Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
By David Avila
Kaliesha West, who holds the WBO bantamweight world title, has been offered a televised fight with dangerous Melinda Cooper (21-1, 11 KOs) on a Golden Boy Promotions fight card, said promoter Claudia Ollis while in Los Angeles. Despite repeated phone calls and e-mail messages, West (13-1-2, 4 KOs) and her father Juan West have not answered to say whether or not they would accept the fight. “They’ll never take the fight,” said James Pena who manages Cooper. West formerly passed on a fight with Ava Knight the only fighter to have beaten Kaliesha West. But West was recovering from an auto accident. Stay tuned.
Brothers Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) and Enrique Ornelas (30-7, 20 KOs) lead a boxing card at Fantasy Springs Casino on Friday May 6. Andrade, a super middleweight contender, fights Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-3, 11 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Ornelas fights Hector Hernandez (10-3-2, 4 KOs). Fore more information (800) 827-2946.
Author Araceli Martinez Rose’s new book “El Negocio del Dolor” has been released in book stores. The biography deals with former junior lightweight world champion Gabriel Ruelas. Martinez Rose is a former journalist with Univision. A press conference featured Martinez Rose along with stunning actress Luisa Diaz from the Academy Award nominated film “The Fighter.” Martinez Rose’s book will first publish in Spanish, then next month an English version capturing the former world champion Ruelas will then be released. “Boxing is a fascinating sport,” Martinez said. On the panel, Diaz expressed joy in participating in the much lauded motion picture. “I had the opportunity to work with big celebrities like Mark Wahlberg and Christian Slater,” said Diaz a Venezuelan native. “Boxing requires a lot of discipline.”
East L.A.’s Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KOs) stopped Jason Davis (11-9-1) in 25 seconds of a welterweight match on Thursday at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Also, welterweight Ernesto Ocon (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Puerto Rico’s Miguel Pizarro (1-2) in the third round and Fidel Maldonado (10-0, 9 KOs) stopped Jorge Cordero (4-7) at 1:03 of the first round.
Super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) stopped Jesse Brinkley (35-7, 22 KOs) at 2:34 of round three for a technical knockout victory on Friday. On the same card Las Vegas junior lightweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2) beat Oxnard’s David Rodela (15-4-3) by unanimous decision after six rounds.
Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) clashes with Brian Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also on the card Florida’s Chevelle Hallback (28-6-2, 11 KOs) challenges Cecilia Braekhus (17-0, 4 KOs) for the welterweight world championship.
WBO minimum weight titleholder Raul Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KOs) stopped Rommel Asenjo (20-3, 16 KOs) in the third round to retain his world title in Mexico City on Saturday. On the same card Mexico’s Ramon Hirales (16-2-1, 9 KOs) knocked out Colombia’s Jesus Geles (12-2-1) in round four to grab the WBO junior flyweight world title.
Carson Jones (29-8-2, 19 KOs) fights Michael Clark (41-5-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight match and Grady Brewer (26-12, 15 KOs) fights Abel Perry (13-4, 5 KOs) in six-round middleweight bout on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fight card takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Las Vegas prizefighter Diego Magdaleno (18-0, 6 KOs) meets Gilberto Sanchez Leon (31-8-2, 11 KOs) on Friday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Also on the fight card is Notre Dame football star Mike Lee (4-0) fighting Gilbert Gastelum (0-1-1) in a light heavyweight bout. For more information (877) 632-7400.
IBF middleweight titleholder Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) defends his title against Australia’s Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday in Mecklenburg, Germany. Geale’s only loss came to fellow Aussie Anthony Mundine by split decision.
WBA bantamweight world titleholder Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs) defends his world title on Saturday against Nicaragua’s Daniel Diaz (18-2, 13 KOs) in Osaka, Japan. This is the left-handed Japanese bomber’s first title defense.
An eight-man heavyweight tournament is scheduled for Saturday May 7, in London, England. Participating is Kevin Johnson (24-1-1, 10 KOs), Greg Tony (14-1, 10 KOs), Juan Carlos Gomez (49-2, 37 KOs), Tye Fields (45-3, 41 KOs) and several others. The tourney will be held at Alexandra Pavilion.
Mexico’s Anibel Ortiz ((7-1) defends the WBC minimum weight world title against Japan’s Naoko Fujioka (5-0, 3 KOs) on Sunday May 8 in Tokyo, Japan. Ortiz is making her second world title defense and second in Japan.
IFBA minimum weight titleholder Ji-Hyun Park (13-2, 5 KOs) stopped Hungary’s Krisztina Belinszky (27-7-2) in the sixth round to win by technical knockout on Sunday in South Korea.
Mexico’s Ulises Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) beat Argentina’s Luis Lazarte (48-10-2, 18 KOs) by split decision on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina to take the IBF junior flyweight world title. It was their second encounter, the first ended in a draw last December.
Mexico’s Adrian Hernandez (21-1-1, 13 KOs) stopped fellow Mexican Gilbert Keb Baas (35-21-4) at the end of round 10 to grab the WBC junior flyweight world title on Saturday in Texcoco, Mexico. Baas, 33, was making his second world title defense.