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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air times are listed below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events on Comcast

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

11/3: Ohio Fighting Championship 22 (mma)

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

11/17: CFFC 43 (mma)

About GFL:

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

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

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

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

Also on the card in 6-round bouts:

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

American Predator FC 17 Review

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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American Predator Fighting Championship returned on GFL.tv from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with “APFC 17″. The top MMA fighters from around the Midwest competed on this stacked 16-bout pro/am card, as APFC continued its rampage on GFL.

In the main event, Bellator vet Louis Taylor (10-3) defeated UFC vet Brian Houston (4-2) via guillotine in the first round. The smaller Taylor used effective counter striking to negate the leg strikes of Houston. Taylor connected with overhand rights and lefts. A left hook dropped Houston to his knees and Taylor pounced on Houston on the mat locking in a guillotine and falling back to the mat in his guard. Houston was stuck and tapped out at the final moment before losing consciousness. It was a huge win for Taylor who controlled the striking and finished the UFC vet on the ground via tapout.

In the co-main event, Steve Kozola (3-0) remained undefeated as he KO’d Danny Morales Jr. (4-1) in the first round. It was a great striking battle as both men traded punches in the center of the cage in a barnburner of a first round. Kozola connected with overhand rights and when Morales tried to duck under one, Kozola switched it up and connected with a spinning back elbow that knocked Morales out cold. Kozola followed up with a punch on the ground that put Morales out cold and had him motionless on the mat for several minutes. It was a strong win for Kozola who continues to be a force in the lightweight division.

Mike Santiago (12-9) defeated Eric Calderon (4-4) via armbar in the first round as the two put on a great grappling clinic in the cage. Santiago went right after Calderon and pulled him down to the mat. Calderon countered with a kimura as he got up and then they fell to the mat once again. Santiago broke free and got the back of Calderon where he threw tons and tons of punches as Calderon covered up. Calderon was finally able to flip to his back and that’s when Santiago went for the arm and locked up the armbar in a fast paced fight by these two athletes.

Catch all of the action as “APFC 17″ brings down the house on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv. See the established and rising stars of the Midwest compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Order exclusively at GFL.tv and own it for life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

FOR CFFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

LIVE ON PPV FROM ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

FINISHERS RONALD STALLINGS AND TIM WILLIAMS FACE OFF IN

MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP CO-MAIN EVENT

JIMMIE RIVERA COLLIDES WITH ANTHONY DURNELL

FOR BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

PPV DISTRIBUTED BY GFL IN ASSOCIATION WITH INTEGRATED SPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About GFL:

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

About Integrated Sports Media:

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

About iN DEMAND

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

Contact:

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WFC 30 Review

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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World class boxing returned as WFC presented “WFC 30″ from the Belle of Baton Rouge in, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC promotes premier boxing and MMA shows across the United States as a proving ground for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This card featured 5 hard hitting fights with back and forth action showcasing several up and coming boxers from the region.

In the main event, for the WFC Middleweight Championship, Travis Scott (18-0) used pinpoint accuracy to defeat Taronze Washington (16-18) via unanimous decision and remain undefeated. Scott used a laser like jab and kept it in the face of Washington the whole fight. Scott would throw two or three quick jabs then come over the top with a right cross. Washington was a great test for the upstart Scott as he proved to be very durable and would not quit. Washington fired back with combos, but Scott was usually out of harm’s way by then and the punches from Washington would miss their mark. Now that Washington holds a title, it will be interesting to see who he is matched up against for his first title defense as WFC continues to produce cards at a breakneck pace.

In the co-main event, Justin Thomas (10-0) defeated Daniel Henry (2-1-3) via unanimous decision. Thomas had too much for Henry as he won the fight with his volume punching and constant pressure. Thomas, a southpaw, connected with straight lefts all night and did damage with his punches while Henry remained game all fight and did his best work while inside landing hooks and uppercuts. But from a distance, Thomas was able to land and not be hit as he mixed up his combos well and continued to score with his best weapon, the straight left.

In other action Chris Singleton (13-1) defeated Steve Trumble (13-31) via TKO in the fourth round. This was a classic case of a boxer versus a brawler as Singleton displayed a very technical game both with his punching and defense, while Trumble tried to mix it up from the very beginning a land with lunging hooks and overhands. A lot of the punches Trumble threw were off balance shots and Singleton took advantage as he landed a hook that caught Trumble and made Trumble touch the floor with his glove causing an automatic knockdown. Singleton continued to win the exchanges for most of the fight and finished the fight in the fourth. The end came when Singleton landed a nice left hook that sent Trumble back against the ropes as he dropped to a knee. The ref gave Trumble a standing 8-count, but deemed Trumble unable to continue even though the round was essentially over as the finish came at 2:59 of the round. Singleton dropped Trumble right before the finish with two hard overhand rights and even though Trumble made it back to his feet he was still feeling the effects of that knockdown when Trumble landed the hook that sealed the deal. It was a solid win for Singleton who continues to show new facets to his game and improves with every outing.

Don’t miss the latest installment as WFC presents “WFC 30″, exclusively on GFL VOD. Watch rising prospects and established vets mix it up from bell to bell from the beautiful Belle of Baton Rouge.

About World Fighting Championships
World Fighting Championships is a combat sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing) promotion company based in Las Vegas, dedicated to giving the best combat sports athletes in the world a place to showcase their talent. WFC has hosted dozens of events in 7 different markets throughout the US and has been featured on Inside MMA, ESPN, Yahoo, USA TODAY, CNN, Spike TV, MMA Junkie, and Fox Sports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sparta Combat League MMA Action Extreme Fighting Review

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of mmabuzz

Main event: Jason Lee vs. Adam Stroup in a 185 lb. professional title fight. The fighters went to the circled one another trading probing strikes until Stroup landed an accidental kick to the groin. On the restart the fighters trades knees and dirty boxing strikes in the clinch with each able to turn the other and work from a dominant position. After separating Stroup landed a punch combination that stunned Lee and Stroup secured head control in the clinch to land a series of knees that dropped Lee. Lee worked back to his feet, but again Stroup worked knee strikes to drop Lee and maintain the title with the TKO win coming at 4:23 of round one.

Erick Kapp vs. Danny Mitchell in a 215 lb. professional Muay Thai fight. The fighters traded a good mix of punches and kicks with Kapp slipping to the mat twice before Mitchell scored a clean knock down. Kapp beat the count but Mitchell pressured forward, scored another knock down and the referee waved off the fight giving the TKO win to Mitchell at 2:19 of round one.

Ed Banks vs. Steve Paprocki in a 265 lb. professional title fight. Paprocki immediately pressured Banks into the cage where the fighters traded knees. After separating Banks landed a punch that stunned Paprocki. Banks followed with a flurry of striking to drop Paprocki. Banks closed in for GNP, but the referee waved off the fight giving the TKO title victory to Ed Banks at :54 of round one.

Anthony Harvey vs. Ian Heinisch in a 205 lb. title fight. The fighters came to the center of the cage and Heinisch dropped Harvey with a right hand and followed him to the ground. On the mat Heinisch worked to back control from where he used GNP to set up the title winning RNC with the title winning tapout coming at :52 of round two.

Nic Navarro vs. Alejandro Ibarra in a 155 lb. title fight. The fighters came out and both threw, and landed fast, hard and technical strikes with both being able to stun the other multiple times. Throwing a kick Ibarra slipped to the mat and Navarro followed him to the mat to work positional transitions and striking to finally win the title by GNP TKO at 2:40 of round one.

Art Petrosyan vs. Austin Jones in a 170 lb. title fight. The fighters worked in and out of the clinch with both landing solid strikes. Jones defended several takedown attempts before scoring with a double leg of his own. On the way to the mat Petrosyan wrapped up a guillotine choke but Jones escaped and ended the round working GNP from the top. Round two had a good mix of standing and ground action with each fighter scoring well both in and out of the clinch. Round three had both fighters landing well with varied strikes and Petrosyan trying multiple times to jump guard and secure guillotine chokes which Jones was always able to escape. The scorecards were read and the title winner by unanimous decision was Austin Jones.

Ivan Emerick vs. Jake Chatham in a 265 lb. title fight. The fighters came together immediately and Chatham scored a takedown to work GNP until the fighters scrambled to their feet. Emerick looked to get his striking game going but Chatham puched him into the cage; after separating Chatham landed an overhand right to drop his opponent and the follow-up GNP scored Chatham the TKO title win at 1:18 of round one.

Kevin Tyner vs. Justin Gonzales in a 155 lb. fight. Tyner landed several punches then motioned for Gonzales to come forward and Gonzales obliged by way of a double leg takedown. Gonzales worked GNP until Tyner worked back to standing. Gonzales scored with a big slam, then he secured back control and flurried with punches until Tyner tapped out. Gonzales scored the TKO win at 1:45 of round one.

Eric Coxbill vs. Michael Taff in a 170 lb. fight. Off of the clinch the fighters went to the mat with Coxbill securing side control, then transitioning to mount. Taff worked to escape but Coxbill flurried with strikes to earn the TKO win at 1:40 of round one.

Aziz Azgar vs. Vinnie Gonzales in a 170 lb. fight. The fighters traded hard strikes with Azgar being able to drop Gonzales who recovered quickly. Gonzales secured head control and lifted Azgar off of the ground several times trying for the finish but Azgar refused to tap and the fight went to the mat where after transitioning to mount Gonzales flurried with punches. Azgar tapped to the strikes and Gonzales scored the TKO win at 2:15 of round one.

Mike Martinez vs. Tom Wright in a 145 lb. fight. Round one started with crisp striking before Martinez scored a takedown and worked for a head and arm choke. Wright escaped but Martinez took him down again and ended the round working GNP after escaping an armbar, then kneebar attempt from Wright. Round two went to the ground early with Martinez trying for a guillotine choke which was defended, but when Martinez went to scarf hold position he flurried with punches to get the TKO win at 1:43 of round two.

Nick Clem vs. Angel Estrada in a 125 lb. fight. To start the fight the fighters probed with strikes then Clem scored one takedown in the middle of the round but Estrada worked back to standing and the fighters traded big punches to end the round. Round two was all standing with Clem landing early combinations before landing an accidental groin kick. On the restart Clem again landed powerful punches while Estrada countered well. Round three had a good amount of clinch work with Clem able to use the clinch to set up a takedown to end the round working GNP from the top. The scorecards were read and the winner by unanimous decision was Nick Clem.

Sherdog Prospect Watch: Mark Cherico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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