News: Hank Lundy; Richard Pierson; Seth Mitchell


Veteran trainer Jack Loew believes North American Boxing Federation (“NABF”) “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) is vastly overrated and predicts his dynamic lightweight, “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs), will stop Lundy in the March 30th ESPN Friday Night Fights’ 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut..

“Lundy is a very good, slick fighter,” the outspoken Loew said from Williams’ training camp in Youngstown (OH). “But he’s so overrated. I applaud his promoter and management team for picking good opponents for him to look good against. (John) Molina may be the only lightweight more overrated and he stopped Lundy. I don’t care if he was ahead; Lundy lost that fight and was knocked out. I’ve been a fan of two-time world champ David Diaz but he was a shot fighter a year before he fought Lundy. Diaz was a good champion but he was never a big puncher, yet, he hurt Lundy, a slick fighter who can box but isn’t a big puncher either.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight for three, four rounds, until Lundy feels Dannie’s power. Dannie’s going to pressure him from the start. Lundy will fold and Dannie will take him out. I can’t see it going past seven rounds and, if Dannie catches him, it could end in three. Dannie’s going to come out firing and ready to fight 10 strong rounds, if needed. Once we get this fight behind us, we’ll be off to bigger and better things.”

Williams, No. 9 in the latest World Boxing Council (“WBC”) ratings, is the mandatory challenger for NABF champ Lundy, who is rated No. 4 by WBC, as well as No. 7 by the World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) and No. 12 by the International Boxing Federation (“IBF”).

Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment co-promote Williams, the 27-year-old from St. Louis who now lives in trains in Youngstown. “He’ll have a lot more fans there from Youngstown than Lundy who lives (Philadelphia) a lot closer to Foxwoods,” Loew added. “This camp has been much different than any others because Dannie is so focused. The winner of this fight goes up in a lightweight division that’s already loaded. Camp has been a dream for a coach because I have a hungry kid who trains and runs hard every day.”

Loew also feels that Williams’ boxing ability is underrated and Lundy’s constant trash-talking is for a reason. “You don’t win as many amateur titles as Dannie without being able to box,” he explained. “Punching is natural: you either can or can’t. Dannie’s an extremely big puncher with power in both hands. He can really hurt you. All I keep hearing about is how Lundy’s going to take away Dannie’s right. He’d better watch out for both hands.

“I’ve been there with Kelly (Pavlik), when he fought Edison Miranda and Jermain Taylor, and they acted like we weren’t even there. Some boxers need to talk for their self-confidence. Dannie’s been quiet other than to say he’s going to take it to Lundy. Dannie’s confident. Lundy has been shooting his mouth off, so, I guess that’s what he needs to do for his self-confidence.”

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY (March 20, 2012)—On Wednesday night April 18th, Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions presents a great night of boxing at the Beautiful Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark.

Two of the star members of LaConte’s growing stable Richard Pierson and undefeated John Thompson will be in the main event and co-main event respectively and will be looking to make big statements on the night of the 18th.

Pierson, thirty-one years of Paterson, New Jersey has a record of 10-2 with seven knockouts and looked like he didn’t miss a beat after a twenty month layoff when he took out Anibal Acevedo in one round this past February 17th in Nutley, New Jersey.

Pierson now feels with LaConte behind him that he has a chance to make a lot noise in his career.

“I felt good and I was a little rusty because of the inactivity”, said Pierson.

“I was happy that I won but I wasn’t satisfied as I wanted and needed rounds because I didn’t even spar a lot for the fight.”

Pierson will take on Joshua Snyder (9-6-1, 3 KO’s) of Berlin, MD

“I always never know much about my opponent. I am not bothered by it. It’s almost like fighting in the streets. You never know when you will get into a street fight and it’s kind of like the same thing as I don’t watch much tape anyway. I can’t complain how things are going, I know I will have an opponent and it doesn’t matter. The only guy I won’t fight is Mike Tyson”

Besides LaConte, Pierson has Lou Esa and Vito Mielnicki as part of the team.

“I have known Vito for years. I met him at the gym. Vito and Lou really take care of me and I know they really care about their fighters. Vito makes sure we are training and you don’t see that a lot and unlike a lot of people in this business, Vito has given me no false promises”

Thompson will take on Jamond Bourgeos (4-1, 1 KO) in a six round Middleweight bout.

The twenty-three year old former amateur standout from Newark is known as “The Apollo Kid” has been perfect in his six outing and notched his second knockout on February 17th when he took care of Laureano Laracuente in three rounds.

“I feel great and I am making progress in every fight”, said Thompson.

“Right now I have been building my name and I feel like a local celebrity.”

“In my last bout, I did what I had to do and I feel good about my performance. For this fight I have seen Jamond. I know he holds his hands up and just swings. I know I am on a whole different caliber. Anybody can just go in there in swing where I come with a lot skill”

“Vito Mielnicki and Gabe LaConte have moved me well. They have been keeping me active and it’s been great so far and I look forward to see what the future holds”

Those are just two of the bouts of a loaded night of boxing:

In a six round Bantamweight bout, Qa’id Muhammad (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Atlantic City, New Jersey takes on Steven Johnson (7-4, 4 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri

Tommy Rainone (17-4, 4 KO’s) of New York takes on Josh Hammaock (9-8, 6 KO’s) of Fort Smith, Arkansas in a six round Welterweight bout.

Mike Concepcion of Newark will make his pro debut against an opponent to be named in a four round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Aaron Kinch (2-0-1, 1 KO) of Newark will take on an opponent to be named in a four round Heavyweight affair.

Leandro Acevedo of Newark will make his pro debut against Marcus Clay (0-1) of Baton Rouge, LA in a four round Super Middleweight fight.

Joseliz Cepeda (5-2) of Newark will take on an opponent to be named in a four round Super Featherweight bout.

Joel De La Paz (6-0, 4 KO’s) will return after a sixteen month absence against an opponent to be named in a four round Super Middleweight bout

Tickets for this outstanding night of boxing are $200 (Front Row); $100 VIP and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased at:

Boardwalk Saloon
206 Bloomfield Ave
Newark, NJ

Seth Mitchell, Mo Lawal & Dan Cormier on LAST CALL on

As NFL Free Agency picks up and March Madness is at its peak, the Sport Swami and his crew are bringing in some hard rock music and some out spoken athletes to mesh with this week’s show. Thanks to Co-host AMILE WATERS ( bringing in fresh insight, it’s a can’t miss edition of LAST CALL on This week’s guests include:

-Undefeated Strikeforce Heavyweight DAN CORMIER ( makes his debut on the show as he prepares for the Finals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix in May. The former Olympic wrestler sits down to talk Strikeforce Grand Prix Tournament, his views on his opponent Josh Barnett, his training regiment and ideal weight for this fight, the recovery from his broken hand and how he re broke it earlier, and how he balances being a father and a fighter.

-Strikeforce Light Heavyweight MMA star ”King” Mo Lawal ( returns to the show as he chats with Amile Waters and the Swami after some life altering events over the past year. The former Strikeforce Champion talks about his staph infection in the knee, what caused it and how serious it was, his meeting with the NSAC on March 27th about his drug test, what he took and how it came from a over the counter store, and in depth analysis about why teammates never fight teammates.

-Undefeated Heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell ( returns to the show to chat with Amile and the Swami as he prepares for his HBO co-main event fight with Chazz Witherspoon. The Maryland native will talk about his past fight with Sultran Ibragimov, what he feels he was happy with and what he needs to do to improve, his fight with Chazz Witherspoon, rumors of a possible title fight with Wladimir Klitschko, and an in depth look on the training regiment for the fight.

All of this plus much more only on Last Call Friday, March 23rd from 11 to 1 a.m. Eastern time/8 to 10 p.m. Pacific time.