Komanisi Looks to Unify the Division as He Signs With Cohen



Greg Cohen Promotions is happy to announce the signing of power-punching IBO World Featherweight Champion Lusanda Komanisi.

Known as “Mexican” for his aggressive fighting style, Komanisi (19-4, 17 KOs), from Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa, has successfully defended his IBO title twice since winning it via impressive fifth-round knockout over Macbute Sinyabi in July 2014.

As an amateur boxer, Komanisi was a 2006 Gold Medalist in the South African games, and 2007 Gold Medalist in the South African Championships at bantamweight. He trains at the All Winners Boxing Club in East London, South Africa, with former IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Zolani “Last Born” Tete.

“I want to be a unified world champion and fight the best featherweights in the division,” said Komanisi. “This signing will help my family live a better life. My country last saw and had a WBC green belt more than 15 years ago from Sugar Boy Malinga and Dingaan Thobela and now I want to bring it back! As a Featherweight I believe I am the next big thing in the sport of boxing and I am here to stay! Unifying against all the champions in this division would be a dream come true for me.”

“We would like to thank Greg Cohen Promotions for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Komanisi’s manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene. “To Komanisi, this partnership is a dream come true.”

Clifford Mass, GCP Vice President of Business Development, says the goal will be to put the African slugger into the mix. “We are very excited about signing Lusanda Komanisi. He is a huge puncher, and featherweight is one of the hottest divisions in boxing right now. We are looking forward to putting together some big fights for him, and helping him take his career to the next level.”

Negrón López y listo para el 25 de junio de Enfrentamiento



Cumpliendo con el peso máximo establecido a una semana de su combate por el campeonato FEDECARIBE súper pluma (130 libras) de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), Edgardo ‘Sasso’ López (12-1-1, 4KO’s) mostró estar en óptimas condiciones para medirse a O’Nell ‘La Bestia’ Negrón (11-2-2, 8KO’s) en el combate estelar de la cartelera ‘DIRECTV Boxing Nights, a celebrarse el sábado, 25 de junio en el Palacio de Recreación y Deportes (Coliseo Germán ‘Wilkins’ Vélez) de Mayagüez. 

Cumplimos con el peso de manera cómoda”, dijo el Lcdo. López Sasso. “El trabajo lo hemos estado realizando en el gimnasio y nos sentimos listos para brindarle un gran espectáculo a toda la fanaticada epróximo sábado en Mayagüez. Vamos a domar a ‘La Bestia’ y ponerle ‘Sassón’ a la cartelera“.

López detuvo la báscula en 134.5 libras y Negrón pesó 132.0 libras. Ambos boxeadores tenía la responsabilidad de pesar un máximo de 136.5 libras a una semana de la reyerta. 

Estamos a una semana de la pelea y ya estoy en el peso”, manifestó Negrón. “Sasso no nació para ser boxeador. El sábado, 25 de junio en Mayagüez, voy a demostrarle que él no pertenece a este mundo del boxeo y lo enviaré a seguir llenando papeles en una oficina“.

La cartelera será una presentación de Universal Promotions en asociación con Miguel Cotto Promotions y tendrá en el combate semiestelar un duelo de pegadores entre Félix ‘La Sombra’ Caraballo y Miguel ‘Mikito’ Soto.

Complying with the maximum weight established a week of his fight for the championship FEDECARIBE super featherweight (130 pounds) of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Edgardo ‘Sasso’ Lopez (12-1-1, 4KO’s) he showed to be in top conditions to be measured O’Nell ‘the Beast’ Negron (11-2-2, 8KO’s) in the main event of the billboard DIRECTV Boxing Nights’, to be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Palace of Sports and Recreation ( Germán coliseum ‘Wilkins’ Velez) of Mayagüez.

“We met with the weight comfortably,” said Atty. Lopez Sasso. “The work we have been doing in the gym and we are ready to give a great show to all fans on Saturday in Mayagüez. Let’s tame ‘The Beast’ and put ‘Sasson’ to the billboard”.

Lopez stopped the scales at 134.5 pounds and Negron weighed 132.0 pounds. Both fighters had a responsibility to weigh up to 136.5 pounds one week Brawl.

“We’re one week of the fight and I’m on weight,” said Negron. “Sasso was not born to be a boxer. On Saturday, June 25 in Mayaguez, going to show that he does not belong to this world of boxing and will send it to continue filling roles in an office.”

The undercard will be a presentation of Universal Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and will in the semiestelar bout a duel between Felix punchers ‘La Sombra’ Caraballo and Miguel ‘Mikito’ Soto.

Mitchell Smith Steps Down to Featherweight to Challenge Christian Palma for International Title

Red-hot British talent Mitchell Smith will step down to featherweight and challenge Chilean Christian Palma for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 9th May. 
The Harrow Weald star has been campaigning in the super-featherweight division since turning pro in 2012; winning the Southern Area, English and WBO European titles; a world number 15 ranking in the WBO and an unbeaten 11-fight record.
Smith, 22, sees his future for now in the 126lb division and has set his sights on the world title currently held by Vasyl Lomachenko.  A win against Palma will see him crash into the top ten and start working towards the top Ukrainian.
Palma, from Lautaro, has the experience over Mitchell with 30 fights under his belt and has been in with a number of top fighters around the weight.  In his last fight in April he extended unbeaten Italian prospect Carmine Tommasone the twelve round distance and big-hitting Smith will be looking to halt Palma to make a statement.
“I’ll definitely be hitting harder and faster in the featherweights and I’ll be showing just what I can do  against Palma,” Said Smith.
“I can make featherweight comfortably and I’m confident that I can win a world title at the weight, when I set myself a target and I go out and achieve it.  I believe that I’ll win a world title at this weight quicker than at super-feather,”
“I’m still only 22 and as I mature and get physically stronger at least I know that there are two doors open for me at both weights and I could move up again at some point in the future, but right now my future is at featherweight and breaking into the top ten after this fight,”
“Lomachenko is the WBO world champion and the one that I’ve got my sights on.  He’s very slick, but I know I’d find a way to win against him.  I’m a good few fights away from him yet, but once I win this title he’ll be lighting up on my radar.
“Palma is my first South American opponent and I know he’ll be a tough customer, but it’s a good learning fight for me and I’ll get some experience from it as I’ll improve my game.  He extended young prospect Tommasone in his last fight, who’s had a similar amount of fights as me, and a number of other prospects so it will be a good result if I stop him,”
“I’ll be looking for the KO against Palma, if it comes great, but I’m ready to put on a dominant performance over twelve rounds.”
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