Tag: David Diaz
The Passing of a Legend — Muhammad Ali Has Left Us. Reflections and Impressions with ‘Ice’ John Scully
By Juan C. Ayllon
At 74 years old, the “Greatest” is dead. Born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942, according the Associated Press, the family of Muhammad Ali reported that he passed Friday night. He had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area with acute respiratory problems complicated by Parkinson’s Disease earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country. Many regard him not only as the greatest heavyweight boxer to grace the ring, but also an amazing humanitarian. He leaves behind an incredible legacy.
Some would liken him to today’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in that, as a Gold Medal Olympian, he was an Uber-gifted African American boxer renowned and sometimes reviled for his braggadocio as the undefeated Heavyweight Champion of the world in 1967. (continue reading…)
EDITOR’S NOTE: I have just been informed that this event is SOLD OUT.
CHICAGO — Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees, whom will be read into the Hall Saturday November 14 at the Hall’s First Annual Banquet and Ceremony at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 near Butterfield Road and Route 53.
The Hall, in its first year, is an outgrowth of the successful 12-year-old Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. McNamara, an accomplished kickboxer, tournament fighter, and trainer of former ISKA World Cruiserweight Kickboxing Champion Rob Salazar, is also Director of the Martial Arts Hall. (continue reading…)
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, August 19, 2011 — Hitz Boxing and Banner Promotions teamed up with ESPN’s Friday Night Fights to showcase three bouts between older, more experienced boxers looking to stay in the elite, and younger, stronger rivals hoping to use them as stepping stones to their own future careers. On the card were three Olympians, Chicago’s Montell Griffin and David Diaz and Demetrius Andrade. Diaz, 35, faced 28-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy, a decorated amateur in his own right before embarking on his pro career, amassing a professional record of 20-1-1 (his only loss coming to John Molina), with 10 KO’s before proving his mettle by putting his NABF Lightweight title on the line against the far more experienced challenger Diaz. Demetrius Andrade had been considered one of the best prospects for a professional career of the 2008 Olympians, but has encountered some criticism for the level of competition he has encountered in his first 13 bouts, all of which he won. His decisive win against the 40-year-old but still dangerous Contender Season 2 winner Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer might allay some criticism, but Andrade’s defensive style, while effective, is proving a hard sell for casual boxing fans who prefer a less studious approach to earning a victory. The undercard featured some entertaining scraps as well, including Montell Griffin’s bout against former contender Deandrey Abron, who had no answer for Griffin’s ring experience and I.Q. Griffin perhaps had the most successful evening of the Olympic trio, notching his 50th win by schooling his younger opponent in the old-school tricks of the trade that made him a champion.
The first bout featured featherweights Evgeny Gradovich (10-0, 6 KO’s, 126 lbs.)of Russia, now based in Arapahoe, North Carolina, squaring off against Providence, Rhode Island’s veteran Robert “Don’t Lose” Da Luz (16.2 lbs.). In the first round, Gradovich avoided most of Da Luz’s probing jabs to head, while directing combinations to body and head at his opponent, frequently backing him into the ropes. Da Luz’s low left hand left him open to some sharp right hooks. While Gradovich clearly outworked Da Luz, Da Luz continued to launch sporadic attacks and seemed unfazed by Gradovich’s offense. (continue reading…)
Diaz vs. Lundy/Provodnikov vs. Herrera Top Friday Night Fights-Televised Card
HAMMOND, IN, August 18, 2011 — Hitz Boxing and Banner Promotions have teamed up to proudly present an action-packed night of world-class professional boxing on Friday, August 19, in the luxurious “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, that will also be televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Featured in a televised 10-round lightweight bout will be Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) taking on Philadelphia’s Henry “Hank” Lundy (20-1-1 10 KOs).
And in another televised battle will be the highly anticipated 12-round rematch between Ekaterinburg, Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 13 KOs) and Lake Elsinore, California’s Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs). (continue reading…)
COME TO THE HORSESHOE CASINO (BALLROOM C ON THE 3RD FLOOR) ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 AT 5 PM FOR THE OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN AND MEET ALL FIGHTERS AND ORGANIZERS FOR THE SEASON FINALE OF FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS BEING HELD THE FOLLOWING NIGHT! ALL ARE WELCOME!
HAMMOND, IN, August 16, 2011 — The media and general public are invited to the official weigh-in for Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino (777 Casino Center Dr., Hammond, Indiana, in Ballroom C on the third floor) on Thursday, August 18 AT 5 PM.
The ESPN-televised “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” will be held the following night at the Horseshoe Casino, featuring in the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, former two-time world amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, 13-0 with 9 knockouts, of Providence, Rhode Island, stepping up in class against his most accomplished and dangerous opponent yet as a pro – veteran Grady Brewer, 28-12 with 16 knockouts, of Lawton, Oklahoma. (continue reading…)