Tuesday, January 29, 2008
NEW YORK – A second light heavyweight world title fight has been added to the April 12 edition of Showtime Championship Boxing, Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime announced today. IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods will defend his title against IBO titleholder and former undisputed 175-pound kingpin Antonio Tarver at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
Tarver vs. Woods, an intriguing match-up in its own right, joins the already highly anticipated light heavyweight championship fight between WBC world title holder Chad Dawson and former world champ Glen Johnson, making April 12 an important night for boxing on Showtime.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Malignaggi (right) takes a shot at Ngoudjo en route to a 12-round unanimous decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Brooklyn’s own charismatic and flashy world champion Paulie Malignaggi won a closely fought junior welterweight bout over Cameroon’s Herman Ngoudjo at Bally’s Atlantic City by unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-113 and 115-113.
Saturday’s world title fight was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michele and aired live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Ngoudjo, a 6-1 underdog coming in, proved to be much more than a foil for Malignaggi, the young champion making his first title defense.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Former champion Reggie Johnson battles former champion Glen Johnson in the “Fight Night for Climate Change” Pay-per-View extravaganza on November 17, from the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Before you laugh off former middleweight and light heavyweight champion “Sweet” Reggie Johnson’s chances in his upcoming fight against Glen Johnson, you really need to speak to William Guthrie.
In 1998, Reggie Johnson had boxed less than a round in three years when he signed to face then-IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Guthrie, who was an undefeated knockout artist with growing reputation as one of boxing’s most powerful new champions.
Guthrie left on a stretcher. Johnson left with a new belt around his waist.
And when he battles former world champion and red-hot IBF #1-rated contender Glengoffe Johnson on November 17 at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Reggie (43-7-1, 25 KOs) says he’s going to do it again.
“I have never officially retired,” explains the 41-year-old Johnson, whose only ring appearance in the past five years was a ninth round knockout over respectable veteran Fred Moore last July. “I’m better physically and mentally than I was when I was 25. My sparring partners, doctors, and trainers will assure you of that. On November 17, I will be at my best. I’ve been in 21 title fights, so my experience will be the key to pulling off one the biggest upsets in the last decade.”
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Recently, a press release was issued in which Glen Johnson called out the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson and Clinton Woods. Johnson claimed to be feared and ducked by the division’s best. In that piece, Johnson failed to mention one fighter, a boxer whose name he avoids repeating as if it invoked The Candyman: Shaun George.
“Those guys are preocuppied,” says George, 15-2 (7 KO), of Johnson’s choice of opponents. “They’re doing their own thing right now. It’s clear they don’t want to fight you. I’m willing and able. You’re calling them out, well I’m calling you out. Let’s make it happen. Stop ducking and dodging. You have a date coming up, I want in.”
“He knows fighting me is a mistake,” continues George, who is promoted by Hall of Fame Promotions. “When it all comes down to it, he’s fighting for the money. Why would you want to fight a guy like Roy Jones Jr, somebody you already knocked out? If I beat somebody, I’m never thinking twice about that guy. You think you’re one of the best, you think you’re the toughest, your presser says you’re aging like fine wine, well then step up to the plate.”
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Bronx, NY - Montell “Ice” Griffin (48-6, 30KO’s) grew up idolizing the Greatest of All-Time, Muhammad Ali. As a child, he watched Ali train at his father gym and learned to mimic his style-many people even thought Griffin was his son! Griffin’s problem? His height peaked at 5’7”. Neigh Sayers told Griffin he would never succeed, he was too short to compete as a light heavyweight. From becoming a 1992 US Olympian to becoming the first man to beat Roy Jones, Griffin’s has made a career of proving his critics wrong. Montell recalls, “Just being around Ali made you want to strive harder to reach your goals”.
On May 16th at the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood FL-once again Montell Griffin plays the underdog role when he faces the former IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson (44-11-2, 29KO’s) in an IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator. “I may be the underdog, but Johnson will soon find out what Roy Jones Jr. and Toney knows, I am too fast and too strong to stop. Remember, Jones’ DQ loss was the result of his frustration, after Ice took more rounds off of him than he had given up in his previous 33 fights combined! “Montell still shows the fire and desire to become a champion again” said Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia. “He’s trained long and hard, and he is confident. The fight is a must win for the 2 skilled veterans.”
Griffin, currently the USBA Light Heavyweight Champion, has been a consummate professional over his spectacular 14 year career, and continues to astound critics by continuing to fight at the highest level of the sport. John Caluwaert, Griffin’s manager, describes him as, “crafty, smart, and above all a tactician. He studies his opponents, finds their vulnerabilities and exploits them.” Forty-eight of Montell’s opponents can testify-he’s one of the best in the business.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, deep into training camp for his May 16th bout with Montell Griffin at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, had some choice words for promoter Gary Shaw, who recently stated that Johnson would have to “wait his turn” for a shot at his fighter, WBC champion Chad Dawson. A fighter the promoter said “nobody wants to fight.”
“Nobody wants to fight Chad Dawson,” asked Johnson rhetorically. “Well, here I am, ready, willing, and able to step into the ring with him as soon as I get done with my business with Montell Griffin next month.”
Johnson, 2004’s Fighter of The Year and the owner of wins over Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, and Clinton Woods, has long been respected by fight fans for his no-nonsense style and willingness to fight anyone, anywhere – an attitude that gained him the nickname, ‘The Road Warrior’. The Jamaican native said, “I was at the fight when Dawson won the title and I called him out then. I’m still here ready and more than willing to fight him. I think it’s crazy that Shaw said I need to wait my turn when I have beaten all of the guys that he is talking about.”
“I respect Chad Dawson for his ability and congratulate him on becoming a world champion,” said Johnson. “But to truly earn respect, he has to fight the best. I believe he has the heart to do that, but his promoter apparently doesn’t have the same confidence, since he is saying that I have to wait for my turn to fight him. I’ve earned my shot and on May 16th, I will prove that once again by beating Montell Griffin. Then I hope Gary Shaw will have no more excuses.”
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.
Monday, February 12, 2007
With a new king atop the light heavyweight throne, former IBF, IBO, and IBA World Champion Glen Johnson is ready to throw his name in the mix to face new WBC Champion Chad Dawson. In fact, Glen traveled up to Kissimee, Florida this past Saturday with his manager Henry Foster, and his promoter Leon Margules of Seminole Warriors Boxing, to see Dawson fight, congratulate the new champion, and challenge him to fight.
“I congratulate Chad Dawson on his victory over Tomasz Adamek, and by the looks of things, he’s a real fighter who won’t duck any challenges,” said Johnson, the revered ‘Road Warrior’, who owns a 44-11-2 (29 KOs) record that includes a knockout win over Roy Jones Jr. and victories over Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Eric Harding. “Of course, having said that, I expect that he would have no problem giving fight fans what they want by meeting me in the ring as soon as he’s ready to make his first title defense.”
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Two things of note have come out of the result of the Clinton Woods-Glen Johnson bout from this past weekend…
Johnson’s camp is planning to file a protest to the IBF asking the organization to reverse the decision of the fight. The reasoning behind this is that one of Woods’ cornermen climbed on to the ring apron during the closing moments of the fight.
“This is a direct violation of the IBF rules and regulations as it relates to members of any fighter’s corner stepping foot on the ring apron during the action,” Leon Margules, head of Warriors Boxing, said.
Woods’ promoter Dennis Hobson has already stated that he isn’t the least bit concerned - I wouldn’t be either.
“It is a cheap shot by people who cannot come to terms with the fact their man lost fair and square. They have not been gracious in defeat and they are just bad losers,” Hobson said.
My thoughts exactly Dennis…
Moving on, Hobson and Joe Calzaghe promoter Frank Warren have discussed the possibility of having the two meet up in the near future. It would be an intriguing matchup, especially since Calzaghe believes that Woods is afraid of him.
While Hobson waits for an offer from Warren, he plans on flying to the United States on Sunday to talk with representatives of both Roy Jones Jr and Antonio Tarver…
“I am waiting for an offer to try and sort it out face to face. In the meantime Clinton has other opportunities and we could easily make a fight with Jones or Tarver,” Hobson said.
Interesting to see that Woods believes he is ready for that level of an opponent. Woods has faced Jones before in 2002, losing by TKO in the 6th round.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Joe Calzaghe is claiming that the recently victorious Clinton Woods is afraid to fight him. Woods has already agreed to fight Calzaghe providing the purse generated from the fight was split right down the middle. Still, Calzaghe feels otherwise…
“Clinton Woods knows he can’t beat me,” Calzaghe said. “If he thinks he can beat me, then he should fight me and prove it. If he doesn’t fight me it will be because he knows he would get beat.”
“He’ll get a big payday and I’ll get a big payday, so let’s get it on,” repeated Calzaghe. “He’s not getting any younger and who else is he going to fight? It’s a natural fight to make. He’s the best at light heavyweight. I’m the best at super middleweight.”
Calzaghe also had some interesting words to say about Woods’ performance against Glen Johnson this weekend.
“It was like watching a fight in slow motion. I’m Speedy Gonzalez compared to those guys. I congratulate Clinton on winning, and he’s strong and brave, but he would never beat me.”