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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The "Undisputed" Audio Interviews: New Champs Carlos Baldomir and O'Neil Bell, and Contender Steve Cunningham and Sycuan's Scott Woodworth 

Following the stellar boxing card Saturday night, Jan. 7, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and shown in the U.S. on Showtime, we got a chance at the crowded madhouse of a post-fight press conference to speak with the main stars of this show.

Almost no one had given Carlos Baldomir from Argentina, who went into this fight with a record of 41-9-6 and only 12 KOs, any chance to defeat Brooklyn's own undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah, and especially in a building filled with Judah's hometown fans. But after 12 tough rounds, it was Baldomir who was awarded a well-deserved unanimous decision. We spoke with the new champ after his victory, and you can listen to that here and here .

Even though Baldomir clearly bested Judah, he won only one of the now-former undisputed champ's three belts, the green WBC one. According to promoter Don King, the WBA and IBF belts previously held by Judah will now become vacant (although since Judah was the undisputed champion and was thus the WBA's "super champion" with Luis Collazo recognized as its regular champion, this could get even more complicated). To help straighten this all out, we spoke with Scott Woodworth, the vice president and director of boxing operations of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which promotes Baldomir. You can listen to that here and here.

One undisputed championship that is not being disputed, at least for now, is in the cruiserweight division. IBF champion O'Neil Bell came into his fight Saturday night with WBA and WBC champion Jean-Marc Mormeck as a distinct underdog. But after mounting an effective attack throughout the fight against a flat Mormeck, Bell closed the show with a tenth-round knockout. We got a chance to speak with the new undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, O'Neil Bell, at the post-fight press conference, and you can listen to that here and here.

In the opening bout of Saturday night's card, Philadelphia's undefeated cruiserweight contender Steve "USS" Cunningham (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a TKO at 1:40 of the fifth round over Lloyd Bryan (21-12, 9 KOs) of Memphis, Tenn. Many members of the boxing media had to miss this fight as it began before the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Boxing Writers Association of America which was taking place nearby. Nevertheless, we caught up with Steve at the post-fight press conference to find out his future plans. You can listen to that here and here.

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