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Mike Ohan, Jr. Investing In His Boxing Future!

(January 23rd) Popular junior welterweight Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr. (16-2, 9 KOs) got a taste of fighting on a higher platform in his most recent fight and now he’s investing in his boxing future.

 

On February 18th, he’ll be fighting in his first scheduled 10-rounder against veteran Puerto Rican boxer Daniel Sostre on the Granite Chin Promotions-presented “Turf War 4” card, at Melrose Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

 

“Turf War 4” is being streamed live on BXNGTV.com.

 

Last December, Ohan turned in an impressive performance at famed Madison Square Garden, albeit in a loss to undefeated U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (7-0, KOs), in a match streamed live on ESPN+.

 

“I learned from my last fight,” Ohan Jr. explained. “I need to adapt quicker. I was boxing beautifully, but when he changed the pace and started pressuring me, I should have started trading punches. I just laid on the ropes (in the fifth and final round). I made a mistake. I kept countering and stayed in the firing line. I should have fought back harder, and I wish that I had given more time (before it was declared a TKO).

 

“I want to prove that I belong on the big stage. I learned (in his last fight) that I do belong, I really believe I belong. I love it (fighting on the road in big fights).  I want Chris (promoter Chris Traietti) to keep sending me out for big fights. As soon as I take to more learning, I’ll be fighting at the next level.”

 

Ohan knows his upcoming opponent, Sostre, taking a 6-round unanimous decision from Sostre in 2018.

 

“I fought him before in a good fight,” Ohan Jr. said. “It was a couple of years ago and now I’m into my career. I’ve been going to war in the gym to get ready for my first 10-round fight. I’m training for 10. I’ve been standing in the pocket and trading. I can’t see this guy making it 10 rounds. I just don’t see it!”

 

Sostre in a 10-rounder is the first step in Ohan’s journey back to the big stage.

 

“I was very impressed with Mike’s last performance at Madison Square Garden,” Granite Chin Promotions President Chris Traietti commented. “A few adjustments and that would have been a completely different fight. The great thing was that he learned from it. He didn’t make excuses. On February 18th, we're going to give Mike his inaugural 10-round bout against a tough, durable guy in Sostre. Then, after he takes care of business, we are going to see what opportunities are out there for him.”

 

In his first title defense, Massachusetts Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (4-2, 1 KO) takes on challenger Jamer Jones (2-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsfield (MA), in the 6-round main event.

 

Former New England Heavyweight Champion Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe (7-4-1, 5 KOs) returns to the ring after his brief 10-month retirement in the 6-round, co-featured event versus Jonathan “Lethal” Gruber (3-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant USBF heavyweight title.

 

Former WBC Asia Silver and Asian Boxing Federation welterweight champion, Indian welterweight Vaibhav Singh “Ahir Boxer” Yadav (9-2, 7 KOs), will makes his United States debut in a 6-round bout against William Parra Smith (4-13-1, 3 KOs), of Alaska.

 

Also fighting on the undercard in a 6-rounder is New Jersey welterweight Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (16-19-4, 12 KOs), the former ABF USA Mid-American super lightweight title holder, versus Carlos Marrero III (4-8-3, 0 KOs), of Bridgeport (CT).

 

Tickets are on sale and priced (plus fees) at $70.00 (VIP Stage Seating), $60.00 (General Floor Seating) and $45.00 (General Auditorium Seating). To purchase tickets just (click here) or from any of the participating fighters.

 

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout at 7 p.m. ET.

 

About Granite Chin Promotions

Granite Chin Promotions is the fastest growing boxing promotion in New England.

 

Granite Chin Promotions is New England’s fastest-growing boxing promotion. Headed by Chris Traietti, Granite Chin Promotions is committed to giving local fans action-packed fight cards and developing fighters to reach their full potential.

Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe

Ends Brief RetirementTo Fight Jonathan Gruber

For VacantUSBF Heavyweight Title

“Turf War 4” February 18th In Melrose, MA!

(January 19th) Former New England Heavyweight Champion Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe (7-4-1, 5 KOs) is making a comeback from his 10-month retirement in the 6-round, co-featured event February 18th against Jonathan Gruber (3-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant USBF title at Melrose Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

 

“Turf War 4”, presented by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), is being streamed live on BXNGTV.com.

 

Massachusetts Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (4-2, 1 KO) will make his first title defense against challenger Jamer Jones (2-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsfield (MA), in the 6-round main event.

The 31-year-old Rolfe, fighting out of Fairfield, Maine, hung up his gloves after his most recent  fight last May, losing to undefeated Philadelphia prospect Sonny Conto.

 

“I decided to stop fighting because I’d been coaching awhile and I have a 2-year-old son,” Rolfe explained. After the time off, I talked to Chris (his promoter Chris Traietti), telling him I was itching to fight again because I had some unfinished business. He gave me this opportunity to fight for the USBF title.

 

“I’ll have some normal concerns from having time off, but I had been fighting so hard for so long. I fought consistently and my body needed time away from boxing. I look different. This is, honestly, the best going into a fight. I’ll still be aggressive but not as straight forward. I took a step back and I still love boxing. It’s the ultimate for highs and lows. I still have fight left in me and I’m going to finish on my terms.”

 

A little-known fact is that Rolfe was a National Power Lifting Champion. In fact, his “Crazy Train” nickname came from when he set his personal best squat of 815 pounds while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s song, “Crazy Train.” Rolfe’s powerlifting resulted in injuries and when he could no longer compete in his favorite sport, he found boxing.

 

Rolfe knows little about his opponent Gruber, who fights out of Fall River, Massachusetts, other than he had a limited amateur boxing career and lives considerably closer to Melrose than he does.

 

“I’m going into this fight humble, treating it like I was fighting a 20-0 guy,” Rolfe concluded. “No way he beats me if I use my power, speed, confidence and stay sharp. I think he will slow down; I take him out in the fourth or fifth round.”

Massachusetts Middleweight Champion

Anthony Andreozzi Fights In the Danger Zone!

(January 13th) Newly crowned Massachusetts Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (4-2, 1 KO) will make his first title defense on the “Turf War 4”card, presented by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), February 18th at Melrose Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

 

Andreozzi, who captured the vacant title last November with a 6-round majority decision in Bridgewater (MA) versus Julien Baptiste, faces challenger Jamer Jones (2-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsfield (MA), in the 6-round main event.

 

“Turf War 4”, which will be streamed live on BXNGTV.com, will mark Granite Chin’s first promotion in Melrose, which is located in Greater Boston.

 

“Anthony has gone from an 0-2 guy nobody knew or cared about to one of the more exciting guys on the Massachusetts scene,” GCP President Chris Traietti commented. “He’s a gusty guy. There’s no other way to put it. He is willing to fight all the guys in the area and earn his keep. Nothing has been given to him, it has been earned. On February 18th, he’s going to have a 6’ 3” opponent in front of him who is athletic. It’ll be interesting to see what adjustments Anthony can make. It is going to be two polar opposite styles in the ring, which usually makes for an exciting fight.”

 

Andreozzi, of Swansea (MA), marches to a different beat in boxing. “I really like danger, the more dangerous the opponent, the better,” he explained. “I like a challenge. I’m more comfortable each fight with chaos; the harder, the better. Defending my title has no effect on me because I don’t fight for belts. I took a few pictures and gave the belt to my coach.  I out dogged my opponent in the last fight. He was confident in his jab, but I took his away. Confidence can betray you sometimes.

 

“I took a year off and now I’m back. I heard my opponent is a gym boxer; he looks good punching, but he’s not tough. He beat two nobodies and was knocked out in his last fight by a bum. I made a promise to my wife because the fight is too close to Valentine’s Day and I’m cutting weight. We can’t go out for dinner, but I promised her a special gift: I’m going to make him quit! Whether it’s on the stool or in the ring, he won’t be able to go the distance with me.”

 

The reported 6’ 3” Jones, of course, doesn’t agree with Andreozzi’s bold prediction. He didn’t have much of an amateur career with only 13 matches. He played baseball and basketball but started boxing because of his pent-up aggression that he can use in the ring.

 

“I’ve been out of the ring almost a year,” Jones remarked, “but I’m confident going into this fight. I’m confident in my skills and ability. It’s going to be a good fight. I saw my opponent fight my friend, Carlos Castillo (Nov. 2021), and I was at his last fight. He came in on the B side and made his way to a belt.

 

“I was an aggressive guy before, but I’m going back to boxing more to take advantage of my abilities. I’m not concerned about a 6-round fight for the first time because I usually spar 6 or more rounds. I just need to come in ready and confident. An impressive ability will help me climb the ladder and move forward with my career.”

Granite Chin Promotions Presents “Turf War 4”

Pro-Am Boxing Card,

February 18th, Melrose, Massachusetts!

(January 5th) Granite Chin Promotions (GCP) has announced it will present its first boxing event in Melrose, “Turf War 4” Pro-Am card, February 18th at Melrose Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.

 

“Turf War 4”, which will be streamed live on BXNGTV.com, will mark Granite Chin’s first promotion in Melrose, which is located in Greater Boston.

 

“I am excited to be running for the first time at the Melrose Memorial Hall,” Granite Chin President Chris Traietti said. “Over the last few years there have been some exciting local shows there and it will be nice to have Granite Chin be a part of the boxing legacy of Melrose Memorial Hall.”

 

Massachusetts Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (4-2, 1 KO) will make his first title defense in the 6-round main event versus challenger Jamer Jones (2-1, 2 KOs), of Pittsfield (MA). In his last fight this past November, Andreozzi captured the vacant title with a 6-round majority decision in Bridgewater (MA) versus Julien Baptiste.

 

The 6-round co-featured event pits former New England Heavyweight Champion Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe (7-4-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of Fairfield, ME, against Jonathan Gruber (3-1, 2 KOs), of Fall River, MA., for the vacant USBF title. Rolfe will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months.

 

Former New England Welterweight Champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr. (16-2, 9 KOs) will bounce back from his last fight in December against undefeated U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (7-0, KOs), in which the popular Holbrook fighter gained respect at a national level for his tough performance, albeit in a loss by way of a 5th round stoppage. The fight was at famed Madison Square Garden and streamed live on ESPN+. Ohan will face Puerto Rican junior welterweight Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (13-22-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

 

The opening fight on the pro card matches New Jersey welterweight Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (16-19-4, 12 KOs), the former ABF USA Mid-American super lightweight title holder, and veteran Indianapolis fighter DeWayne Wisdom (8-61-3, 4 KOs) in a 4-rounder.

 

“This is going to be an action-packed card from top to bottom,” Traietti added. “Putting on the amateurs is always a nice way to get a look at the future of boxing in the area. I have no doubt that both the amateurs and the pros will come to fight and put on a show for the fans in attendance and those buying the live stream at BXNGTV.COM.”

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