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Saturday, September 15, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the venture of a new entrant into the world of mixed martial arts, the HDNet Fights series being initiated by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Their first scheduled show is Saturday, October 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
We first offer some advice for this new enterprise about how to position it as a sport and not a spectacle. We also spoke with Mark Cuban on a media teleconference call to get his thoughts on his new role as both a promoter and a broadcaster of mixed martial arts.
The main event on that show will feature the return to MMA action by Erik Paulson for the first time in seven years. He will face another veteran, Jeff Ford, who has been a kickboxing champion and a heavyweight pro boxer as well as a mixed martial arts fighter. We also spoke with both fighters on this media teleconference call.
Also, we provide a glimpse at what should be a stellar, action-packed, and important final four months of 2007 for the sport of boxing. This schedule is absolutely loaded with intriguing, major fights, including: Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik (Sept. 29), Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera 2 (Oct. 6), Oleg Maskaev vs. Samuel Peter (also Oct. 6), Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz (Oct. 13), Sultan Ibragimov vs. Evander Holyfield, (also Oct. 13), Chris Byrd vs. Alexander Povetkin (Oct. 27), Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler (Nov. 3), Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Rocky Juarez (also Nov. 3), Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley (Nov. 10), Jean-Marc Mormeck vs. David Haye (also Nov. 10), Joan Guzman vs. Humberto Soto (Nov. 17), Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton (Dec. 8), and more.
We discuss what we are calling "Boxing's Fall Feast" in a segment which was originally on SecondsOut Radio.
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