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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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Official Belvedere Bash Public Weigh-In at Real Time Sports Bar

by on Jun.19, 2012, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Official Belvedere Bash Weigh-In at Real Time Sports Bar at 1120-22 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village: 5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 20

CHICAGO, IL, June 19, 2012 — The Media and General Public are invited to the official weigh-in for Hitz Boxing’s “Belvedere Bash” event.

The official weigh-in will be held at Real Time Sports Bar (1120-22 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village, IL) at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 20.

All fighters involved, all promoters and organizers will be available for interviews and photos. (continue reading…)

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Hitz Boxing Stages Triumphant Return to Rosemont on May 18

by on May.19, 2011, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

“Irish” Andy Wins Titles But Not Hearts Over 10 Rounds; Yakuba Amidu and Henry Coyle Impress with Early Stoppages

Andy Lee (R) attacks Alex Bunema on the way to victory

Andy Lee (R) attacks Alex Bunema on the way to victory

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS, May 18, 2011 — Hitz Boxing Promotions returned to Rosemont this Wednesday, May 18, with two Irishmen featured in separate middleweights bouts. Andy Lee of Limerick squared off against Alex Bunema for the NABA and NABF titles, and Henry Coyle of Geesala faced Keith Collins of Missouri. Crowd-watchers and celebrity hounds could spot several, including First Lady of Boxing Jackie Kallen, the very visible celebrity ring announcer Amy Hayes, actor Vince Vaughn, as well as several former Chicago Bears and politicians, including legendary Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle.

Felix Abner (L) looks for his opportunity against Keon Graham

Felix Abner (L) looks for his opportunity against Keon Graham

Kicking off the fistic action were Felix Abner (now 3-2, 1 KO, 226 lbs) of Chicago and Keon Graham (2-6, 234 lbs.) of Akron, Ohio.  Graham looked to be carrying a few extra pounds, but seemed unconcerned by the trim Abner, who entered the ring wearing a Bulls shirt. Round one began with both men jabbing, with Abner out-landing Graham, who backed up on his heels. Early in the round, Graham was rocked by a left hook but recovered.  A cross in the second half of the round sent Graham into the blue corner, with Abner taking the opportunity to land a few more shots. The round proceeded at a measured pace, Abner stalking Graham looking for opportunities, and Graham drifting into the ropes to only to be caught by punches to head and body. (continue reading…)

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