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Holt, Garcia & Malignaggi conference call transcript

ďIím excited to prove to the world that Iím still the same Kendall Holt that I was when I won the world title.Ē

-Kendall Holt

ďIím young. Iím fast. Iím strong. Iím hungry and come October 15th Iím going to show the world. Iím going to knock Kendall Holt out. ď

-Danny Garcia

ďI just plan to win and I plan to dominate Orlando Lora.Ē

-Paulie Malignaggi

Monica Sears

Thank you very much, Krista. I want to thank everyone for taking the time out of your day to join us for todayís call. On the line we have Kendall Holt as well as Danny Garcia and Dave Itskowitch of Golden Boy Promotions, as well as Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions.

After the beginning portion of this call we will be joined by Paulie Malignaggi who will be facing Orlando Lora on the card as well. After all of that we will get him on the lines. Without further ado Iíd like Dave to take it from here. Thanks.

David Itskowitch

Thanks a lot, Monica. Thank you everyone for joining us here today for a show that all of us at Golden Boy and Gary Shaw Productions are very proud of, very excited about top to bottom a great Pay-Per-View event headlined by Bernard Hopkins versus Chad Dawson. Underneath that will also be: Antonio DeMarco and Jorge Linares for the vacant WBC Lightweight World title. Of course as we have on the call today Kendall Holt versus Danny Garcia for the NABO Junior Welterweight title. As Monica mentioned, Paul Malignaggi versus Orlando LoraóOctober 15th Staples Center live on Pay-Per-View.

Also though good seats still available. We urge everyone in L.A. to come outóget your tickets. Itís going to be a great night of boxing starting at just $25óyou canít really go wrong. Also want to acknowledge and thank our sponsors: Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, and Ripleyís Believe It or Not.

Now Iíd like to turn the call over to say a few words about Kendall Holt and introduce Kendall, our co-promoter and my friend, Mr. Gary Shaw.

Gary Shaw

Thank you, Dave. Thank you to the reporters that are on this callóreally appreciate you coming in. It will be a great night of boxing as Dave said. The Kendall Holt/Danny Garcia fight will have a seasoned veteran and a former world champion fighting with a young guy thatís up and coming and is looking to make a name for himself or for Kendall Holt.

I donít think it will happen. Iíve seen Kendall and know how he trains. He trains hard. Heís a single parent that donates all his time ... boxing to his son and there is a lot to be said for that. Heís had a real rough life coming up. He won the world title and he had some trouble defending it. His team has changed completely; Kendall has changed completely and I think youíll see a new Kendall Holt on October 15th.

Iíd like to turn it over to Kendall just to say a couple of opening remarks.

Kendall Holt

Yes, Iíd like to thank everybody during this conference call. Iím excited about this fight. Iím excited to prove to the world that Iím still the same Kendall Holt that I was when I won the world title and Iím anxious to get in there and face a young lion to prove that.

David Itskowitch

Thanks a lot, Kendall. Now I just wanted to say a few words about Danny Garcia. As Gary alluded to heís a young fighter trying to make a name for himself. Heís 23 years old; heís undefeated, rated number eight in the world by the WBC and number 11 in the world by the IBF. In addition to being an NABO title fight, this fight is also an eliminator in the WBC for their number one rating and the number two rating in the IBF. There is a lot on the line in this fight.

Danny is a fighter with a great amateur pedigree. He was a world class amateur and thatís translated into his career in the pros. He has won four of his past five fights by knockout. Heís defeated the likes of Ashley Theophane, Mike Arnaoutis, and former world champion Nate Campbell. Heís got a record of 21-0 with 14 KOís, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Danny ďSwiftĒ Garcia. Danny, do you want to say a few words?

Danny Garcia

Yes, I just want toóOctober 15th, man, first of all I want to thank Golden Boy. I want to thank Al Hayman. I want to thank HBO for giving me the opportunity to shine. Iíve been training since a young kid for this opportunity. Iím young. Iím fast. Iím strong. Iím hungry and come October 15th Iím going to show the world. Iím going to knock Kendall Holt out.

Monica Sears

Okay, thanks guys. Krista, can we open it up for media questions?

Gary Shaw

The weather must be crazy in Philly if Garcia thinks heís going to knock out Kendall.

Danny Garcia

Itís going to happen, Dave.

Gary Shaw

There must be a lot of smog there.

Danny Garcia

The weather is beautiful.

Q

My first question is for Danny. You sound very confident obviously, but can you talk about in terms of where Kendall Holt ranks in stature compared to the opponents youíve faced and in terms of name recognition what a win over him would do for your career?

Danny Garcia

I mean Kendall, heís a good fighter. He had a lot of good fights. I respect him for that. I feel he had his chance. He was champion, but now itís a new era. Itís time for new faces. Itís time for the next generation to come up and take control of the boxing world.

Q

Can youóyou predict a knockout. Obviously that can be perceived as just talk, but what do you base that on, his fight with Mabuza? What are you looking at in saying that?

Danny Garcia

Iím not looking at no other guys heís fought. Iím looking at myself. I believe in myself. I believe in me. I believe in my team and my speed, my power, my athleticism. I just feel like I have the complete package to do what I want to do in the ring.

Q

My next question is for Kendall. When you hear talk like that and being a former champion seeing somebody who drops Tim Bradley and Time Bradley looks back and always talks about your fight as the fight that basically made him. To go from that to hearing what youíre hearing from Danny, what goes through your mind when you hear that kind of talk?

Kendall Holt

Nothing. I look at it as heís never been on this level before so heís saying what heís heard other people saying. Heís trying to get everyone to believe in him. Heís just trying to get all that energy up to makeóI donít know what heís trying to do, but I donít think he believes heís going to knock me out. Heís basically saying that to get himself excited, get his confidence up. October 15th heís going to realize that itís different watching great whites on TV opposed to being in the ocean with them.

Q

Can you put us in the ring with you? I know youíre not going to give away too much, but somebody whoís been there. Give us the tangible thingsóyouíre saying heís going to experience against you that he hasnít experienced before.

Kendall Holt

Well, letís take the conference call. Iíve been on conference calls before. Iíve been on big shows like this. Iíve been on network TV. Iíve headlined. Iíve done it all. Anything you can see that goes on TV, Iíve done it. Heís coming in as a young kid, a young lion, trying to make a name for himself and trying to accept his failure. Iím not trying to do anything. Iíve done it already. Iím going to continue to do it.

Q

My first question is for Kendall. Apparently you had some bad luck in 2009-2010. Obviously you lost back to back to Timothy Bradley and Kaizer Mabuza. You took a year off; you came back. This is going to be your third fight in 2011. You looked great in your two fights this year.

The only question that a lot of people are asking is, in both those fights this year lasted less than four rounds combined. Is there any concern that considering youíve had so few rounds this year in the ring that you might not be ready to get in there with a younger kid like Danny Garcia who has a little bit more stamina? Have you done anything in training camp to help keep you sharp, to help shake some of that ring rust off, maybe some extra sparring?

Kendall Holt

You know I donít think I have any ring rust for the simple fact that even though my fights have lasted less than four rounds, each fight Iíve prepared to go ten rounds. Iíve prepared myself to go 12 rounds. Iíve prepared myself to the fullest extent. Thatís why these fights havenít gone the distance.

You know what? This fight I prepared the same exact way. Not only physically have I prepared, Iíve been prepared mentally so Iím going in there. There is nothing Danny is going to be able to do thatís going to surprise me that I havenít seen.

He talks about how heís a strong fighter; heís fast. Guess what? Iíve been in there with some strong fighters. Iíve been in there with some fast fighters. Has he ever been hit by somebody who hits as hard as I do, who throws punches as fast as I do? Thatís why heís saying heís going to knock me out because heís trying to get his confidence up. He knows he has a mountain to climb once October 15th comes and that bell rings.

Q

Thanks a lot, Kendall. Danny, this question is for you. Kendall is a veteran who knows how to handle every situation, as you know. He just said it himself. Heís been in with some pound-for-pound fighters and despite this KO ratio, Kendall has deceiving knockout power. Weíve seen him stop a lot of guys in the first round. Weíve seen him drop Timothy Bradley flat on his back.

Youíre young. Youíre undefeated. You have a great future in front of you, but are you ready for an opponent like Kendall yet? Your biggest win is over Ashley Theophaneóthat was a split decision when Kendall is much more accomplished. Is there something you and your team are seeing in Kendall that makes you feel right now not only are you going to beat him, but youíre claiming youíre going to knock him out? What is there in Kendall Holt that you see that makes you so confident this is going to happen?

Danny Garcia

Iím ready. I have the speed. Iím young. I just believe in myself. Iím not looking at Kendall Holt and his flaws or whatever he does wrong because you can have a game plan and you can watch tapes all day and you could do this and do that and then you go in there and itís a completely different story.

I believe in me and what I can do. Iím going to jump to the fight. Whatever happensóhappens. I just know itís going to be one hell of a fight and Iím going to raise my hands at the end of the fight.

Kendall Holt

Heís kind of comical. Heís saying heís going to knock me out October 15th. He says heís going to knock me out.

Danny Garcia

Itís going to happen. Youíre going to be looking at the lights.

Kendall Holt

Oh, man. Iíll be looking at the lights? What are you going to do with a robot? How are you going to knock me out? Are you a robot?

Danny Garcia

This robot is going to knock you out, baby.

Kendall Holt

... says get a body bag baby.

Q

Okay, you guysó

Danny Garcia

... retire. Heís a bum. Donít let him hype you up.

Monica Sears

Okay, Eddie, letís go ahead with your question.

Q

Let me ask Kendall a question first. Kendall, you talked about how youíve turned some things around in your career where you did have a title and then you lost it and you took some time off. How have you turned things around? What did you do to improve yourself with this stage of the career?

Kendall Holt

At this stage of the career, well I lost my title not because of anything that I did wrong. I lost my title because my hand had a real bad contusion and I didnít get a lot of time to let it heal up and then I re-aggravated it in the first round with that big left hook.

From here to the Mabuza fight and the Mabuza fight I wasnít properly prepared mentally for that fight. I took some time off because I was going through a lot of contract negotiations and things like that. I just wasnít prepared to come back to the ring just signing any contract because people who saw I lost two in a row and I just wasnít prepared to sign anything.

I took my time, negotiated back and forth with John Binanatti and Gary Shaw and that whole instance, that whole period I didnít take any time off the gym. I was still in the gym. I still was training with a bunch of young up and comers like Danny. I was staying with one of the guys that he fought in the amateurs that he tried to bite because he got so frustrated. I hope if he gets frustrated on October 15th he doesnít try to bite me. Iíve got to keep doing what I doó

Danny Garcia

I didnít try to bite nobody.

Kendall Holt

Aw, dude, you let me ... my time. Youíre going to get your chance. Youíre going to get your chance. Basically I just stayed in the gym working on things that I needed to improve on. While I went through the contract negotiation I stayed in there and seeing what I can do when Iím in shape against a bunch of young up and comers and some former champions. I was in there. I just got my confidence back and my old swag came back and I was ready and prepared to go back in the ring and do battle.

Q

Do you feel that if this goes to a decision that youíll be able to get a fair shake from the officials?

Kendall Holt

That has nothing to do with it.

Gary Shaw

One hundred percent. Thatís 100%. Thatís a silly question.

Q

Well, I mean watching some of the recent fights I had to ask that. Let me ask a question for Danny. Danny, youíre obviously somebody thatís younger than Kendall, although youíve beaten some experienced fighters recently, I think Nate Campbell. Nate had had a couple of losses going in. Tell us why you think youíre ready for Kendall. Kendall is older; heís 30, and heís coming off a couple of knockout wins. Tell us why youíre so confident that youíre going to be able to beat him.

Danny Garcia

Itís time to step it up. If you want to be the best then youíve got to fight the best. Thatís what Iíve been told since I was a little kid. Kendall Holt is one of the best. I want to fight the best. I want to challenge the best and I just want to help the sport of boxing. I want to give the sport of boxing great fights. I feel like Iím ready. Thatís what Iíve been training for my whole life and Iím just anxious and Iím excited to show my skills on a whole new level.

Q

Do you see any weaknesses in Kendallís game that you could take advantage of?

Danny Garcia

I know I donít have any weaknesses and Iím going to come in there with a lot of speed, power, explosiveness, so heís going to have to try to match me. Whatever the fight brings Iím going to adapt. Iím a chameleon in there.

Q

My question is for both of fighters. I was wondering you guys are fighting on the Hopkins/Dawson Pay-Per-View. Obviously they play you on the undercardóthatís obviously a big important fight, but itís the kind of fight that a lot of people might not think will be so huge on Pay-Per-View. So from your point of view as fighters on the under card in terms of exposure, would you guys prefer the fight to be on regular HBO or is Pay-Per-View right where you guys want to be?

Kendall Holt

Iím going to let Danny have a chance to answer first.

Danny Garcia

Iím grateful. Iím just happy to be on this level. Iím happy with this opportunityóHBO, Pay-Per-View HBO, it doesnít make a difference. Iím ready. Iím happy and Iím excited.

Gary Shaw

Whatís the point is why would you get on the conference call? Whatís the point of that question? Youíre asking two guys that are on the under card of a main event that is on Pay-Per-View that didnít have a choice. Both are grateful for being on TV.

Q

Iím curious if theyíd prefer to be on regular HBO just in terms of exposure.

Gary Shaw

Itís to stir up controversy. Itís a dumb-Ö question.

Q

Itís certainly not to stir up controversy. It was an honest question.

Gary Shaw

Well, whatís the point of the question for two fighters that are on a conference call about their fight?

Q

Very good.

Monica Sears

Krista, sorry, thatís just the end for Kendall and for Danny, so if they have any closing comments or if Dave and Gary would like to make some comments before Paulie comes on the line.

Kendall Holt

Iíd like to see you knock me out.

David Itskowitch

Iíll just say we hope everybody tunes in. Like I said earlier itís a great top to bottom show. People at the Staples Center should come out. Gary, I donít know if you have any closing thoughts or if you just want to turn it over to Kendall and have him say his closing words.

Gary Shaw

No, I just want to thank everybody for being on. Danny, I tried to recruit you when you were an amateur, but all I can tell youóyouíre a great fighter. Youíre going to be a champ one day. This October 15th will not be your night.

David Itskowitch

Kendall, any closing remarks? All right. Danny, do you have any final words before we roll forward?

Danny Garcia

Yes, I just want to thank everybody. I want to thank the whole Golden Boys team, Monica, Dave, Oscar, Richard Schaefer, my whole Team Garcia, my whole training camp, Al Hayman. October 15th is going to be a great fight, me versus Kendall Holt and Iím here to show the world a great fight and Iím going to be victorious.

David Itskowitch

Thanks a lot, Danny.

Danny Garcia

All right. Thank you.

David Itskowitch

All right everyone weíre now going to go to Part 2 of the call, which will feature a young man from Brooklyn, New York, the former world champion will be fighting on the show against Orlando Lora, and thatís Paul Malignaggi. Any media member out there really doesnít need an introduction to Paulie; he does most of his talking for himself. You all know him from his talking, but he also is an extremely skilled fighter, lightning fast, quick combinations and heís ready to continue his assault on the 147-pound division on October 15th.

Without any further ado Iíd like to introduce Paulie the ďMagic ManĒ Malignaggi.

Paulie Malignaggi

Whatís up?

David Itskowitch

Paulie, do you want to say a few words about the fight October 15th?

Paulie Malignaggi

Yes, just really not too much to say. Iím excited. I want to thank Golden Boy for getting me the fight, getting me on the show. As usual Golden Boy never leaves me disappointed, making all the right moves for me and I look forward to getting this win so I can get a big fight next year. Thatís always what Iím craving. Thatís always what Iím working to is those bigger fights, the spotlight, the main event type fights.

Iím looking forward to getting this win on this big Pay-Per-View. I feel happy to be able to fight on the Pay-Per-View in L.A. where Iím training at now so all my friends can come out and check me out live. I look forward to the 15th.

Monica Sears

Okay, thanks, Paulie. Krista, can we open it up for media questions?

Q

Tell us about this fight. Tell us what you know about Lora and how you plan to approach this fight.

Paulie Malignaggi

LoraóI donít know too much about him. I know heís got a 28-1 record and heís fought as high as Junior Middleweight and Welterweight. Heís probably a man bigger physically than me, but my style of fighting is not really of the physical kind.

I guess he may try to bring a physical kind of fight, but in any video that Iíve watched of him he tries to box, so I donít know. I donít know what to really expect from him because he may see a small guy in front of him and try to be a bully or he may just think what he really wants to do is box so Iím preparing for either thing. Iím always trying to prepare myself mainly and get myself sharp and then Iíll have the opponent really worry about me more so than me worry about the opponent. Thatís the plan. Thatís usually what the plan is and thatís the plan now for this kind of fight as well.

Q

Where do you think you are as a fighter now in terms of your career? Obviously you guys are around the same age as Lora, but youíve had a better career. Youíve had better titles and things like that. Where do you think you are in terms of eventually getting a title shot against somebody?

Paulie Malignaggi

I donít think Iím too far off. Between my ability to win fights and the strong team I have behind me with Golden Boy Promotions and Anthony Cantanzaro, my manager, I think Iím very close if not for a world title or at least for a big fight that could lead to a world title. One way or the other Iím knocking on the door for something.

Like I said before I feel like I still belong because guys below the world class level I tend to still dominate them. I need to be competing at a world class level and I look forward to getting back there.

Q

Is this weight fighting at Welterweight, how has that affected you? Do you feel that really suits you the best at this point?

Paulie Malignaggi

Yes. Just with age it got tough to make the Junior Welterweight limit. Making Welterweight I feel like I have more spring in my legs. Iím not going to say Iím going to hit harder, but I definitely feel stronger at Welterweight just because I donít have to struggle as much to make the weight. Definitely the biggest improvement is the spring in my legs and just the energy level Iím able to maintain and keep because I donít have to waste it on making weight. When I get in the ring I can still have that mental spunk and just be able to box the way I want to box.

Q

Do you want to make a prediction for this fight?

Paulie Malignaggi

I donít really have a prediction. I just plan to win and I plan to dominate Orlando Lora. If I donít dominate Orlando Lora Iíll be disappointed in myself, obviously. Not taking anything away from Orlando Lora, but itís just that Iíve seen ... in my career than him. Like I said before anything not at the world-class level I have been dominating and Lora, although heís 28-1, has not fought at a world class level. The plan is to dominate him and thatís pretty much, I guess, the prediction.

Q

I had a question too, about the weight, but you already answered that so I just want to ask about a change in getting out of Brooklyn and training in L.A. How much of a difference has that made for you?

Paulie Malignaggi

Itís pretty cool. Sometimes I get homesick for back East, but itís pretty cool. The Wild Card Gym is definitely a place I donít regret coming to train, Iíve got great sparring, Iíve got a great trainer, Eric Brown. The weather in L.A. is great; itís a chill place.

I enjoy being out here. Donít get me wrong, there is only one New York and I do a lot of times get homesick and stuff, but I donít regret coming out to train here. It was a great move for my career. Iíve made some new friends out here as well and I plan to continue to train out here.

Q

I understand. I lived in New York, too. Living down South itís a huge change of pace for me so I can only imagine someone who lives 1000 miles an hour like you, itís got to be tough. You must feel like youíre living in slow motion out there.

Paulie Malignaggi

Yes. The pace of life is definitely slower even out here. That was hard for me because I figured like L.A. would be a city like New York and everybody would be in that rush mode. Although L.A. is exactly the oppositeóitís a city, but thatís about where the comparison ends to New York. New York is a rushóeverybody trying to get somewhere, do something. L.A. is more of a laid back chill atmosphere where nobody really has anything to do. At least it feels that way a lot of times.

Sometimes Iím in that New York mentality where I want to get somewhere and I canít get anywhere because this L.A. traffic is hard. I guess that sometimes it does get frustrating. One thing I will say in L.A, they have the worst drivers Iíve ever seen in my lifeóin my life. No one compares to L.A. as the worst drives in the world.

Q

Youíve got to come down South for that.

Paulie Malignaggi

Theyíre able to drive off the road going two miles an hour. At least if heís going fast thatís one thing, but if youíre able to rear-end somebody or drive off the road going five miles an hour, youíve got a problem.

Q

Yes, no doubt.

Paulie Malignaggi

Other than that, like I said I think there are more pros than cons to L.A. at the end of the day, though.

Q

I was going to say do you think itís kind of a metaphor for where your career is at right now? Youíre used to just running fast-paced, but now itís become like more of a marathon for you, youíre not sprinting towards a world title now, youíre at a proper pace so itís rebuilding toward the championship run.

Paulie Malignaggi

Yes, yes. Actually thatís a good point. It is kind of like a metaphor where I have to likeóslow and steady wins the race kind of thing, you know? Thatís kind of the mentality that my team has for my career at the moment I think, that slow and steady eventually wins the race instead of the rush, rush that I always felt I needed to do and be. Yes, itís sort of a metaphor in a way because L.A. definitely is slow and steady instead of rush, rush.

Q

Right, no doubt. All right, if youíre going to use it just make sure you give me credit for it, all right?

Paulie Malignaggi

All right.

Q

Hey, Dave, I just want to knowóyou and Paulie worked together back when both of you were with DiBella, I just wanted to know if you had a feeling to be reunited with your old Brooklyn buddy?

David Itskowitch

Iím sorry, can you just repeat the question again?

Q

I just want to know how it feels for you to be reunited with Paulie. Both of you having worked together with DiBella and now youíre together with Golden Boy.

David Itskowitch

Paulie, Iíve known Paulie since I guess 2001 so itís been quite a long time. Itís great to be working with him again. We obviously didnít lose touch while I was at Golden Boy and he was with DiBella. We worked on a few shows together. He fought Diaz twice and Ricky Hatton so we still came into contact with each other. Itís great working with him. Looking forward to what the future has to offer for him in Brooklyn and everywhere he fights.

Q

Believe it or not Iím getting ready to make a post off of our interview in Las Vegas. Going back to that, you kind of touched on it in your two previous answers; you seem really mentally more relaxed at this weight class. I have to think that it has to do with the fact that you donít have to suck so much weight over the last couple of weeks to get down to weight.

We talked about your fight against Amir Khan, obviously heís a good fighter, but it factored in that you were having to lose so much weight. Can you talk about the freedom of not having to do that and how much it allows you to concentrate more on your skill closer to the fight as opposed to concentrating on losing the weight?

Paulie Malignaggi

Yes, well, first of all it has more of a positive effect on me in that my moods are better and Iím just a happier person. As the fight comes along I can be more focused on the fight because I know even if Iím above weight I know Iím not going to have trouble making it. Obviously knowing that, Iím able to really put pieces together to the puzzle better as far as solving my opponent and concentrating on a game plan and just all that other stuff.

Really though, more than anything is, like I said, itís the energy level, the energy level that I get to keep and maintain. Because when you have nothing to lose and youíre losing an extra five, six, seven pounds, on top of having nothing else to lose, it gets difficult. Itís difficult to maintain the energy level. Knowing Iím going to have that and then just being in a much better mood for not having to suck out that weight.

It allows me to be able to focus and concentrate better. Itís definitely a move that I needed to make and itís definitely a move that Iím glad I made.

Q

Your last fight you beat Jose Miguel Cotto, who some people might say you had an easier time against him than Canello did. Do you make that comparison and how much emphasis do you place on the way that you beat Cotto as far as the way youíre going to fight in this division?

Paulie Malignaggi

I donít really emphasize or compare how I beat one opponent to how another guys beats an opponent. I just kind of just go out there and do my job. I know when I dominate an opponent when I look good and when I have toówhat it is for my style to do it. Me and Canelo have sort of different styles so Canelo dominating an opponent may mean something else as opposed to me dominating an opponent, or anybody else dominating an opponent that Iím having.

I donít really make that comparison. I felt like I dominated my opponent Cotto once we got past the first round I got timing down. I was able to box his ears off. If I hadnít hurt my hands I think I could have actually stuck it out more to really at leastóheís got a good chin, but I could have at least upped the tempo of the fight to where it might have forced a stoppage. My hands were just killing me there. I actually hurt both of my hands in the last fight. They were hurting so bad that the second half of the fight I just lowered them. I basically was on a budget for my hands and I lowered the tempo.

I was happy with the performance, all things considered. I outboxed him. I outboxed him very well. Iíve got to credit my trainer Eric Brown and Wild Card Gym while we work on a lot of new things and also we get a lot of great sparring. Being out West and training out West also helps out.

Q

How are your hands?

Paulie Malignaggi

My hands felt good so far. Honestly in the gym I donít really have too many problems with them because I get to wear big gloves and I get to wrap them the way I want to. Obviously in a fight you canít pad the hands as much as you have little aeon plugs so thatís sometimes where I run into problems, but so far so good. Hopefully everything remains fine and dandy on the 15th.

Q

I have a questionóyou said you felt like if your hands werenít hurting you could have knocked him out. Your first fight at Welterweight you scored a knockout and it was pretty impressive against Michael Lozada. Do you feel like youíre able to somehow sit down more in your punches? What is your power a function of at this weight class?

Paulie Malignaggi

I donít know if Iím sitting down more on the punches. I do think my trainer has imposedóto implementing a little bit of a more of an offensive approach to it. I think that comes more from training out West. I know this Wild Card Gym is a very offensive minded gym so I think it just kind of starts to rub off on me, just training out here.

Having said that I think itís just more of a matter if Iím at a world-class level and Iím fighting non-world class opponents there is always the potential to stop them as long as my hands are healthy because you start putting punches together and ripping off combinations and you kind of overwhelm people.

I donít know how many one punch knockouts youíre going to see me get, although I have had those in the past as well, but just because somebody is not on your levelóit doesnít matter how many knockouts youíve had youíre going to stop them just on the beating.

I think thatís what happened with the Mike Lozada fight and I think had I not hurt my hands it would have happened in the Jose Cotto fight. Itís hard to stop a world-class opponent, but when youíre fighting sub-world class opposition and my hands are healthy, I think I get a bad rap for the power and the KO ratio because a lot of it has to do with the injured hands. Early in my career I had many more problems than I do have now. That was really affecting the KO ratio at the time where why shouldnít we get more stoppages?

Q

Paulie, Iíve got a question for you. We pretty much talked about everything with the weight issues, your hands, and everything. In 2009-2010 you had a lot of up and down moments. People were starting to write you off, a lot of people questioned why would you even go to Welterweight feeling that was a division you were way too small for, but thus far youíve been great with your last two wins.

Do you feel any pressure that every win or every bout that you have now you have to win in like a dominant, very convincing fashion to have people starting to talk about you again and consider you a genuine threat in the title mix at that weight class? Or are you just willing right now just to slow it down, take it one fight at a time and just let things come how they are?

Paulie Malignaggi

I did put a lot of pressure on myself to try to make everybody happy and try to win a certain way and make sure I was doing and make sure I was doing that and all that stuff, but honestly man, I donít really think about that anymore.

I donít really read too many magazine articles or web sites or anything. I kind of justóso I donít reallyóitís not even that I made a conscious effort I actually just lost interest in doing that stuff. If everybody wants to have an opinion on what Iím supposed do and what Iím not supposed to do Iím really not hearing it. The way I look at it is this, Golden Boy is my promoter; they get me the fights.

They line them up and if I can keep knocking them down then eventually something good is going to happenóa world title shot is going to come my way and then hopefully everything works out. Iím just looking at it more like Iím doing my job and my team does their job and together we move forward.

I donít really have to look at the criticism or the compliments even. I can just go forward and do my job. Boxing is my job. Itís how I make my money so itís more so thatís how I look at it. I have a job to do when I get in the ring. Itís my responsibility to go out there, put on a show, and win fights. I try to do that to the best of my ability every time I go out there.

Monica Sears

Paulie, that was our last question for today so if you want to say any closing remarks before getting off the line.

Paulie Malignaggi

No, basically Iíll close it out the way I started it. I look forward to being on the show October 15th. Iím glad Golden Boy put me on the TV portion so thanks to Golden Boy; thanks to my team. Iím really happy I signed with them and Iím glad the more opportunities they give me the more I hope I can show my gratitude to you guys by continuing to win.

Monica Sears

Thanks, Paulie. Thanks for all the media on the call today and we will keep you informed of all of the upcoming activities for Believe It or Not ... October 15th.

Paulie Malignaggi

Thank you.

Monica Sears

Thanks everyone.

END OF CALL

ďBelieve It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. DawsonĒ is a 12-round bout for Hopkinsí WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles taking place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-Viewģ beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Ripleyís Believe It or Not. In addition to this championship main event showdown, the televised pay-per-view undercard will also feature Antonio DeMarco vs. Jorge Linares in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Title, Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Title and Paulie Malignaggi vs. Orlando Lora in a 10-round welterweight bout. DeMarco vs. Linares is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.

Tickets for Hopkins vs. Dawson, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $25, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000and at the STAPLES Center box office.

Jose Ramirez and Jesse Hart Start a New U.S. Winning Streak at the 2011 World Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Ė Team USA bounced back from its first loss of the tournament with two convincing wins on Saturday at the 2011 AIBA Menís World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) and middleweight Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) both made their World Championships debuts on Saturday, but you wouldnít know it by their commanding performances in the ring.

Ramirez stepped through the ropes first, and the former Starbucks barista and two-time U.S. National Champion battled Armeniaís Vladimir Sarukhanyan in lightweight action. The first round of the bout was close with Ramirez taking a slim 6-5 lead. Yet Ramirez began to pull away in the second, grabbing a 13-9 advantage as the final round began. Ramirez didnít leave any room for doubt in the third, outscoring Sarukhanyan by a 9-3 margin to win a 22-12 final decision. Ramirez will face a stiff test in his next bout on Monday when he battles 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and reigning World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine.

Hart looked to continue the domination he enjoyed at the recent Olympic Trials in his middleweight bout with Qatarís Hzam Nbah, and he accomplished his goal. Hart held a 5-2 lead after the first, and thatís the closest Nbah would get in the three round contest. The towering Hart began peppering Nbah with shots in the second, moving out to a 14-3 after two rounds of action. He continued his onslaught in the third, before the referee called a halt to the bout in the third round with Hart holding a 21-4 lead. The stoppage victory moves Hart on to a second round contest with Tajikistanís Sobirjon Nazarov.

Four U.S. boxers will take the ring on Sunday as two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rauíshee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) and super heavyweight Lenroy ďCamĒ Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) both make their event debuts. Warren will open competition with a flyweight showdown with Ukraineís Georgy Chygayev while Thompson faces off with Australiaís Alexey Muhkin in super heavyweight action.

Welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) and light heavyweight Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) will both take the ring following impressive opening round wins earlier in the competition. Browne introduced himself to the international scene with a stoppage victory in the opening seconds of his first World Championships bout against Japan. He will face Georgiaís Levan Guledani in his second bout of the tournament on Sunday in the 2 p.m. session (5 a.m. ET/ 2 a.m. PT). Spence won a 28-10 decision in his first round bout and is back for a second contest against Canadaís Clayton Custio, where he will join Thompson in the 7 p.m. session (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT). Warren will open competition for Team USA as he boxes in the 11 a.m. (2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT) session.

USA Boxing National Coach Joe Zanders (Long Beach, Calif.), coaches Ronald Simms (Stafford, Va.) and Manny Robles (Los Angeles, Calif.), technical advisor Ken Porter (Akron, Ohio), and Team Manager Ken Buffington (Marshalltown, Iowa) are leading the United States team in Baku.

The 2011 World Championships are the first international qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the light flyweight through light heavyweight boxers must place in top ten to qualify for London while the heavyweight and super heavyweight competitors need to place in the top six.

For the full brackets for all 10 weight classes and the most up-to-date results, go to http://www.aiba.org/en-US/2011/2011WorldBoxingChampionships.aspx. AIBA will show live scoring on its website, www.aiba.org throughout the tournament and will start webcasting all the bouts on October 4 at www.aibaboxing.tv. For more information on Team USA, go to www.usaboxing.org. USA Boxing will tweet all the American results as they happen @usaboxing.

The first AIBA Menís World Championships were held in 1974 in Havana, Cuba. The event, which consistently showcases the best boxers in the world, is held every two years.

U.S. Results
132 lbs: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif./USA dec. Vladimir Sarukhanyan, ARM, 22-12

165 lbs: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa./USA stopped Hzan Nabah, QAT, RSC-3

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United Statesí member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

O'NEILL/JOYCE WIN AT AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

David Oliver Joyce recorded Ireland's second win of the day at the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Azerbaijan this morning.

The St Michael's Athy lightweight posted a 23-11 decision over Mohammad Momevand of Iran in Baku to set up a last-32 clash with Mohammad Khaiber of Afghanistan on Monday.

The Kildare man, who forced the tall and rangy Iranian into a standing count in round three, was 14-7 up when he answered the bell for the start of the third.

Earlier today, Darren O'Neill eliminated Glodi Eneste.

The Kilkenny southpaw beat the Norwegian middleweight 16-5 in a repeat of the 2009 European Union final which O'Neill, a silver medal winner at the 2010 European Championships, won 13-2.

The round scoring spoke for itself with O'Neill opening up a 7-2 advantage at the end of the first and extending that lead to 13-4 by the end of the second en route to his third win in-a-row over Eneste.

He'll now meet 32-year-old Egyptian 2004 and 2008 Olympian Mohamed Hikal, a bronze medal winner at the 2005 AIBA World Championships, on Monday.

Today's victories ensure that the entire ten-man Irish squad are now through to the last-32 of the tournament.

"We're very happy with today's wins. Darren and David boxed very well against their Norwegian and Iranian opponents in their first bouts at this World Championships. We're now heading into what will be a very busy 24 hours," said Irish team manager Des Donnelly.

Michael Conlan, Ray Moylette, Roy Sheehan, Joe Ward and Con Sheehan will be in action tomorrow.

Paddy Barnes, John Joe Nevin, David Oliver Joyce, Darren O'Neill and team captain Ken Egan will be between the ropes Monday.

Ward, Con Sheehan, Barnes, Nevin and Egan received byes into the last-32.

2011 AIBA World Men's Championships Baku, Azerbaijan

September 27th

52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Alexandr Riscan (Moldova) 25-12

September 29th

69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) beat Carl Hield (Bahamas) 15-10

September 30th

64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne's) beat Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia) 16-11

October 1st (last 64)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) beat Glodi Eneste (Norway) 16-5
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) beat Mohammad Momevand (Iran) 23-11

October 2nd (last 32)
52Kg:Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Olzhas Sattibayev (Kazakhstan)
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne's) v Manoj Kumar (India)
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) v Borna Katalinic (Croatia)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) v Dilovarshakh Abdurakhmanov (Tajikistan)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Faruth Kalonov (Tajikistan)



October 3rd (last 32)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) v Mark Barriga (Philippines)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Akhil Kumar (India)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) v Mohammad Khaiber (Afghanistan)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) v Mohamad Hikal (Egypt)
91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) v Jose Larduet Gomez (Cuba)

Article posted on 01.10.2011



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