Saturday, February 28, 2009

Berto - Cotto?

Last night I was in Tampa calling Real Fighting Championships 16. The show was broadcast all over the Carribean and Central and South America. I hear I'm big in Trinidad.

Anyway, Edson Berto was in the main event. I went into his locker room to talk to Andre. He told me he's scheduled for May 30th and that the opponent might be Miguel Cotto. I asked him how likely that was. Andre said he and his promoter want it and he has heard Cotto does too. I hope it happens.

After his last bout, I'm not sure Berto can handle Cotto but it's time for him to try.

By the way, during the show last night, Hector Macho Camacho came out to hype a potential fight with Yory Boy Campas. I probably shouldn't go off too much about this fight since I might be the blow by blow announcer. But Macho came out in his usual boxing garb. It looked like he enjoyed penitentiary cuisine.

He looked like a 40 something year old guy that hasn't been to the gym in ages, which is probably the case. The six pack was gone replaced by layers of middle age flab. It was kind of pathetic for him to be strutting his stuff like that while "Macho Man" blared from the speakers.

If they fight, Campas will destroy him.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Take it to the Bank

This week we've got undefeated cruiserweight contender Jonathon Banks and ESPN's Joe Tessitore.

Banks is a highly touted prospect who takes on Tomasz Adamek, Friday night on ShoBox. It should be a war as Adamek is extremely tough. This is Banks' time to either shine or get back in line. He can bang, he's personable and is handled by Manny Steward, so it's not hard to picture him as a star. But he's got a very tough test Friday night.

ESPN's Joe Tessitore is a long-time friend of the show and he'll talk about this season's Friday Night Fights and this week's Glen Johnson - Daniel Judah main event.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Getting Your Money's Worth

This week, we've got two fighters who always give fans their money's worth -- IBO lightweight champ Juan Diaz and former light heavyweight king Glen Johnson. Both boxers let their hands fly for 12 straight rounds if necessary. In addition, both are great guys out of the ring. It's hard to find two people more well liked and respected in the sport.

Speaking of getting your money's worth, that's what you get when you go to a Don King show. This weekend's Boxing After Dark undercard featured 9 fights! Heavyweight prospect Bermane Stiverne looked ordinary beating Robert Hawkins. Stiverne was someone I thought had the potential to be heavyweight champ some day. Now I'm not so sure.

I was the undercard announcer and I can tell you that Don got his money's worth out of me.

After all this time, I finally met Michael Buffer. I've talked to him on the phone before and had him on the show, but never spoke to him in person. He couldn't have been nicer. I also talked with Max Kellerman who confirmed my theory that he never received all of my interview requests for the past two years. Now that he's been on once, hopefully that log jam has been eliminated.

Also, I was threatened for refusing to write a story about Owen Beck. Seriously. After being asked to write the story, I replied that no one cared about Beck when he was a fringe contender. Boxing fans certainly don't care about him now. That led to threats that I'd be paid a visit within 48 hours to change my mind. So if there's dead air Thursday at 9:06, you know what happened.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Let Me Entertain You

This week on the show, we've got two of the most entertaining people that I know in the sport. Lightweight champ Nate Campbell will join us. He is always outspoken and he and I often go toe to toe on various subjects.

You're also in for a treat with matchmaker John Beninati. He currently works for Gary Shaw Productions and has worked for Don King in the past. John has hilarious stories to tell including his experience of making the big time with Don. He'll also talk about his experience over the past week in trying to find an opponent for Alfredo Angulo after Ricardo Mayorga pulled out of the fight.

By the way, if you're interested in what went on in Margarito's dressing room, this is the best story I've come across that describes those moments.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Packed House

This week's show will be jam packed with guests.

Kermit Cintron will talk about his upcoming fight with Sergio Martinez. And you know I'm going to ask him if he thinks Antonio Margarito had anything illegal in his gloves when he handed Kermit a beating last April.

Andre Ward is the last American to win gold at the Olympics. That was nearly 5 years ago. Boxing fans have been waiting for this talented fighter to make his move to the top of the division. Will he do it in 2009?

And Mike Silver, author of "The Arc of Boxing, The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science" will discuss his book and why today's fighters couldn't carry the spit buckets of the greats from yesteryear. We'll also give away a copy of the book as a prize for trivia.

On a personal note, I'll be working the undercard of the HBO show next weekend for Don King. I really enjoy introducing fighters that I know. Heavyweight prospect Bermane Stiverne is a guy I've written about before. He's incredibly exciting to watch. Cruiser prospect Francisco Palacios is a guy I've known for years and Olympian Gary Russell, Jr, whose pro debut I announced on ShoBox will all be on that card.

Even better, my wife and my parents will be at the show, all watching me for the first time. I asked my 7 year old son, who couldn't care less about sports, if he wanted to go. Without looking up from his computer game he strongly declared, "No." I walked away muttering, "It's OK. It's only your father announcing in a big arena in front of thousands of people on a Don King card."