(SEPT 24) In August, 2015, Pitchers Dean Chance and Mike Witt and outfielder Tim Salmon were inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame before Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Chance won the Cy Young Award in 1964 when only one award was given for both leagues, Witt threw a perfect game against the Texas Rangers in 1984 and Salmon helped the Angels to their only World Series title in 2002. In 1964, the Angels were still playing at Dodger Stadium. Chance noted Saturday that his Cy Young Award was part of a string of five pitchers winning the award whose home park was Dodger Stadium. The others were Don Drysdale (1962) and Sandy Koufax (’63, ’65, ’66). Full Story by Robert Morales Photo: Dean's LA Angels HOF induction on 8/22/15. Dean and longtime friend, Kristin Jaman.
(JULY 30) Earlier this week on July 28th, the IBA Vice-President Bob Case took the opportunity at the Wild Card Boxing Gym, in Los Angeles, California, along with world famous boxing trainer Freddy Roach, to present Mike Weaver, the IBA Heavyweight World Title belt that he won on June 6, 1994, when he soundly defeated his opponent Ladislao Mijangos. Mike had fought for the IBA, just three months prior to President Dean Chance purchasing the IBA. When Case found out that he had never received a belt, they immediately presented him with one!
(JUNE 30) On June 28, 2015, at the Fruchthalle Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz/Germany, IBA Cruiserweight World Champion Mairis Brieidis won by a second round KO over Emre Altintas in a non-title bout, and Mairis Brieidis won by a third round KO over Istvan Zeller, successfully defending his IBA Continental Light Heavyweight title. The fights were televised on Eurosprt Live. More info: (Bund Deutscher Faustkämpfer); Promoter: Enrico Schütze (PSP - Boxing) - BBB inc; Matchmaker: Enrico Schütze; Fernsehen: Eurosport; IBA Head Referee: Mr Steve Smoger (USA) and Mr Klaus Hagemann (Germany); IBA Europe Officials: Mr Klaus Hagemann (Germany), Mr Emil Irimia (Romania), Mr Bruno Wartelle (France); Supervisor: Mr Stephane Cabrera, IBA Europe Continental Representative; MC: Mr Jean-Philippe Lustyk (France).
June 27, 2015, at the Challenge Arena Frankfurt/Germany, Sotiros the Boxing Lawyer Georgikeas, now 10-1 (8KO) won the IBA Cruiserweight Continental Title, by TKO at round 6 over Mounir Toumi, 15-13 (5KO).
A Special congratulations to Top and best world referee in the world with his recent induction into the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame. Article by Bernard Fernandez "IBHOF inductee Steve Smoger has seen the world thanks to boxing"...http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/391445-ibhof-inductee-steve-smoger-has-seen-the-world
The IBA Officials Clinic, authorized by the International Boxing Association, Dean Chance, President and sponsored by B.O.S.E Promotion will be conducted in St. Maarten, NA on May 27, 28 & 29. The schedule includes the following: May 27-Referee Clinic; May 28-Judges Clinic; and May 29- In-Ring Demonstrations at the event venue. In consideration of the Officials work schedules, the Clinics will begin at 7:00 p.m., each evening. Those Officials who attend and complete the Clinic will be given a Certificate of Completion issued by the International Boxing Association (IBA).
April 18th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of Star Boxing's 18th edition of its exciting Rockin Fights series Mastic/Shirley, Long Island heavy handed "The Irish Bomber" Joe Smith Jr. claimed the IBA Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title scoring a punishing second round stoppage of Newark, New Jersey's rugged veteran Cory "Black Ice" Cummings. Full Story
(APR 2) On April 10, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany, PSP Box team collaborating with Bigger’s Better Inc will promote the night of professional boxing live on Eurosport from Germany, with Denis Liebau to step in the ring and challenge the IBA continental light heavyweight title, the bout will be 10 rounds. More: Promoter: BB Inc & PSP; IBA Head Referee: Mr Steve Smoger (USA) and Mr Klaus Hagemann (Germany); IBA Europe Officials: Mr Klaus Hagemann (Germany), Mr Emil Irimia (Romania), Mr Bruno Wartelle (France); • Supervisor: Mr Stephane Cabrera, IBA Europe Continental Representative; MC: Mr Jean-Philippe Lustyk (France).
(MAR 12) A great flash from the past in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Johnny Tapia was fighting for the IBA Bantamweight title. This is a pre-fight photo of IBA Vice-President Bob Case with Johnny Tapia showing off their World Title Championship rings.
(NOV 18) In an excellent IBA Cruiserweight World Championship in sold out Olympic Stadium in Liepaja, Latvia, on November 14, 2014 in Latvia, Liepaja, at the Liepaja Olympic Arena, promoted by Biggers Better, Inc. and LIVE on Eurosport, in the mainliner, Mairis Briedis, 91,100 kg, successfully defended his IBA cruiserweight world title against Ismael Abdoul, 91,600 kg, of Belgium. The two will be fighting 12 rounds/three minute rounds. Briedis won by points. IBA main referee - Mr. Steve Smoger, USA.
(SEPT 7) Throughout the many years that the International Boxing Association has been in existence they have had many top champions that include some of the most noted men and women professional boxers past and present in the sport. In the past, the IBA has crowned boxers, i.e., Oscar De La Hoya, who know promotes the sport with Golden Boy Promotions; Sugar Shane Mosley, who defeated De La Hoya for an IBA Title; Beibut Shumenov; Roy Jones Jr.; Fernando Vargas in 2001; Antonio Tarver; Roberto Duran; Glen Johnson; Calvin Brock; Oliver "Atomic Bull" McCall; Laila "She Bee Stingin" Ali...Full Story
28) On June 20, 2014, at the Tolhuis Arena,
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Joel Tambwe Djeko, now
7-1-1 (3KO), of Belgium won the IBA Cruiserweight
Intercontinental Title, by a first round KO over Franck
Bluemle, 9-1-2 (6KO). The event
was broadcast live on Eurosport, as part of a series of
promotion that will be organized by the BB team in 2014.
Referee: Steve Smoger.
History is made again as Bernard Hopkis Defeats Shumenov
April 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2014)
Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made
history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to
unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world
title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9
KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World
Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for
the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for
Shumenov. Boxing's elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident
throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was
never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is
self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace.
Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at
times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand
that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career.
|IBA Super Flyweight
Champion Bruno Escalante Successfully Defends his Title!
photo/PR by Mario Serrano
April 5, 2014
CALIFORNIA (April 5, 2014) - Tonight at the Cache Creek Casino, Bruno "The Aloha Kid" Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs) successfully defended his IBA Super-Flyweight title with a unanimous decision victory against a game Victor Ruiz (12-3, 9 KOs). Escalante vs Ruiz was presented by Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents Boxing and Cache Creek Casino Resort. In the early rounds, Ruiz pressed the action and won a few rounds before Escalante got into his grove. Escalante made the proper adjustments in the middle rounds and used superior boxing skills and defense to confuse Ruiz as he took the lead going into the final two rounds. Ruiz tried to make a final push but Escalante dug deep and finished strong. Escalante hurt his hand in round 2 and fought with his right hand for most of the fight. Scorecards read 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 all in favor for Escalante. "This was a tough fight but I made the proper adjustments to come out on top," said Escalante. "Ruiz is a warrior but he never hurt me except when I busted my left hand in the second round, but that came from me hitting him. My cornermen Brian Schwartz and Mike Bazzel gave me great advice. They told me to use my jab and stay relaxed. My defense was on point tonight and I was in great shape. I will go to the hospital tonight to get an x-ray of my hand. I'm hoping to return to the ring as soon as I get cleared from the doctor. I want to thank my team for this victory." "Bruno did what he had to do to get the victory," said Manager Herb Stone. "I'm very satisfied that Bruno was able to make the adjustment needed to win this fight. The prognosis of his hand injury will give me an idea of when he'll be able to return. If it's not too bad I will get him back in the ring in the summer."
Super Flyweight Champion Bruno Escalante to Make First Title Defense
April 2, 2014
CALIFORNIA (April 2, 2014) - After an astonishing 2013 where he went 5-0 and captured the IBA Super-Flyweight title, Bruno "The Aloha Kid" Escalante (12-1-1, 6 KOs) makes his first title defense against Victor Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs). Escalante is eager to face Ruiz as the bout is scheduled for this Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Cache Creek Casino in Brooks California. Escalante believes he'll be victorious but is not looking past Ruiz who has an impressive knock out ratio. Bruno feels a victory against Ruiz will lead him to bigger fights in the near future. "This is a very important fight for me," said Escalante. "Ruiz is a power puncher who is going to be putting a lot of pressure on me. I've been training real hard for this fight and I believe I have the better boxing skills. A win will get me one step closer to fighting bigger names in my division. My energy is focused on beating Ruiz." Escalante's manager, Herb Stone, see's some big fights right around the corner for Bruno should he win his fight with Ruiz. "Bruno is having a nice run right now." said Herb Stone. "I want to keep the momentum going and hopefully get him in there with some other champions. First we have to successful in defeating Victor Ruiz." Escalante vs Ruiz and Mendez vs Perez headlines a night of world-class professional championship boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions, Paco Presents Boxing and Cache Creek Casino Resort. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the first bell rings at 6:00 pm. Tickets, priced at $65, $95 and $125, are on sale now and available for purchase at www.Cachecreek.com, www.Tickets.com and www.PacoPresentsBoxing.com.
|Flash From the Past with the IBA
April 1, 2014
(APR 1) The IBA recently discovered a couple of Flash from the Past photographs of Roberto Duran, wearing the IBA t-shirt, and the IBA Vice President Bob Case. The photograph was taken before the Duran vs, Vinnie Pazienza when they fought for the IBA Super Middleweight world title. In a second Flash from the Past photo, it is of Bob VP President Case [left]; IBA President Dean Chance; and Alana Case, at the Bruce Trampler's Hall of Fame Induction.
|IBA Super Flyweight
Champion Bruno Escalante Philippine SAC Award Recipient
March 27, 2014
CEBU, PHILIPPINES -Last night in Cebu, Philippines at the at SAC Awards
(Sportswriters Association of Cebu) held at the Ayala Activity Center, Bruno
Escalante was honored for his astonishing 2013 boxing accomplishments, where
he went 5-0 and captured the IBA super-flyweight world title. The SAC Awards
honor the best athletes born in Cebu. Veteran sportswriter Quinito Henson
will be the guest of honor.
"I'm very grateful to be recognized by the SAC panel for my recent success in boxing last year," said Escalante. "The people of Cebu are very close to my heart as I still have a lot of family there. Cebu will always be on my mind each and every time I step in the ring. I pray for continued success in boxing. It's a blessing to be receiving this award. I want to thank my team and everyone who's been supporting me on my journey to be the best fighter in my division."
Super Flyweight Champion - Bruno Escalante
February 18, 2014
(FEB 18) REDWOOD CITY, CA - With less than a couple of weeks away from his 2014 debut, IBA Super-Flyweight champion, Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) talks about his training camp, being awarded 2013 Nor-Cal Fighter of the Year, and his upcoming fight against Lorenzo Trejo (33-28-1, 20 KOs) at Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, February 28th. How has training camp coming along?Bruno: Everything is going great. I have a fabulous team of coaches I'm surrounded by on a daily basis. My boxing coach Brian Schwartz and strength and conditioning mentor Mike Bazzel are pushing me every day. Sprint coach Remi Korchemny is working on my explosion. Victor Conte provides me with the best nutrition and supplements. I'm with the best team in boxing. Full Story
|Shumenov Successfully Defends his
IBA Light Heavyweight Title Fifth Time!
December 14, 2013
Photo: Emily Harney
SAN ANTONIO - TEXAS - Tonight at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, and televised on SHOWTIME, World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and International Boxing Association (IBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, now (14-1, 9 KO's) successfully defended his titles for the fifth time, winning by a third round TKO over Tamas Kovac, who was undefeated going into the fight and has suffered his first loss as a professional boxer. Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO’s) made his Golden Boy Promotions debut this night.