Friday, July 7, 2017

More on SteelFist card, local pros plan bouts, amateur boxing

SteelFist has announced several more bouts for its July 28 card in SLC. They include Ranu Meah versus Kent Mafelio, Lauren Chidester versus Cat Myers, Lauren Su'a versus Curt Leifson, Ului Pupuno versus Joshua Young Tauteoli, Brian Johns versus Bobby Simpson, Cory Rose versus Matt Unruh, Jordan Taylor versus Justin Vialpando, Marco Sanchez versus Jon Wixom, and Hector Lopez versus AJ Palante.

The entire card, as we know presently, is here.

Some local fighters have fights scheduled, with more details to come. John Valentine, who lives in Las Vegas but still is well involved in MMA locally, says he has another pro fight in the works. So does One Hit MMA pro Rowdy Akers, set to fight in September. Among amateurs, Bryce Edminister (The Garage), will be parft of the Front Street Fights card in Boise on Aug. 18. And kickboxer Thomas Hughes, who has competed internationally as an amateur, will be part of the Horn's Elite card in Ogden next month.

The Junior Golden Gloves Nationals are later this month in Mesquite. Participants from Lights Out Boxing include Ozmanny Sanchez, 70, James Cox, 65, and Dylan Bahena, 60. From All Heart Boxing Adriano Bdenn (119) and Mehki Benn (106) will be there. Also, competing will be Preston Tiffany, 95. Tiffany, a former Junior Olympics national champ, is well after rehabbing from some injuries.

Speaking of the Junior Olympics, Aaron Garcia, a Payson, Utah amateur boxer, competed recently in the nationals. Univision 32 produced this great feature on the successful young boxer.

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