Mendy-Hanshaw and Casal-Izquierdo: ShoBox Weights & Quotes
04.01.07 - Four talented, undefeated boxers with a combined record of 74-0-2 with 51 knockouts will compete in an excellent doubleheader on “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, southpaw Jean Paul Mendy (23-0, 12 KOs) faces Tony Hanshaw (21-0, 14 KOs) in the finals of the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament. The winner of the 12-round bout also takes home the International Boxing Organization (IBO) 168-pound belt.
Article posted on 05.01.2007
Lightweights Nick Casal (15-0-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) and Jose Antonio Izquierdo (15-0-1, 13 KOs) collide in the eight-round co-feature at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southhaven, Miss. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Round One Entertainment will promote the event.
NOTE – WEIGHTS: Mendy and Hanshaw each weighed 167 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in, while both Casal and Izquierdo tipped scales at 136.
JEAN PAUL MENDY:
“At the beginning, I knew I would be in the finals, but I was not sure who my opponent would be.
“Hanshaw is a good fighter but this is a huge opportunity for me. I am 33. It is not a make-or-break fight, but it is obviously very important. Win this and I can move up some more (in the rankings) and challenge the world champions. I want to fight the best 168-pounders in the United States.
“Hanshaw boxed and slugged in his two (tournament) wins, but I expect him to run (against me). But, really, it doesn’t matter how he comes out. How I fight depends on a lot of things, but I can tell you that I plan to definitely attack. It could be a short fight if he comes forward.’’
“I feel as good for a fight as I ever have. My hands are fine. Physically and mentally, I am great. I am really prepared and have worked very hard. I am totally focused. This is my time. This is my year.
“This is going to be a fight. I am going to back him up and use the jab. Mendy is 33. I am not going to let him set the pace. If I have to switch to southpaw, I will. This is a big fight for me in the big picture.
“He is the guy I figured I’d fight for the championship. But nothing is going to stop me. I have worked too hard and overcome too much to get here. This fight is for my dad. He will always be with me.’’
“I have had my ups and downs outside the ring, but I am more dedicated, focused and serious about boxing now than I have ever been. I made some mistakes, but I have learned from them.
“I was only 18 when I turned pro. I’ve had some success. But I now know that friends can come and go, but the opportunity to make a name for yourself only happens once in a while. This is my time to shine.
“My commitment is 100 percent. There was no celebrating over the holidays. There was no partying when I turned 21 on Dec. 28. You have just seen a glimpse of what I am really like. The best is yet to come.
“Izquierdo was a great amateur with a lot of experience fighting for Cuba. But I have the ability and skills to beat him. This is a great opportunity for me to fight on SHOWTIME. I plan to make the best of it.”
JOSE ANTONIO IZQUIERDO:
“I am here to fight, not to box. This is the kind of fight that can define a boxer’s career -- even a fighter like me at my stage of my career. A victory can only help me later.
“I have no specific strategy. I will do what I have to do. He is undefeated, but I have fought better guys.
“I was not prepared in my last fight, but I am 200 percent ready for this one. This is the most important fight of my career.’’
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