Thursday, April 19, 2007
PROVIDENCE - World cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey made a major statement on April 6, loud and clear to be precise, when he stopped Felix Cora, Jr. in the second round of their ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event fight at Mohegan Sun Arena.
“I am the best cruiserweight in the world,” Godfrey looked back at his scintillating performance to describe the statement he made. “I’m ready to take on anybody in the world who’s ranked ahead of me. An opportunity to fight (Jean Marc) Mormeck for his titles would be a gift from heaven for me.”
Godfrey (15-0, 9 KOs), 26, recently moved up to No. 3 in the World Boxing Council ratings. He’s also ranked No. 7 in the World Boxing Association and No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation.
“There’s nobody out there who is as talented as Matt,” Godfrey’s manager Bret Hallenbeck added. “We believed Cora was a top 5 talent. We’re coming after all of the top cruiserweights.”
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Young cruiserweight contenders Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. are on a “Collision Course” to position the winner for a possible major world title fight later this year, headlining the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show April 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Godfrey and Cora, roommates at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, will fight in the 12-round main event for Godfrey’s NABA title and the vacant NABF cruiserweight belt.
Former world lightweight title challenger Israel “Pito” Cardona takes on light welterweight Juan Maniel Buendia in an intriguing 8-round co-feature.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. is promoting “Collision Course” in association with Mohegan Sun and ESPN2.
“This is like having two main events,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “Godfrey and Cora are two of the top young cruiserweight contenders in the world. They are not only fighting for the NABF and WBC Continental Americas titles, but the No. 2 rating in the World Boxing Council. This is what boxing fans want - two young contenders fighting now instead of taking easier fights to improve their records. Matt’s No. 6 in the world but he’s stepping up to the plate to fight Cora, who’s rated No. 12. Cora’s a tough fighter who is a lefthander with power and is slick. They both wanted this fight.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine’s Day bitches…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Just because he is sick, doesn’t mean that Shannon Briggs can’t still talk smack on Sultan Ibragimov:
“We contemplated fighting. I wanted to fight,” said Briggs. “To me this fight was a joke. How did he even become my mandatory? Off a draw with Ray Austin? OK, but it was an easy payday. But we came to the realization that it wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Me losing to Ibragimov because of illness, people don’t want to hear about that.”
- Despite being heavily rumored to be taking on Koki Kameda this spring, WBC Flyweight Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will now be heading to Japan to defend his title against Yo Sam Choi.
- Cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey will take on his fellow 2000 US Olympic Trials teammate, Felix Cora Jr, on April 6th.
- Look for it to be announced later this week that Jason Litzau will be returning to the ring in April…
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