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News: Leo Santa Cruz; Jimmy Lange; Reynoso vs Ambriz; More

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 31, 2010) This Thursday night, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, TKO Boxing Promotions presents FIGHT NIGHT AT THE COMMERCE 3, “FULLY STACKED” an action packed evening of world class professional boxing. Headlining the outstanding card is the return to the Commerce Casino of local fan favorite, super bantamweight prospect Leo “TEREMOTO” Santa Cruz..

The 21 year old Lincoln Heights resident boasts a record of 12-0-1 (4KO’s), and has won his last two bouts at the Commerce Casino by knockout, both stoppages coming with devastating body shots as he destroyed Julio Valadez in the first round on November 3rd and followed that with a third round stoppage of Juan Jose Beltran on December 19th.

Santa Cruz will square off against Mexico’s Jose Angel Cota, 15-4-0 (11KO’s), in the eight round bout.

The co-main event at FIGHT NIGHT AT THE COMMERCE 3 features world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo. The 29 year old Lorenzo, 28-2-0 with twenty knockouts, challenged Sebastian Sylvester for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title on September 19, 2009, losing a very close split decision in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

A native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, now living in New York City, Lorenzo is coming off a second round destruction of Wilmer Gonzalez on March 12th in Puerto Plata, D.R and is currently world ranked #4 by the International Boxing Federation.

Lorenzo will face off against Savannah, Georgia native Daryl Salmon, 16-3-0 (4KO’s), in the scheduled eight round middleweight bout.

Junior bantamweight prospects will also see action as Ventura, California’s Austroberto Juarez, returns from a three year layoff to face Culiacan, Mexico’s Cesar Grajeda in a six round bout. The 25 year old Juarez, 8-0-0 (2KO’s), will look to stay unbeaten against the 23 year old Grajeda, 7-1-0 (1KO).

Also seeing action at FIGHT NIGHT AT THE COMMERCE 3 will be sensational 19 year old super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero of Coachella, California. With two stunning first round stoppages in his initial pro starts, the former amateur standout has become a must-see attraction to Southern California fight fans.

With the expected backing of a huge hometown crowd on Thursday night, Caballero will battle Jackson, Tennessee’s Travis Bedwell, 0-1-0, in a scheduled four rounder.

Also featured on the undercard are The Brothers Chudinov, 23 year old Dmitry, 4-0-0 (2KO’s) and 22 year old Fedor, 4-0-0 (3KO’s).

Now residing in Los Angeles, the natives of Serpukhov, Russia have impressed crowds at the Commerce Casino, with their terrific boxing skills and punishing power in both hands.

Dmitry will square off against Jackson, Tennessee’s Nathan Bedwell, 1-2-0, while Fedor will challenge Antonio Walls, 2-3-0 (1KO), of Washington, D.C., both in four round middleweight bouts.

Also on the undercard, welterweight prospect Eric Mendez of Hawaiian Gardens, California will make his professional debut against Mexico’s Javier Romero, 0-1-0, in a four rounder.

The 19 year old Mendez finished his outstanding amateur career with a record of 74-9 including a two-time first place finish at the highly regarded Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championships.

In the heavyweight division, Carson City, Nevada native Steve Fierro, 3-3-3 (1KO), will be making his return to the Commerce Casino after a thunderous second round knockout of Mike Finney on March 25th. Fierro will face Los Angeles native Chris Ortiz, 1-1-0 (1KO) in a four round bout.

Light heavyweights will also see action as San Pedro’s Daniel Perez, 8-8-1 (5KO’s), will battle Mario Ortiz, 8-9-1 (6KO’s) of Belen, New Mexico. The bout is an immediate rematch of their battle on March 19th in which Oritz stopped Perez in the second round.


REYNOSO vs AMBRIZ ON JUNE 18TH

(ORANGE, CA) June 1 – In January, Riverside’s Jose Reynoso pushed unbeaten Azusa prospect Aris Ambriz to the limit in a memorable eight round battle that was so close that the judges had no choice but to call it a draw. Nearly five months later, on Friday, June 18th, these two rising stars will meet once again, and this time when they step into the ring at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, for the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “New Blood”, they don’t plan on leaving things up to the judges.

Also in action on this action-packed five-bout card will be East LA’s Aaron Martinez, perennial favorite Pavel Miranda, plus a host of Southern California’s top prospects.

Tickets for "NEW BLOOD", priced at $75, $45, and $30, are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

Azusa, California, prospect Aris Ambriz (13-0-1, 8 KOs) has been a local favorite ever since he stepped into the pro ranks in 2007. Unbeaten in 14 pro fights, the 24-year old Ambriz ran through all his previous opposition until running into Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (11-3-1, 1 KO) last January. And while the 25-year old Reynoso has had his ups and downs since turning pro in 2003, his performance against Ambriz showed that he’s ready for the next step in his career.

A native of Mexico City who now makes his home in East Los Angeles, Aaron Martinez (12-1-1, 3 KOs) is always ready for war when the bell rings. Currently riding a four fight winning streak, the 28-year old welterweight will be pushed by Doubletree favorite Pavel Miranda (16-4-1, 8 KOs), who is making his fourth appearance at the hotel on June 18th.

Also featured on “New Blood” will be Moreno Valley welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (5-1, 5 KOs), who will look for another knockout victory when he takes on Fairfield, CA, Alan Sanchez (5-1, 2 KOs), Sanchez is coming off an impressive knockout victory over then undefeated Nicaraguan Alberto Morales last March. Also returning to the ring will be Rancho Cucamonga’s own Eric Garcia (4-1-1, 1 KO), who competes in a junior middleweight four rounder against Oakland’s Daniel Castillo (2-5-1, 1 KO).

Opening the event is a junior middleweight clash of newcomers pitting Pomona’s Antonio Moya against Long Beach’s Cleveland Ishe.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.


Jimmy Lange Boxing Returns July 10 to Patriot Center

Coleman-Fuller Meet in Co-Main Event, Latin Sensations Salinas and Rodriquez, plus “KO King” Jeter Showcased

FAIRFAX, VA (June 1, 2010) -- Celebrate summer with the ‘sweet science’ as popular junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-4-2, 22 KOs) of Great Falls, VA headlines another exciting Ice Promotions boxing event (www.jimmylangeboxing.com) on Saturday, July 10 at the Patriot Center. Dubbed “No Excuses” and presented by Valcourt Building Services (www.valcourt.net), the event will showcase seven professional bouts featuring many of the region’s best fighters. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Patriot Center box office, with prices starting at $35.

Lange looks to get back on the winning track after losing his World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC Championship title to Chase Shields in a 12-round decision last March. The opponent for Lange, who also held the WBC’s Continental Americas 154-pound belt, has not yet been named. One of the region’s top draws based on his attractive fighting style, tremendous heart and overall positive character, Lange has gone 6-2-1 in front of large crowds as the Patriot Center headliner over the past six years. The Bishop O’Connell graduate was showcased on the first season of the NBC reality boxing TV series The Contender. His bout will be a 10-round contest.

The eight-round co-main event promises to be an exciting welterweight (non-title) showdown between Baltimore’s Tim “Pitt Bull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) and tough southpaw Damian Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) of Detroit. Coleman is coming off a win against Mike Arnaoutis for the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA) 140-pound belt last December. Meanwhile, veteran southpaw Fuller lost to world contender Lamont Peterson in his most recent fight held April 10, 2010. Both have fought previously at the Patriot Center – Coleman won his third pro fight impressively against Spencer Harsley on September 17, 2005, while Fuller successfully beat another “Pitt Bull”, Dean White, on the May 12, 2007 card.

Fighting out of LA Boxing (Chantilly, Reston/Herndon and Woodbridge), Jennifer Salinas (11-1, 4 KOs) of Manassas, VA will fight in a six-round contest against an undetermined opponent. Tough and talented with beauty to match, “The Bolivian Queen” has developed a strong following in the region when she returned to the ring in 2009 after giving birth to her second child in 2008.

In his first four pro fights, Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez (4-0, 4 KOs) of Haymarket, VA has rarely been tested, scoring knock outs of each opponent -- three before the end of round one. Training out of Olympic Boxing Center in Falls Church, VA, the 20-year old fighter’s reputation as one of the best welterweight prospects continues to grow, drawing notice from around the boxing world. His nickname pays homage to his parents who are natives of El Salvador. Dontre King (2-7-1, 1 KOs) of Cambridge, MD, a tough competitor with deceptive ring record, will face Rodriguez in a six-round welterweight contest.

After recording what many believe was the beltway’s top knockout of 2009, Tony “Mo Better” Jeter (9-2, 8 KOs) of Columbia, MD is poised to bring his punching prowess back to the Patriot Center to face Reston, VA’s Lawrence Jones (3-2-1, 1 KO) in a six-round middleweight bout. Training out of Severna Park, MD’s Club One Fitness, Jeter dropped Keith Gross with one punch on the September 26, 2009 Patriot Center card, instantly becoming the talk of the Beltway boxing community. Since returning to the pro ranks after a three-year layoff from 2005 to 2008, Jeter has gone undefeated in five bouts. In his last contest, Jones, representing LA Boxing, earned a split decision win over Vincent Batteast in a heavily-contested affair last March in Fairfax.

Promising middleweight prospect Brandon Quarles from Alexandria Boxing Club, who boasts 40 amateur wins and Golden Gloves experience, will make his professional debut against Vince “The Beast” Batteast (1-2-1) of Annapolis, MD in a four-round middleweight contest.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the first fight set for 7:30 pm. Tickets, priced at $35, $50, $75, $100, $125, $200, $300 and $500 (plus applicable service charge), can be purchased through Ticketmaster by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com, calling phone charge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Patriot Center box office (703-993-3000).


First Ever Boxing & MMA Roundtable To Highlight Fight Promoter University VII

Newport Beach, CA - The groundbreaking Fight Promoter University series is now approaching its seventh installment, but FPU founder Roy Englebrecht refuses to rest on his laurels. Instead, the renowned promoter is looking to take the course to the next level in August with the addition of the first ever Combative Sports Roundtable, a 90-minute event that will take place shortly before FPU VII's Commencement Ceremonies.

"Over the past three or four FPU sessions, I have seen the FPU enrollment nearly be split in half, between individuals wanting to becoming boxing promoters and those wanting to get into MMA show promotions," said Englebrecht. "So with so much talk going on about each of the sports and their growth or lack of it, I thought what better way to explore the current and future business of these two sports than to bring in some of the top experts and let them face off, state their thoughts on where they see their sport now and in five years, and also take questions for the FPU VII students."

Moderated by Englebrecht, the August 6th event will bring together six of boxing and mixed martial arts' most prominent figures to discuss the past, present, and future of fight promotion. Set to appear are:

Jeff Clark - A manager and trainer from the sport of mixed martial arts, currently handles the careers of MMA superstars Diego Sanchez and Roger Huerta.

Frank Espinoza - Founder of the Espinoza Boxing Club, respected boxing manager Frank Espinoza may be best known for his work with Israel Vazquez, and he was also voted 2007 Manager of the Year by the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

David Itskowitch - A respected executive in the world of boxing who got his start working in the HBO Boxing department and then with DiBella Entertainment, David Itskowitch currently serves as COO for Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles.

Ben Lira - One of the California boxing scene's most revered figures, trainer Ben Lira is the heart and soul of the south El Monte Boxing Club and a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to the intricacies of the sport known as "the sweet science."

John McCarthy - The most respected and well-known referee in mixed martial arts history, "Big John" McCarthy is synonymous with excellence in MMA officiating.

Ken Pavia - A longtime baseball and hockey agent, Ken Pavia launched MMAagents in 2005 to provide representation for mixed martial artists. Since then, Pavia has soared to the forefront in the field, working with such athletes as Anthony Johnson, David Loiseau, Brett Rogers, and Martin Kampmann.

This Combative Sports Roundtable is set for Friday morning, August 6th, the final day of FPU VII, which begins on August 3rd. This session will be the last FPU VII classroom session prior to Commencement Ceremonies, which begin at Noon.

Fightnews.com did a great story on Fernando Vargas getting into the fight promotions business, and Vargas attended FPU VI last November. Here is link to story that is a great read: http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/qa-fernando-vargas-46444.

Fight Promoter University VII is set for August 3-6 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California, and this four day classroom and hands on training experience will also include the August 5th Battle In The Ballroom show featuring a six bout card of four boxing bouts and two MMA bouts.

Article posted on 30.05.2010



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