News: Nate Campbell Warns Funeka; Duddy Highlights Cotto-Jennings Undercard
Unified lightweight world champion Nate "Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) gave a stern warning to International Boxing Federation No. 1-Ranked lightweight mandatory challenger Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka (30-1, 25 KOs) at a Don King-hosted press conference at BankAtlantic Center today promoting their Valentine's Day meeting in South Florida..
Article posted on 28.01.2009
"I'm a New Age guy that likes to be on the Internet," Campbell began. "Then I went on the Web and read what Ali Funeka said he's going to do to me on Valentine's Day. He said he sees nothing special in me. He said he knows me like the back of his hand. That's rhetoric but he's going to pay for it. I'm going to beat him like he tried to steal something from me."
Campbell said there was no previous ill will between him and his South African opponent.
"This was a basic training camp for me until I heard his mouth. Now it's personal. He's got to pay the retail American price for his words, not the South African price. I'm going to hit this 6-foot-1-inch Funeka everywhere it's legal and maybe where it ain't if the referee turns his back. If he truly wants to win, he better be ready to fight, kill or die."
Campbell's comments caught the attention of the assembled media and his promoter, Don King.
"He's not fooling around," King said of Campbell's comments. "Don't forget what this man did to Juan Diaz, and he did that partly on my behalf. I hope Funeka knows what he's getting into."
King announced tickets to the fight, priced at $200, $75, $40 and $25 (with all seats buy one, get one free excepting a limited number of golden circle seats) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or at the BankAtlantic Center box office.
Dubbed "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" by King, the card will also feature colorful former three-time world champion Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga (28-7-1, 22 KOs) tangling with undefeated Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) to determine the WBC's No. 1 ranking and mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit as well as another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs) taking on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit "The Killer" Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs).
A full undercard, with opponents to be announced soon, will showcase heavyweights Ray "The Rainman" Austin (26-4, 17 KOs) and Bermane "B-Ware" Stiverne (16-1, 16 KOs); undefeated cruiserweight Francisco "The Wizard" Palacios (16-0, 9 KOs); welterweight Ivan Kirpa (22-1, 14 KOs); lightweights Anges Adjaho (23-1, 14 KOs) and Angelo "The Cobra" Santana (4-0, 3 KOs); junior lightweight John "Action" Jackson (13-1, 13 KOs); undefeated light heavyweight Anthony Dirrell (14-0, 12 KOs); and featherweight Gary Russell (1-0, 1 KO).
The event is promoted by Don King Productions. Campbell vs. Funeka is presented in association with One Punch Productions. Mayorga vs. Angulo is a co-promotion with Gary Shaw Productions. Campbell vs. Funeka, Mayorga vs. Angulo and Martinez vs. Cintron will also be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
IRELAND’S” JOHN DUDDY and ANTHONY PETERSON HIGHLIGHT COTTO vs. JENNINGS GARDEN PARTY!
UNDEFEATED CONTENDERS’ FIGHTS WILL BE FEATURED ON PAY-PER-VIEW BROADCAST
NEW YORK, NY (January 27, 2009) – Undefeated Top-Five contenders “Ireland’s” JOHN DUDDY and ANTHONY PETERSON will light it up in separate bouts at Madison Square Garden, headlining the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings / Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik vs. Marco Antonio Rubio two-city / two-title pay-per-view extravaganza. Duddy will go mano-a-mano with MATT “The Predator” VANDA and Peterson will rumble with EDNER “Cherry Bomb” CHERRY, in 10-round middleweight and lightweight bouts, respectively. Together, these four warriors boast a combined record of 116-14-2 (70 KOs) – a winning percentage of 88%.
Two title fights in two different towns on one pay-per-view broadcast! This event is so big, both Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon, Jr. will be introducing the main events from New York and Youngstown, respectively. Spectators at The Garden will be able to see the live broadcast of the Pavlik-Rubio fight. Spectators at the Chevrolet Centre will be able to see the live broadcast of the Cotto-Jennings fight. Promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, the Cotto-Pavlik doubleheader will take place Saturday, February 21 and will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Remaining tickets to the Madison Square Garden event , priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com.
Remaining tickets to the Chevrolet Centre event, priced at $500, $300, and $200 can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, Retail Locations, including Giant Eagle and Macy’s, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (866) 448-7849. Tickets are also available at the Chevrolet Centre Box Office. Additional fees may be applicable. There will be a ticket limit of eight (8) per customer.
Duddy (25-0, 17 KOs), from Derry, Ireland, is a huge fan favorite at The Garden drawing tens of thousands to the “Mecca of Boxing” throughout his five-year professional career. The former WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion boasts victories over former world champion Yory Boy Campas and two-time world title contender Howard Eastman. Currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), and No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Duddy’’s aggressive, hard-hitting style has not only made for exciting fights but has also developed a very strong following on both sides of the Atlantic, drawing capacity crowds in New York, Boston, Dublin and Belfast.
Vanda (39-8, 22 KOs), from St. Paul, Minn., is a 12-year battle-tested veteran who has never taken a step backward in the ring. Known as “The Predator” for the way he hunts down his opponents in the ring before finishing them off, less than half the opponents Vanda has vanquished have gone the distance. He is a former International Boxing Association Americas junior middleweight champion, won via an exciting 12-round split decision over former world champion Yory Boy Campas. Famous for his trademark upper body tattoos, Vanda returns to the ring on the heels of an exciting two-fight series against undefeated contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Peterson (28-0, 19 KOs), from Washington, D.C., is a rising star within the lightweight division. Currently world-rated No. 4 by the WBC and WBO and No. 6 by the IBF, Peterson, 23, returns to the ring on the heels of an impressive 10-round unanimous decision victory over former world lightweight champion Javier Jauregui in a fast-paced fight that not only showed how far Peterson has progressed since his professional debut in 2004, but also displayed his aggressive style, boxing skills and punching power. A former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight champion, he became the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight champion last June, winning a dominating 12-round unanimous decision over gritty veteran Fernando Trejo.
Cherry (24-6-2, 12 KOs), from Nassau, Bahamas, has held NABF and North American Boxing Association (NABA) lightweight titles. Known for his aggressive style and as a pressure style fighter, Cherry, 26, has a collection of impressive victories on his resume including Monty Meza-Clay, Daniel Alcea, Wes Ferguson and Marco Perez. Currently world-rated No. 10 by the WBC, Cherry returns to the ring fresh from his first world title challenge, where he moved up in weight and lost a 12-round decision to undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. last September.
The Cotto vs. Jennings / Pavlik vs. Rubio pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $44.95. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Cotto vs. Jennings / Pavlik vs. Rubio fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com.
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