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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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“Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” to feature the return of impressive lightweight Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu

by on Oct.27, 2013, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Exciting super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez, hard hitting Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz and hot prospect Johnny “Wite Boi” Determan will also be back in action

CHICAGO, IL, October 23, 2013 — Bobby Hitz announced that the always impressive lightweight Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu will return to the ring in the Main Event of “Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Amidu (20-4-2 18 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ghana, impressed a national television audience with a controversial draw against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) on July 26. His opponent will be announced shortly. Joining Amidu on the card that evening will be exciting Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-0, 8 KOs) who will take on “King” David Thomas (10-4-2 8 KOs) of Evansville, IN in six round match. Tickets are available at The Venue Box office and hitzboxing.com.

“Our Black Wednesday card is packed with exciting evenly matched bouts and Chicago fight fans are in for excellent boxing,” said Hitz. “When Yakubu took that controversial draw against Burgos he proved that he deserves to be on the national stage, so its great to showcase him next month and I am excited to see how Mike bounces back after the Findley fight.” (continue reading…)

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Bobby Hitz Calls for Amidu/Burgos Rematch

by on Aug.06, 2013, under Boxing News, Press Releases

After controversial draw Team Amidu wants another shot at Burgos

CHICAGO, IL, July 31, 2013 — Following Yakubu Amidu’s impressive outing on Friday night against Juan Carlos Burgos, which resulted in a controversial draw between the lightweights, Amidu’s promoter, Bobby Hitz is demanding a rematch.

“Yakubu was the aggressor all night, he matched Burgos punch for punch and dominated him in the 11th but the judges had him losing that round. After watching the replay I am confident that round and the fight should have gone to Yakubu,” said Hitz. “Yakubu took this fight on less than two weeks notice and impressed everyone with his performance. The crowd felt he was robbed. There is not one person who feels that we did not get robbed or at least deserves a rematch.” (continue reading…)

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Hitz Boxing’s ‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe’ Returns to Hammond, IN May 25th!

by on Apr.24, 2012, under Boxing News

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Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring Chicago’s own former heavyweight title challenger and long-time top contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

As has become the trademark of these successful shows, promoter Bobby Hitz has packed the undercard with local and international talent, including NABA-US Lightweight Champion Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-3-1, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles via Ghana, in a six-round bout; undefeated heavyweight crowd pleaser David “Diesel” Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs), also in a six-rounder; popular Chicago super-middleweight dynamo Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (6-0, 3 KOs) will go six rounds; undefeated heavyweight powerhouse David Martin III (5-0, 4 KOS) of Hobart, Indiana, will fight four or less; fighting light welterweight gym owner Genaro Mendez (4-1-1, 3 KOs) will go six rounds; nearby Chesterton, Indiana, heavyweight Philip Triantafillo (2-0, 1 KO) will fight a four-rounder and professional super flyweight and former National Jr. Olympic Champion Johnny “WiteBoi” Determan (4-0, 3 KOs) from Nebraska will go four rounds. (continue reading…)

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Ruslan Provodnikov Impressive in KO Win

by on Feb.05, 2012, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Provodnikov goes in for the KO

Provodnikov goes in for the KO

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Malisa Callahan

In a division filled with talent it can be a tough task for a rising prospect to distinguish himself from the pack and catch the attention of the boxing public. For a fighter plying his trade in the 140 pound division, that task can be especially difficult as it is currently stacked with young and talented fighters looking to make their mark. Last Friday night at the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington, rising Jr. welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov scored one of his most impressive victories to date and did so in devastating fashion on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. In the Main event of the Banner promotions card, Provodnikov knocked out Othello, Washington’s David Torres in the sixth round with a vicious barrage, claiming the WBO intercontinental title and moving himself one step closer to world title contention.

Provodnikov, who hails from Berezovo, Russia, got off to a quick lead in the bout, pressing forward with measured aggression and landing solid power shots. A hard left hook to the temple dropped Torres early in the first round. After the mandatory eight count, Provodnikov pounced, unloading on his opponent  along the ropes. Torres, who has always been a tough fighter, made it out of the round and showed some resiliency by firing back, but he was clearly outmatched by the stronger and faster Russian fighter.  (continue reading…)

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