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Monday, February 19, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman presents interviews and sound from two very different boxing events which were held this past week in New York.
We spoke with junior welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi (22-1, 5 KOs), who was in action Saturday night, February 17, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center in New York, for the first time following his gutsy but unsuccessful fight last year against Miguel Cotto. Paulie triumphantly returned to the ring with a ten-round unanimous decision over the Edner Cherry (21-5-2, 10 KOs). We also spoke with trainer Buddy McGirt, who prepared Paulie for the first time for this fight. We spoke with one of boxing's true rising stars, the 23-year-old undefeated welterweight prospect Andre Berto (17-0, 15 KOs), who blew out veteran Norberto Bravo (23-13-3, 12 KOs) in just 2:28 of the first round Saturday night. And we got the thoughts of promoter Lou DiBella about this show, his fighters, and what it all says about New York boxing.
This past Thursday, February 15, there was another boxing event in New York where, thankfully and by design, no fists flew. This was Bosfest, the roast and benefit for the colorful and controversial matchmaker Johnny Bos, who has recently faced a number of difficulties, including a triple whammy of congestive heart failure, a growing pile of bills, and a shrinking pile of checks. It was held at Hurley's Saloon in Manhattan and brought together a diverse cross-section of the boxing community who were trying to help Johnny.
At Bosfest, we got a number of comments from several of the people there, including promoter Lou DiBella, Bobby Goodman of Don King Productions, fighter Maureen Shea, boxing writer George Kimball, Mike Marley of Boxingconfidential.com, and promoter Dino Duva.
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