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Monday, July 16, 2007
SecondsOut Radio: Gomez, Cintron, Hopkins-Wright, Dundee, De La Hoya, Steward, Roach, Birmingham, Malignaggi, Ravelo
On this week's star-studded edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman reviews the card held Saturday, July 14, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and previews this coming Saturday's showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright in Las Vegas.
In Atlantic City right after his fight, we spoke with welterweight Alfonso Gomez (17-3-2, 8 KOs), who earned the biggest win of his career by stopping Arturo Gatti (40-9, 31 KOs) in the seventh round. After that fight, Gatti announced his retirement.
We also spoke with IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs), who scored an impressive second-round knockout of challenger Walter Matthysse (26-2, 25 KOs, 1 NC) that kept the Atlantic City crowd buzzing for many minutes afterwards. We spoke with Emanuel Steward, who trains Cintron. And we spoke with legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who was in attendance at this card, about the state of boxing, as well as IBF 140-pound champion Paulie Malignaggi and super middleweight prospect Jerson Ravelo, who both also attended this event.
This coming Saturday, July 21, two of boxing's pound-for-pound best face each other for the first time, as light heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs) fights Winky Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on HBO Pay-Per-View in the US.
We spoke with both Hopkins and Wright twice, first at the kickoff news conference in New York in May, and last week on media teleconference calls. We also spoke with Freddie Roach, who trains Hopkins, and Dan Birmingham, who trains Wright, as well as promoter Oscar De La Hoya about this fight.
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