The latest boxing interviews
When Stuart Hall and Martin Ward make history at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday March 29, there won’t be a prouder man in the house than Glenn McCrory.
Almost 25 years ago, McCrory had North East boxing fans dancing in the streets when he claimed the IBF cruiserweight crown and became the region’s first-ever world champion.
Now, with Darlington’s Hall and County Durham’s Ward about to enter the record books as the first North East fighters to face each other for top honours when they contest Stuart’s IBF world bantamweight title, we catch up with Glenn for his thoughts on the event.
Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA World Light Heavyweight Title against Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) on April 5 in Rostock, Germany.
The reigning champion returns to Rostock for the first time since an ill-fated challenge for the WBA crown in 2008. With this defeat still fresh in his mind, Braehmer is adamant that history will not repeat itself when he faces Maccarinelli.
Q: Mr. Braehmer, what comes to your mind when you think of boxing in Rostock?
JB: That you should only step into the ring when you are fit to fight.
Q: Is this answer related to your missed world title opportunity in 2008? Continue reading
BOB ARUM: Good morning everyone, this fight has been eagerly anticipated, a lot has been written about it. The two fighters are extraordinarily dedicated to their profession. From everything I hear I think this is going to be a monumental fight and from talking to Freddie and Manny and from watching at the Wild Card that many will be 100% prepared and will give a vintage Manny Pacquiao performance on April 12.
FREDDIE ROACH: Training is going really well. The training in the Philippines went real well. Manny sparred quite a few rounds and just getting the work in. We have five different sparring partners and whatever Bradley brings to the table we will be ready for. Continue reading
This weekend former Scottish ABA super-heavyweight champion Gary Cornish hopes to edge closer to his dream of becoming the first Caledonian to contest the British Heavyweight Championship. Continue reading
Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) travels to Rostock, Germany to challenge Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship on April 5.
Maccarinelli, the former WBO Cruiserweight Champion, knows what it takes to become a world champion and makes no secret of his desire to take the title from Braehmer in front of the German’s home fans.
Q: What do you think of your opponent Juergen Braehmer?
EM: I really respect him. He was a top quality amateur, who beat Ricky Hatton twice I believe. He is a very tough, hard man who has been around almost as long as me.
Q: How have you been preparing for this fight? Continue reading
Just months after making history; promoter Dennis Hobson is at it again.
In May last year, Hobson secured home advantage for Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell as the Yorkshireman became the first man from ‘Donny’ to win a world title after beating Mexico’s Julio Ceja.
With McDonnell subsequently stripped of his IBF bantamweight crown; Dennis successfully manoeuvred Darlington’s Stuart Hall into a vacant title challenge, which ‘Stuey’ duly won in a ‘fight of the year’ battle against South Africa’s Vusi Malinga in December 2013. Continue reading
The Pugilist KOrner: Peter Quillin, Joe Goossen, Don Chargin, Nate Campbell, Julian Williams, and Antonin Decarie
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents another packed edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!
The two hour spectacular will feature current WBO Middleweight Champion “Kid Chocolate“ Peter Quillin, veteran trainer Joe Goossen, Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week“ Chargin, former universally recognized Lightweight Champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior“ Campbell, Junior Middleweight prospect Julian Williams, and Welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading
CES photo by Kelly MacDonald – PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 24th, 2014) – KJ Harrison-Lombardi had hit rock bottom.
A once-promising athlete, he had long since given up on boxing, replacing his life in the gym with a far less glamorous life on the streets. His relationship with his girlfriend of more than six years had just gone up in flames, and his relationship with his father, a once inseparable bond that had fizzled through the years after his parents separated, remained icy at best.
Mired in a deep depression, he coped with the pain the only way he knew how.
“I always turned to drugs,” he said, “and I never knew when to stop.” Continue reading
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “HBO vs. Showtime” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506
Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will discuss the announcement of Juan Manuel Marquez versus Mike Alvarado, which has been slated for May 17th, as well as the potential super fight between Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., which could be announced in a few short weeks!! Continue reading
Last night at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, California, Junior Middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) took home the WBO Intercontinental title after winning a wide unanimous decision over tough fringe contender Mario Lozano (28-5, 22 KOs).
After ten rounds of action dominated by the speed and accurate punching of the Armenian born fighter, the judges rendered three shut-out score cards that read 100-90 across the board.
Despite the seemingly effortless performance against the hard punching and granite chinned Mexican fighter, veteran trainer Joe Goossen assessed his new pupil’s first fight competing under the Goossen Tutor promotional banner, which was broadcast in the main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. Continue reading