Charlo challenges Bundrage for Title

Jermall Charlo of Missouri City will challenge Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF junior middleweight title at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Saturday. The bout, a classic youth-versus experience matchup, will be promoted by Dibella Entertainment and aired on NBC.

"All my life I've always wanted to be a world champion," Charlo said. "Every kid growing up who takes to boxing, their goal is to win a belt. I've been doing this since I was eight years old."

Since turning pro in 2008, Charlo's career has been riddled with starts, stops, surges and speed bumps.

He watched his identical twin Jermell steadily climb the rankings as his own career stagnated. But after signing with influential manager Al Haymon in 2012, Jermall's career began to take off.

Last March, with only 17 fights under his belt, he was given a title shot but the fight fell through after belt-holder Carlos Molina was arrested two days before the fight and subsequently deported to Mexico.

In August of 2014, it was is twin's turn to have a world title fight canceled at the last minute after his opponent Demetrius Andrade had a falling out with the promoter.

Jermall, in the meantime, had raised his record to 21-0, 16 KOs, positioning himself as the mandatory challenger to Bundrage (35-5, 19 KOs), who had dethroned Molina in Mexico.

"Canine (Bundrage's nickname) has to be ready for me," Charlo said. "I'm a different type of fighter and I'm a different style for him. I'm not necessarily worried about who he's fought or who I've fought to get to this point. That's all in the past. I'm only pushing forward.

"I'm not necessarily worried about my age or his age," Charlo added. "I'm just going in there to fight, persevere with force and see if the old man can take it."

A 20-year veteran of the ring, Bundrage, 42, placed third in season 2 of The Contender on ESPN in 2006 before winning the IBF belt on two separate occasions in 2012 and 2014.

The Detroit fighter is the perfect opponent for Charlo to rise to the occasion against, said trainer Ronnie Shields.

"At a certain point in your career, you'll want to fight a guy with a lot of experience," Shields said. "In order for you to get to that (world) stage you'll have to fight guys with experience, no ifs or buts about it. It's just the way boxing works. But just because you have experience it doesn't automatically mean you're going to win the fight. "

In preparation for Bundrage, Shields has had Charlo sparring against Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs), Edwin Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs), Steve Lovett (13-0, 11 KOs) and Don Moutan (14-9-1, 12 KOs). Shields was predictably guarded when asked about his game plan.

"Bundrage, sometimes he tries to put pressure on you, sometimes he tries to go on the outside and just plain box," Shields said. "The thing is, though, we're going to make him adjust to what we're doing, not us adjust to what he's doing. We're going to dictate whatever happens in the ring."

In his last outing, Charlo was extended the 10-round distance by Michael Finney (12-3-1, 10 KOs) in March.

Although it snapped a 14-fight knockout streak, Charlo said he was glad in retrospect that it unfurled that way rather than a knockout since it tested his stamina and endurance.

"It was a 10-rounder, the most I ever did," Charlo said. "I got to accomplish that and see I how I felt. I liked the work that I did for the 10 rounds and I got through it. I'm a strong fighter but I never look for the knockout."

He predicts dethroning Bundrage via 12-round decision on Saturday.

Should that happen, Charlo would bring an end to a seven-year dry spell of world titleholders in the Houston area. Houston boxers have gone 0-5-1 in world title fights since Juan Diaz lost his three lightweight belts in March of 2008.

"Everybody has a job to do when they get up in the morning and mine is to go and fight," Charlo said. "I've been giving it 100 percent. I'm ready for a world title shot and I've trained hard enough for it."

Sosa Celebrates IBF Ranking

Sosa celebrates IBF ranking, signs new contract with Peltz Boxing/Top Rank

Hard-hitting junior lightweight contender Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, has signed a new promotional agreement, this one with Peltz Boxing and Top Rank, Inc., as he prepares for his Oct. 2 fight with Jorge Pazos, of Guamuchil, Mexico, on Friday evening, Oct. 2, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old Sosa also has moved into the No. 10 slot among junior lightweights (130 pounds), according to the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

“This is a big day for me,” said Sosa, who has knocked out his last 12 opponents. “This motivates me to do bigger and better things in my career as a professional boxer. I am more than happy and blessed to have signed a new agreement with Peltz Boxing and Top Rank. With that being said, I am very excited knowing I am ranked No.10 in the world.

A pro since 2009, Sosa is 17-1-3, 13 K0s, including the big one in his last fight, a first-round blowout of former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, on Aug. 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“I first did business with Bob Arum (Top Rank CEO) in 1974 when Bennie Briscoe fought Rodrigo Valdes in Monte Carlo,” said J Russell Peltz, president of Peltz Boxing, “and we always have worked well together. Top Rank is still at the top of their game and no one promotes Puerto Rican fighters better than they do. I’ve been working with Carl Moretti (Top Rank VP) on this deal for months.”

Top Rank has promoted Sosa’s last three fights—the K0s over Belmontes, Herbert Quartey, of Ghana, on April 25 in Guaynabo, PR, and over Santiago Bustos, of Spain, on June 13 in Madison Square Garden.

“With another year of development and continued exposure on our platforms, Jason and his explosive punching power will rise to the top of the already talent-rich junior lightweight and lightweight divisions,” said Moretti. “Signing him with our good friend Russell Peltz, who still today is one of the smartest boxing minds in the business, was a no-brainer. Welcome aboard, Jason; we look forward to promoting your career in the years to come.”

Sosa turned pro in 2009 after only three amateur fights—he lost two of them—and he has developed into a world-class fighter since teaming up with manager/trainer Raul “Chino” Rivas in 2012.

The Oct. 2 card, the first official one joining Top Rank with Peltz, is billed as the Puerto Rican Boxing Classic and the seven-bout program figures to attract a sold-out crowd.

From bantamweight Sixto Escobar, who became the first Puerto Rican world champion in 1935, to current title-holder Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, Puerto Ricans have had a long and storied history in boxing.

Among area fighters looking to display their talents on the Oct. 2 card are local Puerto Rican fighters from Philadelphia and New Jersey. Many of them bring a loyal following to their fights.

In addition, invitations to attend and sign autographs will be sent to outstanding Puerto Rican fighters up and down the East Coast.

First fight is 7 pm.


Election Notice


Each year, on one of the business days of the Annual Convention, there is an election to fill three seats of those directors whose terms have expired on the IBF/USBA Board of Directors.   Article 3.3 of the Bylaws provides that “Only persons who are former United States State Commissioners, former Executive Directors of United States State Commissions, members of the Corporation for five consecutive years immediately preceding the election, or former members of the Executive Committee or board of directors of the Corporation or its predecessor corporation (the IBF/USBA) shall be eligible to be elected a director.” Under the Bylaws, the newly elected directors shall hold office until the third successive annual meeting after their election and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

Article 3.6 of the Bylaws describes the mechanism for nominations for election to the Board of Directors:

Nomination of Directors.--Nominations for election to the board may be made by or on behalf of the board by any member entitled to vote for the election of directors. Nominations, other than those made by or on behalf of the board, may not be made unless a written notice of the member's intent to make the nomination shall have been received by the secretary of the corporation not less than thirty days nor more than sixty days prior to the membership meeting at which the nomination will be made.If the corporation furnishes less than forty days notice of any meeting, however, the notification by the member must be received not later than ten days following the date on which the corporation provided the notice of the meeting, but in no event less than five days prior to the meeting.

3.6.1 The notification of intent to nominate shall contain the following information to the extent known to the notifying member:

(a) The name and address of each proposed nominee;

(b) The principal occupation of each proposed nominee;

(c) The name and residence address of the notifying member;

(d) The written consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the corporation if elected;

(e) A brief statement of the background and qualifications of each nominee that evidence their interest and competence in professional boxing; a

(f) The basis on which the nominee meets the qualifications required by paragraph 3.3 of these bylaws.

 3.6.2 No nomination of a candidate for director, except candidates nominated by or on behalf of the board, shall be valid unless the member who proposes to nominate a candidate has provided notification to the corporation within the time limits and containing the information specified above. The chairman of the meeting, for good cause shown, may waive one or more of the foregoing requirements. In the absence of such a waiver, however, no nomination by a member shall be valid and all votes cast for persons not duly nominated shall be disregarded.

 Article 2.12 provides the same time frame for a member to submit a proposed action to the membership for its approval or disapproval, that is, between March 20, 2015 and April 19, 2015. Therefore, any other action you would like to propose to the membership for approval or disapproval should also be sent to the IBF to arrive between these dates.

The Bylaws were approved at the annual meeting on May 29, 2002 and were distributed to the membership at that time. They can be reviewed on the IBF/USBA web site at

 We anticipate that the election to fill the seats presently held by Paul Artisst, David McCullough and Al Meier will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. In the event the date for the election changes, you will be notified in advance.

 Thus, the written notices described above must be received at the IBF office, 899 Mountain Avenue, Suite 2C, Springfield, New Jersey 07081 no sooner than March 20, 2015 and no later than April 19, 2015.

32nd Annual Convention Registration


Members & Friends:

       We are looking forward to the IBF/USBA 32ndAnnual Convention in Montreal, Canada, as so many of you have expressed such enthusiasm to join us.  We, at the organization, are optimistic that this convention in Montreal will be a successful one.  Montreal is an exciting city with so much to do.  It is a city full of culture and history with something going on at all times.  Our sport is also very much a part of the fabric of this city and we are enthused by this opportunity to connect with the boxing community there.

    Our staff is planning great events for your enjoyment.  Additionally, a tour of the city has been added to the schedule for this year.  The 3.5 hour tour consists of an overview of Montreal and its historical sites, where you will discover all this city has to offer.  A knowledgeable tour guide will present you with one of the world’s largest French speaking cities with numerous museums restaurants, and shops. The tour will include stops at the city’s most interesting attractions where you will have some time to explore and take pictures.

    Our focus nevertheless, is to have successful seminars that you find informative, insightful and useful to your craft.  The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) certification for judges and referees will be offered during this convention.  During our convention in Hawaii in 2012 we offered the ABC certification for judges and the opportunity was well received by our members.  The referees seminar will be presented by Mark Nelson, and the judges seminar will be presented by Duane Ford. 

    Each year during the convention we raffle prizes to raise funds for our SARB/Education fund which provides financial assistance for retired professional boxers with financial difficulties, and provides scholarships for the children and grandchildren of members.  For the last two years our fundraising efforts have been quite successful and we will follow the same format this year of selling the raffle tickets prior to the convention.  If you purchase the raffle tickets in advance you will have the opportunity to purchase 5 tickets for $20.  Each single entry costs $5.  The winners will be announced during the Awards Diner.  The raffle tickets will be distributed along with the other registration materials at the convention.  We hope we can count on your support.  If you or your company are interested in donating items for the SARB raffle it would be greatly appreciated. The prizes are as follows:

 Registration Fee for 1 person for Convention 2016

One hotel night at the site for Convention 2016

Money Hat ($100 Value)

Collections of Assorted IBF/USBA Logo Merchandise

2 Night stay at Le Centre Sheraton

2 night stay at Sheraton Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

and more.....

You can register and purchase ads for the journal online as well.  Follow this link:!/c/0/inview=category12254024&offset=0&sort=priceAsc

From there you can select if you want to register and purchase ads for the convention journal. 

Please feel free to contact the office with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!


Convention 2015/Air Travel Discount and Hotel Reservations


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We have obtained an agreement with the Star Alliance Network for air travel discounts on several airlines.  Please keep this in mind as you start to make preparations to attend the IBF/USBA 32nd Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada from May 17 – 21, 2015 at Le Centre Sheraton.

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for IBF/USBA Convention 2015.  To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please visit Conventions Plus online booking tool:

Registered Event participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the Event qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this Event are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Star Alliance Round the World fares.

The following Star Alliance airlines are offering special discounts for travel to/from Japan: Special Offers for Japan are available from : Turkish Airlines.

To obtain these discounts for travel to/from Japan please contact the respective Star Alliance member airlines’ booking office. Contact details can be found on under “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts”. Please quote the following Event code AC16S15 for ticket reservation.

You can book your hotel reservation online through the following link,  Or, call Sheraton Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and mention the International Boxing Federation to receive the discounted group rate.  The deadline for the discounted rate is April 21, 2015.

IBF President Daryl Peoples inducted into Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

A who’s who of New England boxing luminaries gathered for the 10th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Uncas Ballroom, in Uncasville, CT. This year’s inductees included boxers John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz, Peter “Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr., referee Michael Ortega, IBF president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt.

In addition to the milestone decade of inductions, recognitions and honorees in boxing within the nutmeg state, tonight also marked the end of an era for CBHOF president Glenn Feldman, who has been president since day one. Feldman’s successor will take office after an election next year.

Several former inductees were on hand including inaugural CBHOF class member and former WBC/WBA welterweight champ Marlon Starling, “Irish” Micky Ward, former WBA 154 lb. champ “Tremendous” Travis Simms, promoter Jimmy Burchfield, former European flyweight champ Luigi Camputaro and USBA & NABF lightweight champ Israel “Pito” Cardona among others.

The cocktail hour began at 6 p.m. as video highlights and slide show of the inductees past and present played on a large screen in the ballroom. Dinner commenced at 7 p.m. and featured perfectly prepared filet mignon.

Former NABF (160 & 168) and IBO champ (160) Manfredo, Jr. has been a New England favorite since he turned pro in 2000. Manfredo came into national recognition during the inaugural season of the reality show “The Contender” in 2004. After suffering an upset decision loss to Alfonso Gomez in the opening bout of the series, Manfredo was voted back onto the show when another contestant fell out. He made it to the finals, losing a close decision to future world champ Sergio Mora. After The Contender ended, Manfredo, Jr. would have varied success, picking up those NABF and IBO belts along the way, only losing to world champs Mora in a rematch, hall of famer Joe Calzaghe, Sakio Bika, Jeff Lacey and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Retiring last year in 2013, Manfredo, Jr’s record stands at 40-7, 21 KOs.

Two-Time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz hailed from Chelsea, MA, but had several bouts in Connecticut, most famously, his third battle with Evander Holyfield in which the “Quiet Man” retained his WBA title with a twelve round draw. Ruiz finished his career a respectable 44-9-1, 30 KOs. Ruiz was extremely grateful to his siblings, his “feisty” mom and his wife for their support during his career.

Referee Michael Ortega has officiated over 45 world title fights and has a boxing pedigree- his father was 50s and 60s welter and middleweight contender Gaspar Ortega and godfather is Hall of fame referee Joe Cortez. Ortega admitted that the job of refereeing often took him away from his family and hoped for their understanding in that he may be able to safely send a fighter, uninjured back home to his or her family after a bout. He quipped that his early start in refereeing came from working the battles between his Puerto Rican mom and Mexican father- in which he maintained his mom is still undefeated!

Late boxing judge William Hutt was known as “Mr. Boxing” in Connecticut, always wanting to help the sport in any way possible, from the amateur level up through the pro ranks. Many members of the international boxing community had stayed at the Hutt home on their travels through Connecticut. Hutt’s widow accepted his induction plaque in his honor.

IBF president Daryl Peoples has been a supporter of the CBHOF, having attended every induction since the hall’s inception in 2005. Working his way up the ranks of the IBF since joining the federation in 2005, Peoples has raised the status of the New Jersey- based sanctioning body since taking over the presidency in 2010.

Trainer and director of the Manchester PAL boxing program, Paul Cichon (pronounced see-shon) has trained sixteen national amateur champions over the years and is currently director of the Manchester Ring of Champions Society. Cichon was also awarded “Best Dressed Inductee” in response to his sleeveless tuxedo, exposing his still muscular and tattooed arms.

Master of ceremonies was ring announcer David Diamante, who along with inductee Peter Manfredo, Jr. and Peter Manfredo, Sr. was honored for having birthdays this month, Diamante’s being today.

Other special awards given on this night were:

Connecticut professional boxer of the year: Luis Rosa, 17-0, amateur record of 95-10
Connecticut amateur boxer of the year: Izaih Melendez, 21 wins and a former golden gloves champ
Amateur official of the year: Samantha Dane, MD ringside physician for USA Boxing
William Hutt official of the year: Danny Schiavone, over 1000 amateur fights reffed, and world title fights with the IBF and WBC since 2002.

A 50/50 raffled earned $700 for the CBHOF and over $1000 more from a silent auction of autographed boxing memorabilia.