Friday, August 24, 2007
Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that Chris Byrd, Alexander Povetkin, Eddie Chambers, and Calvin Brock have all agreed to participate in a “three-fight box-off” to determine who will receive a title shot against Wladimir Klitschko when he recovers from an injured left hand next year:
In the first elimination fight, former titlist Byrd (40-3-1, 21 KOs), who has already lost twice to Klitschko, will face 2004 Russian Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Povetkin (13-0, 9 KOs), one of the hottest prospects in the world. They will meet Oct. 27 in Germany.
In the second eliminator, Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) will meet Brock (31-1, 23 KOs) on Nov. 2 on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” at a site to be determined.
The winners of the two fall fights will meet in early 2008, with that winner earning a shot at Klitschko.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
To DaVarryl Williamson,
First of all, I just got out of that Promotional mess you are still in. Second I’m not going to get into a name calling game on here with no one,not my style. Third I’m trying to fight guys that people pay to see,the media have pumped Brock up and the public thinks he’s a good fighter. Not like you were they know you are a “Bum”.
You are another person that I was proud of your pro career because you stuck in there even after having set backs and got a title shot,now you’re running your mouth.I’m still unknown to the boxing world and you have already been explosed of having no skills with a glass chin,us two in a fight together wouldn’t raise a dollar.You help poison the boxing world already when you and Chris Byrd won “Most Boring Heavyweight Title Fight Ever”. Think about that, ever is a long time.
We both can use the name “Touch of Sleep”. I touch people and they go to sleep unlike when you get touched and “You go to sleep”.Once again for the record I will say,“I don’t call anyone out” but if they down talk me I will answer. For you DaVarryl since you are into the calling people out, try Joe Mesi.Cause now he’s down to your level and it was some confusion before when you two fought.When you where flat on your back showing the world your shoe size I thought I saw a 13, but my cousin said he could swear he saw a 12.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Less than 48 hours after Superfighter announced the eight participants in their heavyweight tournament on December 1st in Australia, two of the most notable names have already dropped out…
Samuel Peter and Calvin Brock have both stated that they are not interested in particpating in the event so they can instead focus on their upcoming title fights this winter.
Peter will be facing James Toney in a rematch of their September bout this coming January; Brock challenges Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF Heavyweight title on November 11th at Madison Square Garden.
Peter’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev supports the camp’s decision to keep Samuel out of the event and focused on Toney:
“The minute the WBC announced the rematch with James Toney, we’ve been excited and working toward making that fight as soon as possible,” he said. “The Superfighter Tournament is something that might be an interesting idea down the line, but they’re going to have to look for another fighter because Sam Peter is not available.”
Calvin Brock’s statement was very similar…
“I am pleased that Superfighter has shown its integrity in the betterment of the sport of boxing by agreeing to cooperate with me and allow me to follow my dream and fight for the heavyweight championship of the world,” said the gentlemanly Brock. “I think the Superfighter concept is a great addition to the world of boxing, and I look forward to fighting in the Superfighter tournament without jeopardizing my goal to become and remain the heavyweight champion of the world.”
I know that there are also eight alternates that will take place of the fighters that can’t fight. Superfighter stated in a press release that Sinan Samil Sam is the first alternate so I’m guessing he will be stepping in for one of those two.
Reports have also stated that Chris Byrd’s status in the event is also being questioned. BoxRec currently has him scheduled for two events - a bout against Eliseo Castillo on November 11th as part of the Brock-Klitschko undercard and the Superfighter event on December 1st.
Is he going to do both? I guess we will have to wait to hear from Byrd himself…
The lineup for the event now looks this for the time being…
Juan Carlos Gomez
Sinan Samil Sam
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I thought Juan Diaz signed with Golden Boy? They thought so too…
It’s been a week since Diaz’s manager Willie Savannah announced that he had signed with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. Golden Boy even had a press release up on their website. Well apparently he backed out and is now among the boxers who have crossed over to the dark side and signed with Don King.
“This was strictly about the financial reward,” Savannah said. “My first choice for Juan was to go to Golden Boy, but boxing is a short-lived thing. You get in that ring and you don’t know what will happen. I wanted to get as much money up front for Juan as I possibly could.”
So what did Oscar have to say about this? Well nothing yet but Richard Schaefer has shed some light on the situation…
“In boxing you can’t trust anyone,” Schaefer said. “I haven’t really heard anything from Willie. I did leave a message for Willie and he has not called me back. I hope he will call me back and give me at least that courtesy. I just spoke to Oscar and I told him what was going on, and his reaction was, ‘I feel really bad for Juan Diaz.’”
Oscar’s right - Too many boxers have been victims of King’s bad management and promises. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear about Shannon Briggs having problems similar to the ones Chris Byrd had with King a few years ago.
Diaz is said to be fighting on the Briggs-Sergei Liakhovich undercard on November 4th.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko caught Chris Byrd with a right hook in the seventh round to grab the IBF heavyweight title.
AP via ESPN: Klitschko dismisses Byrd in seven to take IBF HW title
Sammy Rozenberg from BoxingScene.com via Fox Sports: Klitschko batters Byrd; what’s next?
BBC: Klitschko ends Byrd’s IBF reign
East Side Boxing: Klitschko Dominates Bryd to Capture IBF Heavyweight Title
JE Grant: Klitschko roars to the top, stops Byrd