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News: John Correa, Lopez, Reyes, William Silva, Kenneth Sims

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- The undefeated Puerto Ricans John Correa and Jonathan Lopez will face Mexican opponents in the next edition of "A Puno Limpio", which will feature Bernard "Bimbo" Lebron and Antonio Sanchez, in their rematch, on October 26 at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, which will be broadcast by Wapa Deportes.

"We are making the new edition of "A Puño Limpio", which will have the expected rematch between Bimbo Lebrón and Antonio Sánchez, and we will have prospects John Correa and Jonathan López against Mexican veterans in good fights, while we continue to shape the show, in which we will present seven fights," said Iván Rivera, president of PRBBP.

Correa (5-0, 5 kos), from Gurabo, Puerto Rico, will be facing the experienced Aztec Daniel Echevarría (19-6, 17 kos) in a six round and 152 pounds bout. Also at six rounds, Lopez (3-0, 3 kos), from Humacao, Puerto Rico, will fight against the Mexican Jonathan Lecona (17-22-4, 6 kos) at 118 pounds.

The main event of the evening will have Bimbo Lebrón (10-1, 4 kos) and Antonio Sánchez (5-5-2, 3 kos) fighting in a 10-round rematch at 140 pounds. The first time they met, on August 10, Lebron won an exciting fight by unanimous decision with cards of 76-75, 76-75 and 76-75, preparing the scene for the second match.

The series "A Puño Limpio", in its first part, took place between 2011 and 2012 with shows around Puerto Rico, and had in action fighters like the current world champion Emmanuel "Manny" Rodríguez (in his debut), former world champion Manuel Alejandro "Manny" Siaca, later world champion McJoe Arroyo, as well as future world challengers McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan Oquendo, José "Chelo" González and David Quijano, and then prospect Jonathan "Bomba "González, among others.

More details of this "A Puño Limpio" will be provided soon.

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Welterweight Mark Reyes Jr. Captured the ABF Continental Americas title with a third round stoppage of Mexico’s Juan Garces Saturday, October 6.
 
“Night of Champions” was promoted by Fire Fist Boxing Promotions and the 11 bout card took place in front of a standing room only crowd at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.
 
The card was broadcast live on Fite.TV and featured ringside commentary from Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ very own Connor “The Kid” Coyle.
 
With a large group of supporters on hand, Reyes got off to a fast start and buzzed Garces with a hard right cross in the opening stanza. The popular 22-year-old Tampa native had a clear speed advantage and was able to consistently beat Garces to the punch in the second, though Garces did land a few good shots.
 
At the beginning of round three, Reyes threw a body shot that accidentally landed on Garces’ inner thigh. Garces immediately crashed to the canvas and appeared to be in significant pain. After an extended delay, Graces couldn’t continue and Reyes was awarded a TKO victory.
 
“It was an accidental low blow but I hit him on the thigh,” Reyes said following the victory. “I hurt him to the body in the second and he tried to use this as an opportunity to quit because he didn’t want to fight.”
 
Reyes dedicated his victory to the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Team Reyes raised funds for the Children’s Cancer Center by donating all proceeds from fight night merchandise sales.
 
Reyes is now 8-0 with 6 KO’s while Garces slips to 28-22 (18 KO’s).
 
Lightweight contender William “Babyface” Silva of Plant City, FL by way of Brazil became the ABF Continental Lightweight champion by dominating game Panamanian Jose Forero en-route to a 9th round stoppage. Silva displayed excellent boxing skills and was in complete control during the first eight rounds. In the 9th, Silva decked Forero hard and a follow up barrage forced the stoppage at 1:49.
 
Silva improves his professional ledger to 26-2 with 15 victories by KO. Forero is 13-8-1 (11 KO’s).
 
“I’m very pleased with the way Mark and Willian performed,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “Mark was on his way to a stoppage victory and I truly believe his opponent was looking to pick up a disqualification win by adding some theatrics after being punched on the thigh. Willian put on an absolute clinic and is looking to get right back in with a top opponent in the very near future.”
 
Bantamweights Avril Mathie of Miami Beach, FL by way of Australia and Dallas, TX’s Samantha Salazar battled to a thrilling six round draw in a match up for the Women's ABF Continental Americas 118 pound title. In what was without question the fight of the night, Mathie and Salazar fearlessly exchanged punches throughout the contest. After the final bell, both women were met with a round of applause.

Scores were 58-56 Mathie, 58-56 Salazar and 57-57.
 
Mathie is 2-0-1 with 2 KO’s and Salazar’s record is 5-5-1.
 
Junior middleweight Ozodbek Aripov of Fort Myers, FL earned a six round shutout victory over tough Miami, FL native Clifford Gray. Aripov, a physical fighter with a crowd friendly style, scored two knockdowns and never stopped moving forward.
 
All three judges scored the bout 60-52 for Aripov, who is now 4-0 (2 KO’s).
 
2016 Argentinean Olympian Alberto Palmetta, 9-1 (5 KO’s) stopped veteran Javier Garcia, 8-18-1 (3 KO’s), following the third third of a six round welterweight contest. The confident Palmetta displayed flashy skills and impressive ring generalship, pummeling Garcia from the opening bell. 

Junior Welterweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. will be back in action this Saturday night when he takes on Andrew Rodgers in a six-round bout at The McBride Hall in Gary, Indiana.

Sims of nearby Chicago will be back in the ring for the first time since taking an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Montana Love on July 20th in a bout that was nationally televised on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME.

Sims (12-1-1, 4 KOs) has been working in Houston, Texas with some top-notch sparring partners, which will help him go forward in his career.

"My camp was great.  It was a full camp with my strength and conditioning coach.  I got great sparring with O'Shaquie Foster, Regis Prograis, and Taras Shelestyuk," said Sims.

In Rodgers, Sims is taking on an unheralded opponent in what most a terming a "stay busy fight."

"I really do not know much about him.  I am taking this fight as it is close to home.  I have been fighting in different places, so this is a good opportunity for my family and fans to see me fight."

After being injured for the better part of the last year, Sims is looking to stay active at the end of the 2018 and into 2019.

"I hope to have another fight before the end of the year.  It doesn't matter if it another fight like this or something more significant.  It all depends on the situation."

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