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Quotes from Today’s CROSSROADS Press Conferences Featuring Glen Johnson/Andrzej Fonfara

by on Jul.12, 2012, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Hometown favorite Andrzej Fonfara faces "Road Warrior" Glen Johnson on Friday

Hometown favorite Andrzej Fonfara faces "Road Warrior" Glen Johnson on Friday

GARY, IN/NILES, IL, July 11, 2012 — All four principal fighters were respectful and professional to each other at two separate press conferences were held today, one at the MAJESTIC STAR CASINO in Gary, Indiana, and one at PLAYBOOK SPORTS BAR in Niles, Illinois, to discuss this Friday’s (July 13) “CROSSROADS” boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Crossroads is presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing and will feature former world champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) taking on “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight main event and former world champion Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) facing Chicago fan favorite Ivan Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main. (continue reading…)

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‘Crossroads’ Undercard Announced

by on Jul.06, 2012, under Boxing News, Press Releases

8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing have announced the undercard for “CROSSROADS”, the ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised night of action-packed professional boxing on Friday, July 13, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

CHICAGO, IL, July 6, 2012 — Several local and national prospects are scheduled to appear in support of the main event featuring a 10-round light heavyweight clash between former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) and Chicago’s popular world ranked contender, “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) and the co-main event featuring a 10-round welterweight battle between two-time former world champion Jose Luis “EL Terrible” Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) and longtime Chicago fan favorite Ivan “EL Marro” Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs).

In a six-round welterweight battle, Jaime Herrera (7-2, 4 KOs) of Franklin Park, Illinois, will face Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs) of St Louis, Missouri; Bassett, Virginia’s Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will appear in a six-round heavyweight scrap against Jason Massie (7-2, 4 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio; popular Chicago super middleweight Paul Littleton (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Bueno Jr., (2-2-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana, in a five-round bout; cruiserweight Junior Wright (3-0, 3 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, will face Covon Graham (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit in a four-rounder; Chicago super featherweight Juan Bustamante (3-0, 2 KOs) will go against Michah Branch (0-1-0) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a four-rounder; Miami, Florida’s hard-punching Vilier Quinonez (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Hesperia, Michigan’s Rogelio Saldana (1-3, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder; and in a heavyweight four-rounder Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee will face Calbert Lewis (0-1) of Gary, Indiana. (continue reading…)

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Ringside at Hitz Boxing’s Belvedere Bash

by on Jun.21, 2012, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Damon Antoine (R) can't hide from Henry Coyle (L)

Damon Antoine (R) can't hide from Henry Coyle (L)

by Kerstin Broockmann

photos by Scott Dray

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, June 21, 2012 — Despite the disappointing absence of the scheduled co-main event between fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez and Indianapolis stalwart Mustafah Johnson, Hitz Boxing put on an exciting weeknight event for fight fans at the Belvedere Ballroom this evening. Though there were a few controversial decisions, the boxers definitely came to fight, even if some of them were stopped before they thought they’d had a chance to do so. Henry Coyle shook off some ring rust against the over-matched but durable Damon Antoine in the Main Event. Elijah McCall settled in to use his growing ring smarts to overcome his larger opponent in two. Locals PJ Cajigas and Simon  Buettner entered the professional boxing ring for the first time with mixed results. Mexican ring warriors Sergio Montes de Oca and Salvador Perez once again lit up the ring with a non-stop battle. Henry Coyle hopes to defend his WBF Light Middleweight Title later this summer in Ireland, and it will be interesting to see how the young boxers on the card fare as they continue their careers. Perez and Montes de Oca certainly proved themselves worthy of another look.

Montes de Oca (L) closes on Perez

Montes de Oca (L) closes on Perez

In what was definitely the fight of the night, up and coming Chicago Super Bantamweight Sergio Montes de Oca (120 lbs., 6-1-1, 1 KO) and Campeche, Mexico’s Salvador Perez (120 lbs., 2-1-2, 1 KO) got the evening off to a rousing start in a return engagement of their explosive February 18, 2012, battle, which Montes de Oca won on all scorecards, but certainly not without being tested by his tough adversary. Once again, the two boxers wasted no time in getting to work, with Perez landing some hard blows to the body while being countered by hooks to the head. Montes de Oca landed the first flurry, but this only seemed to motivate Perez, who redoubled his efforts with a mix of body shots and uppercuts that made their mark on the local fighter. A low blow sent Perez to his knee late in the round, but both fighters never backed down throughout. It was hard to call the non-stop action, with both fighters doing their share of damage, but Montes de Oca seemed to win on ring generalship. (continue reading…)

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Weights for Tonight’s ‘Belvedere Bash’

by on Jun.21, 2012, under Boxing News

 

Mike Jiminez (right) and Mustafa Johnson (Tom Barnes photo)

Mike Jiminez (right) and Mustafa Johnson (Tom Barnes photo)

 Promoter: Hitz Boxing

Venue: The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois

 Michael Jimenez 169 vs. Mustafah Johnson 161

Henry Coyle 155 vs. Damon Antoine 154

Simon Buettner 175 vs. Jadell Wells 180

Elijah McCall 229 vs. Travis Fulton 241

Sergio Montes De Oca 120 vs. Salvador Perez 120

PJ Cajigas 181 vs. Gerald Taylor 176

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Weights for the Belvedere Bash

by on Jun.21, 2012, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Mustafah Johnson (161 lbs.) vs Michael Jimenez (169 lbs.)

Mustafah Johnson (161 lbs.) vs Michael Jimenez (169 lbs.)

Promoter: Hitz Boxing

Venue: The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois

Date: June 21, 2012. Doors open at 6:30, bouts begin at 7:30

Michael Jimenez 169 vs. Mustafah Johnson 161

Henry Coyle 155 vs. Damon Antoine 154 (continue reading…)

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