SCL59: “RAMPAGE” NIETO AND HUBBARD BATTLE FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

BY EVAN HERTZOG

6-13-17

Sparta Combat League is set to take over the “Crowne Plaza Convention Center”, in Denver, this coming Saturday June 17th for “SCL59: RAMPAGE”. Colorado’s surging promotion looks to put on yet another night of great fights inside the SCL cage, with a 12-fight card that includes amateur MMA, Kickboxing and pro MMA action. Featuring four title fights. Three amateur and one pro MMA SCL championship will be up for grabs on the evening.

Joseph Galaviz (4-0) and Sean Datte (4-2) will be the first to battle for one of the four titles at stake on the evening, when they square off for the 155lb SCL amateur MMA belt in the 7th bout of the evening. Galaviz and Datte will be followed by one of the more anticipated amateur bouts in the region between Ktaro Cade (3-0), who already claims the 185lb amateur SCL title and Grant Neal (2-0). The two rising prospects will meet with the 205lb SCL amateur MMA belt on the line as Cade tries to become a two division champion in SCL amateur MMA. This is my fight to keep a close eye on at SCL59, it has real potential to steal the show.

The featured amateur title fight of the evening takes place at 170lb’s and looks to be a great battle between defending 170lb SCL amateur champion Steve Stickler (5-1) and Jace Faiella (4-0). The defense of the 170lb amateur title will be the final amateur bout before turning pro for Steve Stickler and looks to be a real test. Faiella is coming off a big TKO win over Brandon White in March and will try to spoil the amateur farewell party for Stickler on Saturday night at the CPCC in Denver.

The professional portion of the card kicks off with the highly-anticipated debut of Kohlman Scribner who will take on Austin Jones (3-4) in a welterweight battle that should prove to be a great kickoff to the main card for SCL59.

The women of pro MMA will be represented greatly at SCL59 in the co main event, taking place at 130lb’s between Ashley Deen (2-2) and Jennah Macallister who is making her pro debut on the evening. This fight as most female MMA fights, should be full of fireworks as each looks to get moving in the right direction in their pro careers.

This brings me to the main event of SCL59. The undefeated Kris Nieto (5-0) will go to war with Austin Hubbard (5-1) for the SCL Pro Lightweight (155lb) title. Both fighters have a ton of buzz around them as they continue their successful journey in the early stages of their careers. Hubbard has only stumbled once in six trips to the cage and that took place in September of last year to Sean Murray. Hubbard showed his character and determination though by taking a fight against Cliff Wright on short notice, just one month after taking his first loss of his career. He was able to defeat Wright on that October night and regained the confidence needed to step into the SCL cage for a title fight against such a capable opponent in Kris Nieto. The undefeated Nieto is surging through the regional MMA scene to say the least with his last victory coming by way of 3rd round submission over Eric Grant. Nieto is as confident as ever going into this Saturdays main event and will try to stay unblemished against a very tough opponent. The winner of this fight is sure to have a ton of momentum going forward in the region and nationally, as a win for either, will be a big highlight in their fight portfolio.

The entirety of the card including the kickboxing portion at the beginning of the night look to impress Colorado fight fans as most all SCL events deliver on. I am personally looking forward to a couple of these fights more than any others booked in the Colorado MMA scene this summer. With stellar amateur competition, including future professional stars and a great main event matchup between two rising pro prospects in the region, I would think it would be a safe bet to say that we will once again be getting our money’s worth from Sparta Combat League and their event “SCL59: RAMPAGE”, in specific.

We look forward to seeing all you great fight fans out in force this Saturday at the Crowne Plaza in Denver!

 

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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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KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION” WEIGH-INS 4-28-17

Photo Credit: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography

KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION”

All fighters came in on weight and ready to put on a great show Saturday night at the “Stampede Event Center”, in Aurora Colorado. All in all the card will have 7 fights on it including two kick boxing bouts. All 7 bouts are a go as everyone was able to hit their mark Friday night.

Hope to see you all out Saturday night in Aurora at the Stampede. Doors are at 6 and the fights start at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available but the ticket line has crashed. The new number to call for last minute tickets is (970)-234-7989 , or purchase entry to the event at the doors as well.

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GALLERY BY TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY:

SCL BOXING: “YOUNG GUNS” WEIGH-IN RESULTS FROM “LAST CALL TAVERN”

BY EVAN HERTZOG 4-28-17

Sparta Combat League Weigh-In Results from “Last Call Tavern”, on 4-28-17 in Denver Colorado:

 MAIN EVENT: Misael Lopez (4-0 1KO) vs Rene Marquez (5-3) Scheduled 8RDS 133LBS

LOPEZ- 132LBS                   MARQUEZ- 132.4LBS

 CO MAIN EVENT: Jonny Jarabek (4-1 1KO) vs Emilio Hernandez (2-6 2KO) Scheduled 6RDS 142LBS

JARABEK-  142.2LBS                         HERNANDEZ- 142.8LBS

 BOUT #3: Jose Arrelano (1-0) vs Marco Ambriz (1-0 1KO) Scheduled 4RDS 133LBS

ARRELANO- 134.4LBS                      AMBRIZ- 134.2LBS

 BOUT #2: Antonio Flores (2-0) vs Nick Robinson (D) Scheduled 4RDS 135LBS

FLORES- 134LBS                     ROBINSON-134.4LBS

 BOUT #1: Milton Rogue vs Sergio Lujuan Scheduled 3RDS Amateur 147LBS

ROGUE-139.6LBS                              LUJUAN- 138.2LBS

 *The bout scheduled between undefeated prospect Treven Coleman out of Nebraska and Demetrius Wilson was called off on the day of weigh-ins. We do know that Coleman did make the trip to Denver and was ready to fight. *

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SCL BOXING RETURNS THIS SATURDAY IN DENVER WITH “YOUNG GUNS” FEATURING UNDEFEATED COLORADO PROSPECT MISAEL LOPEZ

Sparta Combat League is set to make its return to the boxing world, as they get ready to invade the “Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Center”, once more with their “Young Guns” card. Although the card isn’t exactly what it was built to be originally (we will touch on that in a moment), the final line up of fighters and matchups is very nice and will be well worth the price of admission I’m sure.

The card will consist of six fights in all, five professional and one amateur. “Young Guns”, will be main evented by up and coming and undefeated Colorado boxing prospect, Misael Lopez. Lopez (4-0 1KO) will put his young undefeated record on the line when he squares off with Rene Marquez (5-3) who also started off his career at 4 and 0 but has since dropped 3 of his last four fights. This should be a nice test for Lopez as it is his first 8 round fight of his career and he is fighting an 8-fight veteran who knows exactly what it is like to have the pressure of defending an undefeated record early in your career on your shoulders.  With that said I do believe Colorado boxing fans will be in for quite a treat when the main event of the evening takes place this coming Saturday night.

The CO-Main event of the evening will feature a nice little matchup taking place at 142lbs, scheduled for 6 rounds, when Jonny Jarabek (4-1 1KO) takes on Emilio Hernandez (2-6 2KO). I look for Jarabek to bounce back in a very big way on Saturday night, coming off of the first loss of his career last December to Guy Smith in Nebraska for the Nebraska state welterweight title. The loss was drenched in controversy after the fight was stopped due to a cut over the eye of Jarabek in the third round of a scheduled six round fight causing the Colorado native to take his first loss of his career. Jarabek has had ample amount of time away in my opinion to come back with a clear mind and a path and plan to fighting smart and not emotional after such a hard way to take your first loss of your career with many people having him ahead three rounds to none when the fight was stopped in Nebraska late last year. Combine the determination to come back better and even more prepared than ever, with the fact that Hernandez is on a five-fight losing streak, not tasting victory since 2013, gives Jarabek a great opportunity to shine back at home and move forward with the Guy Smith fight far in his rearview mirror.

With Lopez and Jarabek fighting on this card, they alone make for must see boxing in the state of Colorado, but I would be lying if I wasn’t a little worried at first of the fate of this card as we saw a few fights fall off over the last few weeks, with really pleasing names attached to those fall outs but I gradually grew to love this set six fight card. I went ahead and asked SCL Boxing match maker Chris Maclean-Maestas for a statement on the fights that fell off the card during the build up to fight night, his thoughts on the card and his take on the main event of the evening and Misael Lopez in general. Chris was so kind to give me the statement I asked for and it reads as follows.

                SPARTA COMBAT LEAGUE BOXING MATCH MAKER

                CHRIS MACLEAN-MAESTAS:

                “Unfortunately, we have had a couple of fights fall out due to injuries and pull outs. The highly-anticipated bout between Melik Elliston and Freddy Marquez. The Andrew Strode and Nicholas Brand fight and the return of Manny Lopez is off, but we still have a loaded 6 fight card for Colorado boxing fans, with solid matchups and the best up and comers in the state!

Misael Lopez will be facing a hard-hitting Rene Marquez who will be making his super featherweight debut after fighting as high as 154lbs! Lopez who hasn’t had an easy touch yet seems primed and ready to take on Marquez Saturday night.”

Maclean-Maestas added, “Also there will be a treat for fight fans when number 1 ranked junior welterweight Terrance “Bud” Crawford, number 4 ranked junior welterweight Adrian “El Tigre” Granados and former world champion and local hero “Mile High” Mike Alvarado will be in attendance!”

As you see the excitement is still high and should be for many of the reasons I stated in the main and co main event fights on the evening. The rest of the card will consist of another set of up and comers putting undefeated records at stake when Jose Arrelano (1-0) fights Marco Ambriz (1-0 1KO) in a scheduled 4-round bout taking place at 133lbs.

As I said before this card is packing quite the punch with only six fights because of fighters like Treven Coleman (5-0 3KO) of Nebraska coming to the mile-high city to take on Demetrius Wilson (0-2) in what is sure to be a non-stop four round contest at 135lbs. 

The pro fights are rounded out by Antonio Flores (2-0) who is looking to stay unbeaten against Nick Robinson who is making his pro debut in this four-round contest taking place at 135lbs. The last fight to be mentioned for this fight card is also the only amateur fight taking place at SCL “Young Guns Boxing”, and will be between Milton Rogue and Sergio Lujuan in a 3-round fight at 147lbs.

Tickets are still available for this event online and can be purchased on Saturday night at the door of the event as well. Stay locked in to the Fight Magazine for all the results of this event and more that are taking this place this weekend in Colorado and beyond.

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KICK DOWN MMA 128: “EVOLUTION” THIS SATURDAY AT THE STAMPEDE EVENT CENTER IN AURORA

BY EVAN HERTZOG

4-24-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY

Kick Down MMA returns to the Colorado spot light this coming Saturday April 29th, at “The Stampede Event Center”, located at 2430 S Havana street in Aurora Colorado, for Kick Down 128: “Evolution”. The title of this event is fitting as the promotion moves forward under new ownership in Justin Edmonds and adding to its look and production value by enlisting Amanda Armstrong of Trihex Photography, to boost these young up and coming fighters look and marketability. Which I must say they are doing a great job thus far. All that is left is for these fighters to hold up their end of the bargain and put on a great night of fights for everyone, come this Saturday.

The card consists of eight fights in total. Six amateur MMA bouts followed by one professional kick boxing bout and a double pro MMA debut in the main event between Vince Vue (Low Summit BJJ) AND Nicholas Clem (The training Camp).

The Kickboxing bout will take place at 165lbs between Danny Eastin (school of hard knocks) and Andrew Crockett (Catalyst BJJ), which looks to be a good contest between two up and coming mixed martial artists.

Amateur MMA bouts will consist of the following matchups. Representing the women of MMA at Kick Down 128 will be 125 pounders, Cheyenne Chavez (Cheyenne BJJ) and Veronica Graves (Pariah MMA).  Armando Salas of “Flatirons MMA” and PJ Bell of “Dark Horse MMA” and “Catalyst BJJ”, look to create fireworks in their 170lb welterweight fight.

Also, fighting under the amateur MMA banner at Kick Down 128 are fighters Harold Jackson(DCOMMA) and Trent Wisenstine (Pure Fire MMA) who will be squaring off at 145lbs in the featherweight division. Anel Dudo (Childs Play MMA) is looking to put on a show in the bantamweight division when he steps inside of the cage with Jessy Zavala (Darkhorse BJJ) at 135lbs.

 One of the more anticipated fights of the night includes the biggest fighters stepping into the cage on the evening, when the popular Winston Martin of “Trials MMA”, takes on Nate Roberts of “Childs Play MMA” at a catch-weight of 195lbs.  

Finally, the fight that I have personally highlighted on my event calendar will take place at 115lbs between “Team Wildman” fighter Oscar Martinez and “Childs Play MMA’s” very own Bruce Martin.

Ticket prices range $25, $30, and $40 dollars with VIP tables going for $150 and $200 dollars. Tickets can be purchased at 303-848-8025 or through any of the fighters on the card and at the door the night of the event. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the cage door shuts in the first fighters at 7pm sharp. Don’t miss out on watching the next group of upcoming MMA fighters in Colorado. You just never know when you are watching a future champion.

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LFA/TSE Card for April 21, 2017/ AXS TV

Top Shelf Entertainment teams up with Legacy Fighting Alliance

Pro Fights MMA
MAIN EVENT: 185 Ian Heinisch vs Lucas Rota
CO-MAIN: 125 Nick Urso vs Brandon Royval
135 Zac Riley vs Jerome Rivera
155 Dominic Montoya vs Slobodan Makslmovic
145 Andrew Tenneson Vs Andrew Yates
135 Adam Martinez vs Maikel Gonzalez
170 Cody Yohn vs Mike Jones
185 Sonny Yohn vs Daniel Rosales
145 Jordan Titoni vs Joel Whitney

Amateur Fights MMA
170 Matt Addington vs Jack Mondragon
135 Robert Trujillo vs Rob Fuller
155 Dillon Strunk vs Ian Kerlin
105 Alyssa Garcia vs Tabitha Trevino

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