By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes / Tomba Images
On March 7, Hitz Boxing and Round 3 promotions returned to the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village, IL, with its latest installment of “Fight Night at the Belvedere.” Unfortunately, the event’s headliner, Donovan “The Bomb” George, was unable to participate because of difficulties securing a “tune-up” opponent that the Illinois commission would approve. “I’m devastated. I’ve trained hard and wanted to fight in front of my fans, family and friends. I’m planning to fight in Minnesota in a couple of weeks and then at the Horseshoe in Hammond on April 18,” said George.
As a result of the changes, welterweight Eddie Ramirez (3-0, 3 KOs) of Joliet, IL, took on DeMarcus “Let Me find Out” Rogers (3-2) of Nashville, TN, and scored a spectacular knockout with a counter right at 2:01 of the first.
Ramirez’ power was the difference throughout the short bout, as every punch he threw, even if blocked, moved Rogers. The knockout with the counter right came when Ramirez timed Rogers as Rogers attempted to throw a combination. The right sent Rogers crashing to the mat; the ringside doctor immediately entered the ring. Rogers recovered but was out for a couple of minutes.
Ramirez continues to show the balance and power that has quickly earned him a reputation in Chicago as one of the areas most promising young fighters. Since 2013, Chicago has produced several promising young fighters at or near the welterweight limit, including Alex Martin (4-0, 4 KOs), Kenny Sims Jr. (1-0), Semajay Thomas (2-0), Ed Brown (3-0, 3 KOs) and now Ramirez. It will be interesting to see which of these talented young fighters emerges as the best.
Hefferle KOs Pickett
Junior welterweight Joey “The Celtic Predator” Hefferle (2-0, 2 KOs) of Carpentersville, IL, who entered the ring wearing a Predator mask, outclassed Michael “The Indiana Boy” Pickett (1-7) of Mishawaka, IN, to score a KO at 2:40 of the second after dropping Pickett with body combination. In his two pro bouts, neither of Hefferle’s opponents has been able to land anything of significance while Hefferele has been able to use his solid footwork and terrific hand speed to score at will.
Morales TKOs McGinn
Danny “The Machine” Morales (1-0, 1 KO) made his pro debut at light heavyweight by overwhelming Norman McGinn (0-2) of Battle Creek, MI, en route to a TKO at 2:04 of the first. McGinn attempted to match the aggression of Morales but was simply outgunned and nearly sent through the ropes with a flurry before the bout was stopped.
Navarro Decisions Guillemin
Welterweight fan favorite Roy Navarro (5-1, 3 KOs) of Chicago, IL, scored a unanimous decision over Dustin “The Prosecutor” Guillemin (3-8, 1 KO) of North Platte, NE, with two scores of 40-36 and one score of 39-37. Throughout the bout, Navarro pushed forward behind his jab followed by stiff straight rights to the head and body. Although Navarro carried the bout, Guillemin was a game opponent with a crafty defense and awkward style who was able to earn the respect of the pro-Navarro crowd.
Asberry Decisions Lopez
In the first bout of the evening, heavyweight Nick “The Terror” Asberry (4-0, 2 KOs) of Waukegan, IL, scored a unanimous decision over Reymundo Lopez (4-8, 2 KOs) of Holland, MI, with three scores of 40-36. Asberry managed to outpoint the harder punching Lopez by using his superior movement and jab. This was a rematch of Asberry’s January 31st unanimous decision victory.
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