APR 19, 2016 BY LEM SATTERFIELD In an action-packed, 160-pound bout from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Immanuwel Aleem (16-0, 9 KOs) dominated from start to finish Tuesday night to remain undefeated with a unanimous decision over Jonathan Cepeda (17-2, 15 KOs), who pressed through the punishment as he fought back to
In a good action fight in which both fighters were on the deck, Ivan Redkach came on strong in the homestretch to garner a draw vs. Luis Cruz. The 10-round lightweight contest was the main attraction on the April 19 “Toe to Toe Tuesdays” card, a Premier Boxing Champions promotion at the Sands Events Center
By Todd Creel – Last Saturday, April 9th 2016, “Young General” Ian Green made a successful return to the ring in the Jeter Promotions card “Bulldog Brawl.” Green suffered a disappointing majority decision loss, the only of his career, in his first ring appearance of 2016. He and his team were determined not to let that happen again and wanted to keep the judges out of the equation.
Green’s opponent was the game veteran Gundrick King (18-16 11KO) from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He made the long trip to Virginia with the intentions of completely derailing Green’s plan of a knockout win. Round one saw Green using evasive ring movement and a disciplined jab to negate King’s come-forward offense. By round two, the feeling out process was over. Green stiffened his jab and often followed it with heavy body shots that seemed to sap the energy from his opponent. By round three, King’s offense was nonexistent. The body shots had obviously taken their toll, and the Young General’s jab prevented King from closing the distance. By this point, Green was throwing more hooks to the head and body, but King’s chin held. Round four was almost a mirror of the third, and it only seemed like a matter of time before King’s conditioning would give out. During round five, King attempted a last ditch effort, throwing heavy shots to try and turn the tide, but was met with a superior offense from Green. Green backed his opponent into the corner and unloaded heavy shots until the ref stopped the contest, scoring a TKO victory at 2:49 in round five.
I was able to ask Green and his team a few post fight questions before they left to travel back to New Jersey.
BETHLEHEM, PA. (March 16, 2016) – Lightweight contender Ivan Redkach (19-1, 15 KOs) will face-off against Puerto Rico’s Luis Cruz (22-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round headlining event on Tuesday, April 19 on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting eight-round middleweight showdowns pitting top rising prospects and contenders. Brawling 160-pound prospect Immanuwel Aleem (15-0, 9 KOs) takes on Jonathan Cepeda (17-1, 15 KOs) while Delaware’s Kyrone Davis (10-0, 4 KOs) will face Dominican Olympian Junior Castillo (9-0, 9 KOs).
“I am really looking forward to headlining this event on April 19,” said Redkach. “I know that I have a strong opponent, but I am determined to impress the fans and show that I am ready to challenge the elite in my division. I’ve trained very hard and I’m ready to fight.”
“I plan on rejuvenating my career with this fight,” said Cruz. “This is an interesting fight and I’ve been training really hard. Redkach is a tough fighter, but it is nothing that I haven’t seen before. I want to get this big win. It’s now or never for me.”
By Todd Creel: In boxing (or life in general), time is the true champion. Time has knocked out more opponents than any boxer could ever hope to. Fighters age, their reactions become dull, their movements slow down, and they eventually have to face retirement. Fortunately, as time passes, we also have new and exciting fighters that rise through the ranks, ready to claim a spot among the greats.
I had the privilege of having a Q&A with one of these up and coming fighters, young middleweight prospect Ian “Young General” Green. At the time of this article, the 22 year old Green has a record of 7 fights; 7 wins with 5 by way of knockout.
Q: Are you originally from Paterson, NJ?
Green: Yes born and raised in Paterson.
Q: What does the city of Paterson mean to you?
Green: My city means everything to me. My city is a tough environment to grow up in which turned out to be a good thing in a way because it made me who I am today and it made me strong not only physically but most importantly mentally.
Q: When did you start boxing and how did you get involved in the sport?
Green: I started boxing around the age of 9. To be honest boxing kind of chose me. I grew up in the boxing gym with my uncle but I never boxed. I always found a way to get myself into trouble with the owner so it was either never go back to the gym or I start to box to prevent me from being a pain in the behind.
Q: Tell me about you amateur career. What was your record? Did you win any titles?
Green: I had a decent amateur career. My record was 41-9 out of 50 fights. I won the NJ golden gloves twice; in 2013 and 2014. I also won the diamond gloves in 2014 and the NJ State Championships 2013.
Boxing By the Beach, an evening of eight professional matches under a big top that was set up in Veteran’s Park in Beach Haven on Saturday, Sept. 26 was somewhat reminiscent of the nearby Surflight Theatre, which used to promote itself as “Broadway on the Beach.” The two-hours-plus display of the “sweet science” was vastly entertaining but, unfortunately, apparently not a financial success.
The night’s lineup wasn’t up to the standards of even the undercard of a big pay-per-view event, despite its pay-per-view like prices (tickets ran from $50 to $125). There were no champions on display; in fact, there were no ranked contenders in the ring.
But there were some pretty good boxers, such as Thomas “Cornflakes” Lamana of Millville, a middleweight who upped his record to 18-1 in the night’s main event by earning a sharp unanimous decision over Albany, New York’s Ayi Bruce “Lee,” who came into the match with a respectable 23-10 record that included 15 knockouts. Then there was an Olympian, Meng Fanlong, a 27-year-old light heavyweight from Inner Mongolia who fought for China in the 2012 London Games. There was a local favorite, Little Egg Harbor’s “Brutal” Brendan Barrett, a six-time MMA heavyweight champ who was switching to boxing as well as making his first foray into promotion via a new company, HITM (History In The Making) Promotions. Finally, there was a real prospect, a 25-year old welterweight from Monmouth by the name of Dustin “White Tiger” Fleischer. More, much more, on him later.
The fights were sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB), the regulatory agency that licenses and supervises all contests and exhibitions of “unarmed combat,” professional or amateur, in the Garden State, including mixed martial arts and kickboxing as well as boxing. Its chairman is Larry Hazzard Sr., a three-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champ who became a referee and was the third man in the ring for over 40 world title fights, and is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The “Young General” Ian Green improved his professional record to 7-0 with 5 KO’s on Saturday September 26, 2015. Fighting on the H.I.T.M card in Beach Haven, NJ Green took on K Lon Spencer in the much anticipated “Boxing by the Beach” event. The “Young General” did not disappoint his loyal fans who flooded the venue wearing their red “Young General” T-shirts which were provided by PG Sports.
Beach Haven, NJ, September 30, 2015 (Newswire) -Famed ring announcer David Diamante’s introduction of Green was met by a raucous ovation from the crowd. It was clear who these New Jersey fans had come out to see!
Green spent the opening rounds of the fight firing his piston like jab and ripping hooks to Spencer’s body. His jab found a steady home on Spencer’s face which was swollen and bloodied by the end of round two. Still, the Texas native Spencer continued to fight and move forward but Green was too much. The “Young General” imposed his will on Spencer in the fourth round. A thunderous left hook to the body crippled Spencer who was soon knocked to the canvass by a sharp left hook to the head. Spencer was unable to climb to his feet and Green had delivered the impressive knockout his fans came to see.
“Ian made great progress in his development. He showed tremendous poise and patience. He slowly broke his opponent down and took him out.”
DWYKE FLEMMINGS, TRAINER
A fight will go down at Veterans Park in Beach Haven on Saturday, Sept. 26, and everyone is welcome to watch. Boxing by the Beach, which will showcase some of the greatest talent in boxing from all over the world, is Tuckerton resident “Brutal” Brendan Barrett’s first fight back since he shattered his hand defending his Ring of Combat Heavyweight title at the Tropicana Casino Showroom in Atlantic City more than a year ago. The six-time heavyweight mixed martial arts champion and four-time submission grappling victor will go up against Satario Holdbrooks in his first boxing match after crossing over from MMA.
“It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve been able to fight and over six years since I last stepped foot into a professional boxing ring. I feel truly blessed to be able to fight on an event that is sure to leave its mark on local history,” said Barrett, who spent some of his time retraining at the park this summer.
The event is being hosted by HITM Productions, a promotional company Barrett started in July, after he got stuck waiting for the right opportunity in boxing.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to have such great athletes competing on our first show, and we are very excited to bring boxing to Beach Haven,” he said.
Other fighters slated for the event include Dustin “The White Tiger” Fleischer, one of the top welterweight fighters in the U.S. right now, who will be taking on Ira Frank just coming off a win in his June 12 bout. Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna, boasting a record of 17-1 with seven KO’s, will be taking on Ayi Bruce, bearer of 15 KO’s, for the middleweight fight that night. Middleweight Ian Green (6-0) is paired with K Lon Spencer of Texas (4-2) to see who emerges victor of that bout after six rounds. Four rounds of light heavyweight fighting will transpire between Chinese Olympian Meng Fanlong and Michael Mitchell, presently ranked 72nd in the U.S. O’Shanique Foster (7-0) will take on newcomer Darius Jackson for four rounds of lightweight boxing. Sidney Outlaw, also a fellow pro-MMA fighter, will be making his professional boxing debut as well, against Angel Concepcion (6-0) in the light heavyweight division. Undefeated Arturo Trujillo (6-0) will be taking on North Carolina native Alex Asbury (0-2) for four rounds of middleweight fighting.
“Young General” Ian Green looks to move to 7-0 on September 26, 2015 in Beach Haven, NJ at Boxing by the Beach by H.I.T.M. Promotions. Doors open at 4:30PM and fights start at 5:30PM. Click here for more details. http://www.hitmpromotions.com
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