Thursday, December 13, 2007
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler suffered a detached retina during training and had to withdraw from his fight at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Colombia, on December 28.
He has been replaced by Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins, 22-10 with 7 knockouts, of Philadephia, Pennsylvania, who will now fight Dominick Guinn , 28-5-1 with 19 knockouts, of Houston, Texas, in the 10 round heavyweight main event.
Hawkins is a veteran who has fought many of the best heavyweights in the world, including current WBC heavyweight world champion Oleg Maskaev and WBC interim champion Samuel Peter. Although he hasn’t beaten the top fighters in the division, Robert does have several impressive wins to his credit against a number of heavyweight up-and-comers.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison stopped John Castle in the second round of their fight last night and started his return back to the heavweight boxing scene with a bang, 11 years after he first reportedly tested positive for HIV.
Morrison was happy with his performance considering it had been so long since he last fought and has plans on getting back into the ring as soon as March…
“I’m pretty happy with the way I fought,” Morrison said. “I would rate myself about a 6½ considering how long I have been out of the ring. The last thing you lose as a heavyweight is your power.”
“I want to fight again, maybe twice in March,” he said. “My timing was off, but timing is feeling it, getting the rhythm. That’s the last thing you get back. I have a ways to go there. My power is still there. The rest will come. I am just excited to be back.”
Castle stated after the fight that the bout almost didn’t happen until he saw Morrison’s medical tests:
“Wouldn’t you? I was going to refuse to fight,” Castle told the New York Daily News. “I asked to see his medical tests and they showed me three tests where he was negative for HIV. That’s the only way I would fight.”
David Tua also won his comeback fight last night, defeating Robert Hawkins last night in a 10 round unanimous decision.
After the fight Tua made it known that he is in this for nothing but the gold…
“Winning the world championship is the only thing that matters and I’m going to do everything in my power to reach that goal,” the 34-year-old Tua said.
“Two or three more fights dand I’ll be ready,” Tua said. “I am putting everything aside to concentrate on my goal.”
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A 10-fight undercard will accompany the David Tua-Robert Hawkins main event when Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing presents “David and the Rising Stars,” boxing spectacular this Thursday night, February 22, at the Roseland Ballroom.
“Mean” Joe Greene, the undefeated New Yorker, puts his 13-fight unbeaten streak on the line when he squares off against the veteran Pat Coleman (29-3, 20 KO’s) of San Diego in an 8 round middleweight tilt. And popular female stalwart Cindy Serrano (11-0-l, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn takes on Oklahoma City’s Jessica Mohs (6-14-2, 1 KO) in a 6 round featherweight bout. That unbeaten duo joins another pair of New York prospects with unblemished records – Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Jorge “The Truth” Teron – in companion features on the card.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Interesting weekend in terms of fights starts today…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Cedric Boswell and his camp have made an offer to Evander Holyfield in order to set up a fight in the near future involving the two.
Boswell is confident that the fight can be set up rather easily and that he will come away with a victory…
“I’ve been a big fan of Evander Holyfield for a long time,” Boswell said. “He’s a great fighter, a legend who’s been good for boxing. But if I get him in the ring, I’ll be fighting to win. I think it’ll be a great fight. We both live in Atlanta, too. I’m a counter puncher who can still move around a lot. Evander has said that he wants a fight against a good opponent to take him back to the top. I’m trying to find a nice way to say it, but I don’t
think he can beat me.”
Boswell’s manager, Jim Rider also shed some light on the situation:
“We contacted Holyfield’s promoter (Main Events) and offered Cedric Boswell, anywhere they want the fight,” Rider explained. “I think it’ll be a good fight for fans and good for boxing. They said they’d put Cedric’s name in the hat and speak to Evander about him. Cedric has come back with a vengeance. He’s training harder now than he’s ever done in his life. We also offered them Sherman Williams to fight Calvin Brock on the same card. And we offered Gerald Nobles to Hasim Rahman for his March 17th fight.”
- David Tua will try to continue to climb back up the heavyweight ladder when he takes on Robert Hawkins on February 22nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
- Apparently Don King and Anna Nicole Smith were good friends and he is very saddened by her death. I’m surprised at the amount of boxing articles involving Anna Nicole that have come out over the past few hours…
Eddie Chambers vs Derric Rossy - Selden, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
Chris Arreola vs Zakeem Graham - Selden, New York - Junior Lightweight (ESPN 2)
Shane Mosley vs Luis Collazo - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Interim Welterweight Title (HBO)
Vivan Harris vs Juan Lazcano - Las Vegas, Nevada - WBC Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator (HBO)
Some Good Reads
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