NEW YORK (August XX, 2011) – The hard-hitting World Champions in “The Final” of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament, Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will be sharing their U.S. swing of their international press tour with the world via internet stream.
Goossen Tutor has teamed up with the people at TVU Networks to use their streaming technology to bring the classy Ward together with the outspoken Froch when they go face-to-face at their New York and Oakland press conferences live.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 – New York City Press Conference 11:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Oakland, Calif. Press Conference 11:30 a.m. PT
The footage will stream LIVE at: www.goossentutor.com and www.showtime.net.
Fight Night at the Horseshoe Undercard Results
On the non-televised undercard of the Hitz Boxing in Association with Banner Promotions’ Fight Night at the Horseshoe ESPN Friday Night Fights event on Friday, August 19 at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8-1, 30 KOs) of Chicago notched his landmark 50th professional victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Deandrey Abron (15-10, 10 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. The two light heavyweights traded bombs throughout, but Griffin had the faster, more accurate hands. The scores were 80-72 x 3.
Secret Service agent and undefeated super middleweight Mike “Cujo” Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago fought his usual back-and-forth war on his way to a highly entertaining unanimous decision (40-36 x 3) over Sydney Ohio’s Jeremy Wood (1-4, 1 KO). Kurzeja’s aggressive style always makes for a good tussle and give respect to Wood, who clearly showed up with winning on his mind.
Russian prospect Evgeny Gradovich (11-0, 6 KOs), of Arapahoe, North Carolina via Igrim, Russia, outworked Providence, Rhode Island veteran Robert “Don’t kurzeja in action 2Lose” DaLuz, (13-39-3, 9 KOs) in a solid eight-round featherweight contest. Gradovich mixed his shots well to the head and body and won by shutout scores of 80-72 x 3.
Lafayette, Louisiana’s Chris Singleton (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped Toledo’s Gabriel Morris, (4-12-2) in the first round of their junior welterweight four rounder, but had to work hard the rest of the way to score a unanimous decision, as the capable Morris made it a fight. The scores were 39-36, 38-37 and 40-35.
Indianapolis featherweight Dwayne “The Ghost” Wisdom was impressive in his pro debut, as he stopped Chicago’s formerly undefeated Paulie Settepani (1-1, 1 KO) at 1:13 of round three. Awkward and powerful, Wisdom moved in and out firing haymakers and hitting pay dirt often enough to leave the unsuspecting Settepani out on his feet.
Rockford, Illinois junior middleweight “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (10-1-1, 6 KOs) outworked shopworn veteran Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-18-4, 10 KOs) en-route to a four-round unanimous decision. The scores were 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36.
IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION
The Irish Youth squad put the finishing touches to their preparations today ahead of the opening bell for the eagerly anticipated 2011 European Youths Championships.
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association hosted Championships glove off at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin tomorrow.
Over 200 talented young boxers from 38 nations will be competing in the Irish capital.
Hosts Ireland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine will be using a full compliment of 10 boxers, while Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania have sent eight athletes to Dublin.
World and European Junior champs Gasan Gimbatov and Igor Kharitonov and AIBA World Youth bronze medalist, Vasiliy Vetkin, are included in the Russian panel.
Lithuania’s Youth Olympic champion, Ricardas Kumcaitis, and compatriot, Eimantas Stadionis, a bronze medal winner at the European Junior Championships, will also be competing in Dublin.
Germany will also be out in force, with bantamweight Theo Krechlok, the current AIBA World Junior champ, 2011 Brandenburg Cup gold medalist – Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly claimed gold at welterweight and the boxer of the tournament award at same – Philip Nsingi, and European Junior bronze medalist, Roman Freiss, included in their squad.
Polish Youth champ Dawid Jagodzinski is in at light-flyweight, while Bulgaria’s Denislav Suslekov, a bronze medal winner at the AIBA World Youth Championships, will also be taking part.
Armenia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Koryun Soghomonyan, Azerbaijan’s European Junior Championships silver medalist Rauf Rakhimov, and Georgia’s AIBA Junior World Championships silver medalist Aleko Chadashvili will also be trading leather by the banks of the Liffey.
IABA President Tommy Murphy said: “We are very proud to be hosting the European Youth Championships in our Centenary year and we extend a warm welcome to all the nations taking part in this prestigious tournament.
“The young boxers for all over Europe that will be competing in Dublin are the future of our sport and we are all looking forward to what will be a fantastic sporting occasion.”
Visit www.iaba.ie for weigh-in times, draw and start times.
Boxing begins at 2pm tomorrow followed by the opening ceremony.
European Youth Championships Citywest Hotel Dublin August 22nd/27th
49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Crumlin)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata)
56Kg: George Bates (St Mary’s)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Monivea)
69Kg: Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (All Stars)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Sacre Coeur)
91+Kg: Thomas Conroy (Ballyhaunis)
Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Tony Davitt, Gus Farrell and Paddy Hughes.
Physio: Eoin Naughton