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Viloria wins IBF Title

Posted in Pro Boxing Results with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2009 by admin

Brian Viloria

By Manuel Perez: I’m frankly speechless after former WBC light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (25-2, 15 KOs) pulled off a huge upset by stopping International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion Ulises Soils (28-2-2, 20 KOs) in the 11th round tonight at the Araneta Coliseum, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Viloria, 28, with the huge Filipino audience giving him a lot of encouragement, knocked Solis down with a huge right hand to the head in the 11th.

The bout was then stopped by referee Bruce McTavish at 2:56 of the round. Both fighter traded big shots from the beginning, but Viloria was able to land the harder shots and ended up quickly cutting Solis up over both eyes.

The win was a huge upset, as Viloria, ranked only at number #9 in the IBF, hadn’t fought any top fighters in two years since losing to Edgar Sosa in April 2007. During the last two years, Viloria looked slow and lethargic in the ring, hardly the type of fighter that could pull off an upset like this.


2009 Hawaii State Championships

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2009 by admin

The 2009 Hawaii State/Regional Boxing Championships will be held on April 24th (7 p.m.) and 25th (6 p.m.) at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel Ballroom. It will be the 1st time the Adults (senior, open) and Junior Olympic Tournament will be combined. Winners advance to the USA Combined National Championships on June 6th to 14th in Denver, Colorado. Boxers from Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, and Maui are expected to compete.

Current Nationally Ranked Boxers and Defending Hawaii Champions entering the tournament are:
Chazzette Sau #1,
Bruno Escalante #2,
Joshua McShane #5,
Emmit Bolibol #5,
Keanu Sabado #5,
with Gino Ramos #3 in the Under-19 division.

Defending Champions competing are:
Colleen Loo,
Isaiah Manalo,
Earl Fitts,
Kainoa Oca-Kauhane.

Escalante competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Around 25 bouts are scheduled for each night. Tickets are limited ! and will be $20 for each night, and $5 for 10 and under.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at, or Blane Yoshida at
Thank You For Your Support!!
Bruce Kawano
2009 USA-Boxing Hawaii Team Manager/Regional Coordinator.

Viloria fights for the IBF Title (108lbs)

Posted in Pro Boxing Info with tags , , , , on April 14, 2009 by admin

Brian Viloria

Ex Hawaii Resident Brian Viloria 24-2 with 14 KOs, who now resides in California, a 2000 Olympian will box Ulises Solis 28-1-2 with 20 KOs of Mexico for the IBF Junior Flyweight (108Lbs) Championship on Sat. April 18 at Araneta Coliseum, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Bout is scheduled for 12 rounds for Solis IBF Title. The main event will be ex California resident Nonito Donaire 20-1 with 13 KOs now living in the Philippines against Raul Martinez 24-0 with 14 KOs from Texas for Donaires IBF Flyweight (112) Championship.

X1: Temple of Boom 5 Results

Posted in Amateur Boxing Results with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by admin

April 11, 2009
Palolo Hongwanji

Pro Boxing
140 – Nui Wheeler (Maili Soljahs) def Keith Kelly (Montana) tko rd 3
145 – Richard Barnard (Waianae BC) def Dimitris Labatos (Florida) dec
126 – Thaddine Johnson (NY) def Tracey Stevens (Canada) tko rd 1
140 – Van Oscar Penovaroff (HI) def Mike Maley (Indiana) tko rd 1
135 – Isaac Arasato (Palolo BC) def Ricky Thompson (Florida) dec

Palolo Valley shook with action from another exciting X-1 Event. X-1 did a great job bringing in professional boxers from all over the country and even Canada to take on some of Hawaii’s premier boxing talent. Temple of boom 5 gave us another edition of pro boxing that featured undefeated Palolo Boxing product Isaac Arasato as he took on Florida Boxer, Ricky Thompson.

Arasato used a barrage of body shots and non-stop pressure to overwhelm Thompson and earn a four round decision. Van Oscar Penovaroff improved to 4-0 as he KO’d Mike Maley out of Indiana with a vicious body shot. Waianae Boxing Club’s Richard Barnard survived a first round haymaker from Dimitris Labatos(Florida) to earn a decision victory after picking apart his opponent the remainder of the bout.

Nui Wheeler showed great accuracy is his punches as he tagged Keith Kelly(Montana) for the first three rounds earning him the TKO victory after Kelly did not answer the bell for the fourth round. In a 126 women’s boxing match New Yorker Thaddine Johnson hit Canadian Tracey Stevens hard and often earning her the TKO victory.

Isaac Arasato
Van Oscar Penovaroff
Richard Barnard

X1: Temple of Boom 5

Posted in Pro Boxing Info with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by admin

X1 World Events

X1 Temple of Boom V
April 11, 2009
Palolo Hongwanji, Honolulu, Hawaii
Pro Boxing starts at 7:15 p.m.
MMA starts at 5:30 p.m

In their biggest boxing line up to date, X1 World Events looks to step it up a notch and bring in as many as 6 mainland fighters to take on Hawaii boxers in an exciting night of boxing action.

Ricky Thompson of Tampa Florida has taken on some heavy competition including his most recent bout against Olympian Saddam Ali on just a few days notice. Having nearly a month and a half notice to prepare he promises to upset hometown kid Isaac Arasato.

Although a talented kickboxer Peni Taufaao of Kaneohe will step outside of his comfort zone once again and test his boxing against the very tough Butch Anderson. Anderson went nearly three rounds with veteran kickboxer Jonah Vistante back in February. Anderson who is more of a boxer than a kickboxer is a hard man to finish, Taufaao will have his hands full when these two warriors go head to head.

Two fighters making their pro debut here in Hawaii will be Montana native Keith Kelly who is a Jr Welterweight (135-140lbs) and Florida native Dimitris Labatos at Welterweight (140-147lbs). Labatos will be making his pro debut against the exciting Richard Barnard.

A female match has been added in the Featherweight division Carrie Alexander of Tennessee will take on Thaddine Johnson of New York. Johnson is a very exciting Native American fighter and painter.

Also on the card Van Oscar Penovaroff of Kailua-Kona will be returning to the ring to take on mainland talent. Jason Dacquel of Waipahu is looking forward to his pro debut, as are John Vistante and Michael Brightmon.

Hawaii’s Isaac Arasato a Painter and Presidential Scholarship Recipient at U.H. expecting to graduate from the University of Hawaii in May, is scheduled to box Ricky Thompson from Tampa, Florida. Thompson’s last bout was against 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali of New York. His opponents total current record as of April 7th is 23-11.

All bouts subject to approval by the Hawaii State Boxing Commission.

135 – Isaac Arasato (3-0, HI) vs Ricky Thompson (1-5, FL)
140 – Van Oscar Penovaroff (3-0, HI) vs Mike Maley (2-5, IN)
126 – Thaddine Johnson (3-0, NY) vs Tracey Stevens (5-9, Canada)
145 – Richard Barnard (0-1, HI) vs Dimitris Labatos (Debut, FL)
140 – Nui Wheeler (0-1, HI) vs Keith Kelly (Debut, MO)

1951 territorial boxing champ Gusman dies

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info, Pro Boxing Info with tags , , , on February 14, 2009 by admin

Hawaii Tribune-Herald Staff

Former territorial lightweight and featherweight boxing champion and Big Island native Aladino Gusman died Jan. 21 at Kapi’olani Medical Center on O’ahu, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported today. He was 78.

Gusman was born in Union Mill, Kohala, on the Big Island and retired as an electrician for the state of Hawai’i, Aloha Stadium.

Gusman worked for the Kohala Sugar Co., and in 1951, won the Territorial Amateur Featherweight boxing championship, and followed up the following year by capturing the lightweight title. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard Shop 99, where he was awarded the superior accomplishment award for work on the overhaul of the USS Sargo.

According to friends, “Gusman loved his family and his work.” He also coached the Police Activities League boxing team at Halawa Housing.

“In my young days growing up and watching amateur boxing at Hilo Armory, he was my favorite fighter,” said former Tribune-Herald sports writer Andy Baclig. “Pound-per-pound, he was the best and most outstanding amateur boxer I witnessed from the Big Island. Every time they held a boxing card in Hilo, I looked forward to watching Gusman, Dickie Wong, Randolph Kim Seu and George Nakaoka, among others, pack Hilo Armory.”

A funeral Mass was held today at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in ‘Aiea. Burial followed at Mililani Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Grace (Paruginog) Gusman; sons, A. Clarke and Martin (Arlene) Gusman; daughter, Claire Gusman; brothers, Manuel (Rose), Peter, Albert (Fina) and James Gusman; sisters, Rose Hamilton, Shirley (Toto) Santiago and Sylvia (Guy) Guiffria; and two grandchildren.

X1: Temple of Boom 3

Posted in Pro Boxing Info with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by admin

Feb 15, 2009
Palolo Hongwanji

Scheduled bouts
150 – Mike Balasi (Kawano Boxing) vs Pete Vital III (Big Island)
140 – Isaac Arasato (Palolo Boxing) vs Vince Vital (Big Island)
145 – Van Oscar Penovaroff vs Abraham Cortes (Big Island)
135 – Tyson Nam (Grappling Unlimited) vs Nui Wheeler (Maili Soljahs)
135 – Arron Madich (Freelance) vs Neil Sabbaghi (Freelance)

X1: Fights Club Meets Night Club Results

Posted in Pro Boxing Results with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by admin

X1 World Events
O’Lounge Night Club
November 21, 2008

Pro Boxing
135 – Isaac Arasato (Palolo Boxing) def Ryan Lee (Bullspen) tko rd 1
145 – Peni Taufaao (Team Assassin) def Neil Sabbaghi (Unattached) tko rd 1

Exhibition Boxing
160 – Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) vs Michael Balasi (Kawano Boxing)

After their May event, the X1 staff decided to end the year with three smaller venues to showcase newer talent. From these small shows, X1 has found themselves some new names to add to their Blaisdell shows in 2009.

In Boxing Isaac Arasato’s body attack once again proved too much, this time against veteran fighter Ryan Lee. It was constant pressure from Peni Taufaao that won him his pro boxing debut against Neil Sabbaghi. Also veteran fighter Harris Sarmiento went the distance with Michael Balasi in their exhibition bout. Balasi attacked Sarmiento’s body early in the fight but Sarmiento a veteran of over 50 pro fights kept up with Balasi’s pace and traded shots all three rounds. Look for Sarmiento to make his pro boxing debut sometime in 2009.

KJ Noons the boxer defeats Alejandro Bogarin

Posted in Pro Boxing Results with tags , , on November 17, 2008 by admin

Tiny by James Iannotti

Former Elite XC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons made his return to the boxing ring a successful one with a unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Bogarin (8-6-3) last Thursday night at the Expo Center in El Monte, California.

Noons actually dropped Bogarin in the first frame, but could not finish him off. He did, however, dominate most of the match en route to the decision win, which was his first in the sport since defeating Anthony Cannon at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., in June 2007 (also by unanimous decision).

Bogarin wasn’t necessarily the stiffest test for Noons in his return. He had previously been knocked out six times and was coming into this bout fresh off a first round knockout suffered at the hands of Francisco Santana in July.

Nonetheless, with the win Noons moves his professional boxing record to an impressive 8-1 with five knockouts.

It’s unclear at this time whether he’ll continue to box or make the move back to mixed martial arts following the demise of his previous employer, Elite XC. Even before the demise of Elite XC he was taking a break from MMA after being stripped of his 160-pound title because he and the organization couldn’t come to terms on a rematch with Nick Diaz.

But now that the promotion is no more it might not be long before he’s back in a cage fighting MMA. Clearly, whatever happens with the fighter contracts from Pro Elite Inc. will have a lot to do with the next step for KJ.

Regardless, it seems very likely we haven’t seen the last of him in either sport.

Boxing athlete overcomes physical challenge to reach goal

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags , , on July 30, 2008 by admin

Koichi Tanji

By Jason Tang

KALIHI (KHNL) – For some athletes, the love of the sport helps them overcome any, and all obstacles.

This is especially true for one boxer who is overcoming both a physical challenge, and the doubt others have cast on him.

His home country of Japan banned in from the competing in the sport.

Not because of something he did, but because of something he was born with.

“He told me he wanted to do amateur boxing, I was kind of skeptical at first, I looked at his hand, and made my doctor give him a physical, so my doctor went to HMC, watched him work out, and the doctor gave me the OK,” said Bruce Kawano, a boxing trainer.

Since getting the green light, Koichi Tanji’s fought in four sanctioned USA-Boxing Matches, and so far he’s undefeated with two knockouts.

“I don’t let any body to decide what I’m going to be, I’m going to decide what I’m going to be,” said Tanji.

Tanji says Japan banned him from competing due to the liability if something were to happen to him.

He hopes his story will also inspire others to overcome their obstacles whatever they may be.

“To me this is natural because I was born like this, so for them to, don’t think like, I’m disability so I can’t,” said Tanji. “Don’t limit that.”

Everyday Tanji trains in the sport he loves, and Kawano says it easy to explain why he’s so motivated.

“He’s like a machine gun, he won’t stop, I think he kind of wants to prove that he can do it, and he’s not going to let his handicap hold him back.”

Tanji wasn’t born with a normal right hand, but he’s making it for up in other areas.

“He has the heart of a champion, and that’s one thing you gotta be born with. You can’t teach that,” said Kawano.

Koichi’s next fight is in Kansas city next week, his parents and sister are flying out from Japan to watch him.

His ultimate goal is to be a professional boxing champion.


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