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Fres Oquendo Toughs Out Victory at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN to Retain WBA Fedelatin Title and Add New Hardware
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…)
Mollo Decides Szpilka Rematch is Right Direction
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…)
Jimenez Continues to Dominate, Ortuz Displays Boxing Skills and Bantamweights Shine in Undercard Bouts
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.
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…)
Castillo Can’t Keep Up with Smith, Heavyweights Bring the Fire
By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2013–On ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, presented by 8 Count, Warriors, and Round 3 Promotions, last night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, Carlos Molina demonstrated again why he should be in contention for a title, showing great poise and effective offensive and defensive skills in dismantling former title-holder Cory Spinks. Antwone Smith stymied a game but faded Jose Luis Castillo. Local heavyweight Mike Mollo, returning to ring for the first time since 2010, showed lots of heart and decent power against Polish upstart Artur Szpilka, who bloodied and ultimately knocked him out after an entertaining brawl.
The Main Event featured Carlos Molina (21 [16 KOs]-5-2, 153.5 lbs.), who had put one fight between himself and his latest loss, a controversial disqualification against James Kirkland in a fight he was winning, against another southpaw, former title-holder Cory Spinks (39 [11 KOs]-8, 153.25 lbs.) in an IBF Light Middleweight eliminator bout. Spinks holds victories against some respectable opponents, including Ricardo Mayorga and Zab Judah, but has struggled lately, and last night’s bout proved to be no exception. Though the bout began quickly, with both fighters looking to make their mark, Molina found his rhythm in the first round, while Spinks could not get close to Molina. When he tried, charging in with his head low, Molina pushed him down and countered with a flurry of hooks. By round’s end, Spinks was being driven back into the ropes and trying to stop Molina’s onslaught by grabbing Molina arond the waist. Spinks came out behind his jab in the second, a good strategy that initially kept Molina from finding a home for the left hook that proved his best weapon in this fight. By the end of the round, Spinks was again clinching, and sometimes grappling, to avoid punishment from Molina, who was effectively outboxing and outhustling him. The third round was the most competetive of the fight. After a slow start, both boxers engaged and landed some solid blows. Molina started effectively going to the body and continued to counter Spinks with his left hook. (continue reading…)
Adrian Granados Outguns “Crosstown Rival” Antonio Canas in Crowd-Pleasing War at Windy City Fight Night 23 at Cicero Stadium
by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CICERO, IL, December 14, 2012 — 8 Count Productions, with Round 3 Productions, returned to the Cicero Stadium this evening to present Windy City Fight Night 23, a short, action-packed card headlined by native son Adrian Granados facing Chicago slugger Antonio Canas in a Light Welterweight bout billed as a battle of “Crosstown Rivals.” The four fights featured local pros with strong amateur backgrounds. Chicagoans Junior Wright and Paul Littleton have been honing their skills and reputations while garnering unbeaten records in their short careers. Both faced other unbeaten newcomers. Chicago Golden Gloves standout Ed Brown seemed to have drawn a tough opponent for his pro debut in the far more experienced Dontre King, but he proved himself more than up to the challenge.
Cambridge, Maryland’s Dontre King (6-14-2, 2 KOs142 lbs.) entered the ring first, squaring off against Chicago’s Ed “Bad Boy” Brown (144 lbs.), making his pro debut. Hometown favorite Brown entered to the beating of marching band drums and the cheers of the crowd. Initially King held his own, trying to break through Brown’s guard with combinations to body and head. Brown covered well against his combinations and began finding his openings with a swift jab. As the round continued, Brown began closing in, raking King’s body with hard hooks and coming up with hooks to the head. King tried to go on the offense, but Brown’s counters kept him on the retreat. Several more body-head assaults from Brown looked to signal the end, which came in the form of a right hook to the head, sending King to the canvas, where referee Dave Smith waved off the fight, giving Brown his first victory by technical knockout at 2:26 of the first round. Another volley of drumming celebrated the victor as he left the ring. (continue reading…)