And to All a Good Fight

By Robert Ecksel on December 7, 2014
And to All a Good Fight
Most Christmas gifts are forgotten come New Years Day. But some gifts keep on giving.

Christmas is a time of good cheer, complete with Kris Kringle, eggnog, mistletoe, Jack Frost, yuletide carols, and the ritual exchange of gifts…

December is best known for Christmas. It’s a time of good cheer, complete with Kris Kringle, eggnog, mistletoe, Jack Frost, yuletide carols, and the ritual exchange of gifts.

Most gifts are forgotten come New Years Day. But some gifts keep on giving.

The WBA has a jam-packed December in store.

On Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Illusions Theater in San Antonio, Texas, Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), aka The American Dream, the 31-year-old from Houston, Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, meets 36-year-old Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake will be WBA super welterweight title Lara won a year earlier by defeating Austin Trout in Brooklyn. Considering the Cuban’s pedigree, skill, and experience, it’s hard to imagine Sugar Shay emerging victorious.

Lara vs. Smith will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing starting at 10:15 PM.

The next night, on Saturday, Dec. 13, a battle between undefeated fighters takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interim WBA welterweight champion, 26-year-old Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs), from Clearwater, Florida, gets it on with 40-year-old Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (31-0, 11 KOs), from Cisterna, Lazio, Italy, by way of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Given the difference in age and power between the two men, Thurman is the heavy favorite going in.

Also on Dec. 13, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the Timothy Bradley-Diego Chaves undercard, interim WBA light welterweight champion, 34-year-old Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs), from Riverside, California, puts his title on the line against undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs), the 22-year-old fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona. Benavidez is no pushover, but Herrera, after getting jobbed in Puerto Rico against Danny Garcia, showed what he can do when the chips are down.

Thurman vs. Bundu and will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing starting at 9:00 PM.

Herrera vs. Benavidez Jr. will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing starting at 10:00 PM.

On Dec. 19 at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, WBA flyweight champion, 31-year-old Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18 KOs), from Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina, defends his 112-pound title against 23-year-old Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep (34-2, 20 KOs), from Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The challenger has never fought outside Asia, but he is young enough, and tough enough, to make a fight of it, even in front of a hostile crowd.

Reveco vs. Saengthep will be televised live on Argentina TyC Sports.

The following day, Dec. 20, the action shifts to the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, where 27-year-old Jesús Marcelo Andres Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs), from Jose C. Paz, Buenos Aires, Argentina, defends his interim WBA featherweight title against 24-year-old Edgar Monarrez (18-2-1, 12 KOs), from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico. In his last fight, Cuellar punched Juan Manuel Lopez into retirement with a brutal second round knockout. If history is any guide, he’ll send Monarrez packing in the Great Northwest.

To end the year with a bang rather than a whimper, on Dec. 31 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, WBA super featherweight champion, 35-year-old Takashi Uchiyama (21-0, 17 KOs), aka KO Dynamite, from Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan, will defend his 130-pound title for the ninth time against 35-year-old Israel Pérez (27-2, 16 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pérez hasn’t lost a fight in over a decade, but nothing lasts forever.

On the same card, newly crowned WBA super flyweight champion, 34-year-old Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), hailing from Tokyo, defends his 115-pound title for the first time against 23-year-old Norberto Jiménez (20-8-3, 10 KOs), from Villa Duarte, Dominican Republic. It should be a good fight while it lasts, but Jiménez may have bitten off more than he can chew.

The third fight of the night on the Tokyo tripleheader features WBA light flyweight champion Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs), from Lima, Peru, defending his 108-pound title against 28-year-old Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8 KOs), the hometown kid from Tokyo. The 36-year-old Rossel hasn’t lost a fight in four years and successfully defended the interim title four times since he won it in 2012. Taguchi may have his hands full in the final fight of 2014.

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Erislandy Lara vs. Ishe Smith - Análisis Antes de la Pelea

Khan vs. Alexander, Thurman vs. Bundu, Mares vs. Ramirez, Charlo vs. Bottai - SHOWTIME Boxing

2014-06-06 Juan Carlos Reveco vs Felix Alvarado

ยอดมงคล ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท-โกกิ เอโตะ 江藤光喜 vs. ヨドモンコン・ポーセンチップ Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep vs. Koki Eto

Jesus Cuellar vs Juan Manuel Lopez full fight 11.09.2014

Adrian Young vs Edgar Monarrez full fight 04.10.2014

Takashi Uchiyama vs Jaider Parra / Такаши Учияма Хайдер Парра 06 05 2013

Francisco LORENZO vs Israel PEREZ - TyC - Full Fight - Pelea Completa

Denkaosan Kaovichit vs Kohei Kono

Norberto Jimenez vs Julio Escudero part1

Norberto Jimenez vs Julio Escudero part2

Norberto Jimenez vs Julio Escudero part3

Alberto 'Chiquito' Rossel se impuso al retador colombiano tras 12 asaltos

Ryoichi Taguchi - Sansakda Portasanapon

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  1. nicolas 10:04am, 12/09/2014

    ROBERT: You forgot about the fights in Japan on December 30, 2014. Those are perhaps far more interesting than the 31st fight. For some reason, I see that guy from Japan beating the champ from Peru. I think this might be his first time fighting outside his home country in defense of the title.

  2. Koolz 06:48pm, 12/07/2014

    Japan is where it’s at in Dec!  Ho Ho Merry Christmas and Boxing in Japan!!!

  3. Pete The Sneak 05:44pm, 12/07/2014

    To us boxing fans, this year’s end will be a cornucopia of riches. I’m not too sure about Kris Kringle, Mistletoe and yuletide carols ( though, all kidding aside, I do actually know a dude named Jack Frost. He’s a pretty cool guy, no pun intended)...However, I will be watching these fights with plenty of home made Coquito (Egg Nog, Boricua style)...Made with 151 Proof rum… So I will depend on to keep me updated on how many of these upcoming fights turn out, as I’m not too sure how many of them I will remember…Peace and Felicidades to all…

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:13pm, 12/07/2014


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