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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Judah Takes Split Decision Over Matthysse

Zab "Super" Judah (40-6, 27 KO's) captured the NABO Junior Welterweight title by an extremely close twelve round split-decision over previously unbeaten Lucas Matthysse (27-1, 25 KO's). Official scores were 114-113 for Matthysse, and 114-113 twice for Judah.

In rounds one and two, Judah used a great deal of lateral movement. He circled and fired his right jab to keep Matthysse from getting in close range. Yet, Matthysse was using quick feints and matching the tempo Judah was trying to set. Both fighters displayed a tremendous amount of respect for each other, and used extreme caution before exchanging punches.

Judah caught Matthysse with a swift left uppercut in the third round, snapping the Argentinian's head back. Later, Judah tagged Matthysse with a distinct straight left.

In round four, Judah sustained a cut in the corner of his left eye. Judah landed a clean right hook in the fifth round, but Matthysse kept pursuing him. The 28-year-old stayed in front of Judah, never taking a backward step, shadowing his every movement.

In round six, Matthysse's effective aggression started to show its rewards. He closed the distance and struck Judah with straight rights. Then, he hammered Judah's body with a series of potent left hooks.

Judah landed a counter-straight left in the seventh round, but Matthysse kept unleashing his blazing right hand. In the eighth round, Judah took control again by landing well-timed, straight lefts in succession.

By the ninth round, Matthysse's confidence reached new heights. He was staggering Judah with multiple body and head shots.

In the tenth round, Matthysse floored Judah with a flush right hand. When Judah got up, he was met with a barrage of rights and left hooks from Matthysse. Then, Judah landed a sneaky left uppercut, but was holding Matthysse.

By the eleventh round, it was quite evident that Matthysse's punches were much crisper and harder than Judah's punches. Matthysse kept unloading a sequence of right hands. Judah opened up with some right hooks and straight lefts, but got in trouble on the ropes.

In the twelfth round, the cut on Judah's left eye was bleeding. Once again, Matthysse kept charging Judah and unleashed sharp, accurate right hands and left hooks. Judah answered with a string of straight lefts.

Matthysse was unable to finish Judah due to Judah's ring intelligence and supreme conditioning. Judah keenly understood when to hold and when to box after he got into some trouble in the later rounds.

After the fight, Matthysse was adamant that he should have been victorious.

"In Argentina, I definitely would have won the fight," stated Matthysse. "Over here, I won the fight. If I go worldwide, I win the fight. I'm the winner."

Judah completely disagreed with Matthysse's assessment of the fight, but did acknowledge the toughness and skills Matthysse displayed.

"You can't win four or five rounds of a fight and say you've won a whole fight," claimed Judah. "He couldn't do anything to me at the beginning of the fight."

Judah added, "He is the strongest fighter I ever fought. It felt like he was punching with cinder blocks in his gloves."


Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO's) beat Vicente Escobedo (22-3, 14 KO's) convincingly by scores of 100-88, 98-90 and 96-92 to seize the vacant WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title. 

Guerrero attacked Escobedo relentlessly from the beginning of the bout, landing numerous straight lefts and right hooks. Throughout the majority of the fight, Guerrero got his punches off before Escobedo. 

In the first round, an accidental headbutt occurred that left Escobedo with a huge gash on the left side of his head. Escobedo was able to overcome the cut and close the gap in round two, however, Guerrero was still controlling the pace by using quick lateral movement and fast counter punches.

By the third round, the pace really started to pick up. Guerrero floored Escobedo with a left - right combination. Then, Guerrero landed a flush left uppercut. After that, Escobedo countered with a series of hard rights.

After a highly competitive fourth round, Escobedo slipped twice in the fifth and suffered a cut near his right eyebrow. 

In round six, Guerrero floored Escobedo with a pulverizing left uppercut.

Guerrero started to establish complete control of this fierce battle, but he sustained an injury during the seventh round.

"I hurt my left hand and couldn't throw it much," declared Guerrero.

In round eight, Guerrero was unleashing his punches and simultaneously stepping on Escobedo's left foot with his right foot, stopping Escobedo from pivoting and countering. Guerrero increased his attack in the closing moments of the round.

Guerrero and Escobedo exchanged furiously in round nine, but Guerrero possessed a little more power behind his punches and got the better of the exchanges. Escobedo kept charging forward, scoring with a short right hand. Guerrero sustained a cut on his left forehead. 

Bleeding from the corner of his right eye and left side of his head, Escobedo struck Guerrero with some ferocious body shots. Guerrero, who was bleeding himself under his right eye, kept countering quickly until the fight ended.

After the fight, Guerrero acknowledged that Escobedo was a warrior.

"He was coming to fight," said Guerrero. "He came well-prepared, but he didn't hurt me at all."


Brooklyn, New York's Sadam Ali (10-0, 6 KO's) continues to improve with each fight, winning by a second round technical knockout against Gary Bergeron (12-7, 7 KO's) in a welterweight contest. Time of the stoppage was 2:17.

Ali floored Bergeron in the opening moments with a sweeping left hook to the head. Next, Bergeron covered up, while Ali assaulted his body with a barrage of punches.

Bergeron started round two by landing a left hook, however, Ali countered by unloading a devastating overhand right. Then, Ali opened up his arsenal, throwing and landing a series of uppercuts. After a left uppercut dropped Bergeron, Ali struck him with a right - left hook combination. While Bergeron was on the ropes, referee Randy Neumann halted the action.  


Lightweight sensation Adrien "The Problem" Broner (18-0, 15 KO's) continued his winning ways, terminating Ilido Julio (40-20-1, 35 KO's) at 1:34 of the first round. Broner, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, dropped Julio with a quick left - right combination. After that, Broner floored Julio again with a rock-solid right hand. Julio got up, but displayed unsteady legs and the bout was immediately stopped.

"I thought this kid would have given me at least four rounds, but he made a lot of mistakes," stated Broner at the post-fight press conference.


In light heavyweight action, Angel Concepcion (3-0) took a four-round, unanimous decision win over Maurice Amaro (1-3). Concepcion won by scores of 40-36 on all three judges' scorecards.


Long Island, N.Y. native Mike Brooks (3-0, 1 KO) captured a four-round, unanimous decision victory over Kywayne Hill (1-6, 1 KO) in a junior welterweight bout. Brooks, a southpaw, stalked Hill and staggered him repeatedly with an arsenal of straight lefts to the body and head throughout the contest. All three judges scored the fight 40-36 for Brooks.


Junior lightweight Tyrone Luckey (2-0, 2 KO's) recovered from an early first round knockdown to stop Alex Montes (1-2) at 2:55 of the third round. 

Montes floored the Middletown, N.J. native with a blazing left hook in the early moments of round one. However, Luckey finished the round strong, scoring with his own left hooks in very fast-paced round.

In round two, Luckey dropped Montes with a straight left. Next, Luckey floored Montes again after he threw a swift left hook that landed on top of Montes' head.

Luckey sent Montes to the canvas a third time when he connected with consecutive left hooks to the head. Finally, with Montes' back against the ropes, Luckey hurt him with another left hook that prompted the bout to be halted.


Lightweight prospect Mike Perez (10-0-1, 5 KO's) stopped Hevinson Herrera (14-7-1, 12 KO's) at 1:02 of round one. First, Perez wobbled Herrera with a powerful left hook to the head. After that, Perez dropped him with a double left hook combination to the body and head.


In super welterweight action, Mikael Zewski (5-0, 3 KO's) captured a four-round, unanimous decision win versus Ardrick Butler (5-3, 2 KO's). All three judges awarded Zewski a score of 40-36.

Butler tried to establish his left jab early in round one, but Zewski hurt him with multiple body shots and was picking his spots efficiently.

Zewski continued scoring with the left hook in round two, however, Butler struck him with his left hook, which landed extremely low.

In round three, Butler connected with an overhand right, although he lacked the power to hurt Zewski. Zewski was strong, durable and possessed a little more pop on his punches. Zewski never retreated, and kept pressing the action throughout the entire fight.

Zewski peppered Butler with a series of rights and lefts in the fourth round. Then, Zewski followed up on his flurry by landing a sharp right uppercut that momentarily stunned Butler. Butler continued to fight aggressively until the final bell.


Middleweight prospect Bastie Samir (6-0, 6 KO's) scored an impressive 1st round technical knockout against Damion Reed (2-4, 1 KO). Official time of the stoppage was 2:47. Samir, a native of Accra, Ghana now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, scored three of his four scintillating knockdowns with vicious left hooks to the body.

Friday, November 5, 2010

An Inside Look At Manny And Team Pacquiao Before Margarito Bout

Complete Weigh-In Results, Photos From Prudential Center

Lucas Matthysse (140 lbs.), Zab Judah (139 lbs.)

Vicente Escobedo (134 lbs.), Robert Guerrero (133 lbs.)

Gary Bergeron (143 lbs.), Sadam Ali (145.5 lbs.)

Mariusz Wach (263 lbs.), His opponent, Kevin Burnett, did not show up at the weigh-in
 Adrien Broner (134.5 lbs.), Ilido Julio (136.5 lbs.)

Michael Perez (136 lbs.), Hevinson Herrera (135 lbs.)

Michael Brooks (140.5 lbs.), Kywame Hill (139 lbs.)

Tyrone Luckey (130 lbs.), Alex Montes (126 lbs.)

Maurice Amaro (173 lbs.), Angel Concepcion (179 lbs.)

Mikael Zewski (151 lbs.), Ardrick Butler (150 lbs.)

Damion Reed (163 lbs.), Bastie Samir (162 lbs.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Press Conference Quotes

Lucas Matthysse talks about Zab's hand speed: "I trained for speed working with Sergio Martinez. I've never seen a fighter train like Sergio. I will benefit from the experience of working with him. Zab's speed will not be an issue on Saturday night."

Lucas Matthysse discusses whether or not fighting in front of a crowd heavily favoring Judah is a distraction to him: "No, because I trained very hard. I feel no pressure whatsoever. It's only Zab and myself come Saturday night. No one can help him."

Lucas Matthysse on his biggest strength in the fight:
"I'm going to hurt him with my body shots." 

Zab Judah's response to Matthysse's comments: "Everyone has a plan. He has to step to me. My hands aren't slow, and I don't lack power. Inside the ring, I feel very comfortable. We're prepared for everything."

Zab Judah on fighting at the Prudential Center: "It's a great arena. I'm thankful to God to put me back into this position. We're in Newark, N.J. and I'm from Brooklyn, so it's great to be back!"

Zab Judah expresses his happiness to be fighting once again on HBO: "This is why God is good. People count you out, but he's the one that says when you need to pick it up and get going."

Marshall Enzer, Judah's official cutman: "After seeing how hard we have worked in this training camp, I predict that Lucas Matthysse will not stand a chance to touch Zab, let alone touch his body." 

Enzer added, "Sergio Martinez is a good fighter, however, Zab is a great, spectacular fighter. He's in a totally different class than Matthysse; He's had more fights on TV than Matthysse has had in his whole career."

Judah - Matthysse Press Conference (11-3-10)

Photos From Judah - Matthysse Press Conference

Vicente Escobedo, Robert Guerrero

Vicente Escobedo, Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Robert Guerrero

Zab Judah

Zab Judah and his father, Yoel Judah

Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah

Friday, October 15, 2010

Adamek, Maddalone Wage War December 9th

On Thursday, December 9, Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (42-1, 27 KO's) makes his 6th appearance at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he squares off against Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO's) for the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Championship. The bout will be televised LIVE on Integrated Sports PPV.

Vinny Maddalone's launch into the sport occurred during his freshman year at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where he received a scholarship to play Division II baseball. In 1992, Maddalone entered a toughman competition on a Friday night and won. On the following night, Maddalone beat 3 guys and took home a $1,000.00 for his efforts. Subsequently, Maddalone went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1996. He played 2 seasons in 1996 and 1997 for the Adirondack Lumberjacks, a baseball team in the Northeast Independent League. However, Maddalone sustained tendonitis in his right arm and was placed on the 14 day disabled list. On the 8th day, he was released. As a result, Maddalone boxed in the New York Golden Gloves in 1997 and 1998. Finally, he entered the professional ranks in 1999, starting his professional career 21-1, 15 KO's.

Now 36-years-old, Maddalone enters the most meaningful fight of his professional career when he steps into the ring to face Adamek. Maddalone applies steady pressure and possesses enormous power in both hands, which presents a dangerous challenge for the Polish warrior. He is coming off a 5th round TKO victory against Dominique Alexander in his last fight. On the other hand, Adamek, 33, will fight his 5th bout at heavyweight, a weight class where he has been able to dominate rivals with well-timed punches, improved ring generalship and superior hand speed. Adamek has won 11 consecutive fights.

Roger Bloodworth, Adamek's trainer, believes his fighter's hand speed is one of his biggest assets heading into this fight.

"We're working a lot on head movement and adding a little more pop in his punch," admitted Bloodworth. "When your fundamentals become extraordinary, you become a greater fighter. He's becoming very quick."

Maddalone became a fan of the sport after watching Vinny Pazienza battle Greg Haugen in 1987. He has always enjoyed watching Rocky Marciano, Jake Lamotta and many other old-time fighters. Against Adamek, Maddalone plans on using a similar straightforward style.

"Adamek is a proven champ that moves in and out well," acknowledged Maddalone. "He definitely keeps his hands up and throws a lot of punches. However, I am going to dictate this fight. I am going to fight my fight and just work on that."

Maddalone added, "Arreola put pressure on him, but not enough pressure. I am going to keep coming. My pressure alone will wear him down."

Adamek has watched film on Maddalone, and believes he will make an exciting fight on December 9th.

"He can bring many fans from New York to the Prudential Center," declared Adamek. "But I'm a better boxer now, and much stronger working with Roger."

The winner of this fight will be a mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko's IBF heavyweight title. Maddalone has other plans, and embraces his role as an underdog.

"It's okay that Adamek and his team are looking past me," noted Maddalone. "I'm just going to jump on his spot and fight Wladimir Klitschko."

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