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Monday, December 10, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing the December 8 showdown between WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (39-0, 25 KOs) and Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs). Mayweather won this exciting fight by a tenth-round knockout. We discuss the fight itself and the major controversies it produced. We also discuss why coverage in the British media of this fight was far superior to that in the American media. This fight, carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View in the U.S., will be replayed on HBO Saturday, December 15, at 10:15 PM (EST/PST).
Next, we speak with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs), generally regarded as the best in that weight class today. He will be fighting a unification bout with the WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-0-1, 17 KOs) Saturday, February 23, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Klitschko sat down for a roundtable discussion with the media at a news conference last week. We have that entire discussion, where he stresses the need not only for the heavyweight titles to be unified, but also for an international rather than a nationalistic approach to be taken to the sport of boxing.
Wladimir Klitschko is also working with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an international organization which runs programs around the world assisting over 150,000 young people. We also spoke with Olympic gold medalist hurdler Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, about these activities and how Wladimir Klitschko is helping them.
Sultan Ibragimov is promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing. Also at the news conference was S.R. (Sally) Tommie of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. We spoke with her about both their involvement with Seminole Warriors Boxing and this fight, and the general history of the storied Seminole Tribe.
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