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Sunday, March 01, 2009
SecondsOut Radio: Marquez-Diaz and John-Juarez Reviews, Shaun George, Travis Simms, Tor Hamer, Luis Del Valle, Lou DiBella on Broadway Boxing
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing the brilliant performance of lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who stopped Juan Diaz in the ninth round Saturday in Houston, Texas. We discuss this early Fight of the Year candidate, as well as the co-feature where featherweight champion Chris John of Indonesia was held to a controversial draw by Rocky Juarez of Houston. We also discuss the implications of putting such an important card like this not on pay-per-view or in a casino city, but on regular HBO in the U.S. and in a major city like Houston, and the likelihood of such good sense continuing to be shown by the lords of boxing if and when the economy rebounds.
Next, we review the Broadway Boxing card held Wednesday, Feb. 25, in New York. We spoke with light heavyweight contender Shaun George, who needed only 1:26 of the first round to stop veteran Jaffa Ballogou, and make his case that he deserves a boost in the rankings and an eventual title shot. We spoke with heavyweight Tor Hamer and featherweight Luis Del Valle, two prospects who fought on this show and remained unbeaten. And we spoke with promoter Lou DiBella about his Broadway Boxing series and boxing in New York.
In a special interview, we spoke with two-time former WBA 154-pound champion Travis Simms, who is now a free agent and, although he has a stellar record of 26-1 with 19 KOs, is actually finding it difficult to get fights.
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