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Edner Cherry: From Orange Groves to TV Lights

by on Feb.18, 2012, under Boxing News, Juan Ayllon

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photo courtesy of Team Cherry

Photo courtesy of Team Cherry

CHICAGO, February 18, 2012 – There is something to be said for hard physical labor. It toughens a person, inside and out. Working the fields and farmlands, one learns the importance of getting the job done – you don’t work, you don’t eat. It’s not glorious; it’s humbling. It’s demanding. It requires discipline. What’s more, bad weather can erase a season’s yields and send one scrambling to salvage what’s left for another go. You learn to make do with resources stretched thin, day-in and day-out, in hopes of reaping a robust harvest.

Even the apostle Paul tipped his hat to such endeavors when he said, “a man reaps what he sows.” (continue reading…)

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Fred Ryan: Help Us Get Our Boxing Ring Back!

by on Sep.27, 2011, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists, Juan Ayllon

PORTLAND, ORE – “We got our historic [boxing] ring ripped off this weekend,” said Fred Ryan, manager of the historic Grand Avenue Boxing Club.

“It was [stored] in a dual axle trailer at our gym,” he continued. “We thought it was secure with locks on the hitch, as well as the rear and side door. Not to be – it went missing.”

According to Fox 12 Oregon (kptv.com), Portland Police say that the theft occurred this last weekend.

The stolen boxing ring was used by boxing celebrities such as Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ronald “Winky” Wright, and Bronco McCart, says Ryan.

“It’s a major loss to us. We [used it for] the Golden Gloves and Diamond Belt, as well as numerous club shows and smokers. We are devastated.” Ryan said. “We’d like the ring returned.”

Established in 1949, Grand Avenue Boxing Gym moved from its original location on Grand Avenue to 8333 N.E. Russell in 2000. Having managed the gym since 1990, Ryan sees the missing boxing ring as an irreplaceable icon that saw them through some lean years.

“It was our survival item that supported us, our platform for events to help keep our gym open over the bad years, he said. “Please help us.”

Contact Info:

(503) 235-9559.
GrandAvenuegym@aol.com
Grand Avenue Boxing Club
424 S.E. Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97220

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Andrzej Fonfara Destroys “Seek and Destroy” Spearman and Jaime Herrera Looks Sharp Against Wiley Robert “The Wolf” Jones

by on Sep.24, 2011, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

Local Fighters Taken into Deeper Waters on Undercard with Mixed Results

Jaime Herrera (R) attacks Robert L. Jones

Jaime Herrera (R) attacks Robert L. Jones

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

CHICAGO, IL, Friday, September 23, 2011 – Windy City fight Night 19, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, saw the return of fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara, whose huge contingent of Polish supporters were not disappointed by his efficient dissection of his latest foe. In the co-main event, Jaime Herrera successfully continued to build his winning streak in a war against the upset-minded Robert L. Jones. Chicago-based Ukrainian Viktor Polyakov was welcomed back to the ring by hard-punching Romaro St. Johnson. The undercard featured local fighters facing more experienced fighters, though not all proved to be the tests that they looked to be on paper, as well as the professional debut of Dimar Ortuz.

Viktor Polyakov (L) successfully counters Romaro St. Johnson

Viktor Polyakov (L) successfully counters Romaro St. Johnson

The first bout of the evening featured middleweight Viktor Polyakov (8-0, 6 KO’s, 161 lbs) of Chicago via Ukraine returning to the ring to face the more experienced Romaro St. Johnson (11-4-1, 7 KO’s, 161.5 lbs.) of Joliet. Both men came with bad intentions in the first round. St. Johnson worked behind a stiff jab, while Polyakov raked the body of his opponent and exploited the openings he created. By round’s end, the body shots were starting to take their toll on St. Johnson and his corner was urging him to return the favor. (continue reading…)

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Mayweather breaks from training to spend time with US Troops in Afghanistan

by on Sep.06, 2011, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists, Juan Ayllon, Reviews, Uncategorized

U.S. Army soldiers and boxing enthusiasts from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, talk with five-time World Boxing Council champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. via Skype at Forward Operating Base Salerno Sept. 2 (Photo by Maj. Travis Dettmer).

U.S. Army soldiers and boxing enthusiasts from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, talk with five-time World Boxing Council champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. via Skype at Forward Operating Base Salerno Sept. 2 (Photo by Maj. Travis Dettmer).

by John Martinez

Boxscore

September 4, 2011

While in the midst of busily training for his upcoming bout with Mexican powerhouse and WBC Welterweight title-holder Victor Ortiz (29-2-22KO), the undefeated six-time world champion of five weight classes, Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25KO), temporarily set aside his preparations holding a candid, yet lighthearted, Skype session on Friday with United States Soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Despite his training schedule, Mayweather Jr. found the time to hold nearly two-hour discussion in which he appeared relaxed, confident, and in good humor prior to his September 17 HBO PPV fight.

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David has a choice. Carol does not.

by on Aug.21, 2011, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

Bloody but unbowed, David Diaz (L) tries to find an opening before losing by TKO to "Hammerin' Hank" Lundy (R)

Bloody but unbowed, David Diaz (L) tries to find an opening before losing by TKO to "Hammerin' Hank" Lundy (R)

 Photo by Scott Dray

 CHICAGO, August 21, 2011 – Two nights ago, former World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz was stopped by one Hank Lundy in Hammond, Indiana.  Following an eight-month layoff, Diaz was looking for a tune up bout to make another run at a world title.  Instead, he became a notch on an upstart’s career under the bright TV lights of ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights. 

 I had an opportunity to cover his fight for the Cyber Boxing Zone, but elected not to because I had spent the last several days up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with my wife and stepdaughter – who begins her pre-med biology program this fall and had college orientation meetings to attend.  A decorated high school student, she has a bright career ahead of her. I am so proud of her. (continue reading…)

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