News: Lamon Brewster; Figueroa vs Bailey; Bayan Jargal
KIEL, GERMANY - Former heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster is promising his best performance of the decade when he steps into the ring tomorrow night against Michael Sprott in Kiel, Germany. Both fighters tipped the scale at 234 and looked in prime physical condition. The fight, which is scheduled for eight rounds, will be Brewster's first as a member of the Sauerland Event stable. The main event will be the IBF middleweight title defense of Arthur Abraham against Lajuan Simon..
"I feel ready," says Lamon Brewster, 34-4 (30 knockouts). "I just can't wait to get in there already and do my thing. I have seen lots of tape on Sprott. He's a game fighter but he has never been hit with the speed and ability that I'm bringing to the table."
Former British heavyweight champion Sprott, 31-12 (16 knockouts), has scored several impressive wins, most notably a third round knockout of 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in 2007.
Brewster, a native of Indianapolis but now residing in Los Angeles, California, won the WBO heavyweight title when he knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in five rounds in 2004.
Brewster has fought twice before in Germany. In 2005, Brewster traveled to Hamburg for his third championship defense, winning in nine rounds. It is his second trip, a rematch against the current IBF and WBO champion Klitschko, that has brought him increased motivation heading into this bout.
"It feels great to be back in Germany. Everyone has been really receptive to me over here. Some of my biggest fans are here. This is where I lost to Wladimir Klitschko and I'm out for revenge. Once I take care of business here, I'm coming for Klitschko.
"I'm finally injury free for the first time since 2000. Now the world will get to see the best of Lamon Brewster."
For more information on Lamon Brewster, visit www.lamonbrewster.com .
Figueroa gets shot against Bailey in April 3 BF title eliminator
NEW YORK (March 13, 2009) – NAB light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gator” Figueroa (20-2, 13 KO's), now known as Gator Figueroa, gets the opportunity that he’s worked hard for on April 3 when he takes on former BO light welterweight champion Randall Bailey (38-6, 34 KO's) in an BF title eliminator.
The winner between BF No. 3 rated Bailey (No. 1 and 2 are unrated) and No. 6 ranked Figueroa, shown live on ESP from Memphis, will earn a title shot against BF champion Juan Durango.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for me and I'm very happy that the fight has been made,” Figueroa said from his Miami-based training camp. “I want to thank my promoter, Square Ring and its CEO, John Wit, and my manager, Sal LoNan, for making this happen. Nothing is going to stop me from winning this fight. I've been training hard, first at Mike Boyle’s (Training and Conditioning in Winchester, MA), and now in Miami with my former head trainer, Reggie Martinez, who is back in my corner. I can already tell the difference in my strength and conditioning. My sparring partners tell me I'm faster and have more pop. That’s all I needed to hear.”
Bailey has more experience than Figueroa, who has a 12-fight win streak dating back to 2004, having defeated the likes of Demarcus Corey, Carlos Gonzalez, Hector Lopez, Rudy Martinez and DeMetrio Cembalos. Bailey’s a knockout-artist who has stopped 34 of 38 victims, but Figueroa has never been knocked out as a pro. The 34-year old Bailey, 3-4 in world title fights, has been knocked out twice by Miguel Cotto and Disobeys Hurtado. Randall lost a split decision in a 2007 BF title eliminator to Herman Gourd.
“Bailey has had his time but now it’s Gator time,” Figueroa added. “Bailey’s a great fighter. I'm not going to slam him; I'm preparing for him and will do my talking in the ring. I'm not looking past Bailey, but I am thinking about Durango because my goal is to be world champion. In order to achieve that, I have to get past Bailey to get a title shot against Durango.”
Figueroa is also rated No. 11 by the BC and No. 14 by the WA. The 30-year-old Puerto Rican-American was born in Spanish Harlem, where Frankie was a 2-time New York City high school wrestling champion (14-0 as a senior). He was nicknamed, “El Gator” (The Cat), because he was the only one quick enough to catch a cat that was a mascot at his original gym in the Bronx.
For more information about Frankie Figueroa visit his web site at www.teamgato.com.
BAYAN JARGAL BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!
LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT LOOKS TO STAY UNDEFEATED
ARLINGTON, VA (March 13, 2009) Undefeated lightweight prospect Bayan “THE MONGOLIAN MONGOOSE” Jargal will return to action this Saturday night, March 14th, against Grand Rapids, Michigan veteran Reggie Nash in the main event of “TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS 11” at the Winchester Sportsplex.
Jargal, sporting a record of 10-0-1 with seven knockouts, is coming off a crushing first round knockout of Walberto Gaxiola on January 23rd at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas.
“We’ve got huge plans for Bayan and are really looking forward to seeing him in action on Saturday night. His knockout of Gaxiola was a true highlight reel moment and the fans in Winchester should be prepared for another explosive performance” said Terry Lane, President of Reno, Nevada based “Let’s Get It On” Promotions.
A frequent training partner of former world champion Paul Williams, Jargal had an illustrious amateur career finishing with a record of 80-10 and also represented Mongolia in the 2004 World Games. He is managed by J.D. Brown who has managed former world champions William Joppy and DeMarcus Corley and also worked as an advisor for Sugar Ray Leonard.
Tickets and more information on “TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS” can be obtained by calling 540-868-2200. The Winchester Sportsplex is located at 221 Commonwealth Court in Winchester, Virginia.
Reno, Nevada based "Let's Get It On" Promotions was founded in 2000 by legendary boxing referee Mills Lane. In early 2005 he was joined by sons Terry and Tommy in the operations of the company. Along with super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley, "Let's Get It On" Promotions also promotes lightweight prospect Bayan Jargal and highly regarded brothers Tyler and Derek Hinkey. They have consistently promoted world class boxing events on a national basis.
Further information on "Let's Get It On" Promotions can be viewed at www.letsgetitonboxing.com
Article posted on 13.03.2009
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