Saturday, April 29, 2006

On The Road Again: IFL in Atlantic City 

I’m heading down to Atlantic City, NJ, for Saturday night’s debut show of the International Fight League (IFL) at the Trump Taj Mahal. This group is attempting to establish the first mixed martial arts league.

We have had several preview shows of this event on NO HOLDS BARRED. You can hear our interviews with IFL co-founder Kurt Otto and team coaches Pat Miletich and Maurice Smith on the NO HOLDS BARRED page PodOMatic.com or iTunes.

As usual, these shows are free to hear.

While I won’t be taking a computer there, I may be able to put up an audio post after the show, which may be unlabelled until I return home.

And I hope to see some old and new friends at this show.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

“Stop Whining About the Heavyweights” on TheSweetScience.com 

Every major sport has its featured attractions: The World Cup, the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and so on. Despite the absence of a unified heavyweight champion or any vehicle on the horizon to crown one, which is a huge detriment to boxing, and the lack of a consensus number one in this division who is both charismatic and seemingly indomitable, the heavyweights are still battling it out in the ring, and often in entertaining fights. The April 1 Liakhovich-Brewster and April 22 Klitschko-Byrd title bouts certainly provided good evenings of viewing for those of us who crave seeing talented big guys punch each other in the head and body.

While the scandalous activity of boxing’s rulers still prevents the corwning of an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, there is much more to the heavyweight scene than that defect, however major. That is the theme of my column this week on TheSweetScience.com, called “Stop Whining About the Heavyweights”.

Check it out and leave some comments.

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NO HOLDS BARRED: Sounds of Sumo 

As we have been reporting, the biggest news in the world of combat sports this week involved the biggest athletes in these events: the sumo wrestlers.

Building upon the success of this past October’s World Sumo Challenge at Madison Square Garden, Big Boy Productions, which put on that event, announced that it would be promoting an ambitious 60-plus stop world tour from May 19 to Oct. 21. They also announced the formation of the World Sumo League, with its championships to be held on that final show, also at Madison Square Garden.

The best way to explain how successful this group has already been is to repeat a pilot for our NO HOLDS BARRED show, which covered both the World Sumo Challenge and Mayhem on Mulberry Muay Thai events held in October 2005 in New York. That show, originally called the “No Holds Barred Special Preview 1” and first posted on Dec. 27, 2005, is now presented here in its entirety as a podcast. We also added updates about the new World Sumo League.

Interviewed on that show were former yokozuna Musashimaru, boxing trainer Tommy Gallagher, New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba, Big Boy Productions CEO Noah Goldman, sumo and judo coach Yoshisada Yonezuka, sumo wrestlers Ronny Allman and Sydney Carty, judo legends Teimoc Jonston-Ono and Mike Swain, and muay Thai fighters Brian Robertson and Willow Chanthavong.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Goodbye Print, But Hello What? 

Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine has written a quite useful op-ed piece in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer called “New technology offers solutions”. It discusses the very rocky transition from print to online media which is taking place in all areas of journalism, and has many print cavemen in denial.

Although Jeff has written elsewhere that he dislikes sports, nonetheless his comments on journalism and technology are important to all. Much of the boxing world in particular acts as if the days of the predominance of the daily newspapers will somehow come back, just like Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson will once again fight in Yankee Stadium.

Even though print journalism is being eclipsed by the Internet, once in a while they still produce a winner. The cover story in Rolling Stone called “The Worst President in History?” has a classic cover:

Of course, it took almost all of the mainstream media for one historical and cataclysmic disaster after another, from Iraq to New Orleans, to come to this conclusion. The battles against the influence of the corporate and political liars will no doubt continue in the age of Internet journalism, but at least the technology provides the public and the truthtellers with an easier means of communicating with the world.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman speaks with Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Barry Hunter, Silence Mabuza, Nick Durandt, Curtis Stevens, and Jerson Ravelo 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, we speak with the brothers Lamont Peterson (16-0, 7 KOs) and Anthony Peterson (16-0, 13 KOs), and their trainer, Barry Hunter. We discuss the lessons of the incredible and inspiring story of how the Petersons, who were homeless children on the streets of Washington DC, rose to become undefeated junior welterweight prospects. Both Lamont and Anthony Peterson fight in separate featured bouts Friday, April 28, on “ShoBox” in the U.S.

We also speak with three victorious fighters from the “Broadway Boxing” show of April 20 in New York: top bantamweight contender Silence Mabuza and his trainer Nick Durandt; up-and-coming undefeated super middleweight Curtis Stevens; and reinvigorated super middleweight Jerson Ravelo.

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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Links Before the Storm 

This is the start of a very busy week in the combat sports. If my plans work out, I will be covering the debut show of the International Fight League (IFL) this Saturday, April 29, in Atlantic City, NJ.

So before reporting on the deluge of coverage of boxing and mixed martial arts this week on No Holds Barred, I have been updating my links, to the right of this column.

Here are most of the recent additions to these links, some of which have already been posted. Make sure to check them out and bookmark them:

No Holds Barred on iTunes


Alertbox: Current Issues in Web Usability

Sophia Ramos

Sophia Ramos on MySpace


Doc Holliday's Bar on MySpace

Alyssa of Doc Holliday's on MySpace

Angela of Doc Holliday's on MySpace

Queen Genevieve of Doc Holliday's on MySpace

World Sumo League

Scientific Wrestling Blog

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers on MySpace

NYC Podcasting Association

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