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Fres Oquendo Headlines Interesting Hitz Boxing Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino

by on Aug.19, 2012, under Boxing News

By Kerstin Broockmann

Photos to be added later

HAMMOND, IN, August 18, 2012 — Hitz Boxing presented another Fight Night at the Horseshoe this evening at The Venue in Hammond. The evening’s bouts showcased the young and old(er) of Chicago’s boxing community, including a fight for the “over 40″ World Senior Boxing Council Championship between Middleweights Mike Kurzeja and Gerald Taylor. Headlining was Fres Oquendo, keeping busy in a bout Philadelphia’s Robert Hawkins. Undefeated Ghanaian Welterweight Abdullai Amidu (19-0) was unfortunately unable to make his Horseshoe Casino debut after his opponent withdrew too late to find a substitute. Local up-and-coming boxers Paul Littleton and Dimar Ortuz successfully stepped up against quality competition in crowd-pleasing wars, while more seasoned fighters David Martin III and Johnny Lewus found themselves in deeper waters than anticipated against opponents whose records belied their skills. Simon Buettner and Frank Scalise made short work of their hapless opponents. It was an evening of entertaining and occasionally explosive scraps.

Light Heavyweight Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (176 lbs) of Carpentersville, IL, entered the ring with a record of 1 win by knockout and no losses against Mukwonago, Wisconsin’s Mike “The Sandman” Reiter (172 lbs.), looking to get his first win after two losses. Buettner easily outclassed his older opponent, who, after a strong start, had no answers for Buettner’s sharper, harder punches. Buettner established himself behind the jab and quickly drove Reiter into the ropes, where a volley of body punches and hooks led to Reiter apparently taking a knee. Moments later, a right hook to the body, led to Reiter once again going down. He beat the count, only to find himself back on the ropes. Buettner continued the onslaught with hooks to the head and body shots, and a left hook buckled Reiter’s knees for the third time. Once again, Buettner attacked, driving his opponent to the ropes where another left hook dropped Reiter for the fourth and final time. Referee Kurt Spivey mercifully called a halt to the action at 2:16 of the first round, giving Buettner the TKO and improving his record to 2-0, 2 KOs. (continue reading…)

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Oquendo Headlines ‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe’ on August 18

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Boxing News

Fres Oquendo en route to stopping Joey Abell a few months ago (photo by Belle Ayllon)

Fres Oquendo en route to stopping Joey Abell in May (photo by Belle Ayllon)

Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring Chicago’s WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Champion and WBA #14 rated “Fast” Fres Oquendo (34-7, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Oquendo looked sharp stopping opponent Joey Abell last May. In addition to his current Fedelatin belt, the 39-year-old two-time heavyweight title challenger is a former NABF, NABA and USBA champion. (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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Johnny Lewus Successfully Continues Comeback at Belvedere Bash

by on Nov.24, 2011, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Terry Martin Scores First-Round KO; Chicago Fighters Correa, Taylor and Jimenez Go the Distance on Thanksgiving Eve Card

Allen Litzau (L) dodges a blow from Johnny Lewus (R)

Allen Litzau (L) dodges a blow from Johnny Lewus (R)

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, November 23, 2011 — Hitz promotions offered up a Thanksgiving Eve treat for fight fans at the ritzy Belvedere this evening. The event featured a trim Johnny Lewus taking on St. Paul’s Allen Litzau in a six-round main event, former UFC fighter Terry Martin looking to keep his boxing record perfect in his fifth fight, undefeated Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez taking on the more experienced James Denson, a battle of local rivals Gerald Taylor and Bruce Rumbolz and the professional debut of Chicago Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion Erick Correa.

Terry Martin (L) squares off against Thomas Boose

Terry Martin (L) squares off against Thomas Boose

Starting off the evening, Chicago’s Terry Martin (203.5 lbs., 5-0, 5KO’s) tested the boxing skills he has been developing under renowned trainer Sam Colonna against the overmatched Thomas “TNT” Boose (208 lbs., 0-5) of Rockford, IL, in a heavyweight bout. The bout began with an exchange of jabs, with Boose using his superior reach to land a few more shots. The first telling blow of the bout arrived in the form of a left hook from Martin midway through the first round. While the pace was by no means blistering, Martin was more effective in mixing up his shots, bloodying Boose’s nose. A right hook to the body and a short overhand right foretold the eventual end, which came at 2:59 of the first when Martin landed a hook to Boose’s ribcage and followed up with a right to the chin that toppled Boose, who staggered to his feet, but not in time to keep Referee Celestino Ruiz from calling the knockout. Boose took the loss gracefully and Martin keeps his win and knockout record intact. (continue reading…)

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Full Card Announced for Hitz Boxing ‘Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash’

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

CHICAGO, November 14, 2011 — The full card has been announced for Hitz Boxing’s triumphant return of the “Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash”, on Wednesday, November 23, at the posh Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois.

In the night’s potentially sensational main event, former world title challenger Johnny Lewus (25-4-1, 21 KOs) will face Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (13-6, 7 KOs) in a guaranteed-all-action eight-round lightweight battle. (continue reading…)

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