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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
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.
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