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Shaun George Thrashes Matthew Charleston

10.08.07 - By Knockout Publicity - The light heavyweight division's most avoided fighter took another step towards becoming a world title contender with a four round drubbing of Matthew Charleston at the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. George, now 15-2 (7 KO), was in control of the fight from the opening bell, displaying a varied assault that was nearly impossible to defend against. George worked the body religiously, weakening Charleston and setting up violent fireworks upstairs.

The fourth round was a withering stanza for Charleston, whose figure came under heavy fire that degenerated into an inferno. Wisely, Charleston opted not to come out for the fifth round, much to reason's delight.

"I was able to establish my jab and worked the body," says George, a Brooklyn native who now trains out of North Jersey, "which is exactly what I wanted to do. Any shot you could think of, I was tagging him with it. I took the fight on 2 weeks notice, which is why I was a little rusty. He was trying to survive from the second round on until he retired."

Sam DiTusa at ringside wrote, "Charleston did little in the way of offense because George was so quick to counter any offense he tried to mount."

The victor made sure to recognize his chief second. "I give a lot of credit to Tommy Brooks. He's one of the greatest trainers in the world."

Shaun George feels that, besides an easy payday, he also picked up a wealth of experience. "I was working on a lot of different things. I was working on concentrating on the body, finishing off my opponent, and picking up the pace as the rounds went on. It showed me that I can do anything I want to do in the ring."

Looking forward, George hopes to draw the top fighters at light heavyweight into the ring with him. "I want to fight a top ten guy. All of these guys are ducking and dodging me. Glen Johnson is ignoring me. We're going to look to the next guy. By next year, I want to be fighting for a world title."

In addition to being victorious, Shaun also entertained fight fans in his first appearance on the West Coast. "They were very supportive," says George of the fans. "I'm glad that I got to bring an exciting fight to the Idaho fans."

Lightning makes more noise than thunder, and George promises to bring both in abundance. "I'm not being silent anymore. I'm putting everybody on the spot. I'm not giving the division any more excuses to ignore me."

Article posted on 11.08.2007



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