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Thursday, April 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: Valero Tragedy, Froch-Kessler and Arreola-Adamek Previews 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the tragic life and death of Edwin Valero and what is says about boxing, and previews the two main fights which will take place Saturday, April 24.

The apparent suicide of 28-year-old unbeaten lightweight boxer Edwin Valero after allegedly murdering his wife is the latest in an unending series of tragedies for those who have boxed for a living. We discuss the medical condition of an epidural hemorrhage which Valero suffered in a motorcycle accident which caused him not to be licensed to fight in most places in the U.S. But he did continue to fight, despite the clear dangers of this condition, allowing the promoters, networks, sanctioning bodies, and other parasites around him to make money, even after reports surfaced of violent behavior by Valero towards his loved ones and drug and alcohol abuse. This is the tragic reality of boxing, which demands that all people in and around this sport with any integrity left take a stand.

In the latest bout in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament, the unbeaten WBC champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) from England takes on the former WBA and WBC super middleweight champion, Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) of Denmark. This fight will take place in the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark, and be telecast live in the UK on pay-per-view on Primetime Sky Channel 480 and Virgin On Demand and on pay-per-view in Denmark, and on same-day tape-delay on Showtime in the U.S. It will also be streamed live in the UK on pay-per-view on www.primetimelive.co.uk.

In the first round of this tournament, Froch won a split decision over Andre Dirrell, while Kessler lost a technical decision to Andre Ward.

Also on April 24, heavyweight Cristobal Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) hopes to work his way towards another crack at a heavyweight title after his loss last year to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko when he fights former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs), who is now competing as a heavyweight. This fight takes place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on HBO.

On recent media conference calls, we spoke with Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Cris Arreola, and Tomasz Adamek to get their takes on these fights. There were plenty of lively and informative comments and responses to our questions, hopefully signaling a lively night of fights.

We also comment on the upset unanimous decision victory by Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) over Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) to capture the world middleweight title, and the third-round TKO by IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) over Edison Miranda (33-5, 29 KOs), both on April 17.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal, New Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion 


(Photo – Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

On April 17, 2010, in Nashville, Tennessee, Mo Lawal took a lopsided unanimous decision to capture that title from the talented Gegard Mousasi, who had been on a 15-fight winning streak.

In a candid interview, we spoke with the new champion about this fight and how he evaluated his performance. We discussed how his colorful personality has been received, as well as how this fight was viewed by both fans and those who call themselves media. He explained what problems he had encountered in this fight which he did not expect, and why he vows to do even better in his next fights. We discussed how he might do against other top light heavyweight fighters, the experience of other world-class wrestlers who have become mixed martial arts fighters, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

No Holds Barred: George Hero and MidwoodMania I 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with the legendary coach and founder of the Midwood High School wrestling team in Brooklyn, New York, George Hero.

Coach Hero has once again taken an innovative approach towards popularizing the sport of wrestling by organizing an event called MidwoodMania I. This event will feature 15 wrestling matches involving current and alumni wrestlers from Midwood High School under folkstyle, freestyle, Greco-Roman, and grappling rules. For the first time in many years, Coach Hero himself will take to the mat in one of these matches.

MidwoodMania I takes place Saturday, April 24, beginning at noon, at the Midwood High School Gymnasium at 2839 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

There is a Facebook page with more information about MidwoodMania I at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=304031455047.

We spoke with Coach Hero about this event, the long struggle he had to establish this team in the face of opposition from certain quarters, how the team has grown from a small club into one of the most established programs in New York City, what wrestling as a whole can learn from the promotion of this event, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.


FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

No Holds Barred: Chris Thomas and Bob Carson Review Strikeforce Nashville 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleagues and correspondents Chris Thomas and Bob Carson about the April 17 Strikeforce mixed martial arts card held in Nashville, Tennessee, and shown live in the U.S. on CBS. Bob Carson is also the host of Carson's Corner.

We spoke right after the telecast concluded. We discuss the breakout performance by "King" Mo Lawal, who decisioned Gegard Mousasi to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt. We analyze the dominating performance by Gilbert Melendez over Shinya Aoki to retain his Strikeforce lightweight belt. We examine the upset victory by Jake Shields over mixed martial arts veteran Dan Henderson to retain his Strikeforce middleweight belt. We discuss the disgraceful riot which took place in the cage immediately following the Shields-Henderson fight, and what both Strikeforce and the Tennessee Athletic Commission must do in response. And we evaluate what this all means for Strikeforce and the state of mixed martial arts.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

Make sure to visit the official boxing forum for No Holds Barred, the MySpace Boxing Forum.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

BJJMart.com, your premier source for all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gear, videos, books, and much more.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

Bragging Rights Corner, for news and always independent opinion about the sport and business of boxing. Check out their web site at http://www.braggingrightscorner.com.

FightBeat.com, for news, results, interviews, and free exclusive videos from the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts.

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