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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Talking Boxing With Marshall Enzer


By: Michael Gerard Seiler, BoxingLedger.com

Marshall Enzer serves as the lead cutman for the former undisputed welterweight champion, and two-time reigning IBF Junior Welterweight champion, Zab "Super" Judah. Clearly, Enzer is one of the most accomplished in the business, employed by countless, top-level fighters throughout his prominent career, including 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 more. 

Not long ago, Marshall spent some of his personal time talking about Zab Judah's next big bout, as well as this weekend's Manny Pacquiao vs. "Sugar" Shane Mosley match-up on Showtime PPV. He also discussed some past fights that aired on HBO.

Q. Where do the negotiations currently stand for a Judah vs. Marquez battle?

A. "First of all, I would like to thank the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Potter House Church. It's almost finalized. Zab has agreed to the terms. It most likely will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on July 30th or August 6th. Marquez still has to sign. He's a free agent. Don King was out in Mexico trying to sign him last week. Both, Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank are trying to sign him too. When that all comes together, we'll have a fight."

Q. If Judah gets past Marquez, who will be his next target?

A. "We can't project his next fight; We take things one day at a time. Otherwise, there won't be any future opportunities."

Q. What is your relationship with Zab on a day-to-day basis?

A. "We're great friends. He's there for me and I'm there for him. We do a lot of cool things together."

Q. As we all know, the biggest fight that can be made in the sport right now is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Do you ever see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happening?

A. "Yes, but probably in 2012. I see Pacquiao fighting one or two more times before it happens. It will continue to keep building in the media."

Q. What were your thoughts when you watched Victor Ortiz defeat Andre Berto?

A. "Watch out for Victor Ortiz! That's Fernando Vargas # 2. He proved himself as a young kid. Everyone was picking Berto. People were saying Selcuk Aydin was the only one that could defeat Berto. Aydin took step-aside money from Berto, because he was the #1 contender for the WBC Welterweight title at the time. Then, the bout with Ortiz was made.

Q. Despite being 36-years-old, how bright is Sergio Martinez' future in the sport?

A. "It looks very bright. He has an awkward style, and is a very strong, stable fighter. Someone will have to outbox him to beat him. Martinez is all offense. If you brawl with him, the fight will be a coin flip."

Q. What do you predict the outcome will be in the Pacquiao vs. Mosley welterweight showdown?

A. "I would love to see Shane beat him, but I believe Manny will win easily on points. Pacquiao is just too quick for Shane's old reflexes."

Q. Let's briefly go back to discussing Zab. What's been his specific training regimen since his knockout win over Kaizer Mabuza?

A. "Training camp did not officially start yet, but he's been staying extremely active. Zab has not let up at all. He's not sparring right now, although he's doing 7-8 rounds on the mitts. He's also doing 200 sit-ups a day, and swimming at night in the nearby 24-hour fitness center.


Q. Pernell Whitaker's positive impact and influence over Zab was quite evident in the victory over Mabuza. Zab displayed a larger focus on defense and his use of angles. What will be the key points for Zab in his next fight?

A. "If the knockout comes, it comes. Zab's goal is to be in the best shape to go a full twelve rounds. He does not want anyone to outbox him. Whatever it takes to win the round, whatever it takes to win the fight, Zab is going to do it!"

Marshall added, "Thank you for taking the time to interview me. You're really providing great coverage for all of the world-class fighters."

I would like to thank Marshall again for sharing his highly-educated opinions and in-depth knowledge on the sport of boxing. For more information on Marshall Enzer's stellar career, please check out the following links:  

http://www.boxingledger.com/2010/07/interview-marshall-enzer.html  

http://www.boxingrepublic.com/2010/07/15/interview-marshall-enzer/

1 comment:

Blaine Boyles said...

I like this interview...it was good and informative. I like that Marshall is willing to thank his Lord and Savior. I look forward to more interesting interviews with Mr. Enzer. Blaine

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