WBC urges you to buckle up for brief… but thrilling February!
February is the month with the fewest days, and that`s precisely why the World Boxing Council isn`t wasting a single moment, by offering and serving up a smorgasbord of fabulous contests. Here they are:
February 9: Rey Vargas vs. Franklin Manzanilla / California
Taking center stage at the Fantasy Springs Casino of Indio, California, WBC super-bantamweight champion Rey Vargas will make the fourth defense of his crown against Venezuelan sensation Franklin Manzanilla, who surprised everyone by defeating Julio Ceja on May 26 to earn his spot in the limelight. However, Rey is convinced Frank will tank, by not staying the grueling twelve rounds duration. Frank, frankly disagrees!
February 9: Ryan Ford vs. Nick Hannig / Germany
With the vacant international WBC lightweight title at stake, German Nick Hannig and the Canadian Ryan Ford are willing to steal the night with a memorable fight, at the Verti Music Hall in Germany. Both insist that this contest of note, will definitely NOT reach the final bell. Ford who comes to this match with 15 wins, 10 of them by KO and 3 losses, is convinced that he can impose his experience against Hannig who has an undefeated record of 6 wins, 4 by knockout.
February 10: Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Zepeda / California
by Jove…Hey Joe! It`s a battle of the two Joses! WBC super lightweight world champion, Jose Ramirez, is ready and motivated for the match he will hold against Jose Zepeda at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California in a fight he expects from power to power. Ramirez is doubly motivated because he not only expects the second successful defense of his world title but also to continue supporting the Community Cancer Institute, since a percentage of all the ticket sales will be donated to this Institute, in addition, the champion will auction his uniform, gloves and shoes that he will use in the fight.
February 16: Yesenia Gómez vs. Erika Hanawa / Cancún
WBC female light flyweight world champion, Yesenia Gómez guarantees that the first defense of her crown will be spectacular, because by following the letter, order and spirit of instructions from Coach Rubén Lira, she has prepared better than ever. However, Japanese Erika Hanawa who has record of ten fights won with 4 of them by knockout and three defeats is going all out to inflict a mighty surprise.
February 16: Yamileth Mercado vs. Alys Sánchez / Mexico
Mexico against Venezuela, Yamileth Mercado and Alys Sanchez want to prove who`s supreme in the WBC super bantamweight international title quest. Mercado, who has a record of 13-2-0 4 KO, returns to the ring stronger than ever to avenge her defeat against Fatuma Zarika. However, the challenge will not be easy because Alys is a powerful fighter who has faced great boxers, one of whom was the great Jackie Nava.
February 16: Abass Baraou vs. Carlos Molina / Germany
With the firm conviction of returning to the path of success, Mexican Carlos Molina will face German Abass Baraou, a rival of 24 years of age who says will not let go the chance to win the vacant international title in the Super Welterweight division.
February 22: Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov vs. Emanuel Lopez / Russia
Russian Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov defends his WBC international super featherweight title against intrepid Mexican Manuel Lopez who will travel far, ready to end Yaqubov’s plans and become the new international champion. Russia Vs Mexico, is a fight you cannot miss!
February 23: Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim / Minnesota
Anthony Dirrell and Avni Yildirim will be clashing for the vacant WBC super middleweight at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two warriors of the ring who have declared war, because both want to take the belt home. Yildirim, 27, arrives to this fight with a winning streak since his last setback in 2017 and Dirrell, 34, arrives after clearly defeating Abraham Han last April.