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Arizona Boxing News & Notes withDon Smith: Michael Carbajal Headlines 2017 NVBHOF Class


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Boxing Fans, Arizona Boxing News & Notes and the State of Arizona takes immense pride in congratulating six time world boxing champion Michael “Little Hands of Stone” Carbajal for his recent election to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, class of 2017. It is an accolade well deserved for a humble athlete who continues to serve the sport of boxing and his community long after finishing his illustrious career in1999. Michael Carbajal is arguably the greatest professional boxer ever, no disrespect to Muhammad Ali.

The induction ceremony will take place on August 12, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining “Sir” Michael on the prestigious list of 14 new inductees are fellow 2017 classmates: Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Leon & Michael Spinks, Erik Morales, Lucia Rijker and the late world featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez. Those six members plus Phoenix’s own (Michael Carbajal) were elected in the non-Nevada resident category.
Elected in the Nevada resident boxer category was former heavyweight champion Ken Norton and former bantamweight world titleholder Richie Sandoval Sanchez.

Chosen in the non-boxer category were late referee and Judge David Pearl, public relations specialist Debbie Munch, Las Vegas promoter Mel Greb, trainer/cut man Rafael Garcia and Dr. Elias Ghanem, the late Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman.
NBHOF President and CEO, the widow of former two-division world champion Diego “Chico” Corrales is proud of the 2017 inducted class members.

To get a qualified understanding of the accomplishments of Michael Carbajal as a professional pugilist, we called Top Rank (his former promoter) and asked TR spokesperson and publicist Lee Samuels to comment on the boxing career of the six time world champion and former Olympic medalist Michael Carbajal. Here is his complete and respectful statement: “Michael Carbajal is one of Top Rank’s greatest champions. He fought hard every second of every round. He was by far the biggest attraction of all time in Phoenix. Michael’s title fight against Muangchai Kittikasem at the Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix in 1990 was one of the greatest events in Top Rank History. Michael Carbajal is a true champion.”

About Michael: According to a 3 page bio released to ABNN, his loving mother (Mary) is on record as believing her son was born a champion. DNA aside, it was his late father Manuel Carbajal who began his son’s boxing journey at the age of 5. Mr. Carbajal, a former Golden Gloves Champion, transformed the tiny family garage into a training facility that featured an outdoor ring enclosed with rubber hoses serving as ropes. It was there in a very unglamorous but effective setting that the boxing seed was planted early and nurtured-helping an eager student absorb and maintain what he needed to become a world champion and boxing legend. Michael Carbajal told ABNN recently that he considers his father the only real trainer he ever had and his amateur record of 98 wins and 10 losses reflects the positive approach and result his papa achieved as his boxing mentor.

Michael, a Member of the World and International Boxing Hall of Fame, began his amateur career on 1/17/1980. He would go on to win multiple local, state, national and international medals culminating with his winning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

Michael is proud of the fact that he retired while on top and he remains one of two world boxing champions born in Arizona; the other being Louie Espinoza, a close friend. Tickets for the Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame event are available online and at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Hopefully, some Arizona boxing fans can be on hand August 12 to watch the six time world champion receive his latest honored; his fans are like “Familia” to the affable legend.

Horn/Pacquiao Update: It has been more than a month since news entities around the world began reporting that WBO Welterweight Champion and Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao would fight #2 ranked contenders Jeff Horn on April 23rd preferably in Brisbane, Australia. At the time the story broke, it was believed to be “real news” but a lack of updates for the event from co-promoters Top Rank and Duco Events suggests that there is still some maneuvering to be done and because we don’t have a crystal ball; all we can do is speculate and we refuse to do so. ABNN hopes to attend the event regardless of the location and date. However, we need time to book flight and hotel room at discounted rates that may not be available for fans and reporters planning on seeing the fight in person. We will keep our readers posted and hope basic answers are provided so consumers can make decisions.

Golden Glove Results: ABNN Editor Don Smith was in Saint Louis, Missouri recently and a big thank to USA Boxing Arizona Official Richard Soto for taking time to send results from the recently concluded 70th Annual Arizona State Golden Gloves Championships held 2/18-2/20 at Sonny’s boxing gym in Goodyear, Arizona. We are happy to continue our practice of printing the names the names of event champions and their gym affiliations. We invited all amateur event co-coordinators to send complete and accurate results to our assignment desk. Mr. Soto has our address and he has permission to release the info to the record keepers of all boxing events. A special salute to all the USA Boxing Arizona volunteers who work amateur events and we have the utmost respect for those who sacrifice their time away from their family and friends to support amateur boxing. In a future issue we will list the names of the contributing volunteers.

A salute to the Arizona State GG Champions: Colby Macial ( Central Boxing) 110 lbs. – Christian Sullivan (Ramos Boxing) 123 lbs. * Sullivan is expected to turn professional soon-Jose Leyva (Mohave Boxing) 141 lbs. – Trino Ochoa (Power MMA) 152 lbs. – Jermaine Jones (1:1 Boxing) 165 lbs. – Jalan Rodgers (Power MMA) 199 lbs. – Humberto Duarte (Old School Boxing) 132 lbs. – Julio Esquire Munoz (Neutral Boxing) 152 lbs. – Matteo Vlasic (Boxing Inc.) 165 lbs.

Automatic Champions: Anthony Clark (San Luis Boxing) 108 lbs. – Jociel Carbajal (Sonny’s Boxing) 114 lbs. – Danny Barrios-Flores (Sonny’s Boxing) 132 lbs. – Dante Stone (Unattached) super heavyweight. Best bout honors in the open category went to Jose Leyva (Mohave Valley Boxing) 141 lbs. – Best bout honors in the novice category went to Humberto Duarte (Old School Boxing) 132 lbs. Once again, thank you Richard Soto for sending the results.

Mail Bag: We received an interesting email from Alanna Light, sister of Arthur Silver former co-manager of Blue Corner Boxing Club; a facility in Chandler, Arizona now out of business. Our regular readers will recall that Mr. Silver threatened to come over to my house and put a knife in my head; so I called the police. They did nothing and I never heard from Arthur Silver, again; thank goodness!

I don’t know Alanna and she isn’t a boxing fan that I know of; but, someone sent her my column telling of the threat the threat (written 2 years ago) from her brother. After reading about my bizarre experience with Arthur, Alanna sent the following sympathetic email addressed to Phil Boxing.com for me. Here is the text of her message with a bit of editing to correct one fragmented sentence.

Dear Don, “Having been one of the many recipients of his threats, my heart goes out to you. I hope he doesn’t continue to threaten you-your story sounded very frightening.
My family currently has a restraining order on him and we haven’t received any threats since the order was placed. He has a number of restraining orders on him at present. We called the police and they didn’t do much (like your experience) but, they did suggest we impose a restraining order on him since we were really scared.

Anyway, somebody pointed out your story recently and I just wanted to touch base.”

Post Script: I haven’t received any calls from Arthur Silver since I reported the incident to the Phoenix Police Department. However, I recently dropped my home telephone service due to harassing calls from person(s) using untraceable numbers at all hours during daytime and nighttime. I am on the national “Do Not Call List” but that didn’t stop the unsolicited and annoying telephone calls from happening.

Boxing Notes: The Iron Boy 37 card scheduled for the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Friday 2/25 is 87.5 % ready with heavyweight B. J. Flores (32-3-1-20 knockouts) taking on tough guy Jeremy Bates (26-18-1-22 knockouts) in the 10 round Main Event. At stake is the WBA-NABA heavyweight title. The Co-Main should be as dandy: popular Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (17-5-1-8 knockouts) takes on former amateur foe Sijuola Ade Shabazz (6-2-5 knockouts) in a 10 round tiff for the UBF Middleweight title. Paul Romero is scratched from the card and Hector Lopez (4-0) and Alfredo Escarcega Jr. are listed as tentative for the card. Both kids have skills.

It is an interested card, top Ukrainian prospects Yulian Tembotov (1-0) and Viktor Slavinsky (debut) meet Brandon Davis (debut) and Alberto Serna (debut) respectively. The two Ukrainian kids are trained by former IBF – Inter – Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Anatoliy Dudchenko very intense boxing mentor who expects nothing but the best from his young talented fighters. When asked why Ukrainian were having such an impact on the boxing scene, the plain speaking trainer told ABNN that the hard times in his homeland and the boxing education they received were motivating factors for them to leave and pursue boxing elsewhere and succeed. Someday, in my opinion, Anatoliy will lead at least one of his several gifted and hungry fighters to a world title.

The rest of the under card is also interesting: former Olympic hopeful Adrian Servin (2-0-1 knockout) takes on Jesus Aldagar (debut) in a 4 round match. Former Marine Jaime Bojado (debut) is scheduled for 4 rounds against Shem Trito (debut). Undefeated Daron “Sweet Tay” Williams (5-0) and Raymond Chacon meet in my least favorite matchup on the card; but, Chacon keeps getting fights because he has never been knocked out. I am embarrassed to tell you his record.

In 2 four round bouts, popular Phoenix super flyweight Luis Espinoza (5-0-1 knockout) takes on Christian Bartolini and the expecting father (Espinoza) should have an easy time in this four round bout. Newcomer Lenny Correa (debut) tries for win # 1 against super featherweight Gabriel Rodriguez (2-0). Correa can punch and Rodriguez has some boxing skills; let’s see what happens.
Two more bouts on this possible 12-13 bout sheet features Arizona super bantamweight Edgar Ortiz (3-1-2 knockouts) versus Mexico’s Carlos Medina (1-2-knockout) and Joel Moran (debut) versus Jesus Ibarra (0-1) in a 4 round lightweight tussle. Our opinion, Medina will suffer a knockout loss and we also predict 4-5 knockouts on a card we feel could be very entertaining and competitive. Doors at the Celebrity open at 5 PM and 1st bout starts at 6 PM….see you there……….Until Next Time!


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