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Sunday, November 23, 2008
On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by discussing the unfortunately recurrent theme of the decline of American boxing. This decline was most recently written about by veteran UK sports writer Kevin Mitchell in a piece on the sports blogs of the Guardian of the UK entitled "US boxing is in danger of being consumed by its own bastard children". We comment on that article, and also discuss why having top 140-pound fighter Ricky Hatton, victorious this past Saturday night over Paulie Malignaggi, fight the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao winner is also not good for boxing.
One champion fighter who has been absent from action for over a year is IBF bantamweight champ Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (25-1, 22 KOs). Originally from Ghana and now fighting out of the Bronx, New York, Agbeko is now finally supposed to be defending his belt December 11 in Newark, New Jersey, against challenger William Gonzalez (21-2, 19 KOs).
Before this December 11 fight was announced, we caught up with Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko at a New York news conference to discuss the reasons for his absence from the ring, and his plans to defend his title.
Another fighter having difficulty securing a date is lightweight prospect Jorge "The Truth" Teron (22-0-1, 15 KOs). The 23-year-old Teron, also from the Bronx, New York, had been scheduled to face journeyman Aldo Valtierra (24-10, 13 KOs) on November 21, but that entire card was cancelled. However, Teron will now be facing Valtierra on a card on Thursday, December 4, at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York, promoted by Bob Duffy's Ring Promotions.
Again, before the November 21 show was cancelled, we had a chance at a New York news conference to speak with Jorge Teron about his plans and his career.
Last but not least, the subject of the serious problems facing boxing was also discussed this past week on the "Joey Reynolds Show", a national radio broadcast in New York on WOR 710 AM and on 100 other stations via the WOR Network, and also available online. The guests in this segment were myself, Eddie Goldman, and comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling, who is also a boxing fan.
In a discussion led by Joey Reynolds, also a big supporter of boxing, we focused upon the continuing problems with the treatment of the media at the Nov. 8 fight between Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden, as well as other problems plaguing the sport.
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