“Training went very well and we’re putting on the finishing touches. The hard work is done.” Orlando Cuellar
Orlando Cuellar, trainer of Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) says he’s expecting an easy night when his fighter takes on World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch.
Johnson and Froch will meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Johnson and Cuellar have been working together since 2003, when Johnson (then a full-time construction worker) surprisingly beat top contender Eric Harding for the USBA Light Heavyweight title. They have gone on to win the IBF title against Clinton Woods, knock out Roy Jones and beat Antonio Tarver, among others.
Cuellar says he knows his fighter, knows what he can do, and doesn’t see him having any problems against Froch.
“For us, Froch will be an easy fight. If Glen did as well as he did against Chad Dawson, we believe he should do very well against Froch. Froch isn’t as fast or mobile as Dawson. Glen has faster hands and feet. He has better body work and better defense. The only advantage Froch has is age and Glen has shown he’s only gotten better with age.”
Johnson, says Cuellar, is a natural super middleweight.
“This is our second training camp at 168 lbs and he’s a lot more used to it. The first time around was the first time in years he made 168 and we were all anxious to see how he would perform. This time around, we have the momentum from the previous fight and we realize how well what we did worked and we’re employing the same techniques. We’ve just made a few adjustments to the style of Froch. My mentality is if you can do it in training; you can do in the fight. Judging by that, we are expecting him to look very good. I’ve always believed Glenn would be at his best at super middleweight. He is going to be amazing on June 4.”
Having been together so long, Cuellar says he and the fighter have their routine down like clockwork. “He’s a low maintenance guy. Glen is an old-school fighter who works hard. He’s a real pro who is easy to work with. We do bag work, sparring, regular gym work and then we work on shots that our opponent may give up as far as holes on his defense. We explore ways we can confuse his defense and hit him with shots he doesn’t see coming.”
With thousands of fans coming all the way from Britain to watch their man Froch, Cuellar says they are in for a big disappointment. “The fight won’t go the distance. Glen will win by KO. I’m sure of it.”
Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Matchroom Sports and Caesars Atlantic City.
Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall ticket office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet or in person at Boardwalk Hall box office.
DeGale asking for rematch with Groves
Frank Warren has called on the BBBofC to grant James DeGale an immediate rematch against George Groves. DeGale lost his British super-middleweight title to Commonwealth champion Groves on Saturday night.
But the fight ended controversially with Groves winning a contentious majority decision.
The two judges who gave Groves the fight did so by a single round.
“The general consensus seems to be that James won the fight, so they should order a rematch,” said Warren.
“I don’t think George’s team will be interested, but there’s no-one else for him. It should happen straight away.”
“One way or another that fight will happen again. If it doesn’t happen, George Groves should be ashamed of himself.
“I haven’t found one person who thought George won that fight and I’m sure he’s got a lot of pride and he wouldn’t want it to be like that.
“I’m sure he wants his victory to be an emphatic one.”
A despondent DeGale – who slumped to his first professional defeat – also called for a return against his bitter London rival.
“How can a challenger nick a fight on the back foot like that?” said DeGale.
“I thought I hit him with the cleaner shots, I hurt him in the ninth round, and the last four rounds I won easy.
“He can’t be proud of that win. He beat me, but he nicked it. I want a rematch as soon as, but we’ll have to see what Frank and the Board do.”
Stellar Polish Amateur Marcin Marczak To Pro Debut In London On June 4th
Exciting Finchley based Polish Lightweight Marcin Marczak is set to professionally debut, at the Olivia Goodwin Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’ double title headed event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, on Saturday, 4th June 2011, against Earl’s Court battler Bheki ‘Becks-Tiger’ Moyo.
A long time amateur boxer in his home country, Marcin moved to London five years ago to work as a personal trainer, as well as progress his amateur career. A fortunate move to City Boxer, a mainly White Collar Boxing club in Southwark, see Marcin’s boxing aspirations move forward apace, which in turn lead to him making the decision to move to the professional ranks.
Following a testing sparring session, at the TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Marcin spoke briefly on his upcoming debut, “I’ve waited quite a long time for the fight, I’m not young, I’m twenty nine. It’s everything I’ve been working for and looking forward to my debut.
I started boxing as a junior in Poland. There are many Boxing clubs in the town I used to box, there’s good condition for boxing where I lived.
Five years ago I came to England and started Boxing for English clubs. Then I start working for a White Collar Boxing club, City Boxer club. Then they offered me a boxing match and they said about professional boxing so I said yes, why not.
Then I met Garry (Janes), he’s my trainer and then we start working harder and harder and then I said yes why not and that’s how it happen.
It’s up to me, it’s in my hands so I now boxing in June at York Hall. What can I do, I’m ready for that.”
Marcin’s coach Garry Janes then added, “He was due to fight in March, we started training really properly around Christmas. Had a really nice build up to the fight and was ready to go and unfortunately the fight didn’t happen, so we ticked over keeping him fit until we started building him up fro the June fight, so he’s super, super fit and ready to go.
Because he missed out on that fight we’re really keen for this fight.”
Marcin Marczak versus Bheki Moyo will feature on the undercard of Olivia Goodwin’s Main Events promoted ‘Search & Destroy’, double title headlined event will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th June 2011.
Co-headlining the show are International Masters Lightweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr Attitude’ Barrett, who will be defending his crown for the first time against former Kenyan Super Featherweight Champion Geoffrey ‘The Tiger’ Munika, and former Super Middleweight supremo Toks Owoh, who was originally due to face Tony Conquest for the British Masters Cruiserweight title until Tony damaged his hand in training.
The massive 16 bout card also features TKO Boxing Gym’s Beckton based Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who gets a stern test against Welsh hardman Hari Miles.
Further Team TKO fighters on the card include Carshalton Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who faces former WBF Intercontinental title challenger James Todd, as well as Chelsea based Iraqi Heavyweight Ali Adams, Thamesmead Light Middleweight Nathan Weise, Plumstead’s Sam Standing and Islington Welterweight Brett O’Callaghan, all against yet to be named opponents.
Amongst the established stars taking part on 4th June are Luton’s Michael ‘The Real Chunky’ Devine, who takes on Trowbridge’s ‘Dirty’ Dan Carr in a four round Lightweight contest, the sensational Woolwich based Albanian Super Middleweight Eder Kurti, Brentwood Middleweight Kris Agyei-Dua and Minster Kent’s popular Light Heavyweight Dan ‘Woody’ Woodgate.
Making their professional debuts at the ‘Search & Destroy’ event are Lightweight Billy Lavelle, who is sure to be tested hard by the experienced Sid Razak, former unbeaten unlicensed fighter Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams, who will face Louis Byrne. As well as Middleweights William Cayzer and Diego Burton, who face yet to be named opponents.
Tickets, priced £35 (Standard seated) and £50 (Ringside) for the Search and Destroy event are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com, in person at The TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA or from any boxer appearing on the show. For further information call: 07960 850645