News December 2010

Freddie Roach to shoot personal documentary


young Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach will be trailed by cameras for a 'fly on the wall' documentary proposed for the new year.

Roach will be trailed by a crew for several weeks as he goes about his daily business in the Wild Card gym and his personal struggles with his debilitating illness, Parkinson’s syndrome.

He will talk candidly about his career as both a fighter and a trainer. His ambitions for the future including a possible franchise of his famous LA gym's name around the globe.

"Once, I woke up at 5 a.m. and the crew was at home ready to shoot. They follow me around to film what I do every day.” Roach told Philippine press.

The famous trainer revealed he was not the richest in his family - and that his late brother Joey, who died last year, owned a highly successful Las Vegas marketing company with over a hundred employees.

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Cintron aims to fight Berto back at 147


Kermit Cintron will put his "falling through the ropes" fiasco behind him and head back to the Welterweight division in 2011.

32-3 (28ko) Cintron fell backwards through the ropes during his chaotic showdown with Paul Williams back in May this year and has not fought since.

The Puerto Rican born Houston native scored a draw with WBC fighter of the year Sergio Martinez and a win over Alfred Angulo at light middleweight - but now will target Andre Berto and his WBC title.


Manny Steward: Just make the fight Wlad


Manny loses his mind

Wladimir Klitschko's trainer Manny Steward has urged his man to forget the tedious and annoying public spats with regards the wrestling for "every last nickel and dime" and to just go ahead and make the fight with David Haye for "the good of boxing".

It's refreshing that someone in camp has acknowledged that the public is extremely bored with the negotiations and contrary to belief, the long winded discussions do not bring in more customers - they only serve to bore the existing customers to the point of not really caring if they fight or not.

Whether Manny's intervention will consolidate the capitalist nature of the Klitschko brothers is remained to be seen. Hopefully this fight can be made for the first half of 2011.


Rodriquez discusses Froch and Pascal sparring


WORCESTER, Mass. (Dec. 22, 2010) – As he prepares to go from promising prospect to legitimate contender, undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez’ recent magical mystery tour as a sparring partner in major training camps Australia, England and Miami provided him with invaluable post graduate boxing courses.

Dominican Republic-native Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs), arguably the world’s premier super middleweight prospect, is coming off of a sensational performance November 5 in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation, stopping James McGirt in the ninth round for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title.

Rodriguez tuned-up for his fight against McGirt as a sparring partner for Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) during a 10-day working stretch in Australia. Geale later knocked out Roman Karmazin in the 12th round of their IBF middleweight title eliminator.

Rodriguez parlayed the Geale training camp lessons into even more career-enhancing experiences for 10 days in England with Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs), who went on to defeat Arthur Abraham by way of a dominant 12-round unanimous decision for the WBA super middleweight crown in the Super Six Tournament. Edwin followed that by working two weeks in Miami with WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, who fought a 12-round draw with Bernard Hopkins this past weekend.

“It’s been a great experience,” Rodriguez spoke about his sparring ‘journey’ that’s brought him around the world. “I’m at the point now where I want to get where they are. I’ve learned from working with all of them but the most important lesson is that elite athletes do not put on more than 10 pounds walking around weight between fights.

“All of these training camps haven’t been too much different – they were all intense. Geale is hungry to get there (world title) and he really worked hard. All three are very good athletes. I wasn’t surprised that Carl won so convincingly because I know how powerful Carl Froch is with his style, Abraham wasn’t able to run through Carl like he had against most opponents. His training was about using his long jab to keep Abraham outside. Everything worked off the jab and Carl perfectly executed his game plan. Every time we sparred, he worked on that plan but a few times we ended-up banging. He just caught himself and went back to using his jab, not letting me – acting like Abraham – walk through like Abraham likes to do.”

Froch, after defeating Abraham, publicly acknowledged Rodriguez’ work, saying, “Sparring with Edwin was brilliant. He is very fast, can punch with both hands, and stays in there. I feel he has far more natural ability and speed than Abraham; big respect for Edwin Rodriguez because he got me ready for this.”

Next stop for “La Bomba” was Miami at Pascal’s (26-1-1, 16 KOs) training camp with Edwin playing the role of Jean’s opponent last Saturday night, living legend Bernard Hopkins, in preparation for their Showtime showdown in Quebec City.

“Training with Pascal was different than for Froch,” Rodriguez remarked. “They didn’t do nearly as much sparring, it was more tactical. Froch may have had more tactical days at his training camp but I wasn’t there until 10 days at the end. Pascal has a good trainer from Cuba, Pedro Diaz, who has had 20 Olympic gold medalists. I spent Thanksgiving with him and his family. To an extent I did what they expected Hopkins to bring to the table. What they were really looking for was competitiveness from me to help him.

“They had everything there: cooks, strength coaches, nutritionists, sports physiologists…you name it. And I got to take advantages of all these people. I can tell you that everybody there worked like animals. It was a very good training camp; well organized with everybody working hard.”

Rodriguez’ next fight is set for January 14 in Key West, Florida on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights in the 10-round co-feature against Aaron Pryor, Jr., son of former world champion Aaron Pryor.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Edwin started boxing in 2001 and he developed into one of the top amateurs in the United States, compiling a solid 84-9 record, including gold-medal performances in the 2005 USA Boxing National Championships and 2006 U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament. Rodriguez, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Dominican Republic, became the first Massachusetts boxer to win the middleweight title at The Nationals since “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler in 1973.

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Martin Murray: Macklin does not impress me



By John Evans

Martin with Oliver

Commonwealth middleweight champion Martin Murray is a man in a hurry. Despite only having been a professional for three years, the 28 year old from St Helens insists
he is more than ready to take on the best Britain has to offer and is desperate to prove it.

"If I could only have two fights next year, firstly I'd face Darren Barker
and then I'd fight Matthew Macklin. No disrespect to either but I'd beat them" says the confident Murray.

After turning professional at the relatively late age of 25, Murray has powered his way to 21 straight victories and finds himself hovering around the top of the British rankings. His route into the life of a professional fighter is a familiar one.

"I always boxed from being ten years old and fought as an amateur until I was 21.

"Then I made some mistakes, went down the wrong path and ended up in prison. When I got out I won the ABA championships and represented England but then had to go back
to prison over some earlier incidents" says the Lancastrian.

"I've been really active in the three years since then and made a lot of progress. As well as my trainer Oliver Harrison, my friends and family have supported and helped me a lot"

If you haven't seen Murray fight, the first thing that strikes you about him is his size. At 6 feet tall and broad he is an imposing figure. He is also very composed in the ring and picks his punches beautifully. His crowd pleasing style attacking style is so far proving popular.

"I'm a good box fighter who goes out to get the win. I can attack and defend and always go out to entertain the crowd".

With respected trainer Oliver Harrison in his corner Murray feels he has the ideal teacher to help him achieve his goals.

"Oliver improves your bad points and makes your good points even better. We do a lot of work on technique. Some days I'll do rounds with people of every weight in the gym working my technique. Other days I might do 12 rounds with lighter weight guys just working purely on my defence. Another day we'll change it minute by minute. A minute on attack, a minute on defence then a minute on the jab. We train hard when we need to don't worry about that but getting into wars in training every day shortens your career".

Martin's size is formiddable at middleweight

Nowadays gym work is just one part of a fighter's conditioning programme and Murray supplements his actual boxing training with a rigorous strength and conditioning programme.

"We do either flat, hill or shuttle sprints once a week and they are killers. I've also been working with Martin Cullen over in Wigan on my strength and conditioning for years. We do lots of plyometric and explosive work. I put a lot of the reason for my sheer size at the weight down to him".

As he is so big it is easy to imagine that boiling down to 160lbs would prove a massive struggle. Does he intend on staying at middleweight for the forseeable future?

"Without a shadow of a doubt. There is a lot I want to achieve at middleweight. I don't see why I should move up. I'm big and strong and I've not yet gone into a fight feeling weak. For the Carlos Nasciemento fight I had Kerry Kayes helping me and we got everything absolutely bang on weight wise".

Murray's big break came when he won the Middleweight version of the one night Prizefighter tournament. Whilst the popular series has increased in quality recently in its early days it was seen as a way for the second and third tier of domestic fighters to grab a piece of the limelight and maybe pick up a career high payday.

Murray's performance that night marked him out as a fighter with loftier ambitions.

After taking decisions over fellow unbeatens Joe Rea and Danny Butler, Murray claimed the title with a thrilling victory in the final against the hard punching but erratic Cello Renda.

"People do Prizefighter for one of two reasons. It's either to boost your profile or for one last payday on your way down. I did it to show people what I could do" says Murray.

Whilst recent winner's of the series have used their victory to propel them into major title fights Murray was under no illusions as to where the victory would take him.

"I know people like Harrison and Casey have gone on to European title fights after winning it but I wasn't ready for 12 round fights at that point" he says "Before I knew it though I was starting to ask for those type of fights. I'm ready now."

Having worked his way to a record of 21-0 Murray has so far answered every question asked of him. With just eight of those victories coming within the distance the only
criticism that could be levelled at him is a perceived lack of power.

"There are two reason's for that. Early on I was put in with a lot of light heavyweight's. Bad matchmaking. Secondly, I've found a lot of fighters just cover up when I hit them and leave no gaps. I spoke to Peter Metrevski after I beat him for the Commonwealth title (W PTS 12). He's a great guy but he told me he knew he couldn't beat me after the first punch I landed. Me and Oliver know how hard I hit though".

Murray's latest victory, a third round stoppage of the big punching Brazilian Nascimento for the WBA intercontinental middleweight belt seems to back up his claim.

"As a boxer you always want to take on opponent's who come to fight you. We watched tapes of his fight with Pawel Wolak and knew he would attack me. After I cut him in the second round he threw everything at me but he left gaps for me".

Murray is competing in a thriving British middleweight division. As well as the world rated Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker it contains bright young hopes Craig McEwan, Nick Blackwell and Joe Selkirk.

"Its a packed division. I know Joe Selkirk well and he's a quality fighter. I don't know the others but they are all good fighters. The middleweight division has always been a classic one. The only problem is making the fights happen".

Although Murray is impatient to move on and make 2011 the year he really breaks through he is aware that the fights he longs for may be hard to make.

"I do think I'm an avoided fighter. There are 2 domestic fighters ranked above me and neither of them want to fight me. Darren Barker's unbeaten and is the number one contender for Macklin's European belt so he has nothing to gain and everything to lose from facing me. I don't criticise though. I understand how boxing politic's works and one day it could be me not wanting to take a risky title defence before a big title fight".

With that in mind, if the team at Hatton Promotion's were unable to manouevre him into a major domestic fight but a fringe world title opportunity arose, would he take it?

"Yeah. Fights can be hard to make and nowadays everything doesn't have to be done the traditional way. I just want to do what I can to get to the top. You can always go for the British title on the way back down. Look at Ricky Hatton, he didn't win the European title, gave up the British title quickly and made his name defending the WBU belt"

So with the Commonwealth belt safely in his possession and a high domestic ranking, 2011 looks set to be the year Murray introduces himself on the international stage.

Whilst he would willingly grab any chance presented to him it seems one particular domestic fighter has irked him.

"If it was gonna happen for Matthew Macklin it would have happened by now. I hear he had my name put to him recently and he claimed he's a level above me. He isn't. He's a step ahead of me and thats purely because he has more experience. Recently he hasn't impressed me at all and I dont think he's as good as he thinks he is. He now say's he's training with Freddie Roach but he's always changing trainers. That doesn't do you any good as they all have their own ideas. I'll have the same trainer for all of my career".

The middleweight division will be one to watch in 2011 and given the chances, Martin Murray could just be the fighter who emerges as the man to beat.


Pascal floors Hopkins and divides audience


Jean Pascal's WBC title defence last night against challenger Bernard Hopkins has divided fight fans after their collision in chilly Quebec last night at the Pepsi Coliseum - after the fight ended in a majority draw.

Prior to the action, many observers felt that perhaps Bernard's experience and technical ability would wilt under the youth and determination of Pascal. But the Philly legend insisted he was coming to win. He stated that his age was just a number. That he was the teacher and that Pascal was the pupil - along with many other age related clichés.

People were aware of the fact that in the past, Hopkins has been far more entertaining outside the ring, than in it. There was a feeling that the former middleweight champion was 'selling the fight' and counting the bucks already.

But what unfolded last night proved the naysayers wrong and those who were sleeping on Hopkins were reminded for about the fifth time, that the wily old magician still has plenty of magic and trickery for any young wannabe.

Whether you wanted Pascal to win, whether you hated Hopkins and wished he'd hurry up and get whooped by father time - there was no denying that you couldn't help but admire and respect the battling duo of Hopkins and Naz Richardson last night.

Pascal started brash and strong. He lunged in with clubbing venomous punches, flooring Hopkins during a melee on the ropes in the opening round. Hopkins seemed more embarrassed than injured as he grinned his way back to his corner.

The replay showed the thumping shot to be around the side of the head and ear which floored the veteran.

The second and third round was more of the same, with the younger champion being elusive, before leaping in with a flurry of hard shots, hurting Hopkins who was floored yet again during a tussle.

Hopkins got up from the canvas, again looking unhurt and with the expression of a embarrassed man who'd stepped in puppy muck.

By the mid point Pascal's grip on the fight relaxed and Hopkins drew upon all his experience to axe his way back into the fight and took the lion's share of the rounds from the 5th.

As the championship rounds came to a conclusion, Hopkins was in full command of the proceedings. As the final bell rang Hopkins played the jubilant victor in a pantomime to the judges and observers.

Pascal looked forlorn with the way the fight panned out towards the end. Whilst not portraying the image of someone who had lost the fight, he looked more like the man who had the lottery ticket in his hand, only for Hopkins to tear it from his grip.

Would the judges let Hopkins cash it in though? with the manner of the way the first score of 114-112 in favour of Hopkins was read out, you could sense that the judges were at odds with the victor.

With scores of 113-113 and 114-114 announced, the draw was official and the American viewers were incensed and cries of 'robbery' were posted and tweeted across the forums.

Whilst it was subjective, it was certainly no robbery. The memory of Pascal flooring and dominating early had faded in the viewer's mind and they cheered on the veteran as he suddenly became the underdog.

Calls for a rematch have filled the airwaves, but boxing is a business. Without those early knockdowns, Pascal would have been an ex-champion they cry. But the reality is that he landed the telling blows and despite Hopkins' endeavours he still clung to his title.

Pascal called for Hopkins and he got Hopkins. Will Pascal call for him again? well unless Team Pascal can disclose a reason for Pascal's output dropping off alarmingly from the mid point, then the likely answer is they will not.

"I come to Canada and face a 28-year-old guy and I get a draw, at 45.

"You saw a young guy running from an old grandpa. Look at my record - anyone I fought twice I destroyed." concluded Hopkins.

Jean Pascal managed to floor the crafty Hopkins twice which is not to be sniffed at. But the learning curve continues for Pascal.

Tyson Fury wins in Canada


Tyson Fury extended his unbeaten run over Zack Page (21-32-2) with an eight round points decision win.

Dominating the action behind the jab, whilst wearing the biggest pair of shorts ever witnessed in a boxing ring, the 6'8 heavyweight enigma is rumoured to next be fighting in February on another showtime planned boxing event.

Fury now takes his record up to 13-0 (ko).

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Ledebev robbed in Germany


In yet another extremely questionable decision in Germany, Russian challenger Denis Ledebev was denied the win via a split decision on the judges scorecards.

Marco Huck back pedalled and spent the lion's share of his time backed up onto the ropes by the busy visitor. Showing little head movement and no left-hand at all, he was eating hooks and body shots through the majority of the rounds.

The only shot he could land periodically was the right cross with grazed the face of Ledebev, but for the most part was in defence mode, with little output or technique.

The championship rounds bizarrely saw Huck on his bike - and almost show boating to the crowd despite landing nothing of real note the whole fight.

The champion was out-hustled and out-gunned by the challenger, who's constant attacking pressure combined with higher punch output and success rate, gave him the nod on our card.

William Lerch correctly called the fight 116-112 in Ledebev's favour, whilst Lahcen Oumghar 113-115 and Manuel Oliver Palomo 113-115 saw it for Huck.

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