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News: Kinda vs. Mike Arnaoutis; AIBA Workshop, Gonzalez

Unbeaten prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will return to the ring next Friday, October 19, at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, as part of the show WBO Night of Champions, headlined by the clash between featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz and Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos, in an All Star Boxing presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

            Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs), 21, debuted professionally on April 2011, led by PRBBP and Top Rank, fighting nine times in his first year and winning the WBO Flyweight Youth World  Title. But his career was stopped after his first two fights in 2012. His last bout was on August 18, when he beat Saul Hernandez in Mexico. Gonzalez has fought just three times in 2012.

            “I’ve been rather frustrated with the course of my career has been because I heard people who approached me to advise me, but they didn’t have the best intentions, they lied to me, and my career was stop”, Gonzalez said. “I want to tell to all those young fighters as me, to be alert with these people who approached them. If you are part of a good company (Promoter) that is taking your career, there’s no reason to believe in people coming with other intentions”.

            Now, the 2010 Central American and Caribbean and 2008 Youth World Amateur Championship gold medal is happy to back to the ring next Friday, October 19, in Florida.

            “I’m very happy right now because I want to fight. I’ve kept training and I hope to continue with my goal of becoming a world champion”, Gonzalez said. 

Gonzalez’s foe will be announced soon.

NEW YORK, NY - Having presented many years of world class musical performances, this Saturday night, OCTOBER 13, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury will play host to "WESTBURY WARS", a sensational evening of action packed professional boxing promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.

The ten round main event will see undefeated African native, now based in New York City, Issouf Kinda battling former world title challenger and perennial contender "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis in a bout contested for Kinda's New York State Junior Welterweight Title.

With his sensational boxing skills honed through an illustrious amateur career, the 24-year-old Kinda has impressed the knowledgeable boxing fans in the New York City area since turning professional in 2009.

Compiling a record of 14-0-0 (5KO's), Kinda will be making the first defense of the New York State Title, which he earned with an eight round shutout performance on MAY 2 against Luis Rodriguez at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY.

Born in Athens, Greece, Arnaoutis is among the toughest veterans in the junior welterweight division. Included on his ledger are battles with notable world champions and world ranked contenders including Delvin Rodriguez, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia, Kendall Holt, Ricardo Torres, Juan Urango and Demetrius Hopkins.

Most recently, the 33-year-old Arnaoutis has looked very impressive; winning a unanimous decision over Shakha Moore on FEBRUARY 10 at the Mohegan Sun Casino and stopping Broderick Antoine on MAY 2.

Said DeGuardia, 'There's been a great buzz about the Kinda/Arnaoutis fight since we announced it. Kinda is a terrific looking prospect with a wealth of potential, however Arnaoutis is a much more experienced veteran who is looking at this as an opportunity to put his name in the mix for bigger fights if he can defeat Kinda. There's a great deal at stake for both guys."

In the eight round welterweight co-main event at "WESTBURY WARS", popular undefeated Long Island knockout artist Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin will look to stay unbeaten against Chicago based spoiler Carl 'The Assassin" McNickles.

The 26-year-old Seldin, 8-0-0 (5KO's) has turned heads with his stunning knockouts over the last fifteen months. His last three bouts have ended in the first two rounds, culminating in a brutal first round knockout of heralded Puerto Rican prospect Jonathan Garcia on JULY 28 at the sold out Paramount in Huntington.

Sporting a record of 8-3-0 (6KO's), the 28-year-old McNickles has faced numerous undefeated prospects across the country. In his last outing at Madison Square Garden on MARCH 17, he battled New Jersey's Danny McDermott over six rounds winning a hard fought decision in a terrific back-and-forth war.

"Everyone on Long Island knows about Seldin's power and how exciting he is to watch but McNickles is very confident and fearless about fighting on the road. We expect fireworks in this bout from the opening bell" said DeGuardia.

Also featured in a six round junior welterweight tilt is a clash between Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal and Newburgh, New York native Luis Rodriguez.

Currently residing in Arlington, Virginia and sporting a record of 15-3-3 (10KO's), Jargal looks to get back on the winning track following a ten round decision loss to undefeated prospect Chris Algieri on NOVEMBER 19 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, a bout which was broadcast internationally on Azteca America.

The 24-year-old Rodriguez, 6-5-1 (1KO), has become well known in Puerto Rico and the New York City area for his aggressive, all-action style of fighting.

Also appearing at "WESTBURY WARS" is popular Huntington, New York based newcomer Alan Gotay. The 22-year-old made his pro debut on the Star Boxing 20th Anniversary Show on JULY 28 knocking out Ian James in the first round at The Paramount.

In a scheduled four junior welterweight bout, Gotay will face off against Alberto Manukyan, 0-1-0, of Jersey City, NJ.

Prior to the pro fights, three amateur bouts will kick off the card.

Advance tickets for this theatre-in-the-round seating event, priced at $150 for Gold Circle VIP, $60 for Ringside Reserved and $30 for Mezzanine Reserved, are available at Live Nation, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, at the Westbury Box Office or through the Star Boxing office by calling (718) 823-2000 or on their website, Star Boxing.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.  Event, date and time are subject to change.  Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

After the fights boxing fans can dine at Marco Polo's Restaurant in the Viana Hotel and Spa and receive 15% off their meals by presenting a ticket stub from the event. The Viana Hotel and Spa is located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury, New York.

The NYCB Theatre at Westbury is located at 960 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury, New York, 11590. For directions and more information please visit their website at The Theatre at Westbury.  For Westbury membership information, visit Westbury Membership

Lausanne, Switzerland - The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pleased to announce that a total of 94 R&Js will attend the APB/WSB R&J Workshop from 29 October to 4 November 2012 in the city of Incheon, South Korea, with the flights kindly donated by AIBA sponsor Korean Air.

There were more than 50 new candidates who had applied to take part in addition to the 50 WSB R&Js already signed up. After a careful selection process, a final list of 94 was drawn up that included 19 existing Supervisors and 68 R&Js.

During this intensive five-day induction, the Referees and Judges will take part in theoretical and practical courses in order to be fully in tune with the differences between AIBA Olympic Boxing (AOB) and AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) / World Series of Boxing (WSB).

During the workshop, there will be two days of seminar that detail APB/WSB Competition and Technical Rules with an in-depth analysis of the APB program to be launched in late 2013. This will then be followed by two days of practical seminars with actual scoring practice in real live situations with the intention of replicating bouts by bringing in some boxers to take part. The courses will be presented in English with Spanish, French and Russian translation.

The evaluation/exams, scheduled for Wednesday 31 October, will be divided into three categories, with one multiple choice paper to be completed, a practical individual test with video and finally an in-depth evaluation by three experienced instructors. Once they have passed these rigorous tests, they will become certified APB/WSB R&Js and will thus officiate AOB Elite Competitions as well as APB and WSB events.

After this workshop, all R&Js and supervisors will be fully versed in all AIBA competitions and will be the best in the business.

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