The popular series Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will kick off its 2019 spring season this Friday, February 22 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The longest running Boxing series on US Spanish television its also celebrating its 30thAnniversary.
In the main event unbeaten prospect Yomar “The Magic” Alamo of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico will put his undefeated record on the line against rugged contender Manuel “La Tormenta” Mendez of Los Angeles, California in a bout schedule for 10 rounds for the vacant World Boxing Organization NABO Jr. Welterweight championship. Alamo, 23, has won the WBC Youth and FECARBOX Titles in his young career and in his last fight he knocked out Wilfrido Buelvas in 4 rounds last July 25 on the ESPN undercard of the Masayuki Ito-Christopher Diaz before a sold out crowd in Kissimmee and improved his record to 15-0-12 KO’s. Mendez, 28, has beaten 6 undefeated fighters and in his last outing he lost a highly disputed majority decision to Robert Garcia’s protégé undefeated Jonathan Navarro and his record fell to 16-4-3-11 KO’s.
Also in action former Olympian Antonio Vargas (9-0-3 KO’s) of Kissimmee, who will risk his NABF Jr. Bantamweight Title against veteran Lucas Rafael Baez (34-17-5-18 KO’s) of Belle Glade in a bout schedule for 8 rounds. Unbeaten middleweight prospect Carlos Monroe (11-0-10 KO’s) of Georgia faces former Mexican Champion Jonathan “Oso” Tavira (17-6-13 KO’s) over 10 rounds. John Karl Sosa (13-3-6 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico returns after a two-year hiatus and will battle Alex “Bad Boy” Barbosa (11-3-7 KO’s’) in another classic of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico. Rounding out the card Emanuel “Tito” Morales (8-3-5 KO’s) of Puerto Rico and Pedro “Perico” Amigon (6-11-3 KO’s) square off in a 6 round super lightweight attraction.
2 more bouts are schedule, first bell at 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at www.ticketmaster.comor www.ohpark.com. All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Telemundo Deportes and Experience Kissimmee is presenting the show. The Vargas-Baez fight is in association with Top Rank Boxing. Main event will be televised live on Telemundo at 11:35 PM.
Rachel Ball (4-0) is relishing the opportunity to put her unbeaten record on the line against former European and WBC International Champion Katharina Thanderz (10-0, 2 KOs) as they provide chief support for Kai Robin Havnaa’s IBO International title fight with Rad Rashid on March 2 in Arendal.
Ball is a former three-time world kickboxing champion, who having switched disciplines is undefeated in her four professional contests. Her last bout, a bloody battle with Eftychia Kathopouli, was named ‘Fight Of Year’ by the British Boxing Board of Control Midlands Area, and the 27 year-old is promising another ‘war’ as she travels the North Sea to take on the undefeated Thanderz.
“I’m coming to Norway to win and that’s the only outcome I envision in my mind. If I thought any differently, I wouldn’t bother stepping in the ring,” says Ball. “I don’t make predictions on points, stoppages or TKOs, but what I do predict is an excellent showcase for women’s boxing, a brilliant fight, and a war too!
“I might look friendly but put me in a ring and I’m a different person. I’m an exciting fighter. There’s no other fighter out there who looks like me. I stand out in appearance and in the way I fight. This will be a fight you don’t want to miss!
“Thanderz has a good record. She’s fought for two titles, so she’s experienced in fighting over longer rounds. I’ve watched her fights. She’s a tough girl, and it’s going to be a great fight for women’s boxing and for the fans. Everyone at home is excited for me to fight someone as credible as Thanderz. This as a big opportunity for my career, and I’m excited to fight her.”
Having claimed multiple World titles as a kickboxer, Balls hopes to emulate this success as boxer, drawing on her past experience to fight her way to the top.
“For me, boxing was natural progression from my kickboxing career,” she says. “There wasn’t anything left for me to achieve in the sport, and I wanted a new challenge. I had two K1 fights after I won my last world title, I enjoyed it, but the plan was to go in to boxing, and the time was right when I turned pro in 2017.
“I maintain that kickboxers are tough, getting punched in the face is one thing but getting kicked in the face is another. It’s great being a multiple world champion. I’ve had a lot of title fights and gone a lot of rounds, which is great experience to bring into my boxing career, but with that said, I’m a completely different now from my kickboxing days, and from the fights I’ve had since.”
Kai Robin Havnaa tops the bill at the SØR Amfi in Arendal with a historic IBO International Cruiserweight title fight against Rad ‘Thunder’ Rashid.
Katharina Thanderz provides chief support with a super featherweight contest against Rachel Ball, Hadi Srour is back in the professional ring to meet Zoltan Szabo, and Kristiansand’s Jamshid Nazari takes on Ivica Gogosevic.
Welterweight prospect Jack Ewbank is excited to display the new skills he’s learned in the gym when he returns to the ring on Friday.
Ewbank (1-0) takes part in his second professional contest when he faces Dylan Draper on an MTK Global show at York Hall, and he’s looking forward to showing his talents ahead of a busy year.
He said: “I’m naturally a counter puncher, but we’ve been working on coming forward more and we’ll see that against Dylan Draper on Friday.
“He’s a back-foot fighter from what I’ve seen and it looks like he’ll sit back defensively and will be slippery with his movement.
We’ve worked on getting him into the corner and making it look clinical. He likes to throw his shots from the ropes, so we’ll be looking at getting those shots away and moving forward.
“This is my first fight in 2019, and I’m hoping to have five fights this year to build towards a big 2020 where we can chase some things down.
“We’ll see how the year pans out and take each fight as it comes, but I’m looking forward to every single one.”