Tonight, yours truly will be sitting ringside to watch “Battle in the Ballroom” showcasing up and coming fighters in both boxing and MMA. Promoted by Roy Engelbrecht Events/Promotions, the event is part of a series of fight nights held at the Irvine Marriott Grand Ballroom in Irvine, California.
Expected to be a sellout crowd, combat sports fans will be watching a fight card to include both boxing matches and MMA fights. To date, the hybrid boxing and MMA fight card have scheduled the following bouts:
Demetrio Soto, 5-1, 4 KO’s, will go up against Yakub Shidaev, 3-1, 1 KO, in a scheduled 4 round fight at 140 pounds. Local fighter Arquimendez Garcia, 4-1-1, 2 KO’s, from nearby Santa Ana will meet Manuel Delcid, 2-0, of East Los Angeles at 136 pounds.
In one heavyweight bout scheduled for 6 rounds, Joe “The Future” Hanks, 10-0, 6 KO’s, will fight against 35 year old Shannon Miller, 16-4, 9 KO’s. In a second heavyweight contest going for a scheduled 4 rounds, Chris Davis, 1-0, will go up against Kourtney Boden, 1-0. You remember Chris Davis right? He fought in the last event I covered – “Glendale Glory 2” so I’m excited to see him fight one month later. As both heavyweight fighters are off to 1-0 records, someone has to lose.
In the first MMA bout of the night, Markus Kowal, 1-0, will fight against Titus Holmes, 0-3 in a scheduled 3 round fight at 136 poudns. Following Kowal – Holmes, I am looking forward to a women’s boxing match. Chika Nakamura, 9-1, 3 KO’s will go up against Jennifer Barber, 9-1, 4 KO’s. Even though Nakamura suffered a hard fought loss to Gloria Ramirez, 11-16, 1 KO, in December, she makes a return to the “Battle in the Ballroom” as a fan favorite and will deliver a strong and entertaining fight.
Finally, the evening will conclude with an MMA matchup. Chris Saunders, 3-1, fights Andy Morales, 2-0, at 156 pounds in a scheduled 3 round fight.
Just so you know, I normally train on Wednesday nights in boxing and kickboxing, so I’m taking the night off. But not really because I’ll be ringside – and, I’m sure it’s a night that won’t disappoint! Stay tuned!