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Merrimack Valley

June 13, 2013

Sports in a Minute

Kattar at Rock

The battle between two mixed martial artists stepping up into the professional ranks for the first time is the new co-main event of Combat Zone 44 at Rockingham Park tomorrow night, while the marquee fight remains the highly-anticipated bout featuring the brilliant Calvin Kattar against undefeated Brazilian Gabriel Baino.

Kattar (13-2-0) is widely perceived to be just one more win away from advancing to the bigger stage and brighter lights of the UFC or Bellator MMA, which are the sport’s two largest promotions in the world. Kattar is riding a five-fight win streak and had notched six KO/TKOs, three submissions, and four decisions including three which were unanimous while dispensing with some extremely tough and accomplished opponents. Baino (5-5-0) won one of his fights by unanimous decision but none of his other adversaries have lasted through the second round.

In the co-main event, John Healey of Wakefield, N.H., and Team Iron Jaw brings his 4-3-0 record as an amateur into the cage against the 5-1-0 amateur record of Mike Burke from Laconia and Lakes Region Valley Tudo when each begins his pro career in the lightweight ranks.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first fight is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets, which may be purchased at www.combatzonemma.com or by calling 603-360-3846, are $40 for general admission, $50, $75, $90 and $120 for ringside seating. Parking is free.

Strong finish, then drafted

It was a great way to end your college career, with a diploma from a top 25 university and then receive a contract offer to play baseball professionally.

That’s what happened with Michael Yastrzemski and John Farrell, former Andover Legion teammates, this week.

Yastrzemski was drafted in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles, 429th overall, while Farrell, his Andover Legion teammate, was selected in the 21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays, 683rd overall.

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