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Author Archives: Mario Ortega Jr.

Andy Nance: Boxing Lifer


The sport and business of boxing has a way of testing a participant’s resolve and determination. No matter what angle or level of involvement one has in the sport, ups and downs simply come with the territory. For this reason perhaps, the fraternity of real boxing people is such a small group. Andy Nance, a former amateur standout and professional ... Read More »

Avila Makes Short Work of Replacement; Rose Robbed of Victory

Avila-Cota by Erik Killin

REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – Long touted super bantamweight prospect Manuel “Tino” Avila quickly pounded fill-in opponent Jose Angel Cota into submission after two rounds and once-beaten middleweight Louis Rose had a clear cut victory scored a draw against Paul Mendez on Monday night at SportsHouse Indoor Sports & Café. The main bouts aired on Fox Sports 1 Golden Boy Live! ... Read More »

Avila Ready for His Close-Up


REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – Promising super bantamweight Manuel Avila aims to impress in his first English-language broadcasted appearance as he takes on a late replacement opponent in journeyman Jose Angel Cota in the ten-round main event televised by Fox Sports 1 and emanating from the SportsHouse tonight. Fighters for the eight-bout card weighed-in Sunday afternoon at a conference room adjacent ... Read More »

Coley Back in Action in Roseville

Coley Alexander

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Rising light middleweight prospect Aaron Coley may need to consider a rise up in weight class after battling the scales on Friday in advance of his six-round main event showdown with Michael Alexander taking place at the Placer County Fair & Events Center in nearby Roseville Saturday night. The promising undefeated prospect headlines a six-bout professional card, ... Read More »

Adam Fiel: Fighting for Something Bigger


Boxing aficionados from Vacaville to Bangkok know the name Adam Fiel, despite the fact that the promising young super featherweight has about one minute of professional experience under his belt. Fiel, the only fighter to spend time competing for both the United States and Filipino National teams as an amateur, was something of an amateur superstar given the length and ... Read More »

Mendez Gets Workout, Sets up October TV Date

BROOKS, CALIFORNIA – Rising middleweight Paul Mendez boxed his way through five rounds en route to a corner retirement of journeyman Rahman Yusubov at the Cache Creek Casino Resort on Saturday night to successfully preserve an already scheduled October 28th Fox Sports 1-televised date and claim the vacant IBA Middleweight title. Mendez (14-2-1, 6 KOs) of Delano, California began the ... Read More »

Mendez Back in Stay Busy Bout on Saturday

BROOKS, CALIFORNIA – Slowly making his way into fringe contention, veteran middleweight Paul Mendez looks to add another ‘W’ to his increasing win column and the IBA Middleweight title to his trophy case as he takes on journeyman Rahman Yusubov at the Cache Creek Casino Resort on Saturday night. Mendez hopes to come out unscathed to keep an October 28th ... Read More »

Burgos Survives Amidu Scare

LINCOLN, CALIFORNIA – In a great action fight, Yakubu Amidu rose to the occasion against the world class Juan Carlos Burgos, forcing a split decision draw in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event outdoors at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday night. Fighting out of his weight class, Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico found ... Read More »

Burgos Back at Work

LINCOLN, CALIFORNIA – Regarded by many as an uncrowned super featherweight champion, Juan Carlos Burgos aims to put the disappointment of a controversial draw with Rocky Martinez in January in his rearview with an impressive showing against replacement opponent Yakubu Amidu in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event emanating from the Thunder Valley Casino Resort tomorrow night. Burgos (30-1-1, ... Read More »

Provodnikov Takes Bradley to the Limit in Fight of the Year Candidate

Bradley vs. Provodnikov

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – Timothy Bradley Jr. was taken to the limit over twelve rounds by Ruslan Provodnikov in the HBO-televised main event at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night, but managed to escape with his WBO 147-pound title in tact with a debatable twelve-round unanimous decision. Bradley and Provodnikov wasted no time, opting to stand and trade shortly after ... Read More »

Bradley Still Fighting for Respect

Bradley vs. Provonikov

MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA — Long compared to the sometimes underappreciated Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Timothy Bradley Jr. finds himself in a position the middleweight great would have had a chance to sympathize with had he gotten the nod over Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987. Given the edge in scoring over beloved superstar Manny Pacquiao last year, Bradley felt the wrath of ... Read More »

Page Comeback Headlines in Sacramento

James Page by Erik Killin

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Former WBA Welterweight kingpin James Page is back after over eleven years away from the ring as he takes on journeyman Rahman Yusubov in the six-round main event at the Four Points by Sheraton Sacramento Airport tomorrow night. Fighters for the six-fight pro portion of the card weighed in Friday afternoon at the venue. Page (25-4, 19 ... Read More »

Nave Wins in Return, Vows to Fight on

Nave by Stephanie Trapp

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA – After over a year away from the ring, 52-year-old local favorite Paul Nave claimed an eight-round unanimous decision over Justin Danforth to achieve the personal milestone of career win number 20 at Albert Park Field on Friday night. Nave (20-9-2, 8 KOs) of San Anselmo, California took a couple rounds to adjust to the unexpectedly southpaw ... Read More »

Nave Under the Stadium Lights One More Time

Nave v. Danforth

NOVATO, CALIFORNIA – Refusing to listen to his detractors, 52-year-old local hero Paul Nave returns to the ring tonight in search of elusive win number 20 as he takes on Justin Danforth in the eight-round main attraction of what will likely be the last professional boxing event to take place at Albert Park Field in Downtown San Rafael. Fighters for ... Read More »

Guy Robb: Not Ready to Cruise Just Yet


Featherweight prospect Guy Robb makes his hometown debut as professional boxing returns to the historic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night. Robb takes on veteran Mexican journeyman Adolfo Landeros in a six-rounder on the undercard of the Fox Deportes-televised event. Boxing played a huge role in making the Memorial, which originally opened in 1927 and reopened in 1996 after a ... Read More »

Terrible Ending Robs Mendez of Possible Glory


WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA – In a good scrap that he was leading, Paul Mendez unfortunately robbed himself of praise that he likely would have attained justifiably had the fight not ended with a clear-cut low blow in the seventh round of his Telefutura-televised main event against DonYil Livingston at the Woodland Community & Senior Center on Saturday night. After an errant ... Read More »

Crossroads Clash Tops the Bill in Woodland


WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA – Without undefeated records to cling to, middleweights Paul Mendez and DonYil Livingston meet in an eight-round bout that has huge implications on the rest of their careers in tonight’s Telefutura Solo Boxeo-televised main event emanating from the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Fighters for the five-bout card weighed-in Friday night at Las Islitas Ostioneria, just down the ... Read More »

The Verdict is in, Ward is the Heir


OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — In another virtuoso performance, unified super middleweight champion Andre Ward thrilled his local following in dismantling reigning recognized light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson with a tenth-round stoppage at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night. With the win, and the way in which he claimed it, Ward must now be considered the obvious choice to eventually succeed Floyd ... Read More »

Ward and Dawson to State Their Respective Cases on Saturday

Ward v. Dawson

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – There is a mythical pound-for-pound crown that hangs precariously on the head of 35-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. Considering “Money May’s” age and his ever present out-of-the-ring distractions, the next wave must all be chomping at the bit to pick up where Mayweather will eventually leave off. Two fighters that have openly looked up to Floyd as their ... Read More »

Garcia Aims to Remain Unbeaten in “America’s Finest City”

Jonathan Garcia v. Pedro Arcos

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – The long-running fight series at the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego ends the summer with a bang as it plays host to a promising six-fight card tonight. In the main event, light welterweight prospect Jonathan Garcia hopes to continue to build towards something meaningful as he goes up against tough Pedro Arcos in a six-rounder. ... Read More »

Fighting in his Backyard, Sanchez Overcomes Leyva


FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA – Welterweight prospect Alan Sanchez survived some tense moments but kept his impressive recent run rolling with a tenth-round stoppage of fading Manuel Leyva in the Telefutura Solo Boxeo main event at the Fairfield Sports Center on Saturday night. Sanchez (11-2-1, 5 KOs) of Fairfield gave Leyva (21-8, 12 KOs) of Downey, California by way of Ensenada, Baja ... Read More »

Griffin Looks to Lay the Pavement for His Road Back


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – One would have to think coming so close to a crack at a world title and coming up just short would be the end of things for many a fighter in the same place in life as longtime light heavyweight contender Otis Griffin. Financially stable outside of boxing and with little left to prove outside of winning ... Read More »

Martin, St. John Geared up for Part Deux

St John Martin Weigh300 photo: Marty Solis

CLOVIS, CALIFORNIA – Tonight at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, two longtime rivals square off in what is being billed as the last fight for both, as Christy Martin aims to defend her WBC Light Middleweight title against Mia St. John in a rematch of their memorable 2002 encounter. Fighters for the five-bout event weighed-in Monday at the ... Read More »

Martin-St. John Rivalry Alive and Well

Mia St. John Christy Martin

Back in December of 2002, the two most well-known faces in women’s boxing at the time squared off in a crossroads bout of sorts, as Playboy cover girl Mia St. John squared off against Sports Illustrated cover girl and long respected fighter Christy Martin before a pay-per-view audience. To the surprise of many, St. John proved she could hang with ... Read More »

Magdaleno Puts Away Davis as Expected


Super featherweight prospect Diego Magdaleno continued his run through the lower rungs of the division with a fourth-round stoppage over faded trial horse Antonio Larel Davis in defense of his NABF title at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. Magdaleno (23-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, who once had a streak of ... Read More »

Judges Hand it to the Wrong Fighter, Steal One in Canyonville

Mike Gavronski

CANYONVILLE, OREGON — On a Saturday night that featured excellent fights, but horrendous scoring nearly all the way through, unbeaten and wholly untested Mike Gavronski was lucky to escape the Seven Feathers Hotel Casino & Resort with win number ten over a shocked, deserved victor in Kevin Hand. Gavronski (10-0-1, 8 KOs) of Tacoma, Washington got off to a slow ... Read More »

Fight is On: Mike Wilson Returns Home to Oregon on Saturday

Mike Wilson300

The on again, off again return of former amateur star Mike Wilson is on again. After days in which it looked as though the fight was in jeopardy, Wilson will indeed take on free-swinger Harry Gopaul in a four-round cruiserweight special attraction on Saturday night at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon. Wilson (6-0, 3 KOs) of Medford, ... Read More »

Valadez, Simpson Highlight Great Night of Action in Tijuana with First Round KOs


TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA – Local favorite Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez and returning former U.S. amateur standout Aldwayne Simpson thrilled the spirited fight crowd on hand at the Salon Mutualista with devastating first-round stoppages in their featured attractions as Diego “Pelucho” Morales’ Promociones PM returned to the border city on Friday night. In what was a face-paced bout for as long as ... Read More »

Guerrero Shines in Welterweight Debut

Guerrero Aydin photo by Stephanie Trapp

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — Some questioned whether former 126, 130 and recent 135-pound titleholder Robert Guerrero could handle a true welterweight in his first appearance above the lightweight limit. Guerrero answered those questions in fine form as he outfought previously unbeaten and longtime WBC #1 ranked Selcuk Aydin to claim the vacant interim version of the 147-pound title on his ... Read More »

Promociones PM Returns to Tijuana

Vazquez vs. Valadez

TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA – Former world champion turned promoter Diego “Pelucho” Morales is back giving young aspiring fighters in the border city opportunity to show their skills before their local followings beginning tomorrow night with a six-bout offering at the Salon Mutualista. Fighters weighed-in Thursday afternoon at the offices of the Comision de Box, Lucha Libre y Kickboxing de Tijuana ... Read More »