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FFC 31 Night of Champions results from Las Vegas

The debut of the all-new Fight Dome Las Vegas delivered an explosive night of fireworks at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Friday night. “FFC 31 Night of Champions” was certainly a night to remember.

“The Scorpion Sting” Mladen Brestovac delivered the knockout of the night, with a blistering high left kick to the head of Jhonata Diniz at the two-minute mark of Round 3.

The trademark left head kick of Brestovac sent Diniz crashing to the canvas. With the victory, Brestovac retains the FFC Heavyweight Kickboxing title and improves his record to (55-14-1.). Diniz, who was the aggressor for most of the fight and showcased his exciting come-forward style, falls to (16-6-0.)

Shkodran “The Albanian Warrior” Veseli (83-18-1) won the FFC Welterweight Kickboxing Title with a 4th Round KO stoppage vs. Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang (18-8-1). A series of solid punches from Veseli rocked Ambang and sent him to a kneeling position at the 1:23 mark of the Round number four.

In the boxing portion of the evening, Shawn Miller, of Troy, NY (19-4-1) won a unanimous decision victory in his ten round title fight with Dennis “Mongoose” Morris (14-3-1). Miller won by the scores of 100-90, 97-93, 97-93, earning him the WBU Cruiserweight Championship.

In the FFC MMA Welterweight Championship, Ben Egli lived up to his reputation as an expert submission artist by choking out Roberto Neves at the 3:21 mark of the first round. Egli won the fight by rear naked choke, something he has done a total of five times in his pro MMA career. The championship victory brings Egli’s record to (11-2-0) while Neves falls to (10-3-0).

“FFC 31 Night of Champions” was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network and the event made history as Final Fight Championship, one of the fastest growing combat sports promotion companies in the world, became the first promotion company to hold a multi-discipline event (Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA) in Las Vegas history.

Complete “FFC 31 Night of Champions” results below:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

FFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (MMA)
Ben Egli (11-2-0), Portland, Oregon
Win by Submission Rear Naked Choke, 3:25 Rd 1
Roberto Neves (10-4-0), Sao Palo, Brazil
(Egli wins FFC Welterweight Title)

WBU CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (BOXING)
Shawn Miller (19-4-1, 7 KOs), Troy, NY
Win by UD 10 Rds (100-90, 97-93, 97-93)
Dennis Morris (14-3-1, 12 KOs), Milwaukee, WI
(Miller wins WBU Cruiserweight Title)

FFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (KICKBOXING)
Mladen Brestovac (55-14-1), Champion, Zagreb, Croatia
Win by KO (Head Kick), 2:00 Rd 3
Jhonata Diniz (16-6-0), Curitiba, Brazil
(Brestovac retains FFC Heavyweight Title)

FFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (KICKBOXING)
Shkodran Veseli (83-18-1), Zurich, Switzerland
Win by KO (Punches), 1:23 Rd 4
Francois Ambang (18-8-1), Mechanicsville, VA
(Veseli wins FFC Welterweight Title)

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New York Jets Post Game Notes & Quotes – NYJ 42, IND 34 – Sunday, 10.14

Here are some notes from the New York Jets 42-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium:

Scoring:

After scoring 42 points in today’s game, the Jets have now scored 40 points twice in the same season for the first time since 2008. Additionally, this is the Jets first time they have scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games since the 2011 season. The Jets offense closed the game with scores on their last eight drives. The team scored multiple times in every quarter, including a 23-point first half, the most by a Jets team since they scored 27 vs. TEN (12/13/15).

 

Takeaways: 

After forcing four takeaways against IND, the Jets are the only team with multiple games of four-or-more takeaways, after intercepting five passes in their Week One win at DET (9/10).  This season, their 15 turnovers are second in the league behind CLV prior to the start of the 4:00 games.

Additionally, the Jets converted those four takeaways into 20 points, tying them for the most points off turnovers in the NFL with 45 points, prior to the start of the 4:00 games.

 

Linebacker Interceptions:

With picks by Avery Williamson and Darron Lee, Sunday’s contest marks just the fourth time since the merger and first time since 2011 that two different Jets linebackers registered interceptions in the same game. The last time, David Harris and Calvin Pace both registered interceptions at BUF (11/06/11).

 

S Jamal Adams:

On the Jets first defensive drive of the game, Jamal Adams tipped a pass that led to an interception by CB Morris Claiborne, which he returned 17 yards for a touchdown. During the second quarter, Adams forced a fumble (third of his career) that was recovered by LB Jordan Jenkins.

 

CB Morris Claiborne:

With 14:48 left in the first quarter, S Jamal Adams tipped a pass that was intercepted and returned for a 17-yard touchdown by CB Morris Claiborne. Jets second pick six this season after LB Darron Lee’s at DET (9/10) in the season opener. The return marks Claiborne’s first touchdown off an interception, and the second touchdown of his career.

At 14:48, the score was the fastest in a home game and fastest defensive score in Jets history. It’s tied for second-fastest touchdown in franchise history with Brad Smith kick-off return touchdown at PIT (12/19/10). Fastest score: Bobby Humphery kick-off return touchdown at 14:51 at CIN (12/21/86).

The score was the first at home by the Jets since S Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady (10/20/13). In the second quarter, Claiborne tipped a pass that was intercepted by teammate Avery Williamson for a 31-yard return. Claiborne finished the game with four tackles, two passes defensed and one interception.

 

QB Sam Darnold:

In his sixth start, Sam Darnold finished the game 24-30 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. It is the second time in Darnold’s career in which he has completed at least 75% of his passes while having a quarterback rating of more than 100.

With his 80% completion percentage on 30-or-more passes, he became just the fifth quarterback in team history to accomplish the feat and first since Chad Pennington did so at TEN (12/23/07).

 

WR Jermaine Kearse:

Jermaine Kearse established season highs with nine receptions for 94 yards in the win. The nine catches match his regular-season career high, set last season in the win vs. KC (12/03/17).

 

LB Darron Lee:

In the middle of the fourth quarter, Darron Lee intercepted Andrew Luck, returning the ball 25 yards to set up a field goal on the ensuing possession. Lee now has a team best three interceptions on the season. He finished the game with a team-leading eight tackles according to press box stats.

 

K Jason Myers:

After making a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, Jason Myers now has a career and franchise high seven made field goals in a game. Myers is only the sixth kicker in NFL history to make seven field goals in a game. Additionally, he finished the game with a career high 24 points which are the second most points by a kicker in NFL history behind Rob Bironas’ 26.

 

RB Bilal Powell:

With 4:32 left in the fourth quarter, Powell rushed for seven yards, bring his career total to 3,245 and passing Shonn Greene for 10th place on the franchise’s all-time rushing list.

Among the backs in the Jets top 10, Powell’s 4.36 career yards per carry average ranks second to only Freeman McNeil.

 

WR Terrelle Pryor:

After the defense forced a turnover, Sam Darnold capped an eight-play, 43-yard scoring drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor, helping the Jets retake the lead 17-13. Sunday’s win marks the first time Pryor’s has consecutive games with a touchdown.

He finished the game with a season-high five catches for 57 yards and the touchdown.

 

LB Avery Williamson:

Late in the second quarter, CB Morris Claiborne tipped a pass from Andrew Luck that was intercepted by Avery Williamson for a 31-yard return. It was Williamson’s first INT with the Jets and the third of his career.

The team’s leading tackler this season, he finished the game with five tackles, two passes defensed and the interception.

 

Series:  

  • IND leads the series 32-42, Postseason 3-1, (Series @ Metlife: 15-22, Postseason 1-0)

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FFC 31 Night of Champions weights from Las Vegas

Final Fight Championship (FFC) Founder & CEO, Orsat Zovko, held the very first FFC weigh-in ceremony in Las Vegas, and did so, with an ear-to-ear smile and an excitability that was simply palpable. The man behind one of the fastest growing combat sports promotion companies in the world welcomed everyone to the official weigh-ins for “FFC 31 Night of Champions”, which takes place Friday, Oct. 12 (10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. PST) at the all-new Fight Dome Las Vegas, located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

“I’m very excited that all of the years worth of preparation and planning has finally paid off and FFC is ready to launch here in Las Vegas”, said Zovko “We are looking forward to showcasing our quality product and brand to a nationwide audience live on CBS Sports Network.”

Doors open for “FFC 31 Night of Champions” at 5:30 pm (PST) and the event will broadcast live on CBS Sports Network starting at 7:00 pm (PST), 10:00 pm (EST). For more information visit www.finalfightchampionship.com or follow FFC on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @FFCFighting.

Here are the weigh-in results from the FFC 31 Night of Champions participants.

WBU Cruiserweight Championship (Boxing)
Dennis “The Mongoose” Morris (14-2-1), Milwaukee, WI, 197.4 lbs
Shawn Miller (18-4-1), Troy, NY, 197.2 lbs

FFC Welterweight Championship (Kickboxing)
Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang (18-7-1), Mechanicsville, VA, 169.8 lbs
Shkodran “The Albanian Warrior” Veseli (83-18-1), Zurich, Switzerland, 168.8 lbs

FFC Heavyweight Championship (Kickboxing)
Jhonata Diniz (16-5-0), Curitiba, Brazil, 230 lbs
Mladen “The Scorpion Sting” Brestovac (54-14-1), Zagreb, Croatia, 261 lbs

FFC Welterweight Championship (MMA)
Ben Egli, (10-2-0), Tigard, Oregon, 170 lbs
Roberto Augusto “Facada” Neves, (10-3-0), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 169.2 lbs

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World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation Announces Inaugural PPV card Johny Hendricks vs. Brennan Ward Chris Leben vs. Phil Baroni To headline “Rise of the Titans

World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) has officially announced the Pay-Per-View fight card for its inaugural event, “Rise of the Titans”, to be headlined by a WBKFF middleweight title fight between Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks and “Irish” Brennan Ward, as well as Chris “The Crippler” Leben and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, Friday, November 9, at Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “Rise of The Titans”, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, in North America on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV and DISH in the United States, as well as Rogers, Shaw, Bell TV and SaskTel in Canada, and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website, for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) and will be available to purchase by going online here:

https://ev9.evenue.net/cgibin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3ACEC%3ACEC19%3ABKB%3A&linkID=cec&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=C&cgc=&RSRC=WEB_PR&RDAT=WBKFF 

Ticket prices are between $200.00 – $500.00 for Ringside, $50.00, $30.00, $20.00, $10.00 in the 100 Level Grandstands.

“I am super excited about our first show on November 9th,” newly named WBKFF President Bas Rutten said. “Every single person I’ve talked to me who has heard about this event let me know what a crazy good card we have. I must admit, they are correct! I would love to talk about each fight on the card, but will do that in interviews coming up, so I will just mention a few right now. Brennan Ward versus Johny Hendricks as main event; two KO artists going at it, can’t get any better than that. Chris Leben versus Phil Baroni, both known for their KO’s in MMA, but now, bareknuckle? Sign me up! Shawne Merriman versus Mike Bourke; Merriman is a former NFL Linebacker with a crazy vertical leap of 41.5″ (he’s a heavyweight!) facing off against Mike Bourke, a guy who everybody knows can hit. And let’s talk about our lady’s fight. Pro boxer Jasmine Clarkson versus Christina Marks, who has 10 MMA wins with 8 finishes. So, expect great competitive fights, and I hope to see you in Casper Wyoming on November 9th. If you can’t make it, please watch on PPV! Godspeed and bare-knuckle on!”

Hendricks, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, is a former UFC middleweight champion. A past NCAA wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, Hendricks is a powerful striker who was the original WEC middleweight champion. The Oklahoma native captured the coveted UFC title belt in 2014, taking a unanimous decision from Robbie Lawlor at UFC 171 in Dallas.

Ward, who comes from Waterford, Connecticut, is a powerful striker, as well, who was a top contender in Bellator for several years. A collegiate wrestler, as well, he was the Bellator Season 9 middleweight champion

The previously announced Nov. 9 co-featured event is a much-anticipated, entertaining showdown between a pair of legendary MMA fighters, Chris “The Crippler” Leben, of Portland, and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, for the WBKFF light heavyweight title.

MMA veteran Mike “The Rhino” Bourke will be the opponent for retired All-Pro linebacker Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman,who recently signed with WBKFF to make his combat sports pro debut on “Rise of The Titans”, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.

The 34-year-old Merriman played eight seasons in the NFL between 2005 and 2012 for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He was drafted out of the University of Maryland in the first round, 12th overall pick, by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL draft. The six-foot, 275-pound Bourke, hailing from La Habra, California, knocked out living legend Ken Shamrock in the opening round of his most notable career fight.

WBKFF will also launch its $100,000 Lightweight Tournament, showcasing eight fighters in four separate bouts to determine the semifinalists for WBKFF’s second event, culminating with the championship final in its third event. A draw to determine the quarterfinal matches will soon be conducted.

Tournament contestants include UFC veterans Issac Vallie Flagg, along with veteran MMA fighters Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, Ireland-native Jay “The Mellow Fellow” Cucciniello, Estevan “El Terrible” Payan, Robbie “Problems” Peralta, Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis, and South African Leon “The Iron Lion” Mynhardt.

Las Vegas middleweight Joey Angelo squares off with Albuquerque’s Julian “Nitrane” Lane, while last year’s Ultimate Fighter runner-up Christina Marks, of San Diego, takes on professional boxer Jasmine Clarkson for the WBKFF Women’s Flyweight Championship.

The PPV opener will feature Internet MMA sensation Chris “Mighty Mouse” Yarborough meets fellow Virginian, Brandon Dunivan, in a middleweight clash for home state bragging rights,

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Additional undercard fights will be live-streamed prior to the PPV broadcast with full details to be announced.

Newly adopted rules including holding and striking, spinning backfists and hammer fists will be used in all WBKFF fights, which will be contested in a traditional boxing ring for optimum viewing and safety. All men and women’s matches will feature five (two-minute) rounds.

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Website: www.WBKFF.com
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New York City FC Re-Signs Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring to Long-Term Contracts

New York City FC today announced that Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring have all agreed to new long-term contracts with the Club. The trio will remain in New York City for 2019 and beyond after agreeing to terms on multi-year deals.

 

All three players, key figures in the City locker room, joined the Club ahead of the 2017 MLS season and have since gone on to make a combined 190 appearances across all competitions.

 

The signings are a critical development in the ongoing sustainability of the Club according to Sporting Director Claudio Reyna.

 

“All three are entering the prime years of their careers, so it’s fantastic to keep consistency and stability within the team. It’s exciting news for all of us to tie them down to long-term deals.”

 

Callens, Johnson and Ring are vital components to the spine of the team and have played pivotal roles in City’s successful spell the past two seasons.

 

“They’re leaders off the field and they’ve been top professionals from the first day they arrived,” said Reyna. “They’ve elevated our Club with their professionalism and determination to make themselves, this Club and this team better and better.”

 

Known amongst fans as “NYCFC’s Iron Man,” Callens began his NYCFC career showing off his metal. Beginning March 5, 2017, the Peruvian went on a a remarkable run of 3,585 consecutive minutes played in MLS regular season matches. During that span, Callens helped anchor a defense which kept 10 clean sheets.

 

Callens has also contributed at the other end of the pitch throughout his time in New York. In 65 matches with the Club, the central defender has found the back of the net three times, most recently to earn a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United on June 9.

 

His stellar play recently earned him an opportunity to represent Peru once again at the international level.

 

Callens said: “I am very happy, very happy that the Club has confidence in me and I think the only way to repay that is to work at 100% and give it my all.

 

“The fans have always supported me, they’re always cheering us on, in the bad times and the good, they are always there supporting. That gives us confidence, and when we go out on the field we hope to give them joy.”

 

Sean Johnson has seen his career elevate since joining City in 2017. Johnson matched a career high in shutouts in his first season with seven, something the U.S. international hadn’t done since 2011 with the Chicago Fire. The shot-stopper’s form in the first half of 2017 saw him return to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 

Johnson’s 2018 campaign has built off his 2017 success. For the first time in his career, Johnson has kept double-digit clean sheets (10). In July, Johnson broke Club records by going 396 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal which included four shutouts.

 

Johnson said: “I knew that once I played my first game with the club, it was somewhere I wanted to be for a very long time. Everybody from the organizational side has made me feel at home: the fans, the front office and my teammates.

 

“For me, the commitment, with us three going forward, the expectations is always to lift trophies. I think us three kind of embody that and we want to spread that. Hopefully, we are here for a very long time and we are able to instill those things in anybody that comes into the Club from here on out.”

 

Alex Ring became the fifth NYCFC player to be selected to an MLS All-Star team in 2018. Known league-wide for solidifying the spine of the City squad, the Finnish midefielder has shown his versatility by playing as a make-shift center back at times as well as scoring two goals playing in more forward positions.

 

Ring’s two goals in City blue have come in crucial moments in their respective matches. Trailing by a goal in hostile confines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ring sent a rocket past Brad Guzan as City came from behind to earn a point against Atlanta United. His second goal turned out to be the one that clinched City’s spot in the 2018 playoffs.

 

Ring said: “I am very happy with the way the Club and the fans have taken care of me and my family. The way they have embraced us – it wasn’t a big decision for me to continue here and sign with this great club.

 

“Just like I said once I signed here for the first time, I don’t do a lot of talking outside of the pitch, I try to do it on the field and I try to represent my Club the best I can and I think that’s what they also appreciate. I am maybe not the most technical guy, but they know I’m going to play my heart out on the pitch. I just want to thank the fans for acknowledging that and always pushing me and the team.”

 

In addition to being great role models, these three players also carry the values Reyna and the Sporting Department wish to project, allowing newcomers to easily assimilate into the environment that’s been created at the recently-opened Etihad Airways City Football Academy in Orangeburg.

 

Reyna added: “Not just in MLS, players generally are moving clubs more and more, so being able to keep consistency in the spine of our roster is huge. To be able to keep these three players allows us to keep consistent voices in the locker room, players who know what this Club is about and the culture that we’ve built.

 

“When new players arrive to the club, they’ll know we have three leaders and top quality professionals to listen to and to follow.”

 

Johnson and Ring will be supporting Soccer Day in New York City on Monday October 15, when 10 more New York City Soccer Initiative mini-soccer pitches come online across the five boroughs, as part of the partnership between NYCFC, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Etihad Airways and adidas.

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Large turnout for recent 1st USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering on West Coast

A large group of past and present amateur boxers, as well as others involved in the sport, recently turned out in force for the first USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering on the West Coast.

The inaugural West Coast gathering of the USA Boxing Alumni Association, held at Fortune Gym in Hollywood (Los Angeles), resulted in memorable storytelling, welcome reunions, even between past foes, in addition to a substantial increase in membership ranks.

In addition to longtime amateur boxing supporter, actor/singer Frank Stallone, along with the Godmother of amateur boxing, Melanie Ley, attending past and present boxers and trainers included Mickey Bey, Alex Ramos, Maureen Shea, Ronnie Essett, Paul Banke, Jorge Hawley, Les Fabri, Frank Vassar, Don Deverges, Michael and Anna Keopuhiwa, Zachary Padilla, Lenny Gargaliano, Tony Lesbeur, Felix Nance, Derrick and Vince Hudson, Rudy Garza, Justine Fortune, Alan Santana, Willie Tubbs, Randy Crippen, Alan Santana, Jacquie Richardson, Steven Stokes, Manny Salcido, Jason and Jeremy Williams, Mike Simms, Jeff Bumpus, current Team USA heavyweight Richard Torres (Tulare, CA), and 2018 Youth World Champion and Los Angeles local Iyana Verduzco. 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Tilman was also in attendance and registered as a new Alumni Association member.

USA Boxing board advisor and fighter liaison, “Iceman” John Scully, was responsible for recruiting most of the attendees.

“The USA Boxing Alumni Association gathering in Hollywood fully demonstrated our mission: Connecting Generations of Champions,” said attendee Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Executive Director. “While former opponents reunited after exiting the ring decades ago, two of today’s champions and Team USA members, Richard Torres and Roxy Verduzco, were proudly recognized for their recent success. The Alumni Association wants to thank Fortune Gym for hosting this gathering, and we look forward to connecting with our West Coast members at future events.”

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, –boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans — the Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing’s future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events host by the Alumni Association, including Friday evening’s USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

To join the USA Boxing Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee. New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

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Houston featherweight Roma Martinez represents next wave of USA female boxers

Houston featherweight Roma Martinez, who represents the next wave of USA female boxers, is currently In Argentina to make a statement at the ongoing Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

The Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 continues through Oct. 18 at Parque Polidesportivo Roca in Argentina.

The 18-year-old Martinez started boxing six years ago, when her step-father came into her life, taking her to a local boxing gym to help keep her out of potential trouble, as well to defend herself.

She is an online student at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, planning to major in business, and Roma has been able to balance her busy schedule for a simple reason. “I don’t have much of a social life,” she admitted, “so it’s easy for me to train and study.”

Argentina is the second foreign country she’s traveled to having competed last November in India. Although she has a relatively limited amateur career, Martinez has managed to capture top honors at six national events: 2016 USA Boxing Nationals, 2014 & 2015 Batte lf the Universe, 20-15 Women’s Golden Glove, 2-15 Junior Olympics Nationals, and 2014 Brown Gloves.

Like many of her Team USA teammates, in addition to opponents from all over the world, Roma hopes she can parlay an impressive performance in Buenos Aires to improve her chances to eventually qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

“The Youth Olympics is the biggest thing in my career because I hope to compete in the 2020 Olympics,” Martinez said. “The Youth Olympics is almost as big as the Olympics, only younger athletes compete. I take things one day at a time, but I do have goals to make the Olympics, win a gold medal, and then turn pro and win a world title.

“This is my last youth competition. This December I will move up to Elite Division. There will be a difference in age (of her opponents) and more international competition, but I need that experience to reach my goals.”

Roma, she says, is a technical boxer who occasionally brings pressure. Her favorite boxer is the great “Sugar” Ray Leonard and she looks up to Nicola Adams (2012 & 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain) and Mikaela Mayer (2016 USA Olympian). Roma has taken advantage of sparring sessions with Adams and Mayer, respectively, in Houston and Colorado Springs.

Martinez believes female boxing is on the upswing and she looks forward to its future. “The more top female boxers will mean bigger things for us,” Martinez added, “We’ll get more TV time and make more money.”

Roma credits USA Boxing for her learning how to be disciplined and she’s grateful for the outstanding coaching she’s received. Martinez plans to travel a lot in the future and when she earns her business degree, Roma is determined to use it to her advantage, owning a restaurant and, possibly, a gym so that she can remain in boxing after she hangs up her gloves way down the road.

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