Ultimate Reno Combat 49 Review

December 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Northern Nevada’s #1 cage fighting event returned to GFL as “Ultimate Reno Combat 49″ was another blockbuster, showcasing the top regional stars of Nevada, California and beyond from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Voted the #1 Amateur MMA Event in the Nation, URC continued that legacy with another strong event that featured 10 fights and 9 finishes.

In the main event, for the URC Lightweight Championship, Danny Ramirez (8-1) defeated Delorean “D-Lo” Heaivilin (8-1) via TKO in the first round. Heaivilin and Ramirez quickly closed the distance and began trading shots. Heaivilin grabbed a nice clinch and scored with knees. Ramirez got a takedown as Heaivilin tried for a submission from the bottom. Ramirez was strong on top and scored with some strong ground and pound as he unloaded with some strong right hands getting the TKO stoppage in the first. Ramirez now holds the URC Lightweight and Welterweight belts.

In the co-main event, Aarason Perry (5-2) defeated Andrew Lipp via unanimous decision after a grueling battle from both men. This was the only fight on the card that did not end in a stoppage as both Perry and Lipp were battle tested and would not be finished. Perry was a bit more active in the standup and on the ground, he was dominant as he spent most of the time on the ground on top of Lipp. In the first, Perry tried to sneak in a modified guillotine as Lipp bull rushed him, but Lipp took the fight to the mat where he broke free. Perry went for an anaconda choke in the second, but Lipp defended and hit a switch and got a takedown of his own. In the third, Perry tried for a standing kimura but Lipp defended again and they went back to fighting in the clinch with Perry scoring with knees. It was a tough fight for both men who showed true grit.

In other action, Ray Radtke (3-1) defeated Anthony Lopez via rear naked choke in the second round. Radtke got a nice takedown and tried to create distance in the closed guard of Lopez. Radtke stayed heavy on Lopez and scored with some short shots, as Lopez tried to catch an armbar and triangle choke. Lopez was close, but Radtke pressed forward as the bell ended. In round two, Radtke got another takedown and moved from a guillotine attempt to the back of Lopez. Once there, Radtke wasted no time in sinking in the fight ending RNC.

Jamario Mulder, Kurt Walsh, and Dillon Moore all won their fights via submission, while Nick Gifford won via TKO.

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AMTL – King’s Birthday Celebration Review

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This annual celebration, “King’s Birthday Celebration”, in the sport of Muay Thai was held in the United States for the first time ever present by the American Muay Thai League from Annandale, Virginia. The event showcased 3 title fights as they warriors showed respect to their discipline the best way they could. By putting on tremendous fights. This event was sanctioned by the World Muay Thai Council (WMC).

In the main event, in a WMC 140 lb title fight, Phanuwat “Coke” Chunhawat defeated Carlos Lopez via unanimous decision. The action heated up midway through the first round when Coke delivered a series of punches and knees that put Lopez on the defensive. Lopez did a nice job of counter punching, but it was not enough as Coke won the fight on sheer guts and determination as he kept his jaw tucked and continued to push the pace and bust Lopez up on the inside. His combos, both kicks and punches, kept Lopez off balance and that is something Coke relied on.

In the co-main event, in a WMC 147 lb title fight, Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz defeated Jeremy Carper via TKO in the third round. Greskiewicz was relentless and was a man possessed as he connected with hard shots throughout the fight. The fight ended when Greskiewicz landed a nice combo with a crushing right hand followed up a knee to the body. The right hand is what did most of the damage, but the knee to the midsection was just another example of Greskiewicz’s dominance as he scored with power punches all night.

With the WMC 135 lb title fight on the line, Ahmet Kayretli defeated Caleb Archer via unanimous decision. Kayretli was calculated and very technical as he kept Archer on the defensive for a good portion of the fight. Kayretli was quick with his kicks and scored to the midsection of Archer almost like a jab in boxing. Kayretli was also very elusive and would bounce in to score and bounce out before Archer had time to connect with a power shot of his own. It was a solid showing for Kayretli.

If you love the art of striking, there is no better iPPV for you to order than the “King’s Birthday Celebration”. American Muay Thai League always puts on great shows and this event upped ante of top level Muay Thai inside the United States. Order now.

Triple A MMA XI Destiny Review

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Triple A MMA returned to GFL with “Destiny” emanating from the Camel Rock Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The stacked card featured several submissions and a KO and the end of a career as one of the main eventers hung up his gloves after the fight.

In the night’s headlining contest, Santa Fe native Angelo “The San I Warrior” Sanchez (12-6) defeated El Paso’s, Brian Castillo (3-4) via rear naked choke in the first round of a bantamweight battle which turned out to be the final fight in the career of Sanchez. It was a quick paced fight from the opening bell as Sanchez went right at Castillo and scored with knees from the clinch that seemed to daze Castillo. Sanchez got the fight to the ground and went for a choke, but Castillo slipped out and after a nice a scramble got back to his feet. After pummeling against the cage, Castillo fired off three consecutive right hands that connected and scored a takedown right after. On the mat, Sanchez turned the tables and put Castillo on his back and scored with ground and pound. Castillo went for a leg lock, but Sanchez defended and continued to land punches from side control. Sanchez switched to a RNC after improving his position and got the final tapout of his career as Castillo submitted to the choke in an emotional end to the fight.

In the co-main event, in a light heavyweight bout, Frank Lester (9-5) returned to the cage after two years off defeated Randy McCarthy (2-5) via arm triangle choke in the second round. Lester was able to shake of his ring rust with no problem as he was the aggressor from the opening bell. In the first round, both fighters traded strikes with Lester finding a home for his uppercut which connected several times and jarred the head of McCarthy. In the final 90 second both fighters took more chances as they closed the distance and threw more combos. In the second round, both fighters picked up the pace and Lester used some nice dirty boxing and grappling to get the fight to the ground. On the mat, Lester moved from the north-south position, to side control, to mount and locked on the arm triangle for the win. It was a solid showing for Lester who won after a long layoff. And McCarthy, on 10 days’ notice, was a game opponent.

In a no gi grappling bout, Estevan Martinez defeated Jesse Tafoya via rear naked choke at 8:17 of their 10:00 contest. Martinez was very heavy on the mat as he had the mount for a good portion of the fight. With Martinez on top, Tafoya tried to scramble back to his feet and in doing so, he turned his back and that’s when Martinez locked in the choke with precision. It was tight from the start and Tafoya was forced to tapout.

Jerome Rivera (2-0) took home a victory via TKO over Rudy Kennedy (1-1) in the second round, and Luis Rizo (1-0) defeated Prudencio Hurbina (0-2) via unanimous decision after a hard fought bout.

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Roshambo MMA 4 Review

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Forty-one year-old Jay “Freight Train” Cobain made a successful comeback last night when he defeated Dean Purdon in the main event of Roshambo 4.

Cobain dominated the wrestling, out-powering his Gamebred MMA opponent, en-route to a unanimous decision win at the Chandler Theatre in Chandler, Queensland.

The bout was Cobain’s first outing since he was stopped by Commonwealth Games boxer back in July 2013. The former Impact MMA trained fighter retired from competition but after moving to Advance Martial Arts, that urge to compete returned. With the win over Purdon, Cobain captures the Fightworld Cup welterweight title.

Cobain was originally scheduled to meet Dan Pauling on the Fightworld Cup event early in November but after that event was cancelled, the title fight was rebooked under the Roshambo promotion. Pauling then was forced out and replaced by Purdon.

In a rematch of their fight just over a year ago, Shindo New Breed fighter Megan Anderson got her revenge as she submitted Zoie Shreiweis with a first-round armbar to claim the Roshambo women’s featherweight title.

Since losing her debut fight to Shreiweis in November 2013, Anderson has now won four straight bouts. Shreiweis went on two social media post-fight to announce that she will be retiring from fighting.

Also on the card, lightweight fighter Greg Atzori overcame a knock-down to recover and submit Brad Terrey while Taela Kelly’s fight with Mathew Darke was stopped in the second round due to an accidental low-blow. A count-back on the judges’ first-round scorecards was made with Kelly getting the nod.

Jay Cobain def Dean Purdon via Decision (Unanimous) – Fightworld Cup welterweight title
Megan Anderson def Zoie Shreiweis via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1 – Roshambo women’s featherweight title
Greg Atzori def Brad Terrey via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 2
Taela Kelly def Mathew Darke via Decision (Unanimous)
Eli Rinaldo def Joel Miller via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1
Matt Eland def Darcy Vendy via TKO, Rd 1
Keohu Smith def Marcus Galloway via TKO (Punches), Rd 1
Kimo Smith def Leki Tuitupu via Decision (Unanimous)
Marko Lukac def Tahiwi Sellars McGee via Decision (Unanimous)
Mick Lorrigan def Ben Porter via Decision (Unanimous)

King’s Promotions Presents Hurd VS Sanchez Review

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Maryland middleweight Jarrett Hurd won an uninspiring majority decision over Texan Emmanuel Sanchez in the 6-round main at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA Friday night. The lackluster bout topped a showcase parade of Al Haymon fighters, and included a sprinkling of local boxers mixed with several out-of-towners. Although going in, there was little doubt about the outcome of all six fights scheduled, some of the favorites managed to make an impression with strong showings. However, Hurd, (14-0, 8 KOs), was not one them.

Hurd had his hands full with Sanchez, a southpaw who came to fight, but had more attitude than ability against the undefeated pet-pugilist. The pair mixed it up in round one, which teased the sparse crowd that they were about to see a good battle. The rest of the fight, however, did not deliver.

Hurd edged the first-round action but finished the round with a marked left eye. Beginning in the second, Jarrett fought more cautiously, picking and poking most of the way, and taking great care not to let the fight go beyond a simmer. Hurd also appeared to be puzzled by Sanchez’ left-handed style. So when he wasn’t being over cautious, you could see the wheels turning in Hurd’s head. It wasnâ??t pretty, but he managed to get the job done.

Sanchez pressed the action throughout, won the second round on my card, and generally tried to make it a fight. However, Hurd had the skills to keep Sanchez – and the battle – at bay. It wasn’t entertaining in the least, but it was difficult to score rounds for Sanchez. Although there were a couple of close ones, Hurd generally maintained control. But it was cruise control, or perhaps more accurately, auto-pilot.

Judge Dave Braslow saw the fight even, 57-57, but he was overturned by Lynn Carter 58-56 and John Poturaj (59-55), both of whom favored Hurd. My score was also 59-55 for Hurd. Sanchez slipped to 5-2, 1 KO.

This main event was a late assembly when the attractive rematch between Harry Yorgey and Eric Mitchell fell out close to fight night. Hurd was elevated to the main event and Sanchez was found to fill out the new pairing.

In the scheduled 6-round co-feature, Wilmington’s Omar Douglas blasted Atlantic City journeyman Osnel Charles in less than round one. Charles, once a promising riser, has slid into opponent status over the past two years or so. Going in, he’d only won once in his last eleven starts. So it was no surprise that Douglas kept his undefeated streak going strong. Still I was impressed.

Charles, has skill, always comes to fight, and usually proves far more durable than he did on this night. Charles started with plenty of pluck, but after Douglas landed a few bombs, the fight drained out of Osnel and you could see his survival instincts kick in.

Douglas just kept pressing and eventually landed a thudding left hook that decked Charles and almost put him out of the ring. Osnel struggled to climb the ropes, but failed to beat the count. It was just as well. Referee David Franciosi signaled the end of the junior lightweight bout at 2:21 of round one.

The knockout stretched Douglas’ record to 13-0, 10 KOs. Charles lost his fourth straight and fell to 10-13-1, 1 KO. This looked like a career-ender for Charles, an affable and entertaining fighter in need of no more beatings. It’s not going to get any easier for him, and he couldn’t be further from that memorable night of his devastating KO of Anthony Flores in 2011. Charles appeared to be on his way back then, but he’s only won once since.

Two of Philly’s top rookies were matched against tough measuring sticks Friday night and both came away with solid victories.

Junior welterweight Milton Santiago, just 18 years old, continued his whirlwind rookie year with a shutout decision over Pottstown “Animal” Travis Thompson. Thompson, riding a four-bout unbeaten streak, the longest of his career, is used to testing promising young fighters and always does his best to introduce them to the grittier side of professional boxing.

Southpaw Thompson, 7-12-3, 3 KOs, did his best to ruffle Santiago’s feathers. The veteran brawled, held, and refused to take a backward step. However, Santiago, now 8-0, 3 KOs, kept his composure and skillfully controlled the fight. Santiago looked strong and skilled, and by round two had Thompson rattled, which is not an easy task.

Still “the Animal” kept raging but could do little more than land a few wild shots. His best punch, a brutish left hand, came just before the end of the fight in round four. But Thompson never did enough to win a round, and all three judges, Carter, Braslow and Poturaj, scored the fight 40-36 for Santiago. You couldnâ??t score it any other way.

For Santiago it was a good test against one of the toughest local boxers on the scene. Milton’s performance was impressive, as was his year – 8 fights, 8 wins. With a few weeks left in the year, Santiago might manage to squeeze another fight in, but assuming he can’t, it’s safe to say he had one of the best rookie seasons in recent years.

Another impressive Philadelphia rookie, Stephen Fulton, continued the opening chapter of his pro career with his third straight victory, and like Santiago, it was against a tough customer.

Fulton took on Mt. Pocono’s Benjamin Burgos, a 12-bout vet who, despite his poor record, was a good test for the former amateur star. Fulton looked sharp and focused, and zipped through the four rounder in complete control. But the rising junior lightweight had to work for his victory, and it was good to see him (and Santiago) in a solid test.

Fulton landed several right leads in the bout, and also showed good attention to his body attack. His jab was sharp, and although he was hit a few times, won every round of the fight. His best moment came in round two when a series of right hands backed up Burgos and appeared to hurt him. But the battle-tested veteran wasn’t going anywhere.

In round four, after several warnings, referee Gary Rosato penalized Burgos one point for rabbit punching. The deduction only widened the gap on the official scorecards. All three judges, Carter, Braslow and Poturaj saw Fulton the winner by a 40-35 score. My tally concurred.

The fight was Fulton’s third in three months (3-0, 1 KO), the perfect pace for a young fighter. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

Middleweight Caleb Plant scored a quick KO in his scheduled 4-rounder with Daryl Gardner of Spokane. Plant wasted no time, setting the tone with his powerful punches. He pressured Gardner to the ropes and unleashed a double left hook – one to the body and one to the jaw – that crumbled Daryl to the canvas. He barely moved as referee David Franciosi counted ten. The speedy stoppage lasted only 95 seconds. Plant, Ashland City, TN, improved to 5-0, 4 KOs, while Gardner slipped to 2-5, 2 KOs.

In the opening fight of the evening, Brooklyn cruiserweight Earl Newman stopped Jade Ealy of Augusta, GA, in the first round. Once Newman began to land, especially to the body, Ealy clearly decided that he had had enough. He retreated to the ropes, covered up and waited for referee David Franciosi to stop the bout.

The ref watched and waited for Ealy to respond to the Newman’s constant barrage, but it never came. So Franciosi halted the fight at 2:57 of round one. It kept Newman’s KO streak going at three straight (3-0, 3 KOs). Ealy lost by TKO for the first time in his 1-2, 1 KO career.

All of the favored fighters went home winners on this card. There were no surprises but a few good KOs. Omar Douglas made the biggest statement of the night, and the rookies from Philly, Milton Santiago and Stephen Fulton, were right behind him.

Interbox Presents Jean Pascal vs. Roberto Bolonti Review

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MONTREAL There seemed to be a curse on Saturday night’s boxing card at the Bell Centre even before Jean Pascal’s main event against Roberto Bolonti ended in a controversial no contest.

The two were not originally scheduled to face each other, but were paired after their opponents pulled out. That left a 10-round, non-title contest that was no more than a tune-up for Laval, Que.’s Pascal, who was already booked for a bigger fight in March against world champion Sergey Kovalev.

It ended in confusion, as Pascal hit Bolonti with a short right as they were coming out of a clinch along the ropes in the second round and the Argentine dropped to the canvas. He stayed there for several minutes, taking oxygen from ring medical staff before he was taken out on a stretcher to hospital.

Referee Michael Griffin ruled it a no contest due to an unintentional foul at 2:29 of the second, so the records of Pascal (29-2-1) and Bolonti (35-3) remain unchanged.

And it should not stop Pascal’s showdown with Kovalev on March 14, to be held in either Montreal or Quebec City.

“It’s an unfortunate incident,” said Pascal, the former WBC champion. “It’s too bad because I wanted to put on a good show.

“I was doing well the first two rounds. It happened really fast, but he hit me once behind the head and again on the ear and I didn’t hear the ref say break. I saw an opening and I hit him. If heâ??s really hurt, I wish him a full recovery.”

The crowd booed, but it was difficult to determine if there wasn’t some play-acting on both sides.

Bolonti looked to have a slight advantage in an uneventful first round, but Pascal dropped the Argentine with a left jab early in the second and went on the attack.

Then the two clinched in the middle of the ring. Bolonti swung twice at Pascal as they moved together to the ropes. They were just coming out of the clinch when Pascal hit him on the side of the head.

A first, it appeared Pascal would lose by disqualification, which may have compromised the Kovalev bout. So having it ruled a no contest came as a relief.

There was no comment from the Bolonti camp, but Pascal’s corner was convinced he stayed down in a bid to win by DQ. Trainer Roy Jones Jr. said Bolonti’s reaction was worthy of Hollywood.

“When you hit him for real and he really goes down, there’s a difference,” said Jones, the former middleweight king. “When Jean hit him with the jab, he got up right away because he was embarrassed that he got knocked down from a jab.

“When he started faking, there was no chance he was coming back. This punch wasn’t as hard as the jab, but there was no chance he was getting up. It’s disgusting.”

Pascal is not known for illegal punches, but had no clear explanation for why he decided at that time to throw an illegal shot.

“He punched me on the ear so I punched back,” said Pascal. “I didn’t know the ref said break. That was an unintentional punch. I don’t know what to say. I’m not a dirty fighter. I’ve never done that in my life.”

Jean Bedard, president of Promoter InterBox, was relieved that Pascal didn’t lose and came out of the bout without an injury.

Michel Hamelin, head of Quebec’s boxing commission, said it was ruled a no contest because both fighters threw punches during the clinch.

“It was the referee’s decision, not the commission’s. The referee acted properly,” he said.

Bolonti was conscious when he was taken from the ring.

“He seemed to be recovering but we didn’t want to take any chances so he went to hospital,” Hamelin said.

Pascal won the WBC title with a win over Adrian Diaconu in 2009 and defended it four times before losing a 12-round decision to Bernard Hopkins in 2011. Hopkins lost the WBC belt soon after, but had the IBF and WBA belts when he lost to Kovalev last month in Atlantic City.

The WBC title is now held by another Montreal fighter, Adonis Stevenson, who will defend it Dec. 19 in Quebec City against Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky.

Bolonti was originally set to fight former IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute, but the Romanian-Canadian pulled out two weeks ago with a back injury suffered in sparring.

Pascal was supposed to face Don (Da Bomb) George, but the American was dropped when promoter InterBox arranged for Pascal to fight Bolonti.

The Pascal-Bolonti fiasco ended up as the second controversial card in recent years in Montreal, after a 2008 fight in which Bute’s title was said to have been saved when he received a long count from the referee at the end of a clash with Librado Andrade.

In the co-feature, light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (14-1) knocked down 19-year-old Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati (15-1) in the third round and stopped him at 1:26 of the 11th to win an ill-defined title called the WBC International Silver belt.

The 28-year-old Hyppolite dominated from the start, but it took a stiff uppercut followed by a flurry of punches in the 11th to end the scheduled 12-round bout.

There were no surprises on the undercard.

Pascal started his own promotion company and one of his first deals was to co-promote American super-featherweight Joel Diaz (18-0), who floored Mexican journeyman Pedro Navarrete (28-20-3) with a body shot at the end of the fourth round.

Welterweight Junior Ulysse (5-0) was in his first eight-round bout. He won all eight for a unanimous decision, but couldn’t knock down Lukasz Janik (12-8-1) of Poland.

Same for light welterweight David Theroux (5-0) of Sorel, Que., who won all six rounds but couldn’t put away another Pole, Maurycy Gojko (22-45-3).

Light middleweight Steven Butler of Montreal handed French left-hander Lyes Chiabi his first career stoppage with a TKO 1:12 into the fifth round of a free-swinging eight-rounder.

Heavyweight Bogdan Dinu (12-0), a Romanian fighting out of Montreal, had Frenchman Mickael Vieira (14-5) on the canvas twice en route to a knockout at 2:49 of the first round of their eight-rounder.

Broadway Boxing: Hardy v Anderson Review

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Heather Hardy W8 Elizabeth Anderson… On Wednesday in New York City, Heather “The Heat” Hardy defeated a very determined opponent from Salt Lake City, Elizabeth Anderson, in the main event of a Broadway Boxing show. In the eight-round junior featherweight bout, Hardy landed countershots with accuracy, bobbing and weaving to avoid Anderson’s return fire. Anderson, though, was not deterred, continuing to trade leather no matter how often and hard she was hit, making for some exciting rounds. Hardy threw combinations to the body to slow Anderson down, which proved the difference during the later rounds. Often, Hardy would bend at the waist to make Anderson miss then pay with overhand rights.

The judges’ scores of 79-73, and 78-74 (twice), awarded Hardy, now 12-0, a unanimous decision victory, while Anderson dropped to 3-6.

Hardy was also the subject of a documentary film, titled “Hardy” that was executive produced by Lou DiBella, which followed her around as she set out on her professional boxing career, beginning in 2012.

Louis Cruz W6 Rogelio Casarez… New York Golden Gloves champion and Bronx-native Louis Cruz dominated Rogelio Casarez, of Batesville, AR, in a six-round junior welterweight contest. During the first three rounds, Cruz outboxed Casarez landing combinations behind a consistent jab. However, over the second half, the resolute Casarez was still exchanging power shots, forcing Cruz to increase the volume of his offense, with a strong focus on body punches. In round five, one such shot strayed below the belt, resulting in a point deduction for Cruz. After six rounds, the judges tallied 59-54, and 58-55 (twice), all for Cruz, now 10-0, via unanimous decision. With the loss, Casarez’ record fell to 7-3.

Following a second-place finish at the 2011 National Golden Gloves, the 23-year-old Cruz competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials before turning pro later that same year.

Ivan Golub TKO1 Joshua Williams… The 25-year-old Ukrainian middleweight southpaw Ivan Golub needed just 47 seconds to demolish Joshua Williams of Batesville, AR. Golub began throwing in combination and blasting the body and head with his straight left. It was that shot thrown to the temple that twice sent Williams to the mat resulting in the stoppage victory for Golub, who is now 9-0 (including World Series of Boxing bouts). The loss brought Williams’ record to 9-6. Golub amassed a record of 270-32 during his amateur career. He became a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 as well as at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.

Paul Littleton TKO1 Lamar Harris… The undercard also featured a rematch between middleweights Paul Littleton and Lamar Harris, in a six-round contest. The two engaged in a captivating battle that ended in a draw on September 13th. The 28-year-old Littleton, originally from Chicago and now living in Miami, FL, trained by Melvin “Chico” Rivas, began backing Harris up right away with a stiff jab and hooks to the body. Harris, who is from St. Louis, threw a few wild shots attempting to fend off the attack, but much of his offense missed the target. Trapping his opponent against the ropes, Littleton threw a series of combinations to upstairs and down until Harris fell the canvas in a heap. Seeing that Harris was badly hurt and in no condition to beat the count, the referee waved off the contest at 2:20 of the opening stanza, bringing Harris’ record to 8-11-4. After winning the Chicago Golden Gloves three times while accruing an amateur record of 85-20, Littleton, now 10-0-2, turned pro in December 2011. He has since beaten three undefeated boxers, including the 7-0 Roberto Acevedo. In June 2014, Littleton signed an exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment and the rematch against Harris was his third under the DBE banner.

Ivan Baranchyk W4 Alfonso Olvera… Belarusian-native junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk stepped back into the ring less than three weeks after his professional debut, taking on Alfonso Olvera, of Tucson, AZ. Baranchyk, a short but solid all-out brawler, pressured Olvera from the outset banging away from all angles. In round two, Baranchyk threw a barrage of punches upstairs until his adversary hit the canvas. A second trip to the mat that frame was ruled a slip. The cagey Olvera survived the knockdown and managed to make it to the final bell of the four-round contest, but was outworked throughout. All three scorecards read 39-37 in favor or Baranchyk, who improved to 2-0, while Olvera dropped to 1-1. As an amateur, Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.

Dauren Yeleussinov TKO1 Anthony Madden… In his pro debut, Kazakhstan’s 28-year-old southpaw Dauren Yeleussinov charged out of his corner searching for openings to land his powerful left hand against Mississippi’s Anthony Madden. Bringing down Madden’s guard with shots to the body, Yeleussinov threw an overhand left to drop his foe hard early in round one. Madden arose but was felled again by the same shot prompting the referee to halt the bout at 1:56 of the very first round, awarding Yeleussinov a TKO victory. Madden’s record is now 1-7-1. Yeleussinov had an extensive amateur career that saw him compile a 397-23 record, with more than 100 knockouts. He is a four-time National champion for Kazakhstan and has won gold twice at the Universiade Championships as well as at the National Junior Championships.

Battle of the States Review

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A strong contingent of local amateurs were victorious on an amateur card in Caldwell, NJ on Saturday. A team from the Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing won six of 10 bouts on the card.

The winning boxers were: Rahgeleek Bartee, Quincy Williams, Tyreek Williams, Jalil Hackett, Ameer Brown and Keeshawn Williams.

Also representing PVA were: Lawrence and Lonzo Malcolm, Max Garland and Donnell Williams.

Baltimore boxer Lorenzo Simpson was also victorious as was Kavon Robertson from Virginia. VA’s Troy Isley’s bout was scratched at the scale.

Closer to home, Donald Wallace of the Baltimore Boxing club won the East Coast 165-pound championship in the main event of a card at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn, MD on Saturday. Wallace won a decision over Rashad Kilpatrick of Keystone Boxing.

In the co-feature bout, Joey Veazey of Baltimore Boxing won a decision over Jessie Singletary of Keystone at 165 pounds.

Here are the results from the rest of the card:

141 Pounds (Open): Jahmal Dyer over Corey Moore.

152 Pounds (Open): Dashan Jones over Michael Garrison.

100 Pounds (Novice): Chima Okoro over Tavion Davis.

165 Pounds (Novice): Tucker Lutz over Domenico Lubrano.

201 Pounds (Open): Stephon Morris over Ryan Watson.

85 Pounds (Novice): Thomas Coe over Erick Acosta.

152 Pounds (Novice): Allen Burris over Lamont White.

95 Pounds (Novice): Artaz Cotton over Okezie Okoro.

117 Pounds (Novice): Melad Attashy over Erin Williams.

152 Pounds (Novice): Yohanes Rezene over Esteban Sanchez.

165 Pounds (Novice): Edward Park over Darrion James.

NAAFS Full Contact Kickboxing Review

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The North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) returned on GFL.tv with “Full Contact Kickboxing” featuring a full slate of 9 pro/am fights with the region’s top athletes from Chapparell’s Community Center in Akron, Ohio. The Ohio-based NAAFS has been a proving ground for tons of MMA fighters who have made their way to the UFC, Bellator and more. NAAFS continues to promote the Midwest’s premier up and coming fighters and has now ventured into the sport of kickboxing, under the always exciting Glory Rules, looking to build the next generations of elite athletes in the premier striking sport in the world.

In the main event, Chad Kelly defeated UFC vet Ryan Madigan via TKO in the third round. Both men set a blistering pace the first round with Madigan throwing heavy leather, but leaving himself open, while Kelly was connecting with short counter punches that found their mark and staying compact. In the second round, Madigan connected several times with low kicks, but Kelly remained composed and would land the straight right hand that buckled Madigan and made him step back and regain his balance as well as giving Madigan a small mouse under this left eye. Later in the round, Kelly started to open up with more combos that included knees to the body of Madigan as well as head kicks and low kicks. In the third round, both men fired off combos at one another and kept up their fast pace. Madigan scored with a nice lead low kick that gave Kelly pause and disrupted his attacks. Kelly followed up with a knee to the face of Madigan as Madigan continued to hone in on the low leg kick and hurt Kelly with it several more times. Madigan continued to fire away body kicks and low kicks when Kelly scored a short left hook that wobbled Madigan and hurt him. Kelly followed up with more punches and a knee as Madigan fell to the mat. Madigan rose to his feet and they continued to throw down until Madigan fell to his knees with what looked like an arm injury of some sort, possibly a separated shoulder. The ref called a halt to the fight after that as Kelly won a great fight.

In the co-main event, UFC vet Jason Dent defeated Marwan Jaber via majority decision. This was a close fight and both fighters deserve credit. Dent displayed some great defense at times, but Jaber was relentless as he kept coming forward and throwing punches in bunches. Dent picked his sports more and showed off some solid boxing skills while Jaber used more kicks. In the end, it was a great co-event that was constant action for 5 full rounds.

In a heavyweight pro fight, Ilir Canolli defeated Marven Lemock via KO in the first round showing off dynamite in his fists.

Don’t miss “Full Contact Kickboxing” presented by NAAFS anytime on VOD. Watch all the action and witness the champions of tomorrow compete today on the GFL Combat Sports Network exclusively on iPPV.

Joe Hand Promotions: Webster v Sai Review

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Story by John DiSanto & phillyboxinghistory.com

Derrick Webster, Glassboro, NJ, brought an abrupt halt to a very long evening of boxing at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia Tuesday night, when he finished his main event bout against Obodai Sai in just 22 seconds. The scheduled 6-round super middleweight fight was the final attraction in 13-bout pro & amateur show put on by Joe Hand Promotions and D&D Management.

Webster, a six-foot-four-inch southpaw, came out in round one and before you knew it, landed an unassuming right hook to the head of Sai. The Ghanaian fighter absorbed the punch, took two steps back, and then collapsed in his own corner, partially held up by the corner pad.

Sai remained frozen in that position while referee Shawn Clark completed the 10-count. The total elapsed time of the bout was 22 seconds – including the count!

The quick victory extended Webster’s undefeated streak to 18-0, with 9 KOs. Sai, fighting in the US for the first time, fell to 23-2, 17 KOs. It was his first loss by knockout.


In the 4-round semi-final bout, Philly’s Antonio Dubose won a clean shutout over Arturo Santiago in a junior lightweight contest. Dubose hurt Santiago in round two with a big left hook, and dominated all of the fight’s action. By the fourth round, both fighters were tired â?? Santiago was too tired to turn the fight around and Dubose was too tired to score a stoppage.

All three judges, David Braslow, George Hill and Alan Rubenstein scores the fight 40-36 for Dubose, 7-0, 2 KOs. Santiago slid to 7-10, 4 KOs.


Philadelphia junior lightweight Avery Sparrow continued his impressive rookie year with a showy 4-round decision over Jesus Lule of Ft. Myers, FL. Sparrow used an effective jab, a strong body attack and steady right hand power shots to run away with the fight. Lule traded with Sparrow in round one, but began to shrink from the battle over the last three rounds.

In the end, the judges (Braslow, Hill & Rubenstein) scored the fight a 40-36 shutout for Sparrow, 3-0, 1 KO. There was no other way to see it. Lule went home 6-10, 1 KO.


Blair Cobbs, Philadelphia, defeated Julian Sanchez, Houston, on points in their 4-round junior welterweight contest. Southpaw Cobbs looked flashy and dynamic in round one, landing numerous left-leads while zipping in and out of the action with ease. However, as the rounds ticked by, Cobbs’ flash transformed into showboating. Although he won the fight easily, Cobbs let the opportunity for a knockout pass, and thus had to settle for a decision for the first time in his 4-0, 3 KOs, career. Still, he may be one to watch. Dave Braslow saw the fight 40-36 for Cobbs, while George Hill and Alan Rubenstein thought it a bit closer at 39-37. Sanchez lost for the first time, 1-1.


In the first pro fight of the night, Piotr Apostle defeated local lightweight Jerome Conquest in a mild upset. It was a well-matched fight with Conquest getting off to a good start in each of the first three rounds, before Apostle rallied each time to steal rounds one, two and three, with his more powerful punches.

It was a frustrating pattern for Conquest. Once again in round four, Jerome was doing well for most of the final three minutes. But then, just like clockwork, Apostle began coming on strong again and hurt Conquest just before the bell. It was a typical late rally by the Atlantic City fighter, but it came too late to steal the round this time.

Still, Apostle had done enough to win the fight. All three judges scored it 39-37. It was the first loss for the Philadelphia fighter (1-1). Apostle improved to 2-0.


The rest of the evening was loaded with eight amateur bouts. All of these fights were well matched and entertaining. The highlight of the amateur portion of the show was an electrifying clash between two of Philly’s best young 145-pounders. In that bout, Jaron Ennis stopped Mark Dawson with three knockdowns in round two. The TKO came at 2:35 of the second round.

The complete list of amateur results were as follows:

Sharif Owens W3 Vito Melnicki, 95 lbs.
Dylan Price W3 Andrew Literal, 112 lbs.
Michael Rauchut W3 Justin Bell, 170 lbs.
Devin Haney W3 Nick Chandler, 132 lbs.
Joseph Adorno W3 Zach Bartram, 130 lbs.
Jaron Ennis TKO2 (2:35) Mark Dawson, 145 lbs.
Christian Carto WDQ3 Jordan White, 114 lbs.
Khalil Miller W3 Tom Hogan, heavyweight

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