2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico HernandezOpen Media / Public Workout  Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Wichita, KS

  • 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

TEAM NICO NEWS

By Team Nico 05 Dec, 2017
Video Courtesy of KSN News
Published: Dec 4th, 2017, 6:36 pm
By Team Nico 21 Nov, 2017

"KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

PARK CITY, Kansas  (November 20, 2017) - USA Olympian and hometown hero Nico Hernandez and Hungarian flyweight champion Jozsef "Little Red" Ajtai took completely different paths into the professional ranks.

  Hernandez vs, Ajtai is the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Americas flyweight title fight, Saturday night, December 2, on the "KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" card, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  

  "KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, and sponsored in part by Twister City Harley-Davidson Metro PCS, Mort's Cigar Bar and Jimmy's Egg.

  The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.

  The 21-year-old Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, was a decorated amateur boxer who compiled a sterling 123-12 record, highlighted by his bronze-medal winning performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Hernandez made his pro debut last March. All his fights have been at home, each has been in the main event, and on national television. His fight against Ajtai, however, will be his first title fight, coming in only his fourth pro bout.

  Ajtai, who is one year and six days younger than Hernandez, made his professional debut 2 ½ years ago, and he's already fought in five title fights.

  Hernandez' amateur pedigree versus Ajtai's pro experience?

  "I feel like I'm already at the level of a lot of top pro fighters," Hernandez said. The only advantage he has is he's used to fighting more rounds than I (this is Nico's first scheduled 8-rounder), but I don't plan on letting it go the distance anyways.

  "I feel blessed to have this IBA title fight opportunity so early in my pro career. It honestly couldn't come any faster. I do believe it will be special and open a tot of opportunities to fight bigger names once I win this fight. A win should open-up additional title fight opportunities, both overseas and, hopefully, back here at home to help us continue building Wichita into a fight town."

  Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) has already had 28 pro fights, including a full 10-round distance loss by decision last year at Madison Square Garden in New York City to two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiming Zou , the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world champion. The Hungarian has fought at home in Hungary, as well as on the road in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia. A trip to America's heartland doesn't faze him in the least.

  "He will be at home, where everybody wants to fight, but this isn't a problem for me," Ajtai explained. "I know he is a good boxer, but I will try to be a bit better December 2nd. When my condition is good, as it is for this fight, nobody likes to fight me.

  "This is a big opportunity for me. It's always difficult to beat a good fighter but doing so is real success. Fighting Shiming Zou in only my fourth fight was very nice for me. I want that feeling again in this fight against Nico."

  Hernandez realizes that this fight could be his last at home for a while, due to the lack of quality American flyweights, and that most world-class fighters in his weight class are from Central America, Thailand and Japan.

  "I don't think I'll have many more fights at home," Hernandez admits. "I don't think that will matter too much because I feel more pressure fighting at home than elsewhere. I will miss everyone cheering my name like they do at home. I think I'll be traveling more to fight bigger names to work my way up the ladder until I'm at the top.

  "I think the early rounds in this fight (vs. Ajtai) will be a chess match because, from what I've seen, he runs a lot. I feel that once I start landing my body shots, he'll slowdown in the latter rounds. and, like I've said, I don't plan on this fight going the distance."

  Ajtai, of course, isn't traveling all the way to Kansas to visit Dorothy or the Wizard of Oz, he's coming to win!

  "Nico will not know where I will be in the ring," Ajtai predicted. "When he looks to the left for me, I will go to the right; when he tries to find me on the right, I will be on the left. When he wants to rest, I will come forward punching; when he wants to punch, he won't find me.

  "I have a plan for this fight and I'm sure he does as well. But, in the ring, only one fighter's plan can succeed. It's going to be a good fight, but I can't promise the public that Nico will be the winner."

  The full "Gold & Glory" card will be announced later this week. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

  Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 10 a.m. CT) at the Hartman Arena box office and http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/50551?Brand=Hartman . Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $50.00, $35.00, $25.00 and $20.00 (prices do not include service fees).  Student tickets are available - kindergarten through college - for $15.00 dollars but are only sold at the arena. Student Identification is requited.

  This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. CT.

  INFORMATION:

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

  Twitter: @KONightBoxing, @IBABoxing

Facebook:  /NeonStar, /IBABoxing

  Follow @Nicomhernandez on Twitter and Instagram

CONTACT:

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

Rolando Romero - Team Nico Communications - teamnicoboxing@gmail.com


By Team Nico 24 Oct, 2017

"KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

PARK CITY, KANSAS ( October 23, 2017 ) - 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez  will be fighting for his first professional title on Saturday, December 2 , when he takes on Hungarian invader Jozsef "Little Red" Ajtai  in the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Flyweight Championship, headlining "KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  
 
"KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory" is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, and sponsored in part by Twister City Harley-Davidson   Metro PCS, Mort's Cigar Bar  and Jimmy Egg.
 
The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.
 
The 21-year-old Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, will be fighting in a scheduled eight-round bout for the first time. His three pro fights to date were all scheduled for six rounds and each was held in Kansas, the last two in his second home, Hartman Arena.
 
In his last fight this past September 23rd, Hernandez was forced to fight late replacement Kendrick "Uprising" Latchman  who outweighed the celebrated American Olympian by more than 10 pounds. Hernandez won a six-round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice.
 
Despite being younger than Hernandez by almost a year to the day, Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) has already had 28 pro fights, including a full 10-round distance loss by decision last year to two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiming Zou , the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world champion.
 
"By far, Nico is fighting the toughest opponent of his pro career," Hernandez' promoter John Andersen  ("KO Night Boxing LLC) said. "Ajtai has much more experience as a pro than Nico, plus he went the distance against a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zou. Ajtai is a busy fighter with a good knockout ratio (63%). This fight is going to tell us a lot about Nico, especially his power at 112 pounds.
 
"Nico fighting for a title in only his fourth pro fight proves that all our hard efforts of KO Night Boxing and Team Nico has paid off quickly and we're grateful that the IBA has given him this great opportunity. I didn't realize the high quality of champions the IBA has had in the past and we're proud that Nico can someday join this group. In the flyweight division, Nico may enter world title fight shot discussions earlier than I had originally thought, which was in his third year as a pro.   An impressive performance against Ajtai could position him for a world title fight next year with less than 10 fights under his belt."
 
"We're excited to have an American Olympian fighting for our first Americas title," IBA President J.C. Courreges  added. "Nico Hernandez is an Olympic bronze medalist and we're hopeful that he will develop into an IBA world champion in the not too distant future. His amateur pedigree speaks for itself and we're very happy to have this young man fighting for the IBA Americas title."
 
IBA world champions during the past quarter-century include Hall-of-Famers Oscar de la Hoya , George Foreman , Roberto Duran and Arturo Gatti , as well as stars such as Roy Jones, Jr.,   Bernard Hopkins , Shane Mosely , James Toney , Mikkel Kessler , Eric Morales , Diego Corrales , Jose Luis Castillo , Glen Johnson  and Antonio Tarver .
 
Other fights on the "Gold & Glory" card will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 
Tickets go on sale tomorrow  ( Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 12 p.m. CT ) at the Hartman Arena box office and http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/50551?Brand=Hartman . Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $50.00, $35.00, $25.00 and $20.00 (prices do not include service fees) .  
 
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT  with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. CT .
 
INFORMATION:
 
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing, @IBABoxing
 
Facebook:  /NeonStar, /IBABoxing
 
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 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."

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