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Fight Night at the Horseshoe Undercard Results

by on Aug.21, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

HAMMOND, IN, August 21, 2011 — On the non-televised undercard of the Hitz Boxing in Association with Banner Promotions’ Fight Night at the Horseshoe ESPN Friday Night Fights event on Friday, August 19 at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8-1, 30 KOs) of Chicago notched his landmark 50th professional victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Deandrey Abron (15-10, 10 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. The two light heavyweights traded bombs throughout, but Griffin had the faster, more accurate hands. The scores were 80-72 x 3.

Secret Service agent and undefeated super middleweight Mike “Cujo” Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago fought his usual back-and-forth war on his way to a highly entertaining unanimous decision (40-36 x 3) over Sydney Ohio’s Jeremy Wood (1-4, 1 KO). Kurzeja’s aggressive style always makes for a good tussle and give respect to Wood, who clearly showed up with winning on his mind. (continue reading…)

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Changing the Guard in Hammond: Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino/Friday Night Fights

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

David Diaz (L) and Hank Lundy square off just before Lundy scores the final knockdown

David Diaz (L) and Hank Lundy square off just before Lundy scores the final knockdown

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…)

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Fight Night at the Horseshoe Public Weigh-In Announce

by on Aug.16, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

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…)

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Chicago Boxing Closes Strong with Terrific Windy City Fight Night 14 Card on Friday Night

by on Dec.17, 2010, under Boxing News, Press Releases

CHICAGO, IL, December 16, 2010 — Professional boxing in Chicago finishes on a high note Friday night, December 17th as WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 14 hits the UIC Pavilion in Chicago for an action packed evening.

Headlining the sensational seven bout card is a twelve round middleweight slugfest between Chicago residents Angel ‘Toro’ Hernandez and Ghanaian beast Osumanu Adama. (continue reading…)

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Adrian Granados Returns to Action December 17th

by on Dec.07, 2010, under Boxing News

“EL Tigre” Roars at ‘Windy City Fight Night 14′

Photo courtesy of 8 Count Productions

Photo courtesy of 8 Count Productions

CHICAGO, IL, December 7, 2010 — Sensational junior welterweight prospect Adrian ‘EL TIGRE’ Granados returns to battle on Friday, December 17th as the featured undercard bout at the action packed WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 14 professional boxing event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion

The undefeated Granados will face off against Milwaukee’s Justin Danforth in a scheduled six round bout. Having built a very large fan base in his first four professional bouts, all fought in Chicago, Granados looks to be a star on the rise. (continue reading…)

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