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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 .

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