Olympic super-heavyweight bronze medallist David Price described his time at this summer’s Games in Beijing as ‘a wonderful experience’ but admits he was not at the top of his game for his semi-final bout against Roberto Cammarelle. In an interview with Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Price said he was unable to put a ‘finger on what went wrong..’
“I think he lulled me into a false sense of security with his two previous performances. I was overly confident of going into the ring and doing a job on him.
“I probably underestimated him. I definitely underestimated his punching power and his hand speed. His hand speed is terrific. He was beating me to every punch.
“I was disappointed with that performance. But to come away with a medal after all that was brilliant.
Jean Marc Renard dead
By Per Ake Persson
Yesterday evening came the sad news that former EBU champ Jean Marc Renard, age 52, had been found dead by his wife in their home in Tenneville, Belgium. Reason for death appears to be suicide. He left several goodbye notes explaining his actions as to problems in the marriage.
Renard turned pro in 1980 and was 6-0 in 81 when he took on another future champ in Barry McGuigan in Belfast losing on points over eight. In his next fight, in Wales, he lost by a half point to Steve Sims but from then on it was up and away. In 1984 Renard won the EBU title at jr light with a close points win over Alfred Raininger only to lose it in his first defence to Pat Cowdell. In 1986 Jean Marc regained the title and held on to it beating the likes of Najib Daho and Antonio Renzo and drawing with Daniel Londas.
Renard relinquished the EBU title in 87 to concentrate on a world title shot but also to allow his brittle hands time to heal. Later he regained the EBU crown beating Farid Benredjeb with a hand broken in three different places. In May of 1989 he challenged for the WBA title held by Antonio Esparragoza but Renard, probably by then over the hill, was knocked out in the sixth.
In august of 89 Jean Marc Renard – with a lucrative EBU titlefight against Paul Hodkinson in sight – announced his retirement due to handinjuries. Renard run for a number of years a timber trade taking care of selling and delivery, remained in shape and did relatively well – or so it seemed.
Jean Marc Renard rates as one of the best Belgian fighters in history and an alltime great in Europe. His total record was 40-4-1 with many of his most important fights taking place in his opponent´s backyard.
Ferreyro Squares Off Against Martinez For IBA Latino Heavyweight Title Friday Night
August 29, 2008, Cestus Management new boxing sensations Rodolfo “BABY COBRA” Gomez, Robert “NIGHTHAWK” Luna Jr will make their much anticipated pro debuts, in front of a sold out 3,000 ravenous boxing fans that will pack the Civic Center in Laredo , Texas . These hardcore fans will watch these young Lions fight on the undercard of local favorite Hector “ HURRICANE” Ferreyro who will challenge for the IBA Latin Americas Heavyweight title. Ferreyro, the former Texas and IBO/USBO heavyweight champion, will be taking on the “PSYCHO MONSTER” Osvaldo Martinez. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.
The young and highly regarded nineteen-year-old Rodolfo “BABY COBRA” Gomez, has a height of 6’ foot 3” inches and weighs 147 pounds is the nephew of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez and the son of Rodolfo “La Cobra” Gomez”, will be fighting in a four round bout. The second Cestus Management fighter is the powerhouse former United States Combined Armed Forces Amateur Champion Robert “NIGHTHAWK” Luna also making his professional debut in a four-round fight. The event is being promoted by Los Dos Laredo’s Boxing Productions in association with Recon Garza Promotions.