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.


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Pascal-Bolonti PPV
North American PPV live this Sat. from Montreal starting at 8 p.m. ET

Jean Pascal:
(about his decision to not trash-talk Thursday)
“Everything in its time. Everything I do is calculated. People think I’m unpredictable, but my strategies all well-planned with my sports psychologist. Now, for this fight, there isn’t any battle of wills, so there’s no point in trying to intimidate my opponent. We have another plan on the psychological front, but intimidation is not part of it.”

(about Bolonti)
“He’s a boxer with stamina. He has 35 wins, 24 by knock out. He’s never lost by KO, which means he’s coming here to go the distance. He’s had three months to prepare because he was initially set to fight Lucian Bute. He says the fight will be easier from a strategic standpoint because I’m a right-hander, so I know he’ll be ready. He’s here to try and surprise everyone. A win would allow him to be noticed at the international level.”

(On Bolonti lasting 12 rounds vs Braehmer on three weeks notice)
“Going the distance against a world champ, that says he’s a quality boxer. He has experience, he has stamina, so we’re in for a good fight at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.”
(Pascal says not thinking about Kovalev fight just yet)

“All I’m thinking about is this fight. I know Bolonti is the ideal opponent for me to prepare for the next bout, whoever it will be, against any right-hander, and allow me to go to the next level.”

Roberto Bolonti:
“I was preparing to fight Lucian Bute and, suddenly, he got injured. I know many people from Montreal follow him and that when he fights, the arena is full, so, I was quite disappointed. But it’s always easier to fight a right-handed boxer (like Pascal) than it is a left-hander (like Bute). The strategy will change, but it’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the fight.”

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MIKAEL VIEIRA (14-4-1, 7 KOs), Montlucon, Allier, France

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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.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Broadway Boxing: Hardy VS Hoy on TCN & CSN Comcast Beginning Decemeber 8


December 5, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as DiBella Entertainment (DBE) presents Broadway Boxing: Hardy VS Hoy featuring a full lineup of fights, emanating NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. This event will showcase some of the top up and coming boxers along the Eastern seaboard.
Once dubbed “a female Arturo Gatti” by promoter Lou DiBella, the always-exciting Heather “The Heat” Hardy (10-0, 2 KOs) will headline a seven-bout card, facing off against Crystal Hoy, of Las Vegas, in a 10-round junior featherweight contest. Last time out, Hardy engaged a very game Jackie Trivilino in a seven-round war held at the Barclays Center, in front of hometown fans in Brooklyn, on June 14. The fight was stopped after the seventh round due to a cut that Hardy suffered over her right eye from an accidental head butt. Going to the scorecards, Hardy won a technical decision. In November of 2013, Hardy picked up her first title belt when she knocked out Ana Gomez in two rounds for the UBF International super bantamweight championship. Now, she will attempt to seize the vacant WBC International junior featherweight title against Hoy, in what will be her first bout scheduled for 10 rounds.
“It is an honor to be fighting for a WBC title,” said Hardy. “It’s what every boxer dreams of when they are starting out. I know that Crystal Hoy will be tough and that she has been around for a long time. I’ve been working hard, putting in extra-long hours at the gym. With regard to breast cancer awareness, I’m happy to do what I can, as this really hits home for me and my family.”
New York Golden Gloves champion Travis Peterkin (12-0, 5KOs) competes in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup against Otis “Triple OG” Griffin. Brooklyn’s Peterkin has already picked up two wins thus far in 2014. In his last fight on August 13, on Broadway Boxing, Peterkin displayed a piston-like jab as he broke down Lamont Williams over six rounds to earn a unanimous decision.
Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions, Inc, the 25-year-old Ukrainian Ivan Golub, now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, had amassed an astonishing record of 270-32 during his amateur career. He became a five-time Ukrainian National champion, won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts. Now 1-0 as a pro, the former amateur standout made his professional debut on June 27, at the Ameristar Casino, in Saint Charles, MO, earning a four-round unanimous decision over Javon Wright. Poised to take the professional ranks by storm, Golub will face Kirk Huff (3-1, 1KO), of Arnold, MO, in a four-round middleweight contest.

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, December 8 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, December 12 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, December 13 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Sunday, December 14 at 5:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, December 13 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, December 14 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Broadway Boxing: Hardy v Hoy 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.
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Upcoming Events on Comcast
12/8: Broadway Boxing: Hardy v Hoy (boxing)
12/15: Greg Cohen Boxing: Tommy Rainone VS Carl McNickles
12/22: Joe Hand Promotions: Webster v Sai (boxing)
12/29: Global Wrestling Championship: Howe v Dake (Olympic style wrestling)

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GFL ( 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.

Omar Douglas to be tested by Osnel Charles this Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia

December 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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CHESTER, PA (December 4, 2014)- This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, undefeated Omar Douglas will take on the battle tested Osnel Charles and one of the featured undercard of a six bout card.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions and XFE.

In the main event, Jarrett Hurd (13-0, 8 KO’s) of Accokeek, MD will fight Emmanuel Sanchez (5-1, 1 KO) of Laredo, TX in a eight round Middleweight bout.

Douglas of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 12-0 with 9 knockouts is primed and ready for the bout as he got solid preparation for the fight.

“Training went well. I have been getting decent sparring with Raymond Serrano and Jason Sosa and I am ready for Friday night,” said Douglas.

In Charles, he is fighting a guy who is better then his 10-11-1 record would indicate as he has wins over Zachary Smith (4-1), Danny McDermott (8-2-1) & two wins over Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez.

“We fought in the amateurs. I won a decision” said Douglas. “I have known him for a long time. He has been around. I just want to get through this with an impressive victory. I just want to move on. I am focused as I fight every fight like it’s a world title bout.”

Douglas believes that 2015 is a potentially big year for himself as he gets into contention for big fights.

“I hope to be 16 or 17-0 by this time next year. The more I fight and busier I am will make me better. I just signed with Al Haymon and I know he will keep me busy. I want to impress with a knockout. If I continue to do that, I will be known as one of those top prospects.”

“I will show everybody that I have a lot of speed, smarts and ring savvy. I dedicate everything I do to boxing.”

In four round bouts:

Milton Santiago Jr. (7-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA will battle Travis Thompson (7-11-3, 3 KO’s) in a Lightweight tussle.

Caleb Plant (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Ashland City, TN will fight Daryl Gardner (2-4, 2 KO’s) of Spokane, WA.

In a Featherweight bout, Stephen Fulton (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will square off with Benjamin Burgos (2-9-1) of Mount Pocono, PA.

Earl Newman (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take part in a Cruiserweight bout against Jade Ealy (1-1, 1 KO) of Georgia.

Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $75 (Ringside) and $50 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Philadelphia Gift Shop; By calling King’s Promotions (610-587-5950) or


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Albuquerque, NM (December 4, 2014) – The official weigh-ins for Triple A MMA XI: Destiny, will take place Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. MST at The Fight Shop (6200 Coors Blvd. NW, Suite A-4, Albuquerque, NM 87107). The Triple A MMA event will take place live inside the Camel Rock Casino on Saturday, November 8th with doors opening at 6 p.m. MST and the first fight taking place at 7:00 p.m. MST and streaming LIVE on GFL.TV and will be overseen and sanctioned by the New Mexico Athletic Commission. The event will be emceed by ring announcer James Lindenmuth and, as always, will be free and open to the public.

In the night’s headlining contest, Santa Fe native Angelo “The San I Warrior” Sanchez meets El Paso’s, Brian Castillo. Sanchez has decided that this will be his last fight inside the MMA cage and looks to go out on top with a win in front of his home crowd. Angelo has been a staple in the New Mexico and Southwest region MMA scene, from his championship stronghold in the King of the Cage organization to candidate for 2014 fight of the year inside the Triple A MMA cage against Gabriel “Mogley” Benitez. His presence in the cage will be sorely missed but his presence in the sport will still be felt for years to come. Brian looks to come in and be the spoiler for the evening and give Angelo a send off of his own. Brian has faced other teammates of Angelo Sanchez and both camps has a good feel for one another so sparks should fly inside the steel Saturday night.

One late addition to the card could be the one that steals the show on fight Night. TUF house vet, Frank Lester, will be making his debut inside the Triple A MMA cage against the, always game and always entertaining, Randy McCarty of Red Spider MMA. Frank is on a mission to reel off a win streak and make his way back into the UFC, but first he has his eyes set on a man that is no stranger to the Jackson-Winklejohn. Randy fought on Triple A MMA VII: Rockstars, against Clint Roberts in a bout that found McCarty with a deep cut that caused the fight to be stopped. Randy is now healed up and looking to redeem himself against a name that will sure to propel his stock in the region.

Rounding out the pro card is someone who needs no introduction to the MMA fans in New Mexico, Santa Fe’s own, Jerome Rivera, who was 2013’s SW Fight News, “Amateur of the Year”. With a successful pro debut against Levi Lucero, Jerome faced an injury that sidelined him for most of 2014, but he looks to finish the year off with a statement win against Bio Dog MMA fighter, Rudy Kennedy. Rudy took a last minute fight in the Triple A MMA cage against hard hitting Joseph Veloz out of Texas on the “Rock Solid card in Santa Fe’s Camel Rock Casino. Rudy won his last fight on a controversial referee stoppage due to an armbar. Rudy looks to prove to all his last fight was not a fluke against an opponent that brings in a high MMA pedigree.

In true Triple A fashion, the fight night will see another No-Gi Jiu Jitsu match in the middle of the cage. Quinn Mulhern and Josh Lanier kicked off the inaugural No Gi super fight and Triple A would like to honor one of the many disciplines by hosting this match inside the cage again. This bout will see Purple Belts Jesse Tafoya against Estevan Martinez. This match is a ten minute time limit and is submission only, no points will be issued. This is sure to be an exciting treat to hardcore MMA fans.

*Tickets are an affordable $30.00 for General Admission and $55.00 for cage side. All seats are reserved and available to purchase now online, at, or by calling 505-508-0876. *Additional fees online may apply. This is an 18+ event.


145: Angelo Sanchez vs. Brian Castillo


205: Frank Lester vs. Randy McCarty

125: Jerome Rivera vs. Rudy Kennedy


Absolute: Jesse Tafoya vs Estevan Martinez


245: Fred Rodriguez vs. Fernando Rivera

175: Prudencio Hurbina vs. Luis Rizo For more information please visit or call (505) 508-0876

**Cards subject to change**

About Triple A MMA

Triple A MMA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts company which strives to achieve the very best in combat sports value and opportunity. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Triple A MMA currently operates and hosts professional and amateur mixed martial arts events, both locally and in several States across the country. Triple A MMA differentiates itself from other MMA organizations by giving fighters the opportunity to take the next step into one of the largest MMA organizations in the world today. The Triple A MMA athletes forge their own path to the “big leagues” with our unique and one of a kind “Win To Get In” events. We give our athletes more than just another fight, we give them a fighting chance and opportunity in the growing competitive sport of Mixed Martial Arts!

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Orthrus Promotions is a professional entertainment company, bringing the very best in entertainment value. Orthrus currently operates and hosts concerts in several states, but proudly calls New Mexico their home. Originally a music entertainment company, Orthrus has now expanded into the fight scene, partnering with Bellator, to bring great MMA events to the people of New Mexico and other States throughout the US.

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Sparta Combat League – Certified Violence Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns to GFL with “Certified Violence” on December 13 a stacked MMA and Muay Thai card from the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as some of the best fighters in the Rockies will step into the cage to square off against each other.

For the SCL Middleweight Championship, Adam Stroup (7-2) defends his title against Justin Guthrie (17-6). Guthrie is a title holder with another Colorado promotion so this is kind of a defacto unification title bout with the winner being able to claim he is the top 185 lb fighter in the state. Stroup comes into the fight having won 6 in a row, the last 2 being via TKO in championship fights. Stroup has an especially hard knee that can end a fight if it connects flush one time. Stroup will be the bigger fighter as he has previously fought at 205 lb. Stroup is a precision grappler who can end the fight with a variety of submissions. Stroup is very active on the ground and will look to take it there early. Guthrie holds titles with several federations and has fought in championships bouts 5 times already so he is used to being in a championship atmosphere. Look for Guthrie to try and grind Stroup down, as Guthrie has the cardio to go hard for 5 full rounds. Guthrie can also bang in his own right, and will not shy away from a barnburner. Look for the fight to be won or lost in the trenches. This will be an explosive title fight from start to finish.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and Muay Thai and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “Certified Violence” and watch it live on December 13 only on

Jarrett Hurd steps to face Eric Mitchell this Friday at Harrahs Philadelphia

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CHESTER, PA (December 1, 2014)- This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, undefeated Jarrett Hurd will take on Eric Mitchell in the 8-round Middleweight main event.

Hurd steps in for Harry Joe Yorgey.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions & XFE.

Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland has a record of 13-0 with eight knockouts and will face his most experienced opponent.

The 24 year-old began his career in 2012 and has wins over undefeated Thomas Baldwin (2-0-2) & Frank Gedeon (4-0-2). He also has a win over Chris Chatman.

Hurd has stopped his two most recent opponents in the first round which includes his last bout when he took out Terry Cade on on November 1st in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell of Philadelphia has a record of 23-11-2 with 11 knockouts and has fought top competition.

He began his career in 1993 and went 22-4-1 with quality wins over Tyrone Flucker (6-1), Ernest Strohman (7-1 & 8-2), Keith Lee (11-1-2), Dwain Williams (10-1), Anthony Fields (11-0), Former world title challenger Ross Thompson (24-4-1), former world champion Alejandro Berrio (19-2), & Rob Dula (15-1).

He has also fought world champions Joachim Alcine & Dmitry Pirog.

An exciting undercard is being assembled that is littered with top undefeated prospects from throughout the country.

In six round bouts:

Omar Douglas (12-0, 9 KO’s) of Wilmington, DE will take on an opponent to be named in a Jr. Lightweight bout.

In four round bouts:

Milton Santiago Jr. (7-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA will battle Travis Thompson(7-11-3, 3 KO’s) in a Lightweight tussle.

Caleb Plant (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Ashland City, TN will fight an opponent to be named in a Middleweight bout

In a Featherweight bout, Stephen Fulton (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will square off with Benjamin Burgos (2-9-1) of Mount Pocono, PA.

Earl Newman (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take part in a Cruiserweight bout against Darnell Hayes (0-1) of Lebanon, PA

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