Antonio DuBose to rematch Jesus Lule to headline on Saturday, September 19 at Harrahs Philadelphia

August 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Chester, PA (August 27, 2015)–On Saturday night, September 19, boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a terrific card promoted by King’s Promotions.

In the main event, it will be a 6-round rematch of Super Lightweights when Antonio DuBose battles Jesus Lule.

DuBose and Lule fought to a 4-round draw on June 27 in Bethlehem, PA.

Dubose, 27 years-old of Philadelphia has a record of 7-0-1 with 2 knockouts.

Lule, 31 years-old of Fort Myers, Florida has a deceiving record of 7-13-1 with 1 knockout.

He has faced 8 undefeated fighters and is coming off a knockout loss to Mason Menard (29-1) on August 8 in Opelousas, Louisiana.

The rest of the card will made up with 4-round bouts.

Emmanuel Folly (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia will battle Joshua Crespo (4-2-3, 2 KO’s) of New Haven, Connecticut in a Bantamweight bout.

Carlos Rosario (2-1,1 KO) of Pensauken, NJ will battle Korey Sloan (2-7-2) of Philadelphia in a Lightweight bout.

Hafiz Montgomery (1-0) of York, PA will fight Marvin Jones (2-5, 2 KO) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico in a Cruiserweight tilt.

Robert Irizarry (3-0-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ will box Stephon McIntyre (2-11-2) of Jonesboro, GA in a Featherweight bout.

Christopher Brooker (3-1, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia will square off with Daryl Fenton (1-1-1) of Washington, DC in a Super Middleweight bout.

More Bouts will be announced shortly.

Tickets for this great night of boxing cost $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased by calling 610-587-5950 or www.hboxing.eventbrite.com

The 1st bout will start at 7 PM with the doors opening at 6 PM.

Travis Kauffman takes on Epifanio Mendoza on Friday, September 18 at the Claridge in Atlantic City

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Reading, PA (August 26, 2015)– On Friday night, September 18, boxing returns to the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City as Kings Promotions returns for a big night of action.

In the main event, Travis Kauffman will take on former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza.

Kauffman of Reading, PA has a record of 29-1 with 21 knockouts and is riding an 11-fight win streak that has spanned 5 and a half years.

Kauffman has defeated the likes of Malachy Farrell (16-1), William Shahan (7-1), Chris Koval (24-6), Vincent Thompson (13-1) and in his last bout he took out Richard Carmack in one-round on August 14 in Newark, New Jersey.

Mendoza is a grizzled veteran has fought everybody from Jr. Middleweight to Heavyweight. He has prodigious knockout power as his record stands at 41-21-1 with 35 knockouts.

The native of Baranquilla, Colombia has wins over Tukunbo Olajide (17-0), Rubin Williams (19-0), Alejandro Garcia (7-1), Carlos Negron (13-0) & Ray Recio (6-0). He is coming off a 3rd round stoppage over Tomas Orozco Rodriguez on July 25 in Barinquilla, Colombia.

The co-feature will be an 8-round Heavyweight bout that will feature the American return of former world title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KO’s) taking on Galen Brown (41-31-1, 25 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Also appearing in an 8-round bout will be Heavyweight Keith Tapia (15-0, 10 KO’s) of Santurce, Puerto Rico taking on Roberto Santos (12-2, 5 KO’s) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Ivan Golub (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Javier Castro (27-8, 22 KO’s) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a Super Welterweight bout.

John Magda (11-0, 7 KO’s) of Rutherford, NJ will fight Francisco Reza (14-14, 11 KO;s) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in a Super Middleweight bout.

In 6-round bouts:

Dauren Yuleussinov (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY fighting Miguel Munguia (31-33-1, 25 KO’s) in a Super Middleweight fight.

Earl Newman (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Ricardo Campillo (9-8-1, 7 KO’s) of Sonora, Mexico in a Cruiserweight bout.

Danny Kelly (8-1-1, 7 KO’s) of Washington, DC will battle Jimmy Suarez (3-6, 3 KO’s) of Aguada, PR in a Heavyweight bout.

Former Olympian, Carlos Gongora (2-0, 2 KO’s) will take on Juan Carlos Rojas (10-12-1, 8 KO’s) of Saltillo, Mexico in a Super Middleweight bout.

Tickets can be purchased for $100, $75 and $50 by clicking www.claridgeboxing.eventbrite.com or by calling call 610 587 5950 or 609 868 4243

Weights from Washington, DC

August 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Washington, DC (August 27, 2015)– Weights for Friday night’s card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Brandon Bennett 135.6 – Jonathan Maicelo 134.6
Phil Jackson-Benson 169 – Jinner Guerrero 168.4
Jamel Herring 133.4 – Ariel Vazquez 134.2
Demond Nicholson 161.6 – Antonio Baker 161.2
Robert Easter 134.6 – Osumanu Akaba 135
David Grayton 145.6 – Jose Valderrama 146.8
Kareem Martin 146.6 – Anthony Prescott 147
Raynell Williams 132.8 – Jose Miguel Castro 134.4
Patrick Harris 134.2 – Irving Hernandez 134.2
Leo Hall 176.2 – Edgar Perez 182.8
Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 146.8 – Coleman Phelps 145.8

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
1st Bell: 6:30 PM ET

Photo Credit: Joe Tarlecky/King’s Promotions

Tickets are on sale for $100 (Front Row); $75 (Ringside) $50 (General Admission) by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging on to www.beltwayboxing.com

More fight information is available at www.kingsboxing.com

Jonathan Maicelo sees another title opportunity with win over Bennett this Friday in Washington, DC

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Washington, DC (August 26, 2015) This Friday night, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, King’s Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.

In the main event, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KO’s) will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.

Maicelo of Callao, Peru, but now resides in North Bergen, New Jersey is just seven months removed from challenging Darleys Perez for the Interim WBA Lightweight championship. The loss in that fight had made Maicelo even hungrier and he looks for a big effort on Friday night to put him right back in contention for a world title.

“Training has gone great and I am super motivated,” said Maicelo.

He knows he will be fighting a tough guy in Bennett and has praise for the Cincinnati native.

“I respect every fighter. I have seen a few of his fights in tape and he is a good fighter from what I see. With that being said, I am better the fighter and on Friday, I will prove that.”

Maicelo fought a good fight against Perez but came up just short. He is taking the positives of that experience which will be a big factor in the fight on Friday night.

“Even though I lost to Perez, I took it as a big learning experience. I learned a lot and Friday, It will show. I was just in camp with Danny Garcia and I been super motivated.”

Maicelo isn’t a fighter who wants to be protected and babied to get back to contention, he wants to earn it by fighting top quality opposition.

“Fighting a guy like Bennett are the fights that I want. I want to show that I can beat guys with good records. I imagine that he feels the same way. I am sure he knows that I am no pushover and that he is in for a tough fight.”

The 32 year-old is steadfast that being in a hard 12-round title fight will make all the difference on Friday.

“I feel that I have all the experience. I have fought the tougher guys. I been at the world class level and that will be the difference. I just want to tell all my fans from Peru and here that I will give 100 %. It has nothing to do with Bennett but Friday night, I will be victorious.”

A terrific undercard is taking shape that will feature some of the best prospects in the country.

In 10-round Bouts:

Phil Jackson-Benson (15-2, 14 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on Jinner Guerrero (8-5, 4 KO’s) of Sucumbios, Ecuador in a Super Middleweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (12-0, 7 KO’s) will fight Ariel Vasquez (12-8-2, 8 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua in a Lightweight bout.

Robert Easter (14-0, 11 KO’s) of Toledo, OH will take on Osumanu Akaba (32-8-1, 25 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana named in a Lightweight bout.

In 8-round bouts:

Demond Nicholson (13-1, 13 KO’s) of Laurel, MD battles Antonio Baker (8-12, 4 KO’s) of Fayetteville, NC in a Middleweight bout.

David Grayton (11-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Jose Valderrama (4-10, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a Welterweight clash.

In 6-round bouts:

Kareem Martin (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC battles Anthony Prescott (5-6-2, 2 KO’s) of Cherry Hill, NJ in Welterweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams (8-0, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH takes on Jose Miguel Castro (5-5, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight tilt.

Patrick Harris (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take Irvin Hernandez (3-12-2, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight bout.

Leo Hall (6-0, 6 KO’s) of Detroit, MI will box against Edgar Perez (6-15, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, PR in a Light Heavyweight bout.

In a 4-round Bout:

Shynggyskahn Tazhibay (1-0, 1 KO) of Karaganda, Kazakhstan will fight an oppont to be named in a Welterweight bout

All Bouts Subject to change

Tickets are on sale for $100 (Front Row); $75 (Ringside) $50 (General Admission) by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging on to www.beltwayboxing.com

Inspired by close friends Broner and Warren, Brandon Bennett inching closer to world title shot

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Washington, DC (August 25, 2015) This Friday night, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, King’s Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.

In the main event, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KO’s) will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.

Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio has been training hard for Maicelo, who has challenged for an interim world title.

“Training has been good. I been on weight for a few days. It’s been 2 hard months but the difficult part of training and dieting is over and I am ready to fight,” said Bennett.

When asked about Maicelo, Bennett was not concerned with his opponent, despite Maicelo having wins over Art Hovhannisyan and former world title challenger Fernando Angulo.

“He is an orthodox fighter. He likes to come in and he likes to counter punch. He may have fought for the title but I am the more experienced fighter. I have fought good guys and I get the best sparring. All of that doesn’t matter, because at the end of the day, we have to fight. ”

Bennett realizes that a win over Maicelo will push him very close to a fight for a world title and a win on Friday will give him another quality win to add to his resume.

“Hopefully in the next fight or two, I will be in position. Beating him should have me considered to be a top contender.”

If that is the case, Bennett will join gym mates and close friends, Adrien Broner and Rau’Shee Warren as the next fighter from trainer, Mike Stafford’s Cincinnati gym to fight for a world title. Bennett gets world class sparring and advice every day from Broner, a three-division world champion and Warren, a three-time U.S. Olympian and world title challenger.

The three have been inseparable for two decades

“I got into boxing at age eight. I was a football player. Rau’shee lived down the street from me and asked me to walk to the gym with him. He had already been boxing and Mike Stafford asked us to spar. He got the best of me that day but I stuck with it. Ironically, Adrien came in the next day and started boxing the very next day and Rau’shee sparred with him as well. Being around them is definitely an inspiration. I see what my friends have done and achieved and I know I will be next to have those accolades.”

A terrific undercard is taking shape that will feature some of the best prospects in the country.

In 10-round Bouts:

Phil Jackson-Benson (15-2, 14 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on Jinner Guerrero (8-5, 4 KO’s) of Sucumbios, Ecuador in a Super Middleweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (12-0, 7 KO’s) will fight Ariel Vasquez (12-8-2, 8 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua in a Lightweight bout.

Robert Easter (14-0, 11 KO’s) of Toledo, OH will take on Osumanu Akaba (32-8-1, 25 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana named in a Lightweight bout.

In 8-round bouts:

Demond Nicholson (13-1, 13 KO’s) of Laurel, MD battles Antonio Baker (8-12, 4 KO’s) of Fayetteville, NC in a Middleweight bout.

David Grayton (11-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Jose Valderrama (4-10, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a Welterweight clash.

In 6-round bouts:

Kareem Martin (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC battles Anthony Prescott (5-6-2, 2 KO’s) of Cherry Hill, NJ in Welterweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams (8-0, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH takes on Jose Miguel Castro (5-5, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight tilt.

Patrick Harris (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take Irvin Hernandez (3-12-2, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight bout.

Leo Hall (6-0, 6 KO’s) of Detroit, MI will box against Edgar Perez (6-15, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, PR in a Light Heavyweight bout.

In a 4-round Bout:

Shynggyskahn Tazhibay (1-0, 1 KO) of Karaganda, Kazakhstan will fight an oppont to be named in a Welterweight bout

All Bouts Subject to change

Tickets are on sale for $100 (Front Row); $75 (Ringside) $50 (General Admission) by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging on to www.beltwayboxing.com

More fight information is available at www.kingsboxing.com

Sosamania Returns To Philly Oct. 2 For First Annual Puerto Rican Boxing Classic

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Jason Sosa (left)

Jason Sosa (left)

Hard-hitting junior lightweight contender Jason Sosa, fresh off his one-round knockout over former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes(above), gets back into action Friday, Oct. 2, when he headlines the Puerto Rican Boxing Classic at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

Sosa, 27, of Camden, NJ, registered his 12th consecutive knockout Aug. 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, when he needed less than three minutes to knock out Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX.

A pro since 2009, Sosa appears to be the hottest contender (No.13 IBF) in the 130-pound division.  His win over Belmontes, along with his 2014 knockout over Michael ”Lefty” Brooks, of Staten Island, are the biggest wins of his burgeoning career.

Though he only had three amateur fights—and lost two of them—Sosa has developed into a major attraction in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area.  In other fights this year, he knocked out Bergman Aguilar, of Costa Rica, at the 2300 Arena; Herbert Quartey, of Ghana, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Santiago Bustos, of Spain, in Madison Square Garden.

Sosa will be looking to continue his K0 streak when he headlines the Puerto Rican Boxing Classic.

The seven-bout fight card figures to attract a sold-out crowd.

Among fighters looking to display their talents on the Oct. 2 card are local Puerto Rican fighters from Philadelphia and New Jersey.  Many of them bring a loyal following to their fights.

Already committed to the show are lightweight Victor Vasquez (19-9-1, 9 K0s) and junior welterweight David Gonzales (5-0-2, 1K0), both of Philadelphia.  Also set is junior middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia (8-0-1, 4 K0s), of Vineland, NJ and stablemate super bantamweight Edgar Cortes.

In addition, invitations to attend and sign autographs will be sent to outstanding Puerto Rican fighters up and down the East Coast.

First fight is 7 pm.

 

Global Proving Ground Announces 22nd Live MMA Event From All-New Combat Sports Complex In N.J. on October 24

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Flyweight star Sean "Shorty Rock" Santella will headline GPG 22 against an opponent to be named, on Saturday, October 24, live on GFL.tv

Flyweight star Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella will headline GPG 22 against an opponent to be named, on Saturday, October 24, live on GFL.tv

Global Proving Ground (GPG) announced today its 22nd live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, featuring a collection of the Philadelphia area’s top professional fighting prospects, on Saturday, October 24, live on Go Fight Live (www.GFL.tv), from the promotion’s all-new venue, the GPG Sports Complex, in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Tickets for GPG 22, which will be headlined by a flyweight (125 pounds) matchup between rising star Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (13-5-1, 1 NC) of Whippany, N.J. and an opponent to be announced soon, are priced from $40 and are available for purchase at LocalMMATickets.com.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter in Global Proving Ground’s growth, in a new venue that can comfortably accommodate our rapidly expanding fanbase, and give spectators the exciting experience they look for when they attend a fight,” said Global Proving Ground President James J. Jefferson.

In the co-main event and first Global Proving Ground middleweight (185 pounds) championship bout in history, aggressive-minded, four-time Bellator veteran Jesus “Chavo” Martinez (9-6) of Philadelphia will square off with Tony Parker (11-11) of Fairfield, Ohio.  To date, all but 1 of Parker’s 11 career victories have come by way of submission.

Battle-tested veteran Dante Rivera (16-7) of Jackson, N.J. will battle an opponent to be determined in a 190-pound catchweight fight.

Local fan favorites Alec Hooben (2-2) of Pompton Lakes, N.J. and Tim Dooling (1-2) of Ewing, N.J. will also see action against opponents to be determined.

Additional main card matchups will be announced soon.

In preliminary bout action, unbeaten Peter “The Joker” Petties (2-0) of Columbia, Md. will lock horns with Matt “The Cat” DiMarcantonio (8-5) of Welland Ontario, Canada.  The 24-year-old Petties soared to internet fame when a video of his Aug. 23, 2014 amateur bout with Jeff Melvin, in which Petties unleashed a series of strikes that forced Melvin to vomit, went viral.

Josh Key (6-11) of Perth Amboy, N.J. will battle Eric “Atomic” Attard (4-6) of Welland, Ontario in a welterweight scrap.

In a meeting between two flyweights (125 pounds) making their respective, professional debuts, Gabe Ruiz (0-0) of Woodland Park, N.J. will take on Vladimir Kazbekov (0-0) of Welland, Ontario.

Doors at the venue will open for GPG 22 at 6 p.m. on October 24, and the first preliminary bout and live GFL.tv stream will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

GH3 Promotions Keenan Smith scores 2nd round stoppage over previously undefeated Lavelle Hadley in Atlantic City

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Nutley, NJ (August 19, 2015) – This past Saturday night at the Playground in Atlantic City, Welterweight Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 KO’s) remained perfect by scoring a 2nd round stoppage over previously undefeated Lavelle Hadley in a bout scheduled for six-rounds.

Smith landed a flurry of body and head punches that sent Hadley down to a knee for which he did not beat the referee’s count at 1:56 of round two.

“He was tall but he he didin’t have much for me. It was an easy fight. I used my jab and I saw he was open for the left hand. I applied the pressure and I saw that he could not fight on the inside,” said Smith.

With the win, fans all over the country can expect to see more of Smith as he is penciled in to fight on September 18 on CBS Sports Network and November 6 on ShoBox.

“I am excited. I get to show the world my talent. This is what I have been waiting for. It is a blessing. I want to thank GH3 Promotions for the opportunity to be on television. I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve that I am ready to show everyone. I also want to thank my managers D & D Management and Hotty M & M Boxing Gym.”

Said GH3 Promotions Vito Mielnicki, “We are pleased with Keenan. He is always ready to fight. We are looking to move him at a nice pace and he is up for the two television fights that he will participate in the next three months. He has the talent to do big things.”

GH3 Promotions features undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas, Super Middleweight’s Jerry Odom & Derrick Webster, undefeated Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez as well as Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight Champion John Thompson, Jr., undefeated Welterweight Jerrell Harris,undefeated Super Bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad, lightweight Bienvenido Diaz, Heavyweight Natu Visinia, Light Heavyweight Lavarn Harvell, Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster & Super Middleweight Andrew Hernandez to the GH3 Promotions stable.

Rising Kickboxing Star Andrew Ball: “Whenever I Fight, I Fight For New York”

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Andrew Ball (right) has gone from misdirected to determined to succeed as one of kickboxing's most talented, up-and-coming athletes.

Andrew Ball (right) has gone from misdirected to determined to succeed as one of kickboxing’s most talented, up-and-coming athletes.

Interview by Randy Jean

A man with grit and passion comes before you today. Andrew Ball, kickboxing up and coming star sits with me to discuss his life of turmoil to success, mentor and trainer Louis Neglia and his thoughts on the latest installment of Combat at the Capitale, which will stream live on GFL.tv from New York City on Friday, September 11.

Randy Jean: I read an article in Newsday which described your up bringing and life on the streets. Fighting was basically all you knew growing up. Am I right?

Andrew Ball: Yup, pretty much.  I used to fight a lot. I would fight older kids, to even kids my own age. It was something that I would do legit every week.

RJ: In the past you’ve credited Lou Neglia for the success that’s came your way. How has your relationship with Neglia changed from when you first met him?

AB: He’s like a father to me. When I first met him he inserted great advice into my head to ensure that I’d stay out of trouble.

RJ: Ok, so what’s the atmosphere like training under the tutelage of Lou Neglia and his martial arts school?

AB: He’s very intense. He’s very old school in the sense where he plays no games.  He doesn’t accept any excuses so you have to give him 100%. Anything less and you’re out.

RJ: Wow, so he’s basically a no nonsense kind of guy!

AB: Very much no nonsense. He’s got a reputation for that and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s absolutely true.

RJ: “Combat at the Capitale 37″ takes place next month. Unfortunately you suffered an injury while training for your bout against Jordan Turner. How hard is it for you going into the Capitale knowing you won’t be able to help your teammate Andrea DeAngelo capture a win?

AB: Well, I’m still going to help her out in any way that I can. I’m still going to do some light training with her; while at the same time I’ll always be in her corner mentally. I’m always telling her what she needs to hear and she continues to credit me for establishing a tough mentally that every fighter needs to have into her.

RJ: With your injury keeping you within the sidelines, what is your mindset right now?

AB: You know this injury is only going to allow for me get even better. So in that sense he’s actually very unlucky. I’ve taken fights where I should have forfeited because I was injured but I did them anyways. So this time I’m going to be smart and take care of myself.

Rj: Piggybacking off what you said about Andrea DeAngelo, how well do you think her performance will be as she goes up against Theodora Pistiolis?

AB: I think this was the fight that she was waiting for. She took a little break to get her head and body together, but now she’s at 100% and ready to go. I believe she’ll represent team USA to the fullest and give it a good show.

RJ: Sports are usually at forefront when it comes to easing our mind through tragedy. How does it feel to know that Combat at the Capitale will have that same influence on some Americans as we remember those who died on 9/11?

AB: I think it’s a great opportunity for some New Yorkers to show their patriotism and represent New York in a way that it should be. I’m disappointed that I can’t do that but, regardless, whenever I fight, I fight for New York. Our team will be representing New York that night and although I won’t be fighting, DeAngelo will be. No doubt will team Neglia represent New York at the Capitale.

 

World Champ and XFL Headliner Randy ‘Boom Boom’ Blake: “I Want to Be the Michael Jordan of Kickboxing”

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World kickboxing champion Randy Blake (right) will face Daniel Quigley in the main event of Xtreme Fight Night on Friday, September 18, live on GFL.tv.

World kickboxing champion Randy Blake (right) will face Daniel Quigley in the main event of Xtreme Fight Night on Friday, September 18, live on GFL.tv.

By Dante Giannetta

“I didn’t imagine I’d be doing this,” says Randy Blake with obvious pride. “I’d always been a dreamer, but I never thought I’d be a role model or an inspiration. I’m only twenty-eight and people look up to me. It’s an honor. It’s something I embrace.”

For Randy ‘Boom Boom’ Blake, a world kickboxing champion, being a role model is like getting a new cell phone.

“See, with a new cell phone, you don’t know how to work it. You don’t know how to work the features and the buttons and, at times, you wish you had the old phone because you knew how to use it,” says Blake. “But you figure it out. And you figure out how to work it. Being a role model is no different. At first, you’re overwhelmed. Kids look up to you and always want to hold you. But, after a while, you embrace it.”

‘Boom Boom’ Blake, aptly named for his reputation as a KO artist, is scheduled to fight Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley in the main event of XFL’s “Xtreme Fight Night” on Friday, September 18th, live on GFL.tv. Blake describes his preparation for the fight metaphorically.

“I’m just the NASCAR driver and we’re all a big team. I do what I do for us. For the team,” Blake explains. “I studied my opponent a little bit, but I leave most of that to my coaches. They break them [opponents] down for me and stuff. I just do the training. That allows me to focus on what I need to focus on instead of staying up all night watching footage.”

With that great a support system, a complex strategic fight plan might seem par for the course. But it’s quite the contrary. Even with all of the pre-planning, Blake says the game plan for next month’s fight is to “have fun. When I have fun,” Blake admitted with humble satisfaction, “I just perform at my best. That’s the game plan for all my competitions.”

Blake attributes his success to the collaborative efforts of his team. “Everyone has their own role to make the team work,” he says proudly. “Everyone has to do their part. It’s a team sport, even though, ultimately, I’m the one in there fighting. That doesn’t mean I can take all the credit. I owe it to my team.”

Blake explains that his team, his family, and fans get him through a lot. “I had a huge car wreck back in June where I totalled my car,” Blake recalls. “The car hit me so hard it hit my left arm into my face.”

“I mean, I have to thank my fans, my family,” says Blake in reference to the accident. “They helped me through that. They supported me when I was hurt. And then, to make a long story short, I went out the next day and won my fight by KO!”

Another knockout. ‘Boom Boom’ Blake remains true to his moniker.

In the future, Blake’s plan includes defending his title with the help of his team, of course. “I’m very fortunate to have it (the title). I want to be the Michael Jordan of kickboxing.” Blake makes no secret of his admiration for Michael Jordan. What Randy Blake is to aspiring young fighters, Michael Jordan is to Randy Blake —- to the tenth power.

Drawing from his role model and inspiration, Blake recites one of his favorite Jordan quotes, “‘You can stand there, you can go around it, or you can bust through that wall.’ That’s life!” Blake says gushing with enthusiastic appreciation for Jordan’s wisdom. He restates Jordan’s quote with his own twist, “You can stand and stare at the problem, go around it, or bust through it with authority. It’s a great work ethic. It’s a lifestyle. It makes fighting something I want to do and love to do.”

When Blake’s competition days are over, he wants to continue mentoring and advising young fighters.

“But I have no clue what I could be doing,” Blake admits with a laugh. “I could be doing movies or something, or Hanes commercials. Maybe even some modeling! But I’m game for whatever comes to me. I give myself options and opportunities.” He points out, “I never imagined I’d even be here.”

Blake relishes the virtually unlimited possibilities in his future. And if there are obstacles? He’s looking forward to busting through them…with authority.

 

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