UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 16, 2012) – Former World Boxing Union middleweight champion “Dangerous” Dana Rosenblatt, who is an incoming member of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame’s (CBHOF) Class of 2012, retired 10 years ago from the ring and has become a highly successful mortgage broker. All of the 2012 CBHOF Hall of Fame inductees, as well as this year’s CBHOF award winners, will be honored on Saturday night, November 17 at the 8th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
The 40-year-old Rosenblatt (37-1-2, 23 KOs) was forced to hang up his gloves due to a series of injuries that, unfortunately, hampered his effectiveness and kept him out of the ring for long stretches.
“I never finished all I wanted to do and stopped fighting at 30, not because I wanted to, but I had to because of my hand and shoulder injuries,” Rosenblatt explained. “It just got so inconsistent (fighting) and then I got a shot (mortgage broker) at what I could consistently do for the rest of my life. I would have kept boxing if I could but it was injury after injury. I hit the mortgage business at the right time and built it to where it is today. I hit it right.”
The newest class of CBHOF inductees also include former World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight champion “Tremendous” Travis Simms, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, promoter Jimmy Burchfield (Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.), manager George Cruz and the late manager/promoter Lou Viscusi.
The 2012 award winners are Tony “TNT” Grano, Conn. Professional Boxer of the Year; Elvis Figueroa, Conn. Amateur Boxer of the Year; Dick Flaherty, Official of the Year; Mitchell Etess, Contributor To Boxing
Rosenblatt fought 13 times as a professional in Connecticut, winning 12 with one draw. He fought out of Malden (MA), resides with his family in Brookline (MA), and works at Reliant Mortgage in Beverly (MA).
In 1996, Dana won the WBU middleweight title in 1996, stopping 1976 U.S. Olympian Howard Davis in the second round at the Fleet Center in Boston. Dana added the International Boxing Association (IBA) middleweight title belt to his collection in 1998 with a win by 12-round decision over four-time World champion Terry Norris. A year later, Rosenblatt avenged his lone loss as a pro by way of a 12-round decision against 2011 CBHOF inductee Vinny Paz at Foxwoods Resort Casino for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) super middleweight championship.
“I’ve been going to the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner for 6 years,” Rosenblatt said. “It’s a nice ceremony. I think it’s good that they reached out to guys who aren’t from Connecticut but who made an impact fighting at the casinos (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun) there. I fought there a lot and had some of my most significant fights there. I’m happy to be going in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
“I have nothing to do with boxing today. I still watch and go to some fights, but I’m not involved in boxing. I spend most of my time working, it’s an hour drive to and from home to my office, and watching my two daughters – ages 11 and 6 – grow up.”
Tickets for the CBHOF 8th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $75.00, are on sale now by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860-.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails at 6 p.m. ET, followed by dinner.
Go online to www.ctboxinghof.com for more information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
Ortuz Gearing Up For Another Tough War in Hammond
Chicago cruiserweight fighter Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz is in heavy preparations for another tough war, this one on Thanksgiving Eve at Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” boxing event on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
The undefeated (5-0, 3 KOs) 31-year-old Ortuz wowed Horseshoe fans last August with his savage battle against then-undefeated (8-0) Donta Woods, grinding Woods down and dropping him twice in an eight-round thriller.
And now he is back in the co-featured bout, taking on UFC veteran and undefeated power-punching fellow Chicago native Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs).
To put it mildly, this fight has explosive written all over it.
“He called me out!” explained Ortuz of the dangerous match-up. “I heard through everybody that he wanted this, so it’s on. I don’t back down from any challenge.”
Ortuz, who took eight years off boxing after winning the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2002, has had an added obstacle to face in preparation for this fight.
“I tore my calf muscle about three weeks ago which took me out for a week and a half. I’m slowly getting back into the pace of it, building up cardio to make up for the time I spent off. I’m also doing a lot more running up and down stairs, rebuilding the strength in my calf. I’ll be fine.”
Ortuz says he and Martin are former sparring partners and although he is careful to never seem arrogant, when asked who got the better he replied: “I know he’s got a hard hook and a good inside game and he holds a lot, but I present a difficult style to a lot of fighters. A lot of guys have difficulty sparring me. Put it that way.”
Ortuz intended to relocate to New York City, but had such a great experience at the Horseshoe in his last fight, he’s decided to postpone.
“I sat down and talked to Bobby (Hitz) about leaving and what he can do for me, and I decided to give Bobby a shot and test the waters. If I don’t have to go far from home to fight as much as I want, why go? New York was an option because they had fights scheduled for me throughout the year and I’m looking to fight around eight times a year. Bobby does lots of shows, so he can probably keep me busy.”
A hard-nosed throwback type of fighter who brings relentless pressure, Ortuz says he’s not sure how the fight will unfold.
“My trainer, Sam Colonna, was also Terry’s trainer, so that’s an advantage. We’ve been working on a game plan. Sam knows a lot of his weaknesses and we’ve worked on targeting some of them. I won’t say I’ll get the KO because anybody who goes in saying they’ll KO someone is too confident. I’m going to box. I didn’t expect to put Donta Woods down and I put him down twice. I’ll keep doing what I do. I’m just going to give it all I can for six rounds and really go after him.”
In the night’s eight-round main event, Hitz will unveil his new heavyweight contender, Andrey Fedosov (22-2, 18 KOs) the former WBC Youth Heavyweight Champion from Shuya, Russia. In his Horseshoe debut, Fedosov will face comebacking former NABA Champion “Rockin” Rodney Moore (17-6-2, 7 KOs) from Houston, Texas.
In another notable six-round encounter, Chicago (via Lithuania) middleweight slugger Donatas Bondorovas (15-3-1, 4 KOs) will take on Evansville, Indiana’s “King” David Thomas (10-2-2, 8 KOs).
The huge undercard (12 bouts are scheduled in total) will feature such popular local names as promising super middleweight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs), who will go six rounds, and Pacquiao sparring partner and undefeated knockout sensation Abdulai “The Classiq” Amidu (20-0, 17 KOs) also going six.
Also featured will be four-round fights for Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise (4-1, 4 KOs), Genaro Mendez (4-1, 3 KOs), kickboxing and Golden Gloves champ Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (2-0, 2 KOs), Russell “Rocky” Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) and, making their pro-debuts, “Irish” Jimmy Murphy and Jonathan Manos.
Complete match-ups will be announced shortly.
The high-class atmosphere and luxurious surroundings the Horseshoe has to offer make their boxing shows a Las Vegas-style night of boxing that Chicago-area fans don’t have to get on a plane to enjoy.
The Horseshoe Casino has an intimate, comfortable venue with luxurious seats, a spectacular gaming area, free parking, exquisite food and all the amenities — and is just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago.
Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
Please Note Early Start Time: On fight night, doors open 6:00 pm and the action starts at 7:00.
All bouts are subject to change.
World Series of Boxing’s Russell Lamour turning pro
Jason Estrada Headlines Sat. night’s ‘Big Things’ show in Providence
PROVIDENCE (November 7, 2012) – World Series of Boxing “graduate” Russell Lamour, a Haitian-American fighting out of Portland, Maine, makes his long awaited professional debut this Saturday night on the “Big Things” undercard at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence
“Big Things,” presented by Big Six Entertainment, is headlined by an eight-round heavyweight bout between hometown favorite and 2004 U.S. Olympian, Jason “Big Six” Estrada (19-4, 5 KOs), and veteran heavyweight Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (38-20-1, 23 KOs).
Lamour was a member of the Los Angeles Matadors of the semi-professional World Series of Boxing (WSB), which allowed top amateurs to compete in a pro-style format against international teams while retaining their amateur status. Lamour was ranked as the No. 1 American middleweight, as well as No. 4 in the world, in the WSB.
A five-time New England Golden Gloves champion, Lamour captured a silver medal at the 2005 Ringside World Championships, bronze medal at the 2009 USA Boxing Championships, and finished his amateur career 79-16 record.
In his pro debut, Lamour squares-off against Issa Coulibaly (0-3), of Washington D.C., in a four-round fight on Saturday night/
Unbeaten Pawtucket (RI) light welterweight Diego Periera (7-0-1, 2 KOs) meets a much more experienced Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-14-2, 6 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
Cape Cod heavyweight Jesse Barboza (4-1-1, 3 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in two years, facing Kevin Franklin (4-5, 1 KO) in a six-round match. All eyes will be focused on a six-rounder between a pair of unbeaten junior welterweights, Gabriel Deluc (6-0, 1 KO), of Boston, and Waterbury’s (CT) Jair Ramos (3-0-1, 2 KOs).
Also fighting on the undercard in four-round fights are Hyannis (MA) light heavyweight Paul Gonsalves (4-2, 3 KOs) vs. Ahmad Mickens (1-2-1), Providence light welterweight Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-11-3, 2 KOs) vs. Carlos Hernandez (3-2, 2 KOs), former Irish National amateur champion Michael McLaughlin (2-1-1), fighting out of Boston, vs. Hyannis welterweight Robert Hunt (0-2), Providence middleweights Kevin Harrison and Pubilo Pena make their pro debuts fighting each other, and Springfield (MA) super middleweight Reinaldo Graceski (2-0) vs. Michael Mitchell (0-1).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, reasonably priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling Big Six Boston at 1.617.312.5059, Big Six Providence at 1.401.241.3490 (RI), going on line at www.bigsixentertainment, com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Rhode Island Convention Center box office.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.