Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey new title challenger for
WBC Female World Champion Eva Wahlstrom
RJJ BOXING’s free admission showAug. 2 in Las Vegas
BOUTS WILL STREAM LIVE AND EXCLUSIVELY ON UFC FIGHT PASS®
LAS VEGAS (July 15, 2019) – World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom has a new title challenger, Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey, who has replaced Yareli “Chocolita” Larios, in the August 2nd headliner at the famed Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions is offering free admission for this latest installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, offering free admission to its loyal fanbase in Las Vegas. Fans may register online to receive their free tickets, minimum of eight per person, by going to:
RJJ Boxing co-founder and living legend Roy Jones, Jr. will host a meet-and-great for VIP ticket holders prior to the fights.
The main card will stream live and exclusively, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Former European champion Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of Finland, captured her WBC female World super featherweight title in 2015, winning a 10-round decision over Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre, followed with four successful title defenses, all by way of 10-round decisions, against Dahiana Santana (35-7), Anahi Esther Sanchez (14-0), Mayra Alejandra Gomez (18-5) and Melissa St. Vil (10-2-4).
Wahlstrom’s fifth title defense in the 10-round main event is now against Jeffrey (17-1, 1 KO), the former IWBF world super featherweight champion from Brooklyn. She is also a former WBC Silver featherweight and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title holder.
Also fighting on UFC FIGHT PASS are a pair of Fort Worth, Texas fighters, middleweight John “The Phenom” Vera (18-1, 11 KOs) and featherweight Edward “Kid” Vasquez (6-0) in six-round matches.
The former world top 10-rated Vera takes on past WBA FEDALATIN welterweight champion Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-1, 13 KOs), the Uzbekistan native living in Las Vegas, in the co-featured event.
Vasquez is matched against Dominican Republic knockout specialist Yeuri “Dinamita” Andujar (4-1, 3 KOs) in a battle of contrasting boxing styles.
UFC FIGHT PASS opens with WIBA bantamweight Interim world champion Rosalinda Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs) in a non-title, six-round bout against unbeaten Californian Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-1, 3 KOs).
Undefeated Colombian super bantamweight Brandon Valdes (12-0, 7 KOs) is scheduled to fight on the non-streaming undercard against an opponent to be determined.
The evening starts with a lightweight showdown between Californian Donald Brown (7-0, 5 KOs), the WBC Latino featherweight champion, versus fellow undefeated prospect, Dallas’ Francisco Martinez (5-0, 3 KOs), in a six-round bout.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 15, 2019) – Toledo has produced and continues to produce elite boxers at a tremendous rate and gifted welterweight Oshae Jones, a much-celebrated amateur champion, clearly reigns as the undisputed Queen of Boxing in the Ohio city located on the western tip of Lake Erie.
The 21-year-old Jones has been a gold medal machine as a three-time Elite National Champion, 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifier, 2016 Youth Open and 2014 National PAL champion. She recently finished runner-up at the Pan American Qualifier in Nicaragua to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games, starting July 27, in Lima, Peru.
“I supposedly lost by split decision to a fighter from Panama (Atheyna Bylon),” Oshae noted, “but I beat her, 5-0, in the tournament before that, and I’m going to do that at the Pan Ams. This time I want a KO because I didn’t make it clear enough last fight. I’m honored to participate in the Pan Ams but, at the same time, I feel like I worked hard enough to get here, so I’m not that surprised.
“I don’t keep count anymore because I’ve won so many, but my most memorable was winning at The Nationals in 2016, because I won with my brother, Otha (Jones III), and all my teammates from Toledo.”
In addition to Oshae, Toledo has produced numerous professional fighters such as WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Albert Bell (15-0), former IBF welterweight world champion Robert Easter, Jr. (21-1-1), seven-time national champion and soon turning pro, Nashay Bradford, 16-0 Chris Jones, 15-0-1 Tyler McCleary. And one of Oshae’s current Team USA members Jared Anderson, the two-time defending elite national heavyweight champion, also hails from Toledo.
“I think Toledo has produced all these champions,” Jones remarked, “because we come from ‘the mud’ and know what hungry feels like.”
Boxing has been a family affair from the very beginning for Jones, who started boxing in 2011 when she was 13, because she was always in competition with her “little brother,” Otha. “We always wanted to be the fastest, strongest or number one at every little thing we did,” she explained. “Both of my brothers are professional boxers, Otha and Roshwan, and my father, Otha Jones, and older brother Roshwan are my coaches.”
Oshae’s life has dramatically changed from training at Soul City Boxing Gym in Toledo to the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, largely due to the opportunities she’s had and taken advantage of to fight overseas and add to her vast arsenal of skills.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Famer, Claressa Shields, along with the likes of Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano and a few others have changed the face of female boxing today. “I feel females before me did good things for women’s boxing,” Jones concluded. “They paved the way, but I’ll finish it off.”
Oshae Jones, who has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Japan, is Toledo Strong!
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies will have an experienced pitcher on the mound for the first pitch ahead of the team’s contest with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Heavyweight boxer Sonny Conto (3-0, 3 KOs) is training for his August 10 fight versus Guillermo Del Rio at the Liacouras Center, but at Tuesday’s home game, he’ll trade the boxing gloves for a baseball mitt when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
It won’t be Conto’s first time on a pitching mound. The the 23-year-old was a standout pitcher at West Deptford (NJ) High School and led Rowan College in Gloucester (NJ) County to the 2015 NJCAA Division III World Series. He found similar success as an amateur boxer and turned pro under promotional powerhouse Top Rank earlier this year.
The pitch will kick off the Phillies’ 12th annual Italian Heritage Celebration.
“Pitching from the Phillies’ mound is a dream come true for me,” said Conto. “From 9th and Porter to the College World Series to the major league mound, this is an incredible honor, and to do it on Italian Heritage Night makes it even more special.”
San Jose, Costa Rica (July 15, 2019) This Wednesday night, July 17, world ranked super featherweight O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (15-2, 9 KOs), of Houston, TX, and undefeated heavyweight prospect Trey Lippe-Morrison (15-0, 15 KOs), of Tulsa, OK, will be in featured bouts from San Jose, Costa Rica, streamed live internationally on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT), as part of a stacked DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing event.
The card, held at the Gimnasio Nacional, is headlined by the highly anticipated homecoming of WBA Female Super Welterweight World Champion Hanna “La Amazona Black” Gabriels defending her title against undefeated challenger Abril Vidal (8-0, 3 KOs), of Neuquen, Argentina, scheduled for 10 rounds.
Following his final training session in the summer heat of Houston under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Bobby Benton, the 25-year-old Foster was excited to hit the ring again this Wednesday night against Jesus “Lightning” Bravo (19-1-1, 17 KOs), of Lima, Peru, competing for the WBA Fedecentro Super Featherweight Title in a 10-round contest.
“It’s a bit of a business trip, but I plan to make the most of it. I’ve never been to Costa Rica and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Foster, who returns to action following a third-round stoppage of Fatiou Fassinou on February 23, in Beaumont, TX.
“Ideally, after this fight, I’d like to challenge for a world title against any of the titleholders; Miguel Berchelt, Gervonta Davis, Tevin Farmer or Jamel Herring,” continued Foster, who is world ranked #10 by the World Boxing Council and holder of their Silver Super Featherweight Title. Foster seized the WBC Silver Title with a dominant victory against previously unbeaten Jon Fernandez on September 21, 2018.
Discussing his training camp for this fight, Foster stated, “I’m always in the gym, always learning. For this fight, it was about getting better each day, so when that world title opportunity comes, I’ll be ready. I sparred with Shakur Stevenson for this camp and we gave each other great work. We really pushed each other to become better with every round.”
The 24-year-old Bravo returns to battle following a second-round knockout of undefeated prospect Cesar Diaz on April 27, in Lima, Peru.
Trey Lippe-Morrison, the son of former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, has consistently turned heads since his pro debut with his show-stopping knockouts in all of his professional bouts. Fighting on Wednesday night in a scheduled eight-rounder, Lippe-Morrison will seek to keep his knockout streak intact against Pedro Martinez (10-1, 4 KOs), of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. The upset-minded Martinez will look to rebound from his first defeat against Artem Suslenko on March 23, in Russia.
Lippe-Morrison has finished up his training camp with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in Hollywood, CA, and is excited for the fight and to be traveling outside of the US for the first time.
“It’s an exciting journey for me. Most of my fights have been in Oklahoma, so this is a special opportunity to fight in Costa Rica. This has been my fourth camp with Freddie and I’m becoming a better boxer each time, always learning different things, not just focusing on a specific opponent but becoming a more well-rounded fighter.”
Speaking of his impressive knockout streak, Lippe-Morrison said, “It looks great on paper and I’m glad to finish impressively, but I never go into a fight thinking of when or how I’m going to stop the other fighter. I just do my thing, break down my opponent and if there’s an opportunity to finish inside the distance, I take advantage of it.
“For now, it’s just one fight at a time, keep learning, keep getting better and knowing that at the appropriate time, we’ll make a big move.”
Rounding out the UFC FIGHT PASS streaming event in an eight-round super welterweight clash, Abram Martinez (6-0, 5 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV, clashes with Jorge Mendez (4-4-1, 3 KOs), of Escazu, Costa Rica. The 23-year-old Martinez hits the ring following a first-round knockout of Carlos Cruz on March 17.
Friday 7/12/19 on the un-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME televised “Battle at the Boat 122” at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, cruiserweight contender Constantin Bejenaru (14-0, 4 KOs) got back to business after a year and a half away by pounding out a sixth-round TKO (time 2:02) over Mexican veteran Jose Corral.
The southpaw Bejenaru looked sharp and won every minute of the fight with his crisp, fast hands and excellent work to the head and body.
“It felt good to be back,” said Bejenaru, “I’m happy that I’m back in the title hunt and in good shape. After a year and a half, I felt a little rusty for a little bit in the beginning, but I came back pretty quick.”
Bejenaru says he’d have liked to go the full eight-round distance but did enough to know he won’t be needing another tune-up fight before getting back in the mix.
“I am ready for a big fight next. I kept myself in good shape the whole time I was away. I wasn’t sure if I needed one or two tune-up fights, but I felt really good in the ring. Thank you to my opponent for lasting as long as he did and thank you to my team and my new promoter. I’m hoping for a title fight as soon as possible.”
Bejenaru, from Ungheni, in the Republic of Moldova and now living in Brooklyn, is a former 10-time Romanian champion, a Bronze Medalist at the European Amateur Boxing Championships in 2006, a Finalist in the European Union Championships in both 2006 and 2007, and a Gold Medalist at World Combat Games in 2010.
After turning professional in 2012, Bejenaru has gone on to score wide decision victories on ShoBox: The New Generation over previously undefeated Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) and Stivens Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), and in his most recent fight (broadcast on NESN), a decisive points victory over previous world title challenger Thabiso Mchunu (18-3, 11 KOs).
In his seven-year career, he has held both the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title and the WBC International Cruiserweight Championships.
“We hoped he might have to go all eight rounds to make him breathe and to make him feel the ring,” said trainer Ilia Masishchev, “but once he lands a few punches, he tries to finish. That’s how he is.”