News: Nakash-Gomez Tonight; Judgement Day Boxing/MMA Show A Success; More

PHILADELPHIA (October 2, 2009)—TONIGHT!!! On it’s boxing from The Legendary Blue Horizon with a terrific card featuring future Cruiserweight championship challenger Ran Nakash (20-0, 15 KO’s) taking on the battle tested veteran Gary Gomez (18-10-1, 7 KO’s) in what may be Nakash’s toughest bout to date. The show is promoted by Vernoca L. Michael’s Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. and it will be the annual Cancer Awareness show..

In one co-feature, Jeremiah “Rocky” Graziano (6-0, 6 KO’s) takes on the upset minded Andre Hemphil.

Graziano has knockout out five of his six opponents in the first round and the sixth lasted just ten seconds into the second. Graziano holds the distinction for recording the fastest knockout in history as he won his pro debut in JUST SIX SECONDS.

Hemphill who takes on all comers as this will be his eleventh fight for which he took on an undefeated fighter. He took the fight on twenty-four hours notice and at this morning’s weigh-in he predicted victory over the knockout artist.

One fighter to keep an eye on is Lightweight Mondre Pope.

Pope is out of Virginia and is a twenty year-old Lightweight who has defeated two undefeated opponents in a row and is now facing sixteen veteran Gerado Robles.

Roble has won six in a row including shocking undefeated prospect Rashad Ganaway.


Full Lineup:

Ran Nakash – Gary Gomez
Jermiah Graziano – Andre Hemphill
Mondre Pope - Gerardo Robles
Darrell Jones – Achmad Tuba
Joe Alonso – Vaughn Anderson
Ryan Carson – Jonathan Ocassio
Oz Goldenburg – Willie Davis
Ardrick Butler – Alphonso Alexander
Paul Fernandez – Quincy Johnson

Judgement Day Boxing/MMA Show A Knockout Success - Judgement Day II On 25th November.

Rooney’s Boxing Gym’s inaugural Boxing/MMA White Collar event, Judgement Day @ The Cable Club in Southwark, London, on Wednesday night proved to be such a massive hit with City of London workers and boxing/MMA fans alike that Judgement Day II is already planned for the 25th November ‘09.

The sold out crowd at Judgement Day One were treated to a professional level six bout White Collar Boxing card, including an all female match up, followed by an explosive exhibition match by BanDogs MMA stars Jamaine Facey and Michael Brown.

As the first fight, featuring Vallerio ‘The Italian Stallion’ against Sabri ‘The Pride of Rooney’s’ got underway you could easily be forgiven for thinking you were at the Colosseum in Ancient Rome, not at a plush London nightspot just a few hundred yards from the iconic Tower Bridge in London, as the chants that reverberated around the Cable Club on Wednesday night were more akin to a Gladiatorial battle than a City of London function. After a rather close match the decision was declared in the favour of the younger Sabri.

Next up was a ‘special’ Middleweight event, four rounds instead of three, featuring Tal ‘The Pride Of Israel, who was one of the three International entrants, against London’s finest Carl ‘The Rebel’ Rooney. After four furious toe to toe rounds the partisan crowd were elated as London’s Rooney walked away victorious following his magnificent boxing display.

A clear contender for ‘Fight of the Night’’, this bout could easily have been a co-feature on any televised Saturday night boxing show and the viewers would never have known it wasn’t a professional bout!

Following the Tal vs Rooney bout was another Middleweight contest, this time between the highly popular Ed ‘I’ll Tell You A’ Storey and another overseas visitor, Plinio ‘The Brazil Nut’, all the way from Rio De Janeiro. As before the ‘home’ crowd were elated when the victory rightly went to the British ‘home boy’ and no less than the former WBU Lightweight World Champion Colin Dunne presented Ed Storey with his trophy.

The big boys were next up as local boy Nicoli ‘The Beast’ squared up against Kent’s Nicky ‘No Shoes’. This was another first class bout that could be on any main stream boxing show, these two put on one of the best Heavyweight fights I have seen for a long time, I mean a long, long time, this was White Collar Boxing’s version of Ali - Frazier. It had it all, drama, nonstop action and a bloody conclusion. After three exciting rounds the Judges, like myself, couldn’t split these two stars and rightfully declared the bout a draw.

The noise level rose noticeably as the gorgeous ring card girls, page 3 regulars Francesca Santamaria and Penelope Ashton, welcomed the next two combatants to the arena. The reason for all the excitement wasn’t just because these two beauties, who had stripped down to their bikinis moments before, were centre ring, most was for fellow lovelies and local favourites, Hilary ‘South London’s Finest’ Lissenden and Bermondsey’s own ‘MariAnimal’ who were to take part in a Featherweight contest.

These two put on a another nonstop action show worthy of ‘Fight of the Night’ honours. After a fairly even first round, MariAnimal started to control the proceedings midway through the second round and It looked like it was all over for Lissenden late in the second round as MariAnimal landed a peach of hook that sent her opponent reeling on unsteady legs, not content to sit back and wait the Bermondsey girl went in for the kill throwing a massive left to the head followed by a right to the body forcing the referee to jump in to protect Lissenden, who protested that she was OK to continue, only for the bell to go just as the fight resumed.

The break seemed to be enough for Lissenden to recover as she fought her heart out against the constantly forward coming attacks from MariAnimal throughout the final round. The enthusiastic crowd, clearly impressed by the bravery and skill of both these women, erupted again as former Team GB Olympic coach, now Rooney’s Boxing Gym’s Director of Boxing Development and Coaching, Terry Edwards MBE personally presented a beaming MariAnimal with her winner’s trophy.

The crowd rushed back into the arena, following a short refreshment break, following the announcement that the main event, a Welterweight contest between Kent’s favourite son Adam McCann and, the final international visitor, Jack ‘The Pole’, was about to start.

The highly vocal crowd took the decibel meter off the dial as crowd favourite McCann entered the ring. This obviously fired up the Kent man as throughout the fight he just kept going forward throwing volleys of massive shots at his unsuspecting opponent, who had to resort to holding at times to be get his breath back. Don’t go thinking this was a one sided affair, anything but, as the Polish fighter gave an excellent display of defensive and counter punching boxing skills, along with the occasional offensive foray.

It came as no surprise that not only was Adam McCann declared the winner but also named ‘Fighter of the Night’ and the bout declared ‘Fight of the Night’ which was fitting for a main event.

Barely a handful of those in attendance left following the main bout due to the highly anticipated, and historic, inclusion of a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition fight.

BanDogs MMA Middleweight Stars Jamaine Facey and Michael Brown won their sport many new fans that night, with what can only be described as an awesome display of the discipline, ensuring that White Collar MMA will become a regular feature in future Rooney’s Boxing Gym promoted White Collar events. There is even talk, from the organisers, that a specific White Collar MMA event is being planned for January 2010.

Due to the success of this inaugural event Judgement Day II is already being planned, on Wednesday November 25th 2009, and will again be at the Cable Club. Anyone interested in taking part at Judgement Day II, the planned White Collar MMA event or the Rooney’s White Collar Boxing training course, should contact John or Rio at Rooney’s Boxing Gym on 020 7403 6113.

Judgement Day II will be held at the Cable Club, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, London SE1 3JW on Wednesday 25th November 2009. Doors open at 7.00pm.

Tickets are priced £30.00 (unreserved) and £50.00 (V.I.P.) and will be available from the 10th October at Rooney’s Boxing Gym, 895/896 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL or call 020 7403 6113


catBOX Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of cruiserweight Eric Fields (12-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional contract. From Ardmore, Oklahoma, Eric is the 2005 and 2006 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. Eric was also the Golden Boy Award winner in both 2005 and 2006. Eric was highly sought after by promoters all over the country and catBOX is very happy he has joined catBOX’s roster.

Eric has been featured on ESPN winning in their main event a 55 second knockout over Kelvin Davis (24-7, 17 KOs). Eric fought for the WBO NABO Cruiserweight World Title losing to current Champ Ola Afolabi.

A press conference/autograph session is set October 9, 2009, at Remington Park, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on the Clubhouse Level of Remington. Come meet Eric Fields and Oklahoma Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi for autographs and photographs with the fighters.

On November 19, 2009, Eric is the Main Event on catBOX’s fight card at Remington Park Casino, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the co-main event, Oklahoma Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi (8-0, 8 KOs) will be fighting in a six round bout. Delray Raines (15-6, 10 KOs, #35 ranked U.S.), Ron Aubrey (6-2, 6 KOs), and other tough fighters will also be on the card. The fights start at 7:00 and tickets go on sale October 4, 2009, and can be purchased on line at or by calling 800.595.4849. More news on the November 19, 2009, fights coming soon!

Article posted on 02.10.2009

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