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‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle’ Lights Up the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino

by on Nov.28, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Yakubu Amidu (L) Pierces Rynell Griffin's Guard En Route to Victory

Yakubu Amidu (L) pierces Rynell Griffin’s guard en route to victory

By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, November 27, 2013 – Continuing a Thanksgiving Eve tradition, Hitz Boxing presented another Black Wednesday Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino, featuring mostly local boxers building their skills and their resumes. Though there were a few lackluster bouts, there was more than enough explosive action, especially when the local favorites went after each other for bragging rights. Lending a somber note to the evening was the ten count tribute to recently slain fighter Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker.

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

In the non-local attraction, Ghanaian Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-4-2, 18 KOs), now based in Los Angeles, returned to the Heartland following several losses and a heartbreaking split draw against Juan Carlos Burgos to face journeyman southpaw Rynell Griffin (7-18-2, 2 KOs) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Though he has come up on the losing end of most bouts, Griffin’s experience in the ring with some of the best in his weight class showed as he used impressive movement and combinations in the slow first round, coming under Amidu’s punches to land to the body and often coming back up top. Amidu seemed tentative, though he threw and landed a few powerful single punches. (continue reading…)

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Short Card Not Short of Action As Chicago Prospects Take the Center of Ring in Cicero at Hitz Boxing’s ‘Night of the Rising Stars’

by on Aug.31, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Antonio Canas (R) Pursues Greg Coverson Jr. En Route to a Six-Round Decision Win

Antonio Canas (R) Pursues Greg Coverson Jr. En Route to a Six-Round Decision Win

by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

CICERO, IL, August 30, 2013 — Hitz Boxing’s ‘Night of the Rising Stars’ at Cicero Stadium lived up to its name, providing a showcase for local prospects, who did not disappoint. All four former amateur champions came up victorious in their bouts, though several found themselves facing more severe tests than they may have anticipated.

Coverson (R) tries to keep Antonio Canas at bay

Coverson (R) tries to keep Antonio Canas at bay

In the co-main event, Antonio “The Aztec God of War” (139, 8-1-1, 3 KO’s) waged battle against teak-tough and tricky Greg Coverson Jr. (139 lbs., 3-7-1, 2 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan in a six-round Junior Welterweight bout. In an entertaining first round, both fighters went right to work, with Canas taking the upper hand with punishing body shots. Coverson weathered the storm and began accurately finding openings to the body and countering Canas’s attempts to go to the body with hooks to the head. It looked like the tide was turning, as Coverson peppered Canas with sharp straight punches and several well-timed uppercuts, but Canas surged at the end to take the round with another barrage to the body.  (continue reading…)

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Fres Oquendo Toughs Out Victory at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN to Retain WBA Fedelatin Title and Add New Hardware

by on Jun.09, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Fres Oquendo (L) launches a right en route to victory against Derric Rossy

Fres Oquendo (L) launches a right en route to victory against Derric Rossy

Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez Overcomes Hard Charging Opponent while Frankie Scalise Scores Explosive KO Win

Report by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, June 8, 2013 — Fres Oquendo did not make good on his prediction of ending fellow-Puerto Rican Heavyweight Derric Rossy’s evening early in the Main Event of Fight Night at the Horseshoe, presented by Bobby Hitz June 8 at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Though his performance was enough for him to hang onto his WBA Fedelatin as well as winning the NABA and WBC Silver Heavyweight Championships, he was not able to decisively impose his will on the younger Rossy through ten rounds. Hitz gave his fighters the chance to shine on the undercard, and they did, making for plenty of early-round knockouts. A few of the hired opponents did not recognize their roles, taking the house fighters the distance in entertaining scraps while others hung on longer than anyone could have predicted before tasting the canvas.

Sukhrab Shidaev (3-0, 2 KOs, 152.5 lbs.) of Grozny, Russia dominated Anthony Willis of Battle Creek, Michigan (1-3-1, 150.5 lbs.) at a catchweight of 152 pounds in the opening round. A powerful left hook from Shidaev began the bout. Though Willis demonstrated some power of his own, it was Shidaev who set the pace, stalking the American and mixing up punches to the head and body (with an occasional looping right to the back of Willis’s head). Shidaev timed Willis throughout the round and withstood Willis’s offense with an airtight defense. Shidaev’s left hooks to the body and head, combined with his wide but convincing right, were clearly taking their toll and Shidaev nearly ended the fight with another left hook to the head at the bell. (continue reading…)

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Mike Mollo Says, ‘I Want Szpilka!’

by on Mar.05, 2013, under Boxing News

Mollo Decides Szpilka Rematch is Right Direction

 

Mollo (R) fights on despite cuts against Szpilka

In his previous fight versus Szpilka, Mollo (at right) fought on despite vision-imparing cuts (photo by Scott Dray)

Chicago heavyweight “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-4, 12 KOs) says he’s thought it over and there is only one fight that make sense for him right now.

 ”I want the Artur Szpilka rematch,” he says.  ”That’s the only fight I want.”

 Mollo suddenly finds himself a hot commodity after the back-and-forth war he and Poland’s Szpilka waged on February 1 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Despite fighting through a mask of blood from cuts caused by accidental fouls, Mollo had the undefeated Polish fighter on the floor twice before being knocked out by a perfect shot in round six. (continue reading…)

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Bondorovas Leaves No Doubt in Second Bout against Thomas

by on Feb.16, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Jimenez Continues to Dominate, Ortuz Displays Boxing Skills and Bantamweights Shine in Undercard Bouts

Donatas Bondorovas (R) stays on Michael Walker

Donatas Bondorovas (R) stays on Michael Walker

By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, February 16, 2013 — Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino featured an evening of local prospects slugging it out, including, in the main event, a return bout between Middleweights David Thomas of Evansville, IN and Lithuanian Donatas Bondorovas, now residing in Chicago. In their last outing at the same venue, Bondorovas won by second round TKO, after the referee stepped in to save Thomas, who felt the stoppage was early. The card also featured impressive displays from Bantamweight amateur standouts Johnny Determan and Adan Ortiz showing their strength in separate bouts, tough guy Dimar Ortuz trying to impose his will on Grover Young, and Michael Walker and Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez taking on each other at Super Middleweight. Rounding out the evening were Russell Fiore taking on Anthony Linsenfelser at Lightweight, Felix Abner and David Martin III in a hard-fought Heavyweight fight, and new prospects Jimmy Murphy, Tremaine Pride and Nick Ramirez seeking to improve their early-career records with mixed results.

Michael Walker (L) tries to avoid a jab from Bondorovas

Michael Walker (L) tries to avoid a jab from Bondorovas

In the main event, Donatas Bondorovas  (17-3-1, 6 KOs) looked to remove any doubts about his earlier victory  over “King” David Thomas (10-4-2, 8 KOs), who in turn wanted to avenge what he knew was an early stoppage, in a scheduled eight-round bout for the UBF Middleweight title. Both boxers exhibited solid skills in the first round, popping sharp jabs and landing powerful rights. Bondorovas’ ability to get inside Thomas’s guard with powerful rights shots gave him the round. (continue reading…)

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