News: Malignaggi, McGirt, Solo Boxeo, Tyson
Cast off, rehabilitation begins, ready for Hatton in the Fall
NEW YORK CITY (July 7, 2008) – IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) had a cast removed from his right hand last Tuesday and he has started rehabilitation.
Malignaggi underwent hand surgery May 28 to repair a fractured metacarpal bone of the middle finger on his right hand, suffered during his title-defense win by 12-round decision against Lovemore N’dou.
“I feel good about the whole situation,” Malignaggi said yesterday from his Brooklyn home. “Getting the cast off was the first step, now rehabilitation starts. There’s no pain or swelling of the hand. I’m moving forward, thanks to Dr. Margles, who has saved my career several times. I’m looking ahead to a big showdown in the fall. I’ll be ready to rock ‘n roll against Ricky Hatton.”
Renowned boxing hand specialist, Dr. Steven Margles, operated on Paulie at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. He has also repaired the hands of former world champions Vinny Paz, “Irish” Micky Ward and Harry Simon, to name a few of his more notable boxing patients.
“I removed his cast and took x-rays,” Dr. Margles explained. “There was no pain and the fracture is healing like magic. Right now, he’s on or ahead of schedule.”
McGirt headlines first ESPN show vs. Joval on July 25 in Saratoga
VERO BEACH, Florida (July 8, 2008) – Coming off of his first pro loss, James McGirt, Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) very well could have settled on his next opponent being a confidence builder. However, instead of fighting somebody brought in to lose and make James look good, Team McGirt jumped at the opportunity to fight former IBO and WBU middleweight champion Raymond “Hallelujah” Joval (37-4, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event on the July 25th ESPN Friday Night Fights show at Saratoga Springs, New York.
Back on April 11, Carlos “Baby Sugar” DeLeon, Jr. (20-2-2, 12 KOs), like James another son of a former world champion, stopped McGirt in the seventh round of their nationally televised fight. McGirt had floored DeLeon at the end of the preceding round but he got careless going for a knockout.
“I learned that I have to be focused at all times,” McGirt said of his last fight. “I started lollygagging and got caught with a shot. When they offered Joval, I said let’s take it. My first loss was a bad experience. I was depressed for a couple of weeks to the point where I didn’t want to talk to anybody. But this is what I love to do and I’ve put that loss behind me. It can happen (loss). A lot of fighters think it can’t happen to them but it can.
“Raymond is a very good fighter with a lot of skills. I watched him fight years ago. He has a lot of experience, which he’ll try and use to his benefit against me. I have to use my speed and stay one step ahead of him. I’m very excited to be fighting in my first ESPN main event. I know I am going to be world champion. In this fight I will prove to the world that my last fight was a fluke.”
Joval, who fought in the 1992 Olympics representing The Neatherlands, has beaten the likes of Sam Solivan, Willie Gibbs, and Shannon Taylor. He’s won four in a row since losing a 10-round decision to Fernando Vargas in 2005.
James head trainer and father, 2-time world champion “Buddy,” agreed 100-percent for with the decision for James to fight Joval instead of a walk-over type opponent. “I think with a lesser guy,” Buddy explained, “my son wouldn’t be as motivated. He has to have a fire under him. He needs to prove himself against a more experienced guy like Joval, who is smart and cagey. My son will be more focused against him, a better guy and more of a threat. My first loss (in his 30th fight against Frankie Warren) was devastating and people thought I was crazy coming right back against a former world champ, Saoul Mamby, a better guy than the one who had beaten me. I think Joval is better than DeLeon, who is a puncher; if James didn’t make stupid mistakes, he wins that fight. Everything happens for a reason and James is much more serious now.”
James will also drop down to middleweight – although this fight is contracted at 163 lbs. — after fighting as a super middleweight his last few bouts. Buddy added, “James said, ‘Dad, I’m a small super middleweight and some of these guys are too strong for me.’ Even before his last fight we decided that he was making the move back to middleweight. He weighed in at 166 for his last fight and he didn’t do anything the last few days leading up to the fight. He is on the right program and 163 won’t be a problem. Naturally, Father Time will take its course and eventually James will be a super middleweight. By the, though, he’ll be ranked and will be able to make decisions about fighting as middleweight or super middleweight.”
Responding from adversity is all part of the maturation process for prize fighters such as James. Another sign of maturity is making sound career decisions and that’s what Team McGirt believes is happening now. “We talked about it but we decided not to take the easy way out,” McGirt’s manager Dennis Witherow spoke about fighting Joval on ESPN. We wanted a fight to get us going again. We didn’t think twice about taking on a good fighter and the exposure James will get from fighting Joval on national television.”
The marketing of James McGirt, Jr. may have taken a bump, but just about every fighter suffers defeat, and one loss doesn’t end a promising career. How a fighter reacts to adversity ultimately separates contenders from pretenders and Team McGirt chose to go all in rather than fold.
‘SOLO BOXEO’ RETURNS TO TEXAS FRIDAY NIGHT
LOS ANGELES, July 9 – This Friday night, July 11th, Top Rank, in association with the International Brotherhood of Prizefighters, will turn up the heat on an already hot summer with a night of world-class boxing at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, designed to produce some belated 4th of July fireworks.
In the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, lightweight contender Miguel Angel Huerta battles Juan Ramon Cruz. The co-featured bout of the evening pits Miguel Roman against Benjamin Flores in a 10 round super bantamweight battle.
Both bouts will be televised live on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo’, beginning at 8pm ET.
Also in action will be some of the area’s finest prospects, including Corpus Christi’s own Jerry Belmontes and Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez.
Tickets, starting at just $15, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 361-881-8499. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the first bell rings at 6:15pm.
Nicknamed “El Anestesista” for his ability to put opponents to sleep with his heavy hands, Mexico City’s Miguel Angel Huerta (26-9-1, 18 KOs)has his sights set on a world lightweight title shot after winning two of his last three bouts, including a decision win over Efren Hinojosa and a stoppage of Daniel Alicea. In San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Juan Ramon Cruz (15-4-1, 11 KOs), Huerta will be facing a hard-nosed battler who is no stranger to ending his opponent’s night early himself, making this fight a can’t miss when it comes to all-out action.
Juarez super bantamweight Miguel Roman (25-3, 17 KOs) was unbeaten in his first 22 fights, and on Friday, the Mexican super bantamweight champion will look to get back to that early form against Houston resident Benjamin Flores (18-3, 6 KOs), who is currently riding a four fight winning streak.
A highly decorated amateur star and 2006 Under-19 National Champion, Corpus Christi’s own Jerry Belmontes (2-0, 1 KO) threw his hat into the pro ring in January and he has earned a host of positive notices thus far with two impressive pro wins. The 19-year old will try to make it three in a row this Friday when he takes on seasoned Mexican vet Martin Armenta (12-17-3, 8 KOs).
Unbeaten in eight bouts, with six of those wins coming by knockout, light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez has made quite a name for himself in Corpus Christi with his exciting style and concussive punching power. He will face Florida’s Theo Kruger (8-6, 3 KOs).
Opening the show on July 11th will be a bantamweight bout between former amateur standout Roberto Marroquin (2-0, 2 KOs) of Dallas, and Alvaro Muro (6-7, 5 KOs).
GRANT TO BATTLE KING THIS FRIDAY AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 8, 2008)—Boxing returns to the National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Blvd. in Northeast Philadelphia as Southern Starr Promotions presents a huge night of boxing that is headlined by the continued comeback of former world Heavyweight title challenger, Michael Grant taking on upset specialist Demetrice King in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.
The thirty-five year old Grant, 43-3 with thirty-three knockouts of Blue Bell, PA was once hailed the future of the Heavyweight division until he ran until he was stopped in two rounds to the legendary Lennox Lewis in 2000. He then lost his next bout to Jameel McCline and racked up seven straight knockouts before being stopped in seven rounds by Dominick Guinn in 2003.
Since then Grant has won five consecutive fights, which includes a seventh round stoppage over Kevin Montiy last September 5th.
Despite being just twenty-three years old, King has already fought the whose- who of the Heavyweight division. Weather it’s a title contender such as Shannon Briggs or a rising prospect such as Chazz Witherspoon, Jason Estrada or Kevin Johnson, King will fight anyone at anytime.
After being thrown to the wolves, the native of Flint, Michigan had a record of 9-15. King got two knockout wins over non-descript opposition before upsetting the highly regarded undefeated Don King Promoted Bermane Stiverne. King has scored two knockouts since then to up his record to 14-15 with twelve knockouts.
The co-feature is an eight round Jr. Middleweight bout between Troy Browning and Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor.
Browning of Willingboro, New Jersey has a record of 20-2-1 with eight knockouts and is itching to get back in the win column after dropping his last two bouts. He started his career off with a record of 20-0-1 before losing decisions to Delvin Rodriguez and most recently to Pawel Wolak.
Taylor, of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 13-16-1 with six knockouts. Taylor has been in the ring with quality opposition such as Vanes Martirosyian and former world champion Bronco McKart. He is coming off ten round unanimous decision defeat to Willie Lee.
A third eight-round affair will feature former World title challenger Ross Thompson, 26-12-2 with sixteen knockouts taking on Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson, 13-13-3 with eight knockouts in a Super Middleweight affair.
The card will be rounded out by William Davis making his pro debut against Devon Ellis (0-1) in a four round Super Featherweight bout.
The son of former Heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, Tim Witherspoon Jr. (0-1) takes on Juvair Dennis (1-1, 1 KO) in a Lightweight bout.
Debuting Heavyweight, Tanzee Daniels battles Tiffany Woodward (1-0)
Tickets for this fine evening of boxing are available and range in prices of $75 for VIP, $60 for Ringside and $30 for General Admission and can be purchased by calling 609-2029278 or 856-351-0011
Santana – Salita is a fight people want to see and would no doubt be a commercial success. We sincerely hope that Jones – Calzaghe comes to NYC. Roy Jones is an active legend and it would be an honor for Edgar Santana to be on a Roy Jones undercard. We can make MSG buzz with further excitement by taking on Salita. We are eagerly waiting to see if Lou Dibella can strike the deal. Once the fight is made the NY Puerto Rican community will come out in mass to buy tickets.
Edgar Santana is ready, willing and able !!
“Mike Tyson Tried to Kill My Daddy” To Hit A City Near You!
For Immediate Release
When former heavyweight boxer Mitchell Rose released his book “Mike Tyson Tried to Kill My Daddy”, his goal was to educate as many people as possible about the corruption in pro boxing, as well as clarify what happened during the night of his notorious street fight with boxing legend Mike Tyson. Rose has been taking his book around the country and has hit many cities including Montgomery, Alabama Columbia, South Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and presently Atlanta, Georgia. Rose has met a lot of his fans during the tour and plans to hit many more cities in the near future.
“So far, the book sales have been outstanding”, exclaimed Rose, who initially gained fame after knocking out cult boxing hero Butterbean in 1995. “There has been great diversity among my customers as well and I am very happy that my book appeals to people from all walks of life. As a token of my appreciation for those who have purchased the book, I have been giving away Mike Tyson t-shirts and hats. After I leave Atlanta, I will be returning home to New York, as I have to turn in paper work at a federal court building for my $88 million lawsuit against Jay-Z”, said Rose.
FISCHER PUSHING SMART FOR BIG CHANCE!
Frankfurt heavyweight Willi ‘De Ox’ Fischer underwent a curious form of training recently, but certainly hopes it will push his so far successful comeback, which he started last year under the management of Fight Production, to its pinnacle. The 35-year-old former WBO title challenger was made by trainers Tom Leidenheimer and Boris Schwarz to push a Smart automobile up and down the streets, being allowed to breath only through a swimmer’s snorkel! Said Leidenheimer: “I think it was tough for Willi, but we never promised him to take it easy. In his next fight, he will have his lowest weight since we started his comeback three fights ago!”.
That is tentatively scheduled for late September and Fischer is lined up to challenge undefeated International German champion Steffen Kretschmann, 11-0 (10 KO’s). “It’s taken a bit long, really,” said Fischer, “but that was also due to injuries on my part. But I don’t let myself being subdued, I’m still here, hungrier than ever!”. That hunger, however, is not linked to the title of International German heavyweight champion (which Fischer himself held twice before), nor to Kretschmann in particular, as Fischer, 35-6-1 (22 KO’s) and a pro since 1995, explains: “Every title is a step forward, brings a fighter closer to the big business, but if I beat Kretschmann people will take more notice of that and the title is just a plus. Steffen is big, strong, boxes textbook-like. I know what to expect.”
‘De Ox’, however, was dismissive of the recent European heavyweight title fight between Sinan Samil Sam and Paulo Vidoz, which he watched on television from his Frankfurt home together with his trainer. The fight was promoted by Arena, who also have promotional rights to Fischer, and ended in a draw. “I definitely know that I can hold my own with these two, no problems,” proclaims Fischer. His manager Olaf Schroeder wasn’t able to watch the fight due to being abroad, but feels he didn’t miss anything: “Come on, two old has-beens fighting for the European title? The EBU couldn’t find better contenders for the most important title on the continent? But its no longer about sport, its about favours, personal alliances and who cries loudest. At this moment, I don’t want to comment further on the EBU Ratings Committee, but certain persons surely warrant some direct words soon.”
CUNNINGHAM SAYS CHICAGO IS PERFECT FOR ADAMEK TITLE FIGHT
HOST’S PHILLY PIZZA PARTY FOR ADAMEK’S
ESPN2’S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT
USS CUNNINGHAM PIZZA AT 57TH AND MASTERS IN WEST PHILLY, 8PM
PHILIDEPHIA, PA (July 8, 2008) IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Steve USS Cunningham will be an interested party this Friday night as he watches # 1 IBF Cruiserweight Mandatory Tomasz Adamek square off in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights against Gary “THE PITBULL” Gomez from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
Speaking from the champ’s pizza joint, USS CUNNINGHAM PIZZA, formerly Lucky’s, in West Philly, Cunningham spoke candidly about Adamek.
“I was ringside in Chicago for his second fight with Paul Briggs and I know he can really fight. He was the world champ at 175 and he really proved himself to me that night. He’s my mandatory and I want to fight him as soon as possible.”
In regards to Adamek’s most recent win over O’Neil Bell which earned him the #1 mandatory position, Cunningham stated, “Adamek did what he wanted and took care of business but it seemed to me like Bell just wasn’t in the fight, mentally.”
The Adamek/Gomez fight will be Adamek’s third battle in Chicago. Said Cunningham about possibly fighting in Chicago, home to over 1,000,000 Polish Americans, “That’s fine with me. I know he has a lot of Polish fans there, but there are a lot of fight fans in Chicago that would be a looking for a great championship bout. I think it’s a perfect place for the fight to take place. I think it would really help build a strong fan base for the cruiserweight division in America.
The Polish fans were terrific to me when I fought in Poland so I have no problem fighting in front of them again. The ring is the same anywhere we fight.”
With Adamek fighting on Friday night in Chicago, Cunningham half joked, “Tell him to stick around and we can do this Saturday night.”
About his immediate plans, Cunningham said, “Just staying busy with the pizza joint. A lot of the guys are coming by on Friday night to watch Adamek’s fight so sales should be pretty good. The more the merrier, we can make plenty of pizzas, no reservations necessary, bring a friend,” laughed the champ.
Advance tickets to THE RETURN OF THE POLISH WARRIOR, presented by Kathy Duva’s Main Events and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 312-559-1212) or by calling 312-226-5800.
The Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., adjacent to the corner of Broadway and Lawrence. Doors for this event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:15pm.
TICKET ALERT: ARTHUR v COOK AND AMIR KHAN NOW ON SALE!
Tickets are now on sale for Sports Network’s blockbuster show titled 2 Hot 2 Handle at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday 6th September.
Edinburgh star Alex Arthur headlines with the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight title in an all-British showdown against tough Londoner Nicky Cook.
All action Arthur faces a real battle against Cook – a former British, Commonwealth and European Champion – who aims to win a world title on his second attempt.
Superstar Amir Khan features as chief-support and defends his Commonwealth Lightweight Championship against a challenger to be confirmed.
Khan thrilled the public with his amazing five round war against Michael Gomez and is now looking forward to making his glittering debut at the M.E.N Arena; joining a long list of British greats to have fought there including: Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton and Chris Eubank.
A full-supporting card, including further big title fights and the best in young British talent, will be announced shortly.
Tickets, priced at £30, £40, £50, £100, £150 and £200, are available from www.frankwarren.tv