Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, June 20, 2014 — Though lacking a “name” headliner (Donovan George, who had been scheduled to headline, had to withdraw), Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino still featured some entertaining scraps as local boxers practiced their craft and faced some live opponents. Simon Buettner won a controversial Majority Decision over William Chouloute in a boxer/brawler matchup that tested both. Russell Fiore didn’t have much time to demonstrate his evolving style as he systematically dismantled Tim Carrizales before stopping him in the second. Will Coix weathered an early onslaught from the game but overmatched Thomas Amaro to dominate their battle en route to a TKO in the third. Antoine Knight showed more grit than he should have as Adan Ortiz proved his mettle at Featherweight with a technically proficient, explosive performance, showing that he could take some heavy shots as well as dishing them out as he scored a fourth round TKO. Heavyweight James Shorter took Nick Asberry into deep water, throwing punishing hooks from inside until the bigger Asberry finally found a way to keep his opponent at the end of his punches and finish him in the fourth. Frank Scalise landed a vicious left hook at will until he put away the hapless Justin Gauthier at the end of the first round. Headliner Dimar Ortuz broke down the heavy-handed but sluggish Ghanaian Daniel Adotey Allotey, never giving his bigger opponent the opportunity to launch a counter-offense until Allotey retired at the top of the fifth. (continue reading…)
Makes his pro debut next Saturday at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and LIVE on www.pandafeed.tv
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, January 19, 2014 — Anthony Caramanno, born and bred in Staten Island, is the only Italian-American to ever win 3 NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championships. After proving his worth in the east coast’s premiere amateur tournament, the 23 year old super-bantamweight is ready to step into the paid ranks, making his pro debut Saturday, January 25th at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City against Bethlehem, Pa’s Michael Varela (0-0).
The fight can be seen LIVE all over the world on www.pandafeed.tv for just $9.99. (continue reading…)
Fonfara, Grenados, Gonzalez and Wright Thrill with Knockouts in Entertaining Undercard
By Kerstin Broockmann
CHICAGO, IL, December 6, 2013 — In another mix of local and international boxing prospects, contenders and journeyman, 8 Count Promotions with Knockout Promotions and Warriors Boxing, drew a large and boisterous crowd to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Evanston, Illinois Cruiserweight Junior Wright looked devastatingly impressive in his stoppage of Harley Kilfian. Light middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez dismantled the durable Jaison Palomeque. Middleweight Skyler Thompson did not make Henry Coyle’s job easier, though Coyle took the decision. Jose Romero, Fred Bowen, Trinidad Garcia and Ramiro Bueno Jr. engaged in crowd-pleasing battles to open the evening. Adrian Granados got off to a rough start before finding the path to victory over Carlos Winston Velasquez. Andrzej Fonfara demolished Samuel Miller in crowd-pleasing fashion. The main event got off to a slow start and never really got heated before being stopped for medical reasons to give Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk the TKO victory—despite somewhat cautious performances from both cruiserweights, the Pro-Wlodarczyk crowd was ready to stand by their man, and they could not have been happier with the outcome.
The main event featured a 12-round WBC Cruiserweight Championship between defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 34 KOs, 199 lbs.) of Poland and Italy’s Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-4-2, 12 KOs, 198 lbs.), hoping to regain the title he lost to Wlodarczyk in their second fight, after the two fought to a draw in their first outing. (continue reading…)
‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle’ Lights Up the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, November 27, 2013 – Continuing a Thanksgiving Eve tradition, Hitz Boxing presented another Black Wednesday Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino, featuring mostly local boxers building their skills and their resumes. Though there were a few lackluster bouts, there was more than enough explosive action, especially when the local favorites went after each other for bragging rights. Lending a somber note to the evening was the ten count tribute to recently slain fighter Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker.
In the non-local attraction, Ghanaian Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-4-2, 18 KOs), now based in Los Angeles, returned to the Heartland following several losses and a heartbreaking split draw against Juan Carlos Burgos to face journeyman southpaw Rynell Griffin (7-18-2, 2 KOs) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Though he has come up on the losing end of most bouts, Griffin’s experience in the ring with some of the best in his weight class showed as he used impressive movement and combinations in the slow first round, coming under Amidu’s punches to land to the body and often coming back up top. Amidu seemed tentative, though he threw and landed a few powerful single punches. (continue reading…)
by John Martinez
Originally published on Boxscorenews.com, November 4, 2013 — Professional Boxing. A sport with no halftimes, no second or third string backups, no bathroom breaks, and no teammates to help carry the load. Ultimately, its two combatants climbing through the ropes of a squared circle and through calculated aggression, delivering controlled rage in a grueling test of fortitude, conditioning, power, and will.
It takes a special type of athlete to succeed in this sport. Unlike the other combat sport, MMA, boxing doesn’t afford lazy jabs, telegraphed hooks, and “defense” that allots the fighter’s hands to be at mid-torso. Amateurish tactics like those described inevitably lead to justifiably, violent knock outs. (continue reading…)