News May 2007

Cotto V Judah BIO

Even though Zab Judah is one of the fastest-punching fighters ever, it doesn't mean the former undisputed world welterweight champion hasn't had to face and bounce back from adversity. He's had to do it over and over again, having been a boxer since age 6. It is the only job he has ever known. He compiled an extraordinary 110-5 amateur record, was a two-time U.S. national champion, three-time New York Golden Gloves champion and won the 1996 PAL Nationals.

One of nine brothers and two sisters-five of the brothers box-Zab is the son of Yoel Judah, a six-time kickboxing world champion who is also his trainer.

Judah turned pro at age 18 on Sept. 20, 1996, and scored a second-round TKO over Michael Johnson. His next five fights also ended early, including three in the opening round.

Judah captured the interim International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title with a fourth-round KO over Wilfredo Negron Jan. 16, 1999, in Las Vegas. Judah settled down after a wild start and won every round. He knocked Negron down three times in the fourth (all with right hands), before the referee stopped the contest at 1:44 of the round.

Judah received his first shot at a world title when he fought Jan Bergman of South Africa for the vacant IBF light welterweight title on Feb. 12, 2000, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Judah came out throwing blistering shots and knocked Bergman down twice in the opening round. The first knockdown came on a right hand that staggered Bergman, which was followed by a grazing left that put Bergman on the canvas again.

It didn't take long for Judah to serve notice that he was still a force to be reckoned with in the 140-pound division. On July 12, 2003, he won the World Boxing Organization junior welterweight crown with a 12-round split decision over defending champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley in Las Vegas.

Before his Dec. 13, 2003, questions swirled around WBO junior welterweight champion Zab Judah: Is his left hand 100 percent? Will he take Jaime Rangel lightly? Will he remain poised and relaxed, or will he enter the ring too pumped? Before the end of the first-round, Judah left no doubt as to the answers. With a punishing blow to Rangel's temple followed by a right hook, Judah won a dramatic knockout victory just 72 seconds into the fight and made good on his promise to "steal the show" on a night that featured eight championship fights.

Following this dramatic victory, Zab moved up to welterweight to challenge undisputed champion Cory Spinks in an important fight for both men in Las Vegas on April 10, 2004. Judah was stepping up in weight for the first time in his career, and Spinks was out to prove his victory over Ricardo Mayorga to unify the welterweight crown was no fluke. In the 12-round battle that ensued, momentum swung between the two combatants, with both fighters getting knocked down. Some ringside observers felt if the bout lasted another minute, Judah would have prevailed, but the "Spinks Jinx" held. Zab won the respect of the boxing world, but lost the decision to Spinks.

Spinks agreed to the rematch in his hometown of St. Louis at Savvis Center on Feb. 5, 2005. To say Judah was in hostile territory when he entered the ring would be an understatement. What he had on his side was his experience and the type of maturity, at age 27, that only comes with time.

While Spinks attempted to control Judah in the early rounds with his quick stick-and-move style that worked so well for him in their first fight, Judah stalked him relentlessly, forcing a fight on Spinks that he didn't want to participate in. Near the end of round seven, Judah rocked Spinks right at the bell, but referee Armando Garcia ruled it a push. Spinks reeled from Judah's attack in the eighth but held his ground.

Spinks appeared to be fully recovered in the ninth round when Judah scored again with a long left cross that rattled Spinks before Judah immediately dropped a right hook that dropped the undisputed champion. On unsteady legs, Spinks marched on with Judah stalking his wounded prey. In an amazing act of sportsmanship reflecting the tremendous respect these two fighters had for each other, Judah dropped his hands to his waist, imploring referee Garcia to stop him from further injuring his friend.

Miguel Cotto


At the age of 26, Miguel has been fighting as a pro for over 5 1/2 years. He moved up to 147 pounds for the first time in his last fight on December 2 and won the WBA welterweight world title with a very impressive fifth--round TKO win against previously undefeated contender Carlos Quintana.

Boxing columnist Graham Houston wrote, "Now we know that Miguel Cotto is a formidable force at welterweight... Every punch from Cotto seemed designed to do damage -- even the jabs to body and head were forceful drives -- and he switched to southpaw in a very effective way... Cotto was relentless, intelligent and fast in the way he applied pressure... The fact that Cotto won was no surprise to many of us -- what was surprising, to me anyway, was that he made it look almost easy."

After the fight, Miguel said, "As always, I go in to fight my fight and win round by round. In a fight at this level, you expect both fighters to have their moments. He had his and I had mine, but mine were greater. My shots were bigger, and he didn't stand up to it.

"I've always dreamed of being one of the greatest champions from Puerto Rico, like Wilfred Benitez and Felix Trinidad. I am on my way."

Miguel has already become Puerto Rico's biggest star currently in the ring. He won the WBO jr. welterweight world title in September, 2004, and made six successful title defenses before vacating the title to move up in weight. He won Puerto Rico's "Fighter of the Year" award in 2004 and 2005, and has become a strong draw at the gate.

HIs last two fights in Puerto Rico drew capacity crowds of 15,000. Miguel's fight at Madison Square Garden on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day parade in June drew over 14,000. Miguel also headlined at the Garden before the 2005 parade and drew over 10,000 fans.

He is experienced against very good opposition and has beaten former world champions DeMarcus Corley (TKO5), Randall Bailey (TKO6), Carlos Maussa (TKO8), and Cesar Bazan (TKO11). He has also beaten previously undefeated contenders Carlos Quintana (TKO5), Paulie Malignaggi (W12), Ricardo Torres (KO7), and Kelson Pinto (TKO6), as well as contenders Muhammad Abdulaev (TKO9), Victoriano Sosa (TKO4) and Lovemore Ndou (W12).

Miguel said, "I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I have two brothers. I'm the youngest. My father was in the military, in the Natonal Guard here in Puerto Rico for 25 years. My mom stayed at home and teach us how to live.

"When I was 11 years old, my weight was 156 pounds, and I tried to lose weight with boxing. My brothers were already boxing and I tried to do the same. I started at the Gym Bairoa in Caguas. I lost weight, but I started to feel something for boxing. In the beginning, it was just for game, but then I start to feel like, a love for boxing.

"Jose Miguel Cotto is my brother. Juan Miguel boxed amateur, he never changed to professional. In my house, everyone is called Miguel. My father is Miguel Angel, Juan Miguel is my older brother, Jose Miguel is my brother, and me, Miguel Angel. My little kid is Miguel Angel, too. Jose Juan Cotto is my cousin.

"I had 125 amateur fights with 23 losses. I fought Panchito Bojado, Ricardo Williams. I fought Kelson Pinto, Muhammad Abdulaev.

"I was Puerto Rican national amateur champion from '97 to 2000, all at 132 pounds, but the last year at 140.

"I fought with Ivan Calderon when I was amateur, 100 pounds. [note: Calderon is the WBO mini--flyweight world champion] He beat me three to two. After that, we make the team of Puerto Rico to represent Puerto Rico in international competition. We were both in the Olympics in 2000. He's still at 105 pounds. He's, if not the best, one of my best friends."...

2000 Olympics -- Sydney, Australia, 139 pounds: in his first bout on 9--20--00 he lost a 17--7 decision against Muhammad Abdullaev of Uzbekistan, who went on to win the gold medal; looking back, Miguel said, "I felt that I did the best I could at the Olympics. Unfortunately, some judges don't see it that way. But I was very happy with my performance, and I felt that I won that fight."...

1997, 1998, 1999 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 132 pounds; 2000 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 139 pounds...Miguel has been called "The greatest amateur boxer ever from Puerto Rico"...

He fought several other top amateurs: Miguel was 2--1 in three fights against Panchito Bojado of Mexico; Miguel said, 'My wins were decisive. One was five to zero and the other was eight to seven. The one that I lost was six to seven."...

2000 USA--Puerto Rico Dual Meet – on 8--15--00 in Tacoma, WA, Miguel won a 28--22 decision against Ricardo Williams Jr....

Miguel returned to the ring in January, 2002, for the first time since being injured a car accident in August, 2001 – driving to a 5:30 A.M. workout, he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a concrete wall; he said, "Sometimes I feel the shoulder pain, the shoulder tired. But any other problems about that, no.

"It was a very serious accident. I broke my arm and shoulder in four different places. I think being in the shape I am in really helped."...in addition to a scar on his right shoulder, he has a six--inch titanium rod in his right arm...

He said, "I'm lefthanded, I do everything with my left hand. The only thing I can do with my right hand is fight. I feel more comfortable fighting righthanded when I'm beginning.

"My wife's name is Melissa. We have three children. Miguel Angel is the older, he's 10. Alondra, she's seven, and Miguel is five."...

LUCIAN BUTE v SAKIO BIKA overview

Many fight fans and industry insiders are holding high regard for the Canadian-based Romanian, Lucian Bute.

A tall, fast handed and aggressive southpaw, Bute is not a concussive KO artist.

What Bute does possess is the ability to throw lots of hard combinations which has seen him stop 16 of his 19 opponents to date early.

His last opponent was Sergey Tatevosyan, the tough, former-middleweight champ of Russia who took Bute the distance but lost every round.

Some argue that Sergey is the first high-calibre opponent that Lucian has faced, but i would say that Kabary Salem & James Obede-Toney were also fairly decent challenges too - Bute was the first to stop Salem, who famously dropped Joe Calzaghe for the first time in his previous fight a full year earlier - but Kabary was in his late 30's and had been well beaten prior to this point, even if never stopped.

James Obede-Toney has since returned to middleweight since his defeat in 8 rounds to Bute.. only to be demolished in 4 rounds by Roman Karmazin.

Lucian was a member of the Romanian national team, Bute won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Amateur Championships.

The high point of his amateur career was his superb performance at the 2001 Francophone Games in Ottawa on his way to a gold medal.

His current promoters - Interbox, the same Montreal promoter who managed the rise of fellow Romanian Leonard Dorin, brought in Lucian Bute to spar with the former super middleweight titleholder Eric Lucas in 2003. Bute gave the reigning champ a good run in sparring and after this, Interbox elected to guide his professional ever since.

On June 15th Bute will face quite arguably his toughest date since turning pro, when he steps into the ring against the tough as teak and formiddable Sakio Bika.

Bika, who is not as fluid as Bute in his movements, often wings his punches with his head quite low, which seen Marcus Beyer fracture his face and the fight was promptly stopped - and also Joe Calzaghe sporting a nasty cut & bump following their tussle earlier in the year.

Interbox are holding the event in Canada at the Bell Centre and today Sakio Bika organised a press conference to talk about his impending date with Lucian:-

"Training has been excellent and i have recently been in with two of the best super middleweight in the world in Marcus Beyer and Joe Calzaghe - my sponsorship has enabled me to get in some world-class sparring for this competion"

Andre Thysse, the tough South African had this to say of Sakio Bika following his loss to 'The Scorpion' earlier this year:

Thysse is a world class fighter who has never been dropped in his career of 27 fights and has fought for 3 world titles.

“He is a tough boy that Bika said Thysse, he hit me with the best body shots I’ve ever encountered. He‘s young and very strong, I think he can go all the way with a bit more experience.”

It must be noted that Thysse has also been beaten very soundly by Bute exactly a year prior to this loss, scored almost exactly the same scorecards as Bika.

I believe the key to this fight is whether or not Lucian's silky skills and ring savvy will be enough to deter the tough-as-nails Bika from hunting him down.

SAKIO BIKA PROMO VIDEO :-





Tatesvosyan was almost knocked through the ropes and stopped by Britains Carl Froch earlier this year - wheras Bute was taken the distance - could this lack of firepower at the highest level be the difference for Bute against Sakio ?



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Froch vs. Stefani - Hennessy vs. Warren?

23 May 2007

Hennessy Sports head Mick Hennessy wants to know if rival boxing promoter Frank Warren intends for the British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch to share a ring with pop sensation Gwen Stefani.


He is also wondering if the Sports Network chief now finally agrees with his opinion that Froch is the future of world boxing. It is a fair question; on Monday Warren made his second purse bid to secure the promotional rights to a mandatory defence by ‘The Cobra’.

This time he was successful - winning the right to promote Froch’s defence of his Commonwealth Crown against Ghana's Charles Adamu.

THEIR FIRST FIGHT :-



His bid stated that the Championship would take place on September 22nd at the MEN Area. This is the same night Gwen Stefani is scheduled to bring her ‘Sweet Escape’ Tour to the venue.

“The Cobra’ – promoted by Hennessy Sports since his professional debut in 2002 - has already beaten Adamu, when challenging for the vacant Commonwealth crown over three years ago.

The Commonwealth Council, however, have requested that the WBC number 1 meet him again by the end of September, despite being aware that he is recovering from surgery to his anterior cruciate ligament and that the British Boxing Board of Control have ordered him to defend his British Title against Robin Reid in a similar timeframe.

“Frank’s actions suggest to me that he has finally realised that Carl Froch is the next big star in world boxing,” began Hennessy.

“But I’m not personally sure how serious his purse bid was, considering Gwen Stefani is booked to be playing the MEN on the same night. Ticketmaster were still selling tickets for her show an hour ago. Perhaps Frank wants her to perform from the ring?

“I personally think he should look after his own stable as opposed to worrying about my fighter. I don’t get involved in his purse bids because I’m not bothered about the fighters he’s got on his books.

“Warren appears to talk about Carl all the time so maybe the penny has finally dropped about how talented he is. But I’ve known it from day one. Carl has the potential to be the next Pay Per View fighter out of Britain after Ricky Hatton.

“With the size of the bid Frank made it’s nice to see that, after all the years of doubting Carl Froch in his column, he appears to be acknowledging Carl’s status as a big name. I’m very surprised at the level of his generosity.

“This would have been a very hard fight for us to sell given that Carl dominated Adamu over three years ago when he was still a novice pro. It would be seen by most as a major step backwards and an easy job second time round for Froch.”

On his charge’s recent surgery Hennessy continued: “Carl is recovering from a knee injury at the moment. We don’t want to pass anything up, he wants to defend all his titles, but he has been put in a position by the Board and Commonwealth Council and may have to choose what route to take. He has just been made WBC number 1 as well.”

There was some bold talk coming from the Sports Network camp after their winning bid, with a press release titled ‘Warren smokes Hennessy’s boots’. Hennessy has given Warren the opportunity to back up the claim for real.

“If he really wants to smoke my boots, he can spar me over six three-minute rounds for charity,” he added. “Let's have a bit of fun with it. I'm sure it would help generate a bit of interest.

"He talks a decent fight so this would be a good opportunity for him to show us what he can do for real. I'm sure that the boxers we promote would respect us for baring our own souls in the ring like they do."

Froch himself has been flattered by the attentions of one his biggest detractors, but also a little concerned.

“I hope he’s not becoming obsessed with me,” said the undefeated 29-year-old. “Warren has mentioned me in his column quite a few times and has been very critical in the press in general. He has put in bids now for two of my fights.

“I’m surprised he has given the game away by letting people know how good I am.

“Maybe he needs to get quality on his shows and will do anything to get it. But I don’t know what station he intends to put the Adamu fight on – I understand his current deal with ITV runs out shortly.

“I just hope it won’t be on QVC or Paramount. Or UK Gold; he’s been doing a few repeat fights lately and me against Adamu would be another one.”

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Results from Nottingham's Robin Hood Promotion

Promoted by Robin Hood Promotions (Matt Scriven)

Results for Saturday 19th May 2007 @ Victoria Leisure Centre, Nottingham

Michael Monaghan L RSF 10 Tyrone Wright 10 Light-Heavyweight

Dave Ryan W PTS 6 Leonard Lothian 6 Light-Welterweight
Dennis Corpe W PTS 4 Wayne Downing 4 Light-Middleweight
Karl Chiverton W PTS 4 Peter Dunn 4 Middleweight
Andy Bell W PTS 4 Delroy Spencer 4 Super-Bantamweight

Action photo's of Monoghan V Wright courtesy of Colin Messom

Pavlik hammers Miranda! Jermain retains....

Pavlik defeated Miranda

In two fights that could not have been any more different, Edison Miranda suffered his second loss, this one surely not to be contested as was his loss to Arthur Abraham, and Jermain Taylor won a close split decision to challenger Cory Spinks. Edison Miranda and Kelly Pavlik met tonight to 'discuss' who would have a chance to be ranked the #1 middleweight contender, Kelly Pavlik previously holding that distinction, Miranda holding the #2 spot. Boxing fans had been waiting for this match up between these two powerful fighters known for their knockout abilities. Pavlik, who is remains undefeated, chalked up another KO to his already impressive 27 victories out of 31 fights.

Early in the fight it was clear that Miranda's lack of decent defense was going to jeopardize even the most powerful efforts by the Colombian fighter. Pavlik took several tough shots from Miranda and easily shook off most of the damage. Pavlik locked Miranda first into one corner, then the next, then another pinballing a slow starting Miranda whose dynamic style was dependant on keeping his distance and setting up large punches.

"My entire plan was to back him up and not let him set up. I hit him with a straight right hand," Pavlik said after the fight. "Once he felt my power... "

Taylor retains belt

If it was only once the fight may not have taken such a quick and brutal turn. Late in the 6th round, roping Miranda proved to be a good strategy as the constant punching breaking through Miranda's soft defense finally got the most of Miranda, who had been showing signs of tiring in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Pavlik caught Miranda with a straight right that crumpled him to the canvas. Though he stood before an eight count, he spit his mouth piece out, causing the referee Steve Smoger to halt the fight as it was retrieved and cleaned, for which Miranda was penalized a point. Chased by cries from the crowd for the Smoger to stop the fight, Miranda was able to last the final seconds of the 6th round only after being again knocked down by a persistent Pavlik. As the final seconds of round six drained from the clock, a nearly worn out Miranda retired to his corner. It was unclear how he would be able to continue into the next round.

As the 7th round began, everyone knew it wouldn't go the distance. Energized and determined, Pavlik went in for the kill, trapping Miranda against the ropes again and unleashing fist after fist until it seemed that the only thing keeping Miranda up was the rocking motion of Pavlik's punches. As Miranda's corner stepped in, so did Steve Smoger, stopping the fight.

In his last two title defenses, Jermain Taylor seemed to have a difficult time settling into the styles of each of his challengers. In Winky Wright he found a defensive and difficult draw and in Kassim Ouma we found a clear yet challenging victory over a smaller yet more aggressive fighter. In Cory Spinks, Taylor again fumbled ever slightly against an opponent whose style he was unable to pin down. For the opening rounds of the fight, Taylor and Spinks danced around each other to the tune of a blood thirsty crowd still reeling from the Pavilk victory.

The Taylor strategy is a calculated one, like so many of the fighters coming from Emanuel Stewards camp. After a calculated and quick exchanged filled four rounds, Spinks had some advantages in the cards with a slick in and out style that allowed him to score more constant punches and left Taylor searching for his opening that never quite came. But as the fight moved into the later rounds, Taylor appeared more frustrated than relaxed and began engaging Spinks.

Like most pure 'boxing' matches, the awkward mash of styles drew heated boos from fans at times, punctuated by cheers as each fighter occasionally dug in and traded some tough shots. Throughout much of the final rounds of the fight, Jermain Taylor was forced to chase after a quick and slick Spinks, who dodged in and out between Taylor's punches, frustrating him as he tried to land scoring blows.

At times it seemed that Spinks had the upper hand, and the eventual split decision would also lend to the impression that while Jermain was the better boxer tonight, he had troubles closing the deal against Spinks, much like his trouble against both Ouma and Wright. According to Spinks, he did more than enough to win the fight.

"I felt great... I executed my game plan, I think I won," Cory said. "I thought I gave a great boxing display. I'm very disappointed."

It wasn't just Spinks who felt a little cheated by the performance tonight.

"You want to be champion? Fight me, don't run from me," Taylor said. "He ran the whole time. I ran every day to get ready for this because I knew it was going to happen. You can't run and win a championship. I saw some tapes of him and he's a fighter sometimes, but he ran the whole fight."

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Pavlik hammers Miranda! Jermain retains....

Pavlik defeated Miranda

In two fights that could not have been any more different, Edison Miranda suffered his second loss, this one surely not to be contested as was his loss to Arthur Abraham, and Jermain Taylor won a close split decision to challenger Cory Spinks. Edison Miranda and Kelly Pavlik met tonight to 'discuss' who would have a chance to be ranked the #1 middleweight contender, Kelly Pavlik previously holding that distinction, Miranda holding the #2 spot. Boxing fans had been waiting for this match up between these two powerful fighters known for their knockout abilities. Pavlik, who is remains undefeated, chalked up another KO to his already impressive 27 victories out of 31 fights.

Early in the fight it was clear that Miranda's lack of decent defense was going to jeopardize even the most powerful efforts by the Colombian fighter. Pavlik took several tough shots from Miranda and easily shook off most of the damage. Pavlik locked Miranda first into one corner, then the next, then another pinballing a slow starting Miranda whose dynamic style was dependant on keeping his distance and setting up large punches.

"My entire plan was to back him up and not let him set up. I hit him with a straight right hand," Pavlik said after the fight. "Once he felt my power... "

[IMAG2]If it was only once the fight may not have taken such a quick and brutal turn. Late in the 6th round, roping Miranda proved to be a good strategy as the constant punching breaking through Miranda's soft defense finally got the most of Miranda, who had been showing signs of tiring in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Pavlik caught Miranda with a straight right that crumpled him to the canvas. Though he stood before an eight count, he spit his mouth piece out, causing the referee Steve Smoger to halt the fight as it was retrieved and cleaned, for which Miranda was penalized a point. Chased by cries from the crowd for the Smoger to stop the fight, Miranda was able to last the final seconds of the 6th round only after being again knocked down by a persistent Pavlik. As the final seconds of round six drained from the clock, a nearly worn out Miranda retired to his corner. It was unclear how he would be able to continue into the next round.

As the 7th round began, everyone knew it wouldn't go the distance. Energized and determined, Pavlik went in for the kill, trapping Miranda against the ropes again and unleashing fist after fist until it seemed that the only thing keeping Miranda up was the rocking motion of Pavlik's punches. As Miranda's corner stepped in, so did Steve Smoger, stopping the fight.

In his last two title defenses, Jermain Taylor seemed to have a difficult time settling into the styles of each of his challengers. In Winky Wright he found a defensive and difficult draw and in Kassim Ouma we found a clear yet challenging victory over a smaller yet more aggressive fighter. In Cory Spinks, Taylor again fumbled ever slightly against an opponent whose style he was unable to pin down. For the opening rounds of the fight, Taylor and Spinks danced around each other to the tune of a blood thirsty crowd still reeling from the Pavilk victory.

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Weigh-in for Spinks....

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - Maybe Cory Spinks really is big enough to fight Jermain Taylor.

Spinks

Spinks, the IBF junior middleweight champion, needed a little extra time to slim down on Friday to make weight for Saturday's middleweight title fight with Taylor. Spinks eventually weighed in at 159.8 pounds (72.5 kilograms), just below the limit of 160 pounds (72.6 kilograms). Taylor had weighed in about an hour earlier at 159.8 (72.5).
"It's ironic," said Lou DiBella, Taylor's promoter. "But Cory Spinks does not have a small frame, and he went out of his way to bulk up to fight Jermain. I've seen this happen before."

The weigh-in was especially interesting because Taylor (26-0-1) has been criticized for fighting smaller opponents lately. His last fight was a December win over Kassim Ouma, who was also up from the junior middleweight ranks.

Pavlik

Spinks arrived with Taylor around 2:30 p.m. on Friday - the weigh-in was supposed to start at 2. Then DiBella announced that Spinks was about a pound (half a kilo) over the limit and would have two hours to lose that weight.

At about 3:30, DiBella announced that Spinks had weighed in at 159.8 (72.5). The challenger then said his weight wasn't a major concern.

"I guarantee he's still weaker than I am," said Spinks, who is 2 1/2 inches (6 centimeters) shorter than the 6-foot (1.83-meter) Taylor. "I'm strong. There ain't no monkey wrench in my plans."

Spinks (36-3) was asked what he did to lose that last bit of weight.

"Walked," he said, somewhat incredulously. "That's it."

Taylor was long gone by the time Spinks returned. Taylor is no longer judged on whether he wins or loses. He's been held to a higher standard since outpointing Bernard Hopkins in July 2005 to become middleweight champion. He beat Hopkins in a second decision later that year, then escaped with a draw against Winky Wright in 2006. Taylor's win over Ouma was convincing, but it was in another decision.

Spinks, son of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, is hoping for an upset similar to his father's against Muhammad Ali.

Leon Spinks beat Ali in February 1978, five days before Cory was born. Leon Spinks will be in his son's corner on Saturday.

"It's going to be great," Cory Spinks said. "It's going to give me that extra oomph, so expect for me to be real strong. Jermain was saying some fighters ain't got that dog in them. To me it's about how you came up. I've got that dog in me. It's just something I was born with."

Taylor and Spinks have known each other since they were amateur teammates, but going head-to-head will be a new experience.

"When we get in that ring, it's all business," Spinks said.

Taylor agreed with that.

"I plan on going in there and taking care of business," Taylor said. "Cory knows that. I'm not playing with him."

Miranda goes for Taylor at Press Conference

The press conference in Memphis for the Cory Spinks V Jermain Taylor fight was more a case of Miranda V Taylor !

Fight Poster

“Pavlik’s a great fighter but I’m in a different league - I’m a Major League player and he’s in the Minor Leagues. People watch baseball for the homeruns and boxing for knockouts. On Saturday night I’m going to give people what they want to see, a KNOCKOUT!”. In the midst of the BBQ festivities in Memphis this week, Pantera promised that he was going to have his very own BBQ. “I will Bar-B-Que Kelly Pavlik!..”

Pavlik: “On Saturday I am going to break the record for the most punches thrown in a round and give the world a great fight to watch,”

Miranda weigh-in

“Taylor, I will fight you for the same amount of money that I’m getting paid to fight Pavlik just to show the world that you’re not a real champion,” said Miranda. “I’m the real champ. I fight real middleweights, not blown up welterweights.”

“Cory Spinks you’re a great Champion, but Taylor, you’re supposed to be a tiger - How do they put a tiger against a cat??"

"If you’re a real tiger, why don’t they put you face to face with the panther....”

Jermain Taylor

Talyor insisted he would be a credible champ, without the need to "scream and shout" yet barely moments into his addressing of the crowd taylor did just that - and the lion's share of his diatribe was aimed at Edison - and Spinks.

Edison Miranda explained his reasons for getting into boxing, to challenge the best fighters in the world:

“The fans want to see exciting fights and knockouts and I will give them just that. Boxing is a sport that needs help and I believe that I can give boxing the shot in the arm that it needs”. On the contrary, Taylor stated “To me, it’s all money in the bank baby!”.

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