are offered in 24 towns of the Island, including the region of Ponce, Guayama, San Juan, Canóvanas, among others.
Photos by Víctor Planas / OMB

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WBO News – Headline Matches For This Week


The World Boxing Organization (WBO) will oversee four major fights this week around the world, including a world championship bout.
Starting on Thursday, June 14 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, seventh ranked Hiroaki Teshigawara (16-2-2, 9 KOs), of Tokyo, will defend his WBO Asia-Pacific Bantamweight title against the two-time world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita (26-2-1, 9 KOs), of Kobe.
In the same card, 12th ranked Ryuichi Funai (29-7, 20 KOs), from Tokyo, will face former world champion Warlito Parrenas (26-7-1, 23 KOs), from Philippines, for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific Jr. Bantamweight belt. Both fights are scheduled for 12 round as part of a event promoted by Dangan Boxing.
Also on Thursday, but in Indio, California, Filipino Mercedito Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) will battle Robert Manzanarez (36-1, 29 KOs), of Arizona, for the vacant WBO NABO Lightweight title, in a 10 round clash.
The event, which will take place at Fantasy Springs Casino, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, and will feature a live broadcast on ESPN, starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time (5:30 p.m. Pacific time).
Meanwhile, on Saturday, June 16 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, WBO Jr. Flyweight Champion, Ángel ‘Tito’ Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs), from Puerto Rico, will be making his first title defense, against 10th ranked, and former WBO Youth and Latino champion, Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs), of Nicaragua, in a schedule 12 round fight.
In Puerto Rico, DIRECTV subscribers will be able to see the event through channel 161, OnDIRECTV, starting at 9 p.m, Eastern time (6:00 p.m. Pacific time). Integrated Sports Media is distributing the card in the United States on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV, DISH and live-streamed worldwide (excluding Puerto Rico) on the FITE.TV app and website (www.fite.tv), for a suggested retail price of $34.95.
The event is promoted by Cotto Promotions, in association with H2 Entertainment.

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WBO: Officials Named for Title Bout Between World Champion Ángel Acosta and Carlos Buitrago


The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced the officials for this Saturday, June 16, clash between WBO Jr. Flyweight Champion, Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, from Puerto Rico, and ranked No. 10 by this sanctioning body Carlos ‘Chocorroncito’ Buitrago, from Nicaragua, in a scheduled 12 rounds bout.
The world title match will take place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan as the main event of a boxing evening presented by the Cotto Promotions. The Puerto Rican Luis Pabón will be the referee of the clash. Pabón is a veteran of over 400 professional boxing fights, including 168 world titles bouts.
The Coliseo de Puerto Rico, was the scene of Miguel Cotto’s first world championship, when the today’s promoter was crowned WBO Jr. Welterwweight Champion on September 11, 2004 after defeating Kelson Pinto, of Brazil, by technical knockout in the sixth round.
Puerto Rican Jerry Martinez of Guaynabo and from the United States, Rocky Young, of Florida, and William Lerch, of Illinois, were appointed judges for the bout. The WBO Supervisor will be WBO President of the Classifications Committee Edgardo López Sasso, Esq.
For Acosta (17-1-1, 17 KOs), it will be his first world title defense of the title he won last December by knocking out Mexican Juan ‘Pinky’ Alejo in the tenth round. On his part, Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs) has held the WBO Youth and Latino Mini Flyweight titles.

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