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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, and 2006 Fighter and Fight of the Year 

  • SecondsOut Radio with Eddie Goldman


  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by offering his choices for the 2006 Fighter of the Year and the 2006 Fight of the Year.

    The choice for Fighter of the Year is super featherweight superstar Manny Pacquiao, who scored three victories in 2006 including two stoppages of future Hall of Famer Erik Morales.

    The choice for Fight of the Year is the nonstop battle between then-WBA super bantamweight champion Mahyar Monshipour and challenger Somsak Sithchatchawal, held March 18 in Levallois-Perret, France, near Paris. Sithchatchawal won that incredible fight with a tenth-round TKO.

    Next we speak with two legends of the ring to find out who they personally like to watch and what stars they see are on the horizon. We hear separate interviews with two warriors who know each other very well: Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard.

    It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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    Tuesday, December 26, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Meet the Pitbulls -- Erik Owings, Jamal Patterson, and Bryan Vetell of IFL 


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  • On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by briefly commenting on the state of mixed martial arts in 2006, and continues previewing the International Fight League (IFL) World Team Championship Final. This event, the first of its kind in mixed martial arts, takes place Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

    We speak with three fighters who are starters for the New York Pitbulls team of the IFL, all at the Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan where they train.

    First we speak with Erik Owings, 1-1 in the IFL. He will fight Ed West of the Scorpions in a 155-pound superfight on this IFL show. We have a lengthy discussion with him about his background and training, his detailed views on mixed martial arts and the IFL, and the prospects for the Pitbulls.

    We next speak with Jamal Patterson, 2-0 in the IFL. He will fight Reese Andy of the Tiger Sharks on this IFL show. We get his views on similar topics.

    We also speak with heavyweight Bryan Vetell, 1-1 in the IFL. Although he will not be fighting on this show, he is preparing for the Pitbulls' team competition on Feb. 23, 2007, against the new Chicago Red Bears, in Atlanta, Georgia.

    These three fighters are three of the most interesting athletes not only in MMA, but in the sports world as a whole.

    If you cannot make it to Mohegan Sun to see the live event on Dec. 29, make sure to catch the free two-hour TV telecast. The IFL World Team Championship Final will begin playing on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, New Year's Eve. In Canada, it will first be shown on Rogers Sportsnet beginning Saturday, January 6, 2007. As always, check your local listings for more details about the show in your area or the IFL web site, at http://ifl.tv/. This show will also be repeated on these networks.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available
    through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S., and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events, including the first IFL World Team Championship final, set for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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

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    Thursday, December 21, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Renzo Gracie, Kurt Otto, IFL World Team Championship 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman focuses on previewing the International Fight League (IFL) World Team Championship Final. This event, the first of its kind in mixed martial arts, takes place Friday, December 29, 2006, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

    We speak with MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie at his Manhattan academy. Renzo will be fighting MMA and jiu-jitsu veteran Carlos Newton in a superfight on the Dec. 29 IFL show. We also discuss the prospects for the IFL team he coaches, the New York Pitbulls, as well as his scheduled fight against Frank Shamrock in the new Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC) group on February 10, 2007.

    While at Renzo's academy recording this and other interviews, we ran into IFL co-founder and commissioner Kurt Otto, who was there to train. We also spoke with Kurt about the IFL World Team Championship Final as well as the benefits he gets from training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    If you cannot make it to Mohegan Sun to see the live event on Dec. 29, make sure to catch the free two-hour TV telecast. The IFL World Team Championship Final will begin playing on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S. on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, New Year's Eve. In Canada, it will first be shown on Rogers Sportsnet beginning Saturday, January 6, 2007. As always, check your local listings for more details about the show in your area or the IFL web site, at http://ifl.tv/. This show will also be repeated on these networks.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available
    through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S., and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events, including the first IFL World Team Championship final, set for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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

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    "The Fight of the Year" on FightBeat.com 

    As the year comes to a close, the discussion about which fight was the best one of 2006 is heating up in the boxing world.

    I offer my take in a new piece entitled "The Fight of the Year". It appears on FightBeat.com.

    Make sure to check it out, leave a comment, and if you haven’t done so already, watch the fight focused upon in this piece.

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    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: John Duddy, Joel Casamayor, Broadway Boxing 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman once again lets the boxers do most of the talking.

    We speak with undefeated middleweight contender John Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs) and the WBC lightweight champion Joel Casamayor (34-3-1, 21 KOs) about their plans for 2007. We also speak with several participants at this past Thursday's Broadway Boxing show in New York: cruiserweight prospect Shaun George (13-1-2, 6 KOs) and legendary trainer Lou Duva; undefeated junior lightweight Maureen Shea (8-0, 4 KOs); trainer and former world champion Buddy McGirt, who was in the corner of his son, James McGirt Jr. (13-0, 7 KOs); local favorite Curtis Stevens (16-1, 12 KOs); and undefeated junior featherweight prospect Gary Stark Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs).

    It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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    Johnny Bos, Keisha Morrisey, and Eddie Goldman On "Joey Reynolds Show" Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning 


    Once again there will be another animated discussion of boxing on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning, December 19/20.

    The guests will be the legendary fight agent and boxing personality Johnny Bos (postponed from Dec. 7), boxing and entertainment publicist Keisha Morrisey, and myself. There is a roast and fundraiser being planned for Johnny, probably in January.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at midnight and runs to 5 AM ET, on WOR 710 AM in New York. We are presently scheduled to come on at about 2 AM.

    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/.

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    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    Notes From the Middle of Another March for Justice 

    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 -- The word filtering throughout the march for justice for the slain and unarmed Sean Bell and his friends wounded Nov. 25 in Queens by a blitzkrieg of 50 NYPD bullets was that there were 40,000 protesters who had taken to the streets of Manhattan this bright and sunny afternoon. No one seemed to be quite sure who had calculated that figure or how accurate it was, but the precise number was of small consequence.

    On a Saturday afternoon in a season when most busy New Yorkers try to cram in some shopping because, after all, Santa Claus, Macy's, and all those cheery ads in the newspapers and on TV tell us to do so, block after block of Fifth Avenue was filled by an orderly but angry crowd there for one thing: justice.

    This was billed as being a silent march, but how are you going to keep everyone quiet in response to the outrageous and still little-explained events which led to the slaying of the 23-year-old African-American working class man Sean Bell right after his bachelor party and hours before he was supposed to have been married? The main organizers, politicians, and other big shots stood at the front, along with shooting victim Trent Benefield, still in a wheelchair, and Nicole Paultre Bell, Sean's fiancée who was to have married him later that fateful day and has since taken his name.

    The rest of us, needing little guidance, dutifully lined up around 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and then marched down to 34th Street, passing by numerous swanky shops which few of our kind patronize anyway. There were pre-printed signs handed out calling to "improve police-community relations", although one woman near me tore off the bottom of it so it just read "improve police" since, she said, they, and not the community, were the problem.

    The marchers were predominantly African-American, of all ages, with younger people new to hitting the pavement alongside veterans of many -- too many -- such battles. This was also a quite diverse group, including whites, Latinos, Asians, and no doubt many other nationalities. There was a high percentage of women, many of whom had to be mothers.

    Red, black, and green Black liberation flags were proudly displayed throughout. Many union members and activists also dotted the crowd, although there appeared to be a paucity of visible union banners. While an array of banners and signs were carried, including some from the usual political sects, several marchers had hand-written, homemade signs. The most poignant one I saw, from a group called the October 22 Coalition (http://october22.org/), was a banner which showed photos and names of dozens of the people shot and killed by the NYPD in recent years.

    The newest chant had the marchers count from one to fifty, signifying the number of shots fired upon the three unarmed men in the vehicle the NYPD officers had attacked. There was, of course, "No justice, no peace", and a slew of old standards culled from many struggles around the world, including the optimistic "The people united will never be defeated".

    The atmosphere among the demonstrators was typified by a little episode I saw midway through the march. After it had begun proceeding down Fifth Avenue, a 20-something looking man arrived for the event and saw someone he knew. He was outside the police barricades lining the street. He then hopped over a barricade, shook his friend's hand, and then, after a pause, shook the hands of a few more people next to him, all previously total strangers, including myself. We were there for the same thing, and that was what mattered.

    Despite the tragedy which brought us together, if even for just one Saturday afternoon, the camaraderie among the marchers was reflected in the handshakes, hugs, and language used among us -- brother and sister, sans the corporate-sponsored negativity so prevalent today.

    On the other side, many of the uniformed cops separating the marchers and the passersby on the sidewalks stood grim-faced. Were they fearful, or reflective about what had happened, too aware that they could have just as easily been in the center of such a situation? Or were some guilty about what they might have thought or even done in similar circumstances?

    Others cops stood smirking, with unrepentant, wise guy looks of condescension, defiance, and barbarism. Improve cops, yes, but fire some of them, too.

    Without a podium jammed with speakers droning on either at the start or end of this march, the marshals thanked us and told us to disperse when we arrived near 34th Street and 7th Avenue, not far from a Snoopy display soliciting kids to drag their parents into the big store. Few if any of the marchers did, as they and we blended back into the New York crowd, heading to the buses and subways which brought us to Fifth Avenue.

    It was angry and pointed, but peaceful and orderly. Neither the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg nor the NYPD have thus far given any indication that they will behave in such a peaceful and orderly manner. So many will be back, perhaps less patient, as that list of lives, especially of Black men, needlessly lost continues to grow, and the excuses, stonewalling, and lies continue to mount.

    And what was this police action that led to this tragedy for, again? According to news reports, it was to catch hookers at the Kalua strip club in Queens, which the police even failed to do before shooting Sean Bell. They were sent supposedly to protect the morals and decency of society, as determined, of course, by the moral police who hire these armed police to enforce their codes to protect us from ourselves.

    Haitian-American security guard Patrick Dorismond was killed in 2000 after leaving a Manhattan bar and refusing to engage in a drug deal with an undercover cop trying to entrap potential marijuana buyers. An altercation ensued which led to the unarmed Dorismond being shot and killed by a cop.

    So which is worse, the so-called vice or the war on vice?

    How many more such tragedies must we endure before that question is brought to the fore?

    Probably, sorrowfully, many, many more, which is why there will be more such marches, wherever and whenever they are necessary.

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    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: Joe Calzaghe and Peter Manfredo Jr. 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs) from Newbridge, Wales, and star of "The Contender" series Peter Manfredo Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs) from Providence, Rhode Island. Calzaghe defends his title against Manfredo April 7, 2007, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

    It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Nick Lembo 


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  • Eddie Goldman, Larry Hazzard Sr., Commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, and Nick Lembo, Counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, in Atlantic City, Dec. 1, 2006. Photo by Keisha Morrisey.


    On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Nick Lembo, Counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.

    This past Sunday, December 10, the CBS show "60 Minutes" ran a segment entitled "Mixed Martial Arts: A New Kind Of Fight". Like almost all such reports in the mainstream media, this piece was filled with historical and factual errors about the origins and development of mixed martial arts (MMA), especially about its rules. We discuss these errors, how UFC and MMA really developed, and the crucial role played by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in helping save MMA by sanctioning it in 2000, before the present owners of UFC purchased that organization. We also discuss the key role of Larry Hazzard Sr., Commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, as well as a number of related issues involving MMA, boxing, and the media, and especially the important role played by the MMA media. In doing so, we present a balanced picture of MMA's past and provide a framework for understanding how it should continue in the present and future to develop as a legitimate sport.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available
    through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S., and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events, including the first IFL World Team Championship final, set for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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

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    Thursday, December 07, 2006

    Johnny Bos and Eddie Goldman On "Joey Reynolds Show" Thursday Night/Friday Morning 


    There will be another fun-filled discussion of boxing on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" Thursday night/Friday morning, December 7/8.

    The guests will be the legendary fight agent and boxing personality Johnny Bos, and myself. There is a roast and fundraiser being planned for Johnny, probably in January.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at midnight and runs to 5 AM ET, on WOR 710 AM in New York. We are presently scheduled to come on towards the end of the show.

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at midnight EDT and runs to 5 AM EDT, on WOR 710 AM in New York. We are presently scheduled to come on towards the end of the show.

    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/.

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    Tuesday, December 05, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Kurt Otto and Jay Dee Penn 


  • NO HOLDS BARRED on PodOmatic


  • On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the changing of the guard among the various mixed martial arts promotions.

    We next speak with International Fight League (IFL) co-founder and commissioner Kurt Otto about the 11-event 2007 schedule just announced for that organization's team competition. We also discuss what is happening with IFL's television plans.

    We also speak with Jay Dee Penn, President and CEO of Rumble World Entertainment and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, about the new Pro Elite, Inc. mixed martial arts organization, which he is helping to run. Pro Elite will have its debut show February 10, 2007, live on Showtime. This will be the first of a series of shows and the first time that Showtime will air mixed martial arts events.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, just click here or here or here.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

    The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

    The NO HOLDS BARRED theme song is called "The Heist", by musician Ian Carpenter.

    NO HOLDS BARRED is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

    IFL, the International Fight League, the world's first professional mixed martial arts league. Make sure to check out their regular TV shows on FSN (Fox Sports Net) in the U.S., and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, and to check your local listings for dates and times. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events, including the first IFL World Team Championship final, set for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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

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    Monday, December 04, 2006

    SecondsOut Radio: Miguel Cotto, Bob Arum, Joshua Clottey, Enzo Maccarinelli, Andre Berto 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Miguel Cotto (28-0, 23 KOs) shortly after he captured the vacant WBA welterweight belt by scoring a TKO at the end of the fifth round Saturday night, December 2, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, against the previously-unbeaten challenger Carlos Quintana (23-1, 18 KOs). We speak with promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank about this show and Cotto's rising status as a star. And we speak with Joshua Clottey (30-2, 20 KOs), who injured both hands en route to a 12-round decision loss to WBO welterweight Antonio Margarito (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs), at the postfight news conference.

    We also speak with WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (25-1, 19 KOs) who fights Saturday, December 9, at the ExCel Arena in London, England. And we speak with undefeated 2004 Olympian Andre Berto (15-0, 13 KOs) who faces veteran Miguel Figueroa (25-4-1, 14 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight co-feature on the card headlined by the middleweight title fight between the undefeated champion Jermain Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KOs) and former junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma (25-2-1, 15 KOs). That card takes place Saturday, December 9, at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO.

    It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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