Lightweight Willian “Babyface” Silva sustained a torn muscle in his left arm during a recent training session, forcing him to withdraw from two scheduled fights.
Silva, 29-4 (17 KO’s), was scheduled to fight Saturday evening in Lowell, MA followed by a showdown with highly regarded Idalberto Umara February 25 in Orlando, FL.
“This is a huge disappointment for Willian because he was extremely sharp in the gym and had two fights scheduled” said Silva’s promoter
Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “Unfortunately, he suffered an injury that will keep him out of action for a bit. Once he’s able to resume training, we’ll work on finding him the best opportunities at 135 pounds.”
Lightweight Willian “Babyface” Silva returns to action Saturday, January 28 when he faces durable veteran Benjamin Lamptey in Lowell, MA.
Fighting out of Sao Paolo Brazil, Silva’s 29-4 with 17 knockouts. In October, he scored an impressive second round knockout against Carlos Gaston Suarez. Silva’s battled the likes of Arnold Barboza Jr., Cletus Seldin, Teofimo Lopez and Felix Verdejo.
Hailing from Accra, Ghana, Lamptey is 13-9-2 with 9 KO’s. As an amateur he fought in the Commonwealth Games, where he challenged future undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor. Lamptey’s currently riding a two fight win streak, most recently defeating Eric Asante in July.
The scheduled eight-round bout takes place as part of “Down and Dirty 5,” which is promoted by Reyes Boxing Promotions in association with Fire Fist Boxing Promotions.
“Willian looked great last time out and there are big opportunities on the horizon, but first he’s got to handle business against Lamptey,” said Silva’s promoter Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “Since returning to the lightweight division, he’s displayed an aggressive style and is punching with authority. The fans will enjoy what they see on January 28.”
Tickets for “Down and Dirty 5” are on sale at shorturl.at/syHP7 and the card will also be streamed live on Reyesboxingtv.com.
Rising contender Joseph Ambo looks to impress hometown fans on Thursday
Philippines – Rising contender Joseph Ambo will make his ring return in his hometown this Thursday, January 12 when he faces rugged journeyman Romnick Magos at Tablon Mini Gym in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
The ten-round junior featherweight bout will be the first for Ambo (11-2-1, 7 knockouts) in his hometown as a professional. He says he will have plenty of family members and friends in attendance to support, which has motivated him even more to put on a great performance.
“I’m really excited about my upcoming match and to be able to fight again because all of the matches are really important to me,” said Ambo.
Ambo showed he was a force to be reckoned with in 2021, when he traveled to Georgia and pulled off a significant upset, knocking down the previously unbeaten Darren Cunningham four times en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Cortez Bey, a former professional fighter himself, was promoting the show that night, and Cunningham was trained by his brother, former IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey Jr. But after witnessing Ambo’s hunger up close, Cortez Bey signed him to a promotional deal. Now he’s looking to keep him active and build his ranking with the sanctioning bodies to earn him a world title opportunity.
“I’m working on getting him back to the United States to get him active to fight here. He’s ready for a major fight right now in my opinion, so I want to get him into two more solid fights and then get him to a world title after that,” said Bey, the Cleveland-based promoter who runs Bey Bros Promotions.
Ambo is trained by Roberto Jalnaiz, a highly respected trainer who competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, and won several gold medals in international tournaments.
Ambo’s main sparring partner is Carlo Paalam, a fellow Cagayan de Oro City native who is best known for winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“My goal is to become a world champion,” said Ambo. “Nothing is impossible with The Lord.”