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Monday, June 26, 2006
We speak with Oscar De La Hoya about his postponing making a final decision about his future as an active fighter. De La Hoya also announced that he will not be fighting September 16, but hopes to make his farewell fight sometime next year against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
We also speak with several young fighters whose family elders had already made their names in boxing and who are now undefeated prospects trying to make names for themselves. Undefeated heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (12-0, 7 KOs, and cousin of Tim Witherspoon), undefeated middleweight James McGirt (11-0, 1 NC, 7 KOs, and son of Buddy McGirt), and undefeated middleweight Ronald Hearns (8-0, 6 KOs, and son of Thomas “Hitman” Hearns) will all be fighting Sat., July 1, at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. This card will be televised in the U.S. on the Showtime series “ShoBox: The New Generation”. We spoke with Tim Witherspoon, Chazz Witherspoon, James McGirt, Ronald Hearns, and promoter Lou DiBella both about this card and also what it means for young fighters with legendary names to make it on their own in boxing.
We also call attention to a new article on SecondsOut.com by Dr. Margaret Goodman, a neurologist and former Chief Ringside Physician, and Chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board, and, a co-founder of the Combat Sports Center for Safety and Research, about Joe Mesi’s fight this past Friday night in Montreal, which was telecast in the U.S. on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. Mesi was in his second fight back after getting an indefinite medical suspension by the Nevada commission for repeated subdural hematomas (bleeding on the brain) thrown out on a legal technicality. She wrote, “I think it's unfortunate that ESPN’s commentators on site and in the studio failed to mention some very important points.” The entire piece can be seen here.
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