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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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Windy City Fight Night 13 Showcases Explosive Punching and Tenacity

by on Nov.20, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Andrzej Fonfara Celebrates His KO Victory Over Anthony Doughty

Andrzej Fonfara Celebrates His KO Victory Over Anthony Doughty

Andrzej Fonfara Scores Impressive KO in Main Event, While Ivan Popoca Wins Hard-Fought War

Photos by Scott Dray

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

CHICAGO, IL, November 20, 2010 – Last night’s Windy City Fight Night 13, presented by Eight Count Productions, featured a long evening of explosive knockouts, brutal wars, and battles of attrition. The 10-bout card showcased local contenders Andrzej Fonfara and Ivan Popoca, as well as up and coming Chicago boxing talent.

Dallas Vargas (L) leaves himself open for a counter from Sergey Kovalev

Dallas Vargas (L) leaves himself open for a counter from Sergey Kovalev

The first bout of the evening featured Light Heavyweights Sergey Kovalev (10-0-0, 9 KO’s, 174 lbs.), fighting out of Los Angeles via Chelyabinsk, Russia, and Toledo, Ohio’s Dallas Vargas (now 22-6-0, 16 KO’s, 176 lbs.). After a tentative start on the part of both boxers, with probing jabs, Sergey Kovalev opened up with a barrage that drove Vargas into the ropes and set the tone for the rest of what was to be a short bout, though scheduled for eight rounds. Vargas struggled throughout to find a strategy, never launching a solid offense, and leaving himself open for the pinpoint-accurate shots of Kovalev. Through most of the first round, Kovalev looked carefully for the most effective shots, rarely throwing combinations, but doing damage with an array of uppercuts, hooks and body shots. As the round continued Kobalev gained confidence and found multiple shots, finishing with a tirade that may have ended the fight if the bell had not intervened. (continue reading…)

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Andy Lee Victory Highlights Short But Exciting Hitz Card in Indiana

by on Oct.03, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Andy Lee (R) on the attack against Troy Lowry

Andy Lee (R) on the attack against Troy Lowry

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, October 2, 2010 — Despite the absence on the card of several scheduled bouts, there was still plenty of action on tap for Hitz Boxing’s appropriately titled “Irish Invasion” show on October 2 at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.  Numerous changes left spectators with just five bouts, but there were enough fireworks for a longer evening.

Irish middleweight Andy Lee, from Detroit’s Kronk Gym via Limerick, headlined against veteran Troy Lowry, returning to the ring in short order after defeating Michael Walker by 8th round TKO on September 17 at the UIC Pavilion. The 40-year old Lowry, who had faced contenders such as Peter Quillin, Matt Vanda and Yuri Foreman, could not find an answer for the Irish southpaw, going down five times en route to being stopped at the end of the fourth round.  Chicago-based Irish super middleweight Henry Coyle returned to the ring to continue his quest to get back into contention, winning his second bout since a disappointing loss against the experienced Neil Sinclair in his home country. Unlike his last outing, which saw him win after a second round arm injury forced his opponent to quit, Coyle’s foil on this occasion, Mustafah Johnson, would not give up, leaving Coyle using all his weapons to stay inside the taller man’s range. Welterweight John Lewus looked for his third win of the year at The Venue in his quest to make up for lost time after a layoff of over a decade, but came up just short. Former Chicago Golden Gloves champion and fan favorite David Latoria faced his stiffest test to date as a professional and passed with flying colors. Rounding out the card, bantamweight Jeremias Correa made his successful professional debut against the more experienced but unimpressive Harvey Phillips. (continue reading…)

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