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By Nick Chamberlain May 17th, 2013 All Boxing Interviews
Traing exclusively out of Floyd Mayweather Jr's gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, 18 year old Junior ‘Special Boy’ Saba works with his uncle and trainer Tunde Ajayi.
On first glance at a popular video of pad work on YouTube, you would assume it was Roger Mayweather and Floyd hitting the pads in the rhythmic fashion that they have perfected over the years. But, it is actually Junior and Tunde. It really is uncanny and it clearly works well for the pair as Junior has been creating quite a buzz amongst all the right people.
Names get tossed around in boxing all too often, but it is evident and paramount when you hear the right names being tossed around that you stop and pay attention.
SaddoBoxing caught up with Tunde Ajayi recently, asking about Junior's short amateur stint in the UK: More...
By Jane Warburton May 1st, 2013 All Boxing Interviews
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In December, former Super Bantamweight Champion – Rendall Munroe, retired from boxing aged 32 with a record of 24 wins (10 by KO) 3 losses (1 by KO) and 1 draw.
The Leicester man – known as the ‘Boxing Bin-man’, had suffered a sixth-round defeat to Bury Boxer Scott Quigg when they faced each other for a second time in November for the interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Title.
That night, Munroe knew he would be retiring from the sport.
So, it was a surprise to hear recently that he would be fighting again on May 12th in Leicester. Moving up in weight – ‘TwoTone’ will be facing Youssef Al Hamidi in a Super-Featherweight Contest. More...
By Corey Quincy January 4th, 2013 All Boxing Interviews
Cruiserweight Zack Mwekassa talks about his career, life, training and more.
Saddoboxing had the excellent opportunity to scoop up a quick interview with Congo born South African Cruiserweight contender Zack Mwekassa, 13-3 (12).
Born and living in a harsh culture and environment, Mwekassa has worked extremely hard to build himself up as a fighter, learning on the job.
Saddoboxing: What do you think of your career so far?
Zack Mwekassa: I have been training hard and looking for international exposure. I am currently based in South Africa. dealing with an American promoter would be nice. As you know, South Africa with the history of the apartheid, that mentality [amongst the people] has not changed. Only select fighters get opportunities.
SB: What are you currently working on in camp?
ZM: My technique and counter-punching skills.
SB: You have great physical power; how can you use that to your advantage on the world stage?
ZM: I know I am blessed with tremendous physical power. I moved to South Africa from the Congo during the war. I had no amateur career. Most of what you see I taught myself, warrior instinct I say.
SB: Do you think this learning on the job could be part of the reason you lost early fights?
ZM: I am comfortable with the journey and I have learned a lot already. I am aggressive and need to be slightly [more] patient. With a good trainer, I would be unstoppable. I see myself as the most vicious Cruiserweight Africa has ever had. I just need an opportunity. More...
By Tam Seddon August 24th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
SaddoBoxing had the good fortune to catch up with Peter Fury, trainer of his nephew, undefeated ex-British, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, who is coming off a five round destruction of American veteran Vinny Maddalone this past July in which Fury won the vacant WBO Intercontinental title.
SaddoBoxing: Recent articles about Tyson are saying that he is next going to fight either Siarhei Liakhovich, Ruslan Chagaev or Jean-Marc Mormeck. Who would be your preferred choice of opponent out of the three and why?
Peter Fury: We ultimately leave it to [Promoter] Mick Hennessy. Tyson will fight anyone.
SB: How do you predict the fight will go for Tyson?
PF: The fight will go to plan and hopefully he gets some quality rounds.
SB: For your last training camp, you went to Holland and Tyson had a solid six week preparation. Are you doing things differently this time?
PF: Yes, every camp is slightly different. Last time he had seven weeks. This time he's having nearly four months That's because we are building his weight in muscle with explosive power. It takes time, especially when considering the vast amount of cardio he does. Also, we are working on all aspects of his boxing skills. More...
By Robert Brizel August 4th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
In an exclusive telephone interview with Saddoboxing after his controversial ten round majority decision loss to Raymundo 'Sugar' Beltran, which cost him his number one WBC ranking and his NABF title belt, Henry Lundy, better known as Hammerin' Hank insisted he won the bout-and wanted an immediate rematch with Beltran. Lundy spoke eloquently as he outlined the circumstances surrounding the bout, including his issues with the weigh-in and judging, but he did not make any excuses for his performance. Many experts still consider Lundy the best lightweight fighter in the world. The loss seemingly cost him a mandatory title bout with current WBC champion Antonio DeMarco. Lundy's promoter, CES Boxing President and CEO Jimmy Burchfield, currently the most active promoter in the world, had been after DeMarco's camp to put the mandatory bout together with Lundy for over a year without success.
The ESPN2 televised ten round main event resulted in scores of 95-95 a draw, and 96-94, 96-94 for Beltran, a Mexican Freddie Roach fighter out of the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood. If Lundy had won one more round the bout would have been a draw. Lundy, in a critical view of his own performance against Beltran, analyzed the circumstances before, during, and after the bout with Beltran in great detail during the interview.
Saddo: "Hello Hammerin' Hank Lundy! Do you want a rematch with Raymundo Beltran right away or at some point in the future? Does it matter if the rematch is held again in Atlantic City, or in Los Angeles or Las Vegas?"
Lundy: Hello. How are you? Yes. I want do a rematch with Raymundo Beltran right away. I will fight him anywhere! It does not matter where." More...
By Robert Brizel August 4th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
Cruiserweight prospect Dan 'Bada Bing' Biddle and his manager Tommy Barnes have called out USBA Cruiserweight champion Garrett Wilson for a future matchup. Biddle looked impressive recently in winning a majority decision over Philadelphia veteran Pedro Martinez at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 7, 2012. Biddle, whose record now stands at 9-2 (5), Wilmington, Delaware, had to fight Martinez at heavyweight instead of cruiserweight when Martinez weighed in at 210 pounds.
"Garrett Wilson is a short puncher who stands in front of you, throws wide punches and misses. I can beat him if Peltz Boxing gives me the opportunity. Wilson is slow, and after awhile he gets tired. I knew Pedro Martinez would get tired. I was waiting for my second wind. I could tell by the way Pedro was throwing; his one punch arm punches were coming in behind me. My right uppercut was getting him good."
Dan Biddle's trainer, Tommy Barnes, predicted his fighter Biddle will beat USBA cruiserweight champion Garrett Wilson if given the chance. Barnes hopes promoter Russell Peltz will give Biddle a USBA cruiserweight title shot in the near future. According to Barnes, "We could use one or two more tune up fights before taking on Garrett Wilson, but we definitely will talk and want the fight. To beat Garrett Wilson, Dan needs sparring partners who are short guys that fight like Wilson, stand in front of Dan and throw punches wide. Given the chance to fight Wilson, Dan will create angles and outbox him. Dan Biddle will beat Garrett Wilson!"
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...
By Ginamarie Russo March 30th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
A particular junior welterweight who has been notably absent to the division, has his sights set on a come back.
Paul Spadafora (45-0, 19 KO) is currently training in Miami, FL alongside Buddy McGirt. He also made an extremely positive choice in his life; Spadafora is in a treatment center for alcohol and substance abuse.
SaddoBoxing: How is training? And when are you fighting?
Paul Spadafora: Training is so great right now. I'm in Miami now, training with Buddy McGirt. My managers told me to start preparing and be ready to fight in 10-12 weeks. More...
By Robert Brizel March 25th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
More than just a noted ring announcer, boxing historian and sports historian, Henry Hascup has achieved fame by doing something most unique. In addition to helping down and out boxers, Hascup frequently delivers the eulogies for fallen and deceased pro boxers, and often pays for their funerals and tombstones.
During his lifetime, Henry Hascup has provided an extraordinary level of kindness, caring and decency for down and out boxers, and departed boxers. His universal knowledge of fighters and ring history make Henry Hascup most qualified to remember fallen fighters in a way others cannot, to tell the stories of their boxing careers with facts and feelings, in a way which provides their families with true comfort and understanding at the most difficult of times.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, on October 8, 1948, Hascup attended Passaic County Tech High School in Wayne, New Jersey. A championship caliber runner with a tall, slender frame, He won the 1966 state tech cross country championship. He worked as a supervisor at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) for 27 years until retirement. Hascup is married with ten children and 14 grandchildren.
Hascup was a single parent with four children and a dog, and in a scene worthy of the television series 'The Brady Bunch', met and married another single parent with four children and a dog. The married couple then took in another two children. More...
By Robert Brizel March 24th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
Universal Boxing Organization World Cruiserweight champion Willie Herring, an experienced trial horse with a winning record and a veteran of many cruiserweight wars, was interviewed by Saddo Boxing from Orlando, Florida as he prepared to fly in to New York City. Herring faces 20-0 Santander Silgado (#13 WBC, # 15 WBA) in a scheduled eight rounder on the undercard of Zab Judah and Vernon Paris in the 12 round IBF junior welterweight world title eliminator main event.
Saddo Boxing: Willie, is this bout for your UBO world title?
Herring: No, it is not. We moved to get both titles, my UBO world title and Silgado’s WBC Fecarbox title on the line at 10 or 12 rounds. They (Havoc Boxing, who promoted Silgado) just wanted eight rounds.
Saddo Boxing: You are also scheduled to fight a 7-0 Nigerian fighter in Indiana on a Nate Tubbs card on April 21.
Herring: I’m not sure. I want to fight up, at least with a fighter who has a better record. If it’s my choice, I would continue to fight up.
Saddo Boxing: How has your trainer Doc O’Neill prepared you to win?
Herring: Pretty much for anything. We’re going to be ready for a war. He (Silgado) has not faced anyone with the skills I have, my being a good boxer, who can control the tempo of the fight from the inside and the outside. We’re going to fight (this bout) on my terms. More...
By Robert Brizel February 14th, 2012 All Boxing Interviews
In a world with many sanctioning bodies, championship belts, and title bouts of all kinds, it is often surprising when a new boxing organization 'pops up' out of the blue and sanctions bouts.
Different organizations have different motivations and reasons for coming into existence and putting together title fights at the junior, local, regional, national, and world title levels. Two of the newer organizations, which are based in the United States, are the Universal Boxing Organization, (founded in 2004), and the international Boxing Syndicate (founded in 2010).
The Independent Boxing Syndicate? No, it is not a squad of boxers owned by organized crime, protected by a godfather and his goons...although the title might provoke such a thought. This is exactly the point of creating a new boxing organization with such a cool unique name, because it creates attention.
The 'usual' names with council, association, organization, international and all of the stereotypical names of the boxing organizations sound all too similar. David Gardner is the founder and first president of the IBS. He is a staff sergeant and instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia.
SaddoBoxing: Why did you found the Independent Boxing Syndicate?
David Gardner: "You've seen everything out there with the craziness of the super titles and silver titles. I think it's more about the money than anything else. You have Sergio Gabriel Martinez as world champion. They (the WBC) stripped him to give the title to another fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who they think will make more money. More...
By Gary Totten December 22nd, 2011 All Boxing Interviews
Alloa 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...
By Gary Totten December 14th, 2011 All Boxing Interviews
At 21, William Shamar Whitt from Brooklyn, New York, exudes the confidence and ring generalship found only in seasoned fighters in
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 HeavyHitter.org'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...
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...
By Gary Totten December 1st, 2011 All Boxing Interviews
SaddoBoxing: 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...
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