Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ellison ready for Prime Time against Luis on July 25 on Sho Box


For Immediate Release          
Nutley, NJ (July 19, 2014)--Undefeated Jr. Lightweight Wanzell Ellison will be moving up in weight to take on Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KO's) as part of a televised quadrupleheader next Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York in a bout that will be televised live on Sho Box: The New Generation.
The show is promoted by GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions and is sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods.

The special telecast will be the 200th anniversary show 

Ellison of Newark, New Jersey will risk his undefeated mark that reads 11-0-1 with five knockouts.  Not only will be Ellison be moving up in weight but he will be making his national television debut against an opponent that he does not know much about.

"All I know he is from Canada," said Ellison.  "He had a good amateur career but I don't care to watch much tape.  I am ready, in shape, comfortable and confident."

Ellison is looking forward to being able to showcase his talents in front of a national television audience. 

"I am excited about being on television.  The world will be to see who I am but I am calm and composed and in the fight I know I have to take my time."

Ellison was very eager for the opportunity that he moved up in weight but he says this maybe only a one-time thing as a Lightweight.

"I am just fighting at 135 lbs. for this fight.  It is not a big deal for me as I spar bigger guys anyway."

Ellison is not concerned that Luis has faced tough competition as the 25-year old believes in his own skills.

"I have to go in there and I can adjust to anything he shows.  I have a lot of amateur fights and I know I am in shape.  I have been boxing since I was 11-years old, so this is nothing new to me.  I am going to show the world something spectacular."

Not known as a huge puncher, Ellison is very confident that he can get Luis out before the final bell.

"I am not looking for the knockout but I am predicting one.  It will come naturally because I am not looking for it.", finished Ellison.

The card is packed top to bottom as in the main event, undefeated Antoine Douglas (14-0, 9 KO's) of Burke, VA will take on former world title challenger Michele Soro (23-1, 13 KO's) of France in a 10-round fight for the WBA International title.

Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KO's) of Bowie, MD battle Vilier Quinoez (8-0, 5 KO's) of Miami, FL for the Interim WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight title scheduled for 8-rounds.

Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KO's) of Randallstown, MD will fight Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KO's) of Watsonville, CA in a 8-round Welterweight bout.

OFF-TV will see Super Featherweight Jorge Diaz (17-3, 10 KO's) of New Brunswick, NJ take on an opponent to be named in a 6-round bout.

Samuel Teah (4-0, 2 KO's) of Philadelphia will fight Lavisas Williams (4-0-1, 3 KO's) of Rochester, NY in a 4-round Super Featherweight bout featuring undefeated fighters.

Featherweight Glenn Durzum of Maryland will make his pro debut against NyCedric Ellis (0-1) of Ohio in a 4-round Featherweight bout.

Tickets are on sale now at The Turning Stone Resort Casino  for $60, $35 and $25 or by calling 315-361 7469 or via Ticketmaster at or 1 800-745-300
1st Bell: 7:30 PM ET
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Marc Abrams (GH3 Promotions) 856 287 7611/
Andre Courtemanche (Greg Cohen Promotions) 519 991 5213 or 954 302 246 /
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Daughter of two-time world champion Steve "USS" Cunningham continues to fight and is put on Heart Transplant List

Fundraiser set up to help offset mounting medical costs and accommodations to be close to hospital in Pittsburgh 


For Immediate Release
Philadelphia (July 21, 2014)-- America was introduced to Kennedy Cunningham when her father first fought on NBC back in December of 2012 when he faced Tomasz Adamek in that epic battle, we learned that she suffered from a severed heart condition called HLHS.
In April when Steve fought Amir Mansour on NBC Sports, the family had just received heart breaking news when they we told that Kennedy was not a candidate for heart transplant as they had hoped.
She had her first open heart surgery at 2 days old and the second six months later. She was hospitalized for the first year of her life and suffered many set backs along the way, including a stroke, many blood infections and also required a trach and vent for several years when she was younger. The doctors that cared for her back then all say that she is a miracle, they saw everything she went through and never thought she would live to be 8 years old! Now, almost 9 years later she continues to show us how tough she is!

Most children with HLHS undergo a third repair which can allow them to live into adulthood, however it was determined that Kennedy was not a candidate due to the anatomy of her heart and the extent of its defects (small pulmonary arteries and tricuspid valve regurgitation). It was then that we were advised that she would have to have a heart transplant. She went through the entire transplant evaluation in our hometown of Philadelphia at the Children's Hospital there and in March our world was shattered when we were told by the Heart Failure team at CHOP that Kennedy was not a candidate for transplant or any other surgery. We were told, "no matter what, Kennedy is going to die far to soon". They told Steve and his wife Livvy that the best they could do was give her medicine to help her heart function but that there would come a time when her heart would give out and there would be nothing they could do. 

"I was so completely heart broken the day her doctor sat me down and gave me the news," said Livvy.  "My world collapsed.  I cried for 3 days straight while I tried to wrap my head around the news and tried to figure out how to live without the hope of a beautiful future for our beautiful daughter, tried to picture our lives without her.  I just couldn't, it was impossible" 
The Cunninghams are a faithful, fighting family and decided 'they were not going to give up on their daughter and just watch her fade away. They chose to seek a second opinion. The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh agreed to evaluate her and on June 25th, 2014, Kennedy was accepted into their program and listed for a heart transplant! Receiving a heart transplant is giving her a fighting chance to live the full, energy filled life that every child deserves. 
"I'll never forget the day I got the call from my wife with the news, I broke down like never before, I lost it.  I was in the middle of my training camp for a must win fight.  People close to me told me I should pull out of the fight, that it was too much for me.  But I knew that I had to fight for Kennedy, she has been through so many battles in her life and has never once given up and I was not going to let her see her father quit.  I turned my sadness and fear into determination and on fight night, I had to dig deep but it was that determination that got me up off the canvas twice to win.  We will never give up on Kennedy and are so blessed and excited that The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has agreed to take her on and list her", said Steve Cunningham 

Now that Kennedy is listed in Pittsburgh, The Cunninghams' have to travel there 1-2 times per month for appointments and  have to be ready at any time to jump on the road when they get "the call" that she has her new heart waiting for her. Once that call comes in, they will have 4 hours to get her to Pittsburgh and right now, they live 4.5 hours away. Additionally, They will have to remain in the Pittsburgh area for at least 6 months post-op so housing must also be arranged.

After Steve's thrilling win on April 4, fans and the boxing community reached out to Steve and Livvy asking how they could help.  

The Cunningham's have set up a fund where donations will help this  family cover the out of pocket expenses that come along with this amazing opportunity. Traveling to and from Pittsburgh as well as securing and maintaining a "home away from home" while Kennedy awaits her new heart and recovers from surgery.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

ACL re-injury risk factors: a new study


SEATTLE, WA – Re-tearing a repaired knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) happens all too frequently, however a recent study being presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting suggests that identification and patient education regarding modifiable risk factors may minimize the chance of a future ACL tear.
“Our research suggests that a few risk factors such as, age, activity level and type of graft utilized may point to the possibility of re-injury,” said lead author, Christopher C. Kaeding, MD of the Ohio State University. “However, with better education about adjustments that can be made, based on these risk factors, patients may be able to minimize re-tears.”
Kaeding and his team analyzed data from 2,695 patients through the MOON ACL injury database from 2002-2008. All patients had a primary ACL reconstruction with no history of contralateral knee surgery. Graft type, age, Mark score, sport played after surgery, sex, smoking status, meniscal tear status and Body Mass Index (BMI) were identified as criteria for inclusion into the study.
In the results, 116/2695 (4.3%) had a graft re-tear on the same side of the body and 97/2695 (3.6%) had a re-tear on the opposite side. The odds of re-tearing the same ACL, decreased by nine percent for each year of increased age. The odds of re-tear on the opposite ACL, decreased by four percent for every year of increased age.
“The study highlights that younger age, higher activity levels at time of injury and what type of graft used (allograft) may increase risk of same side ACL injury within two years. With individuals having higher activity levels and lower age re-tears on the opposite leg were more prominent,” said Kaeding. “Physicians and physical therapists need to better educate our patients about continued neuro-muscular training even after the immediate rehabilitation process has ended to help prevent future tears.”


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit or
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Barefoot running improves running economy at high exercise intensities

           Posted on July 8, 2014 by Stone Hearth News

 J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2014 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Barefoot running improves economy at high intensities and peak treadmill velocity.

Reeves KA1, Corbett J, Barwood MJ. Author information 1Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK –



Barefoot running can improve running economy (RE) compared to shod running at low exercise intensities, but data is lacking for the higher intensities typical during many distance running competitions. The influence of barefoot running on the velocity at maximal oxygen uptake (vVO2max) and peak incremental treadmill test velocity (vmax) is unknown. The present study tested the hypotheses that barefoot running would improve RE, vVO2max and vmax relative to shod running.


 Using a balanced within–subject repeated measures design, eight male runners (aged 23.1±4.5 years, height 1.80±0.06 m, mass 73.8±11.5 kg, VO2max 4.08±0.39 L·∙min–1) completed a familiarisation followed by one barefoot and one shod treadmill running trial, 2–14 days apart. Trial sessions consisted of a 5 minute warm–up, 5 minute rest, followed by 4×4 minute stages, at speeds corresponding to ~67, 75, 84 and 91% shod VO2max respectively, separated by a 1 minute rest. After the 4th stage treadmill speed was incremented by 0.1 km·h–1 every 15 s until participants reached volitional exhaustion.


RE was improved by 4.4±7.0% across intensities in the barefoot condition (p=.040). The improvement in RE was related to removed shoe mass (r2=.80, p=.003) with an intercept at 0% improvement for RE at 0.520 kg total shoe mass. Both vVO2max (by 4.5±5.0%, p=.048)and vmax (by 3.9±4.0%, p=.030) also improved but VO2max was unchanged (p=.747).


Barefoot running improves RE at high exercise intensities and increases vVO2max and vmax, but further research is required to clarify the influence of very light shoe weights on RE.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sitting Too Much, Not Just Lack of Exercise, Is Detrimental to Cardiovascular Health



Newswise — Dallas – July 7, 2014 – Cardiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that sedentary behaviors may lower cardiorespiratory fitness levels. New evidence suggests that two hours of sedentary behavior can be just as harmful as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial.
The study, published in today’s online edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, examined the association between fitness levels, daily exercise, and sedentary behavior, based on data from 2,223 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). 
Sedentary behavior involves low levels of energy expenditure activities such as sitting, driving, watching television, and reading, among others. The findings suggest that sedentary behavior may be an important determinant of cardiorespiratory fitness, independent of exercise.
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“Previous studies have reported that sedentary behavior was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular outcomes; however, the mechanisms through which this occurs are not completely understood,” said Dr. Jarett Berry, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Science and senior author of the study. “Our data suggest that sedentary behavior may increase risk through an impact on lower fitness levels, and that avoiding sedentary behavior throughout the day may represent an important companion strategy to improve fitness and health, outside of regular exercise activity.”
The team of physician-researchers analyzed accelerometer data from men and women between the ages of 12 and 49 with no known history of heart disease, asthma, or stroke, and measured their average daily physical activity and sedentary behavior times. Fitness was estimated using a submaximal treadmill test, and variables were adjusted for gender, age, and body mass index. The findings demonstrate that the negative effect of six hours of sedentary time on fitness levels was similar in magnitude to the benefit of one hour of exercise.
“We also found that when sitting for prolonged periods of time, any movement is good movement, and was also associated with better fitness,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski, a recent graduate from the UT Southwestern Cardiology Fellowship Training Program and first author of the paper. “So if you are stuck at your desk for a while, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget.”
To stay active and combat sedentary behavior, UT Southwestern preventive cardiologists recommend taking short walks during lunch and throughout the day, using a pedometer to track daily steps, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, hosting walking meetings at work, and replacing a standard desk chair with a fitness ball or even a treadmill desk, if possible.
NHANES is an ongoing series of studies conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The database contains health and nutritional data from a diverse population, representative of the U.S. population.
Other UT Southwestern researchers involved in the study include Dr. Amit Khera, Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. Sandeep Das, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine; Dr. James de Lemos, Associate Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program and Professor of Internal Medicine; and Colby Ayers, Faculty Associate in the Department of Clinical Science.
This study was funded with support from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the American Heart Association, and an unrestricted endowment provided to Dr. Berry by the Dedman Family.
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7 ways to keep kids hydrated

           Posted on July 8, 2014 by Stone Hearth News

 Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser (Reuters Health) –

Don’t wait for your kids to tell you they’re thirsty before offering them water, experts say. Instead, offer them water and other hydrating foods and beverages throughout the day, particularly in the summer when more liquids are needed to stay healthy.

By the time children are thirsty, they’re already at least 3 percent dehydrated, according to Dr. Holly Benjamin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedic Surgery at University of Chicago. And water does far more than slake thirst, said Marina Chaparro, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Water is a cooling mechanism, it transports fluids and nutrients, helps with digestion, helps with cognitive function and maintains a healthy weight,” she told Reuters Health by email.

The amount of water a child needs to stay hydrated and healthy may surprise you: teenagers need as much as adults (eight to 11 cups), while even toddlers aged 1 to 3 should have four cups of fluids a day.

“I use a rule of thumb of 2 to 3 ounces per day per pound of body weight, to a maximum of 8 to 10 cups per day,” said Dr. Karl W. Holtzer, a pediatrician with the Pediatric Alliance Fox Chapel Division in Pittsburgh.

In email to Reuters Health, he noted that water is not needed for infants under 6 months of age, and babies under 1 year can stay hydrated with breast milk or formula.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014



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Lightweight Wesley Ferrer, Super Featherweight Angel Luna and Junior Welterweight Darren Mangan Join Rapidly Growing Promotion

Brooklyn, N.Y. -
New York-based Uprising Promotions has made a huge statement on the boxing circuit, announcing the addition of three highly skillful fighters to its talented roster. Officially joining the stable is undefeated Brooklyn lightweight Wesley Ferrer (4-0, 3 KOs), unbeaten Dominican super featherweight Angel Luna (9-0, 6 KOs) and highly sought-after Irish junior welterweight Darren Mangan.

"I am very excited. I believe in these guys, and I am a great judge of boxing talent," said Ronson Frank, President of Uprising Promotions. "I think all three of these guys have the ability to take not only themselves, but also us as a promotion, to the next level where we can compete with all of the big name promoters out there."

Under the guidance of his father, Mateo De La Cruz, Wesley Ferrer had a very accomplished amateur career, winning his first NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championship in 2009 when he was merely 17-years-old. He continued on that same successful path until deciding to turn in his amateur card for the professional ranks in September of 2013. His pro debut lasted just 31 seconds when he scored a TKO victory over Masaki Aida on a card hosted by Uprising Promotions. The Brooklyn native has since recorded three more wins, two by early stoppage, with two of those outings under the Uprising Promotions banner.

After eight bouts in his home of the Dominican Republic, Angel Luna made his American debut on May 21st when he fought on an Uprising Promotions card, defeating Joey Arroyo by second round TKO. Of his nine professional contests, Luna has earned six victories inside the allotted timeframe, and he now looks to make an impression on the New York fight scene under the guidance of Uprising Promotions.

"These fighters are great character guys who work very hard in the gym," Frank continued. "Wesley Ferrer is a very intelligent guy who is currently a college student. Angel Luna is a very dedicated guy in the gym. His trainer tells me all the time that he has to tell him to tone it down."

The final signing by Uprising Promotions is highly regarded junior welterweight Darren Mangan, who moved to New York from his native Ireland just a few weeks ago. Fighting out of Gotham Boxing, which is located at 600 Washington Street in the West Village, he looks to make his professional debut under the Uprising Promotions banner later this year.

"Darren is so excited, and he calls me every day to let me know what type of progress he is making," Frank laughed. "He is a 19-year-old kid who is very excited about the opportunity to be here and looks forward to performing on the biggest stage in boxing."

Growing up in Castlebar before spending the last seven years of his life in Letterkenny, Ireland, Mangan arrives in New York with nearly 100 amateur bouts on his resume. The extremely personable fighter was highly sought after by a number of promoters but decided Uprising Promotions was the best place for him. As he begins the preparation for his professional debut, the 19-year-old Irishman will be working with internationally renowned trainer Colin Morgan, who has trained the likes of current WBO Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin, former WBA Cruiserweight Champion Guillermo Jones, former WBC Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas, as well as undefeated heavyweight contender Mike Perez.

"I am delighted and over the moon to sign with Uprising Promotions," Mangan emphatically stated. "If you told me a couple of years ago that I would be fighting in New York City at 20 years of age, I don't think that I would have believed you. I've been here for more than two weeks now, and I'm settling in well. I can't wait to start working with a world renowned trainer in Colin Morgan. We have a really good team around me, and I am seriously excited to hook up with Ronson and Uprising Promotions. There were a few offers on the table, especially since I am a young fighter with a lot of amateur experience, but this was the best fit for me."

As he engulfs on his professional career, Mangan hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Irish fighter who was able to win over the entire City of New York.

"A fight town like New York needs another Irish fighter! It has really been since John Duddy retired that an Irish fighter was at the top here, and I think Ronson is the right guy to get me there. He is hungry to expand my career and Uprising Promotions, and we have the right people around us to make that happen."

The date for the next Uprising Promotions fight card has already been set, with the promotion returning to action on September 13th. Negotiations are underway with a few different venues in New York for the event, and the location announcement will be made in the very near future.

For more information on Uprising Promotions, make sure to check out and also like our fan page on Facebook.
Our mission is to grow interest in the sport of boxing in New York City by showcasing entertaining and evenly matched fights. We are focused on providing opportunities to local New York City area fighters.