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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Jay Larkin on Calzaghe-Kessler, IFL Grand Prix, and Changes in IFL Team Concept 


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  • On this special edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Jay Larkin, the new president and COO of the International Fight League.

    Jay Larkin headed the acclaimed boxing telecasts on Showtime for two decades. He still is involved in boxing and will oversee HBO’s broadcast of the super middleweight title unification fight between Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff, Wales, this Saturday, November 3. While in Wales, he also will be on the phone to run the first-ever live MMA event on primetime network TV, when the IFL holds its World Grand Prix broadcast live on MyNetworkTV from the Sears Centre near Chicago. Both events will air live at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT.

    We spoke with him Monday at his IFL office in New York as he was preparing for both events. We discussed the latest news on the Calzaghe-Kessler fight; the IFL Grand Prix; the major changes that are in store for the IFL's team concept; and much more.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Monday, October 29, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Joe Calzaghe, Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather, Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero, Martin Honorio, Eddie Chambers, Calvin Brock 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman provides a show chock full of fighter interviews about the major fights coming up next weekend, which will be one of the busiest in boxing this year.

    Before speaking with the fighters who are entering the ring in the coming week, we got comments from Floyd Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs), who takes on Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We asked him how he would like the boxing media to improve its coverage of the sport. Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, which is co-promoting this fight along with Golden Boy Promotions, also commented on Floyd's coverage in the mainstream media. Mayweather-Hatton will be shown in the US on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    This coming Saturday, November 3, the long-awaited showdown between the two undefeated super middleweight champions, Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs) from Newbridge, Wales, and Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs) from Copenhagen, Denmark, takes place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. We spoke with Joe Calzaghe about his approach to technique and what to expect in this fight. Calzaghe-Kessler will be shown live in the US on HBO and on the subscription channel Setanta in Britain.

    Saturday, November 3, will also see an important title doubleheader coming from the Desert Diamond Casino, n Sahuarita, Arizona, near Tucson. On that card, which will be shown live in the US on Showtime, another one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KOs) defends his belt against Rocky Juarez (27-3, 19 KOs). Also on that card, IBF featherweight champion Robert Guerrero (20-1-1, 13 KOs) defends his belt against Martin Honorio (24-3-1, 12 KOs).

    We spoke with Juan Manuel Marquez, Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero, and Martin Honorio to hear what they expect to happen this coming Saturday night.

    The night before these competing HBO and Showtime telecasts, a heavyweight crossroads fights takes place between the undefeated Eddie Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) and former world title challenger Calvin Brock (31-1, 23 KOs). This will be shown live in the US on the ShoBox: The New Generation series on Showtime Friday, November 2, from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. We got comments from both Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock about what to expect Friday night.

    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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    NO HOLDS BARRED: Charles Farrell on Boxing's Heavyweights 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with award-winning boxing writer and our correspondent, Charles Farrell, about the current state of the heavyweight division in boxing.

    We discuss the recent fights between Juan Carlos Gomez and Oliver McCall, Alexander Povetkin and Chris Byrd, and Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline. We talk about upcoming proposed fights such as IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov, and WBC interim champion Samuel Peter against WBC regular champion Oleg Maskaev, as well as the prospects for title unification and the emergence of one preeminent heavyweight champion in this oft-criticized division.

    In this lengthy discussion, we touch on virtually every top heavyweight in the world today.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so at this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Fedor Emelianenko, Vadim Finkelchtein, Monte Cox, Frank Trigg, Gary Shaw, Mitchell Maxwell, M-1 Global 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman brings you a series of interviews conducted at the kickoff news conference of the new M-1 Global mixed martial arts promotion held Monday, October 22, at the Marc Ecko Enterprises showroom in New York.

    The highlight of this event was the appearance by Fedor Emelianenko, the consensus top heavyweight and pound-for-pound fighter in MMA today. He is the first fighter which M-1 Global has announced they have signed. We spoke with both Fedor and his manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, at this event.

    We also spoke with another veteran of MMA, Monte Cox. He has been named the president and CEO of M-1 Global. We spoke with him about the current and future plans of when and where M-1 Global plans to run live events, and with which American networks they are presently negotiating. We also spoke about their plans to market Fedor to the American public with Mitchell Maxwell, a Broadway show producer who is now also the chairman of M-1 Global.

    At this news conference was veteran MMA fighter and radio and television commentator Frank Trigg of TAGG Radio. We spoke with him about his initial impressions of M-1 Global. We also discussed the prospects for M-1 Global with Gary Shaw, who is a promoter in both MMA and boxing as the Live Events President of EliteXC and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gary Shaw Productions. Plus, we play an excerpt from the news conference itself where we asked Fedor to respond to some reports alleging that he was ducking some top heavyweights.

    A video of the entire news conference is here.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so at this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Eddie Goldman Named Boxing Correspondent for Joey Reynolds Show 

    Eddie Goldman has been named the boxing correspondent for the "Joey Reynolds Show", a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network.

    These duties will include coming on the show prior to major fights, especially those in the New York area, to discuss them with Joey, as well as the overall state of the sweet science.

    "Joey Reynolds is a major fan of Eddie's," said Myra Chanin, booking producer and on-air personality for the show. "He finds Eddie's commentaries, interviews, and boxing connections outstanding, and feels he adds a great deal to the sports aspects and general intellectual content of the 'Joey Reynolds Show'."

    Added Joey, "I hope to win some more fights with you on the air."

    Eddie said, "This is another great opportunity for me to build interest in boxing while at the same time offering critical analysis about the many problems in the sport. I will also be continuing all my other many activities in the media, especially covering the combat sports."

    The "Joey Reynolds Show" airs live beginning at midnight ET and runs to 5 AM ET Monday through Friday.

    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, go to http://motherwonderful.com/.

    For more information on Eddie Goldman, go to http://nhbnews.blogspot.com/.

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    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Ricky Hatton, Mister Pressure 

  • SecondsOut Radio with Eddie Goldman


  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman gets Ricky Hatton's side of the story leading up to his December 8 showdown with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will be shown in the US on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) spoke with the boxing media this past week on a teleconference call, stating his case articulately why he believes that he will be the first fighter to defeat his fellow unbeaten champion fighter, Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs). Key to his attack, he argued, will be pressure, and he thus dubbed himself "Mister Pressure".

    We first play Ricky Hatton's opening statement to the media, and then our questions asking him to elaborate on that statement. Plus we discuss the questions Hatton must answer to be able to persuade observers that he can indeed win.

    We will find out December 8 who wins this fight, but thus far it may be Hatton who is winning the battle of words.

    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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    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Mo Lawal, Wrestling and the Combat Sports 




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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with freestyle wrestler Mo Lawal, a member of the US national team.

    Mo Lawal is an athlete who embodies the totality of the combat sports. He resides and trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and is a 2008 Olympic hopeful. He is also an avid boxing fan, has trained in boxing, and is friends with numerous boxers. After his wrestling career is over, he plans to become a professional mixed martial arts fighter.

    He will also be wrestling at the prestigious Alexander Medved International in Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 19-21, at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

    In a lengthy discussion, we talked about his training regimen at the Olympic Training Center; the recent 2007 world wrestling championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, which he attended; some of the burning controversies in international wrestling; his prospects for making the Olympic team in 2008; the Medved tournament; major boxing cards coming up; ties between wrestlers and boxers at the Olympic Training Center; what his specific plans are for entering mixed martial arts; and more.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Monday, October 15, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: A Tale of Two 44-Year-Old Heavyweights 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman discusses the recent controversies involving two 44-year-old heavyweight fighters and former world champions: boxer Evander Holyfield and mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture.

    Holyfield just dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov in Moscow, Russia, this past Saturday, October 13. Many are now calling for the obvious, for Holyfield, who turns 45 this coming Friday, to retire. But many in the American boxing media were just this past week telling us that Holyfield actually stood a real chance to win in this fight.

    Couture announced last week that he was quitting the UFC and vacating his heavyweight title there. His main beefs were that top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko had just signed with another promotion, M-1 of Russia, and that he was not being compensated fairly and had been told he was the second-highest paid fighter in that company when he had heard directly from other fighters that he was not.

    In another no-holds-barred commentary, we discuss what all this says about the sycophantic media which covers both sports, the future of boxing and its beleaguered heavyweight division, and the future of UFC now that it has abruptly lost perhaps its most popular fighter of all time.

    (Note: This edition of NO HOLDS BARRED includes some explicit language.)

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Sunday, October 14, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Evander Holyfield 

  • SecondsOut Radio with Eddie Goldman


  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman discusses Saturday's fight between WBO heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov (22-0-1, 17 KOs) and former heavyweight champion, 44-year-old Evander Holyfield (41-9-2, 27 KOs), held at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia. Ibragimov retained his title with a lopsided 12-round decision, winning by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 twice.

    We open with the unedited and complete audio from Evander Holyfield's postfight media teleconference call held with American boxing journalists shortly after the fight. Included on this call are some comments by promoter Kathy Duva. Right after that, we offer our own opinion on what happened Saturday night, and whether or not Evander Holyfield should retire as a professional fighter.

    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, October 09, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Passing on UFC A Wise Move by HBO 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman discusses the decision by HBO not to televise UFC shows.

    When we interviewed Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, at the September 19 Mayweather-Hatton news conference in New York, he said that talks between HBO and UFC were ongoing. Last week, however, he issued a statement saying that the deal was now off.

    This week we explain in depth why it was a wise move by HBO to end negotiations about airing the trashy UFC product, and how their business models are in conflict. We also offer a critique of the elitist nature of HBO's programming in general, including its boxing series.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

    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 to check your local listings for dates and times. You can also catch IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV. Check out the IFL web site, ifl.tv, for a listing of IFL live events and their TV schedule.

    Gladiator Challenge, shaking up the mixed martial arts world since 1999, and now with 30 shows per year. For more news and info, check out their web site, GladiatorChallenge.com.

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

    Gladiator Magazine, for in-depth coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and MMA, as well as lifestyle articles on surfing, cars, movies, and more. Gladiator Magazine is available at any major bookstore and online at BJJMart.com or Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear.

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

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    Monday, October 08, 2007

    SecondsOut Radio: Samuel Peter, Pops Anderson, Jeff Mayweather, Kali Meehan, Riddick Bowe, Dino Duva 

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  • On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by reviewing this past Saturday night's card at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    We spoke with WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs) about his victory over challenger Jameel McCline (38-8-3, 23 KOs), a late replacement for the injured regular WBC heavyweight champ, Oleg Maskaev. McCline knocked down Peter a total of three times in rounds two and three, but it was Peter, using his boxing skills, who rallied to earn a unanimous decision.

    We also spoke with Peter's trainer, Pops Anderson, to get a fuller evaluation of his performance. And we spoke with promoter Dino Duva about what is next for Peter.

    Plus, we spoke with heavyweight Kali Meehan (33-3, 27 KOs), another late replacement on this card, who scored a TKO victory at the end of round six over DaVarryl Williamson (24-5, 20 KOs). And we spoke with former world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe who was at this card to get his take on it and find out about his own plans.

    This coming Saturday, October 13, another former world heavyweight champion, 44-year-old Evander Holyfield (41-8-2, 27 KOs), will try to win his fifth belt when he takes on undefeated WBO heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov (21-0-1, 17 KOs) at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia. This fight will be on pay-per-view in the US.

    At a prefight news conference in New York, we spoke with Jeff Mayweather, Ibragimov's trainer, about what their camp expects to occur this coming Saturday.

    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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    Saturday, October 06, 2007

    Peter-McCline A Go, Eddie Goldman on "Joey Reynolds Show" 

    Despite some last-minute drama, Saturday's fight between WBC interim heavyweight champ Samuel Peter and challenger Jameel McCline will take place as scheduled at Madison Square Garden. It will be shown live in the US on Showtime.

    The Friday edition of the New York Daily News ran a story quoting an unnamed source alleging that McCline "received more than $12,000 worth of steroids, human growth hormone and related drugs over a 21-month period" from March 2005 to December 2006.

    McCline, however, has not been indicted, arrested, tried, or convicted for any of these charges. Plus, like Sam Peter, he will have to undergo both prefight and postfight doping tests by the New York State Athletic Commission.

    Thus, the fight is still on.

    We discussed this late Friday night/early Saturday morning on the "Joey Reynolds Show" on WOR radio in New York.

    To listen to the segment on this topic, click here.

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    Thursday, October 04, 2007

    NO HOLDS BARRED: Samuel Peter, Jameel McCline, Don King, Kevin McBride, Buddy McGirt, Dino Duva, Ken Hershman, Joe Dwyer 


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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman previews the next major boxing show at Madison Square Garden in New York, which takes place this Saturday, October 6.

    This card is headlined by the first title defense by the newly-crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion, Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs), who faces challenger Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs). This fight will be shown live in the US on Showtime.

    Peter hopes to use this fight as a showcase for his claim that he is the best heavyweight boxer in the world. McCline, a late replacement for regular WBC champ Oleg Maskaev, who pulled out claiming a back injury, hopes to derail these plans and pull an upset.

    At the prefight news conference at the Garden Wednesday, we spoke with both principals, Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline. We also spoke with heavyweight Kevin McBride (34-5-1, 29 KOs), who fights the unpredictable Andrew Golota (39-6-1, 32 KOs) on this card, and McBride's new trainer, Buddy McGirt.

    We spoke with Dino Duva, Peter's promoter, to clarify the history of why and how his fighter was named the WBC interim champion. We also discuss their plans for Sam Peter to try to unify the various heavyweight titles. We also spoke with veteran boxing official Joe Dwyer, now a member of the Board of Governors of the WBC, to explain that body's actions in this situation.

    And we spoke with promoter Don King, who co-promotes Peter, and Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, sports and event programming at Showtime. We discussed this fight and the future of the heavyweight division. We also discussed with Ken Hershman Showtime's boxing, mixed martial arts, and entertainment programming.

    To listen to NO HOLDS BARRED, click here or here and just press the play button on the player.

    You can also listen to it through this blog and my MySpace page, also by pressing the play button on the player.

    Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes.

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

    If you want to leave a comment on the show, you can do so on this blog.

    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:

    Art of War, the undisputed arena fighting championship, promoted by SUN Sports and Entertainment, producing world class mixed martial arts events. For more information, check out their web site, ArtOfWarLive.com.

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    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    Eddie Goldman On "Joey Reynolds Show" Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning 

    Eddie Goldman of No Holds Barred and SecondsOut Radio will be a guest on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" Wednesday Night/Thursday morning, October 3/4.

    We plan to discuss the October 6 heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York between WBC interim champion Samuel Peter and challenger Jameel McCline (plus whatever else may come up). This fight will be televised live in the US on Showtime.

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

    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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    Monday, October 01, 2007

    Yes 

    Yes, that was me on the FightSport.com Forum.

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