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News: Abraham Interested in Pavlik Bout; Andrade vs. Joseph

Arthur Abraham Demetrius Andrade Kelly Pavlik Boxing NewsGermany’s Arthur Abraham will defend his IBF middleweight title against Kelly Pavlik anywhere in the world to prove he is the best in the division, according to his agent Kalle Sauerland. Abraham’s next fight is against Lajuan Simon on Saturday 14 March. Sauerland told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that Pavlik was the only fight Abraham wanted. He said:

“We’ve been after this fight for a long time and there definitely hasn’t been any offer to come to Germany. We put an offer to Top Rank [Pavlik’s promoters] and they seem to be hesitant, but I think in the past 48 hours we’re starting to make roads forward.


“This match up will show who the best middleweight in the world is.

“We understand that Kelly’s a big name in the States, but Arthur’s a big name in Germany. All we want is for this fight to happen. We’ll go to his backyard and fight him if necessary.”

DEMETRIUS ANDRADE OPENS ESPN2 TELECAST

On Friday March 6th, the 2007 amateur world champion and 2008 Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (2-0, 2KO) will look to showcase his talent to the boxing world when he opens up the March 6th ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT against Tom Joseph (4-1-1). The bout against Joseph will be held in the light middleweight division and is scheduled for four rounds. It will be the second time in just three fights the 21-year-old Andrade will be fighting on National T.V. (pro-debut was on the Versus network). The card, which is being promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in association with the Mohegan Sun, is being headlined by Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against highly touted contender Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1, 11KO). Also on the line will be the number two ranking in the IBF world ratings.

Andrade, who is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and Art Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, was last seen in action in his home state of Rhode Island on November 29th where he handed out a vicious four round beating of Eric Marriott before the referee finally called a halt to the contest at 50 seconds of the fourth round.

Andrade, who was chosen by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael as one of boxing’s top prospects this past year, has been very impressive thus far in his young pro career, garnering rave reviews from some of boxing’s top experts. “The Providence, R.I., native nicknamed “Boo Boo” was the best pro prospect on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and first squad member to turn pro in October. Besides making the Olympics, Andrade, who started boxing at age 6, was an amateur world champion, two-time U.S. national champion and two-time national Golden Gloves champion. He has everything you like to see in a rising talent: good size (he’s 6-foot-1), a deep amateur background, fast hands, power and ring smarts,” stated Rafael.

“I feel very blessed to be given an opportunity to showcase my skills on ESPN2 this early in my career,” stated Andrade. “I want to thank my promoters Star Boxing and Banner Promotions for putting this fight together and am just really looking forward to getting a chance to perform to the best of my ability on March 6th. The Mohegan Sun is just about an hour or so from my home in Providence, RI so I am looking forward to having my fans and family there supporting me and cheering me on. It is always nice to get a chance to perform in front of them, to me it’s my way of giving back to them and saying thank you for all the support you have shown me throughout my career. I plan on opening the “Friday Night Fights” show with some serious fireworks so make sure to tune in early because I promise you are not going to want to miss it. I am ready to start taking my career to the next level in 2009 and it all starts on the 6th.”

STAR BOXING AND BANNER PROMOTIONS WISH ANDRADE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing, and Art Pelullo, CEO of Banner Promotions, would like to wish Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (2-0, 2KO) a happy 21st. birthday. Andrade who is co-promoted by both DeGuardia and Pelullo, will be in action on the Star Boxing promoted card on March 6th at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Andrade will open up the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast.

Team USA Prepared to Battle Ireland’s Best in Dual Action on Friday, February 27 in Dublin

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ top boxers arrived in Ireland on Wednesday, following a week-long training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-person squad will face off in the first of two duals with the host country on Friday, February 27 at the National Stadium in Dublin. The second dual will be contested on Sunday, March 1 at the Arch Centre Athy in Kildare, Ireland.

Ireland recently selected its roster for the first dual event following their national championships, which concluded on February 20. Led by team captain and 2008 light heavyweight Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan (Ireland), the team boasts three 2008 Olympians, including two medalists. In addition to Egan, light flyweight Paddy Barnes (Ireland) took home a bronze medal from China. Egan will battle the United States’ Siju Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.) while Barnes faces Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.). Bantamweight representative John Joe Nevin (Ireland) joined Egan and Barnes in Beijing, and will challenge Team USA’s Ernesto Garza. On the women’s side, two-time world champion Katie Taylor (Ireland) will represent the host team in her bout with Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.).

Newly crowned Irish flyweight national champion Declan Geraghty will face two-time Olympian and reigning World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) while fellow Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) will battle Ireland’s Carl Frampton. U.S. Olympic Team Trials super heavyweight champion Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) will take on Anthony Crampton of Ireland.

Lightweight Carl Frampton, lightweight Ross Hickey, light welterweight Phillip Sutcliffe, welterweight Willie McLoughlin, middleweight Darren O’Neill and heavyweight Con Sheehan will complete the Irish roster.

On the United States side, lightweight Eric Fowler (Montgomery, Texas); light welterweight Charles Watson (Johnson City, Tenn.); welterweight Javontae Starks (Minneapolis, Minn.) and heavyweight Paul Koon (Philadelphia, Pa.) will round out the team competing in dual action.

The team will be led by coaches Hal Chernoff (Fruitland, Md.); Ray Velez (Ridgewood, N.Y.) and Ken Buffington (Marshalltown, Iowa). Richard Trindle (Mercer, Pa.) will serve as Team Manager for the event with Larry Ferebee (Lynchburg, Va.) and Tom Cleary (Cincinnati, Ohio) working as AIBA officials and Dr. John Denker (Portland, Ore.) joining the squad as the Team Physician. Mike Stafford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Sankara Frazier (Minneapolis, Minn.) assisted the three coaches during the team’s training camp in Colorado Springs.

The 2009 USA vs. Ireland Dual is the first competition between the two countries since November of 2005 when the two nations faced off in a three-nation event in Cleveland, Ohio. The international competition is the first trip to Ireland for a U.S. team since the multi-nations tournament in 2003. The 2009 USA vs. Ireland Dual is the first senior level competition to which the United States has sent a full team to since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Team USA

106 lbs: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.

112 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio (Two-time Olympian)

119 lbs: Ernie Garza, Saginaw, Mich.

125 lbs: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio (2008 Olympian)

132 lbs: Eric Fowler, Montgomery, Texas

141 lbs: Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn.

152 lbs: Javontae Starks, Minneapolis, Minn.

165 lbs: Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y.

178 lbs: Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M.

201 lbs: Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa.

201+ lbs: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev.

Coach: Hal Chernoff, Fruitland, Md.

Coach: Ray Velez, Ridgewood, N.Y.

Coach: Ken Buffington, Marshalltown, Iowa

Team Manager: Richard Trindle, Mercer, Pa.

AIBA Official: Larry Ferebee, Lynchburg, Va.

AIBA Official: Tom Cleary, Cincinnati, Ohio

Team Physician: Dr. John Denker, Portland, Ore.

Training Camp Coach: Mike Stafford, Cincinnati, Ohio

Training Camp Coach: Sankara Frazier, Minneapolis, Minn.

Team Ireland

106 lbs: Paddy Barnes (2008 Olympic bronze medalist)

112 lbs: Declan Geraghty

119 lbs: John Joe Nevin (2008 Olympian)

125 lbs: Carl Frampton

132 lbs: Ross Hickey

141 lbs: Philip Sutcliffe

152 lbs: Willie McLoughlin

165 lbs: Darren O’Neill

178 lbs: Ken Egan (2008 Olympic silver medalist)

201 lbs: Con Sheehan

201+ lbs: Anthony Crampton

Team USA Bios
Light flyweight/106 lbs – Louie Byrd, Denver, Colorado
5-2 ~ September 19, 1990

2008 FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPION

Flyweight/112 lbs – Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio

5-5 ~ February 13, 1987

TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN

2007 WORLD CHAMPION

Bantamweight/119 lbs – Ernesto Garza, Saginaw, Michigan
5-4 ~ 1 October 25, 1988

2008 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

Featherweight/125 lbs – Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio

5-6 ~ February 4, 1989

Lightweight/132 lbs – Eric Fowler, Montgomery, Texas

5-7 ~ June 8, 1988

2008 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION

Light welterweight/141 lbs – Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn.
5-8 ~ October 27, 1990
2008 U.S. FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST

Welterweight/152 lbs – Javontae Starks, Minneapolis, Minn.

6-0 ~ March 18, 1989
2008 U.S. FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPION

Middleweight/165 lbs – Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, New York

6-0 ~ December 24, 1989

2008 U.S. FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST

Light heavyweight/178 lbs – Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M.

6-2 ~ July 15, 1985
2007 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

Heavyweight/201 lbs – Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6-3 ~ April 14, 1986

2008 U.S. FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST

Super heavyweight/201+ lbs Michael Hunter– Las Vegas, Nevada

6-2 ~ July 10, 1988

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS CHAMPION

Female/lightweight/132 lbs – Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.

5-6 ~ May 8, 1984

TWO-TIME LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPION

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is responsible for the selection and management of the United States Olympic Boxing Team, and for the governance and oversight of USA Boxing’s national organization of 38,000 members, 1,400 individual boxing clubs, and 1,600 sanctioned events annually.

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