A’s Boxing and Fitness

8504 South Loop East, Houston, Texas, 77017

A’s Boxing and Fitness
8504 South Loop East
Houston, Texas 77017

Thomas Ortiz
pro record 4-1 with 2 KO’s

*quarentine hours*
Mon, Wed, Fri
8-9:20 am adults
9:30-10:30 am kids
5-6 pm youth
6:10-7:10 advanced amateurs
*For additional information call 832-545-3342*


“Shock” is knocking on doors but no one is answering

WBC Silver / WBA Fed Centro Super-Featherweight Champion, O’Shaquie “Shock” Foster, also known as “Ice Water” , a native of Orange, Texas, who currently plies his trade at The Main Street Boxing Gym, also known as The House of Pain, in Houston, Texas, is searching for a dance partner for his post pandemic return to the ring.

O’Shaquie “Shock” Foster is interviewed by Jeremiah Gallegos after a recent win.

After calling out everyone from Ryan Garcia to Tank Davis and almost everyone in between, he is still without an opponent and still trying to convince other 130 pound prospects to face him. Top Rank recently put out feelers to Foster (17-2-0 with 10 KO’s) asking him if he would be interested in fighting Top Rank prospect Abraham Nova (18-0 with 14 KO’s) and according to Foster he immediately agreed, without even discussing dates, pay, contract details etc, only to be told minutes later, “Nova won’t fight Foster.”

Being that Foster is rated above Nova in every major sanctioning organization’s rankings as well as Box Rec’s rankings, one would think that Nova would be ready to knock Foster out of his higher ranking and move up into that ranking by beating Foster, but apparently this is not the case.

Shakur Stevenson and O’Shaquie “Shock” Foster after a recent sparring session at Main Street Boxing Gym.

Foster is active on social media, has recently signed a promotional deal with Lou Dibella, and can be found most days at The Main Street Boxing Gym, sharpening his skills and sparring some of the best 125 through 140 pound boxers in the world including Shakur Stevenson, Miguel Flores, and Regis Prograis, so unlike a few of his 130 pound peers, he’s not a hard man to find.

Silva’s Boxing Gym

9700 Almeda Genoa #203, Houston, Texas, 77075

Silva’s Boxing Gym
9700 Almeda Genoa #203
Houston, Texas 77075
Regular Hours 5-9 pm Mon-Fri
*Quarentine hours may differ
Call 346-704-9566 for availability*

Roberto Silva Jr.
10-2 pro record with 7 KO’s

Juan Diaz vs Julien Lorcy

WBA Lightweight Title
November 4, 2021
SBC Center
San Antonio, Texas
Kathy Duva/Main Events Promotions

Main Event:
Juan Diaz beat Julien Lorcy by unanimous decision in 12 rounds, successfully defending his WBA Lightweight Title.

Akondaye Fountain TKO2 Trini Guzman
Jose Diaz W UD4 Othoniel Espinoza
Alexis Camacho TKO2 Calvin Pitts
Raul Martinez W DQ4 Felix Flores
Malik Scott W UD8 Louis Monaco
Jorge Lacierva D10 Armando Guerrero

Reggie Johnson vs Lamar Parks

October 27, 1992, The Summit, Houston, Texas

October 27, 2021
WBA World Middleweight Championship
The Summit
Houston, Texas, USA
Goosen Boxing Promotions

Main event:
Reggie Johnson beat Lamar Parks by unanimous decision in 12 rounds, successfully defending his WBA World Middleweight Title.

Alex Garcia TKO2 Matthew Brooks
Tim Puller W8 Sim Warrior
Ruben Perez D8 Robert Guy
Andrew Banks TKO1 Mark Blankenship

Ulysses Boulware vs Rollin Williams

February 25, 1991, Holiday Inn @ Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas

February 25, 2022
Holiday Inn at Hobby Airport
Houston, Texas, USA

Main Event: Jesse James Leija W10 Mark Fernandez
Co-Main: Ulysses Boulware W10 Rollin Williams

Derwin Richards W6 Melvin Wynn
Thomas Tate KO2 James Stokes
Juan Baldwin TKO2 Gary Spencer
Richard Jackson TKO2 Gary Butler
Tony Snow W4 Gregorio Ibarra

Alexis Arguello vs James “Bubba” Busceme

The Texas boy gave a great effort but was up against an all time great.

WBC World Lightweight Title
February 13, 2022
Beaumont Civic Center
Beaumont, Texas, USA
Televised on CBS

Busceme was a decorated amateur, winning multiple regional, state, and national golden gloves titles, as well as a 1972 USA Boxing Olympic representative.

His Olympic loss was widely considered to have been a result of politics more than anything and he followed his amateur career with a solid professional career, winning all but three of his bouts coming into the Arguello match.

Arguello was already the 135 pound champion and was considered to be one of the best boxers in the world at the time. A tremendous boxer with power in both hands, he not only held the technical advantage over most of his opponents, but also could take a guy out at any time.

Busceme boxed well, displaying great footwork, movement, and straight punches, but Arguello was fighting at his pace, didn’t get hurt with anything, and was calmly walking down Busceme until he began to find his range and get in his rhythm.

Once Arguello was able to start landing clean shots it was only a matter of time until he closed the show, which he emphatically did in the sixth round.

Busceme fought well and displayed great boxing skill as far as punching technique, movement , and footwork, but he came up short because he didn’t have the power to keep Arguello from walking him down, and didn’t have the mid and short range game to keep Arguello from setting his feet.

All in all it was still a pretty good effort from Busceme when you consider the fact that Arguello was a beast at that time and no one had been able to handle him at that time.

Frank Tate vs Michael Olajide

October 10, 2021
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Tate W 15 Olajide
Tate wins the IBF World Middleweight Championship

Frank Tate came into the fight 20-0, while Michael Olajide came into the fight at 23-0.

Michael Olajide, who was fighting out of New York, came in with all the hype and was a 2-1 betting favorite over Frank Tate, who was fighting out of Houston, Texas, via Detroit, Michigan.

Tate, who at the time was promoted by Josephine Abercrombie’s Houston Boxing Association (HBA), managed by Bob Spagnola and trained by Jessie Reid, was marginalized by the east coast based media, while Olajide was heavily hyped.

Despite the fact that Tate was undefeated, a 1984 Gold Medal Olympic Champion, and Olajide had very little experience, it was Olajide who was coming in on the “A” side, and was being promoted as the next big thing by the biased, New York and east coast based media.

In fact, during the live broadcast of the 15 round bout, commentator Marv Albert made several snide comments in regards to Tate’s signing with Josephine Abercrombie’s (HBA) Houston Boxing Association over Emmanuel Steward and The Kronk association.

First he implied that Tate wasn’t progressing as expected, due to his association with HBA, then went further saying, “In the first twenty months of his career, Tate has gone through thirteen no-names”.

Marv Albert’s comments were unfair and unprofessional, especially considering the fact that Olajide was actually the fighter that hadn’t accomplished anything up to that point, in the pros or amateurs!

Regardless of the media hype and Olajide being the favored fighter, once the fight started it was all Frank Tate. Watching the fight it was clear that Tate was more experienced and the better schooled boxer, calmly walking down and breaking down Olajide in rounds one through four, before taking over in round five, and controlling the action for the remainder of the bout.

Olajide was game but it became very apparent during this bout that what he had accomplished up until this point was largely due to his athleticism and courage rather than his skill, and he had made it that far despite of his father/ trainers teachings, rather than because of his father’s teachings.

Tate knocked down Olajide twice and stunned him several times throughout the fight, winning the fight by scores of 147-136, 146-135, and 148-134.

In the after-math of the bout Olajide would end up blaming his father/ trainer for overtraining him by making him run five miles, six days a week, on top of three hour gym sessions.

Olajide’s lack of experience, (only 18 amateur fights) combined with his weak corner didn’t help much either. His father/ trainer offered no technical or strategic instruction between rounds, choosing instead to berate Olajide and offer nonsensical statements, in a failed attempt to push his son to a victory.

Tate for his part spoke about how he had the edge in mental strength, and finished off with, “There was no way in hell I was gonna let a Michael Jackson look-alike come in and beat me. ”

The undercard:

Tunde Foster 13-0, beat Sam Ray Taylor 6-2-1, by decision.
Warren Williams 6-0-1, beat Mark Weinman 11-0, by 7th round TKO.
Eddie Hall 14-2, lost to Kevin Watts 16-3, by decision.
Ismael Negron 11-4, beat Higinio Soreno 1-1, by decision.

Bring Back Same Day Weigh-Ins In Professional Boxing

Featured image of Curtis Cokes, first professional boxing world champion from Dallas, Texas, by Stacey Verbeek

Of all the rules and traditions in modern day boxing, weighing in on the day before a professional bout is probably the worst in reference to protecting the fighters, with the least amount of merit.

Originally proposed as a way to help protect fighters and give them more time to hydrate and replenish their body after weighing in, it’s actually proven to have accomplished the opposite, with fighters practicing dangerous weight-cutting techniques to fight in a weight division they don’t belong in, then entering the ring anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds more when actually stepping into the ring, after trying to force hydrate themselves.

I said try because, although they appear to be successfully re-hydrating themselves when they come into the ring one, two, sometimes three weight classes heavier than they weighed in at, they are still permanently damaging their internal organs each time they do it.

It’s no wonder that the fighters of today aren’t able to fight as frequently as the fighters from the past, and aren’t developing the same skills either as the old time fighters did. Take a look at any amateur bout, and watch even the elite level fighters throw shots from the outside, and sometimes mid-range, then quickly clinch and hold on the inside, until the referee breaks them, then go through the same process again and again. Inside fighting is becoming a lost art.

The practice has also unfortunately made it’s way to the amateur ranks, where coaches that don’t know any better are advising young, growing, kids to starve themselves for a couple of days before their bouts, in order to be able to compete in a weight class that they aren’t naturally suited for.

In fact it’s become an almost comical belief in boxing, that knowing how to cut weight and put it back on before a fight, is just as important as knowing how to properly move, defend, and attack in the ring on fight night! This, in my opinion, further cheapens the merits of actually learning and displaying advanced boxing skills and techniques, and sends the message that knowing how to cheat well is just as important.

The common train of thought in the pros especially though, is that if everyone else is doing it and you aren’t, you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage.

My thoughts on that are:

If everyone is doing it, what real advantage is there in doing it? Why not have both boxers just fight at their genuine weight class, since both participants will be weighing the same 12 to 20 pounds more on fight night anyway?

Don’t take my word for it though, this is what several experts in the field have said regarding the subject:

Curtis Cokes:
” I think it’s better to have weigh-ins on the day of the fight because you would know for sure you have a 147 pounder against a 147 pounder. If you weigh-in the day before the fight, you know you are not going to get in the ring at 147,- probably more like 160.”

Buddy McGirt:
Boxing should return to same day weigh-ins. They should have weigh-ins the day of the fight. Listen,guys don’t fight at their normal weight because they know they have 24 hours to put weight back on. Make the weigh-ins the day of the fight, then you would know you can’t really dry out then have an IV and fight 5 or 6 hours later.
They say they are doing weigh-ins the day before the fight to protect the fighter. I say, if you weigh 143 and you’re in good shape, and you can’t fight at 147, then you should quit.”

Andre Ward:
“One of the biggest changes we can bring in the sport of boxing is the weigh-in process. Either go back to same day weigh-ins, or allow IV’s to be administered in every state legally. Lack of fluid around the brain increases the risk of a brain bleed.”