5280 Muay Thai #2

5280 Muay Thai #2, tomorrow at Tammy’s Event Center!

 6324 Ivy St, Commerce City, CO 80022

6PM

Congratulations and good luck to Robert Molnar and Erik Mitchell on your sophomore effort. Thank you for supporting  Colorado Muay Thai !

If you haven’t been to Tammy’s Event center it is located in the shopping center in the corner. Recently Tammy’s Event Center has expanded. Excited to see the new improvements.

 

 

Teofimo Lopez, Top Ranks Rising Star.

Teofimo Lopez, Top Ranks Rising Star.
By Amanda Armstrong
Photos Amanda Armstrong
While  on the road this year to fights, there has been one young fighter who has caught my eye.
I could not ignore the Brooklyn based Teofimo Lopez. My first encounter was at Madison Square Garden for Conlan VS Ibarra. One young boxer was walking around the Theater shaking hands and smiling before weigh ins. He had stopped to have a lengthy chat with Bob Arum, and both were all smiles and laughter. That night Lopez earned him self another KO on his record in a quick flurry of hand speed. It was also after the fight in the hotel lobby where again I saw Teofimo shaking hands with fans, and hanging out with family. Dressed in a sharp suit he signed his banner and took group photos (yes of course this is where I jump in). After the impromptu photo shoot I got to talk with father and trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr. (aka  Junior Lopez) and Teofimo himself. Both of them professional and polite, and Senior was one delighted father (rightfully so). That night coming off KO #4!


Teofimo Lopez at only 19 years old is now 5-0, and 5 knock outs. He is one of three newly signed Olympians to Top Ranks stable of fighters. This is how you start a career as a prospect! Teofimo Lopez started boxing at the age of 6, he stepped into the competitive ring at the age of 8. Traveling the country and working 6 days a week got him to 2015 National Golden Gloves. Next stop, Olympics. Teofimo set out to earn himself a spot on the team, more focused than ever. Long work outs, later nights got him the wins he needed in the Olympic Qualifiers. That garnered him the accomplishment of “Outstanding Male Boxer” out of the entire tournament. Unfortunately he was not chosen to represent the USA due to AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) politics. This quickly crushing the dreams of Teofimo that he has been moving toward since he was 6 years old.
There’s always a plan B…
Being the son of Honduran parents, and holding a dual citizenship gave Team Lopez a second chance at the young fighters dream. He became the only boxer to represent Honduras in the Olympic Continentals ( also the South American qualifier, in Buenos Aires, Argentina). The dream was now alive but he was going to have to have to apply himself even more so for his passion. They were only going to take the top 3 boxers in his weight division, Teofimo would have to work.

Devastating left hook that puts opponents on the canvas. Under card Top Rank Conlan VS Ibarra
Teofimo Lopez VS Daniel Bastien/On Top Rank

The work paid off, making it to the finals after beating Ecuador, Mexico, and Argentina ( the host country). But Teofimo was about to experience another upset by loosing via decision against Venezuela. Many
had believed Teofimo had won and the boo’s were audible. Lopez still performed a backflip in the ring once he lost the decision.
“They didn’t want me to win,” Lopez said. “They came here to see me lose. I’m not Honduran. They called me ‘gringo.’ It’s like a slap in my face.”
Father Teofimo Lopez Sr.;
“I was expecting it,” he said. “They took it from him after he won the Olympic trials too. If we had represented the USA we would probably have had a better chance of winning.
“He won the fight. But I told him from the beginning, you got to kill this guy, otherwise you are not going
to win.”
Teofimo Lopez stayed positive leaving with the Silver and became the only Olympian boxer in all of
Central America.


Back to the Garden in the “Big Room”
Teofimo Lopez VS Ronald Rivas on the Crawford/Diaz under card.
Looking for KO #5 came quickly for Lopez in round 2 of 6, time: 2:21. But it was HOW it was done. It was
in devastating left hook fashion where the final blow came from. Lopez stuck his entire body into that pivot and unload his left hook. Easily taking the head off, leaving Rivas on the canvas wondering where he was.

A quick chat with  Lopez Sr.

I had a quick touch base with Teofimo’s father and trainer ‘Junior’ Lopez the other day. To ask about preparations for the next fight, and when will I see them in Las Vegas:

“Well we been doing this for 14 years we always ready we never stop working he might rest a couple days but we go back to the gym right away he is used to it right now we just working power and speed. Remember he is only 19 years old and hasn’t developed yet he is getting much much stronger every month. We really don’t know but I think we will be fighting in Vegas soon I hope.” 
On Deck
Teofimo Lopez is scheduled to meet with Christian Santibanez (5-6) in Tampa, Florida on July 7th 2017.

UPDATE! Moises Flores vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO at 2:59 of the First Round*

UPDATED: 

Guillermo Rigondeaux’s win will be changed to a no-decision by NSAC

On Sunday morning, Bennett said he watched the replay with sound numerous times on a video HBO provided to him.

“I listened to it several times. I had a conversation with Vic on the phone and we went over the fight and it was quite clear to both of us that that the punch was thrown after the bell,” Bennett said.

*Bennett could not change the ruling, it had to be voted on by the four commissioners.

“Vic drafted a statement that has been provided to chairman Marnell and the other commissioners and they will also be provided with a copy of the fight, and next Monday morning we will have a commission meeting, where the result will be changed in accordance with Nevada code,” Bennett said.

“The evidence to me is quite clear,” Bennett said.

*The two camps did not dispute the Nevada State commission.

“It was unintentional, but we’ve seen the punch and it landed after the bell,” said Michael Yormark of Rigondeaux promoter Roc Nation Sports. “Both fighters were in a clinch and then were throwing punches at the same time. Rigo’s landed first and flattened him. We understand the commission’s position and respect the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and we’ll accept their decision. We respect Bob Bennett, and we don’t necessarily disagree with what the commission decision will be, and we’ll move on.”

Said Flores promoter Tom Brown of TGB Promotions: “Clearly, the punch landed after the bell, and I have complete faith in the Nevada Athletic Commission to overturn the decision. We’ll send an official protest to the athletic commission and wait for them to make their decision, and I’m sure it will be declared a no-decision. They still have to go through their hoops and then see what the WBA does.”

 This was a mandatory match, the WBA will probably ask for a rematch. 

Post Fight Quotes Below 

Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”

 

Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

 

Ward Kovalev “The Rematch”

Photos : Amanda Armstrong

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2017) – Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” took place on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

 

Below you can find all of the fight results and fighter quotes:

 

Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs)

RESULT: Andre Ward by TKO 2 at 2:29 of the Eighth Round

 

Andre Ward: “I’m ecstatic, I’m happy. I didn’t predict a knockout, but I said it could happen. I’ve been boxing a long time and, sometimes, a lot of writers and reporters they don’t take you at your word. If you look at my career and the way I’ve gone about things, I’m pretty matter of fact. I’m pretty straightforward. I don’t say anything unless I mean it. I have a lot of respect for Kovalev. He is a world champion. He’s been on top for a long time. He’s a great fighter; there’s not a lot of people that elite. I’m not going to throw him under the bus even though they did a lot of different things. But I knew the temperament that I was fighting. I don’t want to call him a frontrunner, but if he’s not having his way, he’s got to dig deep. I don’t know if he had the right answers tonight. Obviously, he didn’t because the fight got stopped.

 

“I was breathing, he was breathing, but I’m used to working tired. I’m comfortable being uncomfortable; that’s how we work, that’s how we train. When I saw him put his arms on the ropes in between the rounds – I watch all that stuff – that’s trouble for him. I just needed to keep being smart.

 

“I think it was plain to see that I broke him mentally and physically. I’m not a person that demands respect or none of that. You don’t have to respect me and I don’t demand anything, but at a certain point and time, you got to give a person their just do. I’m 13 years in and I’ve been doing it against the best.

 

“What’s next? Cruiserweight? Heavyweight? I dream big. Anything is possible when you have God.

 

“If there are questions marks after this, that has nothing to do with me. I’m going to enjoy my family, kiss my wife and we out.

 

Virgil Hunter: “I told them (the media) that I only trained Andre for the knockout twice. The first was Chad Dawson. And the second was for tonight. And they laughed at me. But I knew what was going to happen because he (Ward) was healthy. Now we quieted all those who were whining and thought we didn’t take it the first time.”

 

Sergey Kovalev: “He hit with four low blows. The ref didn’t call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit.”

Ward Kovalev Score Card

 

Ward Kovalev Quotes/Results

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong / Trihex Photography LLC

WARD

I knew this was going to be different – he fought a good fight the first time but when I went back and looked at it I computed it and tonight I came out all right
1st time around man is world champ he’s been on top a long time I give him credit he is a great fighter and when u fight great fighters you have to raise your game.
Ifelt like I was up but I don’t know by how many
I saw him reacting to body shots that were borderline so i knew I had him
I knew he was hut trying to cover up.   (watching) hat’s what started it – right there with ethe right hand
I went back to the body.  I went right back there again and he wasn’t reacting then the referee stopped the fight.
(IS P4P important to you?)
Of course it is but I don’t have a vote.  When I beat a great fighter like Kovalev hopefully I will get the vote now
He is a good fighter and I give nothing but respect to him
Maybe cruiserweight.  I don’t know.  I always wanted to fight heavyweight but it has to be the right guy.
KOVALEV
I don’t know I can’t explain it.
Not every round but I thought I was doing very good
I was better nd he was better this fight.  I didn’t feel like I was getting knocked down by the power of his punches. 
(watching)
Low blow.  Again.  Another one.
One shot was on the border.
I could have continued.  I didn’t feel he could throw the punch that would end the fight.
This is fighting we are boxers yes he did punch me but he didn’t hurt me.  The fight should have continued.
I would like it very much to fight him again.

Post bell punches in the Co Main/Results/Quotes

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos Amanda Armstrong

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO

 

Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”

 

Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

 

Under Card Results/ Non Televised , Ward Kovalev “The Rematch”

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs)

RESULT: Enriko Gogokhia by Unanimous Decision

Enriko Gogokhia: “I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance.”

 

Jonathan Steele: “Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it’s a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I’ll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion.”

Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) vs. Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs)

RESULT: Bakhram Murtazaliev by TKO at 1:31 of the First Round

 

Bakhram Murtazaliev: “I’m very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn’t have time to even think about how I felt. I didn’t intend to knock him out, it just happened.”

 

Alex Sandro Duarte: “He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed.”

Brando Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) vs. John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs)

RESULT: John Bauza by TKO at 1:14 of the Second Round

 

John Bauza: “That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next.”

Brando Sanudo: N/A

 

 

CO Main Event at Kovalev Ward “The Rematch”

By Amanda Armstrong

Photo: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography LLC

Co Main event on the card features Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 17 – 0, 11 KO’s) VS Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KO’s)

Both fighters undefeated, and each had a fight in summer of 2016.

Rigondeaux was an elite amateur fight with almost 475 fights on his resume (loosing only 12). He has earned Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two world cups, and two Olympic Gold medals (2000 and 2004). November 2015 he was signed to Roc Nation Sports.

Flores, a noticeable tall 122 pounder standing 5 feet 9 inches tall,  from Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his pro debut in 2008, and has sepnt the majority of his career fighing in Mexico. He then did a U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a 6 round UD over Pablo Batres in Mesquite Texas. In April 2015 he won the WBA World Super Bantamweight (interim) title against Champion Oscar Escandon.  He has defended the WBA belt twice, and along the way picked up the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.

Tonight, on the Ward Kovalev card he hopes to claim full right to the title against  Rigondeaux in a 12 round championship co main event!

 

 

Kovalev VS Ward; Weigh In

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photograph LLC

Today Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, and Andre S.O.G. Ward stepped on the scale at The Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas.  Both fighters came in at 175.  We have a fight! Both fighters confident, both fighters war ready. Kovalev even cracking a few jokes, even taking a stab at Ward.

Kovalev walked off the press conference stage yesterday, when asked today he simply stated, “I did not want to waste my energy on him..”

Sergey was all smiles at weigh in’s, and Andre came across trying to poke the Russian bear.

Pictures below.

 

 

 

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Electrolyte, Zappos, D’USSÉ Cognac, ProSupps and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office.

 

 

DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY IN LOSS TO JOSE HARO!

DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY IN LOSS TO JOSE HARO!

 

Sloan, IA (June 11, 2017) –  Featherweight contender DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO suffered severe head injuries in his knockout loss toJOSE HARO on Saturday night, June 10 at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa in a bout telecast on CBS Sports Network.

 

Following the eighth round stoppage, the popular 25-year-old Franco of Rancho Cucamonga, California was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds.

 

Said manager Ray Chaparro from the hospital, “At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery. We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”

 

“Roc Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Franco and his family during this critical recovery period. He is a tenacious talent and champion, and will always have our support,” said Michael R. Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy.