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‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle’ Lights Up the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino

by on Nov.28, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Yakubu Amidu (L) Pierces Rynell Griffin's Guard En Route to Victory

Yakubu Amidu (L) pierces Rynell Griffin’s guard en route to victory

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.

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

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…)

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Adrien Broner: More than just Floyd Mayweather’s Protégé?

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

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…)

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Short Card Not Short of Action As Chicago Prospects Take the Center of Ring in Cicero at Hitz Boxing’s ‘Night of the Rising Stars’

by on Aug.31, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Antonio Canas (R) Pursues Greg Coverson Jr. En Route to a Six-Round Decision Win

Antonio Canas (R) Pursues Greg Coverson Jr. En Route to a Six-Round Decision Win

by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

CICERO, IL, August 30, 2013 — Hitz Boxing’s ‘Night of the Rising Stars’ at Cicero Stadium lived up to its name, providing a showcase for local prospects, who did not disappoint. All four former amateur champions came up victorious in their bouts, though several found themselves facing more severe tests than they may have anticipated.

Coverson (R) tries to keep Antonio Canas at bay

Coverson (R) tries to keep Antonio Canas at bay

In the co-main event, Antonio “The Aztec God of War” (139, 8-1-1, 3 KO’s) waged battle against teak-tough and tricky Greg Coverson Jr. (139 lbs., 3-7-1, 2 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan in a six-round Junior Welterweight bout. In an entertaining first round, both fighters went right to work, with Canas taking the upper hand with punishing body shots. Coverson weathered the storm and began accurately finding openings to the body and countering Canas’s attempts to go to the body with hooks to the head. It looked like the tide was turning, as Coverson peppered Canas with sharp straight punches and several well-timed uppercuts, but Canas surged at the end to take the round with another barrage to the body.  (continue reading…)

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Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

by on Jul.17, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Karl Hegman

The following is a complete list of the Inaugural Class of the ten 2013 Inductees into the Houston Boxing Hall of Fame as determined by the President and Board of Directors   Congratulations to the “Eternal Champions” of the Bayou City!

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz

Marlen Esparza

“Big” George Foreman

Reggie “Sweet” Johnson

Jack “The Galveston Giant” Johnson

Rocky Juarez

Raul “El Diamante” Marquez

“Big” Lou Savarese

Ronnie Shields

Termite Watkins (continue reading…)

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This Day in Boxing: July

by on Jun.29, 2013, under Guest Columnists, This Day in Boxing

Compiled by Richey S. Jones

July 1,

1935: Lou Ambers W 10 Fritzie Zivic, Pittsburgh.

1956: Mike Rossman born. (continue reading…)

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