Saturday, April 14, 2007
In response to the recent allegations made by Octavious James and One In A million Promotions in regards to the April 13th Ruben Galvan versus Zab Judah bout Prize Fight Boxing has issued this response. First and foremost Ruben Galvan has been paid in full by Prize Fight. Ruben received his check from Prize Fight employee Jamie Diaz before he ever left Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, MS.
As has been reported there were many mitigating factors that went into the confusion of the night. Originally the Galvan/Judah bout was slated to be outside on the banks of the Mississippi River. Unfortunately severe weather entered the Tunica region just mere hours before fight time forcing the bout to be moved inside the Fitzgerald’s ballroom. The fight, which was slated to be the main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, was put in jeopardy as representatives from Fitzgerald’s, Prize Fight and ESPN met to determine the feasibility of broadcasting the show on such short notice from the ballroom. As this meeting took place a massive undertaking was under way in attempt to make the ballroom suitable for all of the paying audience as well as making the ballroom appropriate for an ESPN telecast.
Brian Young, promoter of Zab Judah and last night’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card, stiffed Judah’s opponent Ruben Galvan and he blames it on ESPN.
“Brian Young told me that he had to wait for ESPN2 to pay him, before he could pay Ruben,” said Galvan’s promoter, Octavius James of One In A Million Inc. “Zab was paid. John Lewis, head of the Mississippi commission instructed Young to pay Ruben immediately. Young has not responded, only to blame ESPN.”
“Last night, my attorney contacted the Vice President of Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel and we are moving ahead with legal action against Brian Young and Prize Fight, Fitzgerald’s Casino Hotel and the Mississippi commission, if necessary.”
Last night’s bout ended on the advice of the ringside physician after Galvan suffered a serious cut during the first round. “It doesn’t matter if that cut was from a punch or an elbow, Brian Young owes my fighter his check,” James said.
“I’m not going to sit around and listen to Brian Young tell me ‘ the check is in the mail,’” James continued. “Blaming ESPN is outrageous. Prize Fight sent and signed a contract. They either immediately pays my fighter in full, or my lawyers continue to go after him. If he can’t afford to pay Ruben Galvan, I doubt he can afford to take on my lawyers.”
“This is another black eye to boxing,” James said.
“I’ve been with One In A Million for years and they have always paid me, and every other fighter, in full and on time,” said Ruben Galvan. “I know that Octavius and his lawyers will get me my money.”
Zab Judah’s return bout was one with an unexpected ending…
Judah and opponent Ruben Galvan fought to a no contest on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights last night. Judah hammered Galvan in the first round until the referee stopped the fight in order for one of the ringside doctors to check a bad cut on the top of Galvan’s head. The doctor then stopped the fight due to the serious nature of Galvan’s cut.
The standard four rounds of boxing were not completed and the fight was officially ruled a no contest due to an accidental clash of heads. However several replays were shown by ESPN and the two fighters were never seen even coming close to clashing heads.
Despite the no contest, Judah will now move forward and challenge Miguel Cotto for the WBA Welterweight Title on June 9th at Madison Square Garden…
Thursday, April 05, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL - Glen Johnson and Montell Griffin, two of this era’s premier light heavyweights, and former world champions who have never crossed paths despite both being in the ring with the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, and Julio Gonzalez, will finally meet in a 12 round bout on Wednesday, May 16th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida to determine the number one challenger to IBF world 175-pound champion Clinton Woods.
ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights will telecast the bout, which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing, beginning at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
If a man was giving a speech and hiccuped at the podium, he would step back, clear his throat, and continue his address. Following the only hiccup of his career, Mike Anchondo, 27-1 (19 KO), is ready to continue his declaration as one of the elite fighters in the sport on April 27, when he faces off with dangerous Darling Jiminez on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
After years of struggling to make the unnaturally low weight of 130 pounds, Mike is moving up to the lightweight division and it’s extra five pounds. “The guys hit a little harder,” Anchondo said, “but ultimately it comes down to the speed and power I have.”
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL - Careers may be on the line on Friday, March 2, when veteran contenders Ricky Quiles and Nate Campbell battle it out in a 12 round IBF lightweight title elimination bout at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, that will not only determine who will face the winner of Saturday’s championship bout between Jesus Chavez and Julio Diaz, but who will keep his spot among the elite at 135 pounds.
“This is a high stakes fight between two fighters who know that everything is on the line on March 2nd,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “I expect both guys to give their all because a win here puts them a step closer to doing what they’ve dreamed of their entire careers – winning a world championship.”
Quiles vs Campbell headlines an exciting night of boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and Star Fight Promotions. The bout will be televised live on ESPN2’s Friday Nights, beginning at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Now that his fight with Antonio Margarito is officially off, ESPN is reporting that WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto will defend his title against former champion Zab Judah on June 9th, provided that the two both win their tune-up fights in March and April respectively.
Cotto will defend his title first against mandatory challenger Oktay Urkal on March 3rd in Puerto Rico; Judah will face an opponent yet to be named shortly after April 8th. Judah was originally signed to face Israel Cardona on April 27th but because the fight with Cotto has now been agreed on, Judah says he can’t wait three weeks after the date to fight since it would only leave him one month to train for Cotto.
Judah can’t fight before April 8th because that is the date he will finally be eligible to once again apply for a boxing license within the Nevada State Athletic Commission after his suspension as a result of the Mayweather brawl is up.
So if both fighters win - June 9th at Madison Square Garden on HBO PPV…
Never at a loss for words, Bob Arum was sure to give his take on the fight:
“Hopefully, everything will be signed and I look forward to the fight, assuming Cotto wins against Urkal on March 3 and Zab wins his fight,” Cotto promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank told ESPN.com. “Then we will have one of the really great events in Madison Square Garden history. There will be a lot of interest in the fight. A lot of people say the Judah fight is a bigger fight than the Margarito fight.
“I’m not going to go crazy with the prices for the tickets either. I’ll price it the same as if Cotto was fighting Margarito, and I think it will be a huge sell, $500 tickets down to $50, none of these crazy prices. I think most seats will be $100 and less.”
Judah also made it known that he is very excited to get his boxing career started back up again…
“It was a big strain, but you know I stuck it out. I’m just cool,” said Judah, also a former two-time junior welterweight titlist. “I just want to look to the future. I’m very happy about this fight. It’s a blessing for me, a blessing and the answer to a prayer. I am the comeback kid. I feel like I’m a cat with nine lives and I’m back. I cannot wait.”
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Ready and anxious to display their talents and move up the heavyweight rating’s ladder before a national TV audience, undefeated world contenders – “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Cristibol “The Nightmare” Arreola – have arrived in the Big Apple for their featured bouts on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights on February 9, 2007.
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Final Forum and Score Promotions, the telecast will be staged at the Ammerman Campus Field House of Suffolk County Community College in Selden, Long Island, New York.
Chambers (27-0, 15 KOs), of Homewood, PA, and training out of Philadelphia, will take on New York State Heavyweight Champion and also unbeaten, Derric Rossy (15-0, 9 KOs) of Medford, NY, in the 12-round main event for the USBA Heavyweight title.
In a 10-round bout, Arreola (18-0, 16 KOs), of Riverside, California, is scheduled to open the telecast against the heavy-handed banger from Cincinnati, Ohio, Zakeem Graham (10-1-1, 7 KOs).
“It’s this type of event, putting competitive and meaningful matches together, that catapult the winners closer to the top of the heavyweight division,” stated Dan Goossen.
Monday, October 16, 2006
ESPN is reporting that HBO has backed out and will not offer to televise the possible bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Peter Manfredo Jr.
After discussions with Manfredo’s promotional group - the same group that operates The Contender reality TV show - HBO decided that they were no longer interested in televising the event. I think it’s a good chance that HBO didn’t want to have to deal with all of The Contender references that would come along with having Manfredo as one of their fighters.
Two possibilties remain: Showtime and ESPN
Jones’ advisor Jim Thomas had a statement on why HBO decided not to pursue the bout…
They weren’t sure if they could afford Roy on the show,” Thomas told ESPN.com. “We were still dickering over Roy’s participation in the upside, but the guarantee was set. The money was what Roy had sent me out to get and we were happy with the deal, but then this HBO thing happened. So we’re talking to Showtime to see if it is something we can still do.”
It makes sense, but I’m sure that The Contender also had something to do with the decision.
Just in case the Manfredo fight never develops, Jones Jr. has a backup plan that we have already reported...
Jones’ advisor, Jim Thomas has stated that if victorious against Manfredo or whoever his opponent is this winter, he would then challenge Clinton Woods for his light-heavyweight strap.
It’s very smart to become involved in other discussions because a fight always has the possibility of falling through, even at the last minute when it becomes unthinkable. Manfredo’s camp hasn’t even made a statement on Jones’ challenge to my knowledge yet either. What if Manfredo says that he’s not ready for Roy?
“Ideally, Roy could fight Manfredo in January and then do the Clinton Woods fight on Showtime a few months later,” Jim Thomas has said.
If everything works out, the above would be exactly what would happen, providing that Jones is victorious against Manfredo. I don’t believe that Woods-Jones Jr. can happen on the original date in March, especially if the Manfredo fight happens on January 20th.
Woods-Jones Jr. II would happen at the ideal time to have a rematch between the two - Jones would be coming off his second straight victory; Woods would have a shot at avenging his 2002 loss to Jones Jr and defend his title…