GH3 Promotions has signed Heavyweight prospect Ronald Hines.
Hines, 22 of Cleveland, Ohio is managed by former NFL Defensive End, Ray Edwards.
The 6'6" Hines, began boxing at at the age of nine, as he was already involved in Karate, his dad took him to the boxing gym where he met his eventual trainer Push Davis.
Hines had an amateur career that saw him go 67-7, and he won the National Silver Gloves and the National Junior Olympics.
"I feel great signing with GH3 Promotions, they are a promotional outfit that can open doors for me," said Hines. "I met Vito Mielnicki and GH3 is more of a family atmosphere, and I like that."
"I am fortunate to have Ray Edwards on my team. He has been there and done that in football. He has been through all situations, and he can help mentor me through whatever comes my way."
Hines ran into some trouble as he was preparing for the U.S. National Tournament, and he will be returning to the ring after a brief absence.
"That was a minor setback for a major comeback. I have learned not to let petty things get in the way. I am extremely focused, and I am where I need to be."
GH3 Promotions, Vito Mielncki is enthusiastic about his new heavyweight prospect.
"Ronald is a pure puncher who has good boxing ability. He is 235 pounds, and he is just a kid at 22 years old. I am going to get him with strength and conditioning coach Freddy Caruso and turn him pro in May. I am looking to get him 7-10 fights over the next 12 months, and seven more fights in the 2nd year. He will be learning on the job."
In Edwards, Hines has a mentor who has taken great interest in his 22 year-old fighter.
"I am excited to be involved in Ronald's career," said Edwards. "He has crazy upside. He hit some stumbling blocks, but he has a 2nd chance, and I am happy to see him through this journey. He has dedication to take him to the top of the world. I know he will grow from his experience, and I can help guide him and give him the info that will help him be successful. I want to help him keep focused which will not deter him from the path that was set for him."
After winning the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) vacant Las Americas title last December, Wilfredo 'Bimbito' Mendez (9-0, 4 KO’s) from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, will seek a top ranking spot in the World Boxing Association (WBA ) when he faces Nicaraguan Leyman Benavides (13-6-1, 2 KO’s) for the vacant WBA Minimumweight Fedelatin title.
The Méndez-Benavides duel will take place on Saturday, March 17 at the Fiesta Hall of the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
"The Fedelatin title is of upmost importance because it places the boxer in the top 15 of the WBA rankings and in a matter of two or three additional fights, the opportunity to go for the world title is very possible. We trust in 'Bimbito’s' skills so that on March 17, Puerto Rico will have another boxer close to a world title opportunity" said Raúl Pastrana, President of management company 'Spartan Boxing Club'.
The undefeated Mendez, who was part of the Puerto Rican National Amateur Boxing Team said:
"I have seen boxers that have won the Fedelatin title, and in the blink of an eye, they are already fighting for a world title, and for that great moment is that I have worked all my life since childhood. With Trujillo Alto and Puerto Rico in my heart, I hope to be able to take another step on March 17 to become world champion in the near future".
In his last fight in Santo Domingo, DR last December, Méndez defeated Dominican Republic's Juan Guzmán (22-10, 12 KO) by TKO in the second round to capture the UBF belt.
'Spartan Boxing Club' has in its squad of professional boxers: WBO/WBC ranked at 122 lbs., Yenifel 'El Rayo' Vicente (31-3-2, 23 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, former members of the Puerto Rican Amateur Boxing Team, Bernard 'Bimbo' Lebrón (9-0, 4KO’s), John 'The Beast' Correa (3-0, 3KO’s) and Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez, light heavyweight and former Olympian, Lenin Castillo (17-1- 1, 12 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, among others.
Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA, top junior lightweight prospect Alycia Baumgardner of Fremont, Ohio improved to 5-0, winning a dominant eight round decision over the more experienced Nydia Feliciano, (9-9-3). Scores were 80-72 and 79-73, twice. With the victory Baumgardner earned the vacant WBC Junior Lightweight International Title.
“This was a great experience for me, I boxed smart and took things as they came, “said the 23-year-old Baumgardner. “She had a lot more fights than me so being in the ring with her was perfect for me in my fifth professional fight.” All four of Baumgardner’s previous four fights ended in first round knockouts.
Promoted by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing, Baumgardner was recently recognized by Ring Magazine as the 2018 Female Prospect of the Year.
“That means everything to me, I’ve been training for a long time and it’s great to be recognized and shows how serious I am. I started boxing when I was eight years old with my Dad.”
Trained by the renowned Johnathon Banks, Baumgardner was a sparring partner of Women’s #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter Cecilia Braekhus last fall in Norway. “Johnathon is a great trainer for me, he has truly instilled the ‘Kronk Gym’ style in me. I was in camp with Cecilia for three weeks and the high-level sparring was a terrific experience for me.