No Excuses, Kovalev Ward 2

 

Kovalev Ward set for June 17th, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will be a highly anticipated rematch. After their last meet up in the ring on Nov 19th, 2016 the tensions have grown between the two.

Post fight quotes from “Pound for Pound”

SERGEY KOVALEV (30-1-1, 26 KOs)

“It’s the wrong decision. I don’t want to say my opinion,” he said. “The witnesses are here. They saw it. It’s my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges’ decision.”

“[Ward] got maybe a few rounds. I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. It is the USA and all the judges were from the USA. It’s a sport. Don’t make it politics. It’s a sport, and I won the fight.”

ANDRE WARD (31-0, 15 KOs)

“What a beautiful thing! We did it baby! It’s a lot of hardware. Surreal! This is what I set out to do. Now I’m a 5X World Champion in 2 weight classes. Man, it’s amazing!

“I thought I won and it sounded like fair scoring.

“Your last fight is always the most important. But I needed this.

“It was about those in the trenches moments. Sergey has no inside game. So my mid-range and inside game is what I focused on.

“After that second round knockdown, I think he (Kovalev) realized I wasn’t going anywhere and I was stepping on the gas.

In the past months each fighter has been open in their thought’s for one another. Both not holding back via social media, and in the press.

SERGEY KOVALEV

“I just saw him in the lobby of the hotel yesterday for the first time,” Kovalev said. “It’s real hard. When he looks at me, I just want to punch him in the head. I have nothing to talk to him about.

“He does not deserve respect from me. I want to punch him and punish him. I want to destroy him.”

ANDRE WARD

“I could throw a lot against the wall and see if it sticks, but I have a track record. This isn’t my first rodeo,” Ward said. “I’m not getting caught up in that. You’ve got to see me June 17. Let’s simplify. You’ve got to see me June 17. And like I told him, leave the excuses at home this time.”

“Contrary to anything that is out there, there is nothing scary about him,” Ward said.

With all of these words being said, it always adds up for a win for the fans. On November 19th 2016 there was “questionable scoring”, said by many in attendance and there after in social media. This just adding to the fire, to create a highly combustible match in the ring.

Will Kovalev get that needed KO? I only hope so, because we all win when it goes to #KovalevWard3 right?

-Amanda Armstrong / Photos Amanda Armstrong

WARD-KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH” SET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

AT MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER, LAS VEGAS

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

Check out fight pictures below from “Pound for Pound”

 

 

 

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!

HERTZY OUT

 

(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.

HERTZY OUT

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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LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM “PLATINUM” MIKE PERRY- KNOCKOUT ARTIST IS HERE TO STAY

BY EVAN HERTZOG

4-23-17

Hide your kids. Hide your wife. Hide your chin. Bring a knife.

All precautions one should take when stepping inside of a cage with “Platinum” Mike Perry (10-1 10 KO’S).  He is 3 and 1 since making his debut at UFC 202 last august, with his only set back coming against rugged veteran Alan Jouban by way of Unanimous Decision in December of 2016. Otherwise he has blown through his opposition, compiling three knockout victories in his first four fights on the big stage, knocking out Hyun Gyu Lim in the first round of his UFC debut, just to follow it up with a third-round knockout two months later over Danny Roberts in England on the Bisping vs Henderson2 undercard.

There is no doubt that Mike Perry has established himself as a, “love him or hate him”, type of fighter in the early going of his UFC career and the fights he has put on so far is only driving that narrative. Perry was an unknown undefeated fighter when he made his debut but he became a household name immediately after his actions at his first UFC weigh-ins against Gyu Lim, as he extended his hand to shake his opponents’ just to pull it back at the last second and posture into fight stance while screaming at the top of his lungs. He backed it up the following night and so the love hate relationship began. To be honest I loved his approach from the moment I watched him at that weigh-in but it most certainly wasn’t universally accepted and loved.

Fast forward two months and Perry made his return to the octagon. This time not an unknown but rather a known, with all eyes on him and his pre-fight antics as he travelled across seas and into enemy territory to take on England’s own Danny Roberts but it wasn’t what he did at the weigh-ins that had people talking about “Platinum” on that following Sunday morning. Mike Perry went to war and in the first time in his career, he was pushed outside of the second round and truly tested. Showing pure guts and will after being down on many peoples’ scorecards in a razor thin war going into the third round, Perry was able to survive multiple head kicks and land a vicious knee that sent Roberts stiff to the canvas late in the final round.

His only stumble came just two months later against Alan Jouban who looked to be the much fresher fighter and Perry coming off a war just two months prior, seemed to be suffering from the effects of the Roberts fight still. He looked to be half the fighter that we had previously seen and I had my suspicions that he was overworked and took on too much of a work load in his first six months in the UFC. Still showing absolute toughness and a chin that is starting to gain a reputation as one of the best in the welterweight division, Perry was able to survive and take his first loss of his career by way of Unanimous Decision.

Many on the internet that didn’t take kindly to Perry and his brash pre-fight style, celebrated this loss and took the opportunity to label him as over rated immediately, totally disregarding who he is as a fighter when the microphones are turned off and the performances he had previously put on since joining the UFC. The other portion of fight fans seemed eager to see how Perry would bounce back after being outclassed by Jouban and taking his first loss of his career. I was in the latter of those two and honestly, I wasn’t sure it would be good for Perry depending on the matchup made and how long of a break the UFC would let him take after his initial whirl wind of three fights in six months.

With those questions floating in my head, I didn’t feel that the answers to those questions would be promising after hearing his following fight announcement. It was announced that he would be squaring off with long time UFC veteran Jake Ellenberger. Now I must say I liked the amount of time off between fights this time for Perry, with almost five months passing since his fight with Jouban but I was a little bit wary of the match up. Although ranked 13th in the welterweight division, this was really a must win fight for Ellenberger going into it after dropping six of his last eight fights. It felt as though the vet Ellenberger had his back against the wall and drawing Mike Perry after his first loss in his career was just what the doctor ordered for the “Juggernaut”.

I was wrong.

The first round saw Perry come out and look more relaxed than any of his previous fights and wasn’t quite as stiff as Ellenberger as they circled and exchanged. The first round saw some really nice kick boxing exchanges and two takedowns by Ellenberger. It was what happened after the takedowns that made me think that we might be seeing and even better version of Mike Perry after taking his first loss just months prior, because he popped up immediately from both takedowns, seemingly frustrating Ellenberger early. His jab was also finding a home and he was determined to go to the body of the “Juggernaut”, early and often throughout the first round.

About a minute into the second round we were seeing more of the same types of exchanges we started to see towards the end of the first round and Perry was sticking to his game plan, staying outside, and going to the body when he could. All it took was one big right hand from Ellenberger to bring out the brawler in Perry though as he immediately threw the game plan out the window and pressed forward landing multiple shots of his own on Ellenberger. Both fighters started landing at close range and the fight was moving towards a war of sorts. I say was because moments later both fighters clinched and looked to throw knees accordingly. As they went to break away from each other, Perry took a slight step backwards and threw an elbow across the chin of Jake Ellenberger, instantly turning off the lights of the Omaha Nebraska fighter.

The crowd roared and “Platinum” Mike Perry, bloodied and tired gave us a little break dance demonstration as Ellenberger laid unconscious and on his back for minutes on the octagon canvas. As he walked the cage taking in all of his glory, he made tribute to the great BJ Penn, while wiping the blood off of his face, onto his hands and then licking it. There is no doubt in mind that he has BJ and many more greats attention after completing his third knockout in three victories since joining the big league. 

I do believe we have received our answers to the questions asked of Mike Perry after his loss in December of last year. The answers read to me, that Mike Perry is here and is authentic. He is more than pre-fight hype and I do believe that we are just scratching the surface of what is sure to be a legendary career in mixed martial arts.

“Platinum” Mike Perry: Knockout artist. Ten wins, ten knockouts. Perry will be the UFC’S next big superstar. Wait and see but never blink.

HERTZY OUT

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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

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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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