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Two of South Africa’s most promising pugilists are set to defend their World Boxing Federation titles on June 8 at the famous Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town, on a card presented by former fighter Commando Kalekuzi and his Pound-For-Pound Promotions.
International Lightweight titlist Vusumzi Tyatyeka, 16-2 (14) takes on Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr., 12-5 (7), while All-Africa Light Flyweight champion Mzuvukile Magwaca, 11-0-1 (7), will be up against Joseph Martey, 6-1 (3), from Ghana.
Tyatyeka won his WBF title in June 2012 with an impressive knockout of fellow countryman Thanduxolo Dyani. He has since scored one non-title victory, and is itching to get back in the ring:
“I am prepared to shed blood to keep my title. I want a world title shot in the future, and this victory will be one step closer to achieving my dream. This guy is in trouble”, said Tyatyeka at a recent press conference.
Mzuvukile “Old Bones” Magwaca captured the All-Africa championship by outscoring Dalisizwe Komani, also from South Africa, last August. Like Tyatyeka, he has won an interim non-title bout while waiting impatiently for his first title defense:
“I have trained very hard for this fight, and I can promise that this belt will remain in Cape Town”, growled the mean-looking champion.
WBF President Howard Goldberg, himself from Cape Town, attended the press conference and was impressed with the apparent determination and focus of the two champions:
“These boys look ready as can be, and I am sure we will have a great night at the fights on June 8”, said Goldberg.
“Mr. Kalekuzi always put on exciting cards, and with these two WBF title fights it will certainly be no different this time.”
Anne Sophie Mathis proved that she is still one of the best female boxers in the world, when she beat Dominican Yahaira Hernandez to win the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight title on Saturday night, June 1, at the Salle Roger Boileau in Dombasle, France.
After two straight losses to Holly Holm, to whom she lost her WBF World Welterweight title, and Cecilia Braekhus, Mathis returned at her new weight with clear determination to show her hometown fans that she is back and on the hunt for a rematch with Braekhus.
Yahaira Hernandez started the fight fast, and seemed to surprise Mathis with her aggressiveness. The 25-year-old from Santo Domingo was probably winning the first round, until Mathis countered her with a well-timed uppercut to score a knockdown.
From then on the fight was an all-out war with both fighters throwing bombs and the crowd going wild. Mathis, however, was the more accurate of the two and thus won the rounds, but Hernandez fought her heart out in what was a competitive and brutal bout.
In round three an accidental clash of heads opened a nasty cut above the right eye of Hernandez, but she was allowed to continue by referee Toni Tiberi and the ringside doctor. In round five, as they both continued to slug away, Mathis landed a massive shot to the liver of Hernandez who turned away in pain. She couldn’t recover, and Tiberi counted her out at 1:59 of the round.
With the impressive victory Mathis improved her professional record to 27-3 (23), and became only the third woman boxer to win a WBF World title in two weight classes. Hernandez can travel home to the Dominican Republic proud of her performance, and with a record that now stands at 14-5 (8).
The fight was promoted by Mathis long-time trainer and manager René Cordier.
For years she was considered one of the best, if not the best, pound-for-pound female boxers in the world, but after losing decisions to Holly Holm and Cecilia Braekhus in back-to-back welterweight world title fights, Anne Sophie Mathis, 26-3 (22), is now on a mission to get back to the top.
On June 1 at the Salle Roger Boileau in her hometown of Dombasle, France, Mathis will move up in weight to fight Dominican Yahaira Hernandez, 14-4 (8), for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight title, attempting to become a three-weight world champion.
At 35 years of age, and almost eighteen years as a professional, Mathis knows that she is in the twilight of her career, and besides winning the WBF World title at Super Welterweight, she has a clear goal for the near future: Revenge!
“I have fought all the best opponents at Welterweight, so we decided to make a change and move up in weight. But my goal is still to get a rematch with Breakhus”, said Mathis.
“If I win this title, I am back and can negotiate a rematch with Breakhus. Sweet revenge!”
Mathis turned pro in 2005, and won her first world title, at Light Welterweight, the following year. In 2011 she captured the WBF World Welterweight title, which she lost to Holly Holm last year in Albuquerque, USA. Prior to that she had brutally knocked Holm out in their first encounter, but a rubber match is likely never going happen as the American recently announced her retirement.
But Breakhus is still out there, and Mathis is still one of the best in the world. Going on the road to fight the Norwegian girl the first time didn’t scare here, and she is ready to do it again if she gets the chance. And with that in mind, Mathis feels that the Hernandez fight is a very special occasion, saying:
“We chose Dombasle for this fight because it will probably be my last opportunity to fight here, in front of my fans, my friends, my family. Even if it means making financial sacrifices, this is where I want to fight this time!”
In Yahaira Hernandez, Mathis will be in with a tough cookie. Hernandez has the experience, power and skills to give Mathis a tough night! The 25-year-old from Santo Domingo is coming off three knockout victories, and she has only come up short in world title-challenges against some of the best:
In 2007 against Natascha Ragosina at Super Middleweight and Karolina Lukasik at Super Welterweight, in 2008 against Jisselle Salandy at Super Welterweight, and in 2011 against WBF World Champion Christina Hammer at Middleweight.
Having struggled with injuries since the Breakhus loss, Mathis is not underestimating Hernandez:
“This will be a tough fight, and I expect a strong challenge from Hernandez. It was hard dealing with the injuries, but I have been injury-free now for two months and have trained twice a day, so I will be in top shape and ready to take care of her!”
On Saturday night, May 25, the World Boxing Federation crowned two new champions as Niki Adler won the vacant Womens World Super Middleweight title in Russia, and Enes Zecirevic captured the vacant International Super Middleweight crown in Switzerland.
In a rematch of their original 2011 encounter, won by Adler on points, the German stylist again beat Latvian Zane Brige by unanimous decision at the Olymp arena in Volgodonsk, on a show promoted by SKV Boxing. The title was recently vacated by another German, Christina Hammer.
Both fighters clearly came to win, and put on another entertaining fight for the fans, but Adler was often just a little bit busier and more precise with her punches.
In the end judges Alexander Margushin, Irene Kostenko and Alexander Kalinkin all scored in favour of Adler: 98-93, 99-92 and 98-92. Referee was Irakly Malazonia.
26-year-old Adler took her professional ledger to 10-0 (6), and Brige is incredibly now only 2-3-1 (1) in the paid ranks, having won the Latvian national title and with two of the losses being in championship bouts.
At the Sporthalle Badbetrieb in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, locally based Bosnian-born Enes Zecirevic dominated the younger, but much more experienced, Mikheil Khutsisvili from Georgia.
After ten rounds of boxing, judges Jean-Marcel Nartz, Domenico Gottardi and Beat Hausammann all had Zecirevic clearly ahead with scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. Referee in this one was Fabian Guggenheim.
The new WBF International champion improved his undefeated record to 10-0 (6), while Khutsisvili lost his first bout in a while, after four wins and a draw in his last five, and drops to 26-19-5 (19).
Promoters were Team CALE Boxing Promotion and Leonardo Caputo.
Cameroon-born 2004 Olympian Carlos Takam is the new World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Champion after taking the title from American Michael Grant Friday night at the Gymnase du Clos de l’Arche in hometown Noisy-le-Grand, France.
Takam took charge from the start, and was quickly able to close the distance on his taller opponent before throwing and connecting with well-timed hooks from both hands. The defending champion fought mostly on the back foot, and just didn’t seem to have an answer to the clever boxing of the challenger.
In round four Grant finally had some success and started to work harder, but Takam just stepped it up himself and continued to dominate. The visitor relied mostly on landing his powerful right hand, but had too little success to keep Takam off.
In round eight Takam landed a huge left uppercut that shook Grant to his boots. As he quickly followed up and landed another combination, the corner of Grant had seen enough and threw in the towel at the same time as referee Ingo Barrabas stepped in to wave it off. Time was 0:50.
The new world champion, who improved his record to 28-1 (22), was ecstatic after completing his masterpiece, while Grant, now 48-5 (36), congratulated him on a job well done.
At the time of the stoppage judges Jean Marcel Nartz, Toni Tiberi and Ernst Salzgeber had Takam clearly ahead with scores of 70-63, 69-64 and 70-62.
The fight was promoted by Joseph Germain.
The World Boxing Federation returns to Russia on Saturday May 25, when undefeated German Nikki Adler fights Latvian Zane Brige in what is expected to be an exiting rematch at the Olymp arena in Volgodonsk on a show promoted by SKV Boxing.
Adler and Brige will clash for the vacant WBF Womens World Super Middleweight title just relinquished by Christina Hammer, who has decided to focus on defending the WBF World Middleweight crown she also holds.
Born in Augsburg, Germany to Croatian parents, Adler (birth name Nikolina Orlovic) was an accomplished amateur. She turned pro in December 2010 and won the German national title in only her fifth bout, three months after defeating Brige on points in their original meeting in February 2011.
In October 2011 Adler won a European title by beating the respected Pia Porter. In 2012 she only fought once, winning a minor championship, while she started 2013 by capturing another belt defeating Bosnian Edita Lesnik. Now 9-0 (6), she is ready to give Brige another chance, and this time for a world championship.
Zane Brige brings a modest and deceiving 2-2-1 professional record, but also has good amateur experience. She won the Latvian national title in only her second fight, and lost a split decision to Marija Pejakovic in the Czech Republic for a minor title in 2011, so she have already proven herself at championship level.
If the rematch is anywhere near as competitive and entertaining as their first encounter, Russian boxing fans watching at ringside and on TV will be in for a treat. Both boxers like to mix it up, and both believe they can prove this time who is really the better of the two.
Undefeated Enes Zecirevic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina but now based in Switzerland, is set to face Georgian Mikheil Khutsisvili for the vacant World Boxing Federation International Super Middleweight title on Saturday May 25 at the Sporthalle Badbetrieb in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.
Zecirevic spots an unblemished professional record of 8-0 (6), but must be considered a late bloomer in the sport at 30 years of age. He turned pro in May 2011, and this will be his first championship fight, against what will undoubtedly be his biggest test, in the paid ranks.
24-year-old Khutsisvili, 26-18-5 (10), on the other hand was only seventeen when he dropped the west in 2006, and the fight in Switzerland will amazingly be his 50th professional bout in less than seven years. However, while he has challenged for a few minor titles, this will surely be his most important fight to date.
“I have fought world class boxers, including Martin Murray, Matthew Hatton, Sergey Rabchenko and Jack Culcay, and I know for sure that this guy I am fighting in Switzerland is not as good as those guys”, said Khutsisvili before his departure from Tbilisi airport.
“I have had bad nights and good nights in the ring, but I feel better than ever and has not lost in my last five bouts, so I am confident that I will win this one too!”
The Enes Zecirevic vs. Mikheil Khutsisvili WBF International Super Middleweight title fight will be promoted by Team CALE Boxing Promotion and Leonardo Caputo.
World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Champion Michael Grant is ready to make his first title-defence in the hometown of tough challenger Carlos Takam on Friday May 24.
The pair will clash at the Gymnase du Clos de l’Arche in Noisy-le-Grand, France, on a show promoted by accomplished and respected promoter Joseph Germain.
Grant, 48-4 (36), has been on the sidelines waiting for a chance to defend his title since winning it against Francois Botha in South Africa in November 2011, and the massive American is reportedly in great shape and eager to return to action.
Carlos Takam, 27-1 (21), is the reigning WBF International champion, a title he captured in March 2012 by stopping the aforementioned Botha in eleven rounds, one round quicker than Grant. The Cameroon-born 2004 Olympian has since tuned up for what will be his careers biggest fight by scoring two non-title victories.
The Michael Grant vs. Carlos Takam World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight title fight is a classic confrontation of big-name champion fighting to stay on top, against a hungry challenger looking to make a name for himself by dethroning the champion.
Both are big punchers, so the spectators in Noisy-le-Grand can look forward to an explosive evening of World Championship boxing!
WBF Presidents Column May 2013: The next few months in the World Boxing Federation’s calendar are chaotic in a good way. Just watch the Schedule section on our website: There are fights scheduled in Mexico, Morocco, France, Switzerland, South Africa, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and a few more countries to be finalized rather soon and of course we are extremely excited to be holding our convention in Saarbruecken, Germany in September where we hope to meet up with old friends and naturally make many new friends.
Having lived my whole life in South Africa, I witnessed the ugliness and horror of apartheid, where the masses were ruled by a small minority and where democracy simply did not exist. The minority ruled with great force and often intimidated the masses with torture and victimization. It was a sad time in South Africa’s history, but the release of Nelson Mandela, arguably the greatest man in the world, coupled with free and democratic elections enabled South Africa to become a free and great country. The bottom line is that inevitably democracy and freedom will always triumph over bullying and intimidation. Nowhere in the world should such a horror similar to apartheid be allowed to resurface.
The WBF’s growth in Mexico last year draws an interesting comparison to apartheid. It is sad that certain of our champions have been threatened and forced to relinquish their hard earned WBF titles, simply to accommodate the wishes of certain people who control certain television networks and other people, and like apartheid, control them through fear and intimidation. The WBF has never had a problem with our champions moving to other organizations, in fact in certain cases we have supported them – but all we ask is for these champions to make their choices out of their own free will, and not to be threatened to do so.
We at the WBF believe entirely on fighters having the right to fight for different sanctioning bodies, we believe in fighters’ rights to earn an income to live. They are, after all, professionals who sacrifice much in their striving to be successful. We at the WBF have never, and will never, threaten fighters or managers – we will never stand in the way of fighters who have other opportunities.
We will always strive for honesty, integrity and professionalism and rather than look at the other sanctioning bodies and how they operate, we prefer to look at ourselves and to do things as professionally as possible, always looking at how we can improve and how we can bring legitimacy to boxing.
Mexico is one of the greatest boxing countries in the world and has always been. The passion among boxing people in Mexico is virtually unrivalled. Mexico deserves the best. Mexico deserves having their champions being proud of their titles irrespective of the organization they represent. A champion is a champion! What Mexico doesn’t deserve are bullies who believe they are bigger than this great sport of ours. Boxing would surely be better off without such arrogant crooks who believe in intimidation and bullying, but are in fact the embodiment of corruption themselves.
PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation
Holly Holm impressively, if not spectacularly, defended her World Boxing Federation World Light Welterweight title on Saturday night May 11 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Route 66 Casino Hotel´s Legends Theater in Albuquerque, with a unanimous decision over game but outclassed challenger Mary McGee.
Holm (31) had prior to the fight declared that it would be her last as a professional boxer, now wanting to concentrate on a campaign in MMA, and she appeared determined to put on a good show in front of the hometown fans who have continuously turned up to support her throughout her illustrious career.
And she certainly did so by dominating her five years younger opponent from the first bell, and winning all ten rounds on all three judges’ scorecards for a shutout (100-90 x 3) unanimous decision. McGee was by no means a push-over, she was just up against the Pound-For-Pound queen!
With the victory, her first and assumedly last of the WBF World Light Welterweight crown (she is also WBF World Champion at Welterweight!), ”The Preachers Daughter” leaves boxing with an amazing professional record of 33-2-3 (9), while Gary, Indiana’s McGee drops to 20-2 (11).
The show, billed as “Mayhem”, was promoted by Lenny Fresquez and his Fresquez Productions.
Southpaw Holm will likely go down in boxing history as one of the best and most accomplished women to ever lace on gloves. She turned pro in 2002, and has since captured an astonishing thirteen (!) world titles in three weight classes, switching between Light Welter, Welter and Light Middleweight at her convenience.
The World Boxing Federation is proud to be associated with a great athlete such as Holm, and wishes her all the best in her Mixed Martial Arts career. She will no doubt continue to be successful!