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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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Attention Chi-Town & Indiana Fans: Public Weigh-In for Friday’s Fights at the Horseshoe!

by on Feb.13, 2013, under Boxing News

Official Weigh-In at Sixth Street Sports Bar 5 PM on Thursday, February 14th


HAMMOND, IN – The Media and General Public are invited to the official weigh-in for Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event.

The official weigh-in will be held at 5 pm on the casino floor in The Sixth Street Sports Bar, inside the Hammond Horseshoe Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, IN). All fighters involved, all promoters and organizers will be available for interviews and photos. (continue reading…)

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Undercard Announced for Hitz Boxing’s ‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe’ on February 18

by on Feb.11, 2012, under Boxing News, Press Releases

HAMMOND, IN, February, 9, 2012 — The undercard of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series, scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, has been announced and a strong group of local fighters are scheduled for intriguing battles.

In support of headlining undefeated welterweight prospect Alanbek Kozaev (19-0, 6 KOs) of Vladikavkaz, Russia and newly signed Cleveland-based junior welterweight prospect Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (16-1-1, 6 Kos) will be: unbeaten heavyweight slugger Dave “Diesel” Latoria (9-0, 5 KOs), who will face Oak Lawn, Illinois native Ed “The Iron Man” Gutierrez (15-10-1, 6 KOs) in a heavyweight six; popular local super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (5-0, 3 KOs) taking on Bruce “The Rage” Rumbolz (22-23-2, 15 KOs) of Sterling, Illinois; talented Lafayette, Louisiana, lightweight Chris Singleton (3-0, 2 KOs) versus pro debuting Nebraska resident Eddie Corrona; nearby Chesterton, Indiana, heavyweight Philip Triantafillo (1-0, 1 KO) doing battle with fellow Indiana resident Calbert Lewis making his pro debut; Chicago junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (3-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Beloit, Wisconsin’s Josh Rodriguez (2-6, 1 KO); and the debut of Omaha, Nebraska-based former amateur heavyweight star (and newest member of the Hitz Boxing stable) Brian Houston in a surprisingly stern first test for his first time out against Chicago’s Felix Abner (3-2, 2 KOs). (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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