Sunday, July 01, 2007
He’s bold and he’s brash. He’s cocky and confident. There is an air of the young Cassius Clay in the personality of super middleweight prospect Ron Johnson. The 9-1, 168-pounder even has the nerve, the temerity, the gall and the chutzpah to grandly label himself “The American Dream.”
Doesn’t that bring back memories of the verbose, poetry-spouting kid from Louisville who became an icon named Muhammad Ali? But, if the 21-year-old boxer from Cleveland does not qualify as a rhyme maker himself, he does have two strong poetic connections.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Quotes from He’s Baack! Witness The Return of a King: Jones vs. Hanshaw” Los Angeles press conference at the historic Los Angeles Sentinel, the West Coast’s largest African American newspaper.
“He’s Baack! Witness The Return Of a King: Jones-Hanshaw” is a scheduled 12-round bout which will be on top of a packed and exciting undercard. The PPV TV will be distributed by In Demand and produced by Madison Square Garden Network.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
NEW YORK - Quotable quotes from boxing legend Roy Jones Jr, his July 14 PPV TV opponent Anthony Hanshaw and others who gathered at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to formally announce the Jones-Hanshaw fight.
The fight will be seen nationally and around the world on a live broadcast emanating from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KOs) will get into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame by acclamation. But the greatest super middleweight fighter of all time is not ready to be enshrined just yet. Jones is fighting onward and no boxer is admitted into the hallowed halls in Canastota, N.Y., until he has been retired for five years.
“The Hall Of Fame…well, that will be nice. But I am not ready for that and I am not ready for any rocking chair, either,” Jones said. “I am ready, willing and able to prove that I still have what it takes to be a world champion once more. That is why I am fighting a young, tough strong, undefeated guy like Anthony Hanshaw on Saturday, July 14 on PPV TV.
“There is plenty of boxing life left in me yet,” Jones said. “I guess Joe Calzaghe knows that because he does not want any part of me. I am taking this fight to measure myself. No one can hold me to a greater standard than I hold myself. I will use Hanshaw as my measuring stick. I coming not only to win but to win big and to shine from start to finish. Age is just a number, I promise you, because you will see more than flashes of the Roy Jones Jr. that made all that boxing history.”
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!”
Friday, March 30, 2007
Roy Jones Jr’s promoter, Lou DiBella, has told ESPN that his fighter has reached a verbal agreement with Showtime to fight Tony Hanshaw in a light heavyweight bout on June 9th.
“Roy has given me a verbal ‘OK.’ It’s basically done,” DiBella told ESPN.com, though he admitted he won’t believe it until Jones signs. “I think it’s an interesting fight. I’m more interested in seeing an older guy fight a young, hungry guy than in seeing two older guys fight.”
No site for the potential bout has been determined yet.
Showtime boss Ken Hershman knows for a fact that nothing is set in stone. Jones has been known for pulling out of things and changing his mind at the last minute, most recently his proposed December fight against Manuel Siaca in Philadelphia which I was going to go and cover for KO Corner myself.
“I go by what Lou tells me, so we are drafting the contract as we speak,” Hershman said. “I’m thrilled. I think it’s great. It’s nice to see another graduate of ‘ShoBox’ get a big fight and fulfill the mission of that [prospect-oriented] show. We’ll see what Roy has left in his arsenal.
I’ll have more news on this when it becomes available…
Saturday, January 06, 2007
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Rematch, anyone?
The boxers, Tony Hanshaw and Jean Paul Mendy, definitely want one; promoter Gary Shaw is willing to do it, too.
But whether Hanshaw and Mendy, who fought to an exciting, hard-fought 12-round draw Friday in the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation,” meet again may depend on a few things.
The main obstacle is the condition of Hanshaw and how long it will take for a horrific, diagonal cut above the brow of his right eye to heal. The ugly gash came from an obvious, albeit accidental clash of heads early in the 12th round. It could be a few months before Hanshaw is cleared to box again.
In a co-feature Friday that featured a pair of undefeated lightweight boxers with strikingly similar pro careers, Jose Antonio Izquierdo (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico, via Havana, Cuba, rallied to register a unanimous eight-round decision over Nick Casal (15-1-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Four talented, undefeated boxers with a combined record of 74-0-2 with 51 knockouts will compete in an excellent doubleheader on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
In the main event, southpaw Jean Paul Mendy (23-0, 12 KOs) faces Tony Hanshaw (21-0, 14 KOs) in the finals of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament. The winner of the 12-round bout also takes home the International Boxing Organization (IBO) 168-pound belt.
Lightweights Nick Casal (15-0-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) and Jose Antonio Izquierdo (15-0-1, 13 KOs) collide in the eight-round co-feature at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southhaven, Miss. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Round One Entertainment will promote the event.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
NEW YORK – No BCS controversy or photo finishes here. The two most talented fighters in the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament will clash for the championship when Jean Paul Mendy faces Tony Hanshaw, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Round One Entertainment will co-promote the event.
Mendy and Hanshaw were in a tourney that offered two boxers in an international field of eight the rare opportunity to appear on national television three times in six months. The co-favorites were decisive winners in both their bouts. Each was triumphant by early-round knockout and lopsided decision.
So, who is going to win a tournament designed to produce a 168-pounder that should wind up in the division’s upper echelon? Do you like the Frenchman, Mendy, or the American, Hanshaw?
On paper, the boxers are difficult to separate. Both had impeccable amateur credentials and are unbeaten as professionals. Each can box, but owns enough power to warrant the other’s respect.