Posts by Juan:
CHICAGO — According to Boxing.com, boxing referee Pete Podgorksi was inducted into the 10th Annual Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame on March 29th in Homewood, Illinois. Sam Colonna, a longtime trainer from the Windy City, was recognized by the organization last year when it decided to include boxing in its roster. Read the rest of this entry “
By Juan C. Ayllon
Photos courtesy of Hitz Boxing/ Tomba-Images
HAMMOND, IN, March 1, 2014 – It could have been him facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tonight on HBO instead of Brian Vera – but for a translation error.
In a compelling seesaw battle televised by ESPN last March, the Lithuanian Donatas Bondaravas suffered cuts to the bridge of his nose and the inside of his right eye, prompting referee Charlie Fitch to ask him between rounds if he could still see. His trainer, Sam Colonna, who was acting as interpreter, translated his response as “not good” and then despite protests, the bout was halted in the seventh round in favor of Vera, who ironically lost a controversial decision to Chavez last September in his biggest payday and faces him again tonight. Read the rest of this entry “
By Juan C. Ayllon at ringside
Photos courtesy of Tom Barnes – 8 Count Productions and Geoffrey Miller
CHICAGO, February 7, 2014 – The crowd, some 2,000 strong, braved sub-zero temperatures to enjoy some tepid boxing at the UIC Pavilion.
And tepid it was. Houston, Texas’ Robert Garcia (155 lbs., 34-3, 22 KO’s)called to mind Chicago’s raw-punching Luciano Perez as he sought to separate Monterrey, Mexico’s busier Norberto Gonzalez (157 lbs., 20-3, 13 KO’s) from his`smacks Gonzalez’ head with a wide left hook that buckles his knees. The crowd roars. Read the rest of this entry “
By Dan Hanley
The term, ‘meteoric rise’, is an oft-used boxing idiom right up there with ‘bread-basket’ and ‘piston-like’ jab. The term, of course refers to those fighters whom come out of nowhere as they come crashing into bop-city’s spotlight. A term usually reserved for boxing’s wunderkinds who have pedigree written all over them but seem to burn out quickly once hitting the atmosphere. Not so with Mike Ayala. This bad little dude wasn’t going quietly into the night. Read the rest of this entry “
CHICAGO, IL, November 21, 2013 – Boxing is pain. Chicago middleweight boxer Trinidad Garcia (5-3-3) knew that when he came out of retirement last August. But nothing compared to the pain he felt when his young son Jesiah was diagnosed with autism.
“A year before my son was diagnosed, he was able to talk to me. Can you imagine your son talking to you and then one day at two years old, he just leaves? I haven’t heard my son’s voice since and that was two years ago. When he was diagnosed, it was so hard because, as a father, to not be able to do anything to protect your kid, was the hardest part. I asked myself ‘what did I do? Did I do something wrong?’ That’s how it felt.” Read the rest of this entry “