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The HACP (Hook Aim Cross Punch) Boxing Club and American Boxing Organization (ABO) hosted an all female amateur boxing card and fan expo on Saturday afternoon and evening to celebrate, educate the public about the values, and promote excitement and enjoyment of the sport on all levels.

The HACP Boxing Club organized an invitational boxing event with 5 amateur all female bouts with ages from 13 into their 30s, spanning the area from Northwest Indiana and Milwaukee, WI. A percentage of the proceeds were allocated towards scholarships for the HACP boxing program that works with at risk youth in the Lake County area.

Lady Gloves Invitational Highlights:

“Knockout of the Night” went to 2015 Golden Gloves Champ Natasha McCall, who earned a TKO win to remain undefeated. The name should sound familiar as she is the daughter of former WBC Champion Oliver McCall (57-14, 37 KOs) and brother of Heavyweight Elijah McCall (12-3-1, 11 KOs), so the pedigree runs strong in the family.

Rita Figueroa trained Catherine Alura (Sam Colonna Boxing Gym) delivered a towel-thrown, corner-stopped TKO over her opponent from Will Power Boxing. Alura was constant on the attack, bettering her opponent.

“Dominator of the Night”: Sarah French (Mango Boxing Club) pounded her opponent from UCC Boxing in Milwaukee relentlessly through three rounds to earn an emphatic Unanimous Decision victory.

In a heavily contested decision, Domoniqe Barros (Golden Touch Gym) edged out Rosie Torres (Sam Colonna Boxing Gym). Torres seemed to have controlled much of the action, backing her opponent up consistently, landing clean shots. The judges favored Barros on all three cards.

Two young ladies from AMC Boxing Gym in Milwaukee and host HACP Boxing Club made their #IamBOXING statements with a thrilling and action packed 3-round Main Event. The 13 and 14 year olds went toe-to-toe with quick combo flurries for the full three rounds like Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Clevery did in early October. They showed some very promising skills for the future of the sport, and brought the hundreds in attendance to a loud roar by the end of the final round. (For safety reasons, we will keep youth identities confidential)

ABO Expo:

Preceding the boxing show, the public had access to many corporate and organizational booths as part of the ABO Expo. It was a great opportunity for the boxing community to bond with the public, to present and expose their products and/or services around the game.

With both coordinated events in one, hundreds and hundreds of patrons met current and past champions and future champions along with browsed booths and products of local business involved directly and indirectly with the sport.

Boxing entity booths included: HACP Boxing Club, Coix Boxing and Fitness, Cutting Edge Sports, Pena Boxing, Supreme Hits Promotions, #theBIZ, UCC Boxing, and 9 Rounds. Other sports booths and supporting corporate booths completed the attraction.

[Standing, from left] Dr. Normal Roth, Deonte Wilson, Duarn Vue, Montell Griffin, Murid Muhammad, Oliver McCall, Jay Kemp, Fernando Hernandez, Will Coix, Adrian Granados, Alberto Mercedes, Paty Martinez. [Kneeling, from left] Francisco Perez, Juan Curiel, Andres Calle. Photo Credits: Tom Barnes/

Honored guest included:

  • Former WBA Champion Danell “Doc” Nicholson
  • Former WBC Champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall
  • Former WIBA Champion turned trainer Rita Figueroa who is being inducted into the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame on November 14th
  • Former WBC and WBU Champ Montell “Ice” Griffin who is also being inducted into the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame on November 14th
  • Former NABA Champion turned trainer “Fearless” Fernando Hernandez
  • Titlist “Fast” Fres Oquendo, who will fight for WBA title again in 2016
  • Retired boxer Anwar “The Assyrian Bull” Oshana
  • Boxer turned trainer Alberto Mercedes
  • Adrian “El Tigre” Granados, who will be fighting Amir Imam on November 28th for a shot at Viktor Postol and his WBC strap
  • UBF US-Midwest Champion Duarn “The Storm” Vue
  • Local undefeated prospect Will “Power” Coix
  • Young prospect Deonte “Bomaye” Wilson
  • Boxer and BKB participant Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas
  • Lightweight fit phenom Fred Bowen

About HACP Boxing Club:

Our Mission at HACP is to inspire possibility in people. We do this by teaching the sport of boxing. At HACP we do more then just boxing, we also incorporate strength and conditioning training as well as speed and agility training.

We offer classes on Tuesday and Tuesdays from 6-8pm and on Fridays from 4-6pm. We also offer private boxing sessions on certain days depending on your availability. For private sessions you can call/text at 847-505-2869 or email at

About American Boxing Organization:

The ABO is a new sanctioning body that prides itself on the safety of the athletes long term. When you compete for an American Boxing Organization championship, you get more than the prize trophy. You have the health lifestyle assistance. For more information, see their Facebook Page.

The whole event was well planned out and fun was had by all.


Jay Kemp, #NextGenChamp

Northwest Chicago Suburb native that has a knack for development of sports. Sports is my life, from youth to professional levels. I make things happen! I AM GOLDEN! Sports BIZness specialties include marketable presentation, public relations, sponsorship acquisition and retention, up-to-date marketing strategies, charitable projects and how they translate into positive public image. In addition to boxing, I am a nationally certified coach in the sports of lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling, with ties to many other sports. Telephone: 224-627-3777

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