By Laz Izada – This Friday night December 17, 2010 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami,Fl ,Don King Productions will present “ A Tribute To Freedom “. On the undercard of Austin vs Solis, Mike Marrone (19-1, 14Ko’s) and Darrel “King David” Madison (15-1,4Ko’s) will square off in a 10 round WBC Heavyweight Elimination Bout.
Marrone formally trained and handled by Lou Duva earlier in his career, has had change of gears in his career, recently after taking about 2 years off due to a personal family tragedy. His new team consists of promoter Don King, manager Jack Luce, head trainer Eddie Chambers Sr., and assistant trainer Victor Ramos..
Jack Luce his manger feels like Marrone’s 1st victory with this line up which he won by TKO this past June against a game Joseph Rabotte is “Mike’s first fight of his new career”, that “before Mike had been a slugger that he is an elite fighter now”. I believe Luce’s assessment of Marrone to be true as I seen him display a wicked jab that broke Rabotte’s nose that lead to the TKO that night.
This fight Friday night should be an interesting heavyweight bout as Madison has only one loss and is the New York State Champion and is considered a formable opponent. Madison has victories over Nagy Aguilera (split decision) and Zuri Lawrence (unanimous decision) these two heavyweights should put on a show. Madison a southpaw has been talking trash as of late and there is no love lost between the two.
Marrone by via of phone interview told me that “Madison’s trash talking is fine that he gives him credit for taking the fight that he knows what he has to do to win the fight, which is his top priority that he is in good condition, feels strong and ready”. He wanted to take to time to thank Oliver McCall, Ray Austin, the Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood, Fl and American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fl the gyms where he has trained and sparred with Oliver McCall and Ray Austin preparing for this bout.
While sparring with Austin at American Top Team Austin mentioned that Mike has a very impressive jab and that can hang with any of the top ten heavyweights, and McCall has said after defeating Fres Oquendo last week that Mike hits twice as hard Fres. McCall had previously sparred with Mike over 120 rounds for five weeks at The Heavyweight Factory.
Eddie Chambers Sr. Mike’s trainer tells me that” Mike has trained a lot of rounds, is just scratching the surface (of his potential), improving daily, and as long as he listens he could and will be a world champion, one fight at a time”.
The winner of this WBC Heavyweight Elimination bout should crack the WBC’s top 15 at Heavyweight and should be in contention of a shot at a world title every boxer’s dream and goal.
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