Salita, Cohen team up for November 13th show in Westbury, New York

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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(October 24, 2014)--Star of David Promotions and founder Dmitriy Salita is excited to announce that on November. 13, Star of David will co-promote a professional boxing card at The Space in Westbury, Long Island.
Fans can look forward to seeing heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller back in action, shooting to raise his record to 10-0, with 10 KOs.

Miller conjured buzz with his most recent performance, which was featured on MSG Network last month. Hopes are high that the Brooklyn native, who combines size, punching power, and charisma, will be wowing fight aficionados with even more stellar performances, on bigger stages; Miller promises to wow the masses November. 13 on Long Island.

Also seeing action on the Cohen/Salita card will be Peter Dobson.  A decorated amateur from the Bronx, Dobson turned pro on September  20 with a 4-round unanimous decision over Mack Babb in Queens, New York.  Dobson won the NYC Golden Gloves in 2010.

Salita expressed his happiness at collaborating with the veteran promoter Cohen. “Greg is one of the top promoters in the sport, and I’m so grateful to work with him on this show,” said Salita, who also happens to be a world-class welterweight boxer in his own right. “I’m happy to feature Jarrell and Peter alongside other champions and top prospects. This is a packed card, with great talent on display from top to bottom!”

An Irish Jr middleweight, Dennis Hogan, is also ready to impress, putting his 19-0-1 mark on the line. He’s been fighting in Australia and wants to test himself in the top market in the world, New York and America. The WBC Fecarbox title will be up for grabs at The Space. The popular Tommy Rainone, who fights out of the Westbury Boxing Club, seeks to take it home. The 21-5-1 hitter hasn’t lost in his last five outings, so he wants to continue the trend in front of friends and family.

Additionally, the current WBO lightweight champion Amanda Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KO’s) will be showing off her talents, and putting her crown on the line on a card which will undoubtedly provide fans with memorable action, featuring world-class pugilism and thrilling knockouts.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Broadway Boxing: Rojas VS Osiobe Beginning Oct. 27 on TCN & CSN

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)

GFL PRESENTS “BROADWAY BOXING: ROJAS VS OSIOBE” BEGINNING OCTOBER 27

October 24, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing from NYC as Dibella Entertainment presents another episode of its long running series, Broadway Boxing.

Headlining the card will be talented former WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas (23-2, 14KOs) returning to the ring for the first time in nearly two and a half years. The first obstacle on the road toward another world championship opportunity will be opponent Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6KO’s). Rojas will now be campaigning in the junior lightweight division, though his feature eight-round bout will be held just above the 130lb. limit.

In 2009, the Dominican-native Rojas traveled into enemy territory and captured the coveted WBC featherweight title with a dominant 12-round decision over reigning champion Takahiro Ao, in Ao’s backyard of Tokyo. Rojas defended his title just five months later with another impressive decision victory, this time over Guty Espadas

“Elio Rojas is not only a former world champion but a tremendous offensive fighter, who will immediately be a player in the 130lb. division. After just a few fights, Elio would love a showdown with a 130lb. champion or his dream bout against Yuriorkis Gamboa,” said DiBella.

“I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to have signed with DiBella Entertainment and my manager Joe Duva and to finally get my career back underway,” said Rojas. “Now living in New York, it has always been a dream of mine to fight here, in front of my fans, and now I will have the opportunity on August 13. I want to fight the best that my division has to offer and I feel that I will be ready to take on any of the top fighters that are willing to accept the challenge and ultimately win back a world championship.”

Jonathan Alonso, a former amateur standout and 2012 Olympian for Spain, will be looking to impress in his US and pro debut when he sees action in a special attraction four-round middleweight bout.

Regarding Alonso, DiBella stated, “We are pleased to have inked a deal with Jonathan Alonso, an Olympian and one of the best amateur fighters to come out of Spain in recent decades.”

“Ever since I first started boxing, it has been a dream of mine to make my professional debut in the US. I couldn’t be happier than to have signed with Lou and his company, which is one of the most respected companies in the entire world. I have a great team surrounding me and I am going to continue working hard to become a future world champion under the DBE banner,” said Alonso.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, October 27 at 7:00pm ET

The Comcast Network: (all zones): Friday, October 31 at 9:30pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, November 1 at 5:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, November 2 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing BB: Rojas VS Osiobe in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn

CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings

CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv

CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv

CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn

CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv

CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast

10/27: Broadway Boxing: Elio-Rojas v Robert-Osiobe (boxing)

11/3: Ohio Fighting Championship 22 (mma)

11/10: Daily News Golden Gloves Finals – Day 2 (boxing)

11/17: CFFC 43 (mma)

About GFL:

GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience.  With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more.  Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content.  In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

Undefeated Featherweight prospect Glenn Dezurn ready to shine this Friday night in Somerset, NJ

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Somerset, NJ (October 23, 2014)--Tomorrow night at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, undefeated Featherweight prospect Glenn Dezurn will take on Raymond Chacon in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
In the 8-round main event, undefeated Middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) takes on Jose Medina (18-15-1, 7 KO’s).
The show is promoted by GH3 Promotions.
Dezurn of Baltimore, Maryland had a staggering amateur record of 89-4.
Dezurn, 27 years-old of Baltimore, Maryland has compiled a professional record of 4-0 with three knockouts.
He is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Andre Canada on July 25 in Verona, New York.
“Training camp has been real good.  I have been splitting my training between California and my home in Baltimore,”said Dezurn.
In Chacon, Dezurn is facing his most experienced opponent by far and Dezurn will be his 8th undefeated opponent.
“I know my opponent is a southpaw.  We have been training for that.  He has experience but I have nothing to worry about.  As long as I do my part, which I have, I will come out with my 5th win.”
Dezurn will be making his 3rd start of 2014, sees a busy 2015 and likes the direction his career has taken.
“I see myself in the next 6 to 9 months continuing to get good fights.  I am moving at the right, steady and consistent pace.  I am all about business.  I can’t wait until Friday.  Actually I can’t wait until Thursday so I can Relax.  Friday I will get another chance to showcase my talent”, added Dezurn
“In the past couple years, we have moved guys like Douglas and Jerry Odom by keeping them very busy, we are ready to take the same route with Glenn so we expect a big 2015 from him,”said GH3 Promotions Vito Mielnicki.
In the 8-round co-feature, Featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3, 10 KO’s) of New Brunswick, NJ will fight Jose Haro (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Salt Lake City, Utah.

In an 8-round bout, Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ will take on Darnell Jiles Jr. (9-3-2, 3 KO’s) of Rochester, NY in a Lightweight fight.

Also on the card in 6-round bouts:

 

Undefeated Super Middleweight John Magda (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Ruthorford, NJ will take on Edgar Perez (6-11, 3 KO’s) of Chicago, IL
In four round bouts:

Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (1-0, 1 KO) of Prospect Park, NJ take on an opponent to be named.

 

Anthony Cintron (2-0, 1 KO) of Hawley, PA will fight pro debuting Rennard Oliver of Baton, Rouge, LA.

 

Heavyweight Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Ray Santiago (1-4) of Albany, NY.

 

Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ will make his pro debut against Anton Williamson (1-0) of Albany, NY.

 

Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing can be purchased for $125 for Stage seating, $100 for Front Row, $75 for Ringside and $50 for General Admission by calling 862-223-9487.
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.eventrolite.com

 

The Ukrainian Cultural Center is located 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey
For more information & media credentials, Contact:
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

CFFC 43 Headlined by Jonavin Webb-Lyman Good Title Tilt, Airs via PPV on Nov. 1

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Tristen Critchfield & Sherdog

Reigning Cage Fury Fighting Championships 170-pound titlist Jonavin Webb will defend his strap against Lyman Good on pay-per-view on Nov. 1.

The title bout will headline CFFC 43, which airs via pay-per-view both on cable via In Demand as well as online at GFL.tv. The five-fight card, which takes place at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., begins at 8 p.m. ET and costs $19.95. The evening’s co-main event will pit Ronald Stallings against Tim Williams for the promotion’s vacant middleweight crown. Two other title bouts will take place on the main card, as Jimmie Rivera squares off with Anthony Durnell for bantamweight gold, while Zu Anyanwu puts his heavyweight belt on the line against Plinio Cruz.

CFFC is partnering with Go Fight Live and Integrated Sports Media to produce the pay-per-view. The preliminary draw will begin at 6 p.m. ET exclusively on GFL.tv.

“This is, without a doubt, the finest and most complete lineup of top-level professional bouts we have assembled to date, so we are looking forward to crowning four new world champions in front of a live television audience on Nov. 1,” CFFC President Rob Haydak stated in a release.

Unbeaten in seven professional bouts, Webb captured the CFFC welterweight title with a third-round TKO triumph against Daniel Stittgen on Aug. 9. The Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product has competed exclusively for CFFC since his pro career began in April 2012.

Good, the first-ever Bellator 170-pound ruler, first fought for CFFC on June 23, 2007, taking a three-round verdict over Doug Gordon. Following an 8-3 stint with Bellator, Good returned to CFFC on June 21, knocking out Matt Secor 4:21 into the first round.

LINK – http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/CFFC-43-Headlined-by-Jonavin-WebbLyman-Good-Title-Tilt-Airs-via-PPV-on-Nov-1-76017

 

LYMAN GOOD FACES UNDEFEATED JONAVIN WEBB FOR CFFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE ON PPV FROM ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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LYMAN GOOD FACES UNDEFEATED JONAVIN WEBB

FOR CFFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

LIVE ON PPV FROM ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

FINISHERS RONALD STALLINGS AND TIM WILLIAMS FACE OFF IN

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP CO-MAIN EVENT

JIMMIE RIVERA COLLIDES WITH ANTHONY DURNELL

FOR BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

PPV DISTRIBUTED BY GFL IN ASSOCIATION WITH INTEGRATED SPORTS

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 21, 2014) – Superstar Lyman “Cyborg” Good (16-3) of New York, N.Y. will go to war for his second-career Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship when he challenges reigning Cage Fury Fighting Championships (www.cffc.tv) welterweight (170 pounds) kingpin and undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jonavin “The Spider” Webb (7-0) of Marlton, N.J. in the main event of a world championship quadruple header and five-bout live pay-per-view telecast on Saturday, November 1 from the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 43 will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in The United States by Go Fight Live (GFL), in association with Integrated Sports Media, for live viewing, beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on November 1, both on cable via iN DEMAND, as well as online at www.gfl.tv.

“We are excited to partner with both GFL and Integrated Sports Media to bring the CFFC product to millions of homes on live pay-per-view television,” said CFFC President Rob Haydak. “This is, without a doubt, the finest and most complete lineup of top-level professional bouts we have assembled to date, so we are looking forward to crowning four new world champions in front of a live television audience on November 1.”

Webb, a 25-year-old protégé of Daniel Gracie, became the CFFC welterweight champion after scoring a thunderous, third round (4:52) TKO on Daniel Stittgen on August 9 to capture the vacant title.

The 29-year-old Good, the first Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight champion in history, left the promotion following a unanimous decision win over Dante Rivera on April 4, 2013. Good made his CFFC debut on June 21, scoring a devastating KO on Matt Secor with an onslaught of punches in the first round (4:21) of battle.

In the co-main event, two furious, aggressive-minded finishers in Ronald “Choirboy” Stallings (12-4) of Belcamp, M.D. and Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams (9-1) of Millville, N.J. will face off for the vacant CFFC world middleweight (185 pounds) crown. To date, both fighters have claimed all of their professional victories by way of (T)KO or submission.

In other world championship action on the live televised main card, Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera (14-1) of Elmwood Park, N.J. will look to secure his 14th consecutive victory when he collides with fellow star Anthony “The Death Dealer” Durnell (11-3) of Pittsburgh, Penn. for the vacant CFFC bantamweight (135 pounds) crown. Durnell is aiming for his 4th straight win.

CFFC World Heavyweight Champion and heavy-handed KO artist Zu “The 8th Wonder of the World” Anyanwu (7-2) will put his strap on the line against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Plinio Cruz (6-5) and, in the first live, televised bout, rising stars Jonathan “The Devastaor” DelBrugge (5-1) of Ellicott City, M.D. and Jordan Stiner (8-1) of Hatfield, Penn. will lock horns in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.

A live pre-show featuring six preliminary card bouts will begin at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST, and will be available exclusively online at www.gfl.tv.

About GFL:

GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

About Integrated Sports Media:

Integrated Sports Media: North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events has presented World Championship and world-class mixed martial arts shows featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Bobby Lashley, Mirko Filipovic, Bob Sapp, Jeff Monson and Roy Nelson, in addition to World Championship and world-class boxing matches featuring Gennady Golovkin, Erik Morales, Vitali Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Cristian Mijares, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Tomasz Adamek, Paulie Malignaggi, Ivan Calderon, Rocky Martinez, Nicolai Valuev, Amir Khan, Marco Antonio Barrera, Arthur Abraham, David Haye, John Ruiz, Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura and Ruslan Chagaev. In addition, Integrated Sports Media has distributed numerous International soccer matches featuring teams like Real Madrid, Club America of Mexico and the National Teams of Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador and the USA. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com or follow on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.

About iN DEMAND

iN DEMAND is the pioneer and leading distributor of exciting transactional, subscription and free on demand entertainment delivered through television’s most innovative technologies. Content is currently available on pay-per-view, video on demand and digital platforms; and includes movies from major studios and indies, professional sports packages, ring sports events and a range of other popular programming. Content is available in SD, HD and 3D. As a full-service provider to most of the top cable and telco operators in North America and the Caribbean, we are dedicated to delivering the most advanced and comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end digital video products and services, managed with the highest technical reliability and cost efficiency.

Contact:

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“King” Jorge Diaz back at Featherweight for fight with Haro this Friday night in Somerset, NJ

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Somerset, NJ (October 21, 2014)--This Friday night at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, Jorge Diaz (18-3, 10 KO’s) will be back at his natural Featherweight when he takes on Jose Haro (8-1, 6 KO’s) in the 8-round co-feature of a big card promoted by GH3 Promotions.
In the 8-round main event, undefeated Middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) takes on Jose Medina (18-15-1, 7 KO’s)
Diaz, who was a heralded prospect got back on the winning mark when he scored a 6-round unanimous decision over Ramon Ellis on July 25 in Verona, New York.
The bout, which was contested at Lightweight saw Diaz use his speed and look very sharp against the naturally bigger Ellis.
The native of New Brunswick, New Jersey is not only back at a familiar weight but is back to the man who molded and sculpted then now 27 year-old.
“Everything is good.  I have been with my amateur trainer, Steve Rivera.  He knows me best and he has me back to being me,” said Diaz.
He is taking on a tough opponent in Haro.  The native of Salt Lake City, Utah brings in a record of 8-1 with 6 knockouts.
“From my understanding he is a tough opponent.  I know he has 6 knockouts.  I am just going to go out there and give my best effort.  I am more confident then I was before.”
That confidence is being back to a weight class to where Diaz feels that he can not only be a contender but a world champion.
“I am the a new Jorge Diaz.  I am the real Jorge Diaz.  I was in the Arturo Gatti camp before and I think I was trying to be too much like him.  I feel now with the way I am feeling within three or four fights, I am a world champion.  I know that best has yet to come.”

In an 8-round bout, Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ will take on Darnell Jiles Jr. (9-3-2, 3 KO’s) of Rochester, NY in a Lightweight fight.

Also on the card in 6-round bouts:
Undefeated Super Middleweight John Magda (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Ruthorford, NJ will take on Edgar Perez (6-11, 3 KO’s) of Chicago, IL
In four round bouts:

Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (1-0, 1 KO) of Prospect Park, NJ take on an opponent to be named.

Glenn Dezurn (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD will fight Raymond Chacon (5-10) of Los Angeles.
Anthony Cintron (2-0, 1 KO) of Hawley, PA will fight pro debuting Rennard Oliver of Baton, Rouge, LA.
Heavyweight Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Ray Santiago (1-4) of Albany, NY.
Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ will make his pro debut against Anton Williamson (1-0) of Albany, NY.
Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing can be purchased for $125 for Stage seating, $100 for Front Row, $75 for Ringside and $50 for General Admission by calling 862-223-9487.
The Ukrainian Cultural Center is located 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey
For more information & media credentials, Contact:
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Sherdog Prospect Watch: Mark Cherico

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Joe Myers & Sherdog.com

You need to have a good work ethic to make it big in MMA. Those without one generally do not last long.

The idea of working hard to move up the ranks is not one to which the unbeaten featherweight Mark Cherico is averse. After all, he did work at the United Postal Service and a pizza parlor while plying his trade on the amateur circuit, oftentimes waking up at 3 a.m. to fulfill both jobs before turning to training. He would usually not arrive home until 11 p.m. and then rose the next day to do it all again. Such drive has helped Cherico, a 28-year-old Pittsburgh native known as “The Pride of Bloomfield,” build a perfect 7-0 record as a professional and make him one of the top prospects on the East Coast.

“My career has gone well so far,” Cherico told Sherdog.com. “I wouldn’t say it’s been perfect because I didn’t finish my last two opponents. I want to get a finish every time or I don’t consider it a perfect performance. It’s going to be harder to finish as my level of competition gets harder, but I always want to get a finish.”

Cherico — who trains regularly at the Pittsburgh Fight Club and a Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu affiliate in the Steel City — has also put in time with American Top Team in Florida and Team Alpha Male in California. He believes the change in scenery and introduction to new training partners has helped him become a more complete fighter.

“I really think training in these different camps has helped me,” said Cherico, who sports five finishes among his seven victories. “It adds a lot of confidence to be able to do well or hang in there in a room of UFC fighters. I learned a lot [of things], and I’ve been able to bring them back and add them to my skill set. It’s all about adding more tools to the tool box.”

Cherico is not a former high school wrestler, nor does he have a traditional combat sports background. In fact, he came to mixed martial arts while he was working as a prep cook for Giant Eagle, a Pittsburgh-based grocery store chain.

“It was after high school,” Cherico said. “I’d just gotten off work and I ran into a neighbor of mine who had a bag of gear with him. I asked him what he was training for, whether it was boxing or what. He told me it was mixed martial arts, and I’d heard about it. I thought it might be something worth trying, so I went with him and he sent me to a professional fighter here in Pittsburgh.”

Cherico developed quickly. He turned pro in April 2012, taking just 56 seconds to tap out Donte Adams on a North American Allied Fight Series card. He posted two more wins before the end of 2012 and used a first-round armbar to submit Billy Vaughan at a Pinnacle Fighting Championships event in April 2013. Cherico followed the Vaughan victory with a second-round technical knockout of Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA veteran Donny Walker two months later to move to 5-0. He took nine months off before returning with a unanimous decision over Brady Hovermale in March. In his most recent fight, Cherico had to go the distance again, this time beating Luis Guerra via unanimous decision at a Pinnacle FC event in July.

“The way the kid mixes his boxing and takedowns is some of the best in his weight class,” said Lou Armezzani, Cherico’s coach at Pittsburgh Fight Club. “He’s a very solid striker, and even though he didn’t grow up being a wrestler, he’s adept at MMA wrestling. He has a good knack for the combination of striking and takedowns.”

Along with being able to mix his striking and takedowns, it should come as no surprise that Cherico thinks his work ethic is one of his biggest strengths.

“I work really hard,” he said. “I’m in the gym every day, whether it’s training or just to work on strength and conditioning. I’m in the gym 24-7 and now I work where I train at, so I’m living the dream. I’m there all day, every day.”

Cherico is scheduled to fight again under the Pinnacle FC banner on Nov. 26. He hopes a call from an organization such as the UFC, Bellator or the World Series of Fighting is not far off.

“I feel like I’m ready for the UFC,” Cherico said. “The more fights, the more ready I’ll be, but I feel like if they called, I’d be ready to go.”

Armezzani agrees that Cherico is likely ready for the leap to the big stage, but he believes a little more experience will help him when he does go to a major organization.

“Right now, I feel like the only takeaway from him would be his lack of experience at the next level,” Armezzani said. “He’s been fighting in smaller promotions, but he’s beaten everybody he’s fought so far, and once he makes the transition, I feel like he’s going to be really great. I believe we’re ready for the UFC as soon as they call. We’re ready to show up. He is training really hard right now, and they could call at any time. I don’t think he needs any more experience where he’s at. He’s ready for the next level.”

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AFC 110 Preview

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Alaska’s #1 MMA promotion returns to GFL as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 110” emanating from the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska on October 22.   MMA fans, this pro/am card is stacked featuring the top up and coming prospects inside the state of Alaska. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Last Frontier State with several alums moving on to the UFC and AFC continues to produce high quality MMA events comparable to any regional organization across the U.S.

In the main event, Joe “Unleashed” Fonoti (6-5) battles TUF vet John Poppie (4-1). Fonoti has cleaned out the light heavyweight division so AFC brought in Poppie who hails from Wisconsin in to battle the toughest Alaskan at 205 lb. Fonoti is coming off of an impressive win via first round TKO in his last fight. Fonoti took some time off to improve his all-around game and it showed in his last performance as he dominated his opponent on the mat and in the standup. 5 of 6 wins from Fonoti have been via stoppage so he knows how to finish. Poppie is on a 2-fight win streak having finished both opponents, and all 4 of his wins have come via TKO or rear naked choke. Poppie is a slick grappler with great transitions on the ground. Poppie is another finisher and this fight promises to light up the Anchorage sky with all of the fireworks that will go down in the cage.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on October 22 as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 110” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Undefeated Middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas ready for Jose Medina this Friday in Somerset, New Jersey

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Somerset, NJ (October 20, 2014)--This Friday night at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, undefeated Middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) will take on tough veteran Jose Medina (18-15-1, 7 KO’s) of Tilton, NH in a eight round bout that will headline a big night of boxing promoted by GH3 Promotions.
Douglas of Burke, Virginia has been training hard for this bout as he is coming off the first blemish of his career when he was held to a majority draw against former world title challenger Michel Soro on July 25.
“Everything has been good.  I have been training real hard for this fight,” said Douglas.
Douglas was seemingly cruising to a victory as he used a consistent punch output and was firmly in control of the bout until a right hand in the 8th round changed things and Douglas held on for the draw.  The bout proved to be a big learning experience for the 22 year-old.
“I learned that I need to be fighting at 160 lbs,” in reference to the bout being contested at 157 lbs where Douglas weighed in at a just 155 1/2.
“I was doing well and just he got me with a good punch over my jab.”
In Medina he will be taking on an opponent who has wins over Issac Rodriguez (17-1) and Chris Fitzpatrick (14-0) and has a draw with former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2).
“Medina is an experienced guy.  He has had his fair share of fights and he definitely comes to fight.”
The fight with Soro headlined the 200th edition of Sho Box and with a win over Medina, Douglas will be back on the national television circuit.
“After this, I expect more television fight, more air time and I will continue to move forward.
Douglas was in camp with recent IBF Middleweight champion Sam Soliman.  Being in camp with the former champ did a great service for Douglas.
“It was a great experience sparring with Soliman.  He is a cool guy and great to work with.  It doesn’t get better then to spar with a world champion.
“I am ready to fight as usual and I am ready to bring home another victory.”
GH3 Promotions has taken full responsibility for his last catch weight at 157 lbs,” said GH3 CEO Vito Mielnicki.
“Douglas being so dedicated to his craft, he came in at 155 and was not able to hydrate Back up after the weigh in.  I think me wanting him to showcase his skills almost caused a bad decision on my part.  He is one the most talented up coming stars in the game.  He is a baby and he is growing every fight.  GH3 Promotions is looking to get him 3 fights by January 15 and then make are move on the middleweight title.  I know he can beat anyone in the game.  He is that special.”, finished Mielnicki
In the eight round co-feature, Featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3, 10 KO’s) will see action against Jose Haro (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Salt Lake City, New Jersey
Also on the card in 6-round bouts:
Undefeated Super Middleweight John Magda (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Ruthorford, NJ will take on Edgar Perez (6-11, 3 KO’s) of Chicago, IL
In an eight round bout, Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ will fight Darnell Jiles Jr. (9-3-2, 3 KO’s) of Rochester, NY
In four round bouts:

Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (1-0, 1 KO) of Prospect Park, NJ take on an opponent to be named.

Glenn Dezurn (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD will fight Raymond Chacon (5-10) of Los Angeles.
Anthony Cintron (2-0, 1 KO) of Hawley, PA will fight pro debuting Rennard Oliver of Baton, Rouge, LA.
Heavyweight Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Ray Santiago (1-4) of Albany, NY.
Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ will make his pro debut against Anton Williamson (1-0) of Albany, NY.
Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing can be purchased for $125 for Stage seating, $100 for Front Row, $75 for Ringside and $50 for General Admission by calling 862-223-9487.
The Ukrainian Cultural Center is located 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey
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Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Atlas Fights 22 Preview

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: MMA News, Press Release, Upcoming Events 

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The Gulf Coast’s premier MMA promotion returns on GFL on October 24 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 22” emanating from the River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. MMA fans, this event will feature a stacked card showcasing the top up and coming prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and looks to get a stranglehold on the Pelican State now will also increasing its viewership worldwide now with a broadcasting partnership with GFL.

In the main event, in the welterweight division, Bellator vet Charlie Rader (18-7) of Baton Rouge, LA fights Cody Senseny (7-2) of Biloxi, MS. Rader is on a 2-fight win streak and has the experience advantage. Rader has honed his skills by fighting anyone and everyone in the South and looks to anchor a huge event for AFC. Rader has great cardio and can go hard for three rounds while wearing down his opponent in the process. Look for Rader to try and push the pace against Senseny and take him into deep waters. Senseny is a fast starter and has only gone to decision once time. He brings KO power into the cage but his real game in on the ground where he has won 4 times via submission.

In the co-main event, Bellator vet Christopher Pham (2-4) of Baton Rouge, battles Aaron Williams (27-19) of Ocean Springs, MS. Pham is a fearless striker who has world class Muay Thai skills. Pham is improving his wrestling and if he can keep the fight standing by avoiding the takedown, he can let his hands and feet go. Williams will have a huge experience advantage and look to take Pham into deep waters. Williams has fought for everyone in the Gulf Coast and made a name for himself as a tough, gritty fighter who will take on all comers. Williams is a grinder and if he can close the distance and get his hands on Pham, he will get the takedown and smother Pham on the ground with his top control and grappling advantage. Will Pham’s striking win the day or will it be the all-around grappling of Williams that is victorious.

In the lightweight division, Josh Davila (3-1) takes on Zach Fears (1-0). Davila is a strong wrestler who can land the takedown at a high rate. His ground and pound and control from the top is solid and allows him to dictate the action in most of his fights. Fears comes into the fight undefeated after winning his debut decisively with a submission. Fears is one of the top prospects in the South and looks to remain unbeaten in this fight. To do that, he will need to showcase his huge heart and all-around style as he is gifted on the mat and in the standup.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on October 24 as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 22” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

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