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Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz
I’ll be honest from the start. I had strangely conflicting opinions and there was probably no way both of them were going to live up to what I thought of each fighter.
Before this fight I thought of Andre Berto as overrated. I thought he fought a lot of cupcakes and had various other reasons to not want to fight any real competition. I thought he was ripe to be exposed, but he needed to fight an elite level talent because he was good enough to slide by on his own talent against mid-level opponents.
Before this fight I thought of Victor Ortiz as soft and with an equally soft chin. Oh, and no heart. I thought the first time he stepped into the ring with a true champion he would be destroyed and end up no better than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. You know, fighting C-level talent and just skating by on talent, never fighting any true danger to his record.
I was wrong. Both times actually. Read the rest of this entry »
The latest installment of ARES Promotions “Fight Night” series takes place tomorrow (April 15). It’s going to be another great night of boxing headlined by Emmanuel Lucero taking on Carlos Rivera in a super featherweight bout for the vacant NYS super featherweight title.
Lucero may not be known to many, but he has been in the ring with some of todays best fighters, including Jason Litzau, Rocky Juarez, former champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, and the current universally recognized #1 P4P fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao.
The co-feature of the night presents the third fight between Jaci Trivilino and Nydia Feliciano. The pair’s first two contests both ended in a draw. That alone shows how these two women fit in the ring together. It should be another hard fought and entertaining bout. They will once again be vying for the vacant NYS women’s featherweight title.
Sarah “The Knockout” Kuhn will also be in action in her fourth professional fight against Honolulu, Hawaii’s Kuulei Kupihea. It’s a step up in competition for Kuhn going against Kupihea who lost her first pro fight, but has since reeled off five in a row. I know little about Kupihea, but I was present for Kuhn’s first pro fight when she beat on Natoya Ervin for two and a half rounds before the ref stopped the fight in round 3. “The Knockout” needs to be careful against Kupihea who is a southpaw and is Kuhn’s first opponent with a winning record.
The card in its entirety looks like this…
NYS super featherweight title match
Emmanuel Lucero (25-6-1, 14 KO’s) vs. Carlos Rivera (16-8-2, 5 KO’s) – 8 rounds
NYS women’s featherweight title match
Jaci Trivilino (6-2-2, 1 KO) vs. Nydia Feliciano (2-2-3) – 8 rounds
Sarah Kuhn (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Kuulei Kupihea (5-1, 1 KO) – 6 rounds, welterweights
Shawn Miller (4-1, 3 KO’s) vs. Gerard Taylor (4-1-1, 2 KO’s) – 4 rounds, light heavyweights
Detroy Jones (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) vs. K.C. Cunningham (0-4-0) – 4 rounds, heavyweights
Joe Yerdon (2-2-2) vs. Jose Angel Ortiz (3-6-1), 4 rounds, super welterweights
Llyas Aksabaev (1-0-1) vs. Marcus Hall (4-3-1, 2 KO’s), 4 rounds, welterweights
When: April 15, 2011 (doors open @ 6pm, first fight @ 7pm)
Where: HVCC, McDonough Field House, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY (map)
Tickets: starting at $30 (go to www.arespromotions.com or take your chance at the door!)
I’m going to be at HVCC on Friday, April 15…are you?
If it turns out to be anything like the last Ares event I went to (Fight Night, 11/13/10), it’s going to be a great night of boxing.
Now the release from Adam Neary of Ares Promotions; Read the rest of this entry »