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Saturday, October 06, 2007
The Friday edition of the New York Daily News ran a story quoting an unnamed source alleging that McCline "received more than $12,000 worth of steroids, human growth hormone and related drugs over a 21-month period" from March 2005 to December 2006.
McCline, however, has not been indicted, arrested, tried, or convicted for any of these charges. Plus, like Sam Peter, he will have to undergo both prefight and postfight doping tests by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Thus, the fight is still on.
We discussed this late Friday night/early Saturday morning on the "Joey Reynolds Show" on WOR radio in New York.
To listen to the segment on this topic, click here.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
NO HOLDS BARRED: Samuel Peter, Jameel McCline, Don King, Kevin McBride, Buddy McGirt, Dino Duva, Ken Hershman, Joe Dwyer
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman previews the next major boxing show at Madison Square Garden in New York, which takes place this Saturday, October 6.
This card is headlined by the first title defense by the newly-crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion, Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs), who faces challenger Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs). This fight will be shown live in the US on Showtime.
Peter hopes to use this fight as a showcase for his claim that he is the best heavyweight boxer in the world. McCline, a late replacement for regular WBC champ Oleg Maskaev, who pulled out claiming a back injury, hopes to derail these plans and pull an upset.
At the prefight news conference at the Garden Wednesday, we spoke with both principals, Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline. We also spoke with heavyweight Kevin McBride (34-5-1, 29 KOs), who fights the unpredictable Andrew Golota (39-6-1, 32 KOs) on this card, and McBride's new trainer, Buddy McGirt.
We spoke with Dino Duva, Peter's promoter, to clarify the history of why and how his fighter was named the WBC interim champion. We also discuss their plans for Sam Peter to try to unify the various heavyweight titles. We also spoke with veteran boxing official Joe Dwyer, now a member of the Board of Governors of the WBC, to explain that body's actions in this situation.
And we spoke with promoter Don King, who co-promotes Peter, and Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, sports and event programming at Showtime. We discussed this fight and the future of the heavyweight division. We also discussed with Ken Hershman Showtime's boxing, mixed martial arts, and entertainment programming.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
We plan to discuss the October 6 heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York between WBC interim champion Samuel Peter and challenger Jameel McCline (plus whatever else may come up). This fight will be televised live in the US on Showtime.
The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at midnight and runs to 5 AM EDT, on WOR 710 AM in New York. We are presently scheduled to come on right after midnight EDT.
You can also listen to the "Joey Reynolds Show" online. For more information on the show's webcast, go to http://www.wor710.com/.
For more information on the "Joey Reynolds Show," go to http://wor710.com/pages/46370.php?contentType=4&contentId=157588.
For more information on Myra Chanin, who works with the show, and also about Joey and the show, go to http://motherwonderful.com/.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins with a review of yet another of 2007's stellar fights: the stunning seventh-round stoppage by Kelly Pavlik (32-0, 29 KOs) of Jermain Taylor (27-1-1, 17 KOs) to capture the middleweight championship of the world. Pavlik won that title from Taylor Saturday, September 29, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
We spoke with a victorious Kelly Pavlik right after the postfight news conference to get his analysis of the fight itself and its significance. We also got a comment from promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank about what this fight means for boxing.
This coming Saturday, October 6, the super featherweight rematch between Manny Pacquiao (44-3-2, 35 KOs) and Marco Antonio Barrera (63-5, 42 KOs) also promises to be another memorable battle. This fight takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and will be shown in the US on HBO Pay-Per-View.
We spoke with Marco Antonio Barrera on a media teleconference call about what to expect in what he has vowed will be the final fight of his storied career. We also spoke with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and Bob Arum about this fight and how boxing can better use the Internet.
We close with a comment about another important fight this Saturday when the newly-crowned WBC interim heavyweight champ Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) faces Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs). This fight takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York and will be shown in the US on Showtime.
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As it turns out, it was the first part of that particular prediction which was wrong. I correctly predicted 11 of the 21 gold medalists, just over half. But I do believe that the second part was correct, and this exercise in prognostication played at least some small role in building interest for this event and for wrestling.
Here is the article on TheMat.com about yours truly picking the most gold medalists in this year's poll:
Eddie Goldman picks most gold medalists among international journalists for World Championships
Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred emerged as the expert among international journalists who predicted the gold medalists in each weight class prior to the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Goldman correctly picked 11 of the 21 winners. He picked 6 of the 7 winners in women's freestyle and 4 of the 7 winners in men's freestyle. He correctly picked 1 Greco-Roman champion.
Al Bevilacqua of www.nywrestling.com was second with 10 correct winners. Maahyar Rassaei of Iran Wrestling was third with 9 correct champions.
FINAL STANDINGS WITH NUMBER OF CORRECT CHAMPIONS LISTED
Eddie Goldman (No Holds Barred) 11
Al Bevilacqua (www.nywrestling.com) 10
Maahyar Rassaei (Iran Wrestling) 9
Gary Abbott (USA Wrestling/TheMat.com) 7
Ikuo Higuchi (Japan Wrestling Federation website) 7
Craig Sesker (USA Wrestling/TheMat.com) 7
Mike Finn (Wrestling International Newsmagazine) 6
Jason Bryant (InterMat) 5
Clint Kingsbury (Canadian Wrestling Federation) 5