Female Lightweight Champ Crystal Morales To Fight Celine Roman
IFBA female lightweight world champion Crystal “La Morenasa” Morales will meet Celine Roman in a non-title fight on Dec. 21, announced All Star Boxing.
Morales (pictured), 27, recently captured the lightweight world title this past summer and meets Chino’s Roman at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. They’re one of the feature attractions on the large fight card.
The former member of Team Mexico lives in Oxnard and in their second fight defeated former world champion Rhonda Luna for the world title last August at Costa Mesa. It was a rematch of a very close previous encounter that saw fans throw money into the ring both times Morales and Luna fought.
“Nobody expected me to win,” said Morales (8-9-1) after the win on Aug. 15 at the OC Hangar.
Roman (2-1-1) began as a lightweight and dropped down to featherweight and now moves up back to lightweight. She’s a heavy-hitting boxer and likes to pressure opponents. The 24-year-old female has fought all of her fights in Southern California. Morales and Roman were supposed to meet earlier in the year but the fight card was canceled. Now they get their chance.
It should be another exciting prize fight where fans throw money in the ring. Both Morales and Roman are eager to show off their fighting skills and fans are never disappointed.
Other fight chatter
Big Bear Lake’s Sugar Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 Kos) is scheduled to fight Australia’s Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 Kos) on Wednesday Nov. 27, at Sydney, Australia. The match was first set for October but the original promoter could not secure funding and the fight was canceled. Now, Mundine is promoting this fight himself. Both Mosley and Mundine realize that a win is essential in maintaining relevancy as an elite fighter. “I’m in shape so let’s go,” Mosley told ABC News in Australia.
Coachella’s Randy Caballero (19-0, 11 Kos) meets Jessy Cruz (10-5-1) in a bantamweight fight on Tuesday Nov. 26, at Sunrise, Florida. Caballero has been rocketing up the standings and looks to showcase his fighting skills before a national televised audience. It will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Also on the card will be Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 Kos) facing Mike Sheppard (21-15-1) in a heavyweight fight.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale features Gray Maynard (12-2-1) facing Nate Diaz (16-9) in a mixed martial arts lightweight main event on Saturday Nov. 30, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. For the first time women are competing in the TUF finale. At press time only Julianna Pena (5-2) had made it to the finals. Fox Sports 1 will televise the events.
San Bernardino’s Artemio Reyes Jr. (21-2, 17 Kos) knocked out Francisco Reza (12-8, 9 Kos) at 1:15 of round two in a welterweight fight on Friday. Also, San Diego’s Giovanni Santillan (11-0, 7 Kos) stopped Michael Balasi (10-3, 7 Kos) at 2:41 of round two in welterweight contest. Both fights took place in Ontario, Ca.
Aaron Garcia (13-3-2, 4 Kos) of San Diego won by knockout over L.A.’s Kevin Hoskins (7-3, 5 Kos) at 43 seconds of round five. The lightweight fight was held on Thursday at Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego. Levan Ghvamichava (11-1, 8 Kos) defeated Victor Fonseca (6-2-1) by decision in a junior middleweight match.
Mexican-American heavyweight hopeful Andy Ruiz (21-0, 15 Kos) won by technical knockout against Tor Hamer (21-3, 14 Kos) in the third round. Hamer could not come out for round four after absorbing a body attack from California’s Ruiz. Other winners in Macao were IBF featherweight titlist Evgeny “Mexican Russian” Gradovich (18-0, 9 Kos) by knockout over Australia’s Billy Dib (36-3, 21 Kos); and China’s Zou Shiming (3-0) by decision over Juan Tozcano (4-1).
Riverside’s Georgi Karakhanyan (22-3-1) fights Sacramento’s Lance Palmer (7-0) for the vacant World Series of Fighting mixed martial arts featherweight title on Saturday Dec. 7, at Vancouver, Canada. NBC will televise the MMA fight card. Karakhanyan, 28, won his last fight against Waylon Lowe by guillotine choke on Sept. 14, in Atlantic City.
IBF super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch (32-2, 23 Kos) kept his title with a stoppage of fellow countryman George Groves (19-1, 15 Kos) on Saturday in Manchester, England. The knockout came at 1:32 of round nine of a slugfest that could be one of the year’s best fights.
WBC light heavyweight titlist Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 Kos) fights challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 Kos) on Saturday Nov. 30, in Quebec, Canada. Also, WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 Kos) faces Southern California’s Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 Kos).
WBC mini-flyweight titlist Xiong Zhao Zhong (21-4-1, 11 Kos) of China defends against Omari Kimweri (13-3, 5 Kos) of Australia on Saturday Nov. 30. Zhong, 31, is making his second world title defense. The contest takes place in Maguan, China.
WBC junior bantamweight titlist Zulina Munoz (39-1-2) of Mexico defends against Marisa Portillo (15-8-2) of Argentina on Saturday Nov. 30. Also, Janeth Perez (18-2-2) fights Galina Ivanova (14-7-3) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Both fights take place in Mexico City.
WBO mini-flyweight titlist Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 Kos) fights Nicaragua’s Carlos Buitrago (27-0, 16 Kos) in a battle of the undefeated on Saturday Nov. 30, in Manila, Philippines. This is Sabillo’s first title defense. Also, WBO junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (31-1-4, 17 Kos) meets Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2) in a world title defense.
Former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-4, 17 Kos) returns to the ring after three years and faces Martin Verdin (20-16-2) in a super middleweight match. The fight takes place on Nov. 30, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lacy’s last fight was a loss to Dhafir Smith by unanimous decision.
Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 Kos) faces Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12 Kos) in a junior welterweight match bid for the number one ranking. Their contest takes place in Chester, West Virginia on Saturday Nov. 30. The southpaw Spadafora, 38, is a former lightweight world champion.
IBF cruiserweight titlist Yoan Hernandez (28-1, 14 Kos) retained the title by knocking out challenger Alexander Alekseev (24-3-1, 20 Kos) at 1:35 of round 10. The world title match took place Saturday in Bayern, Germany.