30 Dec 2016

Prospect of the Year (with 15 fights or less): Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Though to the western world Egidijus Kavaliauskas name is nearly a head scratcher to say, he skill-set and fast tracked path in the the welterweight division is nothing short of praise. Kavaliaskas, who goes by the nickname “Mean Machine” is trained by Robert Garcia and can hit hard and when

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30 Dec 2016

Fiel and Torres trade words prior to Jan.21st fight card in Bay Area

Squarevision Entertainment presents “BAY AREA TITANS II: BATTLE FOR THE GOLDEN STATE” on January 21st 2017 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The card which will be headlined by a featherweight between Albert Torres (7-0-2 3KOs) of Sacramento, Ca who trains out of Caballero Nor-Cal taking on top Filipino prospect Adam Fiel

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30 Dec 2016

Prospect of the Year (1 year away from world title): Andy Vences

Andy Vences had a good 2016 that ended with him picking up the WBC Continental Americas title in November against undefeated Casey Ramos to picking up wins in Studio City, Ca and Lemoore, Ca. Vences, who came up from the Northern California regional circuit and was unsigned until his thirteenth professional

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29 Dec 2016

Ryan “Rhino” Bourland and his Quest

by Diane Ketelle (Photograph by Lucas Ketelle) A rhinoceros, often abbreviated to rhino, is characterized by its large head, short neck and large horn. The rhino is massive and intimidating, but also agile, and at times, even vulnerable. When I first met Ryan “Rhino” Bourland, a young light heavyweight professional

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29 Dec 2016

Northern California Coach of the Year: Virgil Hunter

Whether you agree with his training or cornering at all times, Virgil Hunter outwitted both Abel Sanchez and John David Jackson in one calendar year with his fighter Andre Ward as well as a stunning Andre Berto KO over Victor Ortiz and taking on new talent in his gym such

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29 Dec 2016

Coach of the Year: Manny Robles

Many pundits may look past Manny Robles and point to other coaches who have gravitated towards the spotlight, but Manny Robles who runs The Rock Boxing Gym in Carson, California humble took two fighters to a world title as well as developed a solid camp that looks to be the

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27 Dec 2016

Northern California Knockout of the Year: Ricardo Pinell

Though many fighters had stunning performances including Jose Ramirez put together two solid knockout wins as well as Luis Garcia and many others, we choose to go with the violent and brutal knockout Ricardo Pinell put together over Roberto Yong on the undercard of ALA Promotions debut in the Bay Area

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27 Dec 2016

Knockout of the Year: Murat Gassiev KOs Jordan Shimmell

In what was an under-the-radar match that snuck onto a Fox Sports 1 Tuesday night Premier Boxing Champions card, cruiserweight Murat Gassiev secured his shot at a world title (one that he would later win that year) by destroying Jordan Shimmell in the knockout of the year. Shimmell, a decent

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27 Dec 2016

Northern California Fight of the Year: Jonathan Chicas vs. Bilal Mahasin

In a trend that seemingly happens more and more as of late, the best fight in the whole Northern California region took place in the month of January nearly a year ago to this day. The bout which was put together by matchmaker Andy Nance as well as promoter Osric

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27 Dec 2016

Fight of the Year: Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter

In a year filled with good fights such as Orlando Salido and Francisco Vargas going life or death with one and another, Andre Ward barely pulling off a win over Sergey Kovalev and Jermall Charlo knocking out Julian Williams, one fight to me stands out above the rest – Keith

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