In 1982, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) created the California Professional Boxer’s Pension Fund to provide support to former boxers in the concluding years of their lives.
The Fund is administered by the California State Sports Commission and has funds earmarked for eligible boxers.
The World Boxing Council is working together with the CSAC, being the link for boxers who are entitled to receive this Pension. The WBC accompanies and guides fighters throughout the selection process, from filling out forms to collecting financial support.
The requirements to be entitled to the Pension Fund are as follows:
-Be at least 50 years old.
-Have fought at least 10 rounds a year in a period of 4 years in California, with a break of no more than 3 years.
-Have fought 75 rounds in scheduled fights in California, with a break of no more than 3 years.
December 6, 2021 Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas, Nevada
World Welterweight Unification Bout
Billed: “The Toss-up”
Curry held the IBF and WBA world titles McCrory held the WBC world title.
In a bout between two unbeaten champions in their prime, Curry turned in his finest performance as a professional, dominating and stopping McCrory in round 2 of a scheduled 12 round, world championship bout.
Curry was near perfect on this night in terms of boxing ability, technique, and strategy, as well as a strong mental approach that worked in sync with his fight strategy.
Curry immediately took charge in the first round, feinting and parrying effectively, while aggressively stalking McCrory and landing several hard shots to the head and body of McCrory.
Curry was on balance and relaxed, allowing him to move well and strike with short, straight punches, that came off of his high guard.
There was no wasted energy or movement on Curry’s part and he began the second round where he left off in the first, landing strong shots while keeping McCrory backing up, so that the Kronk stylist would be unable to properly set and plant his feet to deliver his power punches.
Curry’s strategy proved to be an effective one against the Kronk style, also being used by Marvin Hagler against Thomas Hearns a few months before, in a different way, but with the same idea and results.
This is not to say that McCrory folded or didn’t show up to fight, he was game and tried his best, but Curry was just too good and too strong for him on this night.
A short, tight, left hook started the end of the night for McCrory, dropping him hard and stunning him badly.
He was able to beat the count but as soon as the fight resumed, Curry swarmed in on him, landing a lightning bolt of a right hand that put McCrory down and out.
Barrera won a close but clear decision by boxing instead of exchanging punches with Juarez.
Barrera’s win was somewhat suspicious/controversial though after Emmanuel Steward, who was part of the HBO analyst team, noticed that Barrera’s gloves had been “skinned back.”
“Skinning” gloves is accomplished when the gloves are stretched back as much as possible and taped, which exposes more of the knuckles and therefore creates more damage when a punch is landed.
The stretched back padding was held in place by illegal, extra wrist tape, that covered the wrist portions and half of the thumb portions of Barrera’s gloves.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Keith Kizer later rationalized the skinning and illegal taping by mentioning that members of Juarez’s team were present when Barrera’s hands were wrapped and gloved up, and they didn’t complain about the skinning or extra tape used to hold the glove padding back.
Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry Born: 3/28/81 Died: 8/15/15 Hometown: Orange, Texas Pro Record:26-2 with 21 KO’s Fought out of Houston, Texas NABF,NABA,IBA,USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Notable Wins: (SD)Rayco Saunders,(TKO)Derrick James,(TKO)Hugo Garay,(TKO)Rubin Williams,(TKO)Shaun George
Lost a disputed decision for the WBC World Light Heavyweight Title against Romanian Champion Adrian Diaconu in Romania
Born in sun kissed Cancun, Quintana Roo, Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt has already left his indelible mark in its silky soft sand!
“I feel very happy, proud and content to be champion of the youngest state of Mexico (Quintana Roo)” commented the champion who snatched the World Boxing Council super featherweight title from Francisco “ Bandido” Vargas in 2017.
So far, “Alacrán” has blazed his way through six defenses of the crown, retaining his belt against Takashi Miura, Maxwell Awuku, Jonathan Barros, Miguel Román, Francisco Vargas and Jason Sosa, and it`s in large part thanks to the rays of the Golden City by the sea.
“Cancun has undoubtedly given me a lot, it was the city where I grew up in, and where I fought my first fights. There I have my family, so it`s the city I always carry in my heart and where I long to return to, even though I now reside in another city. It is always a pleasure to visit my family in Cancun,” said busy Miguel, who has a record of 37 wins, 33 knockouts and only one loss.
The 28-year-old boxer assured that Cancun is hotbed in boxing, and will certainly emulate what he has achieved together with Rodolfo “Rudy” López and Yesenia “Niña” Gómez, namely…brand-new champions originating from its magical heartland.
Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez are hunting a blockbuster unification rematch – and Estrada told Gonzalez in the first ever episode of ‘Peleamundo’, premiering this Sunday on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, that he is confident of settling the score if the pair can meet again.
Estrada (40-3 27 KOs) and Gonzalez (49-2 41 KOs) both regained their World champion status in stunning fashion in recent outings, with Estrada beating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a rematch to regain the WBC and Ring Magazine Super-Flyweight belts last April and ‘Chocolatito’ rolling back the years to rip the WBA strap from previously unbeaten Brit Kal Yafai in Dallas in February with a clinical ninth round KO win.
The pair met back in November 2012 as Gonzalez successfully defended his WBA Light-Flyweight title against Estrada in Los Angeles, and with both men holding World title straps, they told Jessie Vargas that they would love to renew their rivalry with higher stakes, and ‘Gallo’ confident of exacting a spectacular revenge.
“I’ve had three losses and I’ve avenged two of them,” said Estrada. “I haven’t been able to avenge my loss to Gonzalez yet because we never fought again, but hopefully this time around, I will win, and that loss will be avenged as well.
“I’m the champ. I have a lot of respect for him. It’s a big fight and we both deserve big purses. Everything looks and sound good but it’s all about the money. We’re friends and both fighting for our families. I want to unify if I’m given the opportunity. I’ll fight whatever opponent is available. I know there will be some good fights made by the promoters.
“I don’t know Yafai personally, however I do know Roman, and he’s a great champion. I know he had a lot of support from the people of Nicaragua. I was happy for him because he’s such a humble person. Without a doubt I was with Roman Gonzalez in that fight.
“It’s been eight years [since the first fight] and I’m very excited for this fight. I believe the people really want to see it as well. I’m a great fighter. It’s going to be a great show. It’s going to be a better and bigger fight than the bigger weight classes.”
“I’m a lion in the ring,” said Chocolatito. “We put in the work to win but after we can be friends, and everything will go back to normal.
“It’s going to be a very good fight. Everyone talks before the fight but all that matters is the day of the fight. We both need to just demonstrate to the public that the lighter weight divisions can put on a good show. We’re the ones carrying boxing right now, the smaller weight classes, and when If I fight Estrada, it’s going to be historical.”
Matchroom Boxing prospect Devin Haney proclaimed superiority over an entire portion of the human race, after being asked about a potential matchup between himself and pound for pound #1 champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
“I can tell you this – I will never lose to a white boy in my life, I don’t care what nobody got to say. Listen, can’t no white boy beat me, I don’t care, on any day of the week. I fight a white boy like 10 times, I’m gonna beat him 10 times.”
Haney, who has no significant wins on his record, has been on a campaign of idiodicy as of late, claiming that no one wants to fight him and that every other champion is afraid of him, despite the fact that everyone has been put on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus epidemic.
He’s been going on about himself and selfishly trying to use this time to further his own agenda soo much as of late, that IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez was annoyed enough last week to tweet, “Shut the fuck up kid, damn you annoying.”
Haney apparently wasn’t satisfied with just being annoying, and decided to take it a few steps further by going on a racist rant this week.
Strangely, Ryan Garcia, with whom Haney had a peculiarly intimate face off with after Garcia’s last win, came to Haney’s defense by saying that he respects Haney and didn’t think Haney meant his comments in a racist way, which is mind blowing given the directness and bluntness of Haney’s statements.
Garcia did go on to say that all people should respect each other for the betterment of boxing afterwards, but it came off as more of an afterthought, after more importantly, vouching for his potential, future opponent.
With both Haney and Garcia fighting on the DAZN platform, Garcia probably saw the potential big money fight that the streaming service has already begun building between the two, going up in smoke after Haney’s racist comments and tried to immediately begin damage control to salvage it.
Ironically, there has been no serious backlash or outcry behind Haney’s racist rant, as surely would have been the case had Lomachenko declared he could never in his life, “Lose to a black boy.”
Amazingly in this day and age, Haney seemingly, genuinely believes that the color of his skin makes him a superior fighter than a whole race of people.
So far most popular boxing media outlets have taken a rather cowardly stance towards the racist boxer’s sadly ignorant comments, choosing to report on the matter by simply quoting his words, but stopping short of calling him what he is, a racist, possibly in fear of upsetting the Matchroom Boxing/DAZN partnership that promotes Haney.
Independent boxing reporter Mr. Moonshine of Punsh Drunk Boxing wasn’t cowardly as the popular media outlets with promotional and/or business connections with boxing powerhouses Matchroom Boxing and DAZN have been though, clearly and directly chastizing Haney and his like minded followers for their hypocrisy and self percieved privilege to spread their hateful beliefs, while being quick to cry racism whenever it conveniently suits them.