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Fighters in action tonight


Mitichyan, Bernetsyan in respective contests at Hollywood Palladium.

June 12, 2010|From Staff Reports | News-Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

GFC COMBATANTS HIT THE RING Former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Roman "The Emperor" Mitichyan and rookie boxer Artur "The Punisher" Bernetsyan are set for action in respective bouts tonight at MEZ Sports' "Pandemonium at the Palladium" at the Hollywood Palladium.

The card is set to feature five boxing matches and four mixed martial arts fights.

Mitichyan (10-3) is scheduled to face Preston Scharf (11-8) in the event's MMA main event, a 170-pound welterweight fight.

Bernetsyan (3-0, 2 KOs), who made his pro debut in January in Glendale, will fight for the fourth time this year.


He'll take on Ramon Flores (3-6-1, 3 KOs) in a 135-pound bout. Flores was originally slated to fight Bernetsyan on May 6 at a King of the West card, but the former pulled out to due the death of his father.

Mitichyan, who also trains at the Main Event Gym and with Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, is a teacher at Glendale Fighting Club, where Bernetsyan trains under Edmond Tarverdyan.

Also scheduled to compete on the card is Burbank welterweight boxer Johnny Suarez (5-3-2) and, in the main event, heavyweights Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) and Lance Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) are set to face off in a 12-round boxing match.

Fedosov's last two victories came in Glendale at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

Mitichyan, who was a former cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter," is one of two former TUF competitors scheduled to compete as Richie Whitson (6-1) is also on the card.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 7:30.

FOUR GAELS NET ACCOLADES Four members of the Holy Family softball team, which qualified for the postseason, received All-Horizon League recognition. One player was named to the first team, while three earned spots on the second team.

Center fielder Elena Lomeli was selected to the first team. She batted a team-best .451 and led the team in singles, triples and home runs. Lomeli finished second on the team with a .551 on-base percentage.

Those named to the second team were Gaby Diaz, Aurora Aguirre and Rachel Turner.

Diaz, a shortstop, had a team-leading .556 on-base percentage and walked a team-high 17 times. Aguirre, a first baseman, finished second on the team with a .424 batting average. She led the team in doubles with eight and had a .541 on-base percentage.

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