News: Rahman-Miller; Windy City Fight Night 10; Joseph Judah
Shannon Miller admits he will be facing the most dangerous fighter of his career when he steps into the ring in the 10-round main event against two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman at "The Rock Returns" event on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. But the opportunity to notch a win over a big-name heavyweight and then parlay it into even bigger fights is potentially too lucrative to pass up. Besides, according to Miller, getting hit hard is completely painless..
Article posted on 08.06.2010
36-year-old Miller comes from a well-respected boxing family. His father, Bob Miller, is a trainer and cutman for, among others, current super middleweight champion Lucien Bute. His mother, Lorraine, was Mike Tyson's first promoter. His brother Shawn is an undefeated light heavyweight. Miller himself has been fighting since early childhood and turned pro at age 18.
During the day, Miller works as a public safety officer on the campus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the country's top technical colleges. At night, he trains under the watchful eyes of his father, brother Shawn and head trainer is Billy "The Professor" Growick.
Miller says despite the apparent danger he's never been a quitter and he's not going to start that night. "If Hasim Rahman beats me, he'll have to earn it," he snarls.
Shannon, why did you take the Hasim Rahman fight?
You have to look at boxing as a risk/reward situation. Sure, there's a lot of risk, but the reward is also there. If you beat him, you set yourself up for bigger things - bigger money. That's the bottom line. I've always fought for money and to try and make a better life for my family. My friends always ask me; really your dream is not to be a champion? I wouldn't mind but a title belt doesn't pay your mortgage.
How is training going so far?
Training is going very well. I'm at the point where I'm getting sick of it, so that's usually an indication we're getting close to fight time. People ask me why I'm so happy on the day of a fight. It's because the day-to-day grind of training makes me completely miserable!
Do you expect many fans to make the trip from Troy to Niagara Falls to watch your fight?
I will have over 100 people there in support of me. It's a good drive but I have a big fan base making the trip.
What makes you think you can beat Hasim Rahman?
Because he's older than I am and I always give 100%, no matter what. If he beats me he will have to earn it. I don't lay down for anybody. I've seen a couple of his fights that the guy was so scared he fell from the first punch. If you're gonna beat me, you've got to earn it. The bottom line is if he's expecting it to be a guy coming to fall down he has the wrong guy. To beat me he will have to beat me. I'm not the kind of guy who is going to run and hide. I'll give him all the credit in the world if he beats me because I'm coming to win. Throughout my career, no one can say I was a quitter.
Having been a boxer for virtually your entire life, do you still get nervous before a fight?
No, I've been knocked down a few times and what I've discovered is that if you get hit really well it doesn't hurt. The first time I was ever knocked down was against Vinny Maddalone. The first knockdown, if you watch the tape, I looked at my feet. I thought I tripped. I had no inclination I had been hit. I was pissed. But then I got knocked down again and I said to myself I can't be tripping trice. I said to my corner what am I getting hit with and they said the right hand. I had no idea. It really doesn't hurt. Contrary to what TV commentators say. The last thing I was is hurt. I felt pretty good! There's no threat of getting hit hard because it isn't going to hurt
What do you think of Hasim Rahman as a fighter?
He's extremely dangerous. Everyone has seen his KOs. He can punch, so I'm completely aware of his punching ability. His conditioning... I don't know. I've heard things here and there about it, but I don't pay attention. I'm preparing for a prime Hasim Rahman. He's definitely one of the best fighters I've faced and the most dangerous.
Tickets for "The Rock Returns" are available online at championsofboxing.com or by calling 716.278.2195. They are priced at $30, $45 and $65 for ringside, in advance. Special VIP seating is available by calling 631.878.1676. For more information, visit championsofboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 on fight night and the action starts at 7:30.
WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 10 HITS UIC PAVILION ON JUNE 19TH
CHICAGO, IL (June 8, 2010) Dominic Pesoliís 8 Count Productions, HOME OF BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents Windy City Fight Night 10, on Saturday, June 19th at the UIC Pavilion.
Advance tickets for Windy City Fight Night 10, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productionsí Office (312-226-5800).
Making his Chicago debut, Lithuanian middleweight prospect, Donatas Bondarevas will see action in a scheduled six rounder. Over the course of the last year, Bondarevas, 6-1-1 (1KO), has fought four times in the United States, most recently winning a four round decision over Jovanni Rubio on April 10th in Rancho Mirage, California.
The undercard at Windy City Fight Night 10 will showcase five of Chicagoís finest prospects.
Popular Chicago junior welterweight Adrian Granados will return to the UIC Pavilion in a four round bout. The all action 20 year old, sporting a record of 4-1-0 (4KOís), is coming off a second round knockout of Wiliam Ware on March 26th in his last outing at the Chicago venue.
Welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera, 2-0-0 (1KO), will also see action in a scheduled four rounder at Windy City Fight Night 10. The 21 year old Franklin Park resident won a four round unanimous decision over Eric Draper on April 30th at the UIC Pavilion.
Holland, Michigan native Johnny Garcia will also appear in a scheduled four round junior welterweight bout. Garcia made quick work in his pro debut, knocking out Christopher Sudberry in the first round on February 20th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Rounding out the card are the pro debuts of light heavyweight Mike Jimenez and junior welterweight Genaro Mendez, both of whom will appear in four round bouts.
Further information on Windy City Fight Night 10 will be announced shortly.
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.
8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, 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.
For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com
JOSEPH JUDAH ADDED TO JUNE 19 FIGHT CARD IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (June 8, 2010) Undefeated welterweight prospect Joseph Judah (5-0, 1 KOs) has just been added to a fight card promoted by R&R Promotions, on Saturday, June 19th at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joseph Judah said "I am ready to bring excitement back to the sport of boxing. "When I step in the ring on June 19th, the boxing world can expect a spectacular victory."
In his last fight on November 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Judah scored a dominating four round decision victory over Joel Gonzalez.
Joseph Judah said "Since my last fight in November, I have had several fights fall thru for various reasons. I don't let those mishaps bother me, I just continue to stay focused and train harder to represent Brooklyn to the fullest."
Macke Roberts said "I want to thank R&R Promotions for making this fight happen. Joseph Judah is ready to show the boxing world he is a fighter to be reckoned with."
To get Joseph Judah fight tickets for June 19th in Cincinnati, Ohio, use the purchase code "I WANT JOSEPH JUDAH TICKETS" and call Ph# (513) 381-7247
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