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Thursday, June 02, 2011

No Holds Barred: Pat Miletich, Ken Hershman, Lou DiBella 

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On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents interviews with MMA legend and Showtime announcer Pat Miletich, Showtime Sports executive Ken Hershman, and boxing promoter Lou DiBella. These interviews were conducted Wednesday, June 1, in New York at the final news conference for the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal fight. That fight takes place Saturday, June 4, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will be televised in the U.S. on Showtime and in the U.K. on Sky Sports.
One of the pioneers of mixed martial arts, Pat Miletich is now primarily focusing on his duties as an announcer and in other ventures. We discussed those, including his role announcing the upcoming July 8 M-1 Global card on Showtime, as well as Strikeforce Challengers events. We discussed the unbeaten heavyweight Guram Gugenishvili, who headlines the July 8 M-1 Global card. We also discussed the impact that the Miletich style of striving to be a well-rounded fighter has had on MMA, his experience in the old Extreme Fighting company, and much more.
Ken Hershman, the Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, had had a very busy year with a full slate of boxing and MMA cards. We spoke about the importance of these sports to Showtime, his thoughts on the future of Strikeforce and Showtime, the importance of events like the July 8 M-1 Global show on Showtime, the July 30 fight on Showtime between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, the need for the New York politicians to legalize MMA, and more.
Lou DiBella also has a busy schedule. Besides promoting Glen Johnson in this June 4 fight, he is co-promoting with Gary Shaw back-to-back boxing cards on June 10 and 11 called Boricua Invasion I and II. These cards, held the same weekend as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, will both take place at the Roseland Ballroom in New York and showcase up-and-coming Puerto Rican fighters. Boricua Invasion I will air live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, while Boricua Boxing II will be televised live on Showtime on ShoBox. We discussed these cards, why boxing has remained so popular in Puerto Rico and with Puerto Ricans elsewhere, the prospects of Glen Johnson in the June 4 fight, and more.
Plus, we close with one last question for Carl Froch about whether or not he expects to knock out Glen Johnson.
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