Chudecki decisions Cruz in New York

January 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Michael Chudecki won a 8-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Louis Cruz in a Jr. Welterweight bout at B.B. Kings Blue Club in New York City.

Cruz was deducted a point in round four and in round five for double-hitting. In round seven, Chudecki was docked a point for hitting Cruz while he was down.

Chucdecki, 139 lbs of Szamocin, Poland won by scores of 79-70 and 77-72 twice and is now 11-1-1. Cruz, 139.4 lbs of Bronx, NY is 11-1.

Luis Rosa dominated veteran German Meraz by scoring an 8-round unanimous decision on a Featherweight bout.

In round five, Rosa landed a right that sent Meraz to the canvas. Meraz was docked 2 points in the same round for holding. Rosa scored another knockdown in round seven.

Rosa, 125.4 lbs of New Haven, CT won by scores of 80-68 twice and 79-69 to raise his record to 22-0. Meraz, 124.6 lbs of Agua, MX is 48-37-1.

Shelly Vincent remained perfect by winning a dominating 6-round unanimous decision over Renata Domsodi in a Featherweight bout.

Vincent, 125.8 lbs of Providence, RI won by scores of 60-54 on all cards and is now 16-0. Domsodi, 124.4 lbs id 12-8.

Former world title challenger Jerry Belmontes won a 8-round majority decision over previously undefeated Valentyn Golovko in a Jr. Welterweight bout.

Belmontes, 138.6 lbs of Corpus Christi, TX won by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76 to raise his record to 21-8. Golovko, 139.6 lbs of Kharkov, RUS is 21-1.

In a good back and forth action fight, Devaun Lee scored a mild upset when he won a majority decision over previously undefeated Ian Green in a 6-round Middleweight bout.

Green was cut under his right eye in round three. He started bleeding from his nose in round four.

Lee, 160 lbs of Queens, NY won by scores of 58-56 twice and 57-57 to raise his record to 6-2. Green, 160 lbs of Paterson, NJ is 8-1.

On paper it was a battle of undefeated Cruiserweight, but Lenin Castillo made quick work of Marcelo Tavares in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.

Castillo dropped Tavares with a combination in round one and he stayed down for the count at 42 seconds.

Castillo, 175.2 lbs of Dominican Republic is 13-0-1 with 8 knockouts. Tavares, 173 lbs of Sao Paulo, BRA is 8-1

Derrick Murray remained undefeated by winning a 6-round unanimous decision over Darryl Hayes in a Featherweight bout.

Murray, 125.8 lbs of St. Louis, MO won by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55 and is now 12-0-1. Hayes, 125.4 lbs of Houston, TX is 5-6.

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Detroit boxers to Contend in new professional boxing series “Detroit Brawl”

January 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The series begins Saturday, February 6 and if you cannot make it to the fights watch them live on GFL.tv.

For over one hundred years, Detroit has had an extraordinary history as a breeding ground and launching pad in the boxing community.  Producing some of the greatest legends including Joe Louis, Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Robinson and Hall of Fame trainers like Eddie Futch and Emmanuel Steward, Detroit is the perfect place to launch a succession of top-notch boxing shows.

“Detroit city is the center of world class boxing, some of the greatest boxers have come out of this city,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita.“ Fight fans don’t have to go to Las Vegas to experience world-class boxing, it will happen right here in Detroit.” he continued.

The first show will take place on February 6th at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. Each show in the series will feature a performance by a local musician and highlight boxers from all around the world. The up and coming Detroit-area hitters placed on the card include:

 

James Gordon Smith – Detroit, bantamweight – (8-0)

 

Antonio Wade – Detroit, Super welterweight – (1-0)

 

Ed Williams – Detroit, super welterweight – (10-1-1)

 

James Ballard – Detroit, light heavyweight – (5-0)

 

The Detroit fighters are all up-and-coming boxers making a name for themselves in the world of professional boxing. James Gordon Smith, a former national champion in the amateurs is looking to win his 9th fight against Antwan Robertson (10-14-1) of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

LIVE Broadway Boxing TONIGHT on GFL.TV

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Long Island, NY (January 27, 2016) – TONIGHT from the famed BB King’s in the heart of Times Square, DiBella Entertainment presents Broadway Boxing.

The 7 bout card will air LIVE at 7 PM ET on www.GFL.TV for just $14.99 by clicking: HERE

In the main event, undefeated Louis Cruz (11-0, 5 KO’s) takes on Michael Chudecki (10-1-1, 3 KO’s) of Poland in a Jr. Welterweight bout scheduled for 8-rounds.

With each fight, Cruz has been upping the competition and he continue that trend with his fight with Chudecki.

Chudecki will be looking to get back in the column following his first defeat in his last bout against Michal Syrowatka.

Scheduled to appear will be undefeated Featherweight Luis Rosa Jr. (21-0, 10 KO’s) of New Haven, Connecticut battling veteran German Meraz (48-36-1, 29 KO’s).

Rosa is one of the fastest rising fighter’s in Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight divisions.

He has won some high profile, national televised bouts over Jorge Diaz (17-2) and Luis Del Valle (18-1) and with a win tonight, his name will be in the middle of conversations for a big fight later this year.

He has to get past the 85-fight veteran out of Agua, Mexico, who has a win over former world champion Cruz Carbajal and has won three straight fights.

In an 8-round Jr. Welterweight bout, undefeated Ukranian Vaentyn Golovko (21-0, 14 KO’s) will take on former world title challenger Jerry Belmontes (20-8, 6 KO’s) of Corpus Christi, Texas.

In a 6-round Featherweight bout, Popular New England female, Shelly Vincent (15-0, 1 KO) makes her New York debut against Renata Domsodi (12-7, 5 KO’s) of Budapest, Hungary.

Undefeated Middleweight, Ian Green (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Paterson, NJ will fight Devaun Lee (5-2, 3 KO’s) of Jamaica, New York in a 6-round bout.

Undefeated Cruiserweight Lenin Castillo (12-0-1, 7 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic squares off with Marcelo Tavares (8-0, 8 KO’s) of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a 8-round battle of undefeated Cruiserweights.

Derrick Murray (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) of St. Louis will fight Darryl Hayes (5-5, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas in a 6-round Featherweight clash.

The Detroit Brawl brings wealth of talent

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Detroit and the State of Michigan, as a whole, have a rich boxing culture. The Detroit Brawl series is set to bring attention to this wealth of talent. The Detroit Brawl series will kick off at the iconic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit on Saturday, February 6.

Dominican contender Eudy Bernardo has been added to the card. Fans will enjoy his power punching style. Bernardo is trained by the former world champ, Frank Tate, and is really one to keep an eye on.

The 20-0 lightweight, has 14 KOs to his credit. According to manager Lily Mares “he’s strong in both hand, is hungry for a championship and is really disciplined.

The card includes: bantamweight James Gordon Smith, a Golden Gloves champion who has an 8-0 professional record. This national amateur champion, from East Detroit, won eight regional Golden Gloves title, and will tussle with Antoine Robertson in a six rounder.

Ed Williams (10-1), a two-time Detroit Golden Gloves champ who is now a hot prospect at super welterweight.

Detroit’s Antonio Wade (1-0) will seek to impress and announce his skill set in the junior middleweight class. He will fight for state bragging against Jessie Addisonof Saginaw, Michigan in a four rounder.

Also on the card: battle tested veteran James Lester of Detroit will attempt to derail hot NYC prospect Dimash Niyazovin in a six-round tangle.

From Jackson, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Alfred Hall will clash with Georgian Giorgi Gelashvili, now living in Brooklyn, in a super lightweight waltz.

Will NY prevail when Bronx-based Puerto Rican cruiserweight Emilio Salas fights another Jackson, Michigan pugilist, Karrin Davis, A Detroit versus New York theme is forming with these matchups, and expect regional pride to add extra oomph to the in-the-ring action.

In addition, world title challenger Junior Wright (14-1-1; from Chicago) will return to the ring, as he makes another charge at a cruiserweight crown.

 

 

Salita: Detroit an easy choice for boxing series

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Promoter Dmitriy Salita says the choice to base his new series of live fights in Detroit was an easy one to make. “Detroit is America’s great comeback city and boxing fans love a comeback,” said Salita. “This city has some of the best homegrown boxers in the country and the world and we plan to highlight those talents throughout this series. I thought it was a natural to run consistent high-class show here. Detroit and the State of Michigan, as a whole, have a rich boxing culture: The boxing fans here will respond positively. And for the local up-and-comers, they will have a place close to home to build a fan base.”

Called the “Detroit Brawl,” the series will kick off at the iconic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit on Saturday, February 6. Featured that night will be Detroit’s James Gordon Smith (8-0, 5 KOs), Ed Williams (10-1-1, 4 KOs), James Ballard (5-0, 2 KOs), and Antonio Wade (1-0, 1 KO), as well as former world title challenger and currently world-ranked cruiserweight Junior Wright of Chicago (14-1-1, 11 KOs), undefeated Dominican Eudy Bernardo (20-0, 14 KOs), Brooklyn’s Dimash Niyazov (8-0-3, 4 KOs) and the professional debut of Turkmenistan’s former Asian Games Amateur Champion, Serdar Hudayberdiyev.

Though he is Ukraine-born and Brooklyn-raised, Salita has a long history with the area, having trained here since early in his fighting career. “I’ve been coming to Detroit for six years, to train at the Kronk Gym with EmanuelSteward and Sugar Hill, his nephew,” explained Salita. “I got a chance firsthand to see the Detroit boxing culture and witness its tremendous talent!

“At the time I started boxing, the Starrett City Boxing Club was run by Jimmy O’Pharrow. It was one of the best gyms in New York City. It produced some of the best fighters in the world today. We all came up together and had ‘fights of the year’ sparring sessions almost every night. The competitive nature of those sparring sessions are what made me so successful in boxing, and when I came here to the Kronk gym I witnessed that same atmosphere.

“I like that this show has several of Detroit’s up-and-coming stars and boxers from different places around the world as well. Junior Wright is world-ranked and one of the best cruiserweights in the world. He’s looking to get back to another world title shot. Eudy Bernardo, an undefeated lightweight prospect from the Dominican Republic, is looking to rise to the top of the division. And the Detroit fighters are some of the best including James Ballard, Eddie Williams and James Gordon Smith, a former national champion in the amateurs. Antonio Wade is another hot prospect from the Detroit area. We’ve also got Asian games gold medalist Serdar Hudayberdiyev making his pro debut. He’s already the greatest fighter his country has ever produced. People are flying out from Turkmenistan to see the fight. I’m very excited about this show and for the future of boxing in this great city!”

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Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” are priced at $28, $38, $48, $63, $93, and $123 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office. For event information visit themasonic.com and SalitaPromotions.com.

 

January 19th, 2016

 

LIGHT HEAVYWEGHT STEPHEN FRANK SET FOR PRO DEBUT ON JAN. 29th SHOW

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Uprising Promotions Returning to Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City

 

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015) – Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions has confirmed that light heavyweight Stephen Frank will make his professional debut when the promotion presents Friday Night Fights at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City on Friday, Jan. 29th.

 

“Stephen grew up in boxing,” said Raul Frank, his uncle and trainer, who enjoyed a 34-bout professional career and twice challenged for the IBF Welterweight world championship. “He has the ability, and he has everything going for him right now. I’m training him to the best of my ability to make sure he is ready for this fight.”

 

With Stephen making the transition to the professional ranks, Raul says there is one particular component that will play a vital role in the contest.

 

“One of the most important things I’ve tried to teach him is to relax and allow himself to get into the groove of the fight,” Frank remarked. “We will study the opponent and then let Stephen do what he does best – throwing punches, blocking, moving his head and slipping. The most important thing is to have him relax, and the flow of the fight will come to him.”

 

In terms of expectations for Jan. 29th, he predicts an entertaining night.

 

“Expect fireworks,” he stated. “Stephen is hungry, and he’s ready to get it on. He wants to prove that he belongs. He wants to prove that he’s grown up and to show everyone that he can fight.”

 

The first bell on Jan. 29th is scheduled for 7:00 PM sharp, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. The Five Star Banquet Hall is located at 13-05 43rd Avenue in Long Island City, and its intimate setting ensures that there is not a bad seat in the house. Tickets are priced at $60 for general admission and $100 for ringside seating, and there is also a table option with dinner. For pricing on those tables, call (516) 451-6773.

 

Friday Night Fights will continue the initiative of Uprising Promotions to KO Autism, with proceeds from the night getting donated to The School For Language and Communication Development (SLCD) in Glen Cove, New York. This card is also being sponsored by Brooklyn Brothers, Sleep Inn and Charlie’s Auto Collision in Long Island City.

 

For more information on Uprising Promotions and to keep up with all of our latest news, make sure to check out www.UprisingPromotions.com and follow us on social media: @UprisingNYC

 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: John Archibald, jarchibald@ResSports.com

‘Battle of the Ages’ ends in apology, Campas win

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas grapples with Anthony Bonsante during the Battle of the Ages at the Civic Center Saturday night. (Sean Eamon photos)

 

By Sean Eamon
for ButteSports

The Battle of the Ages turned into the Battle to Grab the Microphone for an Apology.

Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas ended up victorious due to a sixth round disqualification due to injury caused by an illegal action against Anthony Bonsante at the Butte Civic Center Saturday night.

The two former professional boxing champs were involved in a duel that was living up to thebilling for the first five rounds. Bonsante succumbed to his own frustration after lifting “Yuri Boy” over his shoulder during the sixth round, then dropping the Mexican fighter resulting in a halt to the action.

Bonsante was deducted a point as he waited in the neutral corner for Campas to recover, but an apparent leg injury was giving him trouble standing on both feet. The referee called for a disqualification midway through the sixth round, giving Campas the win and improving his professional record to 106-17-3.

The two were freely exchanging shots, toe-to-toe for much of the first five rounds. Campas did look to be in the lead as he cut Bonsante outside of his left eye. He also knocked “The Bullet” down in the fifth round with a body shot.

Earlier in the fifth round, the referee had deducted a point from Bonsante for excessive holding. There was a little confusion. A ringside official had to question the ref in between the fifth and sixth round about the deduction.

After the fight, Bonsante grabbed the microphone from the ring announcer following the announcement of Campas as the winner and personally apologized to the crowd at the Civic Center. The Minnesota brawler fell to 34-13-3.

A crowd of around 300 saw the two battling for much of the fight. It was apparent that these boxers were both champions and even though they claim to be retiring, they still have some fight left.

Fighters from the Butte area and around the state were provided a nice chance in the spotlight to shine on the undercard.

Kalispell 175-pounder Jesse Uhde looked strong with third round technical knockout against fellow Kalispell fighter Andrew Howk in the lead up to the main event.

Uhde earned a standing-eight count on Howk in the second round, then scored a second knockdown in the round when Howk fell to his knees after some body shots.

Howk had a noticeable reach advantage in the match-up, but Uhde hooks and right hands were too much to eat.

Uhde improved to 7-3.

Anaconda heavyweight Eric Hempstead looked strong as ever in the fight before that. He notched a first round knockout against Idaho’s Josh McPherson.

McPherson took to the ring with a 35-pound weight advantage. The punches from Hempstead were just too much to take.

“The Hammer” landed two rights to the body that resounded throughout the far-away chambers of the Civic Center. After the second right, he connected to the head and it was enough to put away a win.

After the fight, Hempstead greeted some younger Anaconda Golden Gloves boxers before talking to media. Even though he was dominant, he still saw some things he thought he could improve on.

“I’ve got to do something with my head movement,” Hempstead said. “I got him to fall into the punches I wanted to throw. I wanted to stay low and make him reach.”

The Anaconda giant realized in the opening seconds of the fight that McPherson was left-handed. Previously he had studied some of McPherson’s MMA fights, but did not figure he was a southpaw because some MMA fighters use an interchangeable stance.

This was at least the second fight in the last six months where Hempstead faced a fighter that unexpectedly ended up being left-handed once the opening bell rang.

“I didn’t know he was left-handed. That could have been why I ate punches,” Hempstead said. “Those left-handers are always open for a right.”

Hempstead’s fight was an exhibition, so he still holds his 2-0 professional record that he startedthe week with.

 

 

Anaconda fighter Jered Lunceford came up short in his bid for a second professional win in his first two fights. Justin Walker of Shepherd was able to counter Lunceford as he was sliding his head to the side with a right hand.

Walker won at the 1:41 mark of the first round. Before that it looked like it had potential to be one of the better match-ups of the night with Lunceford landing a couple of square right hands on Walker against the ropes.

At 150 pounds, fans saw an impressive showing by Spokane’s Jacob Szilasi. He used a relaxed, pointed attack on Bozeman’s Jake Fowler to get a TKO victory at 2:42 in the first round.

Szilasi hurt Fowler’s left side with a hook and the Bozeman brawler was unable to recover.

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Butte’s Anthony Curtiss hugs his coach Chris Eamon following his third round win against Aaron Von Snow Saturday night.

The fight of the night before the main event came in a matchup of Butte’s Anthony Curtiss and Idaho’s Aaron Von Snow at 145 pounds.

Von Snow controlled the action in the first round with a deceptive jab he was able to land with his back to the ropes. The second round started to tilt the fight in Curtiss’ favor as he landed some flurries in the action.

Curtiss cornered Von Snow in the third round and was able to get a standing-eight count after some nice punces to the head. The ref stopped the fight thereafter at the 2:42 mark that round.

Butte’s “Wild Thing” proved a coachable athlete as he took attack advice from his corner and was able to use it to improve his attacks as the fight went on.

“I had a blast,” Curtiss said. “I was thinking how to get the jab in. I didn’t rush the kid because he got me once.”

There was a bit of a turning point for Curtiss’ corner in-between rounds.

“You can tell what a guy’s like when he comes to the corner and he’s full of life,” Curtiss’ cornerman Chris Eamon said.

The win puts Curtiss at 1-0 at a boxing pro and he’s looking forward to his next test.

“The kid was tough,” Curtiss said. “I had a good time. I can’t wait to do it again.”

The night opened with Tyler Vogel of North Dakota getting a third round knockout against Bozeman’s Kevin Kline. Vogel didn’t have the reach advantage, but used inside fighting and hooks to get a standing eight-count in the third round and eventually win.

The potential for more boxing events like this in Butte could be looking up. A few hundred people attended the fights. Some notable names in the crowd included Butte’s “Fighting Firefighter” Vince Dunphy and Anaconda lightweight great Tom Gates. The coaches for the state’s amateur team were also on hand.

Battle of the Ages
Saturday
at the Butte Civic Center

168 — Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas def. Anthony Bonsante by disqualification in the sixth round (injury caused by an illegal action).

175 — Jesse Uhde, Kalispell, def. Andrew Howk, Kalispell, by TKO (ref stoppage) in the third round.

HVY — Eric Hempstead, Anaconda, def. Josh McPherson, Idaho by knockout in the first round.

175 — Justin Walker, Shepherd, def. Jered Lunceford, Anaconda, by knockout at 1:41 in the first round.

150 — Jacob Szilasi, Spokane, def. Jake Fowler, Bozeman by TKO at 2:42 in the first round.

142 — Anthony Curtiss, Butte, def. Aaron Von Snow, Idaho by TKO (ref stoppage) at 2:46 in the second round.

190 — Tyler Vogel, North Dakota, def. Kevin Kline, Bozeman, by knockout at 2:25 in the third round.

Watch Angel Ocasio – Reynaldo Blanco explosive Press Conference exchange

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Long Island, NY (January 21, 2016) – On Thursday, night at Chickie’s & Petes in South Philadephia, Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia & Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KO’s) of Puerto Rico got into a heated exchange at the final press conference.

They will meet This Friday night from the Pennsylvania Sheet Metal Union Workers Hall in Philadelphia, in a 8-round bout for the WBA NABA USA Lightweight championship.

The bout will headline a 7-bout card that can be streamed LIVE on GFL.TV at 7:00 PM ET for $14.99. The stream is available around the world by clicking HERE

Below is the explosive exchange at Thursday’s Press Conference:

In the 8-round co-feature, former world title challenger, Jonathan Maicelo (22-2, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ takes on Samuel Amoako (21-5, 15 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana in a lightweight battle

In 4-round bouts:

Saud Clark (5-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Julian Valerio (2-3, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY in a Jr, Middleweight bout.

David Murray (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Heriberto Salaman  (0-2) of Puerto Rico in a Light Heavyweight fight.

Luis Del Valle of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Albert Manukyan (0-3) of New Jersey in a Lightweight bout.

In a battle of pro debuting Jr. Middleweights, Idemar Cordero of Philadelphia will fight Luis Ramos of Puerto Rico in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Opening up the show will be undefeated Super Middleweight Godson Noel (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Newark, NJ taking on Victor Kpadenou (10-9, 5 KO’s) of Maryland.

 

Watch Angel Ocasio – Reynaldo Blanco explosive Press Conference exchange

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Long Island, NY (January 21, 2016) – On Thursday, night at Chickie’s & Petes in South Philadephia, Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia & Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KO’s) of Puerto Rico got into a heated exchange at the final press conference

They will meet This Friday night from the Pennsylvania Sheet Metal Union Workers Hall in Philadelphia, in a 8-round bout for the WBA NABA USA Lightweight championship.

The bout will headline a 7-bout card that can be streamed LIVE on GFL.TV at 7:00 PM ET for $14.99. The stream is available around the world by clicking HERE

Below is the explosive exchange at Thursday’s Press Conference

Ocasio – Blanco Press Conference
Ocasio – Blanco Press Conference

In the 8-round co-feature, former world title challenger, Jonathan Maicelo (22-2, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ takes on Samuel Amoako (21-5, 15 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana in a lightweight battle.

In 4-round bouts:

Saud Clark (5-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Julian Valerio (2-3, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY in a Jr, Middleweight bout.

David Murray (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Heriberto Salaman (0-2) of Puerto Rico in a Light Heavyweight fight.

Luis Del Valle of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Albert Manukyan (0-3) of New Jersey in a Lightweight bout.

In a battle of pro debuting Jr. Middleweights, Idemar Cordero of Philadelphia will fight Luis Ramos of Puerto Rico in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Opening up the show will be undefeated Super Middleweight Godson Noel (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Newark, NJ taking on Victor Kpadenou (10-9, 5 KO’s) of Maryland.

Five Fights To Watch This Weekend On GFL

December 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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With five events to look forward to on GFL this weekend, there is a ton of high-quality MMA action for you to enjoy.

To make the viewing experience a tad bit easier, we put together five must watch bouts, starting with the Unified MMA 25 Heavyweight title fight.

Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague vs Tony Lopez

In this thrilling Heavyweight matchup, Canadian Tim Hague (20-10) will defend his Unified MMA title against American Tony Lopez (38-20) for the first time. Hague has fought in some of the premier MMA promotions, including the UFC. Though he did not find a tremendous amount of success, his most notable win is a first round submission over Pat Barry. Across from him stands Tony Lopez, whose name may be slightly less known, but he has fought the likes of Jeff Monson and has even beaten Houston Alexander. Though Hague is ten years younger, Lopez’s experience could be the deciding factor. With Heavyweights of this size and stature anything can happen.

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Bruno “The Stallion” Marques vs Parwez “The Wolf” Ghulam 

This matchup will be packed to the brim with action. Marques (2-1) has proven to be nothing short of an explosive fighter with his heavy hands and tenacious style. With his only loss coming in the Lightweight division, it will be interesting to see if he could find a new home at Featherweight. His opponent Parwez (5-2) is one of the larger prospects in the sport currently. The former Featherweight champion is fresh off a loss and looking for revenge. With all of his victories being finishes, “The Wolf” should be a difficult hurdle for Marques to conquer.

Watch Unified MMA 25Dec 18th @ 8pm EST

Chavous Smith vs Oscar Valdez

In this co-main event of Xtreme Fight Night 26: “Final Fury,” Oscar Valdez (4-3) will take on bantamweight champion Chavous Smith (8-5). Smith comes in with a bit more experience having fought in both Legacy FC and Bellator. With Smith having gone to a decision only once in his career and Valdez boasting a perfect finish rate be ready for fireworks. Either man could be fighting for UFC next if they pull out a victory this weekend. 

Watch Xtreme Fight Night 26: Dec 18th @ 8pm EST

Jaymee “Ambush” Jones vs Sarah “Too Sweet” Alpar

If you’re looking for the next potential UFC contenders look no further. With Dana White going on record to say the women’s Flyweight division would be next on his roster; we will most likely see “Ambush” (5-1) charging up their ranks very soon. This proud Cherokee fighter’s sole loss had come in her pro debut. Since then Jaymee has gone on to win five straight, with only one fight going to decision. Sarah Alpar (5-3) comes into this main event tilt red hot, coming off a second round KO. Alpar will look to stop “Ambush” in her tracks on fight night.

“Too Sweet” has an impressive resume herself, having defeated UFC 194’s Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. If Alpar is able to halt Jones’ streak and get her hand raised, there is no doubt she will be fighting for UFC next. 

Watch Xtreme Fight Night 26: Dec 18th @ 8pm EST

Grady “Sue” Hurley vs Dustin Rhodes

Grady Hurley (9-2), one of the South’s top MMA prospects, looks to keep his eight fight win streak rolling at V3 Fights. With his last loss being in 2001, Hurley has started to make his case that he belongs on the biggest stage in combat sports. Though quite the underdog, Alabama’s own Dustin Rhodes (3-2) will try to pull off the upset and steal Hurley’s momentum. With two of his three wins coming via armbar, Rhodes will look to grapple and show that he’s ready for anyone. 

Watch V3Fights: Dec 19th @ 8pm EST

Be sure to tune into the action this weekend on GFL.tv

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