Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

April 5th Fight Club OC Show / Just Two Weeks Away / Only A Few Tickets Remain

In two weeks OC fight fans will be treated to equal parts pro mixed martial arts and equal parts pro boxing as Fight Club OC presents six solid bouts on Thursday, April 5th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 / Roy Englebrecht Productions .

After the February 15th show sellout including all 50 Standing Room Only tickets sold, fans should order tickets right now to be guaranteed a seat for the April 5th show that will include the debut of top amateur stars Lisa Mauldin of Fontana and Amanda Jones of Los Angeles, who will face each other in their pro MMA debuts.

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Jose Napoles — Was He Too Good For His Own Good?

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on October 7, 2008 

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer 

The late 1960’s and early 1970’s produced some of the finest, most
dominant champions ever. While Ali, Frazier and Foreman were taking turns
ruling the heavyweights, other divisions found themselves under the
supreme rule of a certain superior boxer.

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ESPN Fight Card – Good St. Patrick’s Show in New York

By David Martinez / 

In the first televised bout from the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden, New York, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0 /12 by KO) scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2 / 16 by KO) to capture the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight championship belt.

Gvozdyk was in control throughout the bout against a game and tough Amar.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard 10 rounds to 2, 118-110, for the winner Gvozdyk.

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A Great Fight … A Great Event

By David Martinez / 

I have enjoyed boxing for almost 60 years and I always enjoy a good fight.  Recently, I watched the video of a bout that took place a few years ago.  Felix Strum defended his WBA Super World Middleweight Title against Martin Murray.  The fight took place in Mannheim, Germany on December 2, 2011.  The ring announcer was Steve Corbo from Chicago, who did an outstanding job.  Hall of Fame referee Stanley Christodoulou was the third man in the ring. 

This is as fine an exhibition of the sweet science as you will ever see.  The fight was televised throughout the world, but it has never been televised in the USA.  Please Note: due to programming, there is no sound for 67 seconds during the playing of the German National Anthem.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this video, compliments of 

Garcia Over Lipinets to Win 140 lb Belt … Valdez Retains Featherweight Title Over Quigg

By David Martinez / 

Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0 / 30 by KO) moved up in weight to challenge unbeaten IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (13-1 / 10 by KO) on Saturday night and won a unanimous 12 round decision.

Garcia now joins the elite company of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in boxing history to win World Titles in four different weight classes, 126, 130, 135 and 140. 

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RING TRIVIA for March 2018

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began back when I was a kid in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself. It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.


1 – Jim Jeffries middle name is?

(a)  Joshua

(b)  Jason

(c)  Jonathon

(d)  Jackson


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Wilder KO’s Ortiz – Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Every boxing champion finds that one moment when the belt is on the line and your opponent has you on the rope, it is that moment in which the boxer must dig deep to win or lose the belt.  In the seventh round, Deontay Wilder faced that moment with thirty second left in the round.  Over the previous two rounds, Wilder took control of the fight so it appeared as he knocked Luis Ortiz down in the fifth and dominated the sixth.  He was looking to end the fight and nailed Ortiz with a solid right but then out of nowhere, Ortiz landed a right hand hook from his southpaw stance and suddenly Wilder looked stunned as he reeled backward.  Ortiz jumped on Wilder with three solid lefts and Wilder attempted to wrap the Cuban fighter.  Wilder survived the barrage but it was obvious that as he went back to the corner, he was a battered fighter with his title in jeopardy. 

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Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video links of upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1 / 27 by KO) vs. Igor Mikhalkin (21-1 / 9 by KO) WBO light heavyweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds and Dmitry Bivol (12-0 / 10 by KO ) vs. Sullivan Barrera (21-1 / 14 by KO) WBA light heavyweight, scheduled for 12 rounds  … both title fights airing on HBO Saturday, March 3, 2018 from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.

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