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Friday, August 20, 2010

Weigh-In Results From Newark, NJ

Photo Credit: Mike Gladysz
Tomasz Adamek - 217 lbs.; Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland
Michael Grant - 261 lbs.; Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland
10 Rounds - Junior Middleweights
Joel Julio - 152 lbs. Jamaal Davis - 153 lbs.
8 Rounds - Welterweights
Sadam Ali - 145 lbs. Lenin Arroyo - 146 lbs.
6 Rounds - Junior Welterweights
Jeremy Bryan - 139 lbs. Daniel Mitchell - 137 lbs.
4 rounds - Lightweights
Shemuel Pagan - 135 1/2 lbs. Raul Rivera - 135 1/2 lbs.
4 Rounds - Junior Welterweights
Osnel Charles - 137 1/2 lbs. Hector Collado - 139 1/2 lbs.
4 Rounds - Lightweights
Tyrone Luckey - 133 lbs. Larry Yanez - 135 lbs.

 FIGHT INFORMATION: 
The "Brick City Boxing Series" card will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide. 
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 visiting www.Prucenter.com

The fight 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 a suggested retail price of only $29.95

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

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