Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (14-0, 8 KOs), along with his father/trainer James “Buddy” McGirt in his corner, returns home to his family roots in Brentwood (NY) for a May 2nd fight on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” card at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City.
McGirt (14-0, 8 KOs), a 24-year-old southpaw, faces Brad Austin (8-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round fight. James is coming off of an impressive fourth-round TKO of middleweight Anthony Little (7-5) on February 17 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. After that bout Team McGirt announced that James would be campaigning exclusively as a super middleweight.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Last Friday I reminded everyone about the strong possibility of Roy Jones Jr. pulling out of his rumored bout with Tony Hanshaw because of past occurences. Guess what happened?
The fight has been scrapped according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael because of Jones unwillingness to agree to terms on a contract. Jones reportedly gave promoter Lou DiBella the go ahead to create a contract and then dodged DiBella when contacted. Days passed until DiBella received a text message from Jones saying that he would not agree to the fight unless he received triple the original amount of money that was already agreed for the fight.
Let’s just say that DiBella didn’t say yes…
- If Joe Calzaghe wants to fight Bernard Hopkins, he has to come to the USA:
“I’m not going to give Joe Calzaghe a forum to promote himself off Bernard Hopkins’ back,” Hopkins said. “I’m not about to say, ‘I want him.’ Legends don’t call out other fighters. I’m not being big-headed. That’s just how it is. And I wouldn’t go across the water to fight Calzaghe in any case. If he wants superstardom in America, let him come here. They got TVs in England. The money’s in pay-per-view, anyway.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
NEW YORK, NY - “Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for a former world champion fighter who always refers to himself in the third person. Goes by the name of Roy Jones Jr. Last seen heading south . . . waaaaaay south and as far away as possible from super middleweight contender Anthony Hanshaw. Approach with extreme caution and for heaven’s sake, bring plenty of backup—backup contracts. He is armed with amendments and codicils and brother, he isn’t afraid to use them!”
Alas, Sigfried & Roy Jones, Jr. pulled a disappearing act on undefeated super middleweight contender Hanshaw, whom both Jones and promoter Lou DiBella had verbally agreed to terms to fight on June 2, in a 10-round light heavyweight bout that would have been broadcast live on Showtime.
“We had agreed to terms and signed our parts of the contract,” stated Hanshaw’s promoter Gary Shaw. “Lou DiBella was supposed to get Jones to sign all his documents and the promotion would have been ready to go. We are still waiting to hear back. I’m just hoping Roy hasn’t been abducted by aliens!”
“If Jones is refusing to fight a super middleweight moving up to light heavyweight, you can bet he won’t be challenging me either,” said Chad Dawson, the newly-minted undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion. “Maybe he heard DiBella toss out his name as a possible opponent for middleweight champion Jermain Taylor? Roy must like them really small.”
“Am I small enough?” asked undefeated IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan. “If making me move up 73 pounds isn’t enough, then I suggest Roy get out of his chicken coop and get some fresh air before he fowls up anymore fights for himself!”
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
A lot of matchups forming this week. Could the heavyweights be starting up as I predicted?
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Joe Calzaghe made sure it was a point to jump at the fact that his opponent on April 7th, Peter Manfredo Jr., will be without his primary trainer Freddie Roach who will be training Oscar De La Hoya for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th.
“Sounds like Cap’n Freddie Roach was smart enough to jump ship before the U.S.S. Manfredo sinks in Wales on April 7,” remarked Calzaghe.
- Paul Spadafora will be returning to the ring on March 9th. An opponent has not yet been anmed for him…
- Now that Lou DiBella has Roy Jones Jr. locked up, he’s looking to make the possible super-fight between his client and Bernard Hopkins a reality:
“We will move forward to make the superfight against Hopkins on July 21 as long as the deal is fair to all parties and the fight is on an even playing field. I have never failed to make a fair deal with Golden Boy when we have negotiated for a fight that our fighters wanted.”
- Apparently Diddy looks up to Jack Johnson according to The Source magazine…
“I’m the return of Jack Johnson. His whole swagger, personality, the way he whupped yo ass, it’s the dress, the style, the cars and the money… “This man would rent whole trains, get six or seven women, take them away for six months and rent out the top floor of hotels… (at) a time when they were lynching niggas,” Combs said.
- What do Mike Tyson and Lindsay Lohan have in common? They are both in the same “rehab center”...
Some Good Reads:
ESPN: Lawrence got rocked, but ready to roll again
TSS: This Day in History (January 31, 1914)
Boxing Scene: The Big Time Has Called Kelly Pavlik
MaxBoxing: ‘The Ghost’ Arrives on the Scene; is Taylor Next?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
It’s a beautiful day in the KO Corner neighborhood…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Lou DiBella announced yesterday that he reached a tenative agreement with Roy Jones Jr. to become his promoter along with Jones’ own promotional force, Square ring.
“Roy Jones Jr. is not only one of the legendary fighters of this generation, but one of the greatest boxers in the history of the game,” DiBella said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to promote him with Square Ring.”
- Apparently Kostya Tszyu didn’t unoffically retire after going back to school after all…
Tszyu has told the Australian Daily Telegraph that he would be interested in coming back to fight for a world title.
“A big name would be interesting,” Tszyu told Australia’s Daily Telegraph, “but I would need to see the offer first.” But, the former champion said, “It has to be a real offer. They know I’m available—that’s why I have not announced my retirement.
“I’m just waiting for an offer to come up and then I’ll consider it. How it will come, I don’t know. If I decide to do it, I can’t concentrate on my business.
- Teddy Atlas had some interesting comments for Sports Illustrated on the situation involving Vitali Klitschko, Oleg Maskaev, and Samuel Peter…
“It’s a disgrace,” says Atlas. “Every one of these organizations is corrupt. It’s a joke. Peter has been mandated the number one contender, twice in fact. Now all of a sudden, because of money, it’s OK for the mandated guy to be pushed aside and to give the fight to a guy who has been away for two years? These organizations have rules that say that at anytime they can forego all other rules and do whatever they want. There is actually a rule that says that. It’s nuts.”
- The IBF announced late last night that Ricky Hatton will be stripped of his title if he decides to go along with his scheduled bout against Jose Luis Castillo in June and ignore his mandatory title defense against the winner of Naoufel Ben Rabah and Lovemore Ndou this weekend.
Some Good Reads:
Friday, November 17, 2006
Middleweight prospect James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. has signed with Lou DiBella’s DiBella Entertainment promotional company according to Lou himself.
The announcement was made before a Wednesday night event promoted by DiBella.
“I followed James’ career and believe he’s one of the top prospects in the middleweight divisions,” DiBella said. “Under the tutelage of his dad, Buddy McGirt, one of the best trainers in the game, James Jr. has a bright future as a DBE fighter. We can’t wait for his Broadway Boxing debut on December 14.”