Monday, September 24, 2007
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing today announced a spectacular fight card coming Thursday, October 18th to The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, NYC.
The main event features Vinny Maddalone 27-4, (19KO’s) returning to the ring after losing a bloody battle against legendary former Heavyweight Champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 13, 2007.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Evander Holyfield defeated Vinny Maddalone last night in a very bloody and one-sided bout that will likely earn Holyfield a big-name heavyweight bout in the near future.
Maddalone’s trainer, Al Certo, asked referee Al Certo to stop the fight in the middle of the third round with Holyfield viciously beating on a very bloody Maddalone after stunning him with a hard right hook.
Holyfield went ahead on points early on in the fight, connecting with multiple jabs and combinations in the first round. The two accidentally clashed heads in the opening session as well, opening a gash on Maddalone’s forehead. The referee stopped the bout and Maddalone started going crazy, pleading with the referee that he wanted to continue. It turned out that his protest wouldn’t matter anyway as he was allowed to continue.
Maddalone spent the remainder of the fight trying to dodge shots and throwing wild punches that rarely connected while Holyfield pulled ahead by a good margin until the third round where he ultimately ended it.
So what’s next for The Real Deal? Holyfield’s promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events, said that Holyfield’s next fight probably won’t be until at least June. Holyfield was quick to say that he was ready to go after some waist bling after the fight but then calmed down and came back to reality…
“I’m ready for a title shot now,” Holyfield said, conceding he’s still probably a couple of matches away from securing one.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
“Al Certo and I have been training very hard for this fight. At the crack of dawn, he has me out in the snow doing my roadwork. My sparring has been intense with some of the best guys we could find. They are preparing me for everything that Holyfield will throw at me.”
“Evander Holyfield is a smart fighter. He has a strong inside game. Al Certo and I have designed a strategy where we will punish him for being in my range.”
“I am not Fres Oquendo or Jermey Bates. I will take the fight to him. I have never taken a backward step in my entire career. I come to fight.”
“He is a well conditioned athlete and I am prepared RIGHT NOW to go the distance. This will be the fight of my life and I do not plan on coming out the loser.”
“Holyfield is a throwback fighter from the days of Marciano, Frazier and Dempsey. My trainer, Al Certo, is a throwback himself. He has seen the greats first hand and worked with them. He knows how to beat them. Holyfield might have toughness and guts, but when he faces me, he will find out that he has met his match!”
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Miami Herald is reporting that Sultan Ibragimov is still planning to fight at Madison Square Garden on March 10 since the fee to rent out the arena was already paid for by his promoter.
Since Shannon Briggs will be unable to fight, Warriors Boxing is petitioning for Ibragimov to fight for the Interim WBO Heavyweight Title. The WBO has stated that they will rule on the matter on Tuesday.
Warriors Boxing is also saying that Calvin Brock is the only fighter willing to take the bout. This would work out just great except Brock has already signed to fight an opponent to be named on March 17 as part of the Holyfield-Maddalone undercard.
Are we going to see another Cotto-Margarito situation involving Brock this week? We just might…
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Four-Time World Heavyweight Champion, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield’s quest for a fifth heavyweight title continues on Saturday, March 17th when he takes on Vinny Maddalone (27-3, Flushing, NY) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Holyfield vs Maddalone non-title featured bout will be one of seven fights, beginning at 7:30 pm. The event is being promoted by Main Events, in association with Star Boxing.
Slated to headline an exciting undercard is 2000 U.S. Olympian and #6 World ranked heavyweight, Calvin Brock (29-1, Charlotte, NC) and undefeated bantamweight prospect, Raul Martinez (17-0, San Antonio). Brock’s last fight was a loss to Wladimir Klitschko for the World Heavyweight Championship on HBO. Opponents for Brock and Martinez are to be announced, as is the remainder of the card.