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.
Yory Boy Campas farewell fight against Anthony Bonsante to be streamed LIVE, this Saturday on GFL.TV
Long Island, NY (January 20, 2016) – This Saturday night in Butte, Montana, former world junior middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas will make his 126th and final ring appearance when he takes on former participant of The Contender, Anthony Bonsante.
The action will get underway at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT on GFL.TV for $14.99.
Campas of Navojoa, Mexico and now residing in Montana has a record of 105-17-3 with an astronomical 81 knockouts.
To say he has faced everybody in the Welterweight through Middleweight divisions is an understatement.
Campas won the IBF Junior Middleweight title with a 8th round stoppage over previously undefeated and former U.S. Olympian Marquez on December 6, 1997. He made 3 successful defenses of the title before being stopped by Fernando Vargas.
On four more occasions, Campas challenged for a world championship but came up short against Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Lopez and Daniel Santos.
Campas is undefeated since 2012 and will look to close out his storied career against the veteran Bonsante.
Bonsante of Shakopee, Minnesota has a record of 34-12-3 with 19 knockouts, appeared on The Contender in 2004 has wins over Tony Ayala (31-1), Brent Cooper (20-2-2), Troy Lowry (27-6) & Matt Vanda (35-2).
Bonsante is on 2 fight winning streak with his latest being a 8-round unanimous decision over David Gonzalez on September 26, 2015.
He is a former IBA Super Middleweight champion & Minnesota State Middleweight champion.
A full undercard will also take place:
Daniel Gonzalez takes on Jesse Uhde in a 10-round bout for the Montana State Super Welterweight title.
Jered Lunceford battles Mickey Walker in a 4-round Light Heavyweight bout.
Anthony Curtiss and Aaron Snow will make their pro debut in a Super Lightweight contest.
Eric Hempstead will fight Anthony Sullivan in a 4-round Cruiserweight bout.
Jacob Szilasi boxes Jake Fowler in a 4-round Super Welterweight bout.
Rodney Wallace is 4-1 in the Hard Knocks cage and holds the light heavyweight title. Dan Spohn has zero fights in the Hard Knocks arena and will make his debut challenging the champion. Wallace has more than twice as many fights on his recordthan Spohn, but Spohn is a whopping seven inches taller. On January 29 at MacPhail Centre Olympic Park, watch the co-main event action at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK48!
Rodney “Sho Nuff The Master” Wallace is currently 4-1 in the Hard Knocks cage and has fought for both Bellator Fighting Championships and multiple times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Wallace has 24 professional MMA victories, with more than half of his bouts going the distance. He is a resilient, lethal brawler who will stop at nothing to defend his light heavyweight title belt!
Dan “Dragon” Spohn is a 12-4 professional mixed martial artist out of Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.A. Spohn has never fought in the Hard Knocks cage but is no stranger to big scale professional MMA bouts; he has fought in both Bellator and the UFC less than two years ago. Spohn stands six-foot-four, and is an incredibly well rounded fighter; with an even number of his victories coming from submissions, decisions, and KO/TKOs.
“Dragon” has only been finished by one of his opponents, and that was almost four years ago. He is currently on a four fight win streak and has a seven inch height advantage over Wallace. Wallace holds the light heavyweight title and has more than twice as many professional fights than Spohn. Spohn will make a big statement in the HK cage, stepping in to a title match in his first fight for Hard Knocks Fighting Championship. Watch Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK48 on Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM MST!
Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian earned the first ever Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s (CFFC) women’s title with a dominant performance over the previously undefeated Isabelly Varella (7-1) this pas Saturday at CFFC 55. Controlling the fight from the opening bell, the Kenilworth native had her way on the ground and the feet for five championship rounds improving her record to an unblemished (6-0).
“I’m really excited about winning the first women’s title for CFFC,” stated the newly crowned champion. “I’ll feel like a real champ after I get to defend my belt. I just hope I can bring the attention to the women’s flyweight division that it really deserves.”
“Katlyn is Frankie Edgar with a pony tail,” stated CFFC CEO Robert Haydak Jr. “She has incredible conditioning, high level striking and a ground game to match. She will be a household name as soon as the UFC adds the women’s flyweight division. She is an amazing talent and extremely marketable. Isabelly showed a tremendous amount of heart and no doubt be a champion herself in the near future.”
It’s only January and CFFC may have found an earlier fight of the year candidate when former CFFC heavyweight champion, Plinio Cruz (8-5) got the decision nod over fan favorite, “Bazooka” Joe Stripling (8-9). The heavyweights went toe-to-toe for the three grueling rounds that had the fans on their feet for 15 minutes straight. While Cruz has the CFFC title in his sights this fight was unfortunately the last fight for “Bazooka”.
“I am blessed to have such great support win or lose,” said the Wilmington, Delaware native. “I fight my butt off. Also, thanks to CFFC for giving me the opportunity to fight for them and finish my career with them.”
“It was the fight of the night and definitely one of the most entertaining and exciting fights I’ve ever fought,” Cruz told CFFC.tv. “Bazooka Joe left it all out there and so did I. I couldn’t have more fun than that. I’m looking forward to putting on another show and getting the title back in May at the Borgata.”
In other main card action, Bassil Hafez (1-0) of Philadelphia, PA started off his pro career with a submission armbar victory over another pro debut, Kendrick Mendez (0-1). Jordan Morales made his CFFC debut and improved his record to (5-1) with a split decision victory over Claudio Ledesma in a bantamweight affair. In preliminary action, Eric “Money” Mendiola made quick work of Andrew Salas (1-1), knocking out the Dante Rivera product in 52 seconds of the opening round. Mendiola is (2-0) with two knockouts in under a minute. Renzo Gracie Philly lightweight, Jahnson Jajoute (4-1) submitted James Jordan (5-2) in the third round and Tony Gravely (3-1) notched a decision victory over Dwayne Holman (3-5).
“This weekend was filled with a lot of challenges,” continued Haydak referring to the loss of the scheduled main event title bout between Jeff Lenz and Bill ALgeo on fight day. “I have said it over and over, our staff is the best. This weekend was a testament to our staff, fighters and fans coming together for an unforgettable two nights of fights. If this past weekend was an indication of what 2016 will bring, then I’m more motivated than ever before.
Be sure to catch the replay on GFL.tv
Jesse “Big Cat” Arnett is a 31 year old bantamweight mixed martial artist out of Calgary, Alberta. He stands at five foot nine and has nine victories and four losses on his professional record. The Big Cat is on a six fight winning streak, not suffering a loss since September of 2014. He has defeated Hard Knocks vets such as Vince Murdock, Souksavanh Khampasath and most recently Dimitri Waardenburg. Arnett wins fights anyway that he can; by submission, KO/TKO, or after going the distance. He is an all around skilled mixed martial artist not afraid to take the fight in any direction.
Darrick Minner is a 15-4 professional fighter out of Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. He is 25 years old and stands five foot seven. Minner is also on a six fight winning streak, not suffering a loss since August of 2014. His specialty is his ground game – 12 of his 15 victories have been via submission, and and 11 have been in the first round. Minner is looking to finish the fight year, take Arnett to the ground and place him on his record as first round submission number 12.
Both fighters have won their last six bouts and neither is looking to stop the momentum.
Check out the promo:
Tune in to Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK48 on Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM MST for this Bantamweight Title Belt fight!
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.
Unified MMA 25: Dec 18th @ 8pm EST
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 25: Dec 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
Sergej “El Dorado” Juskevic hails from Lithuania and has been fighting professionally in mixed martial arts for more than ten years. He holds the Hard Knocks welterweight title and his record stands at 15-7-2, with 11 of his 15 victories
ending in a first round submission. Juskevic is on a four fight win streak, beating Hard Knocks fighters Brandt Dewsbery, Joel Powell, and Lorawnt-T Nelson in his first-round fashion.
Nah-shon “The Rock-n-Rolla” Burrell is a dangerous striker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He has won eight of his 12 victories by KO/TKO, making him a lethal opponent on his feet. Burrell has only been fighting professionally since 2010 in MMA, but has been a much more active fighter in the last two years than his opponent, racking up 15 fights compared to Juskevic’s six. Burrell is on the hunt for a championship belt and isn’t going to let anything get in his way.
Witness an incredible display of MMA skill and tenacity as two powerful welterweights with opposite styles battle it out in the Hard Knocks cage on Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM MST.
ATLANTIC CITY (DECEMBER 11, 2015)–Last Saturday night, Thomas LaManna made a successful voyage into the welterweight division by hammering out an 8-round unanimous decision over Ariel Vasquez at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The card was presented in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the The near-sold out Claridge, which featured an In-Arena host and provided giveaways to the crowd throughout the evening.
Rising Star Promotions fight cards strive to be more fan friendly and interactive in and and out of the ring.
The success of the fights, both in the ring and at the box office already has the shore community eager for the next installment of Rising Boxing Promotions, which is tentatively scheduled for February 20th.
“The Claridge Hotel was very pleased with the quality of fights and the attendance on Saturday, ” Said Debbie LaManna of Rising Boxing Promotions. “Our mission with the promotion is to have good and competitive fights that will have the crowd excited throughout the night We had some in-house entertainment that had the crowd involved as well. I think we accomplished everything we set out to do and it is a great building block for our February show.”
LaManna used a diverse arsenal of punches as featured body work, jabs and a good straight hand at various points of the fight. LaManna showed grit as Vasquez was game by occasionally sneaking in a straight left that the bigger LaManna was able to walk through. The only blemish for LaManna was that he was deducted a point for low blows in round four but he was able to by scores of 79-72 twice and 78-73.
LaManna, 148 lbs of Millville, NJ is 19-1. Vasquez, 144 lbs of Managua, Nicaragua is 12-12-2.
In the 6-round Heavyweight co-feature, Willis Lockett was able to win a 6-round unanimous decision over John Lennox.
Lockett won the bout on the strength of landing a series of flush right hands that looked good but never hurt Lennox. Lennox was more active at times and got in some telling blows but it was not enough as Lockett won by scores of 59-55 twice and 58-56.
Lockett is now 14-14-4. Lennox is 13-4.
Quian Davis made short work of Santario Holdbrooks in a scheduled four-round Heavyweight bout.
Davis was all over Holdbrooks from the opening bell and the fight lasted just 26 seconds.
Davis is 1-0-1 with 1 knockout. Holdbrooks is 0-3.
Alshamar Johnson and Villi Bello fought to an entertaining 4-round draw in a Middleweight bout.
Both guys took turns being the boss in the fight and the rounds were close and featured plenty of toe to toe action. Each fighter took a a card at 39-37. One card read even at 38-38.
Bello is 3-1-1. Johnson is 1-1-1.
The opening bout saw debuting Ecuadorian Luis Perozo score a 1st round stoppage over Davonta Steele in a scheduled 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Perozo, who now resides in Queens, New York dropped Steele from a body shot and the fight was stopped at 2:11.
Perozo was making his pro debut. Steele of Concord, NC is 0-2.
The show was promoted by Rising Boxing Promotions in association with Vincent M. Ponte’s Gulfstream Promotions
Local boxers John Lennox, Quian Davis and Alshamar Johnson highlight Rising Boxing Promotions undercard this Saturday at the Claridge in Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ (December 4, 2015)–THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, December 5th,
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna take on Ariel Vasquez in the main event of a card that will take place at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The card is promoted by Rising Boxing Promotions in association with Vincent M. Ponte’s Gulf Stream Promotions.
Before the main event, a solid undercard made up with top fighters from New Jersey and the shore area will be featured on the undercard.
In a 6-round bout
John Lennox (13-3, 5 KO’s) of Carteret, NJ will take on Willis Lockett of Takoma Park, MD.
Lennox will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping a unanimous decision to Dan Pasciolla on August 15th. The former college football standout has a win over Patrick Farrell (8-1-1).
Lockett is a 14 year veteran, who faced top competition such as Brian Minto, Javier Mora, Tommy Karpency, former world champion Keith Holmes, Jerson Ravelo, Aaron Pryor Jr, Tarvis Simms and Michael Seals.
He has quality wins over Tyrone Tate, Glenn Turner, Willie Williams & former world title challenger Larry Marks.
Also appearing will be undefeated Cruiserweight knockout artist Alvin Varmall (7-0-1, 7 KO’s) of Lake Place, LA battling Philly tough guy Brian Donahue in a 4-round bout.
Local Heavyweight Quian Davis of Vineland, NJ will fight Santario Holdbrooks of Kannapolis, NC in a 4-round bout of fighters who will be looking for their first win.
Alshamar Johnson (1-1) of Vineland, NJ, who is coming off a stunning stoppage over previously undefeated Nick Valliere (5-0) will take on Villi Bello (3-1, 1 KO) of Queens, NY in a Super Welterweight bout.
Luis Perozo of New York will make his pro debut against Davonte Steele of North Carolina in a Lightweight bout.
Tickets are $50 GA, $75 Ringside, $75 Stage & $125 VIP (Booths of 5 available for $500) and are available at RisingBoxingPromotions.com
The doors open at 6 PM with 1st bell at 7 PM.
The Clardige Hotel is located at 123 S. Indiana Ave. Atlantic City NJ
Fort Washington, MD (December 3, 2015) –
Mykal Fox 139 lbs vs. Adam Maté 139 lbs
Thomas Snow 118½ lbs vs. Tibor Nadori 116 lbs
Santario Martin 156½ lbs vs. Nicolas Hernandez 158½ lbs
Sam Crossed 190½ lbs vs. John Felty 197 lbs
Junior Castillo 157½ lbs vs. Roland Nagy 152½ lbs
Chris Warden 139½ lbs vs. Bernardo Rodriguez, Jr. 134 lbs
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: Rosecroft Raceway
1st Bell: 8 PM ET
Tickets, priced at $40/$60/$75, tickets are onsale online at www.beltwayboxing.com or by phone at 301-899-243