News: Otis Griffin vs Marcus Oliveria; Billy Dib; AARP Conference

At the Grand Casino, Hinkley, Minnesota Triple OG Otis Griffin, former NABO champion looks to get back on the right track with a victory over the previously unbeaten Marcus Oliveria. Griffin is coming off a bad decision against Jeff Lacy after dominating the fight only to be robbed at the hands of the judges. Now Griffin who has been training once again up at altitude at the Talon boxing gym, run by managers John Tandy and Keith Allen, and is in tremendous condition. Trainer Tandy has worked hard on improving Griffin’s power and hand speed, both of which due to the hard work and perseverance of Griffin have increased 10 fold..

Oliveria is taking a step up in class as Griffin has far more experience at a higher level and knowing that a win here would take Griffin back into the rankings drives him one even more. “I am going to take Oliveria out into deep water and drown him” Griffin was quoted in saying in the build up to the fight.

Also featuring on the card Phil Williams takes on tough veteran Antwon Echols, and unbeaten middleweight prospect Caleb Truax gets a tough test against Durrell Richardson. It is an action packed card in which all fights could go either way.

For Tickets contact Tony Grygelko on 612 282 4869 or they will be available on the door, this is not an event to be missed.

Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib meeting with royalty……

Taking a night out of his upcoming title-fight preparations, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib welcomed Saudi royalty last night in Sydney at a special dinner organised to honour the presence of the Prince of Saudi Arabia – His Royal Highness Turki bin Faisal Al Saud

Dib, the proud young Australian who only last December undertook the holy trip to ‘Mecca’ as an invited guest of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was very proud to have now met the Prince, and who also commented how proud he is of Billy’s achievements in boxing.

Dib commented – “This is a proud moment for myself and my family. It was an absolute honour to travel to ‘Mecca’ last here as part of my faith and on behalf of the King and I am equally proud tonight to have met the Prince personally tonight also”. “To have the support of the Prince and also King of Saudi Arabia is a big boost to my career, it’s fair to say I have ‘royalty’ in my corner!

Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib – A fantastic young Australian doing big things in the world of boxing and who embodies the wonderful multi-cultural society that Australia is.

A full press conference is scheduled for next Thursday 11th June, (details to come over the coming days) for Billy’s upcoming international title bout, scheduled for July 9th here in Sydney.

AARP Announces 2009 Boxing/MMA Medical Conference

Darien, Connecticut – June 2, 2009 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (the “AAPRP”) announced today that its 9th annual medical conference on Boxing/MMA ringside safety will take place October 14-18, 2009 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

This medical conference is one of the organizations most important events. Leading ringside physicians, fighters, trainers, managers, promoters, commissioners and media from around the world will be in attendance. The meetings, which begin on Thursday, October 15, will include lectures and presentations by some of the most experienced and respected ringside officials in boxing and mixed martial arts. This four-day seminar will feature a golf outing, a cocktail reception and an awards banquet. Continuing Medical Education Credits (CME) will be offered for all physicians that attend the meetings. Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity to witness a live professional bull riding competition as a part of this special weekend. Additionally, the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission is currently working with the AAPRP to schedule a boxing/MMA contest to coincide with this year’s convention.

Topics so far scheduled include an update on neurological imaging and study results, an overview of the legal aspects of ringside medicine, a review of ringside medical protocols, an infectious disease update including new information on Hepatitis B & C, the popular “the show must go on” presentation, a review of medical testing interpretation, an overview by the commissioners for approving boxing and MMA matches, a neuro-psych testing training course, an update on MMA equipment, the approval/denial of performance enhancing drugs in sports and methods to detect fighters at risk for injury. Additional topics will be added as well.

For more information, including requests for press credentials, please contact the AAPRP;
phone (203) 662-8900, e-mail or visit our website at www.AAPRP.Org

Established in 1997, the AAPRP was created to develop medical protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety and protection of professional boxer. The not-for-profit association is comprised of experienced ringside physicians from around the world who are dedicated to the medical aspects of the sport of boxing. Since its inception, the AAPRP has consistently grown to include physicians from around the globe who are working together toward a common goal of helping to ensure the health, safety and protection of professional boxers.