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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.

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