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Ready for another title shot N’Dam dominates Stevens.

Photo by German Villasenor

Photo by German Villasenor

Tuesday afternoon, prior to the official weigh in, an original “Chin-checker” said he was going to do all his talking in the ring, but on Wednesday night Stevens seemed to have lost his gift of gab inside the squared circle. It was his opponent, Hassan N’ Dam who did all the talking and moving and fighting when they faced off in a twelve round middleweight eliminator at the Barker Center in Santa Monica, California. ESPN Friday Night Fights televised the event live that was well attended by Hollywood celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Dustin Hoffman, etc…

All three judges scored the contest in favor of Hassan N’Dam (116-111 twice and 119-108) who dominated the fight from start to finish. Following a first round bum rush by Stevens (27-5, 20KO’S), N’ Dam (31-1,18KO’S) took control of the fight using his athletic abilities as well as obvious height and reach advantages. Former champion from Cameron glided around a small ring as if it was a huge football field and unloaded crisp combinations following a stiff jab. His constant lateral movement prevented Stevens from setting up his feet to fire back. Befuddled for the first half of the fight Stevens finally had some success in rounds six and seven trapping his adversary on the ropes and unloading some heavy leather.

With renewed confidence Stevens continued to march forward in the eighth stanza when he ran into a crushing right hand that deposited him on the canvas. Curtis got up and fought back bravely producing exhilarating two way action and inspiring a fan to shout; “Ali Frazier!”Only Frazier did not show up. On the other hand N’ Dam continued to stick and move and dominate round after round. In fact, his confidence got so high that he started to rotate his right fist as if he could hit Stevens any time he wanted to and then treated fans to Ali shuffle in the corner of the ring.

Stevens went all out in the final round and even landed a telling right hand blow that had the crowd go “wow”, but it was too little too late. N’ Dam got away from the ropes, fired back a combination and danced his way to a victory. “I wanted to show people that I am a real middleweight contender and I did,” said N’Dam, 30:” Now I only want to watch the fight on October 8th and take on the winner.” Sam Soliman is scheduled to defend his IBF middleweight title against former champion, Jermain Taylor on October 8th, 2014. The winner of that fight is supposed to face Hassan N’ Dam who is anxious to win his title back.

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized


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N’Dam and Stevens collide in Santa Monica

By King Sports

By King Sports

Often time’s great fights take place at the least likely venues. And if the old adage “styles make fights” is true than middleweight title eliminator between Hassan N’Dam (30-1,18KO’S) and Curtis Stevens (27-4,20KO’S) is bound to be a nail bitter. They are to lock horns on October 1st, 2014 at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. ESPN Friday Night Fights special Wednesday edition will televise this twelve round contest live.

Former WBO middleweight champion from France, N’Dam lost his title to Peter Quillin in New York two years ago. N’Dam claims he wasn’t one hundred percent on that night. However, he was well enough to pick himself up off the canvass six times to continue to fight an uphill battle.

“It was a very good fight,” commented Stevens, his October 1st opponent, during a telephone interview with ESPN:” He was boxing very good, but he was getting caught with shots as he was jumping in. Other than that he kept getting up, kept fighting. It was good that he kept getting up. He showed a heart of a true champion.”

Following a first loss of his professional career thirty years old N’Dam rebounded with three straight wins. The last one in April of this year was especially dominant win over a veteran from Colombia, Fulgencio Zuniga. It took place at the same venue, Barker Hanger in Santa Monica and marked his new promoter, Michael King’s entry into a world of sweet science. Hollywood mogul, King might be a novice boxing promoter, but he knows a thing or two about staging big events. Not wasting much time King won a purse bid for this title eliminator and got his fighter, N’Dam in line for another title shot, should he win this eliminator.

Hassan N’Dam is very confident of his chances against Brooklyn based Curtis Stevens. He said that Steven’s style is tailor made for him to shine and promised to give a boxing lesson to the original “Chin Checker”.

“He is talking a lot of junk on twitter,” said Stevens, 29:” Like he is going to give me a boxing lesson. I don’t believe in his right mind that he is going to stand there trying to get hit. I believe he is going to try to run as Andre Dirrell did when I fought Dirrell. But I believe there is only one Andre Dirrell. I believe he is just going to try to stay away as long as he can.”

Hard punching Stevenson lost his first shot at a middleweight title by a knock out to Gennady Golovkin last November. He has rebounded with two knock out victories this year and is ready for another shot at a championship belt.

“Don’t think too much,” said Stevens about the lesson he learned from the loss:” Just let my hands go. Golovkin fight, I was over thinking it, looking for a perfect shot instead of just letting my hands fly.”

Stevens, who punches like he has hammers in his boxing gloves instead of fists, has a definite plan for his October 1st encounter with N’Dam. “I am getting ready to let my hands go and take it to him,” said Stevens:” I just got to go in there and do what I do. I got to let my hands go and have fun. “Don’t miss it.


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Ivan Redkach is ready for a break out performance.

Ivan Redkach outside Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello, California

Ivan Redkach outside Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello, California

Like so many Eastern European pugilists lightweight contender Ivan Redkach came to United States to realize his aspirations of being a professional prize fighter. Astute boxing manager Edward Gumashyan helped Ivan to relocate from Ukraine to Los Angeles put him up at his house and started his training. Ivan Redkach felt right at home perfecting his craft at the Maywood Boxing Club, legendary for its ring wars. Fighters like late Edwin Valero, Antonio Margarito, Alfredo Angulo, and Urbano Antillion were well known to get engaged in spirited sparring sessions which were more intense than most professional fights. I remember the whole gym pausing everything and me holding my breath to watch Angulo and Margarito spar.

Most likely boxing saved Ivan from the life of street fights and crime. You can take the man out from the street, but you can’t take the street out from the man. And so aggressive by nature Redkach only added to the legend of Maywood Boxing Club.

“Two years ago in Maywood I got into it with Luis Ramos,” Redkach reminisced during a recent interview outside of Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello:” We fought with fists and legs. In 2006 we fought as representatives of team Ukraine and team USA.  We held a grudge against each other ever since. Then we met in America as professionals. During sparring at Maywood Boxing Club, he kept hitting me after the bell, so I had to retaliate and the real fight broke out.”

May be that’s why Redkach is no longer works at the Maywood Boxing Club. I recently went to see him spar almost eight spirited rounds at the Ponce Deleon Boxing Gym in Montebello. The gym is different, but the attitude is the same. Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach is on the edge; ready to explode at any time… I said almost eight rounds because this sparring session was stopped due to a conflict. Ivan was getting the better of the exchanges when his opponent started to hold the Ukrainian slugger. Redkach would have none of it. He head butted the holder and slammed him on the ground at which point the sparring session was stopped.

“I just pushed him and he fell down, “explained Redkach, 28, when asked about this incident by reporter Anna Dragost:” It is nothing serious. It’s just work. It happens every other sparring session. Some want to hold me and not let me work, that’s why I have to do something.”.” You can’t do this,” whispered his trainer Mario Morales:” You got to be patient. They would disqualify you in a real fight.”

A real fight is scheduled for June 27th, 2014 against a really experienced fighter from Belarus, Sergey Gulyakevich (41-2,17KO). Ten rounds contest in a lightweight division will be televised live by ESPn Friday Night Fights from Ameristar Casino in Saint Charles, Missouri.

“I’ve known him since amateur days,” said Redkach (16-0,13KO’S):”He is a good boxer. He medaled at the Olympics and he is a former world and European champion. He is a good fighter that is why we are expecting a good fight.” The winner would be close to challenging for a title in a talent rich lightweight division.

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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Professional Boxing


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Martirosyan brothers shine in the desert


Southern California promoter Dan Goossen told me that his newest charge, former US Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan was supposed to make a statement in his debut under Goossen Tutor promotional banner. Ten round super welterweight showdown between Glendale’s Martirosyan (34-1-1,21 KO’S) and tough as nails Mexican Mario Lozano(27-5,20KO’S) who has never been knocked out made that statement according to Goossen. An action paced fight headlined a night of professional boxing at the Morongo Resort and Casino and was televised by ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Twenty seven year old Martirosyan who is called “The Nightmare “dominated the fight from start to finish and scored a knock down in the second stanza, but could not close the show early and had to settle for a lopsided unanimous decision.

All three judges scored the fight the same 1000-89

Vanes Martirosyan came out firing on all cylinders landing crisp powerful combinations and busting up the face of his opponent in the very first round. A picture perfect right hand deposited Mario Lozano on the canvas in the middle of the second stanza. Vicious uppercut snapped Lozano’s head back, but he survived the round. Vanes continued his high powered assault landing accurate right hands almost at will in the third stanza. Bloody and beat up, head snapping back repeatedly Lozano continued to fight back in the fourth. Despite being rocked repeatedly Lozano mounted a spirited attack in the 6th frame and got the crowd involved in the fight. Still, Lozano gotten  a lot more than he gave. Vanes seemed a bit gassed in the seventh round which gave his opponent more opportunities, but he came back strong in the 8th looking for a knock out. Martirosyan continued his attack looking to close in spectacular fashion , but had to settle for a decision.

“I felt good, I felt strong in there, I wasn’t tired.I didn’t move around a lot,” said Martirosyan after the fight:” Better things are coming. It’s just a start of good things that yet to come.” Vanes praised his new trainer Joe Goossen.” We did this in three and a half weeks,” said Martirosyan.

Vanes’s younger brother Vatch Martirosyan  has stolen the show in the final bout of the evening  as he assaulted his over matched opponent Gustavo Lopez with a ferocity of a starving junk yard dog. Scheduled for four rounds welterweight extravaganza ended in the  third  stanza after Vetch scored two knock downs in the second and one more in the third. Referee Raul Cádiz Jr. stopped the massacre at 1:01 of the third stanza. Vatch Martirosyan improves to 3-0 with 2 knock outs. He is wild and exciting and he is the one to watch.

In the opening bout televised by ESPN Friday Night Fights lightweight from Washington DC , Antony Peterson (33-1,21 KO’S)dominated Marcos Jimenez (20-5,13 KO’S) over ten spirited rounds. Packed house at Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon , California applauded the action. All three judges scored the fight for Peterson : 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.

Anthony Peterson came out with mean intentions firing hard shots behind a stiff jab, going to the head and body while his opponent Marcos Jimenez was mostly content to cover up. Rounds two and three featured back and forth action. Peterson lost his mouth guard in the third and was a victim of a low blow. But he came back strong in the fourth ripping hooks to the body that began to pay dividends. Sixth stanza featured heated exchanges and just when it looked that Anthony Peterson was beginning to brake his opponent’s will, the warrior called El Tiger came back with return fire. Peterson continued his body assault all the way to the tenth and final stanza, but could not close the show.

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Professional Boxing


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