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News: Kauffman Signs with GC; Granados vs. Canas; Ali

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of exciting Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (23-1, 17 KOs) to a promotional agreement.

27-year-old Kauffman is currently riding high on a five-fight winning streak and picked up the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title by knocking out respected hard-punching veteran Chris Koval.

“Travis is another diamond in the rough that we have a special knack for developing,” said promoter Greg Cohen. “We’re looking forward to working with him and helping him attain his lifelong dream of winning the Heavyweight Title.”

The former number-one ranked American amateur heavyweight, Kauffmann is trained by his father, Marshall, who rose to prominence from his work with former welterweight contender Kermit Cintron.

“Travis has the people in place and now has the representation to punch a big dent in the heavyweight division. This is notice to the big man’s division that Travis Kauffman is back and he’s gunning for you.”

Granados happy for Juan Manuel Marquez; faces Canas on Friday, 12/15

CHICAGO, IL (December 12, 2012) Adrian “EL Tigre’ Granados is finalizing his preparations for his showdown this Friday night, DECEMBER 14 with Antonio “Aztec God Of War” Canas at Cicero Stadium but was thrilled to see his mentor Juan Manuel Marquez knockout Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday night in their fourth fight.

Presented by 8 Count Productions and Round 3 Productions, the Granados/Canas CROSSTOWN RIVALS junior welterweight clash headlines WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 23.

“I know how much it meant to Juan Manuel, he was so disappointed after each of the first three bouts. To have it end the way it did on Saturday night brought a great deal of satisfaction to him” said the 23-year-old Granados. “He’s the best Mexican fighter of his time, better than Barrera or Morales and right after Chavez Sr. all-time.”

“I trained with Juan Manuel and his brother Rafael in Mexico City for a little over a year beginning in the spring of 2008. Juan Manuel was preparing for his fight with Joel Casamayor and then later for his first bout with Juan Diaz.”

“For me it was like going off to college, the school of boxing. Working with Nacho Beristain and the brothers taught me so much about becoming a world class professional fighter and the preparation and training involved.”

A highly decorated amateur, the Cicero native first met legendary trainer Beristain at Cicero Stadium when his then charge and current world champion Abner Mares defeated Angel Priolo on April 20, 2007.

“I met Nacho and Jaime Quintana that night and they invited me to train in Mexico City with the brothers and Abner.”

About his upcoming fight against Canas, Granados couldn’t be more excited, “This is a dream come true for me to headline in Cicero. For years I’ve gone to the fights with my Dad at Cicero Stadium and Hawthorne Race Course, always wanting to fight in a main event.”

‘I’m very happy to face a young, undefeated rugged fighter headlining at Cicero Stadium, I never thought it would come to this.”

Looking ahead to 2013 Granados does see a couple of fights that he’d like to pursue, “Certainly a rematch with Frankie Gomez and also I’d like to test myself against guys like Jose Benavidez or Jessie Vargas who I fought in the amateurs. Those are the guys considered the best prospects so that’s who I want to fight in 2013.”

Granados lost a very close majority decision to Frankie Gomez in August 2011, an eight round war that was broadcast internationally on SOLO BOXEO TECATE.

Advance tickets for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 23, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $30 may be purchased by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie in Cicero, Illinois, 1.5 miles south of the Eisenhower Expressway. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.


December 12, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From December 9, translated from Spanish:


By José Sulaimán

Muhammad Ali, The Greatest of the Greatest

We just said goodbye to the more than 1,500 attendants to the 50th anniversary convention of the

WBC, celebrated in the paradisiacal island of Cancun, with the great support of the Governor of the

State, Roberto Borge, who received a standing ovation for having the perception of the good image

that it would produce for his beloved state. It appeared in the newspapers and on radio and television

all over the world. We received notes from Moscow, Italy, Japan, Argentina, South Africa, and all over

where the news of the convention – especially of Muhammad Ali – were published.

It was Saturday, December 1, when Muhammad Ali, he greatest champion of all time, was landing in a private plane, while at the same time the new president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, was taking charge of the Mexican Republic. It felt as if Ali was coming to welcome who we believe that is the man that will pull Mexico out of its present moment to take it back as one of the important countries of the world.

It was 15 years since the last time that I had seen Muhammad Ali. We came to have a very

close and dear friendship. He came more than seven times to visit me in Mexico, twice to support my reelections in 1980 and 1988. He visited the the land of Mexican Indians, where my father’s home was, for a charitable boxing event. He came with Lonny, who later became his wife and who has given her life to be with him. Also, when I intended, for my love for Ali, to have Dr. Madrazo, now a great surgeon in the USA, and Dr. Drucker, who had found a surgery to correct Parkinson’s Disease, which never happened. I had heard its devastating effects on Ali and I saw him a couple of times on TV, and once he made me drop a couple of tears of pride when he lit the Olympic flame. I doubted if he would recognise me on his visit to our convention in Cancún. I was also a little impacted on how I would see him. 15 years are too many to predict the changes in life.

I was one of the multitude that saw him beat Sonny Liston and had seen several of his prior fights. My friendship started, however, when I represented the WBC for the first time back in 1971, when he fought Joe Frazier for the first time at the Madison Square Garden in New York. I have never forgotten when I was at the scale waiting for both fighters. With Muhammad Ali coming from a dark corner of the theatre where the scale was, dressed with an all white robe and looking like an ebony God. Bundini who was my dear friend walked in with him.

His return to boxing was after his victory in the courts of law for not joining the Army for the

Vietnam war. He had lost his kingdom when all of the commissions and the WBA stripped him of his title,

which the WBC NEVER DID. He could never fight outside of his country as his passport was withdrawn. His victory was a message to the poor of the world to fight for their principles and never give up. He became the most adored and respected hero of all the world. Ali was forceed to be inactive for more than three years when he was only 25 years old – the very best of a human being. What an infamy!! The WBC, after his return, was with him in every single step in his career including the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila.

It was already nighttime when the van arrived from the airport in Cancun. It was dark outside when Ali was taken out of the van and taken inside where I had decided to wait. He came in his chair with

his face on his chest when he felt something in front of him. It was me. He raised his face, opened his eyes and looked intensely at me. He smiled. That made my day and the rest of my life, as I have

always believed in sincere friendship as the most important in human kind.

It was the morning of December 3 at the opening of the 50th anniversary convention. The theatre

was full to capacity and even more. Ali came on the stage from a dark side corner, which took my mind

41 years back, when a God of ebony came the same way at the stage of the Madison Square Garden to

the weigh-in of such an historical fight. Ali did not come in his wheelchair – he walked with the dignity

of a champion. The Governor, Roberto Borge, was welcoming him at the stage and joined Vitali Klitschko, whose speech was that in his childhood he dreamed of Muhammad Ali and today was very proud to have won his same belt, the green and gold belt. Julio César Chávez, Sergio Martínez and “Canelo” Alvarez joined them to place the robe on him, as well as to present the Diamond Belt and place on his head the crown as The King of World Boxing. He was voted unanimously by former and present champions, by the WBC Board of Governors, by the media that we could approach – unanimous voting for Muhammad Ali to be crowned as the King of Boxing.

Ali sat down on a chair of Kings, made especially for him. Others placed the crown on his lap. I was sitting at his left while Lonny addressed the attendants. I was asking myself if he was enjoying such a historical moment. As if he had heard me, he took the crown and moved it up to place it where it

belonged, on his head. Alí, in that moment, confirmed his profound feelings of acceptance of being the King of Boxing. No one else in the 300 years of boxing deserves it more than him.

The attendants as a whole started to shout the famous “Ali, Ali, Ali” of his great times. I could see one tear coming slowly down from his left eye. At the end of the ceremony, he stood up and under the

“Ali, Ali, Ali” shouting, he started to walk slowly off of the stage. He stopped at the end, turned to see

and smile at all the people, and raised his right arm to move his hand as a farewell. After that, I felt

his hand on my shoulder when he continued walking out into the shadows of the end of the stage, just

as that morning of 1971. He left with the pride and dignity of the King that he now was.

Thank you for reading my weekly thoughts.

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