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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
NO HOLDS BARRED: A Death in MMA, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Roger Mayweather, Billy Graham, Kerry Kayes
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the death last week of mixed martial arts fighter Sammy Vasquez. He passed away November 30, after having been hospitalized immediately following a fight in Houston, Texas, October 20, which was sanctioned by the Texas commission.
Next, we preview the highly-anticipated December 8 showdown between two undefeated champion fighters, WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs), who is generally recognized as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs), who is generally recognized as the top junior welterweight in the world. This fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be shown in the US on HBO Pay-Per-View.
On a series of media teleconference calls, we spoke with all the principals in this fight: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Mayweather's trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather, and Hatton's trainers Billy Graham and Kerry Kayes. We touched on the major themes and storylines of this fight, and got the educated views of both camps about what they expect to happen December 8, and why.
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