Promoter Homicidal Sammy Merza Returns to the Ring

image001.jpgThis was the story the wrote before the fight had happened

September 16, 2008 (Merrillville, In)- Octavius James/One In A Million, Inc. announced today a special addition to the already talent filled October 3rd “Radisson Rumble” fight card at Radisson Hotel @ Star Plaza. Local Chicago boxing promoter and fan favorite Sam Merza (14-1, 11 KO’s) will look to make his triumphant return inside the ropes for the first time in three years. Fighter turned Boxing Promoter Sam Merza has experienced both sides of what the boxing world has to offer. He has experienced all the highs and lows of being both inside and outside the ropes during his career. Merza a highly regarded Chicago Middleweight was known for his entertaining power punching style. He had such a fan following that the undefeated Merza decided to not only fight, but also try his luck promoting boxing events.

After a successful run at promotions the draw of being in the ring had continued to burn and after three years Merza again made a pivotal decision, stepping away from being a promoter and returning to what drew him to the sport, fighting itself. When thinking about how he would return to the ring and not wanting to make the same mistake of fighting and promoting Merza said there was only one choice for him for a promoter.

“Octavius James and One In A Million, Inc. is one of the best promoters out there, he is dedicated to helping develop young fighters and he is the one who can help take you to that next level as a fighter,” said Merza. On his feelings on returning to the ring on the October 3rd “Radisson Rumble”, “I can’t wait to put the gloves back on, I appreciate the opportunity to return to the ring and promise to put on a great show for the fans, a big thanks to Octavius for helping me to start fighting again.”

“When Sam Colona who trains Merza and also serves as the cutman for Michael Walker had asked me about Sammy (Merza) fighting and returning to the ring on the October 3rd “Radisson Rumble” I was glad to be able to help out.” said Octavius James President & CEO of One In A Million Inc. “Merza has the ring appeal and puts on an exciting fight and I am pleased to reintroduce him to the ring and have our local fans see more talent from this region. I look forward to seeing everyone out on October 3rd. That is going to be one exciting night of boxing for the fans.” James said.

In the Main Event of the “Radisson Rumble” Chicago’s Own Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (18-1, 12 KO’s) looks to return to the win column in his rematch from the Main Event of ESPN 2 facing Antwun Echols (31-8, 27 KO’s). In the Co-Main Event Derrick “Superman” Findley returns home to continue his rise in the middleweight division. Plus in a special attraction bout Juan “Mexican Connection” Aguilar (6-1, 3 KO’s) takes on Orphuis Waite (2-0, 2 KO’s). Rounding out this exciting card will be Heavyweight Michael “Quiet Assassin” Parker (6-0, 5 KO’s), Welterweight sensation Ed Ochoa (5-0, 5 KO’s), and middleweight Josh Crouch (1-0, 1 KO).
Now this is the story after the fight

This was your basic 15-1 fighter fighting a tune-up fight. Merza (Las Vegas, NV), who hasn’t fought since late 2005, made short work out of the “White Horse”, who stood gamely for the first minute of the fight, but was blown out at 2:11 of the first with a barrage of hooks and crosses in the corner. Referee Kurt Spivey took one look at Rush’s face, stopped the fight, and didn’t look back