Joe’s Live and SoCal

Danny Vaz da Costa lost his May 30th, 2017, fight against Marcos Martinez by split decision. The rubber match between these two Chicago standout amateur boxers took place at Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL, which is a happening venue.

Watching the fight video afterwards, I saw Danny getting hit with some hard punches, but I also saw him land many more punches than Marcos did. Some of those punches, like the right uppercut shown in two sequencial fotos below, were clean, hard shots that, in my opinion, gave Danny a clear edge in a very close bout.

Our disappointment with the result was short-lived, though. Ten days later we traveled to Menifee, CA, where Danny beat a tough Michael Aranda to win the belt of Southern California State Champion. The trip was a lot of fun, and we plan to go back to Cali next year to compete somewhere and also spend some time in altitude training at beautiful Big Bear Lake.

That is in stark contrast to our 2016 trip to Indio, where absurdly incompetent judges robbed Danny of an absolutely dominant win. That Desert Showdown challenge bout, as it turned out, was against a former mixed martial arts pro. Even though the Hawaiian fighter should not have been allowed to compete in an amateur boxing tournament, Danny beat the snot out of him, as you can see here:

Danny’s next fight probably won’t take place until August. The champ will spend several weeks working on improving key aspects of his fight game with FLO Boxing coach Osh Esho.


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