News: Diaz vs Ngoudjo; Mark Alexander; Lyell vs Clay; More
(Orange, CA – May 6, 2010) One week prior to his next challenge, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz reports himself ready as he closes training camp in Indio, California, where he readied himself to face Herman Ngoudjo in a junior welterweight main event next Friday, May 14, live on ESPN, from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Eager to prove the boxing world that he must be considered as an elite contender, Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs), finished up eight weeks of hard work under the watchful eye of his brother and trainer Joel Diaz..
Article posted on 06.05.2010
“I feel ready and very strong, I probably had the best training camp for my upcoming fight and I am happy of how things worked out,” said Julio Diaz during his last sparring session. “Very seldom one has that conviction, and I am more than ready for whatever Ngoudjo will bring to the ring next week.”
Having lost his last two fights, against Victor Cayo (7-31-2009) and Rolando Reyes (4-4-2009), Julio Diaz is seeking redemption in 2010 and has the burning desire to prove himself worthy of another title shot.
“I should have never lost those two fights last year, I have no excuses, but I’ve learned a lot in the process,” said Diaz. “This is a great opportunity and I intend to capitalize on it. I know in my heart that I can go against the best in the jr. welter division, but I have to prove it next week.”
Herman Ngoudjo (18-3, 10 KOs), has yet to wear the crown of champion. The native of Cameroon now residing in Montreal, Canada, has come close, losing tight decisions to former champions Jose Luis Castillo, Paul Malignaggi and Juan Urango. With those experiences in the rear-view mirror, Ngoudjo's team feels he is ready to take the next step in his career to the championship level but Diaz stand on his way.
The Diaz – Ngoudjo ten-round main event will headline an evening of boxing action this coming Friday, May 14. Presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Vega Boxing and Thompson Boxing Promotions, the event will be held in The Star of The Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill's Casino & Resort in Primm, Nev. and will be televised by ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at 7pm (PT)/10:00pm (ET).
In the televised co-featured bout, junior-lightweight contender Dominic Salcido of Rialto, Calif. will look to rebound from two recent defeats by the dangerous and unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo, NY. Salcido, (17-2, 9 KOs), was one of the sport's rising stars and is looking to get back on track. At (11-0,5 KOs), Sanchez is out to prove that Salcido has bitten off more than he can chew in his return.
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The Flash” Is Back - Alexander Calls Out Former Champ Barratt
On April 24th, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Night Of The Rising Stars’ event in London’s York Hall, a not so much a new star but definitely a resurgent star, Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander, grabbed the headlines with his stunning performance which saw him destroy Luton’s Michael Devine. Devine - touted as the next Ricky Hatton because of his exciting style and awesome knockout ratio both as an amateur and a pro - was sent crashing to the canvas no less than four times in just three rounds, before the referee decided enough was enough and stopped the fight.
This week the Hackney born 34 year old returned to training at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, East London, under the watchful eyes of his coach Barry Smith, whom, along with world class trainer Jimmy Tibbs, he is quick to credit for making this magnificent win possible.
Following the typically grueling session the always effervescent Alexander spoke of the fight and the changes that his new coach had bought to his game, “I watched a video of the fight the other day for the first time. It was good, the fight went according to plan, as in him coming out fast and throwing punches and me countering him catching him with the right hand. Anything I’m going to hit him with I knew I had to hurt him because he comes in throwing lots of punches. I knew I had to hurt him to get respect.
Barry has changed a lot of my boxing now, you know, my technique. He gave me so much more to my training. He’s added to what I already have, you know strength and added more power. He’s made me tougher he’s added so much to the arsenal I already had. You know, he’s added new combinations, he’s made me more ferocious. Which I need to be.
He’s bought out the killer in me, I’m far more ferocious. I’m also now a better boxer. I was a good boxer before but he’s bought it all together. I’m not just a boxer-puncher now. He’s added things and made me a overall better fighter.”
Barry Smith, who had been sitting close to his charge throughout, chipped in. “It was a good win. He done everything right, he done everything perfect. He listened to what he was told, not just in the gym but also in the fight.
He listened to Jimmy Tibbs in his corner and did everything he was told. He was nice and relaxed. He went out there and done a number on the boy.
He made it look easy, mind you we worked on that though. We worked on the outside and when he (Devine) dropped his hand when he comes in wild Mark just countered him. He listened and he done it. I couldn't’ have asked more from him. It’s the best I have ever seen him.
Mark wants it. It’s terrific to work with Mark because he wants it, and he listens. I’ve been there and done it. I’ve worked with the best trainers in the world and I’ve learnt. It’s good to be able to put it all into practice with a fighter that wants to learn like Mark does.”
Following some witty banter between gym owner, world class trainer Johnny Eames, Alexander and Smith; ‘The Flash’ said “It also helps being at such a great gym. Here at Ultrachem TKO there are top coaches like Johnny (Eames), Jimmy (Tibbs), Del (Derek Grainger) and Brian (Lawrence) who all take the time to watch you when you spar and give advice.
Talking about sparring look around there is always top sparring going on, I mean I never have to worry about getting quality sparring. Those guys have great fighters like Kevin (Mitchell), Ian (Napa), Marshy (Matthew Marsh). I could mention more but there are so many great fighters here.”
Alexander changed tack and said “I want to fight a good name next, I want someone that’s been there and already won a title.” and then stated that he has set his sights on former English Champion Ryan Barratt as his next opponent before going on to say. “I’ve watched Ryan Barratt for a few years now, he’s a former English Champion. That’s just the kind of scalp I want now. I want to start getting at the names in the division.
I know it won’t be easy as he’s tall, awkward southpaw. I’ve thought long and hard, the times right and I know I can beat him.
Me and Barry watching some video of him, and Barry watched his last fight. We’re sure we know how to beat him. There is a few things, style wise, I would need to change as he’s a southpaw. Yeah, and I’ll be a lot more meaner and more aggressive, but you know if it has to be done it has to be done. I want to really impress, I want to be noticed so I get to fight more names and start climbing the ranks again.”
At this point Smith shrugged and with a resigned look added, “I don’t like southpaws, I don’t like my fighters fighting southpaws but I think Mark can dismantle Ryan.
Mark takes a round or two to warm up. I know he didn’t show that the other night but he does. I think after two rounds Mark will take Ryan apart.
He wants to fight Ryan Barratt and I’m happy with that. We’re gonna started working on getting Mark stronger, I know he’s strong but he can be stronger. When I first got Mark he wasn’t that strong and he wasn’t a very hard puncher believe it or not. But now he’s hitting hard, he’s getting stronger so there’s more room there for the boy to improve more.
Great fighters can adapt, good fighters can’t. Mark can adapt. He’s shown that. He used to fight on the back foot and we had him fighting on the front foot. He looked good, he looked like he had done that his whole career. People suss you out when you don’t adapt. They sussed out Tyson in the end because he couldn’t adapt. Mark’ll adapt again to take on Ryan Barratt and he’ll take it.”
To which ‘The Flash’ responded “You bet I will”
Alexander is due to have discussions with Ryan Barratt’s promoter Steve Goodwin early next week. Top of the agenda is the possible clash with Ryan Barratt on Goodwin’s June 19th show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
If the deal can be done this will be one of the must see fights of 2010, so watch this space for more on Alexander vs Barratt very, very soon.
Billy Lyell vs. Martinus Clay Live Tonight
Hector "Macho" Camacho vs. Saul Duran Live Next Friday - Marco Huck vs. Brian Minto Available Now On Demand
NESportsTV.com is the place to catch great online PPV boxing live and on demand.
Available now on NESportsTV.com is last Saturday’s cruiserweight title fight between Germany’s Marco Huck and American fan favorite Brian Minto. NESportsTV.com is the only place to get English commentary to go along with this fight and the only place to view this bout in the United States. The PPV cost $12.
Also, live tonight the site is also offering the return of former world title challenger Billy Lyell as he takes on durable veteran Martinus Clay. The broadcast will be made available to view both live and on demand for a cost of $8.
Next Friday, the always entertaining former world champ Hector “Macho” Camacho will make his nesportstv.com debut in a fight against Mexican warrior and former world title challenger Saul Duran. The broadcast costs $9.99 and can be preordered today at www.NESportsTV.com.
THUNDER IN THE RING II
II Feathers Promotions in association with Ernesto Torres Promotions & Mextli Entertainment is proud to present “THUNDER IN THE RING II” on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010.
Live professional Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts returns to The Karma Night Club in Victorville, Ca with eight bouts featuring several local fighters from the High Desert Community. Headlining will be one of the best prospects the High Desert has to offer in Hesperia’s Alex “The Executioner” Reyes. This past March Reyes took out George Sanchez in less then one round, brutalizing him for the short time the bout lasted. Sitting in attendance for that fight was the unimpressed Marcos “The Beast” Gonzales of nearby San Bernardino who decided that he wanted a shot at the Executioner.
On the boxing side of the card, local Sammy Yniguez fights in front of his hometown crowed for the very first time when he takes on the rugged Jose Pacheco of San Pedro, Ca. Also local 2006, 2007 PAL Champion Daniel “Twitch” Franco will make his professional debut in the Super Bantamweight division, the highly talented “Twitch” who graduates only 1 week from Hesperia, High School after making his debut is the younger brother of the undefeated power house prospect and WBC Intercontinental Youth Champion Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco.
Eight bouts will fill the card and doors will open at 2PM with the first bell sounding off at 3PM
Tickets can be purchased at Karma and Streetz Clothing or by calling (760) 713-7042
Prices start at just $20 standing, $30 general, $40 reserved, $60 for Ringside and $75 for VIP Table seating
CLUB KARMA - 12152 Cottonwood Rd. Victorville, Ca. 92392 - (760) 955-1600
STREETZ Clothing Store - 14400 Bear Valley Road Victorville, CA 92392 - (760) 951-8310
Weigh-Ins are Friday May 21st, 2010 and will be held inside the Mall of Victor Valley at the Streetz Clothing Store beginning at 2PM; the public is encouraged to attend.
For more info call: (760) 713-7042 or (760) 247-8999
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