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CONNOR VICTORIOUS AT THE FITZ!

Posted in 2012, Boxing News, Reports, Tracy Morin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by Champ

Closes Fight Trilogy With a Win Over Nicole Woods
By Tracy Morin at ringside/Photos by Wesley Ortiz, MemphisBoxing.com

Kim Connor ©Wesley Ortiz, Memphisboxing.com

In the main event of Fights at the Fitz on August 25 at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Kim Connor (9-2-2, 4 KOs) scored a decisive decision win in her third fight against Nicole Woods (11-9-2, 3 KOs). The female lightweights had met twice in 2010 (the first ending in a draw and the next a unanimous decision for Connor), and both were out to prove their superiority to a packed crowd–including female boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, who sat ringside in a special appearance.
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GOLD AT THE FITZ!

Posted in Site News with tags , , on August 22, 2012 by Champ

Meet & Greet with Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields at the August 25th edition of Fights at the Fitz.

Memphis v. Miami in World Series of Boxing!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News with tags , , , on November 26, 2010 by Champ

The Memphis World Series of Boxing Team (Memphis Force) boasts a strong roster of athletes, including four Olympians from around the world, primed and ready to represent their new home.

Tonight, the Desoto Civic Center will play host to the first World Series of Boxing event for Team Memphis. Memphis Force will face Team Miami.

The World Series of Boxing, a revolutionary new boxing league, featuring the world’s top amateur boxers in a professional team format, has named Memphis as one of three franchise cities in the United States.

Created by the International Amateur Boxing Association, the World Series of Boxing is a unique professional boxing league who’s goal is to reunite the broader boxing world and return boxing to its previous position of prominence on the American sports scene.

Tickets begin at $25.

Connor Tops Woods by Narrow Decision!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by Champ

By Michael Sheffield At Ringside, Memphisboxing.com

The 2010 finale of PrizeFight Boxing’s Fights at the Fitz series ended with crowd-pleasing rematch of female lightweights that easily surpassed the excitement of the original fight. Both fighters would put on impressive performances for former heavyweight champion, Michael Moorer, who was providing color commentary for the fight’s television broadcast and former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who was in attendance.

The 8-round main event between Nicole Woods (11-7-1 3 KOs) and Kim Connor (6-1-2 3 KOs) was the sequel to a draw between the two women from January 30, 2010.

Connor, who was easily the crowd favorite, would stand toe to toe with the taller and more powerful Woods, and the two fighters didn’t disappoint the sellout crowd. From the opening bell until the final bell, Woods and Connor took turns trading hard shots, with some landing even after the bell.

The action began with both fighters trading throughout the early rounds. However, Woods repeatedly was caught holding on to Connor’s right hand whenever she threw a jab. It would take 5 rounds for referee Randy Phillips to warn Woods.
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“Fights at the Fitz” this Saturday!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2010 by Champ

Memphis-TN-Monday, November 1, 2010- Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing Gym and Tecate present a stacked five bout card that is loaded with talent from top to bottom at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS as it returns November 6th with it’s latest installment of “Fights At The Fitz”. “Fights At The Fitz” is a record breaking series that has showcased many of the top young fighters in the world today. World ranked fighters such as Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Lamont & Anthony Peterson and many more have see their careers blossom at “Fights At The Fitz”.

In the 6-Round Middleweight Main Event, two undefeated fighters collide when heavy handed Mario Mina (5-0, 3 KO’s) of Quito, Ecuador goes up against Foster Nkodo (5-0, 1 KO) of Chicago, Illinois. Also, the scheduled 8-Round feature bout will be the much anticipated rematch between Nicole Woods 11-7-1 (3 KO’s) of Atlanta, Georgia against Kim Connor (6-1-2, 3 KO’s) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Fans of “Fights at the Fitz” will remember the extremely fast paced and slugfest between these two female gladiators this past January that ultimately ended in a draw.

Other bouts on the card include Dedrick Bell (4-3, 3 KO’s) of Memphis, Tennessee against experienced veteran Starr Johnson in a scheduled 4-Round Jr. Welterweight bout. Further, 2008 Zambian Olympic Team member Hastings “Sting” Bwalya (4-0, 3 KO’s) will battle against tough veteran Anthony Bowman in a scheduled 4-Round Welterweight bout. In addition, Keuntray Henson (2-1) of Memphis, Tennessee will face Troy White of St. Louis, Missouri in a 4-Round Jr. Welterweight fight.

This exciting 5 bout card will be replayed on SportSouth November 13th into 10 million homes throughout the southeastern United States. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling the Fitz Casino Gift Shop at (800)-766-LUCK(5825), by calling ticketmaster at (901)-525-1515, or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com. The doors for this event will open at 6:30 PM and the first fight will start at 7:30 PM.

Guerrero-Smith final presser!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by Champ

From Fightnews.com

ShoBox: The New Generation headliners Fernando Guerrero and Ishe Smith were joined by co-main event fighters and fellow prospects Shawn Porter and Ray Robinson on Wednesday for a final press conference at The Boiling Point in Southaven, Miss., just two days before the ShoBox tripleheader on Friday, July 16, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). World-ranked middleweight prospect Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of the tripleheader, which will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast.

And, in emblematic fashion, this edition of ShoBox will feature highly-regarded prospects in the toughest and arguably most important fights of their careers.

Promising, unbeaten knockout artist Porter (15-0, 12 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, will face fellow prospect Robinson (11-1, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pa., in a 10-round junior middleweight (catch weight 150 lbs) bout.

Houston’s Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs), another talented, undefeated prospect, will put his perfect record up against Mike Dallas, Jr., (14-0, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif., in an eight-round welterweight bout.

The tripleheader, which is promoted by Prize Fight, will be the 143rd ShoBox telecast since the series began on July 21, 2001.

Here’s what the fighters had to say at Wednesday’s press conference:

Fernando Guerrero on whether he’ll be looking for a knockout on Friday:
“The only times I’ve ever looked for a knockout, turned out to be my only three decision victories. I won’t look for it. But if it’s there, I’ll take it.”

After sparring with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Chad Dawson in his camp for this fight, Ishe Smith spoke about facing Guerrero at this point in his career:
“It’s been 10 years since I turned pro. My second act starts on Friday. I feel no pressure and I’m confident.”

Shawn Porter reacted to people referring to him as a knockout artist:
“I prefer to make it quick work. That makes for excitement. That makes an exciting fight for the fans. It’s an exclamation point on the win.”

Dressed to impress in a full suit, Ray Robinson answered questions about fighting in the Memphis area, where Porter has amassed most of his victories as a pro:
“I’m not here to put another win on (Porter’s) record. I came to win. There are only two fighters in the ring. They can’t bring the whole city in the ring.”

Curt Menefee will call the action from ringside with Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts. The executive producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

SHOWTIME INVADES THE MID-SOUTH!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2010 by Champ

“THE BEST OF THE BEST” LIVE ON SHOWTIME–TIX ON SALE JUNE 5!
4 Undefeated Fighters – 2 Olympians – 1 Night Of Boxing

SOUTHAVEN, MS – Prize Fight is proud to announce an unprecedented night of boxing coming to the Mid-South as they unveil “The Best Of The Best” on July 16, 2010 live from The DeSoto Civic Center and televised on Showtime. This 6 bout card will feature 4 of the most talented young fighters in the world today fighting in separate bouts and putting their titles on the line.

” The Best Of The Best” is headlined by NABO Middleweight Champion and #4 world ranked Fernando Guerrero 18-0 (15 KO) fighting in the twelve round main event against a fighter to be determined. The powerful southpaw Guerrero is considered by many boxing pundits to be one of the top young fighters in boxing and will look to use the veteran Smith as his ticket to stardom on a world wide stage. Guerrero is coming off an impressive 2nd round stoppage of Chicago’s Michael Walker this past April on Showtime in Maryland. Walker had not been stopped or knocked down in his previous 24 fights. This main event shapes up to be a show stopper for sure.

Also on the card is 2008 United States Olympic alternate “Showtime” Shawn Porter 15-0 (12 KO). Porter, the NABO Jr. Middleweight Champion, is also one of the brightest young stars in boxing today. Porter has appeared on network television 5 times already in his young career and has already shot up to #14 in the WBO world rankings. Porter is no secret to Mid-South fight fans as he has fought 9 times already between Memphis and Tunica. Shawn’s action packed all out style will be on display in the feature bout of the evening.

Also, 2008 United States Olympic Team Captain Gary Russell Jr. 9-0 (6 KO) will be featured on the television portion of “The Best Of The Best”. Mid-South boxing fans will remember Gary Russell Jr. from his dominating performance on the ESPN card this past April at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis as he made quick work of Carlos Diaz. Further, Russell also fought at the Fitz Casino in January of 2010 putting on a stellar performance against David Orosco Cano. Russell, a southpaw, is about as complete of a package as you will see in boxing today and will be fighting for his first title on this card. His hand speed is unmatched and he offers power in both hands.

Last, but not least, on the television portion of the card will be the undefeated Lanard Lane 12-0 (7 KO) in a welterweight clash. Lane is no stranger either to the Mid-South as he fought a fan friendly fight against John Brown on the April ESPN event from the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. Lane, a Houston, TX firefighter, brings with him a level of tenacity in the ring that will once again leave fans in attendance at a lost for words. Lane fights from bell to bell at a pace that would wilt normal men.

Tickets for “The Best Of The Best” go on sale Saturday, June 5th, at 10 AM and can be purchased at the DeSoto Civic Center Ticket Office, by calling ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com, and all ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for “The Best Of The Best” will be $30 for floor/ringside seats, $20 for lower bowl seats and $10 for upper bowls seats. Doors will open at 7 PM July 16th.

Contact: Nate Yoder (618) 979-6735

Fights at the Fitz This Saturday!

Posted in Site News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Champ

Second installment of “Mississippi Fight Night” on SportsSouth!

Tunica, MS – Prize Fight Boxing is proud to introduce the second installment of “Mississippi Fight Night” on SportsSouth. “Fights At The Fitz” will air on SportsSouth from the beautiful Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS. This 6 bout card will feature some of the hottest prospects in the sport today. “This whole series is built around introducing tomorrow’s stars today”, said Brian Young of Prize Fight.

The main event on the card will be a classic duel of two talented junior middleweights. “Showtime” Shawn Porter 14-0 (11 KO’s) of Akron, Ohio will square off with Robert Kliewer 10-10 (6 KO’s) of St. Paul, MN. Porter, a 2008 United States Olympic Boxing Team Alternate and one of the hottest prospects in boxing, looks to continue his winning ways against the formidable Kliewer in this 8 round bout. Defeating Bobby Kliewer will be no easy task for Porter as Kliewer is well known for being a tough customer in the middleweight division. Porter is well on his way to achieving his goal of a world title and cannot take Kliewer lightly or his hopes could be derailed.

The feature bout of the evening is an exciting bout of undefeated fighters. Dominic Wade 6-0 (5 KO’s) of Largo, MD and Michael Faulk 2-0 of Minneapolis, MN. square off in an action packed Middleweight bout which is sure to have the Tunica fans on their feet. The scintillating 6 bout card is filled out with three evenly matched affairs featuring a classic light heavyweight battle between Dontae Woods and Terry Porter, a brutal heavyweight match up between Adam Kownacki and Yohan Banks, a four round Jr. Welterweight duel between Marlon Lewis and Chris Gray and the professional debut of Tupelo, MS welterweight Rodney Coffman.

The fight can be viewed live on the Internet via prizefighttv.com for free starting at 7:30 p.m. central time. The doors will open at 7:00 PM for this exciting night of boxing and the first bout will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through all ticketmaster outlets, at http://www.ticketmaster.com, by calling ticketmaster at (901) 525-1515 or by calling Fitzgeralds at (800) 766-5825. This unbelievable night of boxing can be viewed live from beautiful Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS.

For More Information:

Nate Yoder – Prize Fight – (618) 979-6735

Prize Fight’s “Melee In Mississippi”Hot prospects Fight @ Harlow’s Casino & Resort, Greenville, MS.

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Champ

Greenville, MS – Prize Fight Boxing is proud to introduce the inaugural event of a ground breaking series on SportsSouth. “Melee In Mississippi” will kick off a monthly fight series on SportsSouth live from the beautiful Harlow’s Casino & Resort in Greenville, MS. This 5 bout card will feature some of the hottest prospects in the sport today. “This whole series is built around introducing tomorrow’s stars today”, said Brian Young of Prize Fight. “Through our wonderful relationship with FOX and Harlow’s Casino we are able kick off this series in a first class way”, Young continued.

The main event on the card will be a classic duel of two talented featherweights. Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter 12-1 (5 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA will square off with Jose Hernandez 11-7 (5 KO’s) of Atlanta GA. Hunter, a 2004 United States Olympic Boxing Team Alternate and one of the hottest prospects in boxing, looks to continue his winning ways against the formidable Hernandez in this 8 round bout. Defeating Jose Hernandez will be no easy task for Hunter as Hernandez is well known as defeating hyped prospects. Four times previously in his career Hernandez has entered a fight as an underdog against an undefeated prospect and four times Hernandez as crushed the prospect’s dreams by coming a way with an upset victory. Most recently Hernandez faced 15-0 Rasheim Jefferson for the USBA Featherweight Title in Philadelphia, PA and stopped Jefferson in the 12th round of a scheduled 12 round bout with a crushing left hook.
The feature bout of the evening is an exciting female bout between in state rivals Britanny Glendenning 2-0 (1 KO) of Ft. Smith, AR and April Ward 5-1 (5 KO’s) of Batesville, AR. This 6 round Jr. Middleweight bout is sure to be for the bragging rights of Arkansas. The scintillating 5 bout card is filled out with three evenly matched affairs featuring 2008 Bahamian Olympian Taureano Johnson. Johnson is one of the hardest hitting prospects in boxing today and is just coming off a crushing 30 second stoppage of Ryan Bianchini in Memphis, TN.

The doors will open at 7:00 PM for this exciting night of boxing and the first bout will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets are only $15 with a Harlow’s Players Card. This unbelievable night of boxing can be viewed live from beautiful Harlow’s Resort & Casino in Greenville, MS.

For More Information:

Nate Yoder – Prize Fight – (618) 979-6735

Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel 4280 Harlows Blvd Greenville, Mississippi 38701 1-866-524-LUCK (5825) http://www.harlowscasino.com

Thompson TKO’s Beck – Lundy captures Belt!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Champ

By: Michael Sheffield, Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com

A sweltering New Daisy Theater on Beale Street provided the backdrop for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Friday night.

The broadcast included an NABO Lightweight title fight that exceeded expectations and a main event featuring two up and coming heavyweights looking to take their careers to another level in front of a national audience. The undercard featured two former Olympians looking to establish their own young careers. Neither would disappoint against two out-classed opponents.

Heavyweights Tony Thompson (33-2 21 KOs) Owen Beck (29-4 20 KOs) would plod through 4 rounds of a scheduled 10 rounder with Thompson gaining an early advantage he would never relinquish.

Thompson ended the first round dropping Beck with a right-left combination before the end of the round. Thompson would end every round hurting Beck before isolating him on the ropes in the fourth round. To his credit, Beck, who ended the second and third rounds almost going to the wrong corner, wouldn’t go down. But his corner would throw in the towel before their fighter received any serious damage. Thompson would record a TKO at 2:30 of the fourth round.

Lightweights Tyrese Hendrix (18-0-1 17 KOs) and Henry Lundy (17-0 10 KOs) began a fireworks-loaded fight for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title, by knocking each other down with simultaneous hooks. Lundy, would get the better of Hendrix for the majority of the fight, knocking him down a second time in the first round and putting him on the verge of a knockout in the second round. Hendrix, whose speed and power had been previously displayed during bouts in Tunica, had those same attributes negated by the speed and strength of Lundy.

Lundy threw everything he had at Hendrix and may have been frustrated by the fact he couldn’t knock his opponent out. However, Lundy utterly dominated the fight. Hendrix, on the other hand showed that he was more than a power punching fighter, giving as good as he got and possibly stealing one or two later rounds. Lundy would take the fight and the vacant NABO title by unanimous decision, 90-98, 88-100, 88-99. Based on his performance during the fight, Hendrix will have a title in the near future if he keeps performing on the level he showed Friday night.

U.S Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (8-0 5 KOs) would have an impressive showing against journeyman Carlos Diaz (10-22 4 KOs), who he eliminated in 1:32 of the first round. Russell wouldn’t allow Diaz to land anything before disposing of him.

Bahamian Olympic team member Taureano Johnson (1-0 1 KO) would make even quicker work of Ryan Bianchini (0-1) in 43 seconds of the first round.

Jr. Welterweight and native Memphian Marlon Lewis would take a majority decision 39-37, 39-32, 38-38 over Arkansas native Chris Gray (1-0) in 4 round fight. Jr. Welterweight Lanard Lane (11-0 7 KOs) would take a decision over John Brown (24-17-2 11 KOs) 60-54, 60-54, 60-54 in a 6 round fight.

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