Chicago, IL, Saturday, February 1, 2014-The always exciting super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped veteran Skylar Thompson (12-11, 10 KOs) with a fifth round TKO in front of a packed ballroom during “Horseshoe Presents: Hitz Boxing’s Fight Night at the Belvedere” in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Jimenez, who returned to the ring for the first time since his no contest to Derrick Findley (20-12, 13 KOs) in September of last year, looked sharp as he opened his 2014 boxing season.
“Hitz Boxing kicked off our 2014 campaign in great fashion and our guys really entertained the fans with their strong performances,” said Bobby Hitz. “Mike, Nick, Fidel and Roy all looked impressive and we are expecting big things from them this year.”
In the first fight of the night heavyweight Nick Asberry (3-0, 3 KOs) of Waukegan, IL won by unanimous decision over Holland, Michigan’s Raymuno Lopez (4-7, 2 KOs), as did Fidel Navarrette (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Highland, IN who beat James Owens (5-15, 2 KOs) of Milwaukee in a super featherweight bout. Chicago welterweight Roy Navarro (4-1, 3 KOs), who suffered his first loss in a close match to Nick “Bad Boy” Ramirez (4-0, 1 KO) in November, returned to winning form with with a third round TKO over Thomas Amaro (2-4, 2 KOs) of Holland, MI.
Hard working light heavyweight Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (5-1, 3 KOs) of Carpentersville, IL came up short in his effort to remain undefeated as he lost to Waterloo, Iowa’s Greg Sykes (4-0, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. Light welterweight Joey “The Celtic Predator” Hefferle (1-0, 1 KO) also of Carpentersville was victorious in his pro debut as he stopped Justin ” Gauthier (0-3) of Green Bay, WI 1:26 into the first round. Hard hitting new comer Eddie Ramirez of Aurora, IL dropped Mateo “Babyface” Soto (0-4) of Grand Rapids, MI at the 1:25 mark in the first round of their light welterweight bout.
On Friday, February 28, Hitz returns to Hammond, Indiana’s The Venue for its wildly popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” as it partners with Banner Promotions for a card to be featured on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Earlier in the month boxing legend “Iron” Mike Tyson hits The Venue stage for “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on Saturday, February 8. Tickets for both are available at ticketmaster.com.