(JULY 30) WBAN has received a
press release from the WBF that have announced Irma Sanchez defending
her WBF Flyweight world title for the third time against Sharon
Gaines in a 10-rounder. The bout will be one of the mainliners of
this boxing event that will take place on August 4, 2012, in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Sanchez, 23-5-1 (7KO), will again, and has always fought in
Mexico, which is her home turf. Gaines will be
fighting out of venue, and again will take a big chance in
walking away with any win in fights as these when the odds are
stacked against one when fighting in someone else's area. Just looking
at Gaine's boxing record, 11-13-1 (3KO), one can see she
has taken an overdose of "out of venue" fights.
Gaines does have a deceptive boxing record, and she just may
give Sanchez a bigger fight than Sanchez is accustomed to.
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Gaines keeps herself in excellent
condition, and WBAN sees this bout as a fight that will have
some solid boxing action.
Sanchez said, "I know what I will be up against with Sharon Gaines. It will be
a war, but I think I will knock her out. It’s going to be
Also featured on this card, as reported in the press
Arturo Santos Reyes will face Khabir
Suleymanov for the vacant WBF Super Bantamweight crown.
A 2008 Mexican Olympian, Arturo Santos Reyes, 11-2 (4), proved
his world class level in the professionals when he lost a very
close and controversial split decision to five-time world
champion Fernando Montiel in June that many observers felt he
deserved to win.
Having captured a couple of regional championships earlier in
his career, he is now ready for his first crack at a world
title, the WBF Super Bantamweight version, and is not
discouraged by the Montiel-setback:
“I beat Montiel, no matter what the judges scored, and the fans
are not easily fooled. I clearly connected with more shots, and
his face was a mess while mine was unharmed”, said Santos Reyes.
His opponent in Mazatlan will also be entering his first world
championship fight, but while Los Angeles-based, Russian-born
Khabir Suleymanov, 13-2 (6), had his first twelve professional
bouts in America, he will not be unfamiliar with fighting in
Reyes home country. In fact, his last three outings took place
The Sanchez vs. Gaines / Reyes vs. Suleymanov WBF world
championship double-header on Saturday August 4 promoted by HG
Boxing at the Centro de Convenciones in Mazatlan, Sinaloa,
Mexico will be televised live by Televisa.