The CBZ Newswire

Undefeated Fight Club Opens in Houston

by on Apr.03, 2011, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Karl Hegman

Co-Proprieter Rosemary Acosta-Clark (L) poses with Marcus Johnson

Co-Proprieter Rosemary Acosta-Clark (L) poses with Marcus Johnson

HOUSTON, TX, April 3, 2011 — March 26th and 27th marked the grand opening of the Undefeated Fight Club located at 5263 Barker Cypress, Suite 100, Houston,Texas 77084.  The project is the brainchild and proverbial “labor of love” from its proprietors, Rosemary Acosta-Clark and Michael Campbell, who also own and publish its two sister enterprises; Undefeatedtv.com and the only magazine devoted to the local boxing and MMA scene, Undefeated Magazine. The two day event was a star-studded gala featuring home-grown boxing dignitaries such as: Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson, and Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez.
mj3The 5000 square ft. gymnasium and multimedia center is located in west Houston a short distance off of Interstate 10, thereby making it a convenient destination for fighters and combative sports personnel traveling in from Austin and San Antonio.  The facility is replete with an abreast of the times boxing ring with lighting, all new punching bags, floor mats and video interview facilities.  The endeavor is the first of its kind in the Bayou City, and hopefully will give Houston boxing a much needed shot in the arm as the local fight scene has been somewhat stagnant and underachieving in recent months due to various reasons.

Marcus Johnson (L) spars Alfonso Lopez

Marcus Johnson (L) spars Alfonso Lopez

The highlight of the occasion was a sparring match between undefeated super middleweights Johnson (20-0, 15 KO’s) and Lopez (21-0, 16 KO’s), both of whom have big fights coming up in the near future.  Johnson is scheduled to square off against Dyah Davis on a Shobox televised card from Laredo on April 8th; while Lopez drew a tough one in the form of ex-middleweight World Champion Kelly Pavlik on May 7th at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the stacked card of the Manny Pacquiao – Shane Mosley mega-fight in Las Vegas.  There were many fighters working in the ring throughout the course of the two days, and all of the action was officiated by local professional and amateur referees who kept a close eye on the proceedings.

There was a buffet provided for all those in attendance that featured an assortment of barbequed meats and chicken, fajitas and side dishes, and an abundance of iced-down bottled water and energy drinks as well.  It is a far cry from back in the late 70′s when I was amateur champion; if you wanted real food at a fight card — you’d pay some fan to run out for a hamburger, and when we were thirsty, we stuck our mouths up to the shower nozzle.  This was sometimes impossible on the road when we’d find ourselves boxing in high school gyms that had shut off the water for the summer.

There is a lesson for the newer talent, managers, promoters, and trainers to learn here; you better count your blessings that someone cares enough to go through the trouble that the Undefeated staff has done for you good boxing folk.  Television coverage of the local fight scene has been almost non-existent for the most part, and Acosta-Clark and Campbell hope to change that with the implementation of their new video portal on their website:undefeatedtv.com that will feature talk shows, fighter interviews, and live streaming matches from Texas and other locations.

meUndefeated is hosting their second amateur boxing showcase on Sunday, May 15 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Azteca Fairgrounds 7720 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX. 77020.  The main event is scheduled to feature 5 time National Champion and Olympic flyweight hopeful Marlen Esparza as she is ready to repel the challenge of an earlier victim, Patricia Cuevas from San Antonio.  For those of you that have not seen this young phenom in action; Esparza is a scintillating boxer that many experts rate as the top amateur fighter in the nation, so don’t miss out as she makes a rare appearance in front of her hometown crowd as she is so dominant — no local boxers will even take her on.

For interviews, training, or any boxing or MMA requests: please call the office at 281-656-1121, or 832-494-6509 for more information and visit the website at www.undefeatedtv.com

The staff and ownership at the CBZ sincerely wishes the best of luck to both Rosemary Acosta-Clark and Michael Campbell in their ambitious attempt to bring combat sports back to the forefront of the Houston sports scene.

**The CBZ will like to take this opportunity to express their heartfelt condolences to the family of Hall of Fame manager and trainer, Gil Clancy, who passed away recently.  Gil developed the careers of some of the all time greats including: Emile Griffith, Rodrigo Valdez, George Foreman, Ken Buchanan, and Irish Jerry Quarry.  The man who spent a good portion of his life dedicated to boxing and teaching will be missed.**

Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

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