Saturday, April 07, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Despite frigid Minneapolis temperatures outside, unbeaten heavyweight Travis Walker turned up the heat in the Target Center and handed George Garcia his first defeat with a 10-round split decision Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
In the co-feature, actor and heavyweight boxer Art Binkowski overcame three first-round knockdowns from local favorite Raphael Butler and scored a dramatic technical knockout 37 seconds before the end of the eighth and final round. Showtime televised the Goossen Tutor Promotions doubleheader.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Fresh off of an impressive decision over Jason Estrada on “ShoBox: The New Generation” in November 2006, the undefeated Travis Walker (22-0-1, 17 KOs) will make a triumphant return to Showtime when he faces fellow unbeaten George “El Torito” Garcia (13-0, 4 KOs) in the 10-round heavyweight main event on “ShoBox” Friday, April 6, 2007.
Opening the telecast will be an eight-round heavyweight battle pitting Raphael Butler (25-3, 1 ND, 20 KOs) against Art Binkowski (14-1-3, nine KOs). Goossen Tutor Promotions will promote the event from The Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Both bouts will air on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
NOTE: WEIGHTS – Walker and Binkowski each weighed 235 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in. Garcia tipped the scales at 250 pounds, while Butler weighed in at 244.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
NEW YORK – Travis Walker and Raphael Butler knocked down then-World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko during sparring in late 2005, according to trainer Dickie Wood.
Witnesses on those separate November days in 2005 have been reluctant to speak about the incidents at the gym formerly known as the La Brea Boxing Academy.
That is not the case with Wood.
“I was there the whole time, and I saw it all,” said Wood, who co-trains Walker and serves as the head trainer for Diego Corrales.
“He (Klitschko) was throwing a jab and he pulled back and was coming forward. Butler hit him with a right hand and Klitschko went down and his knee twisted underneath him. That was the last day of sparring. It was on a Friday, one week before the fight against Hasim Rahman on Nov. 12, 2005.
“The day before, Walker hit him with a body shot. It was a left hook to the body, and it knocked Klitschko down.”
Heavy-hitting heavyweights Walker and Butler co-headline Friday, April 6, 2007, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Showtime will air the doubleheader at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).