Froch Brings In Top Prospect Richard Pierson To Prepare For Ward Fight ; WBC News

To assist with the training for his upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight championship of the world against reigning champ Andre Ward, Carl Froch has brought in top middleweight prospect Richard Pierson as a sparring partner.

Pierson (9-2, 6 KO) has a style that is comparable to Ward with his speed and power, and will be able to emulate what Froch will face in December.

Under the tutelage of former heavyweight knockout artist and renowned trainer Lou Esa, Pierson is looking to use his skillset to move up the ranks of a strong middleweight division and work his way towards a title fight in the near future.

“I think he (Pierson) can be one of the best middleweights out there in a short time,” says Esa. “He has a lot of drive and purpose, something a fighter needs to give him an edge.”

In his short career Pierson turned heads with his unrelenting attack and his ability to end the fight with one punch.

Inactive since last June, Pierson was originally scheduled to fight last week, but the show got postponed.

“We are in the process of putting together another fight for him now,” said Esa. “I am confident that Froch’s team will see the skillset Pierson has and makes a try to get him on the undercard of the title fight in December.”

Esa is quickly becoming well known as one of the top boxing coaches in New Jersey. In addition to Pierson, Esa works with rising welterweight star Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien.

“We have a great team here,” said Esa. “These kids work harder than any fighters I have ever had the opportunity to work with, and it will show when they get into the ring. The boxing world is going to become very familiar with the names Pierson and O’Brien very soon.”

Esa currently trains out of Final Round Boxing and Fitness in Whippany, New Jersey.

Carl Froch will take on Andre Ward for the WBC Super Middleweight championship of the world December 10, 2011 in Atlantic City.


September 27, 2011 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From September 25, translated from Spanish:


By José Sulaimán

I recently suffered the very painful and sad news of the passing away of my oldest friend since childhood, Jacinto Lárraga, a grandson of a hero of the Mexican Revolution from our home state. We both went through the different levels of school together during those years when the art of fighting in grammar school and high school was common. He became the leader of our gang to fight other kids, as was the custom. He always started the verbal fight, but pushed me in first when the fight was ready to start. I asked him, “Why me?” He used to say, “Because a Sulaiman never surrenders,” trying to threaten my pride and make my blood burn.

As a child, I was afraid even of the shadows of those today called “bullies,” until the time of a long story in grammar school when I beat the most aggressive kid, but he left my right eye totally closed with a punch. My mother tried to cure me with a steak, as the “comadres” said that it would do it. Jacinto then made a list of all those who had beaten me, without me even defending. My fights were almost daily until the vengeance was done, when we all became friends.

One day Jacinto invited me to a boxing show, and I went without money to pay for the ticket – I didn’t know that there was a ticket to be bought. They would let me in only if I accepted to fight in the “hors d’oeuvres,” fights that were a custom at the start of boxing promotions in the province of Mexico in the 40s and 50s, and even the 60s, when kids 10 to 13 years old used to fight a one-round match. Obviously Jacinto was my manager in the corner that I kept as a secret to my parents.

I only exchanged punches a couple of years as a child, and a couple more as an amateur. But that first evening, boxing came into my life, my mind, my heart, and my blood, and has remained there to this day. My dearest Jacinto was the one who introduced me to this volcanic sport where I have been 67 years of my life – may God have my compadre, Chinto, resting in everlasting peace, while I am still continuing in this volcano sport. I owe it to him to follow my destiny in boxing, which has given me the motivation to live with a commitment to serve the most needy, including accomplishments as well as errors.

It was during those years of adolescence and early youth when I learned of the abuses of boxers: without money to pay for their injuries; making a flyweight fight a featherweight fight; making boxers lose dangerous amounts of weight in inhumane ways; boxing fans shouting, “We want blood!,” boxers saying, “Victory or death;” promoters always expecting dramas for a better gate; ridiculous payments – enough to eat for only a couple of days – and many more inhuman actions that covered the sport with many highly detrimental conditions. All of those things made commissioners who are now affiliated with the WBC offer their best efforts to change the boxing of the past for the much more humane sport of today.

I would like to show, as an example of accomplishments that have taken boxing to its present heights, the great week end of September 17, when Mexican boxers followed their dreams on the days of the celebrations of the Mexican Independence – Jhonny González defending the featherweight world title tile by a knockout; Erik Morales winning his fourth undisputed WBC world championship – the only Mexican to have it done; the great performance of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against his tough rival, Alfonso Gomez; and the great boxing demonstration of one of the greatest fighters of all times, Floyd Mayweather, in winning the green and gold belt from Victor Ortiz, who presented a valiant and courageous fight, but was defeated by his own inexperience.


Michael Conlon got Ireland’s campaign at the 2011 AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers off to a flying start in Baku, Azerbaijan this afternoon.

The St John Bosco BC (Belfast) flyweight beat 2011 European bronze medalist Alexandr Riscan of Moldova 25-12 in the last-64 of the tournament.

The 19-year-old, who was 17-8 up going into the third and final round against Riscan today, will now meet Olzhas Sattibayev of Kazakhstan in the last-32 on Sunday.

Conlon, the current Irish Elite champion, is the only Irish boxers in action today.

2011 AIBA World Men’s Championships Baku, Azerbaijan

September 27th

52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) beat Alexandr Riscan (Moldova) 25-12

September 29th

69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) v Carl Hield (Bahamas)

September 30th

64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) v Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia)

October 1st
75Kg: (last 64) Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) v Glodi Eneste (Norway)
60Kg: (last 64) David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Mohammad Momevad (Iran)

October 2nd
52Kg (Last 32) Michael Conlon (Ireland) v Olzhas Sattibayev (Kazakhstan)
81Kg: (last 32) Joe Ward (Moate) v Dmitrov Stoimen (Bulgaria) or Abdurakhmonov Dilovasnoi (Tajikistan)
91+Kg: (last 32) Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Faruth Kalonov (Tajikstan)

October 3rd

49Kg: (last 32) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) v Mark Barriga (Philippines)
56Kg: (last 32) John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Filip Barak (Slovakia) or Akhil Kumar (India)
91Kg: (last 32) Ken Egan ( Neilstown) v Jose Larduet Gomez (Cuba)

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