2012 Olympian Yamaguchi Falcao Announced as Co-Main to April 2nd LA Fight Club

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LOS ANGELES (March 24) – 2012 Brazilian Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (4-0, 2 KOs) has been added as the co-main event for the April 2 LA FIGHT CLUB event, live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Falcao will fight in a six-round middleweight bout against an opponent soon to be announced.  Also, rising featherweight and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a four-round match hoping to make airtime against Bell’s Carlos Gonzalez (1-6).
 
Part of Golden Boy Live!, LA FIGHT CLUB made a spectacular premiere on March 6 before a sold-out crowd at The Belasco Theater.  The April 2 installment is headlined by East Los Angeles native and boxing legacy Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs) facing off against Casas Grandes, Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-12, 17 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Opening up the telecast, two-time Brazilian Olympic team member Everton Lopes (1-0) will make his second professional appearance in a six-round lightweight bout.  In the non-televised undercard, Glendora, California’s Joet Gonzalez (8-0, 3 KOs) will fight in a six-round featherweight match against Luis Maldonado (36-14-1, 27 KOs) and Melsik Baghdasaryan will make his professional debut in a four-round welterweight fight. Opponents will be announced. 
 
A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and one of the most promising boxers to come from the country of Brazil, Yamaguchi Falcao is now on his quest for professional gold in the middleweight division. Since his professional debut in January 2014, Falcao has put together three consecutive victories over Fernando Najera, Martin Fidel Rios and Jesus Cruz. In his first fight of 2015, Falcao stopped undefeated newcomer “Sugar” Raymond Terry of Philadelphia in the first round of their scheduled six-round middleweight fight on March 12.   
 
Fighting out of the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, 18-year-old featherweight Nick Arce is a former amateur standout who entered the professional boxing world in style in November of 2014 with a fourth round knockout of Adalbert Valenzuela. Since then the Los Angeles favorite has fought Lyonell Kelly on Feb. 27 winning by second round knockout.
 
Tickets for the April 2 LA FIGHT CLUB are on sale now and selling quickly.  Prices start at $20 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE and at www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page. For ticket information, email us at LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
 
The Knockout Experience VIP package is also available for an additional $25 upgrade and includes VIP entrance, access to an exclusive lounge offering food and beverages for purchase; a meet and greet opportunity with fighters and celebrities attending the event; an automatic entry into the LA FIGHT CLUB grand prize drawing, which can include but is not limited to: autograph gloves, picture in the ring, backstage access, tour of locker rooms, fighter ring walk, tickets to upcoming boxing events and additional merchandise and prizes.. 
 
LA FIGHT CLUB: Ramirez vs. Hidalgo is a 10-round featherweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
 
The LA FIGHT CLUB is a monthly boxingseries that takes place on the first Thursday of each month on May 7 and June 4. It will showcase the brightest stars in the sport and present these exciting matchups in a nightclub atmosphere with an original setup. The boxing ring will be set on the main floor of the Belasco Theater with on-camera standing room for fans in front of the ring similar to a concert pit, as well as reserved balcony and floor seats. Los Angeles’ own DJ Ray of Big Boy’s Neighborhood will spin music during the fights and fans will be able to dance and mingle with the fighters when the venue converts into a night club, in a VIP experience not matched by any promoter in the industry.

Former Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso Inks with Si Stern’s SHS Boxing Management

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(L-R) Manager Si Stern, Cuban Olympian
Robert Alfonso and trainer Orlando Cuellar 
 
MIAMI (Feb. 11, 2015) – Former Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso has signed a managerial contract with Si Stern’s SHS Boxing Management. The 28-year-old heavyweight prospect, who is undefeated in four professional fights, lives in Miami where he is trained by veteran Orlando Cuellar.
 
“I’m very happy and proud to be working with Si and Orlando,” Alfonso recently aid between training sessions. “I’m optimistic about my future and plan to take advantage of this great opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I haven’t had a good manager and trainer to get me going in the right direction until now.”
 
The 6′ 5″, 235-pound Alfonso is a hidden jewel who is continuing his native country’s proud heavyweight tradition, established by the late Teofilo Stevenson and carried on by Felix Savon. Alfonso’s classic style reminds some of Hall of Fame-bound Riddick Bowe.  
 
A decorated amateur boxer, Alfonso reached the semifinals of the 2004 World Junior Championships, later becoming Cuba’s No. 1 super heavyweight by defeating Michel Lopez Nunez in the 2007 and 2008 Cuban National Boxing Championships.
 
At the prestigious Pan American Games in Rio, Alfonso captured a gold medal by beating Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, 4-0, in the semifinals and Colombian Oscar Rivas, 8-4, in the championship final. Norgueira went on to become a mixed- martial-arts star in the UFC and PRIDE, while Rivas, a Colombian Olympian who now lives in Canada, is a 15-0 (10 KOs) heavyweight in the pro ranks.
 
Alfonso won a decision over United States Olympic super heavyweight Michael Hunter, Jr., 9-1, to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
 
“As most people in boxing know,” Stern commented, “I’ve been involved in the sport for quite a while and have seen a number of good young fighters.  It’s rare to sign a management contract with someone like Robert Alfonso.  He’s in perfect heavyweight shape his background as an amateur in Cuba is remarkable. Although he’s undefeated as a pro, he needs a first-class trainer like Orlando, who has trained champions like Glen Johnson and Orlando raves about Robert’s future. I truly believe he has all the tools and heart to get to the top of the heavyweight division very quickly. I feel great about his future.”
 
Alfonso’s professional career has been relatively slow to develop because he is a free agent who didn’t defect to the United States until 2011. He made his pro debut December 7, 2012, winning a four-round decision over Robert Murray in Kissimmee. Alfonso has won all four of his pro fights, including his first six-round bout a year in his last action to previously unbeaten Zakki Scott (4-0) in Maryland.
 
Cuba-native Cuellar, perhaps best known for training world champions Glen Johnson and Luis DeValle, has also trained fellow countrymen of his and Alfonso’s such as Yourkis Gamboa, Juan Carlos Gomez and Yan Barthelemy, in addition to his current unbeaten world light heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez.
 
“Robert was a highly decorated Cuban amateur who won gold medals at several tournaments and he was an Olympian,” Cuellar said. “He is a physical specimen at 6′ 5″, 235 pounds. I train my fighters to drop and stop their opponents and we’re working hard so he can do that in his fights. Robert trains hard and is smart. I’m very high on him.”
 
SHS Management’s boxing clients also include three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey, heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams, middleweight Marcus “Arillius” Upshaw and welterweight Damian “Devo” Frias.

Forgotten Legends: Calvin Brock

By: Steve Gallegos

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Calvin Brock W KO 6 (10) Zuri Lawrence

Up until recently, the American heavyweight landscape in boxing has been in shambles. For nearly the last decade, the division was dominated by the Klitschko’s and there hasn’t been an American heavyweight that has really drummed up interest up until the last few years. During the Klitschko’s reign of dominance, there was one American hopeful that appeared to be heading for stardom. That man was former 2000 U.S. Olympian CalvinThe Boxing BankerBrock.

Brock was a fairly decent sized Heavyweight with great skills as well as packing a big punch. Brock was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and had a very successful amatuer career of 147-38 which included a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in Sydney. He turned pro in early 2001 and would win his first 23 bouts over the next four years, 17 by KO.

During boxing’s brief return to network television from 2003-2004, Brock was featured on Main Event’s Saturday afternoon boxing series televised on NBC. 2005 was a big year for Brock as he would go 4-0 that year which included two wins over fairly well known veterans Clifford Ettiene and Jameel McCline.

Brock would begin the year 2006 with a bang as he scored a huge sixth round KO over Zuri Lawrence on a big HBO PPV card headlined by Shane Mosley vs Fernando Vargas. The KO over Lawrence would be Ring Magazine’s Knockout of 2006. He would follow up this performance with a 12 round unanimous decision over Timur Ibragimov four months later as he made his HBO debut. That would setup a shot at Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

They met on 11/11/06 at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the IBF and IBO Heavyweight Championship. It wasn’t Brock’s night as he was stopped by Klitschko in seven rounds. Despite the bad loss, Brock would win his next two fights over the next seven months and he was once again back in the Heavyweight Championship hunt.

He would take part in an IBF Heavyweight Elimination Tournament and would face Eddie Chambers in the semi-final. They met on 11/02/07 in Tacoma, WA. It was a good, close fight in which Brock would lose a split decision, however he would suffer a career ending injury as he suffered retinal damage. After having surgery to repair the retina, Brock was declared legally blind in his right eye, forcing him to retire from the sport.

His record as a professional stands at 31-2 with 23 KO’s. Today, Brock is a commercial real estate agent. He was a very talented and skilled fighter who had all the tools to become Heavyweight Champion. What would have happened had he not suffered the eye injury? Could he have rebounded to stay in the Heavyweight mix and win a world title? In the end, he was another very good fighter who had his career cut short.