2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez Weigh In Alert for this Friday in Kansas

  • By Team Nico
  • 19 Sep, 2017

WHAT:           "KO Night Boxing: Step Up" Official Weigh In
 
OPEN TO PUBLIC
 
PRESENTED BY: Twister City Harley-Davidson
 
WHO:           Nico Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), Wichita, KS
                        Basyzbek Baratov  (2-1-2), Philadelphia, PA by way of Kyrgyzstan
                        Tramaine Williams  (12-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT
                        Derrick Murphy  (13-2, 5 KOs), St. Louis, MO
                        Zhilei Zhang  (17-0, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of China
                        Elija McCall  (12-3-1, 11 KOs), Bassett, VA
                        Armando Alvarez  (16-0, 11 KOs), Key West, FL
                        Gabor Gorbics  (23-7, 14 KOs), Budapest, Hungary
                        Scott Alexander  (12-2-2, 6 KOs), Los Angeles, CA
                        Richard Carmack  (15-1-1, (12 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                        Akeem Black  (2-1, 1 KO), Milwaukee, WI
                        Marcus Neal  (2-1, 2 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                        Jeff Strum  (pro debut), Wichita, KS
                        Chris Ortega  (3-0-1), Topeka, KS
                        Brian Clements  (0-0-1), Topeka, KS
                        Archie Weah  (1-7), Norcross, OH by way of Liberia
                                                                                                                       
WHEN:           Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. CT
 
WHERE:         Best Western Wichita North Hotel & Suites
                        The South Atrium                  
915 East 53rd St.
                        North Wichita, Kansas
 
WHY:             Official weight in for all fighters participating in the following night's "KO Night
                        Boxing: Step Up" pro boxing card at Hartman Arena
 
OTHER:         Tickets are on sale at the Hartman Arena box office and
                        http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5  Prices are $115.00
                        (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.
 
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT.
 
INFORMATION:
 
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing
 
 
Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram.

About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)
NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. Visit us on Twitter @NeonstarSE or Facebook www.facebook.com/NeonSta rSE. KO Night Boxing, LLC, is a subsidiary company of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.
 
About Hartman Arena
Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by VenuWorks, America's emerging leader in venue management.
 
About VenuWorks
VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing. VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996. For more information, please visit www.venuworks.com .  
 

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By Team Nico 25 Sep, 2017

Story from FightTalk.net

BYAdam Noble-Forcey

Published: October, 11 2017

The popular Kansas native is generating quite a buzz in the Middle American state of Kansas. Just 3 fights into his professional career, Nico Hernandez has accumulated a perfect record of 3-0, all in-front of a loyal and ever growing, vocal fan-base in his home state.

As Hernandez’ promoter, John Andersen of KO Night Boxing LLC looks set to be building on Nico’s encouraging following, by having him headline the 5,000 capacity Hartman Arena in Kansas on December 2nd. When I ask him; if he feels an importance to help build boxing in his home state? His answer is firm yet friendly, without ever elaborating too much.

“I’m working with my promoter and coaches on what will be next. I’m looking to bring fights to my home state (Kansas) and fight on big platforms in Las Vegas like MGM. I like being home and in the U.S. but I am even willing to fight overseas if needed.”

Hernandez having had a successful amateur career, culminating in bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Hernandez is well travelled at the highest level. Being the first Wichita Olympic medallist since 1984, Nico came home to a hero’s welcome. The City of Wichita held a reception party at the airport, followed by a parade though the city ending with a celebration at his high school where he received a four year scholarship at Wichita State University.

Although obviously woven into the fabric of Wichita, Hernandez is never content with his success to date and is clearly looking to progress and build on the early achievements. He is a fighter that looks set to do his talking inside rather outside of the ring, as he tells me,

“It felt good just knowing that I was one of the top athletes representing this country at the Olympics. It felt good winning a bronze medal but it would have felt better winning gold. I don’t really like all the attention outside the ring. I like attention for what I do in the boxing ring.”

Having been compared to building an atmosphere much like Terence Crawford has in Nebraska, the promotional capabilities of the 21 year old Hernandez have ambitious promise. Describing himself as “a switch hitter, brawler and a boxer, all at the same time.” You would say Hernandez is a real all action fighter with high-level technique and looks to have eradicated his tendency to start slow, being criticised at times in the amateur ranks for not being active enough at times.

Already having had competed at 3 different weights in his first 3 professional contests. The natural flyweight clearly didn’t see much drama at moving to any weight to get the right fight.

“I don’t plan to focus on what weight class I’m in. I would ratherfocus on doing what I can do to be my best. I’m just going with the flow.” Without an opponent named for December 2nd, Nico told me he is looking for “ Someone who is going to fight back and be aggressive.” eager to progress his career.

Taking to the sport as an infant and coming from a boxing family. It was no surprise when Nico told me “My dad and my uncle, Michael, who was boxer when I was younger. Introduced me to boxing.”

Trained by his father Luis Hernandez, Nico continues “He (Luis Hernandez) was the one who made me go on practices and runs. I have always been successful with him. There is no reason to change trainers now.”

Fighting live on CBS combined with his loyal fan-base and a crowd friendly all action style. It could propel Hernandez into the elite levels of the lower weight divisions in time. His own ambitions couldn’t be clearer as he answers my question; what is it he ultimately wants to achieve from boxing?

“Get out without any brain damage, win multiple world titles and be a world champion in different weight divisions!”

The likeable Kansas flyweight fighter who is influenced by “Andre Ward and Vasyl Lomachenko.” and inspired to fight for “Family and struggle.” is tipped to be mixing it with the best in the not too distant future. But in the meantime, he’ll be keeping it Kansas.

Written and Interviewed by Adam Noble-Forcey
@Adam4cSports


By Team Nico 20 Sep, 2017

"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

PARK CITY, Kansas  (September 19, 2017) -- 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez returns to the ring this Saturday  night for his third professional fight, headlining "KO Night Boxing: Step Up!", at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  
 
"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort's Cigar Bar, Jimmy Egg and Twister City Harley-Davidson. The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.
 
Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, has a new opponent in the six-round main event, Kyrgyzstan flyweight Basyzbek Baratov  (2-1-2).

Fighting out of Philadelphia, Baratov has had some tough luck, in terms of scoring, with two draws and a loss by split decision. His pro record could easily be 5-0.
 
A pair of undefeated Roc Nation Sports fighters, New Haven (CT) featherweight Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams  (12-0, 5 KOs) and Chinese heavyweight Zhilei "Big Bang" Zhang  (17-0, 13 KOs), will be showcased.
 
USBA No. 2-rated Williams faces Derrick Murray  (13-2 (5 KOs), of St. Louis (MO), in the 10-round co-feature. Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Zhang meets Missouri veteran Byron "The Bear" Polley  (30-21-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
 
Also fighting on the televised portion of the card is a 10-round welterweight match pitting undefeated rising star Armando "The Gentleman" Alvarez  (16-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Key West, Florida, against Hungarian champion Gabor "Squirrel" Gorbics  (23-7, 14 KOs).
 
In an eight-round battle of heavyweights, Los Angeles' Scott Alexander  (12-2-2, 6 KOs) faces Richard "Silverback" Carmack  (15-1-1, 12 KOs), of Kansas City (MO).
 
The already loaded undercard continues to provide a boxing platform for local fighters in four-round fights: Kansas City (MO) junior middleweight Marcus Neal  (2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Akeem Black  (2-1, 1 KO), of Milwaukee, Wichita's pro-debuting light heavyweight Jeff Sturm  vs. Chris Ortega  (3-0-1), of Topeka (KS), and Topeka's Brian Clements  (0-0-1) vs. Liberian junior welterweight Archie Weah , fighting out of Ohio.
 
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 
Tickets are on sale at the Hartman Arena box office and http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5  Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.
 
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT  with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT .
 
INFORMATION:
 
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing
 
 
Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram

About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)
NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. Visit us on Twitter @NeonstarSE or Facebook www.facebook.com/NeonSta rSE. KO Night Boxing, LLC, is a subsidiary company of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.
 
About Hartman Arena
Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by VenuWorks, America's emerging leader in venue management.
 
About VenuWorks
VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing. VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996. For more information, please visit www.venuworks.com .

By Team Nico 19 Sep, 2017

WHAT:           "KO Night Boxing: Step Up" Official Weigh In
 
OPEN TO PUBLIC
 
PRESENTED BY: Twister City Harley-Davidson
 
WHO:           Nico Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), Wichita, KS
                        Basyzbek Baratov  (2-1-2), Philadelphia, PA by way of Kyrgyzstan
                        Tramaine Williams  (12-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT
                        Derrick Murphy  (13-2, 5 KOs), St. Louis, MO
                        Zhilei Zhang  (17-0, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of China
                        Elija McCall  (12-3-1, 11 KOs), Bassett, VA
                        Armando Alvarez  (16-0, 11 KOs), Key West, FL
                        Gabor Gorbics  (23-7, 14 KOs), Budapest, Hungary
                        Scott Alexander  (12-2-2, 6 KOs), Los Angeles, CA
                        Richard Carmack  (15-1-1, (12 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                        Akeem Black  (2-1, 1 KO), Milwaukee, WI
                        Marcus Neal  (2-1, 2 KOs), Kansas City, MO
                        Jeff Strum  (pro debut), Wichita, KS
                        Chris Ortega  (3-0-1), Topeka, KS
                        Brian Clements  (0-0-1), Topeka, KS
                        Archie Weah  (1-7), Norcross, OH by way of Liberia
                                                                                                                       
WHEN:           Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. CT
 
WHERE:         Best Western Wichita North Hotel & Suites
                        The South Atrium                  
915 East 53rd St.
                        North Wichita, Kansas
 
WHY:             Official weight in for all fighters participating in the following night's "KO Night
                        Boxing: Step Up" pro boxing card at Hartman Arena
 
OTHER:         Tickets are on sale at the Hartman Arena box office and
                        http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5  Prices are $115.00
                        (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.
 
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT.
 
INFORMATION:
 
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing
 
 
Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram.

About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)
NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. Visit us on Twitter @NeonstarSE or Facebook www.facebook.com/NeonSta rSE. KO Night Boxing, LLC, is a subsidiary company of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.
 
About Hartman Arena
Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by VenuWorks, America's emerging leader in venue management.
 
About VenuWorks
VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing. VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996. For more information, please visit www.venuworks.com .  
 

By Team Nico 11 Sep, 2017

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez
Open Media Workout  
Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Wichita, KS
 
MEDIA & PUBLIC WELCOME  

"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" Sept. 23 at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

  ***MEDIA ALERT***
 
WHAT:             OPEN WORKOUT - MEDIA & PUBLIC WELCOME
 
WHO:              NICO HERNANDEZ                            
                        2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist            
                        2-0, 2 KOs
Wichita, Kansas
 
WHEN:            Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT
 
WHERE:          Hernandez Boxing Academy  , 1901 N. Market St, Wichita, KS
                       
WHY:             To promote the September 23rd "Step Up" professional boxing event, headlined
                        by Nico Hernandez, at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS        

OTHER:        Tickets will be on sale at the workout, as well as at Hartman Arena's box office
                        and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5 . Prices are
                        $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.
 
                        This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout
                        scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT.
 
INFORMATION:
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/NeonStar  SE
Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram.

About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)
NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. Visit us on Twitter @NeonstarSE or Facebook   www.facebook.com/NeonSta  rSE . KO Night Boxing, LLC, is a subsidiary company of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.
 
About Hartman Arena
Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by  VenuWorks , America's emerging leader in venue management.
 
About VenuWorks
VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing. VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996. For more information, please visit   www.venuworks.com .  
 

CONTACT:
Bob Trieger, KO Night Boxing, bobtfcp@hotmail.com  , 978.590.0470, @FightPublicist

By Team Nico 18 Aug, 2017

Story from The Sunflower - Wichita State News Source

By Grant Cohen

Published: August, 13 2017

Nico Hernandez and his team are making Hartman Arena their new boxing territory.

KO Night Boxing announced that the 2-0 21-year-old fighter’s next two fights would take place in Park City’s venue. Hernandez, who said he will take up Wichita State’s full-ride scholarship offer after his boxing career, will face Francisco “Guerrero” Lapizco on Sept. 23.

The date of the second of fight taking place at Hartman Arena would be announced after Hernandez’s match with Lapizco, KO Night Boxing promoter John Anderson said on Thursday.

“[Wichita’s] audience supports me and I’ve got support behind me,” Hernandez said. “Even when I’m in the ring, I see certain people I know, like my family and friends in the crowd. It makes me want to do better and it makes me want to push myself. I definitely don’t want to lose in my hometown. I work hard for them.”

Hernandez made his professional debut on March 25 at the Kansas Star Casino Arena in front of more than 3,100 screaming fans, who filled over 90 percent of the arena’s capacity. KO Night Boxing moved Hernandez’s second professional fight to the larger Hartman Arena for a match against Jose Rodriguez.

Although severe thunderstorms clouded the June 17 night and caused a one-hour delay, almost 2,000 fans cheered Hernandez on in a fourth-round knockout.

“It’s a great venue, number one, and it’s a venue that Nico can grow in too,” Anderson said. “They handle [around] 6,000 people, so he can grow into this venue. The other thing is it’s just Hartman themselves. They’ve been unbelievable to work with. They really want it to work as well.

“Opposed to it just being an arena and a promoter and a fighter, it’s really just a partnership. To me, that’s what I was looking for.”

Anderson said he and Hernandez have not considered showcasing upcoming fights at Charles Koch Arena or Intrust Bank Arena, venues that can hold more than 10,000 people. Hernandez’s team does not want to go into those type of venues unless the 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist would be competing for a title, according to Anderson.

Having a crowded, smaller venue is “perfect” for Hernandez because it creates an intimidating environment for opponents, Anderson said.

“What you look for when you do an arena like this, I guess you call it a hostile environment. That’s kind of what we look for for Nico,” Anderson said. “We want him to feel at home and have that home field. If you have a bunch of echoing going on and a bunch of empty seats, it’s not going to feel that way.

“So I think this is the perfect venue right now for Nico. I don’t think we could ask for more.”

According to Lewis Hernandez, Nico’s father and trainer, the Wichita crowd “fuels” his son’s performance. Lewis said that his son is prideful with competing and ultimately winning in front of what he considers home.

“He feeds off the crowd because what he did the Olympics, he saw the support. It wasn’t just from boxing fans, it was people in Kansas, period,” Lewis Hernandez said. “Nico feeds off them and he loves to fight for his family. He knows Wichita is his family.”

While Hernandez has won both of his professional fights by knockout, Lapizco has proven he can stay in rounds. With an 8-5 record, the 22-year-old has not lost by knockout in his professional career.

Hernandez, however, is not worried about his opponent having more experience than him heading into another hometown showcase.

“I know [Lapizco] has more experience than me, but I don’t really care though,” Nico Hernandez said. “I have over 100 fights as an amateur, but it is different as a professional. I will say that. I know how to move, I know how to throw hands. It’s pretty much the same thing, just a couple of things are different. I’m getting used to it and I’m not worried about it.”


By Team Nico 16 Aug, 2017

Story from Ringside Report

BY Bad Brad

Published: August, 15 2017

Exclusive Interview by Joshua “City” Brewer

“I don’t plan on taking too long, I’m trying to move up as fast as I can (in boxing).”—Nico Hernandez

There are some feats in sports that can hardly be topped. At the amateur level, there is no greater prize than an Olympic medal. These games pit the best of each country in a battle for the ultimate bragging rights. There are many sports involved, but only one shaped from the chants and cries of ancient battle arenas. You get this with the sport of boxing as two single combatants fight for glory.

Nico Hernandez, 2-0, 2 KO’s, represented the United States as a boxer in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, bringing home a Bronze Medal. His triumphs date back to well before this moment. He boasts a 2014 National Golden Gloves Championship. He’s a six time consecutive Silver Gloves National Champion, eight time Ringside World Champion, and the list goes on. Hernandez has knocked out his first two opponents since turning pro in March of this year and has shown a brilliant display of skill that has the potential to translate into boxing superstardom.

Hernandez is back in action on Saturday, September 23th, when he takes on Fransico Lapizco, 8-5, 2 KO’s, in a flyweight contest. I had the opportunity to speak with the Wichita, Kansas, native on his past, present, and future in the sport of boxing.

JB: It’s great to have you here with Ringside Report. Have you started training for your next fight? I know you have one coming up on September 23rd?

I started training again. I’ve started doing a little more strength work and then started running again, getting back into it. Getting ready to start this training camp again so I can be ready for this fight.

JB: How’s the boxing scene in Wichita, KS, and what got you into boxing?

The boxing scene in Wichita is…there’s not much of a boxing scene. That’s what I’m doing right now, I’m trying to change that. There are couple of gyms here, maybe like four boxing gyms. But yea, in my city they don’t really look at boxing like it’s a big deal, so it’s not really a lot of support for boxers. Since the Olympics I’ve started seeing more support towards the gyms and stuff and I thinks it’s growing, I think it’s expanding it.

JB: Let’s discuss your trip to the Olympics where you picked up a Bronze Medal for the U.S. A lot of people, a lot of casual fans don’t know the day to day work, the grind that goes into that level of boxing. So, what was that experience like for you?

It was a great experience. Actually, the day I got to Rio, we were on the track at night and I twisted my ankle, so I was off my foot for about 10 days. I started training again, and started walking again probably about three or four days before my fight. It was just taped up and I went to work. Besides that, it was cool you know, being there and knowing you’re one of the top athletes. You’re there with Michael Phelps and NBA stars, but you can’t really get star struck because you’ve got to remember that you’re there for the same reason as them. But it was a good feeling knowing that I was one of the best in the world, too.

JB: How did turning professional in front of your hometown compare to fighting in the Olympics?

Yea, it was way different. In the Olympics, I walked out of the tunnel and everybody was booing, they were booing the United States. When I’m here at home everybody’s cheering for me, everybody’s going for me, so yea it’s pretty different. But as far as fight wise, taking off the headgear and stuff, it’s kind similar to the pros. Now, in the pros we wear smaller gloves so of course you feel it more. I think I’m adapting pretty good.

JB: Speaking of that, you have an elite level skillset, you can pretty much throw every punch. And once you’ve gone through that amateur process that you have, winning multiple world championships and such on the amateur level, you gain an upper hand on regular individuals coming in. We’ve seen a lot of boxers as of late who’ve come from the Olympics and such, they’ve kind of fast tracked it. So, what’s your plan in terms of where you see yourself two years from now and when do you plan on getting yourself ready to be right there competing for a title?

Sometime real soon. I don’t plan on taking too long, I’m trying to move up as fast as I can. So, hopefully sometime maybe at the end of next year. I can maybe go for a title at the end of next year.

JB: I know you have your dad in your corner, Lewis Hernandez, how important is that to you and what has that bond been like?

Unfortunately, we bump heads every now and then but I try to listen to him. I listen to him as much as I can because I know he wouldn’t tell me wrong. I know he’s on my side and my uncle, and I’ve got a lot of people helping me out with this. It’s pretty much all family so I trust everybody and they’re all helping me out. My dad, he’s been my coach since I was little. He knows how to fight, he knows how to get me hyped. Whatever it takes to make me win. I go back to the corner and he always has a good game plan, so I listen to him and we come out victorious.

JB: We look forward to continuing to watch you as you grow in your boxing career. That being said, how can the boxing fans keep in touch with you on social media?

You can follow me on instagram at @NicoMHernandez and it’s also the same thing for twitter.

JB: What parting words do you want to leave for your fans in preparation for your upcoming fight?

I know that this dude hasn’t been stopped yet, so be prepared, I’m going to be the first one to try to do that. I’m ready to put on a show for everybody. Let’s do it!


By Team Nico 14 Aug, 2017

Story from ESPN Boxing

BY Dan Raphael

Published: August, 10 2017

Flyweight Nico Hernandez, who claimed a bronze medal for the United States at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will be back in action for his third professional fight on Sept. 23, promoter John Andersen of KO Night Boxing announced Thursday.

The 21-year-old Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs) will take on Francisco Lapizco (8-5, 2 KOs), 22, of Mexico, in the six-round main event at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, not far from Hernandez's hometown of Wichita, Kansas.

"I'm very fortunate that my promoter, John Andersen, has worked hard to make my third pro fight at home," said Hernandez, who also boxed at Hartman Arena in his second fight on June 17. "I'm very excited to be able to show boxing at its best.

"My opponent has never been stopped. Obviously, he has more professional experience than me, and I understand he likes putting pressure on his opponent. I want to be the first to stop this guy. I also want the boxing world to know I'm coming for belts. Champions should get ready for Nico Hernandez."

Hernandez knocked out Patrick Gutierrez in the fourth round of his pro debut March 25 and then stopped Jose Rodriguez in June.

Lapizco is coming off a six-round decision win in January but had lost his five previous fights in a row by decision.

"This fight is a step up for Nico against a proven opponent who goes rounds," Andersen said. "It's time for Nico to step up, as well as the city of Wichita, in terms of supporting him. This is a major event on Sept. 23rd that will bring national attention, not only for Nico, but to Wichita.

"We have an opportunity to put Nico, all of Kansas, on the national map in boxing. We have a multifight deal to showcase Nico at Hartman Arena. After the Sept. 23rd show, we'll announce his final fight of 2017."

By Team Nico 10 Aug, 2017

"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

  PARK CITY, Kansas  (August 10, 2017) - KO Night Boxing LLC and Hartman Arena hosted a private media luncheon today to announce the return of 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez for his third professional fight on Saturday, September 23, headlining "KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  

"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort's Cigar Bar and Jimmy Egg.

  Wichita-native Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs) will face the stiffest test of his young pro career, Mexican flyweight Francisco "Guerrero" Lapizco (8-5, 2 KOs), in the six-round main event.

  "I'm very fortunate that my promoter, John Andersen (KO Night Boxing), has worked hard to make my third pro fight at home," Hernandez said. "I'm very excited to be able to show boxing at its best.

  "My opponent has never been stopped. Obviously, he has more professional experience than me, and I understand he likes putting pressure on his opponent. I want to be the first to stop this guy! I also want the boxing world to know I'm coming for belts. Champions should get ready for Nico Hernandez."

  In his professional debut on March 25th, Hernandez knocked out Patrick Gutierrez in the fourth round, and this past June 17th at Hartman Arena, the 21-year-old U.S. Olympian stopped previously undefeated Jose Rodriguez in the third round of the main event.

  Lapizco, 22, has already defeated an unbeaten opponent, Cesar Sustaita (3-0), three years ago at Ontario, California. His last fight was this past January at home in Sinaloa, Mexico, in which Lapizco won a six-round unanimous decision over Jairo Miranda .

  "This fight is a step up for Nico against a proven opponent who goes rounds," Andersen noted. "He has already upset an undefeated fighter. It's time for Nico to step up, as well as the city of Wichita, in terms of supporting him. This is a major event on September 23rd that will bring national attention, not only for Nico, but to Wichita.

  "We have an opportunity to put Nico, all of Kansas, on the national map in boxing. We have a multi-fight deal to showcase Nico at Hartman Arena. After the September 23rd show, we'll announce his final fight of 2017. We need people to turnout September 23rd at Hartman Arena to continue promoting Nico at home."

Additional "KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.


Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 11 @ 10 a.m. CT) at the Hartman Arena box office and http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5 Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.

 

This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT.

 

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for KO Night Boxing, LLC.

 

INFORMATION:

 

https://www.hartmanarena.com/events/upcoming-events/1.html

 

Twitter: @KONightBoxing

 

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/NeonStar SE

 

Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram.

   

About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)

NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. Visit us on Twitter @NeonstarSE or Facebook www.facebook.com/NeonSta rSE . KO Night Boxing, LLC, is a subsidiary company of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.

By Team Nico 12 Jul, 2017

Story from KSN

BY Emily Younger

Published: July, 7 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita gym that was the site of a fire in November reopened to the public on Friday.

It’s back to boxing business on Wichita’s north side. The punching bags are up, the ring is set and the athletes are raring to go.

“We are just trying to open up, get the ball rolling again,” said Coach Lewis Hernandez.

Hernandez Boxing Academy , formally known as Northside Boxing Academy, opened its doors on Friday, hosting a free kids workout. It was the first public workout since a November fire damaged much of the training facility, forcing it to close.

“It was a real heartbreak,” said Hernandez. “When that happened to me, I broke down. I was like, ‘are you serious?’ Then, I seen the pictures and it reality hit me.”

The gym is home to Olympian and undefeated pro boxer Nico Hernandez. Leading up to Nico’s first two professional fights, he and his team had to train from home or at other gyms. The closure of Hernandez Boxing Academy also left many kids in Wichita with nowhere to train or pursue their boxing dreams.

“There’s a lot of free time in the summer and I just feel that kids needs to stay busy. Idle time, you know, that’s never good,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez, who has trained three Olympic boxers including his son Nico, said the city and numerous volunteers have helped with the reopening, but admits there is still a lot of work to be done before the gym is fully functioning.

“Like I tell everybody, we started from nothing, so basically we’ve got bags, we’ve got this. Just starting over again, but it’s OK,” he said.

Hernandez and his team of coaches are working on getting the gym’s weight room up and running again. They are also putting in new flooring and painting the exterior of the building.

It’s unclear when the gym will reopen in its entirety, but Hernandez said he expects it to be sometime soon. His next goal is to become an Olympic boxing coach. As for Nico, Hernandez said his next fight is expected to be in September.


By Team Nico 26 Jun, 2017


LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) -- Fresh off his sensational stoppage of previously undefeated Jose "Mexican Diablo" Rodriguez, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez is riding the fast track to stardom on an exciting journey that's just really started.

In the June 17th "KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire" main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, Hernandez improved his record to 2-0 (2 KOs), dropping Rodriguez three times and closing the show in the third round..

The 21-year-old Hernandez, fighting out of Wichita, is already proving to be a better professional boxer that he was an amateur, despite all his accomplishments and achievements in the non-paying ranks, firing effective combinations from a wide variety of angles, including punishing body shots and devastating, powerful punches to his opponent's head.

Because Hernandez fights in the flyweight division, which is void of overwhelming talent and lacks top-notch Americans, along with his amateur pedigree and experience fighting boxers with different styles, Hernandez can likely crack the world ratings this year, possibly getting a world title shot in 2018.

"I did my thing tonight," Hernandez said after his June 17th fight. "I've fought the best at the Olympics, so I wasn't worried about what he (Rodriguez) he did. This fight was a little personal because he'd said he was knocking me out. I got tired of him and went into the ring trying to take him out. We can be friends now.

"I just need to stay on path and I will. I've been on the top since I started boxing when I was nine. I want to do what other Olympians like (Andre) Ward and (Vasyl) Lomanchenko have done...become world champion!"

The highest-rated flyweight in the world today is 36-year-old Brian Viloria (37-5, 22 KOs), the 4-time, 2-division world champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian. Considering his advanced age for a boxer, the "Hawaiian Punch" will probably be retired by the time Hernandez is ready for a world title shot, leaving Oscar Cantu and Miguel Cartagena as the only American flyweights currently rated among the top 25 in the world.

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"Nico was great in his last fight and everybody is seeing what we want to do with him," Hernadez' promoter John Andersen (KO Night Boxing) noted. "We need to step up the competition for him in his next fight, which will probably be his last six-round bout. Our plan is one more six and then an eight-rounder for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International Youth featherweight title. But Nico has options because he can easily drop down to junior flyweight or move up to super flyweight. We'll take things fight-by-fight with him with an eye on the immediate future for a world title fight."

The flyweight division, right now, is led by a pair of stars, Kazuto Ioka, of Japan, and Filipino Donnie Nietes. The future of lower weight-classes may very well belong to Nico Hernandez.

INFORMATION:

Twitter: @KONightBoxing

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Neon-Star-Media

Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram.
About Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE)
NSSE is a content company whose focus is creating original and joint venter media properties - unscripted, scripted, events and digital programming - for cross-platform distribution. In this highly competitive digital age, NSSE specializes in the development and production of corporate branding designed with your target audience and accelerated consumer growth in mind. Visit us on Twitter @Neonstarmedia or Facebook www.facebook.com/Neon-Star-Media . KO Night Boxing, LLC, REV Sports Entertainment Inc. (MAVTV Canada) and Neon Star Media LLC are subsidiary companies of Neon Star Sports & Entertainment Inc.
CONTACT:
Bob Trieger, KO Night Boxing, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, 978.590.0470, @FightPublicist
Team Nico: teamnicoboxing@gmail.com

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