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Russian Prospects Shine on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Story by Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Tracy Leal

As the influx of talent from the former soviet bloc increases in the American fight game, a few of these fighters are increasingly vying to separate themselves from the pack as future notables on the world stage. Last night at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Washington, two of these hopefuls were showcased to a national audience on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

Husenov (R) presses the action

Husenov (R) presses the action

Headlining the Banner Promotions show, former two-time Olympian Sherzod Husanov (15-0-1 7KO’s 153 ½ lbs.), of Ekaterinburg, Russia, defeated Montera, Columbia’s Jhon Berrio (15-7 11KO’s 156 lbs.) in a highly entertaining ten round fight by way of unanimous decision. Husanov got off to a fast start early, stepping in behind his jab and following up with consistent straight right hands. He maintained control throughout the first three rounds with steady pressure. While Berrio took a lot of flush shots from his opponent in the opening portion of the fight, he remained resilient, aggressively looking for an opening for his own power shots. (continue reading…)

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Greg Haugen’s New Company Promotes First Show

by on Apr.12, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

His Son Stopped on the Undercard

By Ricardo Ibarra

Former world lightweight champion and one of the best fighter ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest, Greg “The Mutt” Haugen, made his first foray into the promotional side of the boxing business under the banner Haugen-Cintron-Canin Promotions last Saturday night at the Vision Quest Sports and Fitness in Auburn, Washington. Presenting a stacked seven bout card, Haugen and company put on a highly entertaining, well matched show with seven quality fights featuring some of the best young fighters in the region
In the main event, unbeaten heavyweight Jonte Willis (6-0 3KOs 207 ½ lbs.) scored a third round TKO over Corey Williams (4-10-2 2KOs 268 lbs.). Willis, who hails from Tacoma, Washington, had been on hiatus for over a year but did not show any obvious signs of ring rust. He quickly went to work in the first round, unloading thudding jabs and digging in to the body with hard right hooks. Williams, of Denver, Colorado, fired back gamely but failed to land anything of consequence. (continue reading…)

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