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Friday, June 15, 2012

Broadway Boxing Results: 6-14-2012

("Irish" Seanie Monaghan sporting his new WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title)
The anticipation of a slugfest turns fans voracious, and "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (14-0, 9 KO's) satisfied his hometown fans at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, delivering a TKO at 2:30 of round eight against durable Romaro "The Saint" Johnson (11-7-1, 6 KO's), claiming the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight title.

"He was a tough guy," Monaghan explained. "I sparred over forty rounds to prepare for him."

During the last thirty seconds of the opening round, Monaghan pummeled Johnson with five unanswered body shots that set the tone for the rest of the fight.

Monaghan, 30, showcased an improved defense. Connecting with a solid overhand right in round two, he slid to his right after he made contact to avoid a counter-punch.

In round three, Monaghan threw and landed a furious barrage of punches to the body and head, leaving the veteran Johnson briefly stunned. Monaghan searched for openings and found the target without difficulty. 

Johnson took many punishing blows, especially in round six, although he never went down. After a succession of precise combination punching from Monaghan, Johnson started to display wobbly legs.

In round eight, Johnson walked straight into a vicious right uppercut by Monaghan and was badly hurt. Monaghan jumped on the opportunity in front of him, connecting with a rock-solid left hook to Johnson's face. He followed up with numerous punches to the body and head, prompting veteran referee Eddie Cotton to halt the action.

 Welterweights

In the co-main event of the evening, Puerto Rican sensation Thomas Dulorme, 22, (15-0, 12 KO's) thrilled fans once again with his crowd-pleasing style, winning by TKO after the completion of the seventh round against an extremely tough Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KO's).

Dulorme possesses deadly punching power with both hands, as a resilient Herrera discovered after the opening bell. Dulorme was able to strike Herrera repeatedly with lead right hands and crisp, devastating left hooks that looked awfully comparable to another Puerto Rican legend - Felix "Tito" Trinidad.

By the fourth round, Herrera's face appeared inflamed from the leather let loose by Dulorme. Still, Herrera persisted to apply pressure, but could not match Dulorme's proficient hand speed and exceptional coordination. 

Dulorme is an outstanding raw talent, although he needs to add a sturdy left jab to his arsenal in order to launch his career to the next level. Right now, Dulorme walks toward his opponents a little too often without setting up a steady left jab, but has gotten away with it early in his professional career due to his extraordinary, natural talent.

Light Heavyweights

Ozone Park's Will Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KO's) soundly defeated Aaron Pryor, Jr. (16-6, 11 KO's) via eight-round unanimous decision. Rosinsky received scores of 78-74 and 79-73 twice from the official ringside judges. 

Rosinsky, 27, battered Pryor, 33, throughout the fight with a relentless, violent body attack. Pryor did not have the power to keep Rosinsky from imposing his will. Pryor was in excellent physical condition to absorb Rosinsky's colossal assault, but the only success he exhibited was temporarily catching Rosinsky near the ropes when he was at a safe distance, employing his height and reach advantage.

Junior Welterweights

(Trainer Tommy Gallagher with Gabriel Bracero)
Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (19-1, 3 KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision versus Jermaine "Thunder" White (17-5, 9 KO's). Official scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 77-74.

In the first round, Bracero, 31, sustained a small cut on the corner of his left eye resulting from a clash of heads. After that, Bracero connected with a clean, overhand right mid-round.

During round two, there was a second clash of heads. Now, Bracero had blood gushing down from his left cheek. However, Bracero maintained his composure, and continued to throw and land accurate punches behind a well-timed left jab. After the round, swelling emerged under White's right eye. 

(Jermaine White waiting for the bout to continue while Bracero's cuts were being examined by the ringside physician)

White, who fought in a crouching, conventional stance, was deducted one point from referee Harvey Dock after a third clash of heads left Bracero with a cut on his forehead. Bracero closed the round strong, connecting with a sweeping left hook to White's head. 

(Ringside doctor examines Gabriel Bracero)
In the fourth round, Bracero staggered White with a short right-cross and followed it with a powerful left hook that sent White into the ropes. 

Both fighters fought fiercely in a highly competitive round five. Still, White was clearly losing to Bracero, who was dictating the bout with his superior lateral movement. 

White began to fatigue in round six, and started to unleash slapping punches in the clinches.

Bracero used tricky angles to set up a crisp, right-hand shot that momentarily stopped White in his tracks during round eight.

Bracero addressed the headbutts briefly after the contest.

"The headbutts had no effect at all on my performance tonight," exclaimed Bracero.

Heavyweights


Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KO) and Tiffany Woodard (4-6-3, 3 KO's) battled to a six-round draw. Official scores were 58-56 for Lamonakis, 58-56 for Woodard and 57-57 even. It was the third meeting between the two combatants. Lamonakis won via six-round unanimous decision in their first encounter, and captured a six-round majority decision in their second one.

Lamonakis utilized numerous lead right hands to Woodard's head and left hooks to her body, but lacked the consistent left jab she displayed in their first two bouts. 

"I couldn't reach her with the jab tonight," stated Lamonakis. "I started to catch her with big shots, so I just kept throwing."

Junior Lightweights

Brooklyn's Floriano Pagliara (13-4-1, 7 KO's) outpointed Rynell Griffin (6-10-2, 2 KO's) over six, one-sided rounds. All three ringside judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Pagliara. 

Griffin sustained a minor cut near his right eye, and was stunned when Pagliara tagged him with a flush left hook to the head in the fifth round.

Junior Welterweights

Junior welterweight prospect Ivan Redkach, 26, (11-0, 10 KO's) stopped Dedrick Bell, 28, (7-15, 5 KO's) at 1:55 of round one. The victory marked the Ukrainian's fourth professional knockout in the first round.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Living The Dream Has Its Challenges


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

Jason "Houdini" Lundgren arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998 from a small town in the Pacific Northwest - homeless. Carrying a duffel bag on his shoulder with a meager $5 in his pocket, Jason wandered outside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. He noticed a major boxing card was taking place there that night. People dressed elegantly were getting out of their limousines and heading inside to witness an entertaining night of prizefighting at the famed boxing venue. At the time, Jason did not know when or where he would receive his next meal, but he had many dreams and hope, envisioning one day to be one of those chic individuals exiting the limousines and entering the front doors of the illustrious hotel. Little did he know at the time this would lead to a career in the promotional world of boxing.

"I didn't know anyone when I got to Las Vegas," said Lundgren. "I wanted to be just like all those pretty people getting out of the pretty limos. I just kept dreaming."

Prior to his arrival in Las Vegas, however, Jason hitchhiked for six days down to Mesa, Arizona. He attended Dobson High School for his senior year, although he did not graduate. Instead, he elected to attend the Phoenix Job Corps, acquiring his GED while studying sales.

During his stay in Arizona, Jason met a woman that radically changed his life. Diane Onofrio, Urban Outreach’s Program Director in Tempe, Arizona, met Jason approximately fifteen years ago when she was just a staff member. When their paths crossed, she really believed Jason could turn his life around, and he sensed her devotion toward him.

“The most inspiring thing Diane did for me was give me her time,” admitted Lundgren. “She gave me the inspiration to be somebody and to assist others in need.”

Some of Jason’s most difficult hardships occurred on the streets in Central City East, an area in downtown Los Angeles, California also known as Skid Row. Living outside the Midnight Mission due to full capacity, Jason was number 579 to receive one piece of bread, one hot dog and a cup of water through homeless feeding.

Central City East, a.k.a Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA; Photo Credit: Original uploader was Jorobeq at en.wikipedia
After watching the movie "The Perfect Storm", Jason became deeply inspired to turn into a commercial fisherman. His friends thought he was crazy for thinking about fishing living in the desert. Nevertheless, Jason started to dream and took action to get there. Within six months, Jason emerged as a Bering Sea Fisherman among the big processing vessels on the Amaknak Island, which is better known as Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska. He was contracted to work 4 months each year for two consecutive years.

Photo Credit: aloft cam, USCGC Healy
Following his stint as a commercial fisherman, Jason attended classes in 2002 at the College of Southern Nevada. During one of his classes, Jason decided on developing his own small business. Eventually, Jason dropped out of college and established himself as a fine salesman, selling high-priced knives and swords. After a brief period, Jason was bored being a salesman and wanted to venture into another industry.

In 2007, Jason applied at Bell Limousine, following the vision he owned when he first reached Nevada. The company was contracted to drive Miss America and Miss Universe together to the grand opening of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Owner Brent Bell and General Manager Breck Opecka gave Jason the assignment.

“There I was driving all the pretty people,” exclaimed Lundgren. “I actually dreamt about being a limo driver and applied. I kept taking action.”

By the end of the night, Jason was driving home George Maloof, Jr., owner of the Sacramento Kings and minority owner of the Palms Resort Casino.

“The ride for him was free because my company had a contract for the grand opening,” stated Lundgren. “Still, he tipped me $300 for a 15-minute, 8-mile ride. I was so grateful.”

News travels fast in the limousine industry. Jason was much admired after working the night of Planet Hollywood’s grand opening. Subsequently, he received a phone call from their front desk requesting his services. Next, Jason found himself driving Robert Earl, who was the brains behind the formation of Planet Hollywood, as well as high-profile actor Jason Statham. Statham is best known for his roles in “The Transporter” movies.

“Planet Hollywood has been absolutely magical for me,” boasted Lundgren. “Here I was totally living my dream.”

Along his journey, Jason met Marshall Enzer at a gathering of mutual friends. Enzer has worked the corner as a cutman for numerous world champion boxers, including Michael Nunn, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Hasim Rahman, Joel Casamayor, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Zab Judah and countless others. Enzer befriended Jason and introduced him to Javier Zendejas.

Javier Zendejas, along with Jose Garcia, were part of the ring entourage and personal staff of former IBF & WBA Light Middleweight champion, “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas. Zendejas and Garcia became very close with Lundgren, teaching him the business of boxing. One day, Jason was recommended for a job on Vargas’ personal staff as a security guard. He jumped at the opportunity.

“I was truly honored to be included and welcomed to their team,” declared Lundgren. “To this day, I consider Javier and Jose my hermanos.”

In early 2009, Vargas promoted a boxing/MMA event in Primm, Nevada under his company, Vargas Entertainment Promotions. On the way to Buffalo Bill’s Casino, Vargas elected to display his clothing line outside the entrance, but was worried it would not get done. Could Vargas’ merchandise get set up in time for the show?

Lundgren commented, “I have it all under control. Don’t you worry about anything. I’ll take care of it.”

“Dang Houdini,” Vargas shouted. The nickname stuck with Jason ever since their car ride in the desert.

Marshall Enzer (far left), Fernando Vargas (Middle), Jason Lundgren (far right)
Through the years, Jason established a solid friendship with former WBA Super Featherweight and WBC Light Welterweight world boxing champion Roger Mayweather, who is widely recognized at this time as the head trainer of his undefeated nephew, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Roger Mayweather is a walking encyclopedia and has taught me so much about the history of the sport,” explained Lundgren.

Jason also made strong acquaintances with three-time world kickboxing champion Yoel Judah. Yoel is the father and trainer of former undisputed world welterweight boxing champion, Zab “Super” Judah.

“Yoel has given me tremendous insight on the business end of things from all of his years involved in boxing,” noted Lundgren.
Jason Lundgren (far left), Roger Mayweather (middle), Yoel Judah (far right)
Additionally, Vargas promoted a card on November 6, 2009 at the Palms Resort Casino featuring Zab Judah, Joel Casamayor and Ron Johnson.

Cruiserweight Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson, who sports an 11-1, 3 KO’s professional record, encouraged Jason to dream big in life and gave him a job as a Site Coordinator for his promotional company, American Dream Presents. Johnson founded the company with his childhood friend “Awesome” Aaron Williams (21-3-1, 14 KO’s), also a professional boxer in the cruiserweight division.

“Johnson gave me the confidence to dream bigger than I ever had,” said Lundgren. “He told me that if you can dream it, you can do it. And that there’s no limit to what one can dream.”


Today, Lundgren is a co-founder with Ron Johnson of Dream Vegas, an organization created to assist homeless youth and help make their dreams come true. He repeatedly gives motivational speeches, retelling his story to convince younger people to never give up hope. 

“I lived homeless on and off my whole life,” revealed Lundgren. “I am a true survivor. I want to carry the message of hope and facilitate people’s dreams. I learned to hope and dream, and it brought me to where I am right now. I want to give back to the homeless youth. The I-HELP program in Tempe, Arizona, the Homebase Youth Services in Phoenix, Arizona and the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center in Las Vegas, Nevada all comforted me. Now, I want to show that I have faith in these teens. They have the rest of their lives to become whatever they want in life.”

All one has to do is keep dreaming, and a little 'magic' always helps.

For more information on Dream Vegas, please go to http://www.facebook.com/dreamvegaslv

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