Wednesday, July 18, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY – C.A.M. Boxing, Inc. and Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. announced today that the new pro boxing pay-per-view series, Pinnacle FightNite, will emanate on August 18 from Salt Lake City, showcasing heavyweights David “Tuaman” Tua, “Baby” Joe Mesi and Roman Greenberg who sport a combined record of 107-3-1 with 85 knockouts.
Sensational knockout artist Tua (47-3-1, 40 KOs), who went the distance against undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2000, and the popular Mesi (35-0, 28 KOs) continue their separate marches towards world title fights.
Samoa-born Tua has beaten four world heavyweight champions—John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Michael Moorer, and Oleg Maskaev—and on Aug. 18 he takes on Mexican heavyweight champion Saul “La Cobra” Montana (48-14, 42 KOs). The 10 round co-main event features a pair of dangerous opponents who have 82 combined knockout victories. Montana has been in against world champions such as James Toney, Virgil Hill, and Vassiliy Jirov.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Mark Vester of Boxing Scene has pointed out that it was reported in The New Zealand Press that David Tua promoter Cedric Kushner turned down an offer for Tua to take on Lamon Brewster in May.
Tua tried to give his reasoning behind him turning down the opportunity:
“I made that decision after the Hawkins fight. As a fighter you have to have your mind in the right place, or you are going to get hurt,” Tua said. “The world hasn’t seen the best of David Tua. People can laugh at that or believe it. I don’t mind. But I’m serious. I know I haven’t fought at my peak yet. I’m not trying to sell a product or fool people. I know that my best performance is still in me.”
It was also said that Kushner convinced Tua that he needed to be more active before the fight and that May was too far away. That reason doesn’t make any sense considering that Tua’s next scheduled bout is slated to happen in June.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison stopped John Castle in the second round of their fight last night and started his return back to the heavweight boxing scene with a bang, 11 years after he first reportedly tested positive for HIV.
Morrison was happy with his performance considering it had been so long since he last fought and has plans on getting back into the ring as soon as March…
“I’m pretty happy with the way I fought,” Morrison said. “I would rate myself about a 6½ considering how long I have been out of the ring. The last thing you lose as a heavyweight is your power.”
“I want to fight again, maybe twice in March,” he said. “My timing was off, but timing is feeling it, getting the rhythm. That’s the last thing you get back. I have a ways to go there. My power is still there. The rest will come. I am just excited to be back.”
Castle stated after the fight that the bout almost didn’t happen until he saw Morrison’s medical tests:
“Wouldn’t you? I was going to refuse to fight,” Castle told the New York Daily News. “I asked to see his medical tests and they showed me three tests where he was negative for HIV. That’s the only way I would fight.”
David Tua also won his comeback fight last night, defeating Robert Hawkins last night in a 10 round unanimous decision.
After the fight Tua made it known that he is in this for nothing but the gold…
“Winning the world championship is the only thing that matters and I’m going to do everything in my power to reach that goal,” the 34-year-old Tua said.
“Two or three more fights dand I’ll be ready,” Tua said. “I am putting everything aside to concentrate on my goal.”
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A 10-fight undercard will accompany the David Tua-Robert Hawkins main event when Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing presents “David and the Rising Stars,” boxing spectacular this Thursday night, February 22, at the Roseland Ballroom.
“Mean” Joe Greene, the undefeated New Yorker, puts his 13-fight unbeaten streak on the line when he squares off against the veteran Pat Coleman (29-3, 20 KO’s) of San Diego in an 8 round middleweight tilt. And popular female stalwart Cindy Serrano (11-0-l, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn takes on Oklahoma City’s Jessica Mohs (6-14-2, 1 KO) in a 6 round featherweight bout. That unbeaten duo joins another pair of New York prospects with unblemished records – Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Jorge “The Truth” Teron – in companion features on the card.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Interesting weekend in terms of fights starts today…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Cedric Boswell and his camp have made an offer to Evander Holyfield in order to set up a fight in the near future involving the two.
Boswell is confident that the fight can be set up rather easily and that he will come away with a victory…
“I’ve been a big fan of Evander Holyfield for a long time,” Boswell said. “He’s a great fighter, a legend who’s been good for boxing. But if I get him in the ring, I’ll be fighting to win. I think it’ll be a great fight. We both live in Atlanta, too. I’m a counter puncher who can still move around a lot. Evander has said that he wants a fight against a good opponent to take him back to the top. I’m trying to find a nice way to say it, but I don’t
think he can beat me.”
Boswell’s manager, Jim Rider also shed some light on the situation:
“We contacted Holyfield’s promoter (Main Events) and offered Cedric Boswell, anywhere they want the fight,” Rider explained. “I think it’ll be a good fight for fans and good for boxing. They said they’d put Cedric’s name in the hat and speak to Evander about him. Cedric has come back with a vengeance. He’s training harder now than he’s ever done in his life. We also offered them Sherman Williams to fight Calvin Brock on the same card. And we offered Gerald Nobles to Hasim Rahman for his March 17th fight.”
- David Tua will try to continue to climb back up the heavyweight ladder when he takes on Robert Hawkins on February 22nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
- Apparently Don King and Anna Nicole Smith were good friends and he is very saddened by her death. I’m surprised at the amount of boxing articles involving Anna Nicole that have come out over the past few hours…
Eddie Chambers vs Derric Rossy - Selden, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
Chris Arreola vs Zakeem Graham - Selden, New York - Junior Lightweight (ESPN 2)
Shane Mosley vs Luis Collazo - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Interim Welterweight Title (HBO)
Vivan Harris vs Juan Lazcano - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator (HBO)
Some Good Reads
Boxing Scene: Dawson Passes Class, Peter is Left Back
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Former heavyweight title contender David Tua stopped Maurice Wheeler in the seventh round of their fight on Friday night as Tua continued his winning ways and attempts to work his way back up the rankings.
Tua sent Wheeler to the canvas with a hard body shot midway through the seventh, ultimately ending the fight.
Tua went through a game of musical opponents before this fight as three other fighters backed out from the scheduled matchup…
He then went on to talk about the opponent situation and his boxing future:
“It was frustrating having to prepare for so many different opponents,’’ said Tua, who lost a unanimous decision to heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2000. “You have to be prepared once the bell rings, but still it was tough to train one day for a certain opponent and then go to another style another day.
“Frankly, I didn’t prepare for a southpaw. I was just trying to feel it out early on. All I do now is take it one fight at a time. Quite honestly, I think I’m only two or three fights away before being ready for another title shot.’‘
Friday, November 03, 2006
I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire life…
The third straight scheduled opponent for David Tua has been forced to drop out as Abraham Okine failed the eye exam part of his physical before the fight.
Maurice Wheeler is now penciled in as Tua’s opponent for tonight…
Monday, October 30, 2006
David Tua was originally supposed to fight Kelvin Davis this Friday night, remember that?
The contract was never really able to be worked out to please both sides and Davis eventually backed out of the contest…
When it seemed like Tua wouldn’t be able to find an opponent, in comes Ross Puritty to the rescue. Puritty is a scrappy Australian, who owns a win over Wladimir Klitschko and would certainly be a tough match for Tua.
Guess what? Puritty won’t be available either. According to Cedric Kushner, Puritty suffered a large gash on his forehead during a recent training session and is not cleared to fight.
What is Tua going to do? He’s going to fight Abraham Okine, that’s what.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Last week it seemed that former heavyweight champion David Tua’s return to the ring had been spoiled by Kelvin Davis pulling out of talks that were setting up a potential fight between the two for next month.
However, Tua is going to fight on November 3rd after all, against New Zeland’s Ross Puritty at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
Interesting note of the day: Puritty actually defeated IBF Heavyweight title holder Wladimir Klitschko in 1998, stopping him in the 11th round.
Friday, October 20, 2006
I reported last month that former heavyweight champion David Tua was set for a possible November return according to his promoter, Cedric Kushner. Well it turns out that Mr. Kushner is fibbing about this whole thing just a little bit…
I can’t believe that I missed it but Kushner actually announced that Tua would be fighting IBF Cruiserweight Champion Kelvin Davis on November 3rd. However Davis’ manager Kelly Davis tells us that the fight is simply not going to happen:
“That’s his (Kushner’s) fault (for the announcement). He (Kushner) wanted to sign Kelvin to a long-term, four-year promotional deal. How much do you think a fight with David Tua is worth? He offered us $9,000. I said, ‘You must be missing a zero somewhere.’”
Davis will actually be fighting in London this weekend against an opponent that has not yet been named as well as on November 17th. Looks like Tua and Kushner will have to start all over again…