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03
May
11

R.I.P. Former heavyweight contender Cooper dies at age 76‏

May 01, 2011 8:22 PM EDT
 
FILE – This Tuesday Feb. 22, 200 photo from files shows former British and European heavyweight boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper after receiving his knighthood at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Sir Henry has died aged 76, sources told Britain’s Press Association Sunday May 1, 2011. He was well known for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960’s flooring Ali in the 4th round of a 1963 non-title fight at London’s Wembley, though Ali eventually won the fight. He fought Ali again in 1966 but was again beaten. (AP Photo – Richard Pohle, Pool)
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01
Apr
11

MANAGER / TRAINER GIL CLANCY RIP

 

Gil Clancy

BOXING MANAGER / TRAINER GIL CLANCY

 

CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 31, 2011 –  The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of manager / trainer Gil Clancy. He passed away early this morning. He was 88.

Clancy began training young amateurs at the PAL boxing gym in Queens, New York and eventually rose to prominence as one of boxing’s great boxing trainers and managers. During his career Clancy worked with Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Rodrigo Valdes, Juan LaPorte, Johnny Persol, Jorge Ahumada, Harold Weston, Tom Bethea, Jerry Quarry, Gerry Cooney, Oscar De La Hoya and Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Buchanan. However, he is best known for his 20-year association with legendary Hall of Famer Emile Griffith, whom Clancy and Howie Albert guided to the welterweight and middleweight crowns. In 1967 and 1973, the Boxing Writers Association of America named him the Manager of the Year. From 1978 – 1981, Clancy was matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing. He was also one of the premiere boxing analysts on MSG Network, CBS and HBO in the 1980s and 90s. In 1983, the Boxing Writers Association of America presented him with the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism.

“Gil Clancy was one of boxing’s truly great minds,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “As a trainer and manager he was held in the highest regard by his peers. The Hall of Fame is saddened by the loss of our friend.”

In 1993, Clancy was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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02
Feb
11

R.I.P. – Anthony Jones‏

Arkansas boxer who died was examined before match

By TOM PARSONS, Associated Press Jan 31, 8:16 pm EST


BENTON, Ark. (AP)—A man who died at a hospital after an Arkansas boxing match had been examined by a doctor before he entered the ring, a member of the state Athletic Commission said Monday.

Authorities say Anthony Jones, 28, of El Dorado, Ark., died Sunday morning at University Hospital in Little Rock, where he was taken Saturday night after his fight with Quincy Palmer in Benton was stopped in the second round. Jones, making his professional boxing debut in the heavyweight division, had been scheduled to go four rounds against Palmer.

Athletic Commission member Jason Stuart of Little Rock, a lawyer, said he was the supervising commissioner in charge at ringside in the Fitness Unlimited facility at Benton. He said everything at the event followed proper procedures and Jones had been examined by a physician before getting into the ring with Palmer.

Larry Harris, promoter of the “Benton Beatdown,” said referee Martin Tunstall of Sheridan stopped the Jones-Palmer fight after Jones was sent to the mat by a blow to the head.

Emergency medical personnel stationed ringside went into the ring to attend to Jones, Harris said.

“He was talkative, alert, having a few problems,” Harris told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Jones was taken to Saline Memorial Hospital before being transferred later Saturday night to the hospital at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Harris said he was told after the fight was stopped that Jones might have suffered from a kidney ailment.

Stuart said that might have been the case.

“Preliminary reports indicate there might have been pre-existing conditions that weren’t known to (Jones) and weren’t detectable by pre-bout medical examinations,” Stuart said.

A news release issued Monday by the Athletic Commission said the agency’s “emergency action plan operated as intended and resulted in the most expeditious medical treatment possible under the circumstances.”

“No information presently exists to suggest any need for . changes to the commission’s regulations or emergency action plans,” the release said.

Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said Jones’ body would be sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Jones, a 2002 graduate of El Dorado High School, was a football standout for the Wildcats. He was named to The Associated Press Super Team for Arkansas as a defensive back as a senior in 2001 when he helped El Dorado reach the Class 5A state championship game.

As a high school football player, Jones was listed as 5-foot-9, 190 pounds. But Stuart said Jones weighed in Saturday night at 233 1/2 pounds.

“He wasn’t fat. He was chiseled.” said Jones’ high school football coach, Scooter Register, who had kept in touch with Jones.

Register said Jones had been working out at an El Dorado health club and had just recently taken up boxing.

A preliminary report from the Athletic Commission said Jones reported an amateur boxing record of 13-3-0, in elimination tournaments and club fighting.

25
Jan
11

“Thrilla in Manila 2” for Manny Pacquiao vs. Devon Alexander Soon

TEL AVIV - OCTOBER 27:  Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (L) and American boxing promoter Don King speak during the concert celebration for the Peres Center for Peace's10th anniversary at the Tel Aviv opera October 27, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, the ninth President of the State of Israel, founded the non-profit Center for Peace as means to promote peace activities in the Middle East.  (Photo by Pavel Wolberg-Pool/Getty Images) Don King with Sara Ferguson

By Leo Reyes (Featured Columnist) on January 24, 2011
Promoter Don King of the promotions company bearing his name, in collaboration with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, is mulling a possible fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and upcoming boxing star Devon Alexander possibly before the end of the year.

The possible match is anchored on Devon Alexander winning his fight over undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley.

Devon Alexander, who is undefeated in his boxing career, is scheduled to face Bradley on Jan. 29 for the WBC/WBO Light welterweight titles at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

The flamboyant heavyweight figure said granting that Alexander gets past Timothy Bradley in their WBC light welterweight clash on Jan. 29, he will work it out with Bob Arum, and make the fight happen, Philstar.com reports.

King and Arum, who conspired in bringing the Ali vs. Frazier trilogy to Manila on Oct. 1, 1975, were recently pictured together, smiling, back in each other’s arms following a feud that lasted for decades.

Part I of the “Thrilla in Manila” took place in Quezon City, Philippines between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier.

The  Thrilla in Manila was the third and final famous  boxing match between  Muhammad Ali and  Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought at the  Araneta Coliseum in  Quezon City,  Metro Manila,  Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975.

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Don King and Bob Arum are co-promoting the upcoming fight between Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, who is under Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, and Ricardo Mayorga of Managua, Nicaragua.

Asked about the possibility of the fight happening, King said, “Well, we’re going to be working on it. I understand exactly where we are and I will make lonesome Bob happy and he won’t be lonesome any more,” the 79-year-old King told Fanhouse.com boxing editor Lem Satterfield.

“When we get past Tim Bradley, there won’t be anywhere else to go because we’ve talked about Manny Pacquiao for Ricardo Mayorga. But Devon Alexander is a Jewel of The Nile and he will be there shining brilliantly. When he wins this fight on Jan. 29, then he will be able to stand tall and to say, ‘Let’s do it.’

“So, categorically, we will jump through a hoop to get to Manny Pacquiao. That would be another Thrilla in Manila,” King told Satterfield.

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao will be traveling to the US shortly to take part in the promotion for his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum earlier said a possible meeting between Pacquiao and US President Barack Obama will take place during the Washington segment of the press tour. He said Pacquiao may be presented to the US Senate as guest during the tour.

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19
Jan
11

Manny Pacquiao: Will Boxing Struggle When He Retires?

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a punch in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimou

Manny Pacquiao definitely isn’t showing any signs of a letdown.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound champ looked strong in both of his wins over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito last year. Pacquiao will return to the ring on May 7 when he faces Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight has drawn heavy criticism, even from Pacquiao fans who were hoping to see a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Of course, most boxing fans still want a megafight with Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but at this point there are thoughts about whether the fight will ever happen and whether Mayweather is simply ducking him.

Beating Mosley and fighting Mayweather seem like the final things left in what’s already a tremendous legacy. Question is: What happens when Pacquiao retires? Will boxing persevere after he’s gone, or will it be in trouble? 

Let’s discuss. Here are five reasons it will struggle, and five why it will be just fine:

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Sugar Ray Leonard poses beside the Waikato River at SKYCITY on September 3, 2009 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

It’s realistic to expect a downturn of sorts when you lose a superstar. It’s what happened when Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard both retired for good, but the key is to make sure there are other high profile fights being made and other fighters who are emerging and putting themselves in line for title shots. 

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Mike Tyson attends Sony Pictures Classics' screening of 'Tyson' at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

This won’t be something new for boxing to lose a superstar. The sport has continued to persist and even grow after greats like Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson have finished fighting. Fans always miss watching them, but at the same time, their absence also gives other fighters a chance to get the spotlight.

Sports fans can appreciate talented boxers, but they’re drawn in by brawlers and fighters. Pacquiao has been one of the best. He hasn’t been afraid to stand in and trade, and can also take punishment.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines throws a punch against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Tex

Boxing certainly isn’t hurting in the talent department. There are still plenty of great fighters to watch like Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto (pictured). The problem, of course, lies in the heavyweight division and lack of talented American heavyweights, with the Klitschko brothers really the only thing worth seeing.

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fact is that boxing will continue to be on life support as long as the heavyweight division remains so dreadful. There isn’t a true, viable, charismatic American heavyweight right now who can capture the public’s attention, and mainstream sports fans won’t waste their time watching hulkish heavyweights from Britain or Eastern Europe.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Former heavyweight champion of the world, Lennox Lewis, steps in between David Haye and Audley Harrison as they go face to face during the official weigh-in at The Lowry Theatre on November 12, 2010 in Manchester, Engla

Boxing, in a way, is the sports equivalent of termites or roaches: It’s been around forever, and isn’t leaving anytime soon. Boxing may not be what it once was on a national scale here in America, but it continues to expand its reach around the globe and attract more fighters from Latin America, eastern Europe and southeast Asia. 

NEW YORK - JUNE 05:  Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico looks on during the WBA world super welterweight title fight against Yuri Foreman (not pictured) on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Cotto wins by TKO in the ninth round

Even with Pacquiao still around, promoters are still struggling with how to grow the sport and market it and fighters to mainstream sports fans. There are more opportunities than ever now for the sport to extend its reach through social media, Internet radio and the continued emergence of more websites that are wanting to provide fans with more information and news about the sport. 

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines raises his hand in the air as he stands in the ring waiting to fight against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at

If there is someone who’s on the cusp of superstardom, it’s middleweight king Sergio Martinez. He’s got the looks and the talent to attract fans, and the middleweight division has always garnered respect among even mainstream sports fans for ages.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez enters the ring against Paul Williams for the Middleweight Championship fight on November 20, 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Boxing always thrives when it has a superstar, a face to the sport. Someone who will draw people in. Pacquiao has been drawing fans in, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but you can’t really say Floyd will keep carrying the sport, since his legal troubles haven’t been decided.

Martinez would be the most likely heir to this position, but time will tell if he can capture the public’s imagination like Pacquiao and Mayweather have. 

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 01: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr watches a game between the Miami Heat  and the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a

Pacquiao definitely is carrying the sport right now, but his name doesn’t carry the same weight in America—especially among mainstream fans—as that of Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield. Pacquiao’s had great pay-per-view numbers, but those three consistently set records and were able to cross over and attract people who didn’t follow boxing to watch their fights.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines makes his way to the ring for his fight against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arli

Boxing certainly will miss Pacquiao once he retires, but the sport’s growth and its problems don’t hinge on him alone. As long as promoters keep a business-as-usual mindset and don’t seek new avenues and means to market fighters and fights, then boxing will continue to remain a niche sport and become less and less relevant while UFC builds momentum and flourishes.

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous deci

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06
Dec
10

R.I.P. Danny Nardico – The only fighter to deck former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta‏

Daniel R. “Danny” Nardico was awarded the Silver Star on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945, during World War II, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Silver Star is the third highest medal awarded by the Corps for bravery above and beyond the cDaniel R. “Danny” Nardico was awarded the Silver Star on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945, during World War II, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Silver Star is the third highest medal awarded by the Corps for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. His legs bore the scars of his war-time experience. Commenting on going into professional boxing, “After World War II, everything in life is a cakewalk.”

The only fighter to deck former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, Nardico was furious when the movie, Raging Bull, failed to mention his knockdown of LaMotta.

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Danny Nardico, former boxer from Tampa, dies at 85

By KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune In his 85 years, Daniel R. “Danny” Nardico had seen the horrors of war and stared down a raging bull in the boxing ring. The former U.S. Marine veteran who won the Silver Star for valor in Okinawa during World War II and professional fighter who boxed out of Tampa in the early 1950s, died on Nov. 22 in California.

He is credited with being the only fighter to legitimately knock out Jake LaMotta, the brash middleweight and light-heavyweight champion from the Bronx. The fight was in Coral Gables on New Year’s Eve 1952 and was the first professional boxing match fought in Florida televised to a national audience. At the time, Nardico was ranked fifth in the world in the light-heavyweight division.

The match was part of a 67-fight career for Nardico which included 50 wins, 35 by knockout, 13 losses and four draws over five years ending in 1954.

A career in pugilism was no big deal, Nardico said after moving to Tampa to launch his life in the ring.

“After World War II,” he was quoted as saying, “everything in life is a cakewalk.”

According to BoxRec.com, an online boxing encyclopedia, Nardico used a right hook to deck LaMotta in the seventh round of the 10-round light-heavyweight bout. The bout is available on YouTube and shows Nardico pummeling LaMotta after the knockdown, as LaMotta held on to the ropes to keep his balance. LaMotta left his guard down for clear shots to the head. Still, he did not go down again before the bell.

LaMotta’s corner stopped the fight before the eighth round began.

LaMotta was the subject of a Martin Scorsese movie, “The Raging Bull”, but there was no mention of Nardico’s knockdown, which made Nardico furious, BoxRec.com said.

Nardico’s daughter, Danella Plum, who lives in California, said her father died Nov. 22.

“I remember my father as being as strong as an ox, just strong but tenderhearted,” she said. “He also was a godly man with a strong faith. He had a hard exterior but inside, he was as soft as a marshmallow.

“Everybody loved him,” she said. “Through the years, he made a lot of friends. He was fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that loved him.”

She has fond memories growing up in Tampa with a father who was a professional fighter.

“As a little girl,” she said, “I recalled my dad faithfully working out to stay fit and sometimes when he had exhausted all the weights, he’d actually use me instead.

“I remember the neighborhood kids peering in under the garage door as my dad would lift me above his head over and over again.”

“I remember when he got his cauliflower ear from a hard fight and his manager bringing him home, laying him on the sofa,” she said, “and letting loose a whole jar full of colorful leeches to suck out some of the excessive fluids.”

Plum said that while his boxing career brought him some measure of fame, it was his actions in World War II and later Korea that defined his life.

“His bravery began much earlier when he entered the U.S. Marines and fought in the Korean War, winning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star at the age of 18 for his, ‘brave actions while serving as a squad leader in a Marine rifle platoon on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945.’ ”

She said Nardico moved his family from California to Tampa five years later and launched his boxing career under the management of Willie Pep, himself a former boxing champion.

During his boxing career, Nardico twice fought Charley Norkus, a top-ranked heavyweight who outweighed Nardico by nearly 20 pounds. Norkus won both fights, the first by a TKO in the ninth round. “The fight,” according to BoxRec.com, “was a thriller with eight knockdowns.”

 The fight was so bloody, Plum said, that two months later, when the two boxed again, ringside spectators brought newspapers to protect themselves from being splattered by blood. Norkus won that bout by decision.

Plum said her father was honored in 1996 by the Veteran Boxers Association which called him a “great competitor, a dynamic puncher, a credit to the boxing game and yet a very mild-mannered gentleman.”

After his boxing career, he served as the recreational director of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City for 13 years.

When Nardico retired, he and his wife Rachael of 42 years moved to Cool, Calif.

Plum said his last few years of his life, her father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, believed to have stemmed from the hard blows to the head accumulated throughout his short boxing career.

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06
Dec
10

World Class Referee and Good Guy, Benjy Esteves, Jr.

Hi Guys,
Hope all is well with you and your loved ones as well.
I am not sure if I ever mentioned that I have a God daughter named Carly Nieves who is currently battling  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and I was asked by her Mom and Dad (Lisa & my cousin Carlos) to see if I could get a few Boxing personalities to come an assist with a blood drive/bone marrow registry drive that is happening on Dec. 18th, 2010. See the address and details below.
I have never asked any of you for anything in the past but if I could get some of you guys to come by and spend a few hours with these kids maybe sign autographs or take photos with the donors and bone marrow registrants I think we could really do some good. I know this may be an inconvenience to some of you and I will respect you if you cannot make it to this event and most of all I will never, ever hold it against anyone that cannot attend. 
I know that there is a lot going on during this time of the year.
If any of you can attend please let me know so that we can do some advertising to get the public to come and see that Boxers and the Boxing community does care about these kids and are willing to help make a difference.
Please see the flyer on the previous email which has some information on this very important event.     
The Blood Drive and Bone Marrow registry is between the hours of 9am- 3pm at:
Christ the King Regional High School 
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue 
Middle Village,NY. 
 
Thank you and please feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel can assist.
Always in your corner,
Benjy Esteves, Jr.
732-238-7966 (H)
732-310-9878 (C)
02
Dec
10

Pacquiao is next to fight Juan Manuel Marquez

November 28, 2010 by Guest Post 
Filed under Boxing News

 

Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Juan Manuel Marquez retained his title with a ninth round TKO over interim champ Michael Katsidis on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katsidis dropped Marquez in round three with a left hook to the chin. Marquez, however, recovered and for the most part was in control of an action packed bout before it was waved off at 2:14 of round nine by referee Kenny Bayless.

“I want to fight Pacquiao for the third fight.” said Marquez after the fight. “I know there’s other fighters out there that deserve to fight me but without a doubt, I deserve a third fight with Manny Pacquiao, but he keeps coming up with excuses.”

Rumors of Pacquaio not taking a fight with Marquez at a catch weight floating around, Marquez, soundly dismissed the idea that a third fight take place at 147 pounds as an excuse.

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27
Nov
10

Sergio Martinez is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world today.

by Geoffrey Ciani – This week’s 101st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) who is coming off an impressive second round knockout victory against Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs). This reverses the result of their previous encounter which was awarded to Williams in a very competitive majority decision. Martinez talked about his victory and also discussed his future, including possible fights on the horizon against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Junior. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.

JENNA J: Hey everybody. Welcome to the 101st edition of ‘On the Ropes Boxing Radio’ show. As always, I’m the Hostess Jenna J and we’re joined by a very special guest to open up this week’s show. He is coming off an impressive win this past weekend. We have the The Ring magazine middleweight champion of the world Sergio Martinez on with us now. Hey Sergio, are you ready?

SERGIO MARTINEZ: I’m ready and I’m here live.

JENNA: Great, Sergio we got to talk about your win this past weekend against Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams. You shocked a lot of boxing fans and you also shocked Paul. What do you think of your performance?

MARTINEZ: First of all, I am very happy. I am very content with my performance. I was very confident going into the fight, and of course, I shocked myself with the way I won the fight but I am very happy.

JENNA: Now Sergio, were you at all surprised at the way Williams fought that fight? He seemed to be go for more of a crowding style than he did in the first fight?

MARTINEZ: Paul Williams fought a great fight the first two rounds. I had to maintain my composure and just wait for him to make a mistake. I knew it was all a matter of time for him to make a mistake and I capitalized and that mistake. I was the better fighter on Saturday night.

JENNA: Let’s talk about that punch, that left hand. On all of the replays it appears you’re completely looking the other way. What did it feel like when you landed the punch?

MARTINEZ: That punch there was actually something we were training for at the gym. It was a punch that I hit him with twice already in the first round and I knew it was only a matter of time for me to connect that solid punch. But that was a trained punch and that lateral movement that I did was on purpose.

JENNA: Now this fight was fought at a catch weight of 158 pounds. How did you feel making the weight?

MARTINEZ: I felt perfect with this weight. I never had a weight problem, and just for all the people that were talking about my weight, saying I was blowing up to 200 pounds, and this and that, you know the proof is in the pudding. I felt great at that weight. I never have a problem with my weight.

JENNA: Alright now let’s talk about your future, Sergio. This win here, it really opened up the eyes of a lot of boxing fans. It’s been played all over Sports Center this knockout. What’s next for you?

MARTINEZ: Well first of all, I’m going to take a nice little vacation and take a nice little break. It is a well deserved break. I had a tough training camp. Second, I’m going to get together with my managers and my promoter Lou DiBella and see what they have for me.

JENNA: A couple of weeks ago we had Freddie Roach on our show, and we brought up what would be next for Pacquiao after Margarito. He said, “If Mayweather doesn’t come to the table, the winner of Martinez-Williams might be next for him”. How much would you like to fight Manny Pacquiao?

MARTINEZ: You know what, it would be a great fight. It would be a great fight for the boxing fans. There would have to be a lot of negotiating for that fight. I don’t know if it will happen or not. You know I’m a bigger fighter. I’m a stronger fighter than Pacquiao and he would be the smaller opponent.

JENNA: Now this question is actually for Cecilio. Being that you’re Sergio’s strength and conditioning coach, how low in weight do you think he can go while remaining effective?

CECILIO FLORES: Well you know, Sergio can fight at 154 and also at middleweight at 160. I think with Gabriel Sarmiento his trainer and myself and the whole team, we can basically bring him down without hurting his speed and his strength and whatnot. Two days before the fight, he was at 156 pounds. He was eating three times a day and he had a lot of energy so I don’t see a problem for Sergio.

JENNA: Sergio, Manny Pacquiao was recently reported in the press as saying that he would consider fighting you, but only at 160 pounds. What is the lowest that you’re willing to go to fight him?

MARTINEZ: It’s a very logical answer for Manny Pacquiao to say that. Yes, he is the smaller guy and I understand that, but I really don’t have an answer for that. But we can definitely negotiate the correct weight.

JENNA: Alright guys, we’re also joined by my co-host Geoff.

GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello Sergio. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the show and I wanted to congratulate you for your sensational knockout victory.

MARTINEZ: Thank you very much. It’s my pleasure to be on your show again.

CIANI: Thank you, Sergio. Now I know before this fight with Williams that you were having trouble landing an opponent, and after the nature of your victory this weekend, I think you’re going to have an even harder time because I don’t think guys like Pacquiao or Mayweather are going to want to fight you. I’m wondering, if the right opportunity arose would you be willing to move to 168 if the best opportunities were there?

MARTINEZ: You know, I definitely won’t cross it off. There might be a possible chance that, yes I could fight at that weight. No, definitely. I’ll just wait and see what will be the best opponent for me.

CIANI: Sticking with 168 for a minute, what do you think of some of the fighters in that weight class and what do you think of the Super Six super middleweight tournament that is going on?

MARTINEZ: You know I would like to see what is going to be the outcome with Mayweather and Pacquiao, and then a lot of the big fights would happen for me at there from 154 to 160. The best fighter at 168 is Lucian Bute and I’m going to wait and see.

CIANI: What does it feel like, Sergio, that you were on the short end of a couple of decisions against Cintron in a fight that everybody thought you won, and even the first fight with Williams. How does it feel to finally be getting this type of recognition where you’re now on top of the world in the middleweight division?

MARTINEZ: Well you know, first of all I am very happy. I am very content in my career right now. It’s just something that I was a mistake on their part, the judges and things like that. Basically justice came through and I feel very happy right now. Well things like that happen, it just gives me the fuel, it just gives me the energy, it just gives me the motivation to train harder when things like this happen. I’m going to continue to work hard, especially in the fights with Pavlik, and Williams, and possibly the fights with Pacquiao or Mayweather. I’m just very happy that I am where I am right now.

CIANI: Do you think we’ve seen the best of you yet, or is the best still yet to come?

MARTINEZ: I’m just barely getting started and I’m going to continue to get better. You’re just going to see a better Sergio Martinez next time around.

JENNA: Alright guys, we just have a couple of more questions before we let you both off the line. Sergio, with you getting this win over Paul Williams and your win earlier in the year against Kelly Pavlik, there is a lot of talk about you being Fighter of the Year. How much would it mean to you to get that recognition?

MARTINEZ: This would probably be one of the most beautiful things that ever happened to me in my career. If I’m able to win that, that would be just a great thing for my team and for myself, and it would just prove all my hard work that I did throughout my career.

JENNA: If you’re unable to get a Pacquiao or a Mayweather in the ring, would you next look to unification in the 160 pound division?

MARTINEZ: That’s always been one of my dreams to unify the titles at 154 or 160, but you know it’s going to be very difficult to get those champions to try and fight me.

JENNA: What about Dmirty Pirog? He has the belt you were unceremoniously stripped of, he is the WBO champion.

MARTINEZ: Yes, absolutely. It would be a great option in my career.

JENNA: Alright, now when you look forward and you look towards 2011, what is your ultimate goal?

MARTINEZ: For 2011 I would love to fight the biggest fights and fight the best fighters. My ultimate goal is to become pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world today.

JENNA: Great. One final question Sergio, is there anything you want to say to all your fans out there?

MARTINEZ: First of all I would like to thank all my fans who came out to the fight, all my fans that saw the fight, and all the fans that support me. Thank you very much. I send you guys a big hug, and also what you see out there is what you get. That’s Sergio Martinez. I’m a professional inside and outside the ring, and I’m going to continue that, and I’m going to bring the sport to the next level. I thank you very much for this report and this interview.

JENNA: Alright, well it’s definitely been our pleasure, Sergio. We wish all you the best of luck in the future and we look forward to seeing you get back out there.

MARTINEZ: Thank you so much, and anytime you’d like, I would like to be on your show again.

CIANI: Thank you. Good luck, Sergio.

FLORES: Thank you.

MARTINEZ: Muchas gracias.

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27
Nov
10

Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko Rematch

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By James Slater: Former heavyweight king and all-time great Lennox Lewis gave an exclusive and highly interesting interview on T.V last night in the U.K, as he spoke candidly before Sky Sports cameras. The retired legend, now aged 45, made it abundantly clear he will NOT be fighting again; saying how he is aghast to see former foes Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Shannon Briggs still trying to recapture what they were able to do in their twenties – an “impossible” goal, according to the three-time ruler.

The hour-long interview was full of interesting and revealing comments from the father of three, but it was when he spoke about his epic, somewhat controversial fight with Vitali Kitschko (Lewis’ final fight) that Lennox was most interesting.

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Lewis spoke about how he is “always” asked why he never came back to fight Klitschko again, and he gave his reasons for not returning to give us the fight some fans (and Vitali himself) have obsessed about ever since 2003.

“People always ask me why I never came back to fight [Vitali] Kitschko [again],” Lewis said to Sky Sports. “The reason was, I had no hunger for Klitschko – he never said he wanted to eat my children, he never bit me in the leg (as former opponent Mike Tyson had done). He never did anything like that.

“So, when it came time for me to see if I should fight Klitschko again, I thought – at my worst, at my worst! I beat Klitschko and look what I did to his face! I was at my worst – just think [what would’ve happened] if I’d trained just a little bit harder. I didn’t need to fight him again.”

Indeed, fans do tend to forget that Lewis, who had originally trained for a fight with Kirk Johnson the June night he met late replacement Klitschko, had only a limited amount of time to get ready for “Dr Iron Fist” and his style of fighting. Yet still Lewis busted up Klitschko and won via TKO.

Lewis was asked if he feels he would have won had the fight not been stopped due to the quite horrific cuts Klitschko suffered in that great action fight.

“Of course,” Lewis answered. “What I did to Klitschko was, I brought him into the deep water. After five rounds, that was it – the same as it was with Frank Bruno. That’s the problem today with the heavyweights, they only train for a five round fight, and that’s why the Klitschkos beat them, because they are in such great condition.”

Lewis was asked just who gave him his toughest-ever fight. And though Lennox said all his fights were tough in one way or another, the name Ray Mercer came up.

“Ray Mercer was tough,” Lewis admitted. “They put me in a small ring with him! That was a great fight. They really wanted to test my heart, so they gave me that fight. He [Mercer] asked me some questions with his combinations, and I answered him with combinations!”

As to the two losses Lewis suffered in his pro career – to Oliver McCall in 1994 and to Hasim Rahman in 2001 (both avenged) – the 45-year-old gave his reasons for why he lost the two big upsets; McCall first:

“The first loss, to McCall – his right hand got there first,” he said. “And then the referee counted fast. I was up on my feet, and I was like “what are you doing!?” “Let me go on.” But that loss helped me, that and the loss to Hasim Rahman – in that it rekindled the flame that was dwindling in me.”

And why he lost to Rahman?

“Everything was not aligned for me that day. Ask ten people why I lost that fight and they’ll give you ten different reasons. It was the altitude, the different timing, being in a different place – I‘m not trying to make any excuse. But it was a lucky shot, to tell you the truth. In the second fight he never touched me and he couldn’t understand it.”

Lewis did indeed look flawless in the 4th-round KO revenge win over “The Rock,” and he explained to Sky Sports viewers the difference between the lucky punch Rahman won with, and the deliberate shot he himself won the second fight with.

“A lucky shot is a shot that is thrown one time and connects one time,” he explained. “It’s not like the man meant to do it. In the second fight between me and him, I was throwing my right hand from round one, that means I meant to knock him out with that right hand. That was no lucky shot I knocked him out with!”

It’s tough to argue with much of what Lennox says, and maybe now fans will put to rest the idea that he “ducked” a return with Vitali Klitschko.

Indeed, even his harshest critics will surely agree: Lennox Lewis did all that was required of him during his tenure in the sport of boxing!

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