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Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski– is a Belarusian MMA fighter and holds notable wins over such fighters as former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko, IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, former Cage Rage heavyweight champion and current Cage Rage British light heavyweight champion Ian Freeman, and three-time world Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Fabricio Werdum. View Guest page

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Rita Figueroa

Rita Figueroa – Retired Female Professional boxer turned trainer. Martial arts instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Degerberg Blend (in Chicago) Trains at Degerberg Academy as well as Chicago Boxing Club. View Guest page

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Rob Frankel

Rob “Red Hot” Frankel– Rob is a light welterweight fighter who holds wins over many tough veterans like Mike González, Michael Stewart, Ramón Montaño, Bobby Pacquiao, and Ricardo Dominguez. He’ll make his way back into the ring this Friday, February 17th, against undefeated Raul Carrillo. View Guest page

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Fernando Hernandez

A veteran of eight title bouts, former two-time champion "Fearless" Fernando Hernandez won the NABA title in 2003 when he stopped former WBC and WBA world champion Frankie Randall in the third round of a thrilling bout before a sold out crowd. During his ten-year professional career, Hernandez faced a Who's- Who of the world's best contenders and world champions including Denmark's Mikkel Kessler, Columbia's Epifanio Mendoza and Quebec's Joachim Alcine. Along the way, Fernando became a highly respected fitness and boxing trainer spending seven years as the personal boxing coach for music superstar R. Kelly. Fearless has had the privilege of providing boxing tips and training to celebrities. View Guest page

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Eric Morel

Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel– Morel had an outstanding amateur career, and was the National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion in 1994. He also was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team as a Flyweight. He is the former World Boxing Association (WBA) Champion. View Guest page

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Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas

Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas – Compiled an extraordinary amateur record of 100-5. In 1992, he won the 132 lb. championships at the Junior Olympics Box-Offs, and came in second at the Junior Olympics. In 1993, he captured the triple crown of amateur boxing: the Junior Olympics Box-Offs, the Junior Olympics, and the Junior Olympics International tournament. The following year he solidified his position as one of the premier amateur fighters in the world by winning the 132 lb. gold medal at the Olympic Festival, seizing the U.S. Junior Championships at 132 lbs., and by becoming the youngest fighter ever to win the U.S. Championships. In 1995, he was selected to the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Vargas lost a controversial decision in the second round of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games thanks to the much-maligned and often-ridiculed Olympic scoring system. Disappointed, but undaunted, Vargas set his sights on achieving greatness in the professional ranks. He went on to fight professionally & was the youngest fighter to become world light middleweight champion. View Guest page

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Tommy Zbikowski

Tommy Zbikowski– is an American football safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, and an occasional professional boxer. He was drafted by the Ravens in the third round (86th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He earned All-American honors playing college football for the University of Notre Dame from 2003 to 2007. View Guest page

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Outside the Ring

July 12, 2012
Hosted by David Diaz

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Outside the Ring

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Sports Channel

Outside the Ring is a show that focuses on boxing. We’ll be discussing past fights, upcoming fights and fights you’d like to see happen! Coming from a strong amateur background, we’ll also talk about amateur fighters and what’s happening in your area. We’ll give you inside depth of the lifestyle of a fighter, during training and what they’re doing outside of the ring. Tune in for different guests! You can also hear my opinion as a fan of my hometown sports teams regarding their victories and their losses. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many interesting people during my career. Throughout the shows, we’ll introduce you to someone you should know in your community, and will learn what this person is doing to make a difference. Boxing doesn’t get the same media coverage as do the other sports, so being a fighter, I’m here to keep you informed on not only what’s happening in the ring, but also, “Outside the Ring.”

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David Diaz

David Diaz is a Chicago native and a full time fighter with a strong amateur background. David is a 1996 U.S. Olympian and former World Lightweight Champion. He made his professional debut immediately after the Olympics, signing a promotional deal with one of the biggest boxing promoters – Top Rank, Inc.

David is the youngest of nine children. He gained an interest in boxing at the age of eight years old when his father took him to the gym to spar. He fell in love with it the first day & has been fighting ever since. He had a total of 175 amateur fights and is a four time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion and a three time National Golden Gloves Champion.

After a two year hiatus, due to an injury and family issues, David made a strong comeback with his boxing career. David married his wife, Tanya, in 2003 and they have 3 young sons. They currently reside in the Chicagoland area.

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