For years students have been wracking their brains for the perfect excuse to avoid handing in their coursework. A recent survey showed that “My dog ate it” is the all-time classic – but now boxing brainbox Nathan Cleverly has one to trump even that. He won’t be attending lectures at Cardiff University next Friday – because he is challenging for the Commonwealth light-heavyweight against Tony Oakey at the Everton Park Sports Centre..
And fortunately for the 21-year-old maths student, his lecturers are understanding when it comes to him skipping lessons.
“I suppose you don’t get many students who are professional boxers, so there have been a few raised eyebrows in the past,” said undefeated Cleverly, who has just begun a new academic year.
“But I’ve got the full backing of everyone here, and have even been able to extend the length of my course from three years to four years to enable me to fit my boxing in around it.
“Obviously when I’m training for a fight I can’t dedicate as much time to my studies, but I’ve always got my nose in one of my textbooks, even when I’m at the gym.
“In fact sometimes I go to bed dreaming about my next fight – and wake up thinking about the latest equation I’ve got to solve for my degree.”
And Cleverly believes he has done his sums right for the Oakey fight, which will see him make his championship debut at light-heavyweight.
“Some people might see it as a risky fight for someone at this stage of my career, but I’m so confident that I’ll beat Oakey and show everyone what I can do,” added the Welshman.
“I might not be able to attend all my lecturers at the moment, but I’ve certainly done my homework on Oakey, and I know just how to exploit his weaknesses.”
Carina Moreno Defends Her Titles Oct 23 at Tachi Palace Casino
Four time female world champion, Carina “La Reina” Moreno, returns to the Tachi Palace Casino on October 23, 2008 where she will defend her WBC and WIBA minimumweight titles against Jodie Esquibel of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Moreno (19-1, 5 KO’s), who is considered by many boxing enthusiast as one of the best pound for pound fighters in women’s boxing, will look to extend on her eleven fight winning streak.
“This is another big fight for me,” said a confident Moreno, “My experience in title fights will be my advantage. At this level, everyone is tough. I’m expecting Esquibel to be in great shape. The fans can expect a great night of boxing. I’ll be ready for what ever she brings into the ring”
This fight is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Tachi Palace Casino. For ticket information call the Tachi Palace Box Office at (559) 924-7751 or Tickets.com call Center at (800) 225-2277.
Franklin Ya Ya Lawrence is striped of belt
IBA President Dean Chance has officially striped Franklin Ya Ya Lawrence of Indianapolis, Indian of his Heavyweight Continental Championship Belt.
Franklin Ya Ya Lawrence refused to defend his first Title Defense with Crown Boxing Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada in the time allotted by the IBA.
IBA President Dean Chance has given Crown Boxing Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada the right to promote the Heavyweight Continental Championship for the new Champion which will be announced shortly by Crown Boxing Inc.
American Cancer Society To Benefit From Jamaal Davis’ October 4th Fight
The ever likable Philadelphia middleweight, Jamaal ‘Da Truth’ Davis 7-4 6KOs), announced that sponsorship from DiamondBoxing.com has been secured for his fight against against fellow Philly boy, Chris Hall 3-4-1(2KOs), at the National Guard Armory, Philadelphia on Saturday 4th October.
As October is Cancer Awareness month the sponsorship monies have been donated to the American Cancer Society in the name of his young bride, Patrilla, who passed away just one week before Christmas 2007 after battling breast cancer for many years.
Jamaal who has been busy preparing for his upcoming fight took a few minutes off to say “I really appreciate the love I’m getting from Rob and Diane at Diamond Boxing with this sponsorship. It’s a big thing for me, they took the time to come and speak with us at the gym and gave me the chance to voice how things are for me and just how hard it was for me to continue my career after losing so much by losing my wife, who was just 25 years old when she passed. They’ve shown me great love by supporting myself and the American Cancer Society by getting the message out there so others can be aware and look after themselves. I cannot thank them enough and intend to be a great ambassador for them and the ACS by finding ways that I can help cancer sufferers and their families.”
Robert Epstein, owner of Diamond Boxing, who fully appreciates all that Jamaal went through during those traumatic times, as he also recently lost a treasured family member to breast cancer, his mother Rosalyn Meltzer, said “Diamond Boxing is dedicated like Jamaal Davis to help in anyway
possible to raise money for the fight against cancer. We are hoping the boxing community comes together and supports the effort. Jamaal and his family have faced challenging times with the passing of his Jamaal’s wife Patrilla last year to breast cancer. Throughout they courageously stood together, now with all their strength and heart they are doing what it takes to help fight cancer. Diamond Boxing is honored to participate and hopefully one day soon there will be a cure for this deadly disease.”
On fight night, Team ‘Da Truth’ as well as family members and some of the fighters, such as IBF Cruiserweight World Champion, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, from The James Shuler Memorial Gym will be wearing custom made Diamond Boxing/American Cancer Society shirts to show their support of Jamaal, Diamond Boxing and the American Cancer Society.
Headlining the Philadelphia Worldwide promoted event will be former world junior middleweight champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, 25-5-1 (15 KOs) against Martinus ‘Magnificent’ Clay 13-18-4 (5KOs) from Wilson, North Carolina.
The co-feature fight will star middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fighting Irish’ O’Donnell, 6-1 (3 KOS), a native of County Galway who fights out of Philadelphia against an opponent yet to be officially announced.
Another Philadelphia resident, Dennis Hassan 4-2 (2KOs) takes on Brooklyn, New Yorker, William Jeter 3-1 (2KOs), in a super middleweight contest. All the way from Dublin, Ireland, Patrick Hyland 14-0 (7KOs), has come to take on Santiago, Dominion Republic native, Elvis Luciano Martinez 11-26-2 (5KOs), in a featherweight battle. Patrick’s twin brother, Paul 12-0 (4KO’s), is also in action, competing in the Super Bantamweight class, against the Colombian born Miami resident, Felix Flores 14-9-1 (11KOs). Taking part in an all Philadelphia Lightweight match are, former World
Heavyweight Champion ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon’s son, Tim Jnr. 0-1 and Kywame Hill 1-3 (1KO).
The last word has to go to Jamaal who said “Please come out and support us and the American Cancer Society on Saturday. If you can’t make it to thefight please look out for the many events that will be taking place throughout October, which is cancer awareness month.”
Date: Saturday 4th October 2008
Location: National Guard Armory
2700 Southampton Road
Tickets: Tel: 866 777 507