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Sanchez - Gaines, Reyes - Suleymanov In Mexico

Posted on July 30 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum         


On Saturday August 4 in Mazatlan, Mexico, promoter Hector Garcia will present two World Boxing Federation World title fights, as Women’s Flyweight champion Irma Sanchez defends against American Sharon Gaines and Arturo Santos Reyes squares off with Khabir Suleymanov for the vacant Super Bantamweight crown.

24-year-old Irma Sanchez, 23-5-1 (7), will be making the third defense of her world title, which she won in July 2011 against Panamanian Carlota Sanchez and since defended with a decision over fellow Mexican Susana Cruz Perez and a second round stoppage over Thailand’s Fahpratan Looksaikongdin.  

In her last outing, this past June, “La Guerita”, which translates to “The White Girl”, won a ten round decision over former world champion Ibeth Zamora Silva in a non-title bout, and she is now ready to continue her reign as one of the most active world champions in the game, and should get a stern challenge from the experienced Sharon Gaines, 11-13-1 (3).

“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 fireworks”, said a confident Irma Sanchez.

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 in Mexico!

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.

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