First Friday Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s Gets Off to a Lively Start in 2017

Prospects Shaun Ross (left) and Joseph Macedo putting in work on Jan. 6 inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym (Photo: Hustle B0ss)


By Chris Robinson

I made sure to stop by Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym this past Friday night, Jan. 6, to check out some of the action taking place between some of the area’s top amateur and professional prospects and I wasn’t disappointed.

The exhibition sparring series has been taking place on the first Friday of every month inside of Tocco’s in Las Vegas, and it has given both the fighters a chance to shine as well as the spectators a glimpse of some key pieces to boxing’s future.

This past Friday, several pugilists were on display and the action was very fast-paced and competitive.

Joseph “El Bandito” Macedo is a familiar face to Hustle Boss viewers, and he received some great work from Shaun Ross. A native of Uganda, Ross applied great pressure and Macedo in return had to adjust and counter with his attack.

Friday marked my first time checking out Armenian amateur prospect Erik Barsegyan in action, as he went some rounds with both Javier Medrano and Santiago Perez. All three prospects are worth keeping an eye on and the action didn’t let up in any of the four rounds I witnessed.

Flash and ATG

Never a stranger to First Friday Sparring sessions, Jeremy “J Flash” Nichols got in some entertaining rounds with southpaw prospect Za-Quan Peterkin. Nichols started working during the series when he was an amateur and he is now 7-0-1 with 2 knockouts as a professional. Peterkin will also be making his pro debut in the very near future.

To close out the show, national amateur champion Alex “ATG” Thiel put in some good work with veteran Azamat Umarzoda (2-11-2, 1 KO), who is much tougher and dangerous than his record indicates.

Thiel started fast during the sparring and didn’t let up, hammering Umarzoda with shots from all angles as his durable foe from Tajikistan kept up the pressure. As the last round closed, Thiel continued to throw until the final bell sounded.

All in all, this first edition of exhibition sparring at Johnny Tocco’s set a great tone on what to expect from this series for the rest of the year. Every first Friday of the month, amateur and professional prospects in the Vegas area can stop by to put their skills on display. So far, their have been some great matchups and I expect this continue in 2017.

Check below for a closer look at the action, from both this past Friday as well as past shows, and stay tuned for more sparring at Tocco’s.

Tocco’s First Friday Sparring: Joseph Macedo vs. Shaun Ross (Tactical Warfare)

 Erik Barsegyan spars Javier Medrano and Santiago Perez [Tocco's First Friday Sparring]

Jeremy Nichols vs. Za-Quan Peterkin First Friday Sparring ['Flash' in rare form]

Alex ‘ATG’ Thiel goes to war with veteran Azamat Umarzoda at Tocco’s First Friday Sparring

All-Out Amateur Sparring at Tocco’s: Alex Thiel challenges Daijon Carter

Local prospect Cameron Kreal squares off with top amateur Daijon Carter at Johnny Tocco’s

Las Vegas’ latest revival – Exhibition Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s

Amateurs Joseph Macedo and Michael Hall get down at Johnny Tocco’s

Back and forth female sparring at Tocco’s – #1 ranked Yarisel Ramirez vs. Laura I.

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