Interview: Iran "The Blade"
- On November 7, at Gleason's
gym in Brooklyn, NY will feature an evening of legendary
boxing to benefit the Twin Towers fund. Two-time world
champion Iran "the Blade" Barkley involved
other legends such as Jose Torres, Bobby Czyz, Micheal
Olajide jr.,Lonnie Bradley, Gerry Cooney, Mike Breland
and more will box in this exhibition.
Barkley's one of the most exciting
champion of our time with devastiating punching power.
He made his professional debut on December 9, 1982
by destroying Larry Jordan in round two in his first
Barkley and other New Yorkers will
participate in a Fund raisen for the fire fighters,
police officers and others the WTC terrorist attack
could have affected.
The former world champion has two
wins over legendary Tommy Hearns to his credit, first
fight in 1988 ended in round three knockout while
the rematch 1992 went to the distance (12 rounds)
Barkley was regarded as one of the
devastating puncher of our time. He was very exciting
and gave us everything he had during his pro career.
Your thoughts on Hopkins-Trinidad
What a great fight. It could be a good rematch too.
Hopkins fought a smart and good fight. He did what
he was suppose to do. I'm happy for him and I know
he'll handle business. He'll be fine just needs a
rest for now. He still owe to to Don King.
Your favorite fighters today?
Shane Mosley, Mike Tyson, Roy Jones jr. & Floyd
What's your involvement in the
Twin Towers Fund Raisen exihibation for the
fire fighters, Police Officers and others the WTC
terror attack may have affected?
I'm excited to be a part of this. We in boxing can
make a difference too in the Twin Towers fund raisen.
We're going to raise money for people that lost their
love ones in the WTC terror attack. Different New
York boxers and people in the business are coming
together to do something for these people. It's a
worthy cause. Hopefully, this event will elevate me
back, if Michael Jordon could make a come back, I
should be able to too. People don't want to see Holyfield
fight Ruiz again. The exihibition for the Fund raisen
will take place on November 7, at Gleason Gym in Brooklyn,
NY. I know a lot of fans will be there.
What can you tell us about this
exhibition November 7, at Gleason gym?
It's going to be an exciting evening so we're asking
fans to be there and watch us do our thing. A lot
old pros are involved like Michael Olajide, Bobby
Czyz, Jose Torres, Boby Cassidy, Gerry Cooney and
other New Yorkers.
What's the objective of your organization,
boxer for boxer?
The organization was formed to help fighters who need
assistance with medical. They can get more information
by writing us at; Boxer for Boxer, 2645 3rd Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10451
It's an organization for retired fighter
who may need help. Our objective is to help those
fighters who can't fight anymore due to various reasons
but need funds to surrive.
How did the press conference go?
It was a pritty good press conference where we talked
about the Twin Towers fund riasen exhitibation.
Your thoughts on the Rahman-Lewis
I think Rahman should beat Lewis again. He did it
before he can do it again. If I was Rahman I would
taken the fight to Africa again. I know Lewis was
terrified by that lost, he wanted to turn into Hollywood
what's going to make him focus this time.
How about Ruiz-Holyfield rematch?
Ruiz could beat Holyfield
Another great fight. Zab is getting into a tough fight
here, he needs to be be focus and serious. I feel
he's going to win. He has good oxing ability and fast
How would you compare you too fights
All were good fights.
Which of your fights do you consider
All my fights were tough fights
Describe your fight with Duran?
Toney? Benn? Nunn?
Duran fight was an ok fight. Bob Arum wanted him to
fight "Sugar" Ray Leonard. I know Ray didn't
want to fight me because he knew what I'm capable
Toney fight, I was rush to do again
other set up.My apartment was broken into. I beat
myself in that fight. I had trouble loosing the weight.
I knew it was going to be a bad night for me
Benn was a fight Bob Arum had me set
up to loose. The guy was throwing dirty shots and
at one point I was on my knee. He's a very dirty fighter
I got hit with shots Nigel should have been disqualified.
Michael Nunn was a boring fight, all
he did all night was run and I know I won. It was
another Arum set up.
Any words to your fans who think
you should quit boxing?
That's nice but they should pay my bills then I'll
retire from Boxing.
So, what's next for you?
I'm talking to Lou Dibella, if he can help me get
a couple of fights.
We're also working on my book. Still on it.