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Pro Boxing News - 28th October

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Pro Boxing News - Thursday 28th October For: Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, Avtandil Khurtsidze, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Odlanier Solis, Ray Austin, Shannon Briggs, Andre Ward, “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios, Noe “Platanito” Bolanos, Pacquiao, Roach, Harrison, Haye, Michael Roberts



  • Zab Judah -- Never one to waste an opportunity to make a big impression, Zab Judah has enlisted the support of the United States Armed Forces as he prepares to take on Argentine Knock out artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday, November 6th at Newark's Prudential Center. -- Judah has arranged for 200 members of the US Armed Forces to attend the event as his personal guests. In addition, a color guard involving members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, will present the colors during the National Anthem. -- Fight Details: Judah vs. Matthysse, a twelve round NABO junior welterweight championship bout, is part of an exciting night of boxing at Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6. The show is presented by Main Events, Super Judah Promotions, and Golden Boy Promotions. Doors open at 6:00pm, first bout to follow immediately. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 11:15pm ET / PT.


  • Avtandil Khurtsidze vs Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam --- Former WBA Inter-Continental middleweight champion and EBA champion, Avtandil Khurtsidze (22-1-2, 13 KO), will fight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-0-, 17 KOs) for the interim WBA world middleweight title on October 30th at the Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. The fighters went face to face at the final press conference. --Hassan N’dam: I saw four fights of Avandtil Khurtshide, and he is nothing but a boxer who imposes his pressure and he knows how to come forward, but he is technically limited. Unfortunately for him Oct. 30, he will be forced to retreatAvandtil Khurtshide: I have seen several fights of  N'Dam, he is talented but his style suits me perfectly. I have not come to France to lose but to take the belt. Hassan has never faced an opponent of my caliber. I  do not see how he could resist my pressure for 12 rounds. He is always saying that I do not go backwards, but if necessary I would.


  • Odlanier Solis Vs Ray Austin -- Don King at a presser yesterday afternoon at the American Airlines Arena to announced the upcoming WBC heavyweight “final elimination” bout in Miami for Friday, December 17th. King, aged 79, dazzled the assembled media for two hours with his unique blend of hyperbole and flash. Waving an American flag emblazoned with the image of a Native American, King proclaimed “boxing is life and life is boxing” to kick off the press conference in true Don King style. The main event pits 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medal winner Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) - at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami -  with the winner earning the right to face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.


  • Briggs back home in US -- Former heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) and wife Alana Briggs returned to the US via Newark, New Jersey international airport. Briggs has been in Germany since his loss to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) on October 16th. Briggs suffered multiple injuries as a result of the fight with the most serious being a torn left bicep which he had surgery on. Briggs told Fightnews  -- “We are happy to be back home. Germany was great! We are in New Jersey to pick up our two sons, 13-year-old Chan and 4-year-old Caden. Right now no decisions will be made on whether I will continue boxing or not. We will go home and rehab and sit down with the family and make that decision at a later date. I feel great! Like I could fight next week! For now I will stay busy with my business ventures and continue to promote Zivair and put the finishing touches on my wife’s skin care line. Thanks to my fans for all the support and love I received from around the world. It made me realize how many people I touched. I just want you all to know how much you have touched me.”


  • Andre Ward  Exclusive - This week’s 97th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) who is scheduled to face Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) on November 27 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward currently tops the leader board in the Super Six super middleweight tournament and is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. Ward spoke about his upcoming fight, talked about his future in Super Six tournament, and also touched on a variety of other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape including the Klitschko Brothers, Pacquaio-Margarito, Pascal’s victory over Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch, and more. Here is what he had to say:

On his initial reaction to the news that Andre Dirrell was forced to pull out of the Super Six: -- “Well obviously it was shocking news to hear. There are a lot of things going through your mind. You wonder about the state of the tournament, you wonder about Dirrell’s health, and you’re just trying to figure out what’s going to happen. The key for me and my team is to keep the date. That was the key because we didn’t want to not be on the show until next year. We got a semifinals spot and all of that, but that doesn’t do anything for our progress in terms of staying sharp and just staying at it. So we just quickly made a decision to keep the date and to look for a new opponent. It’s unfortunate, and I wish Dirrell a speedy recovery. I want to see him back in the ring doing his thing, and we just have to move on and set our sights on the next opponent.”


  • “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios Vs Noe “Platanito” Bolanos  -- WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, training out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, is scheduled to take on Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (21-5-1, 13KOs) of Mexico in a 10 round lightweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Rios vs. Bolanos will open up the pay-per-view telecast.


  • Pacquiao – Roach, stand by their statement that they believe that Margarito cheated -- Pacquiao stood by  his stance that Antonio Margarito knew his hands were loaded when he was busted  with plaster inserts in his wraps prior to his fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley in January 2009. on HBO's first episode of 24/7 on Saturday.

Roach on Wednesday also spoke candidly about the incident. Starting off, by saying he agrees with Pacquiao that Margarito had to know his handwraps were doctored. -- "You have a fu****g rock in your hand, you know it," Roach said. -- Roach also said, "Against (Daniel) Santos and Paul Williams and so forth, he doesn't look like he's that big a puncher. Against (Kermit) Cintron and (Miguel) Cotto, something was different." -- Roach ended by describing how he had studied six or seven of Margarito's recent fights. He said he noticed something that really made him think Margarito may have had loaded wraps in some of them. For example: "What is the first thing a fighter wants to do when he's done fighting?" Roach said. "Take off his gloves. He kept the gloves on the whole fu****g time." -- And which fight was that? Roach was asked. "The second Cintron fight." Answered Roach --  In that one, Margarito knocked out Cintron in the sixth round in April 2008 in Atlantic City. In their first fight, in April 2005 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Margarito stopped Cintron in the fifth round.


  • Pacman retirement plans -- Pacquiao plans on fighting only three more times before putting a wrap on his long boxing career and hanging up his gloves for good. -- In an article at the Agency France Press, Pacquiao said “I am thinking about retirement but I can still fight a few fights and that is it.” One can only guess who those fights will be with, but it’s very likely that two of them will be fellow Top Rank fighters Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


  • Hot Scottish talent Michael Roberts will make his glittering debut on Frank Warren's big Braehead Arena card in Glasgow on December 4th. -- Roberts features on the undercard of Ricky Burns who makes the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Andreas Evensen. -- But Roberts is hoping to make a real statement with the fans and media with a stellar performance as he kicks off his professional career. -- The 21-year-old had a sparkling amateur career, and has even been compared to Burns by renowned manager Alex Morrison. --  "It's nice to spoken about in the same sentence as Ricky, but I want to be own man," said Roberts.  -- "Scottish boxing is on a high at the moment because of Ricky's sensational win over Roman Martinez, and it's fantastic to be a part of it. -- "I grew up watching the likes of Scott Harrison and Alex Arthur dominating Scottish boxing and I aim to become a world champion just like them and Ricky.”


  • Haye wants to send Harrison into retirement -- This is what Haye had to say on the subject of Harrison and retirement in an interview with the BBC Sport: “I’m sick of hearing of him [Harrison], sick of reading about him, and sick of seeing the sight of him. My plan here is to put Audley once and for all into retirement. My last two fights against Nikolay Valuev, he’s not fought since. He’s looking at retiring. John Ruiz is officially retiring. I’m looking to retire my opponents.”