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Thursday, April 22, 2010

No Holds Barred: Valero Tragedy, Froch-Kessler and Arreola-Adamek Previews 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the tragic life and death of Edwin Valero and what is says about boxing, and previews the two main fights which will take place Saturday, April 24.

The apparent suicide of 28-year-old unbeaten lightweight boxer Edwin Valero after allegedly murdering his wife is the latest in an unending series of tragedies for those who have boxed for a living. We discuss the medical condition of an epidural hemorrhage which Valero suffered in a motorcycle accident which caused him not to be licensed to fight in most places in the U.S. But he did continue to fight, despite the clear dangers of this condition, allowing the promoters, networks, sanctioning bodies, and other parasites around him to make money, even after reports surfaced of violent behavior by Valero towards his loved ones and drug and alcohol abuse. This is the tragic reality of boxing, which demands that all people in and around this sport with any integrity left take a stand.

In the latest bout in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament, the unbeaten WBC champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) from England takes on the former WBA and WBC super middleweight champion, Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) of Denmark. This fight will take place in the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark, and be telecast live in the UK on pay-per-view on Primetime Sky Channel 480 and Virgin On Demand and on pay-per-view in Denmark, and on same-day tape-delay on Showtime in the U.S. It will also be streamed live in the UK on pay-per-view on www.primetimelive.co.uk.

In the first round of this tournament, Froch won a split decision over Andre Dirrell, while Kessler lost a technical decision to Andre Ward.

Also on April 24, heavyweight Cristobal Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) hopes to work his way towards another crack at a heavyweight title after his loss last year to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko when he fights former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs), who is now competing as a heavyweight. This fight takes place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, and will be telecast live in the U.S. on HBO.

On recent media conference calls, we spoke with Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Cris Arreola, and Tomasz Adamek to get their takes on these fights. There were plenty of lively and informative comments and responses to our questions, hopefully signaling a lively night of fights.

We also comment on the upset unanimous decision victory by Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) over Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) to capture the world middleweight title, and the third-round TKO by IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) over Edison Miranda (33-5, 29 KOs), both on April 17.

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