Warriors Boxing feels shakeup after latest Chicago event

Warriors Boxing feels shakeup after latest Chicago event

Warriors Boxing feels shakeup after latest Chicago event

Photo: Steven B. Weinberg/Frontproof Media

Photo: Steven B. Weinberg/Frontproof Media

By Steven B. Weinberg, Contributing Writer/Photagrapher 

May 11, 2017


CHICAGO - On April 28, 2017, at the UIC Pavilion, Warriors Boxing Promotions held its third "Windy City Fight Night" since revitalizing the local talent showcase. Six bouts were scheduled with fighters in the dawn of their careers. Typically, local talent showcases are designed to essentially guarantee the hometown fighter a victory in order to build up their records and elevate them to a larger stage. On this night, however, three of the fighters in “the promoter’s corner” lost -- potentially shaking up Warrior’s Chicago stable.

First up was a six round super middleweight fight between Ruben Schobitz (2-1, 1 KO) of Chicago, matching up against another Chicago native in Cesar Ruiz (5-4, 2 KOs). Schobitz, with only seven rounds of professional experience coming into the fight, was certainly looking to gain ring experience, while Ruiz, who played spoiler to a Warrior’s fighter back in January with a first round TKO, hoped to continue in that roll. True to form, Ruiz extended his upset streak with a six round unanimous decision over Schobitz. Ruiz was able to gain favor with the judges by continuously pummeling Schobitz with right hooks to the body and head, seldom ever throwing a left.  

Next up was an eight round lightweight attraction between Aidar Sharbiayev (6-0, 4 KOs) of Miami, Florida by way of Almaty, Kazakhstan, against Nicaragua's Orlando Rizo (19-10, 11 KOs). Despite Rizo’s record, he was clearly out classed by Sharbiayev, being knocked down twice in the second round, and again in the fourth, on the way to a knockout 28 seconds into the seventh round. Rizo has now dropped four in a row, including three by KO. Sharbiayev was very strong off his jab and may be a name to look out for in the future.

In a battle of unbeaten locals, featherweights William Hernandez (3-1, 0 KOs) and Govanni Mioletti (7-0, 1 KO) faced off. Each man had a large number of fans that at times tried to drown each other out with their respective cheers.  While Mioletti had slightly more experience, Hernandez gained the advantage in the first few rounds, taking the fight to the inside. Mioletti ultimately was able to gain his composure and control the distance, and hence the fight, going on to win a six rounds unanimous decision.

In a women’s lightweight bout, Jessica McCaskill, Chicago, Illinois (4-1, 2 KOs) met Brenda Gonzalez, Moriarty, New Mexico (4-2, 1 KO).  McCaskill dominated from the opening bell, pushing Gonzalez around the ring and hammering her repeatedly with heavy left and right hooks to the body.  When Gonzalez’s hands dropped, McCaskill went upstairs with equally hard punches.  Gonzalez looked exhausted after the first round, only to endure five more rounds of the relentless attack on her body and head.  It is a true testament to Gonzalez’s toughness that she never went down from all of the punishment she absorbed.  McCaskill easily won a six round unanimous decision.

Bantamweights Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Illinois (7-2, 2 KOs) and Jose Elizondo, San Antonio, Texas (2-3) faced each other in a six round fight.  Despite being stunned twice by right hands in the second round, Simpson proved to be a bit faster than Elizondo, bobbing and weaving, moving inside and out, and peppering Elizondo with shots throughout the night.  Elizondo’s only response was to try and throw bombs, which only opened himself up to counters from Simpson.  Simpson won an easy unanimous decision.

The main event featured super featherweights Josh Hernandez, Chicago, Illinois (5-1, 4 KOs) against Gavino Guaman, River Falls, Wisconsin (5-1, 1 KO).  It was a short evening for Hernandez, as he was headlining his first show, to a disappointing result.  Guaman came out in the first round, put his head down, got Hernandez against the ropes, and threw big right haymakers until Hernandez went down.  After the standing eight count, Guaman continued the assault against a second set of ropes, again hammering Hernandez with big right hands until he again went down.  This time, however, after the standing eight out, Hernandez’s eyes were still glassy and the referee waived off the fight at 2:40 of the first round.  The crowd was not happy with the early stoppage, one fan having to be physically restrained from charging into the ring.

With three fighters in “the promoters corner,” Hernandez, Hernandez, and Schobitz, all losing, this Windy City Fight Night certainly had the most unforeseen, yet exciting results.  Only time will tell how much the Chicago fight scene has been effected by the unexpected turn of events. In truth, it is a testament to good match making at the prospect level and proves that “padding your record” is easier said than done.  As the saying goes, anything can happen in boxing.  


Steven B. Weinberg is a Chicago attorney and Contributing Writer/Photographer for Frontproof Media. You can follow Steven's work here or on his Flickr page

(All Photos: Steven B. Weinberg/Frontproof Media)

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