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  • Austin Trout Ready for Frank LoPorto and Showtime Debut, Wants Cotto or Margarito Next

    Friday nightAustin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KO) will be engaging in what is considered the biggest audition of his career. Trout will face the World Boxing Council’s 14th ranked Frank LoPorto of Glenroy, Victoria, Australia in both boxers american television debut on Showtime. Trout will be making his second defense of the WBA’s “Regular” Super Welterweight title on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. His opponent, LoPorto is a 5 foot 10 inch orthodox fighter and a former Pan Asian Boxing Association Light Middleweight champion. The men are even in stature with Trout holding a slight two-inch reach advantage. “It’s gonna be a good fight. He’s a guy...
  • Archie Ray Marquez Returns Against Bahodir Mamajanov at ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday

    Friday night at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, Archie Ray Marquez (12-1, 8 KO) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will face undefeated Uzbekistani Bahodir Mamajanov (6-0, 4 KO). The contest is part Showtime’s boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation and will take place on the unaired portion of the Austin Trout vs. Frank LoPorto WBA light middleweight championship undercard. This will be Marquez’ first fight since his lone career loss to Art Hovhannisyan (13-0-1) back in June. Marquez is looking to make a statement by not choosing an easy fight in his return.
  • Eric Kucevic - Back in the Cage for Evolution 2

    Eric Kucevic has been a part of Albuquerque martial arts for the better part of the last 15 years. Although he was not born in New Mexico, he still considers himself a native, having moved here when he was a small child. Kucevic had no real father figure in his life, dropping out of high school in the 11th grade. He didn't participate in sports, but began working at the early age of 13, beginning with delivering papers, and he has never really been without a job since. When the rest of his class graduated, he decided to take his GED, which he passed and then decided to join the Navy. That lasted for less than a year, after which he got into the electrical trade. 

  • Michael Chandler: I may be the future of MMA

    Throughout his career Bellator lightweight contender Michael Chandler has never let negativity stop him from achieving his goals. As a former Division 1 wrestler the value of hard work and dedication was instilled in him from the beginning which has contributed to his growth in the cage. Since his arrival two years ago, Chandler's career has skyrocketed culminating in a title shot against Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator Lightweight Championship at Bellator 54. Despite the fight being postponed due to an injury Alvarez suffered in practice, Chandler’s focus has not waivered. With over six months of preparation under his belt and now only one week away from the title bout on November 18 ...
  • FIT NHB's Arlene Sanchez-Vaughn to Fellow Women: If fighting is your passion, follow it!

    Meet Coach Arlene Sanchez-Vaughn - Fighter, Mother, Bouncer, Trainer, Gym Owner, Mentor, US Solder, Paramedic - she really is every woman, and a role model for any woman (or man for that matter) interested in becoming a professional cagefighter, kickboxer or boxer. She moved to Albuquerque as a teenager, with a strong background in Olympic swimming, but was forced to lay aside that dream, due to lack of proper training facilities in the area (at that time.) A somewhat “angry, rebellious teenager”, Vaughn got into several street fights (none of which she lost, thanks to boxing instruction by her father from the time she was four-years-old). Right out of high school, she got married and had ...
  • Holm vs. Mathis: Mathis Says Holm's Father Should Start Praying as World Dominance Nears

    On Friday, December 2, at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque New Mexico, the Duke City's pride and joy Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (30-1-3, 9KOs) will be facing French KO artist Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1, 20KOs). The bout is slated as the main event of Fresquez Productions "World Dominance". Holm is currently listed as the number one ranked female welterweight and Mathis is ranked third making the bout the most anticipated boxing match of the year. At stake will be the vacant IBA female welterweight title, a belt that Holm once held in 2007. The winner would ideally face the undefeated Cecilia Braekhus of Germany. Braekhus currently holds three of the ...
  • Leyva Prepared to Battle Lopez at Jackson's MMA Series VI

    United States Marine veteran, Matt Leyva (7-2 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA), will be headlining Jackson’s MMA Series VI, which takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel Albuquerque, against the scrappy Federico “Kiko” Lopez. Leyva is a pedigreed wrestler, having attended West Mesa High School on the wrestling team all four years, under Coach Lenny Lovato (Sr.), along with teammates and best friends (then and now) Lenny Lovato, Jr. and Damacio Page. While other kids were saving to go on summer vacations, Leyva was saving up to take himself to wrestling nationals each year. When he finished high school, Leyva knew he didn’t want to go to college right away, but he...
  • Heather "Hurricane" Clark - Fight Strong for the Cure

    Meet Heather “Hurricane” Clark, professional fighter out of Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA and daytime photographer. An Evolution Combat Series fighter with a record of 3-1, she has trained in Ukidokan Karate, which she began to study at 8-years-old with her father, who holds a black belt in the art. Although she has that solid martial arts background, she actually went to college for theater, getting her degree and performing professionally for two years. In addition, she also played Division I and professional hockey, and participated in amateur boxing.
  • Where Are They Now: Brian Foster Recovered and Returning to Action at Cage Warriors 44

    As Ralph Waldo Emmerson once famously said, “fractures well cured makes us more strong”. And for former UFC welterweight contender Brian Foster, the hurdles he has had to overcome in his career have only increased his aspirations of achieving success. With a professional record of 15-5, and after his UFC debut in 2009, Foster has excited fans with stellar performances that have primarily ended via knockout. Throughout the battles he has had over the years inside the cage, these wars have contributed to his growth not only as a fighter but also as a person. “All the fights I have been in have helped me to be more humble about life like nothing could ever be as hard ya know”, Foster told US ...
  • Adrian Cruz - The Rocky Road to Pro

    The road to becoming a professional mixed martial artist isn't always the smoothest of paths. Enter Adrian Cruz. US Combat Sports came to Mean1 MMA in Rio Rancho, NM to chat with Cruz, scheduled to make his professional debut at Martinez Brothers’ “Sun City Battle II”, which takes place Saturday, October 1, 2011, at El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso TX. Cruz started down the road to professional MMA as early as elementary school, when he was involved in junior wrestling, with his grandfather as coach. He went on to wrestle on the high school varsity team all 4 years, placing sixth in state as a junior, and third as a senior.

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