Falcao Captures NABA Gold;
Ready To Face Demetrius Andrade
Yamaguchi Falcao captured the NABA Gold super middleweight
championship by defeating ultra-tough Argentine Damian
Bonelli via ten round unanimous decision Saturday, March 26
at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL.
Fighting on Bally Sports Network and Display TV as part of
the EntroBox Championship Boxing Series, Falcao got off to a
quick start by landing some solid shots that got Bonelli’s
Through six rounds, the Florida-based Brazilian displayed
excellent boxing skills and ring generalship, connecting
with jabs, straight left hands and body punches. Working off
a high defensive guard, Bonelli looked for openings to
In the seventh, Bonelli buzzed Falcao with a hard left hook
and looked to turn the tides with an onslaught of punches.
Falcao recovered and finished the round trading shots with
Bonelli as the crowd rose to their feet to show appreciation
for both fighters.
Falcao regained control in the closing rounds by landing
crisp combinations as a tired Bonelli relied on landing
another counter punch but Falcao avoided most of what came
After ten entertaining rounds, scores were 99-91, 98-92 and
97-93 for Falcao.
Following the win, Falcao challenged undefeated two-division
world champion and fellow Olympian Demetrius Andrade. Falcao,
who has been adamant about facing another top fighter, set
his sights on Andrade due to a recent incident.
In February, Falcao and stablemate Connor Coyle both scored
knockout victories on a card in Massachusetts. Andrade was
in attendance and received a special guest introduction.
Coyle introduced himself to Andrade and said he’d love to
work in camp with him if the opportunity presented itself,
but Andrade made a disrespectful remark to Coyle.
“I was furious when I heard what happened,” said Falcao, who
won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games and improved to 21-1-1
with 9 KO’s. “Connor is not only my stablemate at Fire Fist
Boing, we train together, spar and he is my friend. Connor
went to speak to Andrade coming from a place of respect. For
him to respond with disrespect towards Connor infuriates me
and that’s not how a champion should behave. I take his
comments towards Connor personal and I’m ready to face you
next if you handle business in May!”
Andrade is scheduled to challenge Zach Parker in Derby,
England Saturday, May 21 for the vacant WBO Interim super
“We’re all on board with that fight,” said Falcao’s Promoter
Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. Demetrius is
one of the best talents in boxing and all of the other top
guys have avoided him. Yama is ready and willing to face him
in his first title defense if he beats Parker.”