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Branch Warren Holds His Ground
~ Michael Berg
Date: Tuesday 04 October, 2005
A dry-to-the-bone package of muscle and cuts overtook an impressive display of
mass at the inaugural Charlotte Pro Oct. 1, as Texas' Branch Warren beat Dennis
James for his second title in three weeks. George Farah took third, and the Olympia
qualifying berth that came with it.

Overall, the top five was a solid group, with a much-improved Mustafa Mohammad
finishing fourth, and a bodybuilder seemingly on the cusp of great things, Quincy
Taylor, in fifth.

After the show, Warren and Farah were in great spirits -- James, however, was
obviously displeased, and made a fast exit after collecting his trophy. "I
feel like I'm five percent better than at the Europa," Warren said of his
conditioning. In the two weeks between the Europa Super Show and Charlotte,
he was making a concerted effort to dial in, and it showed from his feathered
quads to his sick upper body. He'll be rolling into the Olympia in Vegas on
Oct. 15 as a force to be reckoned with.

As we reported earlier today at, outside of the top 5, the 19
other competitors were a mixed bag, with a few notables that have an outside
shot at an O berth, if they decide to jump into the Olympia Wild Card competition
Oct. 14. Coming off of his light-heavy USA victory this past July, Fakhri Mubarak
made a gallant charge for the top 10 in his first professional outing (he ended
up in 8th). Other top 10 finalists include Miguel Oliveira (9th), who, although
unimpressive in three previous outings on the pro circuit, displayed enough
size and shape to make an impact if he can get more shredded, and Delaware’s
Milton Holloway (10th), who was undersized but had great muscle shape and detail.
Another great story out of the evening was Greg Rando -- virtually blind, he
got an incredible reception from the audience every time he stepped onstage
and came in 14th.

All in all, the Charlotte Pro was a first-rate effort for a new show -- promoter
Mike McCandless, who owns Bulk Nutrition, spared no expense in making sure the
athletes and the audience were treated to an incredible night. He also showed
the contest live online, which drew over 1,700 people to his website,
He's already planning for next year, again in Charlotte at the end of September
-- if you want to support bodybuilding at the grassroots level, and be treated
to a top-notch weekend event, you'll want to be there.

-- Michael Berg

Charlotte Pro Top 15
1) Branch Warren
2) Dennis James
3) George Farah
4) Mustafa Mohammad
5) Quincy Taylor
6) Craig Richardson
7) Brian Chamberlain
8) Fakhri Mubarak
9) Miguel Oliveira
10) Milton Holloway
11) Armin Scholz
12) Rusty Jeffers
13) Johnny Stewart
14) Greg Rando
15) Scott Milne

Women’s Show Results: Charlotte Pro, Sept. 30 Fitness Top 10:

1) Julie Palmer
2) Tracey Greenwood
3) Mindy O’Brien
4) Angela Monteleone-Semsch*
5) Amy Haddad
6) Summer Stevenhagen-Montabone
7) Katie Szep
8) Sabrina Gibson
9) Amy Huber
10) Donna Louise Jones
* Qualifies for the Fitness Olympia (top three previously qualified)

Figure Top 10:
1) Davana Medina
2) Amber Littlejohn
3) Latisha Wilder
4) Chastity Slone
5) Tara Scotti
6) Milamar Sarcev
7) Michelle Adams
8) Elaine Goodlad
9) Zena Collins
10) Julie Lohre
(Top 5 previously qualifi
ed for Figure Olympia)

Women’s Bodybuilding Lightweights:
1) Antoinette Norman*
2) Jeannie Paparone
3) Vicki Nixon
4) Angela Debatin
5) Mary Ellen Jerumbo
6) Elizabeth Gomez
7) Gayle Moher (did not finish)

Women’s Bodybuilding Heavyweights:

1) Jitka Harazimova (and overall)*
2) Betty Pariso
3) Sarah Dunlap
4) Aurelia Grozajova
* Qualifies for Ms. Olympia

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