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By Gabriel Rizk | August 22, 2009
GLENDALE — It’s been just over eight months since up-and-coming welterweight Vito “Casper” Gasparyan last fought, a span in which quite a bit has transpired. Gasparyan, who formerly trained at the Glendale Fighting Club, has had several fights canceled over the past months, all while putting down roots in a new gym with a new trainer. All systems are go for his latest scheduled fight, however, when the effects of the layoff from actual fighting, good or bad, and his recently formed affiliation with Fortune Gym in Los Angeles will become evident.
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By Veronica Rocha | June 13, 2009
Boxers Anatoliy Dudchenko and Terrance Smith brought the glory to Glendale, throwing the first punches at Friday’s much-anticipated, first-ever sanctioned professional boxing event in the city. The boxing event “Glendale Glory” at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, which boxing promoter and former champion fighter Kahren Harutyunyan put on, came to fruition Friday night after a 62-year ban on boxing matches in the city was lifted. “It’s fun,” 7-year-old Nicholas Kofman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2007
“Resurrecting the Champ,” the new film from director Rod Lurie, is a well-crafted story that deals with the consequences that people encounter when they live lives of abject dishonesty. The film also deals with the fragile relationships between fathers and sons vis-à-vis a glimpse into the grimy world of professional boxing. Samuel L. Jackson turns in a stellar performance as “Battlin’ Bob” Satterfield, a long-retired heavyweight boxer who has been reduced to a life of homelessness on the streets and back alleys of Denver.
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By Matt Bellner | March 26, 2008
Moviegoers looking for a one-two punch of comedy and romance should tape up their entertainment gloves and buy a ringside ticket for ?The Hammer.? It?s a low-budget film that delivers comedic body blows while warming the hearts of fans of independent cinema. ?The Hammer? stars Adam Carolla as a 40-year-old Burbank construction worker and part-time boxing instructor named Jerry Ferro. Jerry used to be a promising amateur fighter in the late 1980s but for the last 20 years he?s been getting knocked around in his personal and professional life.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
GLENDALE — In his quest to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion, Glendale-trained mixed-martial-artist Manny Gamburyan succumbed to an unrelenting barrage of punches in the second round of his World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight championship bout against champion Jose Aldo. Aldo felled Gamburyan via technical knockout at 1:32 of the second round of their main event clash of WEC: Aldo vs. Gamburyan on Thursday night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 9, 2010
GLENDALE — After four-plus rounds in which he was in firm control, but also sustained some minor injuries, Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan brought his lightweight bout against Hensley Stratchan to an abrupt end on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Spurred on by a head butt from Stratchan in the fifth round that opened a cut above his temple, Hovhannesyan turned up the pressure on his opponent, drawing blood with a straight right and unleashing a barrage of punches to force a stoppage at the 1:45 mark of the fifth round.
NEWS
February 8, 2008
Junior middleweight boxing phenom Vanes ?The Nightmare? Martirosyan remained undefeated with an impressive third-round technical knockout on Thursday. Martirosyan (19-0, 13 KOs), a Glendale resident, dominated his most formidable opponent yet, Michi Munoz (20-2, 13 KOs), in a bout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, televised live on the Versus Network. It was Martirosyan?s third fight in 49 days, and his second this year after he decisioned Clarence Taylor on Jan. 4. Martirosyan, a former Olympian, landed 92 of 196 punches thrown (47%)
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon | September 15, 2009
GLENDALE — In his quest to reach stardom and accomplish championship aspirations in the world of mixed martial arts, Glendale fighter Karen Darebedyan continued his ascension on Saturday evening in impressive style. It took the 22-year-old Jewel City grappler just 80 seconds to dispose of Estevan Payan via technical knockout at Shark Fights 6 - Stars and Stripes, which emanated from the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. “It was a pretty good fight,” said Darabedyan, who won his sixth consecutive bout to improve to 8-1 in his career, which encompasses just over three years.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
GLENDALE — In his quest to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion, Glendale-trained mixed-martial-artist Manny Gamburyan succumbed to an unrelenting barrage of punches in the second round of his World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight championship bout against champion Jose Aldo. Aldo felled Gamburyan via technical knockout at 1:32 of the second round of their main event clash of WEC: Aldo vs. Gamburyan on Thursday night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 9, 2010
GLENDALE — After four-plus rounds in which he was in firm control, but also sustained some minor injuries, Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan brought his lightweight bout against Hensley Stratchan to an abrupt end on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Spurred on by a head butt from Stratchan in the fifth round that opened a cut above his temple, Hovhannesyan turned up the pressure on his opponent, drawing blood with a straight right and unleashing a barrage of punches to force a stoppage at the 1:45 mark of the fifth round.
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | August 22, 2009
GLENDALE — It’s been just over eight months since up-and-coming welterweight Vito “Casper” Gasparyan last fought, a span in which quite a bit has transpired. Gasparyan, who formerly trained at the Glendale Fighting Club, has had several fights canceled over the past months, all while putting down roots in a new gym with a new trainer. All systems are go for his latest scheduled fight, however, when the effects of the layoff from actual fighting, good or bad, and his recently formed affiliation with Fortune Gym in Los Angeles will become evident.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | June 13, 2009
Boxers Anatoliy Dudchenko and Terrance Smith brought the glory to Glendale, throwing the first punches at Friday’s much-anticipated, first-ever sanctioned professional boxing event in the city. The boxing event “Glendale Glory” at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, which boxing promoter and former champion fighter Kahren Harutyunyan put on, came to fruition Friday night after a 62-year ban on boxing matches in the city was lifted. “It’s fun,” 7-year-old Nicholas Kofman said.
NEWS
By Matt Bellner | March 26, 2008
Moviegoers looking for a one-two punch of comedy and romance should tape up their entertainment gloves and buy a ringside ticket for ?The Hammer.? It?s a low-budget film that delivers comedic body blows while warming the hearts of fans of independent cinema. ?The Hammer? stars Adam Carolla as a 40-year-old Burbank construction worker and part-time boxing instructor named Jerry Ferro. Jerry used to be a promising amateur fighter in the late 1980s but for the last 20 years he?s been getting knocked around in his personal and professional life.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2007
“Resurrecting the Champ,” the new film from director Rod Lurie, is a well-crafted story that deals with the consequences that people encounter when they live lives of abject dishonesty. The film also deals with the fragile relationships between fathers and sons vis-à-vis a glimpse into the grimy world of professional boxing. Samuel L. Jackson turns in a stellar performance as “Battlin’ Bob” Satterfield, a long-retired heavyweight boxer who has been reduced to a life of homelessness on the streets and back alleys of Denver.
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