By Mark Felicetti
On Friday night, Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, introduced “Glendale Glory,” the first sanctioned boxing card in that city since 1947.
Former NABO Junior Bantamweight Champion, Kahren Harutyunyan, was the key figure in getting the City Council to lift the 62-year ban, and bring boxing to the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Seating was floor level with clear, unobstructed views from all angles.
Forgive me for being grammatically ambiguous but I sat right behind the best seats in the house… the ones of the ring card girls. Chewing gum, their dangerous curves dotted with tattoos, they crossed the canvas in platform heels and micro-shorts that stopped 4 inches before they did. They were perfect, especially Dana.
Light Heavyweight Anatoly Dudchenko won a unanimous decision over TJ Smith. Super Featherweight Gapo Tolmajyan took a split decision victory against Hugo Ramos. Max Skyzer, in his seventh pro fight, walked away with the unanimous decision win over Anthony Martinez, a veteran of more than fifty fights.
A Heavyweight bout featured a fighter named Lateei Kayode. You’d be leery of a boxer with a last name that sounds like he’s been “knocked out” but it’s pronounced differently, and when I saw this kid, those fears went away. He was big, well-muscled, and cut. Lateei had a chiseled 6-pack… his opponent was a keg.
Kayode landed a body shot that made his opponent take a knee. When the guy got up, Lateei started banging to the ribs like he was playing the bass drum in a marching band. The fight was over before Dana had a chance to announce the rounds. Did you forget about her? I haven’t.
Southpaw Daniel Gonzales went into the den against Art “Lion Heart” Hovhannesyan. Gonzalez was over-matched but all heart. Hovhannesyan doubled up on hooks, and threw punches in bunches until the ref called a halt in the sixth. Good call, ref.
The main event of the evening was for the vacant WBC Intercontinental Youth Heavyweight title. Andrey “The Russian Bear” Fedosov ripped through Galen Brown in less than two, and left him draped backwards over the ropes.
All in all, it was a great night at the fights. Next time, it would be great if they could get some additional “event lighting” to better see the boxing… and Dana.
God Bless and keep your guard up.