LIZA AMAYA MAKES HER UNDEFEATED RETURN JULY 8TH IN DENVER (VIDEO INCLUDED)

By Evan Hertzog

5-5-17

Photo Credit: Trihex Photography

September 19th, 2014. This date marks the last time Liza Amaya stepped into the ring for a professional boxing match. On that night, she would go to war with Elizabeth Anderson at the “Salon Madrid Event Center”, in Commerce City Colorado. Amaya would exit her fifth professional fight that evening, with a perfect record of 5-0. A split decision victory kept the ferocious TLC boxer unbeaten and full of confidence moving forward in her career.

Life and this wonderful universe that we live in had other plans.

Going into the fall of 2015, Amaya and team were readying for the next big fight. They were poised and ready to stay undefeated and move her record to 6-0 with title shot opportunities sure to come soon. Two weeks or so into camp, Liza found out she was 13 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was completely unexpected as they were already sparring in preparation for her next war inside of the boxing ring.

Instead she would put the gloves up for an unknown amount of time and take on a different type of “fight”, if you will, in her pregnancy. It was a draining process for the young fighter and extremely trying on her, health wise. Amaya would be put on bedrest and was restricted from working out throughout the entire pregnancy, which was very hard on her considering she considers the gym her life line and a place of therapy, but crediting Donald Camarena, she was able to get through it and is looking to be a much better fighter for it.

Although many other people in her life told her it was time to step away from boxing for good after having her child, Amaya claims that returning to boxing was always in the cards and always a main goal of hers going forward. She hasn’t lost any confidence and feels as though she can only be a better version of herself now, as she has grown as a human during her two-and-a-half-year layoff and is so thankful for those that stood by her and encouraged her to return.

Like many of you, I too am excited to see the return of Liza Amaya to professional boxing and expect a huge night for the TLC fighter when she completes her return on July 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. I personally would be worried about the ring rust and nerves of a fighter making their return after such a long time away but with Liza Amaya I just don’t have the same worries. Weather that be because of her constant connection to boxing, or the coaches and gym she keeps. Three years away for Mrs. 2Slick 2Quick, may look like three weeks. Only time will tell.

Enjoy my quick sit down interview with Liza Amaya below and stay up to date on her fight camp and the lead up to July 8th right here at the Fight Magazine!

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(VIDEO!!!) Juan “Chago” Santiago and “Red Hot” Rob Frankel Sparring session March 2017(VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN HERTZOG

5-5-17

PHOTO CREDIT: Trihex Photography/ Amanda Armstrong

Juan Santiago (15-16-2), is set to face Robert Rodriguez (7-6), in the main event of Airtight Boxing Presents: “Knocked out Cold” summer boxing series on July 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. Both fighters are sure to be hungry for a win after long layoffs for both warriors.

I was able to snag a few rounds of sparring on video, in late March between Santiago and Rob Frankel down at AFA boxing gym, as Frankel prepared for his Colorado State title fight with Jonny Rodriguez for Airtights’ April 8th show earlier this year.

Enjoy one of those rounds right now and right here! Take care fight fans!

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(VIDEO)THE HALF-GUARD: FIDEL MARTINEZ SR- FROM DAD TO COACH TO DAD(VIDEO)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-7-17

PHOTO CREDITS: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

Catch my exclusive interview with “Dad” Fidel Martinez, instead of Coach Fidel Martinez. Tomorrow night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado, although still in the corner, Fidel will be known as dad instead of what we are all used to hearing, “coach”. His son Fidel Martinez Jr. will be making his pro boxing debut against Brenton Swanson at Airtight Boxing Presents: “Warzone”. The debut has been long anticipated by many but maybe none more so than Fidel Sr, as he has been there every step of the way in Jr’s maturation from the amateur ranks into the start of his professional boxing career.

We also had a chance to take a quick minute to speak on what to expect out of Manny Perez in the next few months and this year in general and what we can look forward to for Tim Ibarra as he looks to bounce back quickly from his fight with Michael Conlan last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Check out everything “Dad”, had to say in my multi-part video interview that took place this last Saturday, exactly one week out from fight night. I enjoyed the interview as it was not the normal “coach” interview and I hope you all enjoy it as well!

See you at the fights!

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(VIDEO!!!) ARTURO MELO FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

I was able to track down Arturo Melo right after he stepped off the scales on Friday night, as he is now officially set to fight tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado at Airtight Boxing Presents: “WARZONE”.

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(VIDEO!!!) FIDEL MARTINEZ JR FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Check out my interview with Fidel Martinez Jr directly after he stepped off the scales for his pro boxing debut weigh in!

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(VIDEO!!!) ROB FRANKEL FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Rob Frankel was gracious enough to give me a couple minutes of his time after he stepped off of the scales for his fight with Johnny Rodriguez at the Airtight Boxing weigh in event last night.

Check it out here!

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(VIDEO!!!) MARTHA HERRERA FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Check out my exclusive interview with Martha Herrera from last nights weigh ins, as she gets set to make her pro boxing debut tonight at the Crowne Plaza in Denver Colorado!

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(VIDEO!!!) STEVE MESTAS PREVIEWS TONIGHTS FIGHTS IN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Steve Mestas of Airtight Boxing was kind enough as always to give me a breakdown and preview of tonight’s card taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado.

Check out the exclusive interview with the Colorado match making legend Steve Mestas below!

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(VIDEO!!!)FIDEL MARTINEZ JR AND COACH MANNY PEREZ TALK JR’S PRO BOXING DEBUT APRIL 8TH IN DENVER (VIDEO!!!)

By Evan Hertzog

4-2-17

PHOTO CREDIT: Amanda Armstrong Trihex Photography

On April 8th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel DIA in Denver, Fidel Martinez Jr. will be taking his first step in what many think and hope to be a long and successful career in professional boxing. Martinez is coming off a nice amateur run that saw him win multiple belts in the Colorado promotion, Sparta Combat League, building a nice fan base in Denver and the surrounding region whilst doing so.

His first professional bout will come on Airtight Boxing Presents: “Warzone”, on April 8th, when he will square off with MMA vet Brenton Swanson. Swanson is giving up quite a bit of youth in what is his pro boxing debut as well, but that isn’t fooling Jr. into overlooking or underestimating his opponent. While admitting that he doesn’t know anything about Benson or his abilities, he still stayed strong in his message of not overlooking anyone that stands across from him in the ring.  That isn’t to be confused with lack of confidence though, as he made it clear that he looks to impress in his debut and has no plans on disappointing his fan base.

The confident yet humble fighter can attribute most of his mental and emotional attitude to his father Fidel Martinez Sr. and his head coach and active Colorado boxing legend Manuel “Manos” Perez. With both in his corner, along with the family like support of his gym at “AFA and Childs Play”, Jr. feels as though he has a whole team behind him and to him that makes a huge difference. There is no doubt though that having Manny Perez as a head coach this early in his career gives him a big advantage on how to deal with all aspects of the fight game.  Not just the skill and game plan on fight night but also the experience and knowledge shared about fight week preparation and how to handle yourself outside of the ring in general during camp and during off time.

I was able to grab a couple of minutes from both Fidel Jr. and coach Manny Perez after they wrapped up the final day of sparring in what is the first professional boxing camp for the young Fidel Martinez Jr. and really see where their minds are just one week out from fight night.

The full interview follows below.

Check it out here…..