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Exclusive Interview: Prospect Zachary Ochoa

By Gary Totten August 3rd, 2012 All Boxing Interviews

SaddoBoxing: How did you first become involved with boxing?

Zachary Ochoa: "I first became involved in boxing at 10 years old when my dad saw me fighting in the street and decided to take me down to a basement in
the projects and teach me how to box".

SB: Who has been the biggest influence in your life and on your boxing career?

ZO: "My family has been a big influence on my life and boxing career because they support me. But mainly, I myself have been my own biggest influence because I have alot of goals for myself that I need to make happen".

SB: How did your experience as an amateur help you with your transition to the pros?

ZO: "My experience as an amateur helped me very much because it gotten me use to big crowds and fighting around screaming people who want you to
win or want you to lose, so when I turned pro I was ready for that because fighting-wise, I always knew I was ready for the pros".

SB: Tell us about your first professional victory from your pro debut against William Ware?

ZO: "My first professional fight felt really excellent. When I stepped into that ring with no head gear it felt just like home, like I was a gladiator ready to fight to the death. I knew this is what I was made for". More...

Exclusive Interview: Scott Hartley

By Gary Totten December 22nd, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

ScottHartley1 Exclusive Interview: Scott HartleyAlloa born Scott Hartley fights professionally with London promoter Miranda Carter, who runs regular shows at York Hall, 'the home of British boxing'.

Scott is now training with Kevin Campion and plans to campaign at super-middleweight.

On his debut at York Hall on Sunday, 13Th November, Hartley recovered from a first round knockdown to produce a draw with Preston hardman Stuart Maddox. Caught by a right at 2:23 into the fight, Hartley was cut on the forehead and on wobbly legs but then put on what promoter Miranda Carter called "a lionhearted display" to last out the round and then come right back into the contest.

Scott showed his boxing skills for the remainder of the bout to counter the power shots coming from the heavier Maddox. After four rounds referee Ken Curtis scored the fight 38-38.

Scott kindly gave SaddoBoxing the opportunity to interview him after his first professional fight and this is what he had to say.

SaddoBoxing: Can you tell us how you first got started in the sport of boxing?

Scott Hartley: I started boxing in the Royal Navy, trained a little as a kid but loved rugby so boxing could never take centre stage. When I finally got into it onboard HMS Invincible with MEM Matt Phillips, I never looked backed. Training in the hangar by Harrier planes or on the quarter deck sailing along the Middle East was fun.

SB: Can you tell us at what age did you actually make your amateur debut and from that experience could you give us your feelings of what it felt like to step into the ring for the first time?

SH: I was 19 and it was in the hanger of HMS Invincible docked at Marseilles. How I felt, was just a different class of excitement. All the lads from the Marine engineering section screaming for me, it was awesome experience. More...

Exclusive Interview: William Shamar Whitt

By Gary Totten December 14th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

William Shamar Whitt1 Exclusive Interview: William Shamar WhittAt 21, William Shamar Whitt from Brooklyn, New York, exudes the confidence and ring generalship found only in seasoned fighters in
their prime.

Possessing a calm demeanor and confident swagger, the 5'10' tall junior welterweight southpaw has already stacked up numerous titles and accolades.

With just twenty-five amateur fights under his belt, Whitt has already captured some of the most coveted amateur boxing titles.

To date, he's captured the 2008 NY Golden Gloves Championship and the Empire State Games Trials Championship. He's also the reigning Long Island Amateur Boxing Champ, two-time Friday Night Fights Champion and has been touted as's "Amateur of The Year" and Pound 4 Pound DVD's "Amateur of The Month".

Not only is Witt a talent in the ring, having the ability to fight southpaw as well as orthodox and fighting successfully between 141 and 152 lb, he's also a talent outside the ring as well.

As a role model for the youth in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Whitt is respected and revered by his community and peers. One to watch, WIlliam Shamar Whitt has a plan and his plan is to be the best; so far his plan is working.

William kindly took time out of his very busy training schedule to accommodate this interview with SaddoBoxing

SaddoBoxing: Could you tell us how you got into the sport of boxing?

William Shamar Whitt: As a kid growing up, I loved to watch boxing and I loved to fight. In November or December of 2006 I joined Ardon Sweet Science Gym, My trainer Greg Ardon saw my potential, he made me work hard and we had our first fight a few months later in January, 2007. More...

Exclusive Interview: Riddick Bowe

By Gary Totten December 7th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Riddick Lamont Bowe, born August 10, 1967, Brooklyn, NY, is a retired American boxer. He is a two-time heavyweight champion and a former undisputed heavyweight champion.

As an amateur, Bowe won the prestigious New York Golden Gloves championship among other tournaments. In 1984, at the age of 17 he knocked out opponent James Smith in just four seconds and in the 1985 National Golden Gloves championship he lost to Ft. Worth light heavyweight Donald Stephens.

Bowe also won the Silver Medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, when he was stopped in two rounds by Lennox Lewis.

Riddick turned pro after his Olympic loss, however, his heart and dedication were brought into question. Highly regarded trainer Eddie Futch took on the job of developing Bowe, as he saw the talent. Eddie would say that Riddick had more potential than any boxer he had ever trained.

Bowe went on to fight 45 times with 43 victories and 33 of those coming by way of knockout. He suffered one defeat by unanimous decision at the hands of Evander Holyfield in their rematch in 1993, which was infamously dubbed the "Fan Man" fight.

Riddick also had one no contest against Buster Mathis Jr when Bowe hit Mathis when he was on his knees, producing a knockout in the fourth round of their fight in Atlantic City in 1994.

SaddoBoxing: What got you interested in the sport of boxing, Riddick?

Riddick Bowe: In the seventh grade I had to do an essay in class. The teacher made us talk amongst each other and a class bully named Darryl Lane thought Ali was a faggot and that Joe Frazier was a better fighter. And if I thought Ali was a better fighter, then I was a faggot as well. With my smart mouth, the first thing that came to mind was what I told him, “Well, your mama liked it” as I had just watched the movie 'Cooley High' the night before.

And I motioned (pumping) like the character, Cole Chief, did in Cooley High. Everybody in the class began to laugh at Darryl. We began to fight and he came at me like Joe Frazier and I landed an Ali jab right in his face. Then it got good to me and I fired off a left-right combination. I was on my toes then and he swung a wild right-left and then a wild left-right like Joe Frazier and then I got jiggy with it. More...

Exclusive Interview: Michael Sprott

By Gary Totten December 1st, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Michael Sprott1 Exclusive Interview: Michael SprottSaddoBoxing: What got you into the sport of boxing, Michael?

Michael Sprott: Muhammad Ali and my dad, who watched boxing a lot on TV and that's what drove me to want to box.

SB: Who are your biggest influences in boxing and in life?

MS: God, my son and my family in life, in boxing it is Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran

SB: What is a typical day in gym for Michael Sprott like?

MS: Running in the morning or sprints, weights at lunch time and the boxing gym in the evening

SB: When you are in between fights, do you stay in the gym or do you only train prior to an upcoming bout?

MS: I stay in the gym, doing weights, running...etc, just to stay in shape .

SB: As the former British and Commonwealth champion, you sparred hundreds of rounds with the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko as well as helping his brother Vitali Klitschko out at training camps in Austria and Germany as a regular sparring partner. What was it like to work with these brothers and would you like to fight any of them?

MS: It was great sparring with them and brought on my boxing a lot. They are true professional sportsmen. I would love to fight the brothers, who wouldn't? But, it would be lovely to fight for the world title, always a dream of mine and guess that goes for any fighter out there. More...

Exclusive Interview: Martin Murray

By Gary Totten November 29th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

martinmurray1 Exclusive Interview: Martin MurrayMartin Murray is an exciting, unbeaten middleweight boxer from St Helens, England currently ranked 4th in the World by the WBA.

He is the Commonwealth, British and WBA International title holder, trains under Oliver Harrison and is managed by Hatton Promotions.

Murray has tremendous support as a boxer, and always brings an 'energetic' crowd with him to his fights which creates an electric atmosphere at any venue. He is truly grateful for the support he gets. Now at 28 years old, Martin is looking to get the high profile fights and titles.

A brief history

Murray has always been actively involved in boxing but didn't start training properly until he was 10 years old, and this was mainly because his best friend at the time was doing it.

He was trained by John Chisnall, manager of the Glass Boxing Gym in St Helens, who was responsible for training most of the fighters in the area. John had a big impact on a lot of the young people in the area, and over the years Martin became very close to him.

Martin’s amateur career spanned over 14 years. He had his first fight at just 11 years old and his last fight at 25; although he is keen to point out that there were lots of breaks in between.

Martin grew up watching fighters like Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Prince Naseem when British boxing seemed at a high during this era in the 80's. Although he enjoyed watching the fights, he wasn’t influenced by the fighters, but more influenced about wanting to be able to fight on the same stage as them.

During his amateur career, Murray won the ABA's at welterweight and had the opportunity to box for England until his career took a setback because of events outside the ring. More...

Exclusive Boxing Interview: Earnie Shavers

By Gary Totten November 25th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Earnie Dee Shaver (born August 31, 1945), better known as Earnie Shavers, is a retired American professional boxer and is widely considered the hardest puncher of all time.

Muhammad Ali, Joe Bugner, Larry Holmes, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Ron Lyle and Ken Norton all credited Shavers as being the hardest puncher they had ever faced in the ring.

Shavers took up boxing at the late age of 22, yet two weeks later he won his first ever fight by knocking out Jim Daniels in the first round.

Earnie worked out daily in Warren, Ohio. He was generally in and out of the top ten ratings for no less than about a ten year period.

Shavers is listed as 10 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. His right uppercut and cross were his two biggest shots.

But as Angelo Dundee once respectfully said of Shavers, 'He can get you out of there with any shot'.

Shavers was a heavy-handed puncher who stalked his opponents in order to set them up for his thunderous right, which accounted for many of his knockouts.

Sometimes ungraceful and without accuracy, Earnie was known to exhaust himself before round seven, perhaps due to a lack of proper training facilities, and critics argued he rarely won a bout that went longer than eight rounds. But he fought Ali well for 15 rounds and Holmes for 11.

Earnie would throw punches against any legal area he could reach, exposed or covered, relying on his tremendous power to wear down his opponents and exploiting any opening. More...

Exclusive Interview: Kevin Campion

By Gary Totten November 18th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Kevin Campion1 Exclusive Interview: Kevin CampionCoach Kevin Campion is an Essex based professional Boxing Coach licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Campion has had coaching experience alongside legendary boxing trainer Bobby Rimmer. Bobby was former assistant trainer to ex-World Champion Ricky Hatton, British Champion Michael Gomez and current European Champion Matthew Hatton and a former trainer of Olympic Bronze medalist Tony Jefferies.

Kevin has worked alongside Bobby with Rimmer's current stable of excellent fighters and English Light Middleweight Champion Brian Rose, Commonwealth Super Featherweight Challenger Jon Kays, to name but a few.

Campion coaches out of Old Ironworks Gym in Maldon, Essex and has two great young prospects under his wing at the moment in Luke Fowler and Scott Hartley.

SaddoBoxing: Could you tell us how you got into boxing Kevin and how you got into training fighters?

Kevin Campion: I used to box myself as an amateur and on the unlicensed circuit but I had to give up at a really young age due to sight problems caused by headaches I was having through my teens. So, I was advised to stop. But all I have ever wanted to do was coach even at that young age so I stayed involved, coaching amateurs and white collar fighters before working alongside Bobby Rimmer. I was then convinced to turn pro and haven't looked back since. Loving every minute of it.

SB: Kevin could you tell us about the boxers you train today and the boxers that you have worked with in the past?

KC: Currently, I train Luke Fowler, an 18 year old light welterweight who has had one pro fight, which he won and Scott Hartley, a former Scottish International amateur who is a super middleweight and debuts this Sunday at York Hall, Bethnal Green. I have worked with many fighters over the years but only been pro since March 2011. So when I turned pro I made a clean break from all other fighters I had (amateur, white collar) so I could concentrate on the pros. I have mainly worked alongside Bobby and his stable of fighters. More...

Exclusive Interview: Bradley Skeete

By Gary Totten November 11th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Bradley "Super" Skeete defeated Jay Morris, an experienced fighter and former British Masters Light Welterweight titlist, on the Ricky Burns v Michael Katsidis undercard on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London.

Skeete had controlled the fight from the opening bell and the pressure paid off early in the fifth as the referee stopped the contest to hand the Penge fighter a fifth successive victory since turning pro last October.

Promising welterweight Bradley, who was fresh in the ring just two weeks after defeating Steve Spence on points, showed his greater athleticism and slick stylish skills as his movement caused Morris problems.

The 33-year-old could hardly land any shots as Skeete worked the outside of the ring and continued to find success. This young 24 year old from Penge in London is definitely a star of the future and will be a welcomed addition to the hotbed of welterweight talent that already exists both in the UK and the United States of America.

SaddoBoxing had the pleasure of interviewing Bradley on the eve of his fight with Jay Morris and this is what he
had to say.

SaddoBoxing: How did you get into boxing and what age did you start?

Bradley Skeete: My dad got me into boxing. He worked for my amateur coach, Sid Khan, who runs Earlsfield ABC. I started going down the gym when I was seven years old.

SB: Who has been the biggest inspiration in your career so far?

BS: My biggest inspiration in my career so far has been my daughter Alyssia, two years old. I want to be able to give her the best upbringing I can so when it gets hard I just think of her. More...

Exclusive Interview: Michael Jennings

By Gary Totten November 10th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

thumb Jennings fight181 Exclusive Interview: Michael JenningsSaddoBoxing recently had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Michael Jennings, former WBU, British and English welterweight champion.

The 34 year old from Chorley, England turned pro in 1999, winning the English title in 2004 against Chris Saunders, capturing the British belt in 2005 against Jimmy Vincent before losing it on his second defense to Young Mutley.

In 2007, Jennings defeated Takaloo to annex the WBU crown, making a defense before stepping up to unsuccessfully challenge Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO title in 2009.

Jennings last fought in August, 2010, suffering a fifth round stoppage at the hands of Kell Brook in a WBO title eliminator that was also for the British and WBO Intercontinental belts.

Michael's boxing record to date is 36 (KO 17) wins with 3 (KO 2) losses and the sharp punching stylist talks exclusively to SaddoBoxing about his beginnings in the sport, his boxing heroes, his comeback plans and much more.

SaddoBoxing: What got you into the sport of boxing?

Michael Jennings: My older brother Raymond went to the gym about six years before me and for some reason, everyone at my school thought I was a boxer. I wanted to go down and try but never got around to it. My younger brother David went, then the following week I went myself and never looked back.

SB: I know that you have had a shoulder injury; how hard has your road to recovery been and how hard has it been to be kept out of the ring since you last fought Kell Brook for the WBO Inter-Continental and British welterweight title in September, 2010?

MJ: It as been one of the worst things I have had to do. I have been boxing for 22 years and never had longer than two weeks out of the gym in all that time. Since I have had the injury I have not trained properly for three months and it as been a complete transition in my way of life. More...

Exclusive Interview: Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh

By Gary Totten November 4th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

Jamie Kavannagh1 Exclusive Interview: Jamie The Nuisance KavanaghDublin born Jamie "The Nuisance" Kavanagh is a talented young Irish boxer based in Los Angeles, California who fights out of the Golden Boy Promotions stable and currently trains at the Wild Card Gym under legendary trainer Freddie Roach and Sedano Ruiz.

Kavanagh is a natural in the truest sense of the word; few individuals in any sport have received as many national and international accolades at such a young age. Walking into the Crumlin boxing gym at the tender age of 10 and beginning to compete at the age of 11, Jamie racked up over 180 wins in his amateur career, while losing only twelve bouts.

From the years 2001 to 2009, Jamie attained no less than seven Irish national titles and six regional titles. Since turning pro as a light welter in May, 2010, Kavanagh, now 21 years of age, has recently fought as a lightweight, decisioning Marcos Herrera in July to improve his record to 8-0 (3).

SaddoBoxing: What got you into boxing in the first place? Which fighters have inspired you?

Jamie Kavanagh: Boxing has always been in the family and it's just one of the things you're gonna try out when it's your time. There's a lot of fighters who have inspired me. I train with two, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. They have done so much - Manny has eight different titles in different weights.

Also, the way Khan started at such a young age and came through everything, the ups and the downs and now he's world champion. All through the years, there have been so many [inspirational fighters] and just too many to mention cause today I sparred one in Manny Pacquiao and saw one spar today, which was Amir Khan in the the gym, which is weird. More...

Exclusive Interview: Andy Lee

By Gary Totten October 27th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews

After avenging his only professional loss by decisioning Brian Vera in a rematch earlier this month, Irish middleweight Andy Lee is likely heading for his first world title opportunity.

The lanky southpaw took time to speak with SaddoBoxing about his beginnings in the sport, trainer Emanuel Steward and many more facets of his five year pro career.

SaddoBoxing: How did you get into boxing or/and what made you start boxing?

Andy Lee: I started boxing at the Repton Boxing Club in London, England. I grew up in a boxing household with my two older brothers both boxing and after us my younger brother boxed too.

SB: What are your ambitions in boxing, and have they changed since you first turned pro?

AL: My ambition since turning pro has always been the same. Become champion of the world. I believe I'm close to achieving it; 1-3 fights away.

SB: What is it like working with the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and how important is he to your boxing future?

AL: I've been with Emanuel since turning pro. I live with him and his nephew and assistant trainer Javan Hill in Detroit. Everyday with Emanuel and Javan is a learning experience. Being there in the house and in the Kronk Gym, it's a boxing environment. There's old guys in the gym like Lee Crenshaw, Floyd Longan and Keith Lee that have seen it all, all those great Kronk fighters over the years and they're always there with a word of advice during sparring.

SB: Can you give me an example of what you do in your hardest training session?

AL: For preparation for the Vera fight we brought in two sparring partners Carlos Molina and Steve Rolls. Along with K9 [Cornelius Bundrage] and the fighters that are in the Kronk there was lots of hard sparring sessions. In our gym we believe sparring is key. We don't do a lot of bag work and only work the pads in the last week or two. We spar a lot and everyone in the gym is competitive. More...

Martin Rogan, Matt Skelton Clash Again November 12

By Gary Totten October 12th, 2011 All Boxing Previews

The stage is set for part two of a fight that first took place in 2009 between Martin Rogan and Matt Skelton, in Birmingham, England, as the pair are scheduled to renew hostilities on 12 November.

This time the venue is the King's Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a marvellous boxing arena, which has seen so many great nights of boxing over the years.

Fighters including Barry McGuigan, Wayne McCullough, Chris Eubank, Amir Khan, Robin Reid and Paul McCloskey, to name but a few of the boxing legends to have fought under this famous venue's roof.

On 28 February 2009, Rogan fought Skelton for the Commonwealth heavyweight title, in this fight of the year contender which could have gone either way.During the fight the momentum see-sawed from one man to the other but Rogan won the Commonwealth strap on this occasion.

The Belfast man went on to lose twice to Sam Sexton and reportedly turned down a fight with current British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury, although this was allegedly because Rogan had wanted to take on Panama's Lewis Andreas Pineda on 27 October for the lightly regarded WBU version of the world title, but the British Boxing Board blocked the contest from taking place in Belfast.

It will be nearly a year since Rogan last fought, when he was active twice within two weeks, scoring a first round knockout against Yavour Marinchev of Bulgaria at the University Arena Limerick, Ireland on November 2010 and two weeks later winning a six round points decision against Germany's Werner Kreiskott at the International Events Arena in Castlebar, Ireland. More...

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