Archive for September, 2011
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Combat at the Capitale 24: DC Fighters Have Heart
Written by Hit-Girl (full article posted on www.throughthecage.com)
Just a few months ago Katie Jaworski fought in Combat at the Capitale 23 as the lone fighter from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. She trekked to New York City (NYC) with her entourage of 5 supporters to go toe-to-toe against Jennie Nedell (Team Fusion). While Jaworski lost by decision, she knew she wanted to come back and fight again. On September 16, 2011, Jaworski returned to NYC to see if she can score a victory. This time, she was joined by two other members of the LA Boxing Arlington Fight Team Michael Parker and Jennifer Yang (all trained by Jerome Wilson), as well as 30 supporters from Pittsburgh, DC, and NYC.
Presented by Louis Neglia and Ray Longo, Combat at the Capitale 24 is a kickboxing-only fight night series in NYC sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association (WKA). The Capitale, formerly the Bowery Savings Bank, is a beautiful event venue nestled at the edge of Chinatown. Its elegant décor with Corinthian columns and marble flooring provided a contrasting backdrop to what was to come that night – a fight card with 21 hard-hitting, fast-moving, Muay Thai and Low-Kick kickboxing fights. [“Low-Kick” or International Kickboxing rules allow punches, kicks above the waist, and kicks to the legs, whereas traditional Full Contact Rules or “American Kickboxing” only allow punches and kicks that are above the waist.]
Check out photos of the LA Boxing Arlington Fight Team’s fights.
MICHAEL PARKER vs. JAMES “B52” SMITH (PROFESSIONAL MUAY THAI)
Parker made his professional debut at this event against a formidable opponent. Smith, from B52 Muay Thai, is the former WKA Amateur Heavyweight Champion and WKA Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion. This was a lopsided matchup from the beginning. Not only was Smith a much more experienced fighter, but he was a bigger fighter than Parker. The fight was on the card as a 205-pound fight. But at weigh-in, that all changed. Parker weighed in at 194 pounds, but Smith weighed in at 214 pounds. Parker and his trainer had to decide whether or not to still take the fight. After months of training and dieting, and after making the 230-mile trip to NYC, Parker had already invested so much time and energy preparing for this fight. So he agreed to fight knowing that he was at a major disadvantage.
This fight was scheduled for three, three-minute rounds. In round one, the two fighters had an even exchange of kicks and punches. The pace was steady, respectful, and not overly intense. Smith had Parker on the ropes, but Parker was able to work his way out of them. Smith tried to do damage with his kicks, but Parker was able to block them and execute several kicks of his own. In round two, the pace started out about the same, but as the round progressed, Smith increased the intensity. He got Parker on the ropes again and then backed him into the corner. Parker was trying to defend, but it became too much. At 2:22 in round two, Smith knocked out Parker with his punches, scratching Parker’s cornea and fracturing his cheekbone in the process.
After the fight, Smith spoke with Parker and lauded him on a great fight. One of Smith’s teammates also praised Parker, saying he would not have been able to go up against Smith as well as Parker did. It was wonderful to see such great sportsmanship between these fighters.
KATIE JAWORSKI vs. ANDREA DeANGELO (AMATEUR LOW- KICKS)
Shortly after Combat at the Capitale 23, the matchup between these two fighters was made. Having seen her opponent fight before, Jaworksi knew what she had to work on. She spent 10 weeks amplifying her training to sharpen her technique and increase her speed. But that was only part of her regiment. DeAngelo, trained by the legendary Lou Neglia, was a smaller fighter than Jaworski. Jaworski struggled to drop the 15 pounds needed to make weight and was seen outside jumping rope in a sauna suit during weigh-in. While she eventually made weight, the overall weight loss process seemed to reduce her overall energy level and impacted her fight game.
DeAngelo charged in fast and hard from the beginning. Jaworski was on the defense and not using her legs enough in the first round. DeAngelo continued to dominate and ended the round with a spinning back fist. Jaworski was stronger in the second round, landing several good leg kicks and utilizing her superior boxing skills to make contact. However, in the final round DeAngelo was more aggressive, and while Jaworski held her own, DeAngelo set the pace on her way to winning the fight by unanimous decision. After the fight, Jaworksi commented, “My only regret is that I didn’t leave it all in the ring. I didn’t fight as hard as I could have.”
JENNIFER YANG vs. JENNIE NEDELL (AMATEUR LOW- KICKS)
While Yang has been training in kickboxing for many years, she just recently decided to compete. She accepted the fight with only 3 weeks to train (and to drop weight) after her teammate had to back out due to injury. Yang was up against Nedell who fought Jaworski last time. Nedell is an experienced fighter with over 35 fights. Nedell is the Professional Kickboxing Federation (PKF) New York State (NYS) Women’s Champion and the former WKA Welterweight NYS Champion.
Nedell came out fast and strong the moment the fight started and caught Yang by surprise. While Nedell threw a flurry of punches that had Yang on the ropes, Yang maintained composure and angled out to get off the ropes. Throughout the fight, Yang tried to use her length to keep Nedell out. Yang landed solid punches and blocked several of Nedell’s kicks, but Nedell was able to power her way through Yang’s defenses on several occasions. While Yang lost by decision, she went all three rounds and fought hard. For her first fight, she did well.
While the LA Boxing Arlington Fight Team did not pull out a victory on this trip to NYC, their enthusiasm for competitive fighting is as strong as ever. This was not about winning or losing. This team has demonstrated strong commitment and camaraderie. The dedication and time they put into the sport to get ready for this level of competition and the courage they have to step into a ring and fight in front of 1,500 people is admirable. If anything, this team has heart – and a lot of it – which will go much further than any win or a loss.
For results recap of all the fights, click HERE.
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Top World Ranked Heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson Prepares for IBF Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout at LA Boxing Bethesda
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
|Top World Ranked Heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson Prepares for IBF Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout at LA Boxing Bethesda|
LA Boxing Bethesda Continues to Host Top Professional Boxers
Bethesda, MD, September 21, 2011 – Washington DC-based LA Boxing DMV continues to play host to world-renowned professional boxers with top-ranked heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson as he prepares for his October 28, 2011 IBF Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout versus Eddie Chambers. The elimination bout will be broadcast as a featured “special event” on Showtime’s ShoBox Television Series. Thompson will be training at the newest LA Boxing DMV location in Bethesda, MD.
“We have seen a tremendous amount of excitement and demand for our gyms in the DMV area and equal excitement amongst our members and the public for hosting world-class fighters,” said Brian Sreniawski, company partner for LA Boxing DMV. “Having a stand out, top-ranked athlete like Tony Thompson training at LA Boxing Bethesda is a great boost to our gym and our member morale,” he said. LA Boxing DMV is also putting on an USA Boxing amateur boxing show October 8, 2011 at the Columbia MD location which will be featuring DC Boxing Hall of Famer Ring Announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones as the announcer for the event and Tony Thompson will be making a special guest appearance.
LA Boxing, a membership physical fitness company consisting of unique boxing, kickboxing and MMA training regimens, has trained world champions and numerous professional fighters. The vast majority of our members are women and men who are interested in The LA Boxing Workout™ a cardio workout that burn 800 to 1000 calories per one-hour class. Everyday folks enjoy the benefits of our fitness-training program right beside future heavyweight champs.
About Tony “The Tiger” Thompson: Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs), a 6-foot-6 inch, 250-pounder with an 81.5-inch reach, earned his nickname by virtue of his southpaw stance and reputation of being a vicious hitter with knockout power in both hands. Those qualities — combined with his intimidating size — contribute to Thompson’s dominance in the ring, which saw him go eight full years without a loss until his encounter with Klitschko, which most believe was Wladimir’s toughest defense since.
Thompson’s most recent bout was against Maurice Harris in Reno, Nevada in an IBF Heavyweight Title Elimination bout to claim an IBF #2 world rating. A determined Thompson made quick work of his opponent, knocking him down once in the second round, and ending the fight with another knockdown at 1:51 of the third round, earning the right to challenge the #1 IBF world rated contender, Eddie Chambers in a final World Championship Elimination bout.
For additional information or interview opportunities with Brian Sreniawski or Tony Thompson, please contact Brian Sreniawski at email@example.com!
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
LA Boxing DMV Presents UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie!
Royce Gracie is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, a UFC Hall of Famer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. A legend and pioneer in the sport of mixed martial arts, he is widely considered to be the most influential figure in the history of modern MMA. Gracie gained fame for his domination in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became known for beating opponents much larger than he was. He holds the most submission victories in UFC history with 11.
Jiu Jitsu Seminar with The Legendary UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Friday, September 16th, 2011
Written by Hit-Girl
On Friday, September 16, 2011, four fighters from the LA Boxing Arlington Fight Team, led by trainer Jerome Wilson, will be representing DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) at Combat at the Capitale 24. Presented by Louis Neglia and Ray Longo, Combat at the Capitale is a long running, kickboxing-only fight night series in New York City. The fight card will feature Muay Thai and Low-Kick fights (punches, kicks above the waist, and kicks to the legs are allowed).
Just a few months ago Katie Jaworski competed in #23 where she went toe-to-toe against Jennie Nedell (Team Fusion). Jaworski lost by decision, but she had a great fight against a Combat at the Capitale veteran. She is ready to return to New York City to see if she can claim a victory. This time, she will be joined by three other fighters. “The Rage” Clinso Brumfield, Mike Parker, and Stacy Sneeringer were on the original fight card, but due to a fractured rib, Sneeringer had to withdraw. Jennifer Yang will be taking her place and making her kickboxing fight debut.
Here is the match-up for their fights:
“Iron” Mike Fischetti (Team Tiger Schulmann) vs. Brumfield – This is the main event. Brumfield, International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Welterweight Champion 2008-2010, will face off against the current title holder, Fischetti, for the New York State Muay Thai Championship Title (170-175 pounds). While Brumfield is longer and leaner, Fischetti proved last time that a height difference makes no difference to his ability to knock out his opponent.
James “B-52” Smith (B52 Muay Thai) vs Mike Parker – This is one of two professional Muay Thai fights on the fight card. Smith made his professional debut at Combat at the Capitale several years ago, and he is the former World Kickboxing Association (WKA) Amateur Heavyweight Champion and WKA Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion. Parker will be making is professional debut at this event.
Andrea De Angelo (Neglia Comp Team) vs Jaworski – At the last Combat at the Capitale De Angelo beat Olga Khanukaeva (Borodin’s Gym) by unanimous decision. Rumor has it that De Angelo called out Jaworski during #23. De Angelo is a smaller fighter than Jaworski. While Jaworski will have to work to meet weight, she will have a height advantage over De Angelo. Since this match-up was already in the works from June, Jaworski has been working hard these past few months to improve her fight game.
Jennie Nedell (Team Fusion) vs Yang – Nedell beat Jaworski in June. Yang accepted the challenge to fight Nedell. But given the late notice, she will have a grueling three weeks of training ahead of her if she wants to hold her own against a fighter with over 30 fights and several titles. This will be a tough fight for Yang.
Combat at the Capitale 24 will be held at 130 Bowery, New York, NY. Doors open at 7PM, and fights start at 8PM. Tickets are: $100 VIP Ringside (row 1), $75 VIP Ringside (rows 2-4), $55 Ringside (rows 5-9), $35 General Admission (standing room). Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get tickets. Fights will be videotaped live and posted online for “video on demand” immediately after the fight at www.mmasportsnet.com.
“This article was also published on Through the Cage (www.throughthecage.com)”