Boxing: Ivan Redkach

New York fighters featured on Showtime

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13
It's sort of like that "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound" query: If a fighter engages in a Fight of the Year sort of rumble, but there are no TV cameras beaming it to people sitting on their sofas, does it really matter?

Well, surely it does, for the W and for the pride derived from the effort. But yes, getting on TV, and showing the fans and the dealmakers and breakers what you have to offer is a must for a prospect looking to make the leap to contender and then champion.

"ShoBox" this Friday night features two boxers with New York ties who fit this bill. Ivan Redkach, a 15-0 (13 KOs) lightweight with disturbingly heavy hands, and 14-0-2 junior middleweight Frank Galarza will try to make a splash and get to the next step.

Redkach, promoted by New Yorker Lou DiBella, was born in the Ukraine and lives in Cali. He headlines on Showtime, taking on 17-1 (7 KOs) Canadian Tony Luis on a card unfolding from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Underneath, Galarza, who grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and lives in East New York, is in with John Thompson of New Jersey, who boasts a 14-0 mark, with 5 KOs.

Expectations grow for a fighter with obvious KO power, as fans and media push them to gun for a knockout each and every time out. But Redkach said he sees his pop as nothing but good. "I just appreciate it," he said. He's amped to get the TV shot and while he won't predict a KO win, he did say he wants to "please the fans." This year, the 27-year-old is hoping, he said, to get a few wins, and lure either Yuriorkis Gamboa or IBF lightweight champ Miguel Vazquez into the squared circle.

Galarza, yet another one of those kids who definitively points to boxing as a godsend, told me he's psyched to be on his first "ShoBox" but said he won't be awed by the cameras or the opportunity to fight Thompson. "He's I think a somewhat slick boxer, always moving, has a good jab," the 28-year-old told me. "I don't really care about the cameras, I just want the fight." He said a win gets him that much closer to bigger name foes, and he said he won't turn down anyone, at any time. Galarza agreed that the "ShoBox" platform is a nice bonus, and refereed to a fan-friendly rumble he had last year with Alantez Fox, which didn't draw the acclaim it should have because it was off TV. "2014 is going to be a big year, and after I beat this guy, I'll be looking for whoever, I don't care at this point," he said, in closing.

Prospect Redkach is a KO specialist

December, 6, 2012
All due respect to the New Yorkers on Lou DiBella's Dec. 19 Roseland Ballroom card, guys like Queens' Will Rosinsky and Brooklyners Tito Bracero, Travis Peterkin, Zach Ochoa, Jarrell Miller and Mikkel Lespierre. But the one guy on that card who I'm perhaps most excited about, long-term, is Californian Ivan Redkach. That guy has heavy hands, dangerous hands, hands that separate men from their senses and leave them face-down on a canvas in the blink of an eye. In short, he has special power. The Ukrainian Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a TKO1 win over Tibor Brosch on Oct. 24 at Roseland on the last DiBella card.

He meets 11-8-2 Edward Valdez, a Dominican-born New Yorker, on this card.

The DBE-promoted Broadway Boxing card is being held as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims with all of the proceeds from the show to be donated to the American Red Cross. A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, with Lou DiBella donating items from his own extensive personal collection.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Broadway Boxing to benefit Sandy victims

November, 26, 2012
Will "Power" Rosinsky (16-2, 9KOs) of Queens will headline a Dec. 19 "Broadway Boxing" card at Roseland, with a portion of the proceeds from the Lou DiBella show going to aid victim hit by Sandy.

One of the sports' most fearsome bangers, Californian Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) and Brooklyn's Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (20-1, 3 KOs), who is chomping at the bit for a career-defining scrap, will also be on the card.

"We are going to close our 2012 Broadway Boxing season with one of our strongest cards of the year," DiBella said. "In addition to the great card, we will also be raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief and there will be a silent auction including memorabilia from my own personal collection. Please join us not only for our traditional holiday season beatings card, but more importantly to raise money and awareness for those suffering so badly as a result of Hurricane Sandy."

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.