Wednesday, December 26, 2007

NO HOLDS BARRED: Chris Horodecki, Jay Hieron, Paulie Malignaggi, Herman Ngoudjo, Kurt Otto, IFL Grand Prix and 2008 Roadmap 

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  • On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman previews the Dec. 29 IFL Grand Prix Finals, discusses the 2008 IFL Roadmap, and previews the Jan. 5 fight between Paulie Malignaggi and Herman Ngoudjo.

    The International Fight League (IFL) will be holding its 2007 Grand Prix Finals, featuring mixed martial arts fights for individual championships in five weight classes, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This card will be televised live in the U.S. on HDNet and in Canada on Fox Sports World Canada. We discuss all these five title fights and the histories of the fighters involved.

    We also hear the comments of 155-pound fighter Chris Horodecki, who fights Ryan Schultz for that title, and 170-pound fighter Jay Hieron, who fights Delson Heleno in another title fight, from a recent media teleconference call.

    The IFL will be making some significant changes as it begins its third year of existence in 2008. Most are aimed at expanding the popularity of their organization while cutting financial losses. They issued their 2008 IFL Roadmap outlining these changes, and we offer our comments on that. We also spoke with IFL co-founder and commissioner Kurt Otto on a media teleconference call to discuss this and some other issues with him.

    Boxing returns in a big way in the new year with a title fight between IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs) and challenger Herman Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) January 5, 2008, at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and shown live in the U.S. on Showtime. We spoke with both Paulie Malignaggi and Herman Ngoudjo on a media teleconference call (or at least tried to).

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