Boxing News: Demetrius Hopkins, Shawn Estrada, Joe Linenfelser

PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2008)—Contrary to reports that have surfaced on the internet, undefeated Jr. Welterweight, Demetrius Hopkins did not sign any affidavit that led to the removal of referee Earl Morton from this past week’s showdown between Kelly Pavlik and Demetrius’ uncle, Bernard Hopkins..

Hopkins is adamant that he didin't provide any verbal or written information.

Morton was replaced by Benjy Esteves after Morton was alleged to have a friendship with the elder Hopkins.

“I have no idea where anyone would get that I signed something. Have my uncle and I had disagreements this year? Yes. But I would never do anything like that to interfere in his career. I would have no idea if he was friends with this guy and for a report to come out like that is hurtful to me because I am not that kind of a person.” said Hopkins.

“I am very happy for my uncle on his performance on Saturday and for anyone to make something like that up is just horrible reporting.”

Hopkins manager Cameron Dunkin also backs Hopkins, “He didn’t sign anything at any time.”

If anyone would know, it would be Dunkin because he manages Pavlik as well as Demetrius Hopkins

Hopkins, 28-0-1 with eleven knockouts is ranked #9 by the WBC, #11 by the IBF, and #11 by the WBO will have his next fight announced shortly and is looking forward to challenging for the Jr. Welterweight championship.


Los Angeles, CA (October 20, 2008) – LA-based promoter Dan Goossen – whose accomplishments have included the signings of the most talented and last two Americans to win Olympic Gold Medals – has reached a promotional deal with 2008 Olympic middleweight Shawn Estrada.

Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions, previously guided the career of Philadelphia’s David Reid – the Olympic Gold Medal winner in the 156-lb class in the 1996 games in Atlanta – to a World Light Middleweight Championship, and currently promotes 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward, a native of Oakland, California who is undefeated (16-0, 11 KOs) and holds the NABO Super Middleweight title, while very close to challenging for a World Championship.

Goossen didn’t have to look as far away as Philadelphia or even Oakland to sign his newest Olympian, as the 23-year old Estrada – managed by Bravo Boxing Management (Arnulfo Bravo, Don Morandini and Eric Scholnick) and trained by Rodrigo Mosquera and co-trained by Arnulfo Bravo – hails from nearby East Los Angeles.

Millions of viewers, who watched the 23-year old Estrada in the recent Beijing Olympics, witnessed a courageous performance under extremely adverse circumstances by this heavy-hearted young boxer.

It was the dream of Juan Estrada to see his son, Shawn, compete in the Olympics. However, failing health prohibited the elder Estrada from traveling to Beijing. While able to watch his son on television handily defeat his Argentine opponent in his opening bout – Juan’s condition deteriorated by the time of Shawn’s second round match with Great Britain’s James Degale, and he was unable to watch the bout. Shawn lost a decision to the eventual 165-pound Gold medalist that night, and his adoring father passed away the next morning.

“We are very excited to be part of a tough and talented local young fighter of Shawn’s caliber and character,” Goossen stated. “His Olympic story was a compelling -- and heartbreaking -- one and, to be able to compose himself to get into the ring in Beijing speaks volumes as to his heart and dedication. Over the past 12 years we have promoted the two best American Olympic boxers -- both gold medalists -- and we strongly believe that Shawn has the desire and ability to achieve the heights of success afforded elite Gold medalists in the professional ranks.

“I am very excited signing and working with Goossen Tutor,” Estrada beamed. “My manager Bravo used to fight for the Goossens and was trained by Joe Goossen. He advised me that Goossen Tutor Promotions can take me to the top. I can’t wait to make my pro debut and see all my fans cheering me on."

“From day one with Shawn I knew that he had potential to be an Olympian and an even better professional boxer,” Bravo offered. “That’s because he had a pro style and could punch with both hands, which was better suited for the pros rather than the Olympic scoring system. He is a boxer-puncher; he possesses the entire package of offense and defense. He can box with you or knock you out with either hand. And, at 6-1, he is a big, strong middleweight. He has potential of being a world champion moved right.

“And we believe that Goossen Tutor can do that for him. They know this market better than any other promoter and Dan has had a lot of world champions and has been bringing young fighters to the top for many years. They are very high on Shawn being one of the top dogs at Goossen Tutor. I’m impressed at the way they moved David Reid and are moving Andre Ward now. They know what they are doing.”

“Goossen Tutor is very proud of their track-record in handling the sensitive balance of developing fighters from the ground up,” Goossen pointed out. “Even with boxers who came up short of realizing their Olympic dreams such as Michael Nunn, and Mike Tyson, who were 1984 Olympic alternates, their ascension in the professional ranks were handled as if they were the elite Gold medalists."

“Knowing the dedication Shawn has in reaching his goal of becoming a World Champion will make working with him and his management team a delight so that our combined efforts can support Shawn in realizing his full potential and dreams.”

A press conference will be held this Wednesday announcing Shawn’s professional debut.

"Bazooka Joe" Demolishes Hernandez in 5th

20 year old "Bazooka Joe" Linenfelser looked like a veteran fighter from the first bell. He started the 1st & 2nd rounds off slow, picking his shots with precision and confidence, attacking the body of former NABF Champion Fernando Hernandez of Chicago. Joe listened well to his corner and picked up the body attack in the 3rd and 4th rounds, hurting Hernandez towards the end of the 4th. As the 5th round started, Joe started mixing up the body attack and head attack throwing an increased amount of punches with every round. At the middle of the 5th, "Bazooka Joe" launched an all out attack after landing 3 well placed right uppercuts to the chin and nose of Hernandez who was badly hurt as the Referee on request from the ring Doctor called a very mercifull halt to the bout at 2:38 of round 5.

Article posted on 20.10.2008

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