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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"The Chosen One" Set To Make Professional Debut

Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan, a 5-time New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion, held a press conference today in Manhattan at the Mendez Boxing Gym to announce his professional debut. He will square-off against 19-year-old Ryan Strickland (1-3, 1 KO) in a 4 round lightweight bout on the undercard of Tomasz Adamek versus Michael Grant on August 21st. Pagan is the only fighter to match Mark Breland's amateur record of 5 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championships. He is also the only fighter to accomplish the feat in 3 weight classes (2 times at 119 lbs., 2 times at 132 lbs. and once at 141 lbs.), as Breland accomplished it in 2 weight classes (once at 139 lbs. and 4 times at 147 lbs.).

Mark Breland attended this afternoon's press conference.

"I am glad to see him win 5 Golden Gloves," stated Breland. "It's a very hard thing to do."

Pagan is extremely excited to enter the professional ranks, and is very proud of his amateur accolades.

"Winning 5 Golden Gloves fulfilled my father's dream," exclaimed Pagan.

Robert Pagan, Shemuel's father and trainer, is a former kickboxing champion. He sees a very bright future for his son.

"Shemuel has that special talent that he can be somebody," explained Robert Pagan. "As long as he does the right thing, he'll be a world champion."

Shemuel Pagan wants to be a positive role-model, and has decided to donate the purse from his 1st professional bout to The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation. Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" commentator, started the organization to honor the memory of his father. The organization focuses most of their efforts helping children, as well as individuals and organizations in need of financial, legal and emotional support.

Teddy Atlas believes character is Shemuel's greatest asset.

"When you care more about others than yourself, you're stronger in whatever you do," stated Atlas.

Atlas added, "Boxing doesn't have a lot of PR for good things. He's doing good things; He's caring about people."


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tomasz Adamek’s Media Workout; Quotes & Photos

Today, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO’s) held a workout for the media at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. On August 21st, Adamek will fight Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO’s) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.


“I am ready to fight,” declared Adamek. “We’ve had training camp for nine weeks, now it’s ten. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight. For me, size is not a problem, but I have to be quick. Every day I am better. Roger Bloodworth is a good teacher. I want to be heavyweight champion and would like great fights.”

What does Adamek expect on August 21st?

“I am going to win,” exclaimed Adamek. “I am going to win this fight, the next fight and be champion.”

Adamek appeared well-conditioned, as he shadowboxed in the ring. His current weight is 220 lbs., which is where he is most comfortable. Adamek feels he must be fast to defeat Grant.

Adamek stated, “I must be quick. Speed is power. When I use my speed, he cannot catch me with his right hand. I am ready!”

If Adamek is victorious against Grant, he is interested in battling David Haye, Vitali Klitschko or Vitali’s younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko.

“If we sign a good contract, I am ready to enter the ring,” said Adamek. “I like tough fights because they give me a position in the world. I am almost 34 years old. I don’t have much time.”


Roger Bloodworth, Adamek’s trainer, is making sure his fighter will not face any surprises on August 21st.

“You have to prepare for everything,” stated Bloodworth. “Mike is a quality opponent. He brings a 6′ 7″ frame into the ring. He has long arms and a good right hand. I expect him to be fully prepared. He’s got a good trainer in Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. I think it’s going to be a helluva fight.”

This will be Adamek’s 4th fight at heavyweight, and he looks extremely healthy. Adamek also seems more acclimated than ever to the weight class.

“He’s adjusting to it,” confirmed Bloodworth. “You have to grow into a heavyweight like anything else. I think he’s adjusting to it really well. His movement is a lot quicker.”



“The Big Challenge”, presented by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and X-Cel  Worldwide, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for $29.95.

Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside), can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or Prucenter.com. Doors open 7:00pm.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"The Big Challenge"


Can the distinguished Polish pugilist cope with the giant’s incredible height and reach advantage?

On Saturday, August 21st, 33-year-old Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KO’s) defends his IBF International Heavyweight and WBO/NABO Heavyweight titles against 37-year-old Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO’s) in a riveting heavyweight showdown.

Adamek, who now resides in Jersey City, New Jersey by way of Zywiec, Poland, will make his 5th appearance at the Prudential Center. He has won ten straight bouts, and is looking to extend his successful winning streak in front of an always energetic crowd at the Prudential Center, where countless Polish fans gather to support their hero. Adamek will attempt to exploit the chin of Grant, who has been stopped in all three of his professional losses.

“I never enter a fight seeking to win by a knockout,” said Adamek. “He’s a tall guy, but I am very, very quick. Everyone has their own advantages. For me, it’s combinations and many, many punches.”

Previously, Adamek won a tough 12-round majority decision versus a durable Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola. Beforehand, Adamek cruised to wins in the heavyweight division against Andrew Golota (TKO 5) and Jason Estrada (W 12). Earlier, Adamek won the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Championship from Paul Briggs (MD 12), as well as the IBF Cruiserweight Championship, overthrowing Steve “USS” Cunningham (SD 12).

Will an Adamek victory pave the way for a clash with David Haye, Vitali Klitschko or Wladimir Klitschko on HBO in the near future?

“I don’t know,” stated Adamek. “It’s up to them.”


Adamek added, “We have a plan for August 21st. After that, you’ll see what’s next.”

(Adamek with renowned artist John Murawski)

Michael Grant was not in attendance today, as he is training in Las Vegas, Nevada with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad for the confrontation ahead. Since losing by a seventh round stoppage against Dominick Guinn in 2003, Grant has not been defeated, earning 15 wins in his last 16 fights, including 8 straight victories. Most recently, Grant stopped Kevin Burnett in the first round on May 7, 2010. Prior to that, Grant had not fought since late in 2008. A victory over Adamek would springboard Grant into the mix among the elite heavyweights.

“This is a lifetime opportunity for him,” Adamek exclaimed. “100% of him will come out.”

 From left to right - Shemuel Pagan, Adam Kownacki, Tomasz Adamek, Sadam Ali, Jeremy Bryan

 UNDERCARD

In junior middleweight action, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KO’s) squares off against Jamaal Davis (12-6, 6 KO’s) in a ten-rounder. Julio looks to rebound after suffering an 11th round knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo in his last bout.

Tyrone Lucky makes his professional debut in a four-round lightweight bout versus Joal Aliacon (0-1, 0 KO’s). Aliacon lost his 1st professional bout by a four-round unanimous decision.

Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KO’s) will be featured in a six-round welterweight bout. Ali is coming off an impressive third round stoppage of Julius Edmonds on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights”.

Paterson’s Jeremy Bryan (13-1, 6 KO’s) returns to action in a six-round junior welterweight match-up. In his last outing, Bryan was kayoed in the eighth round by Vincent Arroyo in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the undercard of Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Martinez.

Heavyweight Adam Kownacki (4-0, 4 KO’s) attempts to win his fifth consecutive fight by knockout in a scheduled four-rounder.

Also, lightweight Shemuel Pagan makes his professional debut in a scheduled four-rounder. As an amateur, Pagan won 5 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championships in 3 different weight classes.

“The Big Challenge”, presented by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and X-Cel  Worldwide, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for $29.95.

Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside), can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or Prucenter.com. Doors open 7:00pm.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shemuel Pagan: Brooklyn's Next Boxing Superstar


Borough Park is located in the southwestern part of Brooklyn, New York, and is home to one of the largest Jewish populations in the United States. It is here that Shemuel Pagan, a Puerto Rican-Amercian of strict Jewish faith, resides. Robert Pagan, Shemuel's father, passed down Judaism to his son after learning about the religion from Yoel Judah, who is the father of former undisputed welterweight champion, Zab "Super" Judah. Like Yoel, Robert is a former kickboxing champion, however, Shemuel got into boxing because of his mother, Margarita Pagan.

"My mother got me into boxing to defend myself," explained Shemuel. "In junior high school, I was 13-years-old and weighed 75 lbs."

Shemuel's dad had lost interest in boxing until his son pursued the sport with intense enthusiasm.

"I revived my dad's spirit ever since I won the Junior Olympics at 14-years-old," noted Shemuel. "Since then, I have been boxing."

One of Shemuel's many goals in life is to achieve the level of success in the ring that other fighters from Brooklyn have attained, including Mark Breland, "Iron" Mike Tyson, Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe, Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi, Sechew Powell and his role-model, Zab "Super" Judah. Other young, notable fighters from Brooklyn climbing the rankings at this time are Danny "The Golden Child" Jacobs, Sadam Ali and Denis "Momma's Boy" Douglin. If Shemuel's professional career parallels his outstanding amateur career, boxing will have another world champion representing Brooklyn.

As an amateur, Shemuel ranks at the top with Mark Breland, who won 5 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championships and holds a 110-1 career amateur record. Shemuel owns 89 amateur wins, and is the only fighter to match Breland's 5 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championships. Shemuel is also the only amateur fighter to win the 5 titles in 3 different weight classes; 2 times at 119 lbs., 2 times at 132 lbs. and 1 time at 141 lbs. In contrast, Breland accomplished the feat once at 139 lbs. and 4 times at 147 lbs.

Some of Shemuel's other amateur accolades include, but are not limited to:
  • 2005 Under 19 National Champion
  • 2005 International Bronze Medalist
  • 2006 Under 19 National Finalist - Silver Medalist
  • 2007 National P.A.L. Champion & Outstanding Male Boxer - Open Division Winner
  • 2008 U.S. National Championships - Bronze Medalist
  • 2009 National Golden Gloves - Silver Medalist
  • 2009 Platinum Gloves Champion
On August 21st, Shemuel will make his professional debut as a lightweight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bout will take place on the undercard of Tomasz Adamek versus Michael Grant. The fight card will be promoted by Main Events, who have helped establish the Prudential Center as one of boxing's hottest venues.


This 22-year-old southpaw has already set some admirable short-term and long-term goals.

"I want to start my career 10-0," exclaimed Shemuel. "Later, I would like to become an entrepreneur after I am financially stable. My goal in entrepreneurship is to own a studio. I love music and I want to invest in young talent, such as singers and rappers."

Shemuel's long-term goals do not stop there. He also desires a position as an inspirational community leader.

"I love kids," stated Shemuel. "They just need people to look up to so they can have fun. All they need is someone to show them attention, especially if they come from broken homes. Additionally, I envision owning a boxing gym someday. I would love to teach kids discipline, because the future is in the little ones. For our environment to be better, we need them to be better than we were in our time."

Shemuel added, "People who aren't wealthy have a difficult time making a living. I love to lend a hand to a homeless person when I see one. I will give my last dollar before I spend it."

Ira Kaufman, Shemuel's manager, has set some objectives for his fighter to fulfill. After that, he believes Shemuel will start seeing his dreams turn into reality.

"Our goal is to fight once a month," acknowledged Kaufman. "I want to help Shemuel turn a successful amateur career into a successful professional one."

Not many fighters get to spar with their idols, but Shemuel got the opportunity to spar with Zab Judah at 15-years-old.

"I look up to Zab's speed and power," admitted Shemuel. "Once, he dropped me with an uppercut to the body. He told me, 'Slow down a bit. There is a time and place for everything.' I was always close with him."


Shemuel exhibits a superb natural balance and adept knowledge of when to unleash his punches.

"My favorite punch is a left uppercut to the body," declared Shemuel. "I have been working a lot more on body punching in the gym."

The journey into the professional ranks begins August 21st.

Shemuel Pagan currently trains at Mendez Boxing, which is located at 25 West 26th Street, New York, N.Y., 10010. Contact: Telephone 212-689-5255, or mendezboxing@verizon.net

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Judah Easily Gets Past Santa Cruz, Eyes Title Shot


After a 9 month layoff, Zab "Super" Judah (39-6, 27 KO's) made a convincing statement in front of 4,215 fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., stopping Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KO's) in the third round. The victory places Judah back in the mix with the top fighters of the junior welterweight division. Judah has now won three straight bouts and five of his last six, while Santa Cruz was kayoed for the fourth time in his professional career.

Judah was euphoric following the fight.

"They mention Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander and Amir Khan; They are so-called champions," stated Judah. "Don't forget about me. I'm here and I'm coming back!"

Judah is certainly back and credits his original promotional company, Main Events, with his resurgence.

"I came back and got with a promotional company that I started my career with, the promotional company that made Zab Judah who he is," said Judah. "You're going to see a lot of us. We're not going nowhere."

Judah's performance was exceptional, as his punches looked particularly sharp. He displayed a game plan and stuck to it. Judah's shots landed with pinpoint accuracy, and he kept Santa Cruz turning after he threw his combinations.

In the first round, Judah connected with a series of straight lefts and right hooks to Santa Cruz' body. Santa Cruz had a great deal of trouble getting his shots off.

Judah continued his superior lateral movement in round two, repeatedly turning Santa Cruz as soon as he finished landing straight lefts and right hooks to the body. Then, Judah opened up his arsenal a little more and connected with a straight left that landed flush on Santa Cruz' face.

In round three, Judah sneered at Cruz for a brief moment. After that, Cruz stepped up his game and struck Judah with rights and lefts in succession. Next, Judah unleashed a vicious left uppercut that flattened Santa Cruz. Judah, who is known as a terrific finisher, blasted Santa Cruz when he got up with several lefts and rights until Benjy Esteves stopped the action at 2:33.

"He got me with a really good uppercut," said Santa Cruz. "I got beat by a really good fighter."

Clearly, Judah will fight anyone next. WBC and IBF titlist Devon Alexander, WBO titlist Timothy Bradley and WBA titlist Amir Khan top the list of possible upcoming opponents for Judah. Alexander, Bradley and Khan are all excellent, young fighters. However, none of them possess the experience or reputation of Judah. They are all untested and need a fight with Judah to prove themselves in the junior welterweight division. On the other hand, Judah needs them just as much, as his performance tonight indicates he is ready for a title shot right now.

October 2nd at the Prudential Center is the tentative date and venue for Judah's next bout.

"They're talking about them fighting each other," Main Events C.E.O. Kathy Duva stated, referring to the discussions by HBO about Alexander, Bradley and Khan fighting each other.

Duva added, "We have a plan to fight on October 2nd, and if they would like to be here they are more than welcome."

And if Mayweather and Pacquiao cannot agree to terms of a highly anticipated bout, Judah would be more than happy to fight Pacquiao.

"You put 20 million on the table and 40% of that PPV, we'll do it," acknowledged Judah.

Without a doubt, Judah's confidence is at a pinnacle right now.

Judah declared, "This is just my opinion - I'm the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing."

CONCEPCION WINS 2ND PRO FIGHT
Light heavyweight Angel Concepcion improved to (2-0, 0 KO's), capturing a 4 round unanimous decision victory against Shannon Anderson (4-2, 2 KO's). Official scores were 40-35 and 40-36 twice. 

In the first round, Concepcion utilized a stiff left jab to keep Anderson off balance. Anderson was looping his punches and got stunned by an overhand right. 

Concepcion battered Anderson some more in round two, landing consecutive left hook - right hand combinations. Just as the bell sounded to end the round, Anderson connected with a left hook to the head. 

However, Concepcion continued to assault Anderson in round three, wobbling him after landing consecutive left hooks to the head. 

In round four, Concepcion landed a solid left hook to the body. Anderson responded quickly, connecting with a right - left combination. Then, Concepcion answered with an overhand right.

Throughout the entire bout, Concepcion landed the cleaner and more effective punches.

FARRELL, KIDD BATTLE TO A DRAW

In a cruiserweight brawl, Patrick Farrell (5-1-1, 3 KO's) and Newton Kidd (7-7-2, 4 KO's) fought a 6 round majority draw. Official scores were 57-56 for Kidd and 57-57 twice.

In round one, Farrell was very aggressive, but Kidd struck him repeatedly with a stinging left jab. 

Kidd nailed Farrell with a right uppercut - left hook combination in round two, although Farrell answered swiftly, scoring with a big left hook to Kidd's head. Kidd showed more lateral movement than the previous round.

In round three, both men fought at a furious pace. Farrell connected with a number of left hooks, while Kidd staggered him with several rights to the head. Toward the end of the round, Farrell's punches lost a little steam. 

Round four was close, as Farrell scored with a hard left hook and used his jab more. Next, Kidd caught Farrell with a left hook. After that, Kidd landed a left - right combination. 

Farrell opened round five by landing a sharp right to Kidd's stomach. Then, Kidd landed numerous rights to Farrell's head. Farrell was hurt, but would not go down. Farrell displayed a tremendous amount of courage, and fought back valiantly. Both men were exhausted by the end of the round. 

Farrell hurt Kidd in round six after he connected with a right to the head. Consequently, Farrell kept pressuring a tired Kidd, throwing right hands and left hooks to the body. Farrell kept banging away with body shots until the bell sounded. 

KOWNACKI WINS 4TH STRAIGHT BY KO

After exchanging knockdowns in the first round, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Adam Kownacki (4-0, 4 KO's) steamrolled Damon Clement (0-3) with a perfectly timed right hand that floored the Ohio native. Time of the stoppage was :42. Clement has been stopped in all of his professional bouts.

PEREZ DECISIONS BARROS

Welterweight Alex Perez (12-0, 7 KO's) remained undefeated, scoring an 8 round unanimous decision over Edvan Barros (10-10-1, 7 KO's). Official scores were 77-75, 78-74 and 80-72. 

Throughout the fight, Perez connected with numerous right hooks and straight lefts, but Barros displayed a remarkable chin. At times, Barros landed some ferocious body punches, although Perez took the shots well. Barros pushed Perez to the ropes many times in the bout, hammering him with hard body shots. However, it was quite clear that Perez was scoring with extremely sharp counters, mostly to Barros' head.

ALI DAZZLES CROWD, STOPS EDMONDS

Sadam "World Kid" Ali (8-0, 4 KO's) put on his most spectacular performance to date, stopping Julius Edmonds (7-8, 0 KO's) in the third round of a welterweight bout. 

Ali's punches were exceptionally fluid from the opening bell, as he displayed vast improvement in his timing and placement of punches compared to his previous outings. Ali also exhibited quick left hooks and crisp inside punching that left Edmonds astounded. The volume of punches that Ali threw proved to be just too much for Edmonds to handle, as he dropped the Philadelphia fighter with a quick right hand in round one. As a result, Edmonds sustained swelling under his right eye, which led to a small cut opening seconds later.

Ali went on to floor Edmonds with a fast left hook - left uppercut combination in round two.

In round three, a devastating left hook by Ali badly hurt Edmonds. Then, Ali unloaded a barrage of punches with Edmonds' back against the ropes until referee Eddie Cotton halted the bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:14. 

DEMARCO GETS REVENGE

In lightweight action, Nicky DeMarco (3-2, 2 KO's) avenged an earlier 4 round majority decision loss to Jose Guzman (5-8-1, 0 KO's), winning a 4 round unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice. 

Beginning in the first round, DeMarco swarmed Guzman with an onslaught of punches and prevented him from unloading his shots. DeMarco trapped Guzman on the ropes numerous times, scoring with a variety of short head and body shots. 

In round two, Guzman struck DeMarco with a solid left hook to the body. However, DeMarco kept coming at him with punches from all angles. Guzman's punches lacked the power to hurt DeMarco.

During the third and fourth rounds, Guzman showed signs of fatigue. In contrast, DeMarco proved to be in superior condition, demonstrating plenty of energy in the second half of the bout.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interview: Marshall Enzer

(Marshall Enzer is pictured far right)

Marshall Enzer started his brilliant career in the boxing industry as a helper in a small backyard makeshift gym in Van Nuys, California called Ten Goose Boxing. Marshall approached Mr. Joe Goossen for a job, but was turned down because he could not work without a permit at 14-years-old. After attempting 6 more times to get a job at Ten Goose Gym, Joe finally let him work for what has become one of the biggest boxing promoters and trainers in the world today, Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Goossen Tutor promotes of Andre "SOG" Ward, Paul "The Punisher" Williams & Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola. Marshall worked under Joe Goossen at all the local fight cards in the San Fernando Valley's Reseda Country Club, which is no longer open. At the young age of 17-years-old, Marshall had already learned to wrap the fighter's hands, and tend to their swelling and cuts if any occurred during a bout. At 23-years-old, Marshall worked his first World Championship fight as a licensed cutman in Nevada with Mike "Second To" Nunn when he fought Juan Roldan for the IBF Middleweight title in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marshall has earned his spot in the boxing world as one of the best managers and cutmen in the business today. Marshall also learned from the likes of Joe Chavez , Rafael Garcia & Jacob "Stitch" Duran and most of all, Joe Goossen himself.

Marshall Enzer has worked the corner for Michael Nunn, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, Frankie Duarte, Oliver McCall, Hasim Rahman, Ron Johnson, Daniel Judah, Joseph Judah, Joel Casamayor, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandy Lara, Lionel Butler, Mia St. John and many other numerous fighters around the world. On Friday night, Marshall will be Zab Judah's cutman for the 3rd time when Judah battles Jose Armando Santa Cruz in a sizzling junior welterweight showdown at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. After the weigh-in, I had a chance to speak with Marshall about Zab's training camp. 

Mt. Charleston, the highest summit of the Spring Mountains (11,918 ft.) on the west edge of Las Vegas, Nevada, is where Zab Judah did a series of intense running to prepare for his upcoming bout against Jose Armando Santa Cruz. 

"Zab changed all his living habits to prepare for this fight," Enzer noted. "He ran 3 times a week at Mt. Charleston, which is 8,000 feet above sea level. It was Eddie Mustafa Muhammad's idea."

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad also helped Zab get ready for his bout with Santa Cruz, however, a prior obligation to work the corner for Ishe Smith on Friday night in Southaven, Mississippi will prevent him from being in Zab's corner.

"Zab did a 90 day training camp," stated Enzer. "He didn't start sparring until the 8th week of camp. Once he got down to 145 lbs., we began working on strength and nutrition.

"Zab sparred multiple rounds with Anthony Lenk from Johnny Tacco's Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with Ishe Smith and undefeated light heavyweight, 'Bad' Chad Dawson in preparation for Santa Cruz. All of the sparring took place at William Haney's H.I.T. Factory Boxing Gym located at 2006 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89104, (Tel) 702-485-4422."

Marshall Enzer also serves as the General Manager of the H.I.T. Factory in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is the boxing gym where Zab Judah, Chad Dawson, Celestino Caballero and Guillermo Rigondeaux currently train.

(Zab Judah at today's weigh-in)

Weigh-In Photos


 Jose Armando Santa Cruz (142 lbs.) vs. Zab Judah (141 lbs.) Junior Welterweights


Alex Perez (148 lbs.) vs. Edvan Dos Santos Barros (149 lbs.) Welterweights


 Patrick Farrell (197 lbs.) vs. Newton Kidd (190 lbs.) Cruiserweights


Julias Edmonds (142 lbs.) vs. Sadam Ali (145 lbs.) Welterweights


 Shannon Anderson (178 lbs.) vs. Angel Concepcion (178 lbs.) Light Heavyweights


Nicky DeMarco (132.5 lbs.) vs. Jose L. Guzman (132.5 lbs.) Lightweights


 Adam Kownacki (231 lbs.) vs. Damon Clement (243 lbs.) Heavyweights

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Press Conference: Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz


On July 16th at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Zab "Super" Judah (38-6, 26 KO's) returns to face the durable Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KO's) in a ten-round main event on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". Judah, 32, will be coming off a 9 month layoff when he steps into the ring Friday night, but appears extremely confident moving back down to the junior welterweight division, a weight class where he only lost one time.

"I've taking a year off for Mayweather, a year off for Kostya Tszyu, and I've been off a year just relaxing," stated Judah. "I have a vision in the game that I want to finish up with, and I am going to finish as strong as I started."

Judah is 5-4 with 1 no contest in his last ten bouts. However, he only moved up to welterweight for the money, and was always considered a natural junior welterweight.

"My reason for going up to welterweight was Don King," declared Judah. "Don King said, 'You want to fight Cory Spinks?' I said yeah, yeah I want to do it. I could knock him out! When I won the title, there was no going back."

Judah added, "In the fights with Cotto and Clottey, they were bigger and stronger than me. I wanted to go back to the weight class where I felt comfortable competing. A fight with Mayweather or Pacquiao would be the only reason to go back to 147 lbs."

On the other hand, Santa Cruz, 29, is happy he does not have to make lightweight anymore.

"Making 135 lbs. was too much for me and I felt drained," said Santa Cruz. "I feel very good now. After this fight, I plan on moving up to welterweight."

Since suffering a 6th round knockout loss to Antonio Pitalua in 2008, Santa Cruz has won his last two bouts and attributes that to his father, Jose Santa Cruz Sr., being in his corner.

"My dad gets more out of me," acknowledged Santa Cruz. "He puts more pressure on me than other trainers. He gets mad if I don't do things right."

Santa Cruz believes Judah has really good speed, although he plans to smother Judah's punches and relentlessly attack his body.

"When I put pressure I cannot be reckless," said Santa Cruz. "I must avoid his punches."

This will be Santa Cruz's first fight in New Jersey, however, he did battle Joel Casamayor in 2007 at nearby Madison Square Garden, losing a twelve round split decision. Casamayor, a southpaw like Judah, presents a similar challenge to the Mexican warrior. Santa Cruz believes he has a plan to stop him.

"Both Casamayor and Judah are fast, but I believe Judah is faster," declared Santa Cruz. "I may switch to southpaw against him. I am going to see what will work better during the early rounds. I will apply a lot of pressure to his body."

Judah feels Santa Cruz is tough and is avoided by many fighters.

"A lot of fighters don't want to fight him," said Judah.

An impressive win for Judah could mean a possible fight in the near future against Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan or Devon Alexander. Yet, Judah is not in a rush and not looking past Santa Cruz.

"For 3 1/2 months I had a picture of Santa Cruz in my gym," said Judah. "I'm focused on him."

Judah did acknowledge that a fight against Alexander would be little harder to make than one with Bradley or Khan, because Alexander is promoted by Don King, who used to promote him. There are dates lined up in October and January at the Prudential Center for a possible title shot, which would air on HBO or Showtime.

"How I feel after this fight will dictate what comes next," confirmed Judah.

Judah added, "I've kayoed guys at 147 lbs. and 140 lbs. I bring excitement win, lose or draw."


Undercard Action

Undefeated welterweight prospect Alex Perez (11-0, 7 KO's) takes on tough veteran Edvan Dos Santos Barros (10-9-1, 7 KO's) in an 8 round bout.

In other welterweight action, Sadam Ali (7-0, 3 KO's) puts his undefeated record on the line against Julias Edmonds (7-7, 0 KO's) in a 6 round bout.

After suffering his 1st professional loss, Patrick Farrell (5-1, 3 KO's) will try to bounce back against Newton Kidd (7-7-1, 4 KO's) in a 6 round cruiserweight battle.

In a lightweight bout, Nicky Demarco (2-2, 2 KO's) faces Jose Guzman (5-7-1, 0 KO's) in a rematch. Previously, Guzman won a four-round majority decision. Their rematch is also scheduled for 4 rounds.

Light heavyweight Angel Concepcion (1-0, 0 KO's) will attempt to gain his second professional win against Shannon Anderson (4-1, 2 KO's) in a 4 round match-up.

Heavyweight Adam Kownacki (3-0, 3 KO's) seeks his 4th professional win by knockout when he squares off against Damon Clement (0-2, 0 KO's) in a scheduled four-rounder.

Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $203 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by visiting www.prucenter.com

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