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December 21, 2001
Corona del Mar's Roy Englebrecht and his boxing company has joined forces with six-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya and his new Golden Boy Promotions LLC. Roy Englebrecht Promotions, a stable Newport Beach-based boxing firm for the past 12 years, has been acquired by De La Hoya after an announcement made Thursday. Englebrecht will retain an equity piece in the new company and serve as chief operating officer. "I was overwhelmed with the vision that Oscar had for the future of boxing," said Englebrecht, who has lived in Corona del Mar for the past 30 years.
By Steve Virgen, | December 16, 2010
In two months fight fans could be flocking to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. That's because promoter Roy Englebrecht of Newport Beach will launch "Fight Club OC," that will feature boxing action and mixed martial arts matches in Costa Mesa. "It's going to be a home run for us, the OC Fair and the fight fans," Englebrecht said Thursday. "We're excited about this happening. " Englebrecht delivered a 10-minute presentation to the OC Fair board of directors during a meeting Thursday morning.
By Amanda Pennington | April 5, 2007
CORONA DEL MAR — Corona del Mar High School alumnus Jed Weinstein loves sports and people. He played tennis, soccer and ran cross-country before he graduated in 1994. He threw great shindigs with his friends. His love of sports, people and special events carried on through college, and now Weinstein has upped the ante, creating special events on a much larger scale in New York. On April 26, Weinstein will host Wall Street traders, celebrities, boxing fans and poker players at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan for his third annual social boxing event, called Box NYC. The 30-year-old bachelor has a special-events production company, appropriately named Jed Weinstein Presents, which he started after years of establishing relationships with big names.
April 13, 2002
The Orange County Performing Arts Center will welcome superstar comic Jay Leno April 27 for a very special one-night-only performance that will benefit the Center's department of education and community outreach. The NBC Emmy Award-winning host of "The Tonight Show" will generously donate his time and talent to raise funds to support Orange County school children in relation to a cultural connection with the Center. Tickets range is between $45 and $85, with a special $250 VIP package that will include prime seating along with a champagne reception with Leno in Founder's Hall.
October 5, 2002
Steve Virgen People who know Humberto Rojas call him, "Pepino," a nickname he earned five years ago when the Estancia High senior trained for boxing. The nickname has stayed with him because he still lives up to it, though now he applies his style and mentality to cross country. Rojas was named after Pepino Cuevas, the WBA welterweight champion from 1976-1980, a fast and powerful boxer. Five years ago, Rojas' trainer, who had also worked with Cuevas, came up with the nickname because he thought Rojas had some of the same qualities as Cuevas.
December 14, 2001
Don Cantrell Although one-time Newport Harbor High boxing champion Danny Perez, 68, is now sidelined by Parkinson's Disease, he has been extremely pleased to have closed out his career as a manager, having trained another champion, junior middleweight Carlos Bojorquez. Perez's sister, Rachel Hamilton, reports that Bojorquez pulled the trick for the California title a few months ago during an ESPN event. "Danny had trained him for six years," Hamilton said.
By TOM JOHNSON | January 5, 2007
Well, we're five days into the New Year, and all my attempts at resolutions have either been broken or altered. That doesn't mean I'm not going to keep trying, but so far I've found good excuses to get around them all. At the top of the list this year was to eat better and work out more — or in my case, some. My idea in the past for exercise was getting up off the couch to change the TV station, rather than just using the remote. Or better yet, playing golf with an electric cart.
February 12, 2002
Steve Virgen The rise and maturation of Scott Beerer has included a variety of work as the means to success. Success that eventually resulted in a 23rd round selection in the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers. Success that surpassed expectations that followed an injury riddled senior season at Newport Harbor High. Beerer garnered mental strength to overcome chronic back pain. He also chose to play at Orange Coast College, where Coach John Altobelli has helped in the Beerer building process.
By Steve Virgen | December 25, 2006
During the summer before his freshman year of high school, Ben Capaldi found the appropriate outlet. Lacing up boxing gloves just felt right for Capaldi. Hitting the bag felt even better. There always seem to be a chance for becoming a burnout when young athletes specialize in one sport. But Capaldi, a Sage Hill School freshman, bought a punching bag to prevent such a downfall. Thanks to his newfound hobby, Capaldi's not giving up soccer anytime soon. It also helps that he's actually good on the pitch.
February 20, 2014
Police arrested a man who was allegedly drunk and calmly holding a knife at a Newport Beach Jack in the Box on Wednesday afternoon. About 2:20 p.m., officers responded to a call that a drunk man had brandished a knife in a fast-food restaurant in the 4600 block of W. Coast Hwy., according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Officers allegedly found the man, identified as Robert Borkland, 44, of Costa Mesa, sitting outside a nearby business with the folding knife in his back pocket.
October 30, 2013
Local and federal law enforcement agencies took "numerous boxes of paperwork and computers related to the investigation" from the offices of eight businesses they raided in Newport Beach, police said Wednesday. The businesses - State Trust Legal, Consult Marketing Group, Reputation Enforcement, Legal Research Group/Consult Marketing, Group Remedy Center, Prudent Law Group, Remedy Center and Law Secured Processing Inc. - were searched as part of a fraud investigation, according to a news release.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 15, 2013
COSTA MESA - Fighters came out in red and blue T-shirts with numbers on the back of them during the introduction portion of Fight Club OC on Thursday. A sports drink brand sponsored the professional boxing and mixed martial arts event, but in the fight game, the only numbers that count are the wins and losses in a fighter's record. The numbers on the T-shirts belonged to professional athletes in other sports. The fighters in the red corner sported Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout's No. 27 and the blue New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's No. 87. One fighter continued the football theme inside the hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 14, 2013
After the Orange County Fair ended Sunday, the cleanup began to put on a different show on the fairgrounds. The organizers of the event went to Twitter on Tuesday to update fans on the venue's progress. "By Thursday," read a tweet, followed by a link to a photo of two big moving trucks inside The Hangar, and wires running everywhere, "this mess will turn to masterpiece!" The fourth edition of this year's Fight Club OC series at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa looks to entertain a sold-out crowd of 1,500 on Thursday.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza and By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 5, 2013
Fight Club OC will have a historic ladies night inside the ring on Thursday. The nine-bout card will feature a women's mixed martial arts fight and a women's boxing fight at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa at 7:30 p.m. The ladies battling inside the Hangar aren't household names, but Newport Beach promoter Roy Englebrecht said the professional women MMA and boxing bouts on the same card will be a first in the fight game. The first women scheduled to step into the ring will be boxers Rhonda Luna and Crystal Morales.
By Annie Kim | April 29, 2013
Despite difficulties finding locations to shoot "A Werewolf Boy," a blockbuster from South Korea and this year's selection for the Newport Beach Film Festival's Korean Spotlight, filmmakers were able to capture some of the country's most scenic destinations. Shot primarily in natural settings, including the waterfalls of Pocheon, a cypress forest in Jangheung and the scenic national island of Jeju, the film, written and directed by Sung-hee Jo, is about a family that moves to a small village and takes in an orphan boy who resembles a wolf more than a human with his feral behavior and supernatural strength.
April 3, 2013
Fight Club OC returns to the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa on April 11 with a seven-bout card that features boxing and mixed martial arts. Five boxing fights and two MMA fights are scheduled inside the Hangar, starting at 7:30 p.m. The featured fight is a four-round super light welterweight boxing one between Tustin's Paul Velarde (3-3-3) against Highland Park's Carlos Morales (1-1-3). Other boxing fights include Santa Ana's Beto Ibarra Jr. (1-4) and Riverside's Rashad Hughes (0-3-1)
By Steve Virgen | March 8, 2013
Juan Carlos Salgado heard the tight scores when he last fought Argenis Mendez for the IBF super featherweight championship. Salgado, the champ, also heard the complaints come from Mendez's corner after winning the vacant 130-pound title by scores of 115-110, 114-112, 114-112. This time, Salgado of Mexico City wants to leave no doubt when he fights against Mendez in a rematch Saturday in The Hangar at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. The bout is the main event of fights that begin at 4:30 p.m. Salgado-Mendez is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be televised by HBO Latino.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES - On the wall, half a dozen posters featured Chris Arreola and the man he's going fight at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa on March 9. All the posters looked the same, yet none looked like what Arreola, at age 31, looks like. He has hair now. He's in better shape. He means business, and he wore it underneath that suit he arrived in for his press conference on Wednesday. The Arreola who came to promote his World Boxing Council heavyweight title elimination bout on HBO against Bermane Stiverne wasn't the Arreola on the posters.
January 10, 2013
Olympic beach volleyball silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy will make a special appearance at the Ritual JuiceBox in Costa Mesa on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. Ross, a former Newport Harbor High standout and a Costa Mesa resident, and Kessy, a Laguna Beach resident, are being plugged as the "January Ambassadors" for Ritual JuiceBox. The duo will offer exclusive fitness tips. Ritual JuiceBox will carry Cashew Crunch, a protein shake in honor of Ross and Kessy, with 10% of sales going to the Olympians' charity of choice: Kids Play International.
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