FRANKIE GOMEZ INJURES KNEE IN TRAINING RANDY CABALLERO VS. MIGUEL ROBLES MOVED TO MAIN EVENT OF JULY 20
INDIO, CALIF., July 16 – With Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled July 20 bout against DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley due to a knee injury, local Coachella hero Randy Caballero’s previously scheduled co-featured fight against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Robles will become the main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., with three 2012 United States Olympians joining him on this sizzling summer card that will be televised live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes and on a delayed basis on FUEL TV. Continue reading
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Heather “The Heat” Hardy (Brooklyn, NY pro record: 5-0-0) returns to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City against Cassie Trost (Seattle, WA pro record: 1-1-1) in a six-round bout. Hardy, a super bantamweight, last fought on April 4, 2013, winning her rematch with Mikayla Nebel by unanimous decision. In the main event. Yuri Foreman (Brooklyn, NY pro record: 30-2-0, w/ 8 KOs) will face Jamaal Davis (14-9-1 w/ 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Along with Hardy and Foreman, undefeated prospects such as Travis Peterkin, Ytalo Perea, Luis Olivares, Luis Cruz, and Emmanuel De Jesus will be featured on this latest installment of the “Broadway Boxing” series, sponsored by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.
Hardy said, “I’ve been working really hard in the gym and it’s going to show in that ring on July 24. I know that my coach, Devon Cormack, has prepared me well and I will do whatever he asks in order to win this fight. Adjustments are made every round that I fight, so I prepare by making sure I’m physically able to do what’s asked of me. I’m in shape, on my weight, and I’m ready to go. I can’t wait to see my fans fill the Roseland Ballroom. I’m fighting for all the women boxers out there. We belong on big cards and we prove that every time we fight. Thank you to promoter Lou DiBella for giving me an opportunity to showcase my abilities on a big show.”
Devon Cormack, Team Hardy’s trainer and manager, said, “Heather’s preparation for this fight is similar to all her other fights. She needs to be in the best shape she can be, ready to go all six rounds without a break. She will be prepared to execute whatever her corner asks her to do during the fight. I’ve seen what her opponent does, and Heather just needs to execute my instructions in every round. Heather’s matches on DiBella’s cards have captured the New York audience, because they have all demonstrated that the female boxers have learned their craft to the point where they are equally as talented and exciting to watch as the men are.”
Hardy, an Irish-American, was born on January 25, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Stella Maris High School in Queens, New York, where she played softball and soccer. She attended college and graduated with a degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. In addition to her career as a professional boxer, she currently works as a boxing and fitness trainer at Gleason’s Gym, and is the mother of a nine-year old daughter, Annie.
In May, 2010, Hardy entered Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, where she met Devon Cormack. After eleven months of training with Cormack, Hardy won the 125 lb 2011 Metro and Regional Titles then went on to win the USA Boxing 2011 National Title. In 2012, she won the 125 lb Golden Gloves Featherweight title. Her overall amateur record was 16-5. Cormack gave her the name “The Heat” because of her aggressive boxing style. On August 2, 2012, Hardy won her pro debut by unanimous decision at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. She signed with New York-based boxing promoter, Lou DiBella, and his promotional company, DiBella Entertainment.
Heather Hardy is the subject of a new feature film titled, “Hardy,” directed by Natasha Verma. For the past few months, camera crews have been following the pro boxer, filming all aspects of her life. Production on the film is scheduled to finish later this year. Verma said, “Heather and her team have been great to work with. By sharing Heather’s life with the world, this movie should bring lots of excitement and new fans to women’s boxing. She has a great story and it needed to be told.”
IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 16 KOs) is hard at work in the high heat and humidity, sparring with Michigan heavyweight Jordan Shimmell and Chicago cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz at Sam Colonna’s Boxing Gym in Chicago, in preparation for his upcoming showdown against former world champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo (21-5-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain, on Friday, August 16, 2013.
The pair will meet in the 12-round main event of “THE BIG FIGHT 2,” at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Fonfara, of Chicago, via Warsaw, Poland, was last seen in November, winning the vacant International Boxing Organization light heavyweight title by seventh-round TKO over former world title challenger Tommy Karpency at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, a fight in which he badly injured his hand.
Fully healed and eager to make his return in front of his legions of adoring Chicago fans, Fonfara and head trainer Sam Colonna are working hard to make this Fonfara’s best performance ever.
Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend this historic event marks the return of boxing to the South Side of Chicago after more than 50 years.
Also featured that night will be the “Can’t Miss” heavyweight rematch of Artur ‘The Pin” Szpilka of Wieliczka, Poland and Chicago’s “Merciless” Mike Mollo, scheduled for ten rounds.
A full undercard for this sensational event will be announced shortly.
The ring will be set up behind home plate with the grandstand serving as a backdrop. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6 p.m. CT with the first bell at 7 p.m. CT.
SHERMAN OAKS, CA (July 16, 2013) – One is now a veteran member of the Goossen Tutor Promotions stable; the other is a newcomer. One is from the West Coast; the other from the east. But while they differ in those aspects of their lives, John Molina, Jr. and Farah Ennis share at least three similar qualities: both are hitting their prime boxing years at age 30; neither one lacks in confidence and they both come to fight.
Molina (25-3, 20 KOs), from Covina, California and Philadelphia native Ennis (21-1, 12 KOs) will take on undefeated opponents from Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company in this Friday night’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” doubleheader from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOWTIME telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Opposing the hard-hitting Molina in the scheduled 10-round lightweight main event will be Mickey Bey, Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KOs). The co-feature will be a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout pitting Ennis against Swedish-born Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs).
“I am looking to get back on track,” Molina, who recently switched back to his longtime former trainer Joe Goossen, said. “My last fight (a questionable majority decision loss to undefeated Russian Andrey Klimov last month) was a setback. I still think I did enough to win and I know I’m in phenomenal shape and I plan to go out and dominate this fight. All the ducks are in order; the engines are firing on all cylinders. I think it’s going to be a great night this Fridayand I am very excited to be fighting again on SHOWTIME on their ‘ShoBox’ series.”
“Mickey Bey is undefeated, a good boxer and he fights out of the Mayweather camp,” Goossen acknowledged. “Being with ‘Money,’ he’s got everything anyone could have at a camp. Obviously, nobody that’s been put in front of him has been able to solve the puzzle. It’s our job to do that. It’s going to be tough; he’s a tough kid. But I have every belief in my fighter that he is going to win the fight. John has been training very hard. He’s strong right now. He’s looking a lot like you would expect John Molina to look, and that bodes well. He’s very confident that this is going to be a fight that people are going to be talking about afterwards, and so am I.”
“Simply put, John is a very dangerous fighter which translates into havng a television friendly style,” promoter Dan Goossen pointed out. “And if he can come out and beat the undefeated Bey in spectacular fashion, I believe it puts him right back into the thick of the world championship pool.” Goossen continued, “As for Ennis, this is his opportunity to show he belongs with the other highly regarded super middleweights.”
Ennis, who is trained by his father Derek “Bozy” Ennis, will be appearing in his second fight since signing on with Goossen Tutor. He registered a unanimous decision victory over highly regarded veteran Anthony Hanshaw on the ESPN televised Molina-Klimov undercard last month. His only loss was five fights ago by controversial majority decision to 10-0 Alexander Johnson. In going up against the 29-year old Badou, a 2008 Olympian representing Gambia, who knocked out Michael Gbenga on the Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard, and traveling west to fight under the big spotlight in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME, the ever-stoic Ennis sees this as nothing more than business as usual.
“It’s just another fight. I keep my emotions on an even keel,” said Ennis, dubbed “The Quiet Storm” because as his co-manager Eddie Woods says: “When he lets those guns go, it’s like thunder and lightning.”
Moz Gonzalez, Ennis’ other co-manager added, “We’re coming out to win, not just as an opponent. They say they are going to use Farah as a steppingstone, but that is what we are planning to use Badou Jack for.”
“What motivates me is that winning this fight leads to the next fight; a bigger fight. More money. And just keep on moving up the ladder toward a world title,” Ennis explained.
PROVIDENCE (July 16, 2013) – In only one year fighting as a professional, unbeaten Providence super featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary’s (6-0, 5 KOs), has left a patch of destruction in his wake, crisscrossing the country on his journey. Continue reading
SAN CARLOS, CA (July 16, 2013) – Hot prospect, Bruno Escalante (8-1-1, 4 KOs) is looking to make a name for himself in the Super flyweight division. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Escalante now resides in Northern California where he trains with Nonito Donaire, Brian Schwartz and Mike Bazzel. Continue reading
Cardiff’s Kyle King is coming back to boxing and he’s targeting title shots on his return. King has had a 16 month break from boxing after falling out of love with the sport. In that time, the 23-year-old began training white collar fighters and there he rediscovered the reasons why he wanted to fight. Continue reading
The domestic cruiserweight scene gets an exciting new addition to its ranks on Saturday July 20 when Jack Massey makes his pro debut at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
Derbyshire’s Massey, this year’s Senior ABA (86kgs) winner, gets his first paid outing on the huge VIP Promotions show and, with the 15-fight card being streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV, is hoping to put on an impressive show for the fans. Continue reading
St. James, Five Five 2 “Light It Up” Cigar Night Benefit For 2013 US National Boxing Champion Le’Shawn Rodriguez!
(July 15th) Restaurant Five.Five 2 in St. James is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, July 31st, to raise funds for local boxer Le’Shawn Rodriguez, the 2013 US National Boxing Champion, in preparation for his run for the 2016 Olympics. Continue reading
NAIM NELSON TO TAKE ON RYAN BELASCO FOR PENNSYLVANIA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE ON AUGUST 23RD AT THE VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT
VALLEY FORGE, PA (JULY 15, 2013)—On Friday night August 23rd, Kings Boxing Promotions presents a big night of boxing at the beautiful Valley Forge Casino Resort.
In the main event, undefeated Pennsylvania Lightweight champion Naim “The Dream” Nelson takes on Ryan Belasco in a bout scheduled for ten rounds and will be contested for Nelson’s Pennsylvania Lightweight title. Continue reading