Slugfest Fighter Bios

If you don’t know already Durham Boxing Academy, Bruckmann Martial Arts and Urban Athletic Promotions are holding a amateur fight show on Sunday September 9th 2012 at 2pm.

These fighters and their opponents have been preparing for some time now and as crunch time approaches the energy to fight is building up. Each fighter has a personal reason for fighting and taking to the combat arts. For some its the challenge of the unknown. Some believing that only steel can temper steel. Whatever it is, these young men will pit the skills they have learned against an equally matched opponent. Below is a little intro to each fighter.


Garrett Vernoy
Age:30
Boxing:7 years
Other: 10yrs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Reason for choosing combat arts: “To be a better person”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice: Chuck Norris
Athlete of Choice:Jim Brown NFL Champion(Pre-superbowl) Often called one of the greatest football players that has ever lived.


Derek”Manchild”Falk
Age:19
Boxing:3 years
Other: 6yrs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 14yrs wrestling
Reason for choosing combat arts: “I was born into it and was wrestling at the age of 5”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice: Bruce Lee
Athlete of Choice:Kael Snaderson. The only NCAA wrestler to go undefeated in official matches with 100 wins. Olympic gold medal winner in Athens 2004.


Brandon Rea
Age:23
Boxing:3 years
Other: 1yr Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 1 yr kickboxing
Reason for choosing combat arts: “My grandfather was a boxing fanatic and I grew up watching legends like Holmes and Norton. It seemed like path I had to take”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice: Juan Manuel Marques.
Athlete of Choice: Anderson Silva. The UFCs longest reigning middleweight champion.Considered the number one pound for pound fighter in the world by by many.


Kyle”Caveman”McLaughlin
Age:18
Boxing:4 years
Other: None
Reason for choosing combat arts: “To stay in shape and i enjoy fighting”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice: Mike Tyson
Athlete of Choice: Michael Jordan. 6 time NBA Champion with Chicago Bulls,6 time finals MVP,10 time NBA scoring champion and regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all time.


Garret Mole
Age:19
Boxing:1 years
Other: 2yrs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 1yr Mua Thai
Reason for choosing combat arts: “I love the pace and speed”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice: Muhammad Ali
Athlete of Choice: Tom Brady. 3 time Superbowl Champion, 2 time Superbowl MVP


Steve”Hollywood”Hagan
Age:24
Boxing:1.5yrs
Other: 2yrs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2yrs Hapkido
Reason for choosing combat arts: “I like to punch people in the face”
Fighter/ Martial Artist of choice:Marvin Haglar
Athlete of Choice:Brett Lawrie

Hopefully this has given you a little insight into the young men who will be fighting on our jam packed show “September Slugfest”

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