News: George Tahdooahnippah; Martin Castillo; Joey Abell; Melinda Cooper

George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (24-01-) scored a first round knockout against veteran Dezi Ford July 8 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. “I got in some good body work, was taking my time and working him with some good combinations. I hoped for a few more rounds but knew he wasn’t getting up from the head shot,” Tahdooahnippah said. Trainer Jeff Mayweather was pleased with the performance, and is looking forward to being in Comanche Boy’s corner as he steps up the competition. “He did what he had to do with a fighter like that, and that was dominate him and not let him stick around.. George is a great fighter to work with, listens and is eager to learn. I want to work maybe 2 or 3 more fights then we’ll be ready to face some top guys.”

Castillo primed for “Travieso” Arce!

On Saturday July 31st, former super-flyweight world champion Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-3, 18 KO’s) will face off against popular Mexican fighter and three division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (54-6, 44 KO’s).

“This is the fight I’ve always wanted and I plan to make the most of the opportunity,” Castillo said from his training base in Los Angeles. “Preparation is going great. The fans are going to see me faster and stronger than ever.” The fight will be televised on Fox en Espanol from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

Abell out for Revenge against Lyons!

St. Paul, MN (July 13) - Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell was once a can't miss heavyweight prospect. The 6'4 240 lb power punching phenom viciously stopped eight of his first nine victims inside of two rounds, emphatically stamping his ticket as one of boxing's most exciting up and comers in the process. Abell, who literally knocked opponents out of the ring, was undoubtedly on the fast track to success; this was until he met Arron Lyons.

Lyons was expected to be another opponent the Coon Rapids native would walk right through, but Abell’s night it wasn’t. The New Mexico product scored a shocking first round stoppage, leaving the crowd at Philadelphia’s Legendary Blue Horizon in disbelief. The defeat was also disheartening for Abell and an experience he still remembers to this day.

“The loss hit me pretty quickly and it was painful”, said Abell, who was stopped on his feet. “I felt like I disappointed a lot of people that night. It was a major let down to myself and my loyal fans.”

This Saturday night at the St. Paul Armory, Abell will have his crack at redemption when he meets Lyons, 11-8 (8 KO’s), over long awaited ten rounds. The rematch is four years in the making and finalizing the deal was not an easy task. Lyons was also overzealous after the victory and boasted to local media, so Abell knows he must capitalize on the opportunity.

“Of all the fighters to defeat me, I wanted a rematch with Lyons the most because he was a real piece of garbage” emphatically stated Abell, whose current record is 26-4 with 25 kayos. “He badmouthed me and was blatantly disrespectful, so I am to prove that the loss was a fluke and its time to shut him up”!

The highly anticipated Abell-Lyons rematch tops ‘The Ice Age”, a seven bout card promoted by Seconds Out Promotions.

Tickets to this exciting and emotion filled night of action reasonably priced at $25.00 (general admission), or $75.00 (VIP table seating). Tickets are available online at or by calling 612-807-5547.

When retired professional boxer Tony Grygelko found himself unable to stay out of the gym, he realized that his passion for boxing was undeniable. At age 29, Grygelko formed Seconds Out Promotions. By utilizing the vast boxing knowledge of world-class trainer Ron Lyke, Grygelko and Seconds Out quickly became a hit.

Through determination, integrity and hard work, Seconds Out strives to become a top promotional firm by giving young fighters the ability to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience, along with offering fans the highest quality of entertainment. Seconds Out is committed to recruitment and development of the best and brightest young fighters to help achieve our mission.

Seconds Out Promotions’ current stable of pugilists includes undefeated prospects “Golden” Caleb Truax, Marcus Oliveria, Michael Faulk, Ismail Muwendo, dynamite fisted Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell, Willshaun Boxley, Charles Meier, Jon “The Ironman” Schmidt, and Mohammed Kayongo.

For more information, go to or text “fights” to 95495.

Sampson Boxing Inks Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper

Sampson Boxing LLC is proud to announce the signing of Melinda, “La Maravilla” (The Marvel) Cooper to its talented family of boxers that currently includes WBO Jr. Middleweight, Costa Rica Champion Hanna Gabriel. Cooper, born on March 6, 1985, in Las Vegas Nevada; Daughter of Mexican national Paul Ramirez from the state of Guerrero and her mother Debra a native of Los Angeles, California, holds a record of 20 wins with 11 K.O.’s, continues her march towards an opportunity for a Super Bantamweight world title bout. James Pena, the first and only Trainer of Cooper, originally from El Paso, TX. has been with his orthodox fighter since 1996 as a result of chance meeting at the Nevada Partners gym in Las Vegas where she had her first taste of the sweet science against male boxers. Cooper’s unique style & aggression left an impression on Pena, which has laid the foundation for their unity, which later resulted in him becoming her legal guardian. Pena when asked about the newly forged association with Sampson Boxing was quoted as “After considering many Boxing Promoters we chose Sampson because of his reputation of being well respected in the boxing industry and because of his honesty and fairness with fighters.”

Moreover, he went on to say “Lewkowicz is known for bringing Ferrari’s to his team of boxing professionals, not Honda’s.” La Maravilla Cooper, when asked about her impressions on signing with Sampson Boxing…”No words can describe the joy I feel for having joined a respected & reputable organization such as Sampson’s. I want to bring back the excitement & glory of female boxing to the sport. I strongly believe that with determination & a continued solid work ethic, I will do in accomplishments what Hanna Gabriel (current WBO Champ-Costa Rica) has done. I look forward to demonstrating to boxing fans around the world what I’m capable & made of.” Melinda, “La Maravilla” Cooper’s next bout is scheduled for August 14th, 2010 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. More details about this fight are fourth coming…

Article posted on 14.07.2010

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