Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts on with “NCWB 1”

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts on with “NCWB 1” from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Gatineau, QC, Canada on August 15. Look for these women to throw down inside the squared circle as they go for broke in front of a worldwide audience.

In the main event, Kaliesha West fights Olivia Gerula. West is a former 3 time WBO Bantamweight and current IFBA Super Bantamweight World Champion. West has been fighting for over a decade and racked up tons of hard fought victories. West uses great footwork and head movement to get inside and score and get out of harm’s way. Gerula is a heavy handed fighter that can end a fight with a single punch. Gerula has an iron chin and loves to walk her opponent’s down inside the ring. Look for Gerula to try and cut off the ring and get West in a corner. This bout promises to be a shootout with the contrasting game plans going into it.

Brenda Gonzales takes on Lucia Osegueda. Gonzales is a rising star that is looking to make her mark against her toughest test to date. Gonzales is a punishing body puncher and has doubled over several of her past opponents. Osegueda is another boxer that uses the full array of punches and she can equally do damage with uppercuts, hooks and body shots. Expect fireworks from these two.

Sherine Thomas battles Vanessa Bradford. Thomas and Bradford are looking to rise up the ladder and for one of them, they will do just that. Both women come into the ring with their backs against the ropes and will be looking to not only win, but prove a point that they belong in future main events for NCWB. Both women will be head-hunting and trying to get KO of the night. Don’t blink.

Nordic Coliseum Women Boxing debuts with the hotly anticipated “NCWB 1” in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “NCWB 1” live on August 15. Stream the show online at and own it forever.

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XFE 45 Preview

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Xtreme Fight Events returns to Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 9 with “XFE 45”. XFE is the #1 MMA organization in Pennsylvania and has expanded across the Northeast and now also the Southeast. Look for “XFE 45” to up the ante as XFE throws down the gauntlet.

Jon Delbrugge (4-1) battles inside the cage. Delbrugge has all of his wins via stoppage including a 10 second KO and will look to continue his fast start at “XFE 45”. Delbrugge has never been out of the second round and his fighting style always puts him in contention for fight of the night as he brings it every time.

Scheduled to compete is the one and only “Actuarial Assassin” Jon Forster (3-1). Forster is on a 3 fight winning streak and has shown excellent cardio in all of his wins. He is a grinder that can wear down most opponents with his nonstop wrestling and controlling of the fight. Look for Forster to be ready to face an opponent TBD with the same determination and gritty fighting style.

Jim Dewar returns to the cage. Dewar stepped away from competing in 2013 and now he is back with a vengeance looking to showcase his updated skills.

Other fighters expected to compete are Trevor Suter. Suter has never been to a third round and he fights with a high risk-high reward style that is sure to be on display on August 9.

Xtreme Fight Events returns with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “XFE 45”on August 9. Stream the show online at and own it forever.

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New promoter Elton Dharry looking for success in and out of the ring on August 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, NY

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QUEENS, NY (JULY 25, 2014)--Rising Bantamweight contender Elton Dharry (15-5-1, 9 KO’s) is very close to some big fights but he knows that he has to get past Antwan Robertson (9-9-1, 6 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York.  The bout will headline The first ever Elton Dharry promoted card, this Friday night,  August 1.
“Everything is going well in training, I have no complaints”, said Dharry.
Dharry knows that he will have a tough foe in front of him in Robertson.  Robertson is generally durable and comes to fight and has a couple of quality wins on his resume over the likes of undefeated fighters Brandon Quintana & Brad Patraw.
“I have seen him fight.  He moves some, he boxes some and he fights as well.  It is nothing that I haven’t seen before.  I have been boxing a long time and I will be ready for anything that he brings on August 1.”
Dharry has been one of the fastest rising boxers in the Bantamweight division as he has won 12 fights in a row.  The fact that he has the right team behind him is all the difference in the world.
“Early in my career I had no one behind me.  I took fights on short notice and was involved in fights that were bad decisions and because I took those fights on short notice, I did not have the proper preparation.”
Dharry has decided to take his career into his own hands and he formed his promotional company with the purpose of being able to enhance his own career and give other local fighters opportunities.
“I have to make my own opportunities and this is what I want to do.  This is something that I am starting and it also gives me something I can focus on after boxing.”
With a win, there have been some title opportunities presented to Dharry but he is not looking past Robertson.
“My focus is on August 1.  I know I have to win this and then I can focus on the bigger fights when the time comes.”
“This is for the fans.  I hope they come out and support.  They have not seen the best of me yet.  I am a better and smarter fighter with each fight and I know the fans will get their monies worth on August 1.”
In a six round Super Bantamweight bout, Ryan Ramayya (1-0-2, 1 KO) of Queens, NY will battle Josh Crespo (1-1-2, 1 KO) of New Haven, CT.
Armin Mrkanovic (6-2, 3 KO’s) of Queens, NY will fight Brian Donahue (3-9-2) of Philadelphia in a 6-round Cruiser weight battle.
In four round bouts:
Mikkel Lespierre (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of New York, NY will take on Kevin Womack (4-5-2, 2 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
Jordan Rodriguez will make his pro debut against Gabriel Braxton (1-4) of Georgia in a Bantamweight fight.
Elisa Collaro of Brooklyn, NY via Italy will make her pro debut against Rachel Vidal (1-2-1) of Oklahoma City, OK in a female Super Bantamweight fight.
Livingstone Joseph will make his pro debut against Juan Santiago in a Welterweight bout.
The show will be streamed live all over the on for $14.99
Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing are $100 for ringside and $50 for General admission and can be purchased by calling Paul at 347-924-0845 or Rodney at 347-399-4808 and will be available on beginning Friday, July 11.

Sparta Combat League – “A Striker’s Quest II” Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns on August 9 on GFL with “A Striker’s Quest II” , a stacked Muay Thai card from the Buffalo Event Center in Golden, Colorado. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as some of the best strikers in the Rockies will step into the ring to square off against each other.

Scheduled to compete, Dia Csay battles Amber Smith in a 145 lb fight. Csay is an accurate striker who picks her spots to engage and usually is able to find an opening in her opponent’s defense without leaving herself open to counter attacks. Csay mixes up her strikes well and likes to attack the body as well as the head. Smith is a vet to the sport and has defeated some of the top fighters in Colorado. Smith has fists of iron with KO power in each hand and a granite jaw to match. Look for Smith to stand in the pocket and trade with Csay as she is just as accurate and capable of a fighter. Expect a very technical matchup from these two athletes.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West Muay Thai and MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “A Striker’s Quest II” watch live and anytime on video on demand only on

Duel For Domination 9 Preview

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Arizona’s rising MMA promotion returns to as Crank It Up Promotions presents “Duel for Domination 9″ emanating from the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, Arizona on August 2nd. MMA fans, this stacked card features the top up and coming prospects inside the Grand Canyon State and around the Southwest and includes multiple title fights. “Duel for Domination 9″ promises to deliver with action packed fights as all of these warriors are looking to make a name for themselves not only in their home territory but to a worldwide audience on GFL. Tune in for some of the Southwest’s Best.

In the main event, Alex Arredondo (4-1) takes on Derrick Brown (5-5) for the DFD Featherweight Title. Arredondo brings a strong wrestling game into the fight with a relentless aggression. Look for Arredondo to try and close the distance against Brown and get the fight to the mat where he can score with punches from the ground. Brown is on a 4-fight winning streak and it’s because he has been able to push the pace and wear his opponents out. That will be a tough test against Arredondo. Brown will look to score from the outside with strikes and if Arredondo gets a takedown, Brown will be looking to get back to his feet.

In other title action, in a rematch from June, David Contreras (4-2) battles John McCarthy (2-3) for the DFD Flyweight Championship. Contreras has a solid chin and some heavy hands. Contreras loves to make every fight a brawl and that’s what he will try to do with gold on the line. McCarthy dropped the first fight via decision and has made it his goal to finish the fight and not leave it in the hands of the judges. Look for fireworks from these two.

Also scheduled to compete, Augusto Mendes (1-0) takes on Omar Castro (1-0) in the bantamweight division. Both Mendes and Castro come into the fight just beginning their careers. A win here for the winner keeps him undefeated, while the loser drops to .500. Mendes is a fast starter and so is Castro so don’t blink.

Drakkar Klose (1-0) battles Steven Hoffman (0-0) in the lightweight division. Klose continues his pro career after a successful amateur stint. Klose is one of the rising stars in the 155 lb division and wants to keep his record unblemished against Hoffman who is looking for his first win in his first pro fight. Both of these fighters are looking to make a statement.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on August 2nd as Crank It Up Promotions presents “Duel for Domination 9″ from the hot Arizona desert only on pay-per-view exclusively at

WFC 25 Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned as WFC presented “WFC 25” from the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC events are the premier MMA shows in the Pacific Northwest as they are the proving grounds for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This huge 10 bout card featured 8 finishes.

In the main event, Bellator and Strikeforce vet Ryan Healy (20-12-1) defeated Aaron Hedrick (9-6) via TKO in the second round to win the WFC Lightweight Title. Early on, Hedrick went for a single leg takedown that was stuffed by Healy against the cage. Both fighters landed knees and uppercuts from this spot and broke free continuing their battle in the center of the cage. Healy scored some nice body shots but Hedrick caught a kick and took the fight to the mat where he worked from the top. Hedrick kept Healy on his back for the remainder of the round but not scoring with a ton of strikes. In round two, Hedrick went for another takedown attempt and Healy stuffed the takedown as they ended up against the fence again. Healy was able to hurt Hedrick with short elbows from this spot and when they separated, Healy scored with elbows and knees. Healy connected with two flying knees and more body shots as Hedrick was hurt but still able to get another takedown. Healy got back to his feet and landed more hard shots including a kick to the midsection, elbows from the guard and hammer fists that finally closed the deal.

In the co-main event, UFC vet Ian Loveland (15-9) defeated Gabriel Solorio (9-8) via TKO in the first round. Solorio utilized his speed to duck under several of Loveland’s hard punches but Loveland continued to stalk Solorio and walk him down. Loveland clinched and was able to score with hard elbows and knees from close distance that slowed Solorio down. After a brief stop in action, Loveland continued to find his mark and landed a big right hand, followed by a high kick that sent Solorio down. Loveland followed up with punches on the ground until the ref intervened and stopped the fight.

In the heavyweight division, Chris De La Rocha (3-0) picked up a win against DJ Linderman (15-9) via TKO in the first round. Both men traded shots and tried to out grapple one another from the clinch. Linderman scored with a huge strike that opened up the nose of De La Rocha, then in an instant, De La Rocha scored with a text book overhand right that dropped Linderman to the canvas. De La Rocha finished the fight with punches on the ground in a very impressive showing by the young upstart.

In other action, Eben Kaneshiro (17-11) defeated Josh LaGrange (1-4) via first round guillotine. Kaneshiro got a quick takedown and ended up in the guard of LaGrange. Kaneshiro got to side mount, then to mount and locked on a guillotine from that position. It finished LaGrange off seconds later as he was forced to tapout.

Ryan Walker, Julian Wallace, Mike Dubois and David Converse all picked up submission wins as well on the night.

West Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as WFC presents “WFC 25” exclusively at




July 25, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Peltz Boxing presents another show stopper with Peltz Boxing: Witherspoon VS Beale featuring a full lineup of prize fighting emanating from West Deptford, New Jersey.

Heavyweight contender, Chazz ‘The Gentleman’ Witherspoon returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes on Tyabb Beale in an 8-round bout at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions. Beale of Newark, New Jersey has a record of 9-4-1 with three knockouts and is 7-1-1 over his last nine bouts. Beale has been a pro since 2007 and has victories over Nate James (6-1) and Aaron Kinch (4-0-1). He is coming off a 2nd round stoppage defeat to top undefeated prospect Charles Martin on March 1st.

“I take Tyyab Beale very serious as an opponent, and that is the same way I feel about all my opponents,” Said Witherspoon. “He’s a big strong guy that weighs about 245 pounds, and from what I’ve seen of him he has a particular skill set that he brings to the table. I know I am the most experienced person that he has faced thus far in the ring, and I will look to utilize that to my advantage.” “I believe it’s going to be an exciting action packed fight. I feel great after the long layoff, and even though I haven’t been fighting regularly, I’ve still been in the gym the whole time.”

Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KO’s) of nearby Paulsboro, New Jersey established himself as one of the top American Heavyweights as the St. Joseph’s University graduate won his first twenty-three bouts with wins over the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0), Talmadge Griffis (24-6-3), Jonathan Haggler (18-1) before suffering his 1st defeat to future two-time world title challenger Chris Arreola via controversial disqualification.

Witherspoon went on to win three win a row which was highlighted by an entertaining 8th round stoppage over Adam “The Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-1). That fight was voted Ring Magazine’s 2008 Heavyweight Fight of the Year. Witherspoon then dropped a fight to future two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson. Witherspoon went on to score 4-consecutive knockouts which included a devastating 3rd-round destruction over Tyson Cobb (14-2). Witherspoon is looking to get back into the win column and facilitate his championship run following his 3rd-round stoppage defeat to then undefeated prospect Seth Mitchell on April 28, 2012 in a bout where Witherspoon had Mitchell badly hurt in several occasions.

“I feel good and rejuvenated after the layoff,” said Witherspoon.

“I haven’t been out this long because I wanted to. I had several fights fall through, so I decided to start my own company and do my own shows and I can’t wait until July 12 to put on a great event not far from where I live,” said Witherspoon.

In the six-round co-feature, undefeated Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna of Millville, NJ will take on Zain Shah (5-3, 3 KO’s) of Centerville, VA in a Middleweight bout.

In six round bouts:

Jr. Middleweight Louis Cream (3-0) of Camden, NJ will fight Ismael Garcia (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Vineland, NJ in a battle of undefeated Jr. Middleweights.

Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-4-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will battle undefeated Jeff Lentz (3-0, 1 KO) of Lanoka Harbor, NJ in a Welterweight battle.

Pro debuter’s in Lightweight Steven Ortiz of Philadelphia and Welterweight Nick Valiere of Forked River, New Jersey will participate in 4-round bouts.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (all zones): Monday, July 28 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Thursday, July 31 at 11:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly): Saturday, August 2 at 8:30pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, August 3 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Peltz Boxing: Witherspoon VS Beale in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

The Comcast Network

CSN Philadelphia

CSN Washington

CSN Baltimore

CSN New England

CSN Northwest

CSN Bay Area

Upcoming Events on Comcast

7/28: Peltz Boxing: Chazz Witherspoon VS Tyabb Beale (boxing)

8/4: CFFC 37 (MMA)

8/11: Joe Hand Promotions: Tuesday Night Fights (boxing)

8/18: Golden Gloves: Part 1 (boxing)

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Broadway Boxing Review & Results

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Junior lightweight Patrick Hyland defeated Noel Echevarria in four lopsided rounds in the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series on Wednesday night at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City.

Hyland (28-1, 13 KOs) was the more aggressive and accurate fighter and it showed from the beginning. He hurt Echevarria in the third round with right hands connected in the corner. Echevarria (11-4, 6 KOs) shook off the punches as best the could but soon got hurt again in the fourth. This time, the signs of fatigue and dismissal were clear in his face. A wink and a nod by Echevarria to referee Benji Esteves signaled that he was done fighting and Esteves stepped in to call a halt to the bout with Echevarria still standing. Time of the stoppage was 54 seconds of the fourth.

The victory will keep Hyland in the hunt for bigger pay days and likely tougher fights. Once promoted by reality TV star “Snooki,” he could parlay his win here into better things. He could also fight again soon as the damage inflicted on him from Echevarria was minimal.

Unbeaten heavyweight Charles Martin (18-0-1, 16 KOs) beat up Kertson Manswell over four rounds. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. called a stoppage in the fourth after Manswell hit the canvas three times. Martin, promoted by Michael King’s Kings Sports, dominated the fight from the outside. A southpaw, Martin did damage and got out of the way before the slower Manswell (24-9, 14 KOs) could retaliate. That paid dividends in the final round of the bout as Manswell couldn’t get out of the way of Martin’s shots. Merchant gave Manswell every opportunity to stay in the fight when he arguably could’ve stopped it after the first and even second knockdowns. After the second one, Manswell did come out aggressive but it was short lived when he was dropped to his knees shortly after. Time of the stoppage was 2:33.

Joe Smith Jr. stopped a game but overmatched Tyrell Hendrix in the third round of a light heavyweight fight. Smith (16-1, 13 KOs) dropped Hendrix with an uppercut in the second round and continued to find additional success with the same punch in the following round. After a prolonged flurry along the ropes prompted a NYSAC member to rise from his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh properly called a halt at the 1:45 mark. Hendrix (11-5-1, 4 KOs) mildly protested the stoppage but it looked solid from ringside.

Super middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko, recently signed by promoter Lou DiBella, made his professional debut a successful one. His opponent, Cromwell Gordon, elected not to fight past the second round of a scheduled six, thus providing Derevyanchenko with his first professional win. Gordon, who didnt do much except absorb punches, told the referee he didn’t want to come out for the third. He is now 4-12 with four wins by stoppage.

Junior middleweight Patrick Day stopped Brad Jackson in a wild junior middleweight fight. Jackson went down on a right in the first but quickly rose and soon dropped Day to a glove after connecting with a comeback rally. Day (8-0-1, 5 KOs) seemed unworried and went back to work. He came out aggressively in the second round and soon dropped Jackson with a right. Jackson (15-10-1, 7 KOs) rose again but didn’t look right and referee Benji Esteves properly called a halt just 15 seconds into the round.

Super middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze blew out journeyman Allen Conyers in less than two minutes. Conyers was hurt along the ropes and a series of uppercuts in the corner convinced the referee to call a halt at the 1:23 mark. Khurtsidze is now 28-2-2 with 17 wins via stoppage. Conyers, who once had a fun fight with James Kirkland, is 12-10 with nine wins by knockout.

Undefeated welterweight Danny Gonzalez maintained his unblemished ledger with an entertaining but dominant six round unanimous decision victory against Ray Velez. Scores for the bout were 59-55 (twice) and 58-56. Gonzalez (6-0-1, 3 KOs) probably got hit a little more than his corner would have preferred but the crowd loved it. Velez, despite a record of just 3-5-1 (1 KO) likely earned another local appearance with the encouraging showing.

Joe Hand Promotions – Tuesday Night Fights Preview

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Tuesday Night Fights, a unique Philadelphia boxing event that will feature the best young talent in the Delaware Valley, will make its debut on Tuesday, July 29, at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

Presented by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management, Tuesday Night Fights will showcase both amateur boxers and professional fighters representing various boxing gyms throughout the Delaware Valley. The plan is to make Tuesday Night Fights a monthly event at 2300 Arena.

On July 29, the card will feature five professional fights and four amateur bouts.

Highlighting the professional card is a six-round middleweight match between Fred Jenkins Jr. (7-1-1) of ABC Rec Center in North Philadelphia and Jeremy Trussell (8-1-1) from Baltimore, Md.

Fred Jenkins Jr. (7-1-1, 1 KO), Philadelphia vs. Jeremy “The Truth” Trussell (8-1-1, 1 KO), Baltimore,Md.

Jenkins, age 27 and standing 5-7, had an amateur record of 35-5 with 17 knockouts at 165 pounds. Trussell , 29, started his pro career with eight straight victories. His pro debut on March 8, 2013 was a third-round TKO over Nycholas Ellerb at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD. Jenkins’ most recent win was a six-round decision win over Gilbert Alex Sanchez on March 14, 2014 at Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, NJ. Jenkins is the son of legendary trainer Fred Jenkins, who is a member of the PA Boxing Hall of Fame and has been involved in the sport for 43 years, including as a boxer. Fred Jenkins Sr. has developed countless boxers at ABC Recreation Center, including world champion Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown and current heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings.

Trussell was a busy fighter in 2013 going undefeated in six bouts. His streak would reach eight after his first two fights in 2014. Jenkins made his pro debut on March 18, 2011 with a second-round TKO over Scott Brunner at Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester. Jenkins opened his career with five straight wins. His only loss was a fourth-round TKO to Roberto Young at Bally’s Atlantic City on May 19, 2012. Trussell is coming off a four-round draw to David Rohn on June 28, 2014 at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Prior to that, he suffered a sixth-round knockout to Taneal Goyco on April 12, 2014 at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore. Among Trussell’s eight wins, six have come with a KO or TKO in the first round.

Also, Keith Downs (2-0), representing the Willingboro Recreation Center, faces Robert Sweeney (2-0) from the Marian Anderson Rec Center, South Philadelphia, in a four-round middleweight contest.

A couple of accomplished amateur fighters, junior lightweight Avery Sparrow and junior middleweight Donte Wright, both from the Joe Hand Boxing Gym, will make their pro debuts.

In 2013, Sparrow, who went 45-8 as an amateur, placed seventh at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, WA. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Junior Olympic National Tournament at Camp Lejeune, NC, in 2010.

Wright, who collected 160 amateur wins, won the Philadelphia District Golden Gloves Tournament four times, the National PAL Tournament and was named Outstanding Fighter in the Philadelphia Diamond Belt Tournament.

The night’s featured amateur bout will match National Golden Gloves champion Christian Carto (Rosatia’s Gym, Philadelphia) against Dante Brown (Washington, D.C.) in a three-round 110-pound contest.

Other amateur bouts include:

Khalil Miller (ABC Rec) vs. Tom Hogan (Philadelphia Fight Firm), 201 pounds
Brian Walton (Camden ) vs. Hanif Webb (ABC Rec), 141 pounds
Jackie McTamney (Joe Hand Gym) vs. Kayla Hracho (DC Fitness, Reading, PA)

“This event provides an opportunity for young boxers, who, before now, only dreamed of entering a ring and seeing their hard work pay off,” said Joe Hand Sr., owner of the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Northern Liberties.

2014 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals Preview

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The Official 2014 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals of Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Saturday, July 26th at Mennen Arena located at 161 E Hanover Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey

1,000+ Competitors from 20+ Countries and 300+ Competition Teams will be battling for the National Grappling Title.

The July 26th Open Competition will feature 300 amateur U.S. National Titles on the line for All Ages and Skill Levels, Ages 4-64, from white belt to black belt plus several expert professionals including former Ultimate Fighter TV cast member, Marc Stevens, IFC and Gladiator Challenge veteran, Jordan Damon, IFL veteran Jamal Patterson, America’s #1 Grappler, Garry Lee Tonon and several more World Class Pro Fighters will be battling for cash prizes and prestigious qualifying spots in the $100,000 Grapplers Quest Olympics in October.

1:30 PM – Divisions Begin for No-Gi Men’s Executive, Men’s Masters & Men’s Directors
2:30 PM – Divisions Begin for No-Gi Men’s Advanced and Intermediate
3:30 PM – Divisions Begin for No-Gi Men’s Beginner and Novice
4:00 PM – Divisions Begin for Men’s No-Gi Absolute Divisions
5:00 PM – Divisions Begin for Executive (30+) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Divisions
(Black, then Brown, then Purple, then Blue, then White)
6:00 PM – Divisions Begin for Men’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Divisions
(Black, then Brown, then Purple, then Blue, then White)
7:00 PM – Absolute Divisions Begin for Men’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Divisions
(Black, then Brown, then Purple, then Blue, then White)

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      Junior middleweight Glen Tapia was denied a boxing license on Friday by the New York State Athletic Commission, forcing his fight on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard Saturday night at Madison Square Garden to be canceled.
      Dan Rafael
    • Boxer Evans banned from Commonwealth July 23, 2014
      Olympic silver medalist boxer Fred Evans of Wales has been denied accreditation for the Commonwealth Games.
      Associated Press
    • Ruenroeng-Arroyo title bout slated for Sept. 14 July 22, 2014
      Puerto Rican flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo's mandatory shot at world titleholder Amnat Ruenroeng will come Sept. 14 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
      Dan Rafael
    • Tyson to present Holyfield at Hall induction July 22, 2014
      Former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have come a long way since 1997, when Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear in the third round and was disqualified in their infamous heavyweight championship rematch.
      Dan Rafael
    • Pacquiao to fight Algieri in China on Nov. 22 July 22, 2014
      Manny Pacquiao versus Chris Algieri is a done deal.
      Dan Rafael