Ramirez, in what many said was the toughest test of his young pro boxing career, scored a fifth-round KO of Denver’s Rob Frankel.
• The 22-year-old is now pointed toward a July fight in China that would be televised by HBO.
• A seven-bout card drew a crowd of 8,640 to Selland Arena.
Jose Ramirez stared boxing’s memorial service in the face, humbled yet another foe, blew the roof off Selland Arena before a sellout crowd and remained unbeaten Saturday night.The 22-year-old Olympian from Avenal not only opposed a fighter 12 years his senior, Denver’s Rob Frankel, he opposed a foe with 36 more professional fights.And yet Ramirez, in the “toughest test he has faced,” according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum — who was present in the 49-year-old downtown house on Ventura Avenue,undeniably validating the bout and the rising star — rocked Frankel with a left hook midway through the first round, launching a continuous battering and chase that ended with the southpaw’s signature hook into the ribs 2 minutes, 18 seconds into the fifth round while improving to 14-0.(To read more)
Louis Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs), made a successful defense of his NABF Junior middleweight title by defeating Andrew Hernandez (9-2-1, 1 KO) by TKO last night at the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The event was presented by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing and Iron Boy Promotions.
NABF’s INTERVIEW with ROCK STAR SAMMY HAGAR
Who would have thought? One of rock and roll’s biggest superstars is also one of boxing’s biggest fans. Affectionately known by his fans as “The Red Rocker,” Sammy Hagar’s boxing roots date back to the days when his father was a professional fighter. Fighting under the assumed name of Bobby Burns, his father Robert Hagar was a respectable fighter back in the‘30’s and 40’s. Early on, Sammy thought about following in his father’s footsteps until the early 1960’s when groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones turned him in the direction that would eventually make him famous around the world.
After paying his dues in the rock world much like a club fighter first pays his dues, Sammy Hagar first gained fame and fortune in the early 1970’s with the band Montrose. After tensions within the group forced him to leave Montrose, Sammy launched a successful solo career in the mid 1970’s. Classic hits such as “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Three Lock Box”
What a great Convention. For those who attended, a unanimous Knock Out! We missed those members who couldn't make it and, and those whom we left behind on our tour of Alcatraz (you should've known better!).
This year's NABF Convention was filled with friendship and fun, from the first day we arrived. On top of that, our Award's Dinner brought in over $6000 for charity! What a generous group of people, and what a great time we had. San Francisco will never be the same!
We congratulate Duane Ford on his re election as NABF President, Graig Hubble as USA Vice President, and Mauricio Sulaiman as Mexico, Vice President. Gaby Mancini, will be replacing Ed Pearson, who to had decided to transition to boxing judge.
We send our heartfelt good wishes to Sam Mascias, who was unable to attend this year, and urge others to write Sammy and wish him well.
One of the highlights of the Convention was our excursion to Alcatraz. The boat ride to the island and the tour were exceptional. Most importantly, we, as a community, got another chance to gather as friends and family, united by our love of boxing and each other.
As Duane would say, Mind the Light. Here's to next year!
Yesterday, September 1st, WBC Cares Chair, Jill Diamond and Capt. Boyd Melson, USNBC Champ,and NABF Humanitarian Award Winner, 2015, had the pleasure of being guests at the New Jersey Law Enforcement Dinner. A check, representing money raised by the police force, was presented to Special Olympics President, Heather Anderson by Police Chief, Chris Trucillo for more than 3 million dollar. The Special Olympics engages in more than 30 sports, and all the athletes participating, attend free, thanks to the kindness and donations of this sort. The Police were thrilled by the participation of the WBC/NABF and Chief Trucillo wore his WBC Medal for the entire presentation. We thank Salvador Briman for introducing us to these wonderful people and this worthy cause.