AIRTIGHT BOXING: MELO REIGNS SUPREME

 Boxing, winners, Denver, Airtight Boxing, Arturo MeloBY EVAN HERTZOG

9-30-17

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The “Imperium Event Center”, was rocking Friday night in Westminster Colorado as Airtight Boxing put on one of the more competitive cards I can remember from 2017 in Colorado. Each match show cased both fighters involved with many back and forth fights taking place last night. In total, Airtight provided us with a 9-bout card including 1 amateur kickboxing bout, 6 amateur boxing bouts and 2 amazing pro boxing bouts in the co-main and main event.

The Imperium always provides an intense environment with its close quarters and fans seemingly breathing on top of the ring. When it is standing room only it only adds to the great boxing atmosphere. It gets loud in there and loud quickly. I have no better example other than when Chuy Alvarado stepped into the ring on Friday night to take on Sydney Haynes in the final amateur boxing match of the evening. Alvarado was the clear bread winner as far as ticket sales go for airtight’s latest event as what seemed like the entire venue rose to their feet and roared as “El Tanque” himself strolled to the ring. They never sat down either. With each overhand right and sweeping left hook that landed for Alvarado the crowd went into frenzy and although he didn’t score the knock out in front of his rabid fan base, he did put on a great show and won a unanimous decision against a very formidable opponent in Haynes and gave cause for an absolute party atmosphere as he made his way back to the locker room.

Alvarado’s energy carried over into the pro portion of the card as we made our way into the co-main event between Sevelle Hasan(1-1) and Tommy Roque(1-0). This proved to be such and even match as both fighters showed off their boxing skill and counter punching skill. Hasan seemed to have figured out the timing of the left hand to the body that Roque was determined to throw and started to move out the back door and land a stunning right cross repeatedly until he finally caught Roque square on the chin sending the Marine veteran crashing to the canvas in what looked like a devastating KO at first glance but Roque somehow made it to his feet and recovered almost instantly. Hasan allowed Roque back in it in the final minute and a half of the second round when he should have gone for the finish. This would prove to be costly for Hasan as the marine Roque stole the momentum going into the third round and picked up the pace even more so in the third.

Roque made an adjustment between rounds two and three and abandoned the left hand to the body and instead switched up his attack by throwing more right hooks to the body, eliminating the right cross power punch of Hasan that sent him to the canvas in the second round. The third saw multiple phonebooth like exchanges between the two warriors but the body work of Roque seemed to be taking affect as we moved into the last minute and a half of the round. The power of Hasan was clearly not the same now and the constant pressure from the once nearly knocked out Roque, looked to be somewhat shaking the confidence of Hasan. Roque was able to pressure Hasan to the ropes for the majority of the third round but Hasan was still answering with power shots of his own, landing an effective right uppercut. Roque would return fire, landing his best power punches of the fight to the body. Once the damage was done down stairs, Roque let Hasan come forward off the ropes. As Hasan was clearly protecting the body, a big overhand right rocked Hasan and sat him down on the middle ropes which would normally be called a knockdown but after two more strikes landed on Hasan, referee Tim Mills had seen enough and jumped in to stop the fight, giving Roque a KO victory in his pro debut and in epic comeback fashion showing the pure heart of a United States Marine. Congrats to both fighters for putting on the fight of the night in my opinion.

With one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year next up in the main event of the evening between Arturo Melo(4-2) and Mario Sierra(2-1) for the Rocky Mountain State Super Bantamweight title, I wasn’t sure if the energy in the building could be kept at such a high level after two loud, action-packed fights in the Alvarado fight and the co-main event.

It was kept.

From the opening bell the two super bantamweight warriors came to throw down and put on a show. The exchanges were the fastest and most impressive of the entire evening as both Melo and Sierra came out in the first round looking very sharp. Sierra was having success early on the inside but Melo started to control the distance and the pace of the fight early with a new found stiff jab the was keeping Sierra just out of reach with his power hooks that have been so successful early in his career. The jab continued to frustrate Sierra until he forced the action and walked through punches to close the distance, landing two or three good shots on Melo midway through the first round but the maturation of Melo and the willingness to instantly return fire was seeming to pay off for the 19-year-old Colorado Springs fighter. The power punching of Sierra wasn’t having the same effect on Melo as it has had against lesser opponents in the past and that proved to be true as Melo ate a shot from Sierra and sent back a glancing right hand that saw Sierra hit the canvas for the first time in his career. The corner of Sierra and the fighter himself argued that it was a slip and with the angle that I had I can’t really say for certain, so I always side with the third man the ring as he or she always has the best view of the fight.

The knockdown at the end of the first round gave some worry to the Sierra fan base as they hadn’t seen him in that position before in his pro boxing career, but the young man showed nothing but confidence as the second round started, showing his willingness to get back to the inside and exchange power punches with Melo. Melo wasn’t having any of that though and continued to control the fight with his new found snapping jab that once again kept Sierra away until he rushed forward which opened up the power punching of Melo, making Sierra an easier target to hit as he came towards him. The final minute of round two bounced back into phone booth mode as Melo abandoned the jab and decided to exchange with Sierra for the last portion of the round, with both fighters landing significant shots to each of their cheek bones it was becoming a close fight once again after the first-round knockdown for Melo.

The third round started and the Imperium event center was flooded with chants of Mario and rumbles of Melo as the two young boxing talents met again in the center of the ring and exchanged four punch combinations respectfully. Sierra seemed to have a mean streak in him in the third round as he came forward landing some of his best punches in the fight while eating some of Melos best power shots. His aggression would get the best of him in the final minute of round three as he threw caution the wind and unleashed everything he had but that left him exposed upstairs and Arturo Melo would take advantage of that. The beginning of the end started with a stinging jab from Melo that snapped the head of Sierra back and dazed him a bit. As he tried to recover and move forward in the following moments he left himself open for two hooks the face in a row the right hook stumbled Sierra and had him in deep trouble. As he stumbled forward from the right hook landed by Melo, Sierra couldn’t get his hands back up and Melo dropped a hammer of a left hook that sent Sierra crashing to the canvas. All credit to the heart and toughness of Sierra as it didn’t seem as though he would make it back to his feet but he somehow pulled himself up but he was still too dazed and was not able to walk forward to veteran referee Stephen Blea and stumbled into his corner and the ropes, forcing Blea to waive the fight off, ending the night in insanely entertaining fashion.

Charlie Ibarra (head boxing coach hustle hard boxing) rushed into the ring and lifted his fighter and new crowned rocky mountain super bantamweight champion Arturo Melo to the rafters as the Imperium event center went into a fever pitch.

Both fighters showed true class and respect to each other and to each’s fan base after their exciting main event. I’ve been saying it for a month now. These two fighters deserve all the credit in the world for taking the hard fights early and often in their careers. They could have waited three years and padded their records on their way to this inevitable fight but instead these two young gentleman decided to step into the proving grounds early and for that I salute the both of you.

Humble in victory and defeat, Melo and Sierra prove what type of role model’s boxers can be for our youth even when they are youthful still themselves.

HERTZY OUT

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My “look back” of Andre Ward

 

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By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

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As a traveling sports photographer I was so elated to be wrapped up in Ward VS Kovalev 1 & 2.  As much as I would love to see one more fight from him, it’s time to respect him. As much as I didn’t like the outcome of Ward Kovalev 2, I give him respect in his honestly about leaving the sport.

Andre Ward has put on the suit at ringside,  commandeered himself a microphone and a place.  He has made his career on his own terms, and he landed on top.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey,” Ward said. “You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there.

“If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.” Andre Ward

 

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Mario Sierra “Pays it Forward” on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

Mario Sierra Charitable cause on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

By Amanda “Amanzing” Armstrong

Images: Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong / TrihexPhotography.com

Mario Sierra VS Arturo Melo, an exciting match up on the Airtight Boxing card “Ready 2 Rumble”. On September 29th Mario Sierra will be fighting for Riley Heasley ( get to know him below!). Clayton Pay It Forward is a smart way to donate as a fighter. The cause always benefit, if the fighter takes the W or the L.  Zak Clayton Founder and President  works tirelessly to help raise funds for multiple causes with multiple events.  It is wonderful to see fighters do good thing like this in the community.  Read below the official press release.

 

Dear friends,

Clayton Consulting & Event Planning LLC. (CCEP) is very proud to announce a partnership developed with Mario Jauritoz Sierra, effectively creating the Clayton Pay It Forward Fundraising Fighters. Mario and the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program are working together to fight childhood illnesses and other life altering family issues while selling tickets to upcoming fights and promoting to Mario’s Northern Colorado home area. Effective immediately, every ticket sold by Mario or the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, Mario will donate 1% of his winnings to a sick child or company battling child illness, up to 25%. We are currently selling tickets for the Airtight Boxing Promotion, Ready 2 Rumble, at the Imperium Events Center in Westminster on September 29th .This is a group that will concentrate on reaching out to kids in Northern Colorado that are battling illness, depression, or other afflictions to promote the contact sports, introduce them to alternative activities, and show them that Northern Colorado Cares.

Mario, co-creator, is our first fighter to sign on board but negotiations are ongoing with other young women and men to join our group. CCEP LLC., ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, or Northern Colorado Cares will not be receiving any money for these hardworking young women or men. It is our privilege that they give of themselves to help Northern Colorado families in need of a helping hand. Mario will be fighting for Riley Heasley, a courageous young man who is fighting to defeat Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN). A rare neurological disease that affects both children and adults. People with PKAN lack a chemical necessary to metabolize a vitamin in the brain. Without normal levels of this metabolite, part of the brain degenerates, causing severe problems with walking, coordination, vision, speech and swallowing. The illness is particularly cruel in childhood, when uncontrollable twisting movements can be extreme, causing pain and even bone fractures. Awareness is not affected, making the suffering imposed by the disease especially poignant. Many children with PKAN die before the age of 10. Riley needs therapeutic equipment to help relieve 2 muscle and joint tension due to a strenuous physical therapy regimen. After the whirlpool is purchased we will direct the remaining funds to the Spoonbill Foundation. The Spoonbill Foundation is the leaders in finding a cure for PKAN.

This group was founded to bring upon action.We at CCEP strive to help people that have emergency needs, our United States Veterans, local underfunded 501c3’s, children’s fundraising efforts, and our little warriors fighting roadblocks placed in front of them. We encourage all companies to donate or even better match Mario’s donation.

If you have any questions please contact us: Zak Clayton, info@ClaytonPIF.com, (970) 584- 6315, my direct phone. I am available from 6 AM until 7 PM on most nights. If I do not answer please leave a name and number with brief description. I will return your call ASAP.

Sincerely,

Zak Clayton

https://www.claytonpif.com/

 

About: Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) VS Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs)

Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) and Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) will meet in a 12-round eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC 160-pound championship. Charlo will make his middleweight debut after successfully defending his 154-pound belt three times, including a highlight reel knockout of then unbeaten Julian Williams last December on SHOWTIME.

“I’ve been training since end of January to prepare myself for the move up to middleweight,” said Charlo. “I’m feeling stronger, I’m feeling smarter and overall, I’m feeling better. Heiland is a tough fighter and I know he plans on bringing his A-game on July 29. He’s just as hungry as me. We both want to be in a place to fight the best in the division, but I never overlook the opponent in front of me. It’s been a great camp so far and I’m ready for this fight. It’s time to make my mark so I can become a two-division world champion. I plan to take care of business at 160 just like I did at 154.”

 

“I’m thrilled to be facing a great fighter like Jermall Charlo,” said Heiland. “I’ve waited a long time for a chance like this, so I will give it my all. I am fearless and I promise that this bout will be an all-out war because my career and livelihood are on the line.”

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Charlo vs. Heiland bout is promoted in association with TGB Promotions.

 

“The Charlo vs. Heiland and Washington vs. Miller matchups are fantastic additions to night of action that is already eagerly anticipated by boxing fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Jermall Charlo is a star on the rise, but he’ll have a stiff challenge against Jorge Sebastian Heiland as he seeks a path to becoming a two-division world champion. The heavyweight matchup is a very intriguing showdown with Gerald Washington hoping to prove that he deserves another opportunity at the belt and Jarrell Miller fighting in his hometown and looking to earn his first world title shot. You’re not going to want to miss this night of fights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME.”

 

“This is a great opportunity for SHOWTIME viewers to witness Jermall Charlo’s ascent in the middleweight division in an ordered title elimination bout,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Huge fights could be ahead for him.  Washington and Miller is a significant heavyweight match up. SHOWTIME viewers will see highlights of someone establishing themselves as an immediate player.  Fans at Barclays Center are in-store for a terrific tripleheader.”

 

“Jermall Charlo was a powerful force as a 154-pound world champion and everyone is curious to see if he can bring the same ferocity to the middleweight division,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Heiland has been waiting for his chance at a middleweight world title and now he’s one step closer, but Charlo is standing in his way. This will be two fearless boxers, with something to prove and everything to gain, going at each other. The fact that it’s on the card with one of the best matchups in boxing this year – Broner versus Garcia – makes for a terrific night of boxing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME on July 29.’’

 

The twin brother of unbeaten 154-pound champion Jermell, the Charlos became the first twins to hold world titles in the same weight class simultaneously when Jermell won his title in May 2016 while Jermall defended his belt the same night with a victory over Austin Trout. The 27-year-old will move up in weight as he seeks to become a two-division world champion after delivering a Knockout of the Year candidate against Williams in December. Fighting out of Houston and training with Ronnie Shields, Charlo won his title in 2015 by stopping Cornelius Bundrage before making his three defenses.

 

Fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Heiland enters this bout on an eight-fight winning streak including seven by knockout. The 30-year-old turned pro in 2007 with 16 straight victories before challenging for an interim title in 2010. Heiland’s current winning streak included a knockout victory in Ireland over Irish star Matthew Macklin in 2014. Heiland will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time as a professional after making his U.S. debut last September with a stoppage of Angel Hernandez.

Jarrell Miller vs. Gerald Washington By The Round (Showtime)

Heavyweight: Jarrell Miller vs. Gerald Washington
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs)
Title challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs)
10 Rounds
July 29th 2017

By Amanda Armstrong (Triple A)

Round 1
Miller looking dominating in the first. Filling the ring with his size. Washington’s jabs look ineffective, Miller owning the center of the ring entire round.

Round 2
Miller again staying in the center work Washington into the corner to unleash combos. Washington taking more combos to the body and head. Great combos by Miller, really working the body.

Round 3
Washington cannot make a dent on Miller. Miller sneaking in effective uppercuts. Washingtons tights are ineffective. Miller very mobile in the ring, Washington is ooking worn down at the end of 3.

Round 4
Miller comes out dropping rights with heavy hands. Miller works Washington into the corner, more body work with an upper cut followed with double jab. Miller seems to have the stamina over Washington.

Round 5
Miller continues the same previous formula. Washington backing up into the ropes. Washington trying to get something going.

Round 6
Washington comes out throwing, lands some big punches. Miller shakes his head “No”. Washington saved by the bell while Miller unloads big right hands and combos on the ropes.
( Doctor check in the corner; Washington)
Round 7
Miller continuing the punishment on Washington in the corners. Attempting to finish Washington with big rights.

Round 8
Washington makes it this far. Looking worn Washington ties up Miller. Washington looking weak on the ropes. More rights from Miller at the end.

Referee Stops the fight.

Juan Santiago VS Robert Rodriguez (Airtight Boxing): Gallery

Juan Santiago VS Robert Rodriguez (Airtight Boxing) “Unleashed”

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

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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.”

 

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.