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  • The “Gold Rush” is a Winner!

    The “Gold Rush” is a Winner!
     

    Huge crowd at star-studded amateur boxing show
     

    By Michele Chong
     

    Boxing’s brightest young prospects were all at last Friday night’s “2009 Gold Rush” Amateur Boxing Show at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Co-promoted by Steve Harpst Bronzes, Adolfo Perez Jr. and Jarhead Entertainment, the large venue was a sell out with 900 ticket holders in attendance.

    Scheduled for 12 bouts, additional fights were added due to the demand and huge turnout at the crowded weigh-in. It was a veritable “Who’s Who” of boxing as some of the best gyms around L.A. were represented: El Monte, Eddie Heredia, Maywood, Bell Gardens, L.A.Y.A.C., Burbank Boxing Club, La Habra, The Rock, Wild Card, South El Monte/Teamsters, Gladiator and more. The fighters who got a prized matchup spanned from ages 10 to 30, ensuring a wide range of sizes and styles to the delight of the fans.

  • Mario Lopez Laces Up!

    Mario Lopez Laces Up!

    Actor works out with the Burbank Boxing Club

    Story and Photos By Michele Chong

    Watch out, Juanma! There's another Lopez in the ring: It's actor Mario Lopez--TV host, Broadway star and boxing aficionado!
     

    Clad in a gray shirt and black shorts, the actor sparred for eight three-minute rounds, taking on all-comers last night at the Burbank Boxing Club. A special guest of the club, Mario laced up in an impromptu sparring session with several of the gym's fighters.

    Lopez proved his conditioning was top-notch as he sparred with his friend and club member Adam Seal, who had brought Lopez up for a visit. Seal had invited Mario--a huge boxing enthusiast--to check out the new Club Room the group recently moved into. Inside the ropes, the sturdy Lopez also took on Oscar Portillo, Joe Jacobs, and Armen Grigoryan for some light sparring.

  • Interview with Genaro Hernandez

    Genaro Hernandez Diagnosed with Rare Cancer Interview with "Chicanito" as he prepares for his biggest battle ever

     

    By Michele Chong

     

    Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez fought many battles in the ring and now he is facing the biggest fight of his life. The former two-time Junior Lightweight World Champion has been diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer of the head and neck. He needs everyone's help and support during this extremely difficult time.

    After speaking with the champ, it will surprise no one that his positive attitude, sense of humor and optimism are all still intact since first learning in October that he had this aggressive and rare form of cancer. Hernandez (38-2-1, 17 KOs), was a fan favorite in his hometown of Los Angeles and is well-liked in boxing circles. Even during his own health crisis, he's still thinking of others, "I hope this helps others to get checked early like I did. I don't drink; I don't smoke; I live a clean life and stayed out of trouble--you just can't take anything for granted."

     

  • Team Los Angeles vs Team Calgary November 16, 2007

    "Northern Explosion"
    Local trainer hosts International boxing event
    By Michele Chong

     

    Burbank resident, Steve Harpst, co-promoted his first local boxing show this past November. The "Northern Explosion" amateur boxing show took place at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello.Harpst is the founder of the Burbank Boxing Club, located out of the Burbank Community YMCA. He has been involved with the YMCA since 1996 and they recently debuted their brand new boxing ring and Club Room, where he trains over 60 men, women, and children.April Houle, YMCA Sr. Program Director says, "This was my first time seeing International competition. I enjoyed the fights and there were some great matchups, including two fights featuring girls, that had some really good exchanges."