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 December 1, 2010 Volume 4

Marcus Oliveira crowned champion
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Kansas: Marcus Oliveira, 31, is now the owner of a championship boxing belt. The Menominee athlete recently won the Native American Boxing Council's light heavyweight crown.

Oliveira was not awarded the NABC belt solely on one victory, however. He earned the belt partly because of his undefeated record. There was also a vacancy in the NABCs light heavyweight division.

Its great, said Oliveiras manager Doug Ward. He didnt win it in the ring but it has a great value. Its recognition for what hes done.

Oliveira agreed.  Im proud to have it. I think Ive proved myself. Ive been fighting top contenders.

NABC is a boxing organization for professional and amateur Native American fighters. Oliveira, who has a 20-0-1 record in the pros, is willing to defend his NABC title with anyone who wants to fight him. 

Oliveira only fought once this year due to a broken right foot. Im fully healed," he said. "Im just waiting for the okay to see when Ill be fighting next.

Ward hopes Oliveira is 2 - 3 fights away from competing in World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council. I think hes ready now (to fight for those belts)," Ward said.  But we have to take it a step at a time and take what is offered.

Ward is also negotiating with the legendary Don King to feature Oliveira in a pay-per-view fight, possibly in December.

Oliveira started boxing when he was 7. He estimates he had more than 230 fights and won about 210 of them. "As an amateur, a lot of my losses came because of partying," he said.  "Boxing was not my main focus. It was just like a hobby for me. When I turned pro, my focus changed.

Oliveira said the most hes ever earned from one fight is $4,000. He plans to continue boxing as long as his body permits him.

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