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Boxing News: Chuck Giampa, Odlanier Solis, Andre Ward

Chuck Giampa, one of the top boxing judge’s in the world, has retired from his position as a boxing judge to pursue a career as a boxing consultant and continue as a sports columnist. Giampa was appointed as a judge in 1984 and has had an illustrious career, judging many memorable championship fights including the Holyfield-Tyson II “Bite Night” fight and the Holyfield-Bowe “Fan Man” fight..

He has judged over 120 world championship fights in addition to many regional and international title fights in Italy, England, Wales, France, Germany, Panama, Argentina, Korea and Japan.

“I love boxing,” said Giampa. “I cherish the years I’ve had as a judge with some of the greatest people in the sport. I’m now going to the next level by becoming directly involved with the teams of these professional athletes.”

As an insurance broker since 1969, Giampa will also be the first insurance broker in Nevada specializing in the insurance needs of sports figures. He is president of Network Insurance Services, Inc. as well as Chuck Giampa & Associates, Inc., both based in Las Vegas.

Odlanier Solis stays busy

Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis will not have much time to celebrate his smashing second round k.o.-victory over previously unbeaten Georgian Mamuka Jikurashvili last Saturday in Trabzon, Turkey. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist and three-time world amateur champion starts directly preparing for his next tough tests.

Solis is scheduled to give his US-debut on the “Night of the Rising Stars” undercard on May 17th in Primm, Nevada featuring his co-defector Yuriorkis Gamboa in one of three thrilling main events. On May 30th Solis will be in action yet again in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Everybody is crazy about Solis”, states promoter Ahmet Öner. “The whole world wants to see his extraordinary skills.. He was one of the biggest attractions at our show in Trabzon though we had two local heroes in two title fights. Now people from the US keep on calling me, asking when they will have the chance to see our heavyweight diamond. I hope I can present him on May 17th but his US visa hasn’t been approved yet. In case he doesn’t get his visa in time he will take his time to prepare for a big match against a strong and experienced opponent in Istanbul.”

Solis will do most of his preparation in Cologne where he has the chance to do special strength and conditioning training at an institute that strictly works according to the latest scientific research. “We will do all it takes to get Solis in the best possible shape for his way to the top”, states Öner. “Everybody knows that he is an exceptional talent and got the technical and tactical abilities to become undisputed champion of the world. The only thing we can still improve is his conditioning. And we take this task seriously.”

Andre Ward Back In Action On June 20

Following up on his impressive knockout of former World title challenger Rubin Williams this past March, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward looks to take that next big step towards a World Championship when Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism presents “Cayman Knockout: Championship Boxing” from the wonderful Caribbean. The event on Friday night, June 20, 2008 will be televised on SHOWTIME (“ShoBox: The New Generation”)..

Originating from the beautiful outdoor Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the capital George Town on Grand Cayman, the ShoBox telecast will feature a 12-round NABO Super Middleweight Championship Bout between undefeated Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (15-0, 10 KOs) and former Olympian Jerson Ravelo (18-2, 12 KOs); and in another featured bout, World ranked heavyweight Eddie Chambers (30-1, 16 KO) takes on hard-hitting 6’4,” 260 pound knockout artist, Raphael Butler (30-4, 23 KOs) in a 12-round USBA Heavyweight Championship Bout.

“This is a groundbreaking event for the Cayman Islands,” Minister of Tourism, Environment, Investment & Commerce Charles Clifford proclaimed. “We believe that with a professional boxing event of this magnitude, along with the sophisticated elegant charm of our country and residents, we will showcase to the worldwide television audience what we’re so proud of; and what better way to do this than by bringing Championship Boxing to the Cayman Islands. We are very excited to be hosting this momentous event and we look forward to working with Goossen Tutor Promotions and SHOWTIME on this historic occasion.”

The Cayman Islands – comprised of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman — is located in the center of the Caribbean, situated south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. A British Overseas Territory, English is the official language for the population of 50,000 representing more than 100 nationalities. Come the week of the event, elite World-class boxers will share the spotlight with the pure white sands and sky-blue waters of the Cayman Islands, inspiring each boxer to have his hand raised in victory in this beautiful country!

Ward, America’s sole Gold Medalist in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, brings a string of five consecutive knockout victories into his matchup against Ravelo. The 24-year old Oakland, California native is coming off a seventh-round stoppage against the rugged veteran Ruben Williams last month. Prior to that bout, he stopped then-unbeaten rising star Roger Cantrell.

Ravelo is a 30-year old from the Dominican Republic and a former participant in the highly successful “The Contender” boxing series, and currently resides and fights out of Newark, New Jersey. He earned an impressive, unanimous decision win over undefeated Paul Buchanan in the UK in his most recent bout, following on the heels of a highly competitive loss to highly-regarded and World ranked contender Allan Green. At 6’2,” Ravelo stands to be the 6’1” Ward’s first taller and toughest professional challenge.

The Chambers-Butler contest stands to provide some real intrigue. How will the Philadelphia-trained Chambers respond to his first career loss at the hands of the #1 World ranked Russian, Alexander Povetkin, in Germany three months ago in a Bout in which a win would have made him the mandatory challenger to IBF and WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko A fight that Chambers was winning early simply slipped out of his hands by letting the aggressive Povetkin outwork him. Butler, the 24-year old pride of Rochester, Minnesota has won his last five bouts after losing to then undefeated Art Binkowski, whom Butler managed to knock down three times in the first round but could not finish him off. Well ahead on all scorecards at the time of the 8th round stoppage, Butler said “lesson well learned” and promises not to let sure victory slip away again. With his five recent wins, Butler believes he’s ready to step up against a top ten opponent such as Chambers.

“It’s not too often that the location of an event can be as big a story as the fighters and fights themselves,” promoter Dan Goossen explained. “But that’s exactly what we have here. Look at virtually every major Las Vegas resort and casino, and you can be sure Championship Boxing helped put each on the map, and it still holds true today. The fans not only get to see rising stars such as Ward and Chambers, but also a great event with the beautiful Cayman Islands as a back drop; a vacation paradise in the middle of the Caribbean.“We look to provide an exhilarating experience of great fights to the Cayman Islands residents and tourists sitting ringside,” Goossen continued, “but also to the SHOWTIME television audience where the rough and tumble world of boxing collides with the lush scenery of one of the Caribbean’s – if not the world’s – most spectacular places – the Cayman Islands.”

Ticket information along with boxing travel packages to the Cayman Islands will be following soon, including the remainder of the undercard bouts.

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