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)
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!
NABF EXCITED TO BE INVOLVED IN HISTORICAL FIGHT CARDS
The NABF is incredibly excited to have multiple bouts during this busy week of boxing in Las Vegas, culminating in the historic Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao World title unification bout.
On Friday night, in a bout to be televised on tru TV, NABF Welterweight champion Mikael Zewski (26-0, 20), of Quebec, Canada, will put his undefeated record, NABF title and WBC top 10 rating on the line at the Cosmopolitan against undefeated Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13), a former WBC World Youth champion now based in Arizona. This match-up of two undefeated fighters rated in the top 15 by the WBC promises to get the weekend off to an exciting start, and the winner is certain to move closer to title contention.
(At the debonair Chelsea Ballroom in the Cosmpolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, Konstantin Ponomarev defeated Mikael Zewski, by unanimous decision)
The Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout on Saturday night is garnering unseen levels of media coverage and will shatter records as the highest grossing fight of all time. The NABF is thrilled to have not one, but two title fights on the undercard of this historic bout!