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News: Margarito Mosley Quotes; Ivan Popica; Bobby Gunn

ANTONIO MARGARITO - Three-Time Welterweight Champion "I'm really prepared for this fight. We did our work in training camp and we know Mosley is a very experienced fighter.

"There are no secrets here, we know our styles and I'm very certain I will raise my hands in victory on Saturday night.."

SHANE MOSLEY - Four-Time World Champion in Three Weight Divisions

"This is going to be a great event."

"We've worked on everything at camp and I feel great and sharp."

"This is going to be a great fight and I want to thank Margarito for taking the fight when he could've fought anyone."

"To fight right here in both of our back yards, where we both came up fighting the hard way...I've just been up here a little longer."

BOB ARUM - Co-Promoter and Chairman of the Board, Top Rank

"This fight is going to be sold out. And it shows that boxing is alive and well and is going to do great in 2009."

RICHARD SCHAEFER - CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

"This fight really belongs in Los Angeles."

"What a way to start of 2009 with a fight that could be on Pay-Per-View and we decided to put it on regular HBO. The fight fans are going to be the ones that benefit the most out of this because they will get to enjoy these fights without going into their pockets."

"We are proud to have Sugar Shane back in LA for this fight."

"I was told this morning that the total attendance for this fight will surpass the De La Hoya-Mosley fight with over 20,000 people at STAPLES Center on Saturday night! That really is a tribute to these two great fighters."

"Shane is a well know fighter all around the world and he deserves that recognition. He is going down in weight to 147, where he won most of his titles and is going to reclaim his reign over that division on Saturday night."

On Robert Guerrero:

"We have one of the great young fighters, a young man from Southern California Robert Guerrero, fighting on this card. He joined us a few weeks ago and we wanted to get him in the ring right away. We have big plans for him in the future. He is moving up in weight to make a name for himself at lightweight."

ROBERT GUERRERO - FORMER TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION

"I'm excited and I cant wait to get back in the ring. I've stayed ready all year and am ready for Saturday night."

BERNARD HOPKINS - PRESIDENT OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS EAST

"This fight has two fighters from LA, fighting in LA, on regular HBO...that's a great thing. I'm really excited about this fight."

"2008 showed everyone, including me, that you think you know, but you need to be prepared to be surprised."

"Both fighters have come up putting on great fights and earning their own legacy. Shane's legacy is on the line here, but so is Margaritos."

LEE ZEIDMAN - General Manager, STAPLES Center

"There are a few tickets still available, so make sure you get them while you can, because this fight will be sold out.

"This is exciting for us because Shane is the only main event fighter to fight at STAPLES Center twice."

KERY DAVIS - HBO, Senior Vice President of Programming for HBO Sports

"Saturday is the first big event of 2009."

"We have two of the best fighters in the world. Margarito, who fought his way here and fought everyone that would face him. And then you have Shane who is one of the best fighters of our era and who has been there for over a decade.

"Shane has the rare combination of both power and speed, but they both have huge hearts, hearts as big as STAPLES Center."

"We knew we had to bring this fight to the fans, because we felt it was a 'can't miss fight'."

NAAZIM RICHARDSON - Mosley Head Trainer

"I have the privilege of working with some of the greatest fighters today. But I'm not here to teach Shane how to fight, Jack Mosley already did a great job at that. I'm here to find the flaws in Margarito and help Shane exploit those."

SERGIO DIAZ - Margarito Co-Manager

"Saturday is going to be a good fight. Margarito doesn't take anyone lightly."

"We think its time for Mosley to call it quits and Margarito will show him that on Saturday."

JAVIER CAPETILLO - Margarito Head Trainer

"I've known Shane a long time and I've seen Shane fight some great champions. But if it comes to war, he cant win a war with Margarito."

"Mexico is really proud of our Champion, as I'm sure the U.S. is of theirs as well."


POPOCA READY FOR HEADLINE SLOT IN CICERO THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 2009) Running around in the frigid temperatures of Chicago, undefeated fan favorite Ivan Popoca left the Univision television downtown studios Wednesday night as part of his final preparations towards the main event this Friday evening at Cicero Stadium.

Popoca, 8-0-1 (7KO’s), headlines against Houston’s Daniel Garcia at NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTIONS, an outstanding evening of action packed professional boxing presented by Dominic Peosli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. The heavy handed Garcia brings a record of 9-7-1 (7KO’s) into the battle with Popoca.

“This last week has been a little hectic finishing up training and doing media interviews but it’s terrific to see the interest that the press and fans have not only in me but in the first Chicago boxing card of the year” said Popoca. "The increase in support has been terrific and I’m very grateful.”

Popoca has been training diligently at Chicago’s JABB BOXING GYM for the last two months in preparation for Friday night. “After getting my road work in during the morning, I’ve been doing a lot of sparring; working with Carlos Molina, Ryan Smedick and Juan Bailon. Each one gives me different looks and that truly help me in the ring” continued Popoca.

“I don’t know much about Garcia, so it’s important for me to use the first round to feel him out, see what he does best and keep him from doing that. I feel like I’m prepared for whatever he tries.”

Also featured at "NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION" is sensational super bantamweight prospect Eric “EL LOCO” Estrada, super middleweight Andrzej “THE POLISH PRINCE” Fonfara” and newcomers Ryan Smedick and William Hernandez.

Advance tickets for “NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION”, starting at $30, can be obtained in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie in Cicero . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

The full NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION card is as follows;

Ivan Popoca vs. Daniel Garcia, six rounds, junior welterweights
Eric Estrada vs. Steve Cannell, six rounds, super bantamweights
Andrzej Fonfara vs. Terrence Wilson, six rounds, super middleweights
Ryan Smedick vs. Tyson Schwieger, four rounds, welterweights
William Hernandez vs. Quincy Johnson, four rounds, featherweights

“NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” is presented along with Miller Lite, TCF Bank, Jack Daniels and EL Jimador Tequila.

TCF is a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national financial holding company with $16.4 billion in total assets. The company has 453 banking offices in Minnesota , Illinois , Michigan , Colorado , Wisconsin , Indiana and Arizona , providing retail and commercial banking services, and investments and insurance products. TCF also conducts leasing and equipment finance business in all 50 states.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.


Bobby Gunn to Defend WBC USNBC Cruiserweight Title Vs Brad Gregory February 25th!

Hackensack, NJ – On February 25th Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn 20-3-1 (17 KO’s) will attempt to get one step closer to fighting for the WBC world championship. Gunn will be making the first defense of his WBC USNBC Cruiserweight crown against veteran Brad Gregory 11-2 (9 KO’s). The Gunn-Gregory bout will headline “Fight Knight” which is co-promoted by Dignity and FelKO Promotions. The fight will be staged at the beautiful Medieval Times, which is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

Gregory, a Kansas native, will be moving down in weight for the title opportunity. His last five fights have been at heavyweight including both of his losses, which came to former champion Bruce Seldon and highly regarded knockout artist Bermane Stiverne. Gunn knows the importance of this fight as a higher ranking is in sight with a victory.

“I feel great and am working hard in camp” said Gunn, who stopped Shelby Gross in a highly anticipated bout to win the belt. “I will be fully prepared to go war. I have a great team around me and am training with (Light Heavyweight Contender) Shaun George, (undefeated Heavyweight) Faruq Saleem and (former Junior Welterweight Champion) Vivian Harris” said Gunn, who has won a total of six Cruiserweight titles.

Gunn, who has battled all across America as well as in Mexico and Wales, is excited about fighting in his home state of New Jersey for just the second time in his professional career.

“It’s great to be fighting in the Garden State, where some of the best fight fans in the world come from”, said the charismatic Canadian. “My friend and longtime sparring partner Kyle White will be featured on the undercard as well. My ultimate goal is to join my friend Kendall Holt as a current World Champion from New Jersey”.

For ticket info go to WWW.DignityBoxing.Com.

Article posted on 23.01.2009



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