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    • Originally posted by RPM View Post
      hershall walker also going in to MMA.....thought i read that...
      yeah he just signed a contract.

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      • Roach rips Floyd performance

        They still have to deal with Miguel Cotto but Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach just couldn’t hold back in talking about Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The day he arrived in Baguio City to hook up with his prized fighter Manny Pacquiao, Roach told Fightnews that Mayweather missed the chance of gaining enough bargaining leverage in his latest fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. “The fight was there for the taking but he just couldn’t finish Marquez because he doesn‘t have the balls to finish him off ,” said Roach. “The only way that he could have benefited in fighting Marquez was by knocking him out and doing something Manny couldn’t do. He’s a great boxer and I can’t take that away from him. But he’s not exciting. He doesn’t make me jump off my seat. That’s what boxing needs.”

        As for Mayweather’s chances against Pacquiao, Roach admits its going to be a difficult fight but quickly adds the Filipino multi-division world champion’s skills would eventually lead them to a victory.

        “Mayweather’s not the bravest guy in the world so you got to take chances. He’s a very difficult style for anyone but with enough punching power and pressure I think my fighter can get him because I’ve got the best fighter in the world,” said Roach.

        Roach thinks the most difficult aspect of dealing with Mayweather is not inside the ring but on the negotiating table.

        “It’s what the world wants to see. But the thing is, can you get him sign the contract? I don’t know. It’s going to be difficult because he thinks he’s going to get all the money,” said Roach. “If he thinks he’s going to get equal money with us, he’s crazy. He needs us, we don’t need him.”

        Roach justified his assessment of Mayweather’s marketability by describing the American’s 12-round decision win against Marquez last weekend at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

        “Let’s face it, the guy that puts asses on the seats is Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather doesn’t draw. Against Marquez the venue was 80% Mexican,” said Roach.

        Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 knockouts) will battle Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) over 12-rounds for the Puerto Rican’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Both combatants agreed to fight at a catch weight of 145 lb.

        Next week, Pacquiao shifts to higher gear as he gets to face
        four sparring partners led by undefeated A merican boxer Shawn Porter . All are capable of simulating the style of Cotto, according to Roach.

        “Porter is my main guy right now. He’s 11-0 with 10 knockouts and is a light middleweight who’s got a strong left hook,” said Roach.

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        • Pavlik-Williams official

          WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik and two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams, along with their respective promoters, Todd duBoef and Dan Goossen, will host a news conference on Tuesday officially announcing their world middleweight title fight. Pavlik-Williams will take place December 5 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, and will be broadcast live on HBO. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, who has been middleweight champion for nearly two years, will be making his third title defense. Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), from Augusta, Georgia, has twice held the WBO welterweight crown and is currently the WBO interim junior middleweight titleist.

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          • Originally posted by ibleedpurple View Post
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            pure AWESOMENES!!! it was funny when they're watching the tv story and Omar kinda gets embarrassed and playfully punches his dad in the arm AND HIS DAD RUBS IT OUT as in THAT KINDA HURT. lol beautiful GO KICK SOMEASS OMAR !!!
            Last edited by JacketVato89; 09-24-2009, 01:14 PM.

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            • Figueroa signs with Golden Boy

              It’s official! The Rio Grande Valley has their first official Golden Boy Promotions fighter. Weslaco’s Omar Figueroa Jr. made it official Monday afternoon that he has chosen to sign with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions on a five year deal.

              “Finally,” said Figueroa Jr. “This is crazy that it is all happening, and I am glad we finally got it done. Now my family and I will fly to Los Angeles on Tuesday and finalized everything. I am extremely excited about signing with Golden Boy Promotions and will give them everything I have.”

              Figueroa (7-0, 7 KO’s) showcased his talents in front of Oscar De La Hoya last month at the Toyota Center in Houston and was successful as he made quick work of his opponent Jeremy Marts. Figueroa ended up knocking out Marts at the 1:54 mark of the first round and it appeared that De La Hoya was interested right then and there.

              “After my fight, I went to the back of the building and noticed that Oscar was at the bottom of the ramp,” said Figueroa. “He came up to me and said that he liked my fight and took pictures with me and my family.”

              “After I changed clothes in the dressing room, one of Golden Boy’s representatives said that Oscar wanted me to go sit with him. We talked about a lot of things, and he told me to play it cool and prepped me for what was next.”

              Omar Figueroa Sr. said that the negotiations began after that and took a little longer than he would have wanted, but he wanted what was best for his son.

              “We had been talking to Golden Boy for a couple of months now and have been trying to come to an agreement before my son signed with them,” said Figueroa Sr. “At first, I was not real happy with the deal because there was not a signing bonus. But we finally got something that we liked and decided to sign with Golden Boy. I wanted to do only a three year deal, but they offered us five, and we agreed to it.”

              “I am so proud of my son and everything he has accomplished. It sends chills down my spine just having he opportunity to hear that Oscar De La Hoya really wanted to sign him. It just goes to show that hard work and determination really does pay off. Omar is going to represent Weslaco as well as the entire Rio Grande Valley.”

              Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, said that he is very happy to have Figueroa join Golden Boy Promotions and feels that he could open doors for future Valley fighters.

              “Omar is the first fighter we have ever signed from the Rio Grande Valley, and hopefully he will not be our last,” said Diaz. “This is a huge step for Omar, and we feel that he has a lot of potential. I was very impressed with the way he carried himself not only inside the ring but outside the ring as well. He is very young, and the good thing is we have plenty of time to work with him and correct a few things skills wise.”

              “We are flying the family up and will sign him and finalize the deal. Once he is signed, we will do whatever is necessary to keep him active and go from there.”

              Figueroa Jr. said that even though he is the first person in the Valley to sign with Golden Boy, he plans to bring another first to the Valley as well.
              “In two years, I plan on bringing home a world title,” said Figueroa Jr.

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              • Congrats to Omar and his family. This is a huge opportunity that im sure he'll make the best of see this kid every day training where i workout at ironhouse he is a hard worker and has great skills that DLH well just make even greater. Looking forward to big things coming in the future from Omar.

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                • Floyd-Marquez: 1 million buys

                  HBO Sports reported today that one million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The one million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009 and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue. The million buys include 525,000 from cable homes and 475,000 from satellite homes. It is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark.

                  “I am truly humbled by the numbers, and I appreciate all of the sports fans who either came to the fight or bought it on pay-per-view,” said Mayweather. “It felt great to be back in the ring and next time I will be even better.”

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                  • Johnson looking to KO Dawson



                    Former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) hits the mits with his trainer Orlando Cuellar today from his training camp at the Thump Boxing Gym in Miami, Florida. Johnson is in preparation for his much anticipated November 7th rematch with current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs). Also at stake will be the WBC Interim title. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision. Johnson closed the bout extremely strong which left the door open for a rematch. The bout will take place in Dawson’s resident state of Connecticut in the city of Hartford. The venue will be the XL Center. Cuellar left no doubts to what the game-plan is for Johnson. “This is a must win for Glen. Glen is coming to knock Chad Dawson out plain and simple. We are not going to take any chances on this fight going to the scorecards again,” said Cuellar.

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                    • Klitschko-Arreola undercard

                      All 10 fighters who’ll be competing on the undercard of the Vitali Klitschko-Cristobal Arreola WBC heavyweight championship fight Saturday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles made weight easily Friday at the Wilshire Grand:
                      John Molina 136 vs Efren Hinojosa 135
                      Javier Mora 243 vs Johnathon Banks 221.2
                      Rico Ramos 123 vs Kermin Guardia 123.6
                      Cedric Boswell 223.8 vs Cisse Salif 269.2
                      Salvador Sanchez II 124.2 vs Trinidad Mendoza 119.8

                      On Thursday, Klitschko weighed in at 252 and Arreola weighed 251

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                      • Mexican greats on Arreola-Klitschko!

                        Throughout history there have been scores of outstanding Mexican boxers who have held world titles in various weight classes, most notably, between 118 pounds to 135 pounds, while fighting their way to worldwide stardom. But amazingly, the storied history of Mexican warriors and the heavyweight division has never produced any boxer of Mexican descent who has won a world championship in the heaviest of divisions.

                        A través de la historia ha habido registro de grandes boxeadores mexicanos que han ganado tيtulos mundiales en varias categorيas. las mas notables entre 118 y 135 libras, mientras pelean su camino al estrellato mundial. Pero sorprendentemente , la historia de los guerreros mexicanos y la divisiَn de peso completo nunca ha producido un boxeador de descendencia mexicana que haya ganado un campeonato mundial en esta secciَn.

                        That could all change this Saturday, Sept. 26, as the WBC’s No. 1 contender, Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) takes on WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KO) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions, the scheduled 12-round title bout will be the main event of the HBO “World Championship Boxing” telecast.

                        Eso podrيa cambiar este sلbado 26 de septiembre cuando el retador nْmero 1 del CMB: Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) arremeta contra el campeَn mundial del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo Vitali Klitschko ( 37-2, 36 KO) en el Staples Center en Los Angeles, California. Presentado por K2 Promotions en asociaciَn con Goosen Tutor Promotions, la pelea de 12 rounds por el tيtulo serل el evento principal de la transmisiَn “World Championship Boxing” de HBO ( y que pasarل en televisiَn abierta por TV Azteca en México).

                        Despite his swarming, hard-hitting style and undefeated record, the crowd-pleasing 6-4, 250-pound Arreola – whose birth name is Cristobal and is known in boxing circles as “The Nightmare” — enters the contest as the perceived underdog by most boxing experts to the 6-7 ½, 250 pound Ukrainian giant. However, the 28-year-old Arreola, who hails from nearby Riverside, Calif., by way of East LA, will be fighting in front of a highly partisan crowd filled with thousands of his hometown fans and those coming up from Mexico to support the man they hope – and believe – will make boxing history by becoming the first-ever Mexican Heavyweight World Champion.

                        A pesar de su estilo duro y record invicto, Cristobal Arreola ( 6-4, 250 libras) , conocido en el medio como “La pesadilla” entra a la competencia como el NO favorito por varios expertos del boxeo al ser comparado con el gigante ukraniano (6-7½, 250 libras) . Como sea, Arreola de 28 aٌos y de la cercana Riverside, California por el lado Este de LA, estarل peleando frente a una multitud altamente compuesta por sus fans locales y que por supuesto estarلn de su lado, sin mencionar a los asistentes que arriben de México para apoyar al hombre en el que tienen las esperanzas para que haga historia al convertirse en el primer mexicano monarca de los pesos pesados.

                        Here are some observations by eight of those aforementioned Mexican greats who held world titles as to Arreola’s challenge of Vitali Klitschko:

                        Aquي estلn algunas observaciones de ocho de los grandes mexicanos que ostentaron tيtulos mundiales sobre el reto de Arreola ante Klitschko

                        Julio Cesar Chavez:

                        “It is always good that a fellow countryman tries to accomplish some feat in boxing. If Arreola defeats Klitschko, he will go down in history as one of the big surprises.”

                        “Siempre es bueno que un compatriota trate de lograr algo grande en boxeo. Si Arreola derrota a Klitschko, irل directo a la historia como una de las grandes sorpresas”

                        Pipino Cuevas:

                        “It is a great opportunity and it should be taken advantage of. I hope Arreola wins. He has a hard punch, and he cannot be ruled out. But the current champion, Klitschko, has more power in his fists than any other fighter. It is a very tough fight for Arreola, but if he wins, all the success will be for him.”

                        “Es una gran oportunidad de la que se debe tomar ventaja. Espero que gane Arreola, el tiene un gran punch y no podrل ser excluido facilmente. Aunque el campeَn actual, Klitschko, tiene mas poder en sus puٌos que cualquier otro boxeador. Es una pelea muy dura para Arreola, pero si gana todo el éxito serل para él”

                        Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez:

                        “We will be paying a lot of attention to what Arreola does against Klitschko. I find it very difficult for Chris to win this bout, however we should not forget he is an undefeated fighter, and he has a hard punch.”

                        “Pondremos mucha atenciَn en lo que Arreola haga contra Klitschko, Encuentro muy dificil para Cris que gane el combate, como sea no debemos olvidar que el es un peleador invicto y tiene un gran golpe.”

                        Erik “El Terrible” Morales:

                        “It is a real event to Mexican boxing. Moreover if Cristobal wins the title, it will be the cherry on top of the cake in the history of Mexican boxing, as we have had great fighters in almost all the weight divisions, but in this one, which is the most difficult division in boxing, we had never had a great fighter.”

                        “Es un gran evento para el boxeo mexicano, Ademلs si Cristobal gana este tيtulo serل la cereza del pastel para la histioria del boxeo mexicano, pues tenemos grandes peleadores en casi todas las divisiones, pero en esta divisiَn que es la mas dificil en el boxeo, nunca hemos tenido un campeَn.”

                        Ruben Olivares:

                        “The fact that boxers like Arreola have the opportunity to fight for the WBC World Title is very good, so that we know if he is capable of winning it or not. If Arreola wins, that will have a great impact on boxing, which is what we are waiting for. Arreola must show he has the balls, just like a real Mexican fighter does.”

                        “El hecho que peleadores como Arreola tengan la oportunidad de pelear por el tيtulo mundial del CMB es muybueno, asي sabremos si el es capaz de ganar o no, Si gana tendrل un gran impacto en el boxeo, que es lo que esperamos. Arreola debe mostrar que tiene las agallas, justo como los peleadores mexicanos tienen.”

                        Carlos Zarate:

                        “It seems to be a difficult bout for Arreola, but taking his record into account, he has probabilities to win, as Klitschko has already fought a lot. If Arreola wins, it will be something shocking. Imagine! The first Mexican to win a heavyweight world title. He could become an idol in Mexico like Raul ‘El Raton” Macias, Ruben ‘El Puas’ Olivares and Julio Cesar Chavez.”

                        “Parece ser una pelea muy dificil para Arreola, pero tomando en cuenta su record tiene probabilidades de ganar, ademلs que Klitschko ya ha peleado mucho. Si gana Arreola serل un shock. Imagيnate! El primer mexicano en ganar un tيtulo mundial peso pesado…Podrيa convertirse en un يdolo mexicano como Raْl “Ratَn” Macيas, Rubén “Pْas” Olivares y Julio Cesar Chلvez”.

                        Rafael Ruelas:

                        “Based on the fights that I’ve seen, I think his chances are very good. He’s a strong-willed indivdual and it takes a lot of willpower and courage to go after a champion. I think that’s a quality he has along with the power in his hands, which will increase his chances tremendously.”

                        “Basado en la peleas que he visto, Creo que sus probabilidades son muy buenas. El es un individuo voluntarioso y toma mucha fuerza de voluntad y coraje ir tras el campeَn. Pienso que esas son cualidades que tiene junto con el poder en sus manos, que incrementarلn sus oportunidades tremendamente.!

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                        Gabriel Ruelas:

                        “I’ve seen many of their fights and I think Chris has got a very good chance. I think he’s going to surprise Klitschko. He is very, very strong and hits hard. This is a very important fight for the Mexican people because we have never had a heavyweight champion. This would put us further on the map and he knows that, so I think that motivation is going to help him push forward. I believe he’s got a great chance; I do. Not just a good chance, but a great chance!”

                        “He visto varias de sus peleas y pienso que Cris tiene una gran oportunidad, pienso que va a sorprender a Klitschko, El es muy, muy fuerte y pega duro. esta es una pelea muy importante para los mexicanos porque nunca hemos tenido un campeَn Peso completo. Nos pondrيa arriba en el mapa y el lo sabe. Asي que pienso que esa motivacion lo empujarل hacia adelante. Creo que tiene un gran chance. So solo un chance, una grلn posibilidad!”

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                        • Klitschko TKOs Arreola

                          WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated #1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Arena in Los Angeles. Klitschko was able to score effectively at a distance against the aggressive Arreola, who made him work very hard. The fight got more one-sided as the fight progressed and referee Jon Schorle stopped the punishment at the end of round ten.

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                          • Diaz edges Chavez

                            In an all-Chicago showdown between former lightweight world champions, David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) won a majority decision over Jesus Chavez (44-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion. It was a very good action fight from start to finish with the fighters often trading shots in the center of the ring. Diaz seemed a little sharper an won 97-93, 96-94 on two cards. The third card was 95-95. It was Diaz’ first fight since losing his WBC belt to Manny Pacquiao 15 months ago. Chavez was returning after a seventh round TKO loss to Michael Katsidis in April.

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                              • [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PFu0ldcyNc"]YouTube - Chris Arreola Post fight emotion[/ame]
                                Last edited by ibleedpurple; 09-28-2009, 04:39 PM.

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