Boxing Insider Notebook: Tyson Fury, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, George Foreman, and more…
Boxing Insider Notebook: Tyson Fury, Mike Tyson, Donald Trump, George Foreman, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of October 4th to October 11th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
TMZ Sports Reports: WBO Threatens to Strip Tyson Fury
TMZ Sports has reported that the WBO has given Tyson Fury ten days to explain hiself before they strip him of his title.
Tyson Fury has ten days to “show cause why your title should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.” The WBO delivered the letter on October 7th and Fury has until October 17th.
It appears likely that Fury will be stripped. Read more at http://www.tmz.com/2016/10/10/tyson-fury-boxer-wbo-title-belt/
Mike Tyson Says Donald Trump Had Sex with his Wife
The Hollywood Gossip recently quoted Mike Tyson as stating that Donald Trump had sex with his wife.
The latest comes to us from Tim O’Brien’s book TrumpNation, which was first published in 2005, but saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to Trump’s 18-month Gas-Lighting America! tour.
The following excerpt from O’Brien’s book is simply too good to paraphrase:
“Mr. Trump, could I ask you a question?” Tyson asked.
“Whatever you want, Mike,” Donald responded.
“Are you f–king my wife?”
“Are you f–king my wife? Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife.”
Tyson then pulled out a copy of Vogue magazine that feature a picture of Ms. Givens wearing a Trump Princess hat from Donald’s yacht.
“Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife and I think you’re f–king my wife,” Tyson said.
“Mike, let me tell you something: I never ever even thought about it. And I heard those rumors and they’re disgusting.
“In fact, I called you a couple of times to tell you that I heard those rumors and it pisses me off. And I never, ever even thought about it. She’s your wife, she’s with you, she’s loyal to you, and it’s total bullsh-t.”
Read more at http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2016/10/mike-tyson-donald-trump-banged-my-wife/
George Foreman Youth and Community Center in Houston to Host Gulf Boxing Association Regional Championships
Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.
Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.
The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.
“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”
Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.
TGB Promotions Signs Adrian Granados
Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian “El Tigre” Granados to an exclusive promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company’s President.
“We’re very excited to begin working with Adrian, he’s one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible. ” said Brown.
“Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love,” continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades.
Said Granados, “I’m very excited to start this new chapter of my career. Tom Brown has built numerous world champions and I have faith that he will provide the right opportunities to me towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a world champion.”
“I’ve been training diligently in Chicago all year long and I’m ready to get back in the ring.”
Currently ranked #3 by the World Boxing Association and #7 by the World Boxing Council, the 27-year-old Granados has compiled a record of 16-3-1 (10 KO’s) over the course of his eight-year professional career. He is managed by Andy Zak of Journeyman Management.
“I’ve known Tom Brown for a longtime and trust him as a man and a promoter,” said Zak. “I’m confident that he will guide Adrian towards the best opportunities and look forward to a very strong working relationship with him on Adrian’s career.”
Last November, the Chicago native Granados traveled to Quebec City to battle undefeated and #1 ranked Amir Imam in a bout telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Despite getting dropped in the initial stanza, in the biggest fight of his career Granados turned the tables and dominated Imam over the next seven rounds to earn the stoppage in the eighth round of their scheduled ten rounder.
A fan favorite across the country for his “never say die” attitude, Granados has battled with numerous former world champions and contenders including Kermit Cintron, Felix Diaz, Frankie Gomez, Brad Solomon, Jaime Herrera and Lanardo Tyner. Among his three losses are two majority decisions and one split decision, all three to undefeated fighters.
Felix Jr. to Headline this Friday
World rated by two of the big four boxing organizations, at #3 WBO and #5 by the IBF, Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s own Jose Felix Jr. makes his third outing this year against Alan Herrera (34-8, 22 KO’s) this Friday night at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Coming off, a stoppage over the tough-as-nails Robert Frankel last August, Felix Jr. knows the importance of staying busy, specially knowing that a potential second shot at a world title looms in the near feature.
”He’s ready for a title fight as soon as possible. As soon as Top Rank offered this fight, Jose Agreed to it without even knowing who the opponent was” said Jasmine Alcorta who advises Felix Jr.
” He has the old school mentality where he’s ready to fight anyone at anytime. He’s already made it known that he is not only willing but wants to go to England to fight Terry Flanagan.” Added Alcorta.
”He’s coming back from his TKO on August 27th so is fighting twice in less than two months. ”
”All great fighters hone their skills and stay on top of everything by fighting often.” concluded Alcorta.
In Herrera, Felix Jr. faces a tough cookie, who record does not reflect the toughness of the fighter.
Felix Jr. vs. Herrera is Scheduled for ten heats of action in the Lightweight ranks.
Fan-favorite, Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas(14-0, 12 KO’s) co-features the card which will be televised through UNIMA
Russia’s, Maxim Dadashev (3-0, 3 KO’s) and Ukraine’sOleg Zubenko (2-0, 1KO) round out the Eastern block trio of fighters on the card.
In other action, Fresno’s Eric Altamirano (8-0, 6KOs), Coachella’s Alberto Fundora (8-0, 4KOs), and Victorville’s Ryan Garcia (5-0, 4KOs) will see action as well.
Valley Fight Night is presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing and takes place this Friday, October 14th at the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California.
Free Agent Boxing Management Signs Former World Champ Jose Rodriguez
José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management proudly announces the signing of former world champion Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez to a managerial agreement.
27-year-old Rodriguez (31-4-0, 19 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico, won the Interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship on November 19, 2011, by upsetting then 27-1 Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand. He also won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight Championship in 2009 and made four successful defenses. He is also a former sparring partner of Nicaraguan four-division and current WBC World Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
Currently looking for the third fight of his comeback after nearly two years off, 27-year-old Rodriguez plans to compete in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions.
“I am happy to sign with Free Agent Boxing,” said Rodriguez. “My career was on hold for a while, but I am back now and eager for my team to find me big fights. Taking some time off did me good. I have never felt this strong and healthy. I’m looking forward to getting a few more wins and then winning back my championship.”
Acevedo who has previously done well for his brother, former super middleweight contender Roberto, and middleweight puncher Jorge Melendez in advisory roles, says he’s beginning to work with Rodriguez at the perfect time.
“The flyweight and super flyweight divisions are red hot right now,” he said. “I am working to get Torito a ranking by the IBF and WBC. He said he wants to fight the best, so we are working to find him the fights that will get him to a title shot. One guy he really wants is (IBF Champion Jerwin Ancajas from the Philippines). We’re hoping to get him in the ring soon.”
Boxing Insider Notebook: Khan, Algieri, Roach, Mayweather, Tyson, Frazier, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider Notebook for the week of April 7th to April 14th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Amir Khan to Face Chris Algieri on May 29th
Amir Khan (30-3) will return to the ring to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1) on Friday, May 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the Main Event on a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
“I have happy memories of New York having made my successful U.S. debut there against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010,” said Khan.
“I’m delighted to now be fighting there once again against another champion in Chris Algieri. Algieri has shared the ring with some tremendous fighters and shown great skills in those fights, so I know I will need to be at my very best when we meet. In all my fights I bring excitement, speed and skill and can guarantee more fireworks on May 29 at Barclays Center.”
“I am very excited to get back into the ring and to be fighting here in New York,” said Algieri. “Fighting at Barclays Center, where I won my world title just under a year ago, is an added bonus. Amir Khan is a tested champion.
Tony Luis to Face Derry Matthews for World Championship on Saturday
On Saturday, April 18th Ontario’s Tony Luis (19-2) will face Derry Matthews (37-9-2) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England.
Luis was originially scheduled to face Ira Terry (26-13) in the co-feature of Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network event. But Ismael Barroso (17-0-2), who was originally scheduled to face Matthews, was unable to obtain the proper visas in time to fight on short notice in England. He will now take Luis’ place and take on Ira Terry in an eight-round fight on Friday.
“It worked out well for everyone,” said Greg Cohen.
“Tony Luis was high enough in the ratings and ready to fight, so he’s one of the few fighters in the world who could have stepped into this important fight on such short notice. And fortunately, he is a GCP fighter as well, so we made it happen quickly and he is on his way to the UK as we speak.
“Tony gets his dream shot at a world championship and the fans in Hinckley, and on CBS Sports Network, will get their first look at one of the most fearsome punchers in boxing, Ismael Barroso. So it seems that everyone wins in this unique situation.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara Fight Week Information
The official weigh-in between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andrzej Fonfara is open to the public and will be held on Friday, April 17th at 12:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza LAX-Salon C at 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. The fighters are scheduled to step on the scale at 1:00 p.m.
On Saturday April 18th, the StubHub Center Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. and the first fight will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Showtime Championship Boxing Telecast will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Undefeated Chicago Prospect Ramiro Carillo Signs with Warriors Boxing
Mexican born, Chicago-based super lightweight Ramiro “El Lobito” Carrillo will make his first appearance under his new promotional banner on Friday, April 24th at the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) “Dirrell vs. Jack” event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Carillo (7-0) will be a part of the undercard in support of the Spike TV broadcast. Carillo has an amateur record of 215-14 and was a four-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion and a two-time National Silver Gloves Champion. He was also a runner-up in the Mexican Olympic trials.
Freddie Roach Hails Provodnikov-Matthysse Clash as “Greatest Match Up in the World”
Trainer Freddie Roach believes Saturday night’s clash between Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse is ‘the greatest match up in the world.”
The two knockout artists will match up at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York.
Roach, Provodnikov’s trainer, stated, “It’s the greatest match up in the world. You’ve got two guys that love to fight, two guys that are great punchers. It’s going to be a very exciting fight- that’s for sure.”
The super-trainer went on to state, “It’s the best fight and the best is what we need. This is what’s going on in boxing right now and that’s why everything is really happening in boxing bigger than ever at this point, because of fights like this.”
However, Roach won’t be in Provodnikov’s corner since he will be busy preparing his star pupil, Manny Pacquiao, for his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.
Loaded Undercard Announced for ESPN Friday Night Fight’s Mohegan Sun Card
A loaded undercard featuring several unbeaten prospects has been announced for the non-televised segment of the April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The main event is scheduled to be between undefeated junior middleweight contender Tony Harrison (20-0) and Pablo Munguia (20-6) and to co-feature Ryan Kielczweski (22-0) versus Danny Aquino (16-2) in a featherweight bout.
The undercard will feature unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (18-0), unbeaten Alantez Fox (14-0-1), Regis Prograis (13-0), and Amos Cowart (12-0-1).
Roc Nation Sports Announces Throne Boxing Performance Lineup
Roc Nation Sports has announced the throne boxing performance lineup for the April 17th event which will air on Fox Sports 1 from the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Murat Gassiev will defend his IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship against Felix Cora Jr. in the main event, and Ray Robinson (19-2) and Sherzodbek Alimjanov (22-2) will face each other for Robinson’s NABO Welterweight Championship.
Mike Tyson Interview by CP24 Violated Broadcast Ethics
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Toronto television station breached the broadcasting code of ethics during an interview last year with Mike Tyson.
At least one two occasions during the interview Tyson used extremely course language. The CBSC concluded that by failing to immediately terminate the interview, the channel CP 24 was in breach of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ code of ethics.
More information on this can be found here.
Joe Frazier Collection Auction
Memorabilia, mementos, photographs, and other collectibles acquired from Leslie Wolff, the long time manager of Joe Frazier, is available for auction online and there’s only a few weeks left until the auction. If you are interested in viewing these items for sale, click here.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation Present “Fight 4 Fitness”
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (FMJF) is pround to present the Fight 4 Fitness 5k Run/2K Walk Fun Run and Community Day taking place Sunday, April 19 at Sunset Park in las Vegas. The 5k Run/2K Walk and Kids Fun Run starts at 8 a.am. and is followed by an awards ceremony honoring all the participants. The presenting sponsors are Mayweather Promotions, The Money Team and Guy Ventures.
“My foundation genuinely cares about the Las Vegas community, and we are continuing our pledge to serve with great events like this,” said Mayweather. “Staying fit and active is so important. We hope this event encourages all people of all ages to work towards getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle.”
More information can be found here.
Robert and Casey Guerrero Join Arkansas Tech and Be the Match in Effort to Break World Record for Bone Marrow Registries
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, will join Arkansas Tech University and BeTheMatch.org in an effort to break the world record for bone marrow registries in a 24-hour period.
In addition, the group will attempt to break the one-hour world record for registries as well. Arkansas Tech’s Be The Match bone marrow registry event will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, and continue through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, on the university’s campus.
Joining “The Ghost” will be his wife, Casey Guerrero, who is a cancer survivor and a recipient of a bone marrow transplant from the BeTheMatch.org registry (National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP). Together they will inspire everyone on campus and help students register while relaying the important message of being a donor.
“What an honor to be invited to this great event put on by Arkansas Tech University and BeTheMatch.org,” said Robert Guerrero.
“Casey and I are going to do our part to help register as many people as possible. I really believe we are going to break the records. Many lives will be saved and that brings me great pleasure. I’m super motivated and can’t wait to get on campus and go to work.”
Rigondeaux to Confront Scott Quigg
Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist.
A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.
Mike Tyson Alleged in Federal Court to Have Ordered Hit On Brooklyn Drug Kingpin
By Johnny Walker
For those nostalgic for the gangsta rap wars of the 1990s, Biggie Smalls vs Tupac Shakur being the most famous, an ongoing court case in Brooklyn conjures up memories of such volatile times.
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s name has surfaced in a court case concerning Damion (World) Hardy, a real life character who might have played the part of the nihilistic underworld kingpin Marlo Stanfield in the classic cable series The Wire.
Reputed drug kingpin Hardy allegedly ruled over the Cash Money Brothers, a Brooklyn-based crew who ruled the borough’s drug scene from the late 1990s to 2004.
Tyson, also from Brooklyn, saw a close friend of his, Darryl Baum, who also served as Tyson’s security guard, shot down in a dispute with the Cash Money gang, allegedly over drugs.
In the Federal court case, it has been alleged that Tyson and Hardy both had hits taken out on each other over the death of Baum.
Tyson supposedly had a $50,000 bounty put on his head by the Cash Money crew, and the former heavyweight champion is alleged to have responded in kind, taking out a hit on “World” for the same amount of money.
There was disagreement in the Cash Money camp about “whacking” Tyson, claimed two of the gang’s henchmen in a Federal Court, because he was a Muslim, as was Hardy.
Allen “Boo” Bryant told the court that “World said, ‘I’m a Muslim and he (Tyson) put the money up.’”
Bryant added, “World was saying it (Tyson’s religion) didn’t matter.”
“If World would have called us, we would have did it.”
Another Cash Money crew member, Shelby “Moo” Henderson, “told the court he thought the idea of killing Tyson was wrong, but added that it would not have stopped the hit from taking place, saying it was a matter of ‘kill or be killed.'”
For his part, Tyson’s camp has previously claimed he put out no hit on Hardy, who at one time was engaged to rapper Lil’ Kim.
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Mike Tyson with a Potential Blueprint to Beat Floyd Mayweather?
By Kirk Jackson
Recently, Hall of Fame boxer Mike Tyson was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and gave his opinion on the huge fight taking place May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On the set of ESPN’s First Take, journalists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless offered their insight on Tyson’s remarks in regards to the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KOs).
More importantly, Tyson indicated this will be Mayweather’s toughest fight to date and there is a great possibility of Mayweather getting busted up and losing. Tyson offered great perspective on what Pacquiao should do to secure a victory May 2nd.
“You need to put constant pressure on Floyd, be in front of him all the time by moving side to side and punching from angles,” said Tyson.
“Manny is going to feint Floyd out of position a lot and make him throw more punches than he is used to, and that will open Floyd up. He [Mayweather] has never been tested, whatever happens in the fight, I think he’s going to get hit and hurt more than he has ever before; we’re going to see how tough he is.”
There are many things to take away from this Mike Tyson quote.
Although Tyson’s is not a comprehensive game plan, this is a good foundation on how to attack Mayweather. Pacquiao has the athletic gifts to pull off this game plan. Pacquiao has a herky-jerky style and could very well feint Mayweather out of position, where he can capitalize because of his great foot and hand speed. This is one of the advantages and tactics Pacquiao utilizes over most opponents.
A danger exists, if the fighter cannot execute this style of fighting efficiently. Moving side to side while dodging attacks can be physically and mentally taxing, especially if the fighter [Pacquiao] is missing punches occasionally eating counter-punches for his troubles.
The thing is, aside from what Tyson mentioned as keys for success against Mayweather, in order to have just a modicum of success against Mayweather, it can be argued the opponent must possess a solid jab, ala Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, Oscar De La Hoya, and Jose Luis Castillo (first fight).
A trait all the fighters mentioned have in common, with De La Hoya being the exception, is they’re really good pressure / inside fighters. Another point is that all of those fighters mentioned are naturally bigger / stronger than Mayweather.
Pacquiao is the smallest opponent Mayweather has faced since Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2009, so the size advantage for Pacquiao will not be there. Pacquiao is not a pressure fighter by nature and rarely fights on the inside: he is more a mid-range fighter.
He uses his speed to his advantage, move in and attacks, dashes back or to the side, usually towards his right, away from danger. With all that Pacquiao has in his arsenal, the jab is not necessarily one of his best punches.
Tyson and others are mistakenly labeling Pacquiao as an all-out pressure fighter, when that’s not really his game. Tyson may be implying that he has to fight ferociously like he did in his prime, but in reality, the “old” and “new” Pacquiao are two different styles of fighter.
Many claim Pacquiao lost his “killer instinct” over the last couple of years as he found religion. I think he just he evolved and maximized his strengths as a fighter.
As Chris Algieri 20-1 (8 KOs) was quoted saying after his defeat against Pacquiao this past November, “Manny is great at being Manny.”
Fighting Marquez four times probably provided Pacquiao with the realization that he can’t rush in, giving caution to the wind against certain fighters, which contributed to Manny’s evolution as a fighter.
Pacquiao may have to continue with the next phase of evolution and change his temperament in order to apply the Tyson game plan and a defeat Mayweather. He is going to have to learn to cut off the ring; he will have to suddenly develop or at least be effective in using the jab as well.
Tyson could be alluding to the strategy Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach plan to implore May 2nd.
The last take away from Mike Tyson’s analysis of the fight is the question of Mayweather’s toughness or lack thereof.
It seems as though Mike Tyson doesn’t care for the Mayweather, at least not in this fight. Freddie Roach trained Tyson toward the end of his career and Roach is the current trainer of Pacquiao. Tyson on a number of occasions expressed his displeasure with Mayweather and said he would have liked to have fought Mayweather and expressed pleasure in the notion of beating him up.
That’s fine, as I would expect for him to remain loyal to his former trainer and gravitate towards Pacquiao because he is a fellow action fighter.
For Tyson to question the toughness of a guy who has been a champion for over 17 years, defeated 22 former or current world champions, fought in 24 championship fights across five weight classes says a lot. Mayweather was visibly stunned against DeMarcus Corley, Shane Mosley, and Zab Judah, yet bounced back and dominated all of them.
Tyson’s overall attitude seems ridiculous and adds to the notion that people will not be satisfied until they see Floyd Mayweather lose.
Loyalty to the side, I guess we’ll see what happens May 2nd.