News: Harrison-Haye Sparring; George vs Ballogou; Henry Coyle

Audley Harrison gives more details on sparring session with David Haye in 2006: “I wanted to give some more details about my sparring session with David Haye and why I say he took liberties in trying to blast me out. After my first lost to Danny Williams, my confidence was low and I went to Miami to hook up with Lennox and try to get my mojo back. I was with my training team and had just signed to fight Dominic Guinn for April 14th. It was early March and we were running along the beach in the morning and we bump into David who was training there and was also running. We talked and as David was nearing the end of camp for his fight back in London, we agreed to speak later as we didn’t want cool down..

Bear in mind, I hadn’t done any boxing specific training since December and I was really looking to get my fire back and utilise the advice of Lennox.” click here to read the rest

Shaun George Weighs 177.5, Ready to Conquer Ballogou Wednesday Night

NEW YORK- Light-heavyweight contender Shaun George tipped the scales at 177.5 for his scheduled 10-round match against Jaffa Ballogou on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square. Ballogou weighed exactly 177. The bout will headline Dibella Entertainment’s first installment of Broadway Boxing of 2009. The fight will be televised by SportsNet NY, with dates and times to be announced shortly.

For the 29-year-old Brooklyn native George, this fight is about sending a message to the light-heavyweight division that they won’t be able to ignore.

“When I saw him at the scales, all I could think about is how much I want to hurt this guy,” said George, 17-2-2 (8 knockouts). “He has to pay for me not getting the fights with the top ten contenders that I want. He has to pay for all the guys that have been ducking me. When I started boxing as a young man, I would take all of my aggressions out on my opponents. That’s what I plan to do with Jaffa tomorrow night.”

George is currently ranked #8 by the WBC, #9 by the IBF and #11 by the WBA. He made his introduction into the world title picture with a stirring knockout defeat of two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd last May, winning in 9 rounds after scoring three knockdowns. As an amateur, George was a two-time New York Golden Gloves champ, holding a record of 51-7.

Ballogou’s 46-7 (40 knockouts) record is an accurate representation of the dangerous challenge that he presents. Ballogou has traveled the globe, fighting the sport’s best, including three world champions. Ballogou is known as “The African Assassin” and hails from the West African nation of Togo.

“I want to thank all the fans for their support,” George says. “Come out and support the show. It’s going to be an exciting night. He’s coming to fight, I’m coming to fight, but I will be the last man standing.”

Tickets for the event, priced at $150, $100, and $55 can be purchased by calling 212-947-2577. BB King Blues Club & Grill is located at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42 Street in New York City.




CHICAGO, IL (February 24, 2009) Popular Irish junior middleweight prospect Henry Coyle will once again battle in Chicago as he will be featured in the eight round co-main event at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” on Friday, March 27th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

The 21 year old Coyle, 9-1-0 (8KO’s), is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Sergejs Savrinovics on November 15th in Castlebar, Ireland . A native of Geesala, Ireland , Coyle’s aggressive, heavy handed style has made him a favorite amongst Chicago fight fans.

Said Pesoli, “Henry’s fought twice in Chicago and has really built a tremendous following amongst the huge local Irish population. We’re very happy to have him on our first show at the larger UIC Pavilion on March 27th.”

Details of Coyle upcoming bout will be announced shortly.

“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” is headlined by a ten round Chicago junior middleweight showdown between “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL GALLO MICHOACANO” Perez.

Other fighters scheduled to see action on the eight bout card include; super middleweight Andrzej “THE POLISH PRINCE” Fonfara, unbeaten junior welterweight Rita “LA GUERA” Figueroa, featherweight Juan Bailon, junior welterweight Ryan Smedick, super bantamweight Sergio Montes De Oca and pro debuting super middleweight Mike Kurzeja.

Advance tickets, starting at $30, for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” are now on sale through the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and through Ticketmaster ( Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

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