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Prize Fight’s “Melee In Mississippi”Hot prospects Fight @ Harlow’s Casino & Resort, Greenville, MS.

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Champ

Greenville, MS – Prize Fight Boxing is proud to introduce the inaugural event of a ground breaking series on SportsSouth. “Melee In Mississippi” will kick off a monthly fight series on SportsSouth live from the beautiful Harlow’s Casino & Resort in Greenville, MS. This 5 bout card will feature some of the hottest prospects in the sport today. “This whole series is built around introducing tomorrow’s stars today”, said Brian Young of Prize Fight. “Through our wonderful relationship with FOX and Harlow’s Casino we are able kick off this series in a first class way”, Young continued.

The main event on the card will be a classic duel of two talented featherweights. Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter 12-1 (5 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA will square off with Jose Hernandez 11-7 (5 KO’s) of Atlanta GA. Hunter, a 2004 United States Olympic Boxing Team Alternate and one of the hottest prospects in boxing, looks to continue his winning ways against the formidable Hernandez in this 8 round bout. Defeating Jose Hernandez will be no easy task for Hunter as Hernandez is well known as defeating hyped prospects. Four times previously in his career Hernandez has entered a fight as an underdog against an undefeated prospect and four times Hernandez as crushed the prospect’s dreams by coming a way with an upset victory. Most recently Hernandez faced 15-0 Rasheim Jefferson for the USBA Featherweight Title in Philadelphia, PA and stopped Jefferson in the 12th round of a scheduled 12 round bout with a crushing left hook.
The feature bout of the evening is an exciting female bout between in state rivals Britanny Glendenning 2-0 (1 KO) of Ft. Smith, AR and April Ward 5-1 (5 KO’s) of Batesville, AR. This 6 round Jr. Middleweight bout is sure to be for the bragging rights of Arkansas. The scintillating 5 bout card is filled out with three evenly matched affairs featuring 2008 Bahamian Olympian Taureano Johnson. Johnson is one of the hardest hitting prospects in boxing today and is just coming off a crushing 30 second stoppage of Ryan Bianchini in Memphis, TN.

The doors will open at 7:00 PM for this exciting night of boxing and the first bout will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets are only $15 with a Harlow’s Players Card. This unbelievable night of boxing can be viewed live from beautiful Harlow’s Resort & Casino in Greenville, MS.

For More Information:

Nate Yoder – Prize Fight – (618) 979-6735

Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel 4280 Harlows Blvd Greenville, Mississippi 38701 1-866-524-LUCK (5825) http://www.harlowscasino.com

Johnson–Tarver fight Inked!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2004 by Champ

A fight between Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson has just been announced and it looks like the fight will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hopes were high that this fight would be held at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, given the turnout and success of the Jones Jr./Johnson fight last September. Even without Memphis getting this fight, there are big things on the Horizon for Memphis Boxing.

Bush/Kerry not the only fight Tuesday night!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2004 by Champ

Boxing at the New Daisy was light last night in two respects. A smaller than average crowd showed up for a short list of fights. For those who got out in spite of the rain and who managed to pull themselves away from the lure of the presidential election Boxing on Beale put on 4 fights. Three 4 rounders and a 10 round main event.

In the 10 RD Middleweight main event, Walter Gilliam (157lbs.) took on Greg Dickson (160lbs.). Gilliam attacked early, doubling amd tripling up on his right hooks that set the stage for straight rights to the head of Dickson. On several occasions Gilliam cornered or caught Dickson against the ropes and really worked him over. Dickson took a pounding but seemed to be at his best when his back is to the ropes. Durnig the bout Dickson countered well with straight rights and hooks. Dickson appeared slow at times and reluctant to throw his jab, the one punch that Gilliam wasn’t defending. Although it was slow it landed. Dickson also faught this entire fight pretty much on flat feet that didn’t move a lot which allowed Gilliam to tee-off often. Every round began and ended with Dickson beating Gilliam to the first couple of punches then for the most part of the round Gilliam stuck it to Dickson. Amazingly, Dickson preservered the beating that he was receiving and actually hurt Gilliam (Gilliam grimaces after the shot) with a left hook to the body in RD 9. But its too little to late for Dickson. Round 10 ends with a spectacular flurry from both fighters and Dickson fighting with his back to the ropes. Dickson took a lot of punishment on the ropes but showed a big heart and a strong chin. Gilliam defeats Dickson, unanimous decision.

Logan Decisions Journeyman Yarbrough! (11/3/04)

The first fight of the evening featured journeyman fighter Lester Yarbrough paired against Martez “Too Sweet” Logan in a 4 RD Middleweight bout. The fight began with Logan overpowering and out punching Yarbrough. Every shot Logan threw was quick, accurate and deliberate. “Too Sweet” continued to go to Yarbrough’s body with combos that opened up Yarbrough’s guard and Logan landed clean shots to his head. Throughout the fight Logan stalked the slow, pawing Yarbrough. Yarbrough got in a few clean thumbing shots of his own like one in RD 3 when he caught Logan in the body with a chopping right hook to the body. But for the most part Lester endured a punishing from Logan. Logan wins the 4 rounder by unanimous decision.

One comment on Logan is that in this fight he stayed within himself and didn’t try and get Yarbrough out of there as quickly as possible. He took his time and fought his fight.

Heavyweights Collide in Pro Debuts!

In other New Daisy action new comers Courtney Johnson and Mike Posey debuted in a heavyweight clash. Johnson tipped the scales at 255lbs and his opponent Posey weighed in at 240lbs. Wild but exciting. This grappling battle started with both fighters looking awkward but determined as they threw punches with everything they had. During the first round the crowd loved it as the pair took turns tossing and throwing each other to the canvas (none ruled knockdowns). In the second stanza Johnson was very active and charged and chased Posey around the ring. Posey was hit with a few shots but none that hurt him. Likewise, Johnson took some punches that leave him bleeding from the mouth but none that look to have taken a toll on him. What did take a toll on Johnson was his conditioning. He took a knee, out of sheer exhaustion, abd made it up on the count of 8. Posey and Johnson then exchange a few shots and Johnson took another knee. This time Allen Luvell calls the fight on account hat Johnson can not continue after making the count. Posey wins his First by 2 RD KO.

Bunting Kayos Anthony in 1!

Fight three of the evening featured Cruiserweight Lafarrel Bunting (188lbs.) who gave up 60+ plus pounds to Richard Anthony (249lbs.) Shortly after the bell for round one Bunting goes to work on the large but slow Anthony. Anthony is throwing punches but they are wild and not many land. Bunting is just the opposite, not throwing many but when he does it lands with a thud. Bunting, catches Anthony with a quick left hook to the body and Anthony drops to a knee. After the count Anthony continues to fight and Lafarrel closes in again and drops the wounded Anthony to a knee with another well placed body shot. Anthony makes the count but wants no more. Bunting wins by TKO RD 1.

Bunting stops Ward!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2004 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

This month at Memphis’ New Daisy Theater, light heavyweight headliner LaFerrel “Fabulous Fairway” Bunting (6-1-1, 6 KOs) closed the show in grand style via knockout victory over Charlie Ward (7-21, 5 KOs).

Bunting stormed out from the opening bell, firing a left uppercut into Ward’s ribcage. Ward fell into the ropes for knockdown number one. Ward up righted himself only to receive further bludgeoning as Bunting struck a left hook around the waistline.

Ward fell to the canvas as referee Clay Huddleston asked timekeeper Rod Cardoni and the commissioners if the blow was low or not, then proceeded to begin his ten count when they shook their heads no.

But Ward held his own for the next few rounds, taking punches from Bunting well, while slipping quite a few. Then in round seven, Bunting unleashed a left hook as Ward marched into it. Ward fell like a rock on his back as referee Clay Huddleston ceased his count at 5 and waved the bout off at 1:17 in round seven.

Pillow Stops Gilliam!

In a lightweight bout, Jerome Pillow (13-0, 10 KOs) gave up almost twenty pounds to Walter Gilliam (1-9-1, 1 KO) and still managed to out power him. Pillow landed much more accurate punches in the first three rounds but was questionably deducted a point for a single low blow in the round.

In response to the deduction, Pillow charged forward in round four and landed combo after combo on the defenseless Gilliam until referee Clay Huddleston performed a standing eight count. Waving his finger in front of Gilliam, Huddleston asked him to follow his finger. To that Gilliam stared blankly straight ahead and the bout ended in yet another KO win for the slick punching Pillow, who seems to have trouble finding a challenging opponent in the local circles.

Goings Outlasts Adams for 4th Pro Win! (10/6/04)
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

In what read as a light heavyweight bout on the bout sheets, Jim Goings (4-0, 2 KOs) weighed in at 201 lbs. and squared off against 180-lb. Carlos Adams in an ugly slugfest. By the end of round two Goings bled from the nose but Adams’ tank looked to be running low.

Goings won a majority decision as Adams spent the final two rounds trying to tie Goings up in between gasping for air through a gaping mouth.

Johnson vs Watson a Draw! (10/6/04)
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com Middleweight Lamont Johnson (1-3-3, 1 KO) looked to add to his win column against newcomer Caleb Watson, but the result left him with yet another draw. Johnson entered his game self but again could not quite perform well enough for a victory.

Johnson landed early, but then Watson worked behind a quick, stiff left jab. The problem for Watson surfaced after the jab, as his attack remained almost completely void of a right hand to create a one-two combination.

The scorecards reflected the evenness and both fighters lack of quality exchanges 38-39 Johnson, 40-38 Watson, and 38-38.

Grubbs Down in 1st, Hangs on to KO Dowdy!

In a light heavyweight bout that matched Joe Grubbs in his pro debut against Tyrone Dowdy (0-2).

Dowdy stormed out from the bell ripping a left uppercut that sent Grubbs into the ropes for a knockdown. But Grubbs arose and began to land of his own accord, ending the round with a strong right hand.

Then in round 3 a barrage of punches lead to a standing eight count on the tiring Dowdy. Grubbs followed that with another uppercut to the ribcage and Dowdy fell halfway through the ropes doubled over ending the bout at 2:56 of round three.

Futes No match for Robertson!

In the opening bout of the evening, Clifton Robertson (1-0, 1 KO) debuted against Javier Futes (0-1) in impressive fashion. Robertson dropped Futes with a straight right hand. Then when Futes arose Robertson struck again with a right hook and Futes fell again, shaking his head no to referee Allan Lovell when asked if he wanted to continue.

Memphis “Shakes Up” Boxing!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2004 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

The brand new FedExForum in Memphis, TN opened its arms to its inaugural sporting event in grand fashion here last night. A crowd of almost 14,000 packed into the impressive new arena.

Roy Jones (49-3, 38 KOs) stated all along he intended to bring a show to Memphis to regain his title against IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Glengoffe Johnson (41-9-2, 28 KOs). He excited the Memphis community with his promises of entertainment and did not disappoint. Only the end proved much different than the crowd or he anticipated.

As the music boomed and Jones started his slow prance into the ring behind a rapper from his own personal label, the crowd erupted. He entered the ring as smoke and pyrotechnics blasted the air. While it may have seemed Jones had already started ahead in this fight, Johnson already had surprises for Mr. Jones.

Johnson provided Jones and everyone in attendance with the first surprise as famous rapper Ice-T led him into the ring. Like foreshadowing in a fiction novel, the hint of what lay ahead loomed over the crowd as they began to realize Johnson came here to entertain as well.

As round one opened, Johnson charged Roy, sending him into retreat mode against the ropes, hands held high around his ears. Johnson easily took the round with relentless pursuit, landing several shots to Jones’ skull. Where was the Jones of old, the escape artist that never seemed to get hit? Where was the man that Vinny Pazienza did not even hit once in a round during their bout.

Johnson ensured that man never showed up. Even as Jones flurried in rounds two and three, including a big left hook and barrage of body shots, Johnson absorbed them and continued forward.

While Jones continued the rope-a-dope act ala Muhamed Ali, Johnson took advantage of every opportunity. Entering the ninth round Johnson led on all scorecards (Fightnews had it scored 77-75) and Jones was in dire need of digging deep to try and extra victory from the beating he was receiving.

But, Johnson had other plans. “I looked for him with the left hook. I waited and got no response so I hit him again (with the right). What can I say? I threw the right hand, it hit him on the chin, and that’s it,” Johnson relayed after the fight.

As Jones fell limp to the canvas, out cold before his head ever hit the canvas, the end of an era sounded with a thud on the canvas like a bell rung in a silent night. The crowd stilled and quiet, watched as Jones lay motionless on the canvas unable to move. The time of the knockout was: 48 seconds into the ninth round.

“ Nobody knows I have a knockout punch because nobody sees me fight,” explained IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson after his stunning ninth round knockout of Roy Jones, Jr. on Saturday at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. “I fight overseas a lot. I’m always a road warrior. It doesn’t matter if I get the respect or not, let’s just get in the ring. I stay focused and do what I have to do.”

The absence of Jones at the post-fight conference, who was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for testing and observation after suffering a concussion due to the knockout, did not put a damper on the celebration of Johnson and his team.

The triumphant Johnson said to the fans and press in the room, “It’s a great night for me! I just wanted to make a statement that I’m a real fighter. I don’t try to look cute. I just wanted to get the job done. I felt that if the knockout came that’s great, but I did not care. I just wanted to win.”

Johnson proved his durability and worth in the ring and thanked the city of Memphis for welcoming him with such open arms. “I will fight in Memphis any time,” he proclaimed.

” I beat him at his own game,” observed Johnson, a native of Clarendon, Jamaica who fights out Miami. “A lot of guys try to fight Roy from the outside, but I wanted to stay in on him.”

Johnson proclaimed, “I’ll fight anybody. I’m not the best but I’ll fight anybody. I have had a tough career. I came through the back door. I am not one to say I am always the best. I’m the guy willing to fight the self-proclaimed best.”

Johnson was asked about a showdown with middleweight king Bernard Hopkins at 168 pounds, to which he responded, “It’s up to my management but if my body can do it, I will.” This scenario seems highly unlikely anytime soon since Hopkins has stated that he wishes to make twenty defenses of his middleweight crown before considering moving up in weight.

WBC / WBA champion Antonio Tarver was invited to the podium by promoter Dan Goossen as Johnson concluded his speech to press.

” I hope Roy retires,” bluntly stated Tarver. “He needs to stay home and take care of himself. I give him (Jones) all the credit in the world but I don’t want him to get hurt. I want to see Roy enjoy his life after boxing (and) ride off into the sunset.”

In November 2003, Jones moved back down to the 175-pound division after his historic capture of the WBA heavyweight crown and regained the light heavyweight title from Antonio Tarver in the first of their two fights. Subsequently, Tarver knocked out Jones in the second round of their rematch in May.

Tarver wasted no time in challenging Johnson: “I feel like he has something of mine. We have to sell tickets Glenn. You have one of my belts. Come on HBO, let’s get it on.”

Alton Merkerson, the long-time trainer of Jones, stated to the press the knockout could signal the end of his career. “That’s something he and I are going to have to talk about,” Merkerson said. “He’s getting hit now more than he used to get hit.”

While a unification bout with Tarver may also lie ahead, Johnson can rest assured Saturday night he was the best in the world. Tarver contends the belt is rightfully his, that he voluntarily gave it up. But for now it resides firmly around the waist of the man who left Memphis and the rest of the world “All Shook Up.”

The total attendance on Saturday at the FedExForum was 13, 047. The promoters were Square Ring, Inc. and Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Prize Fight Boxing and Grand Casinos Tunica.

Memphis eyes a new “King”!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2004 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

Fight night at the FedEx Forum now resides just 48 hours away and the hype and excitement is already creating waves in the city of Memphis. The final press conference for the highly anticipated fight between IBF Light heavyweight champion Glengoffe Johnson (40-9-2, 27 KOs) and Roy Jones Jr. (49-2, 38 KOs) went off without a hitch today, with all those involved in attendance. As Roy Jones, Jr. himself indicated, not even a hurricane could keep him away from this fight.

Brian Young of Prize Fight Boxing kicked things off by thanking the city of Memphis for its support in helping bring the fight to the city and Jones later continued his thoughts stating, “I love the support and treatment everyone has shown me and my opponent here in Memphis. It’s something when you can say that about yourself AND your opponent’s peoples.”

Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson (44-3, 28 KOs) then took the podium and wasted no time in proclaiming that he has never lost a world championship fight.

“ I am the best 115-pound fighter in the world. Bar None!”

Aside from two back-to-back losses to Rafael Marquez, Johnson has not lost a fight in over 14 years. Saturday he will put his WBO Jr. Bantamweight title on the line against Ivan “Choco” Hernandez (18-0-1, 12 KOs), a crafty, yet unknown, Mexican fighter with a high activity rate and an untested chin.

After Glen Johnson’s manager paid his respect to the Jones camp and thanked everyone for the opportunity his fighter now receives on the world stage, Roy Jones Jr. stepped up to the microphone informing everyone, “I’m back. I’m bringing a whole show for ya’ll, not just a fight.”

Question and answer periods left floods of questions to the superstar Jones with the IBF champ Glengoffe Johnson seemingly happy to play the reserve role. Johnson is a man of few words and seemed to have no problem with the attention falling on Jones’ shoulders.

Fightnews participated in the question and answer period and relays the following:

Roy what about your decision to fight a champion on your first fight back (from the first loss)?
I want to fight a champion. I need a challenge. I don’t want to fight someone everybody knows I’m gonna beat.

Did you approach the Johnson camp for this fight?
Yeah, I wanted the fight. I said Ok, if Tarver don’t want to come and talk to me right now I’ll go fight Glengoffe Johnson. I want to fight another champion. He’s got one of my belts. Most people don’t know about Glen Johnson. I do. I know he’s good. He fought Clinton Woods twice and won the title. Clinton Woods doesn’t go down easy.
People don’t know about Glen Johnson because he was a late bloomer. But then again, people didn’t think Tarver had much of a chance either. Johnson’s older, which means he has more experience. He’s also smart and he’s got good power.
I don’t know what kind of punch he can take – but it better be a good one.
Roy, you said you’re bringing a whole show. Tell us about that.
I’m bringing the whole show. An entrance into the ring. I gotta make people enjoy themselves.

After Saturday night do you think you’ll have another fight with Tarver?
Well, I don’t know. You got Tarver. You got Hopkins. You got Klitzscko. All three I’ll take. Klitschko on the other hand. I ain’t supposed to be able to beat him. I love that. I love doing what I’m not supposed to be able to do. This is not about Tarver this is about Roy. The only way people will listen to him – by saying my name.

Who beat Ruiz since I beat him? Rahman didn’t beat him. Oquendo didn’t beat him. No one could beat him. Who beat Hopkins since I beat him? No one. It starts right here!

Following the question and answer period, Fightnews had the opportunity to get some feedback from heavyweight contender Dommic Guinn who expects to see a Roy Jones Jr. knock out. When asked about receiving his first career loss Guinn states, “It’s not out of my mind. I’m sitting over here thinking I know what Roy Jones is going through. But, I don’t expect it to go past 4.”

Guinn continued to state he’ll back back in December as he continues to work hard to get back to where he was stood – only a fight or two from a title shot. “In a year or two my goal is to be heavyweight champ. Bet your money on me. I’ll be back,” Guinn firmly stated in his soft-spoken, Southern Arkansas style.

Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson shared his thoughts with Fightnews on his young opponent. “Young guys are courageous. I know. I used to be that guy. But I will never look past a fight. Never. I hope to fight anyone 126 pounds and under. I might call out Roy after this fight,” ‘Too Sharp’ said smiling.

With that the press conference closed today in a city that is currently all about Roy. As Mr. Jones prepares himself for the first step towards regaining his throne as one of boxing’s pound-for-pound best, he boasts a promise to entertain and ensure that everyone enjoys the show. In a town ripe with love for past celebrity and in search of a new “King” of the city, Roy Jones Jr. stands in perfect position to earn such an honorary title.

As he has often proved himself to be the “King” of entertaining entrances and showy prances to the apron, the first question to the rest of Roy Jones’ career inside the ring will be answered in less than two days. Very soon we begin to find out if Roy Jones Jr. still reigns as “King” of the boxing ring.

Jones Jr. vs Johnson, Days Away!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2004 by Champ

By: JD Meredith

Memphis is days away from one of the biggest fights in its history. Do you have your tickets to Roy Jones Jr. vs. Glen Johnson at the FedEx Forum, Saturday night in Memphis, TN? If you do, congratulations, you are going to see some great fights. 10 to be exact. If you don’t have tickets, but take an interest in Boxing, buy a pair of tickets to this fight and help establish Memphis as a boxing community.

Memphis has received 2 Heavyweight Championship mega-fights, in Tyson/Lewis and Tyson/Etienne, since 2002. Now with the arrival of Roy Jones Jr., who until recently was considered by the majority of fight fans and fight commentators alike to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Memphis adds another huge fight to its historical fight card. (cont’d)

Why is this fight anticipated?
Roy Jones Jr. (49-2, 38 KO’s) promotes himself, he cuts tracks, he has a line of clothes, he just got knocked out for the first time…ever! Fact is Jones Jr. is an exciting fighter to watch. He’s been in the sport for years and has lost little to father time. Whether you love him or hate him, he’s a great fighter whose name is branded on the sport of boxing for all eternity. When a fighter loses a fight, especially the way Jones Jr. lost his last fight to the right hand of Antonio Tarver (KO 2, 2004), it changes his plan. Saturday night in Memphis, you will see a different side of RJ Jr. A new side of him that has seen the blurry vision and cloudy head of a nasty knock out. Don’t misinterpret what is being said, he will not be scared, but maybe cautious.

Fighting by way of Miami, FL, Glengoffe “Gentleman” Johnson (40-9-2, 27 KO’s) is an not only and impressive Journeyman fighter, he also is the reigning IBF Light Heavyweight Champion. He has been in the ring with many great fighters the likes of Clinton Woods, Derrick Harmon, Syd Vanderpool, Sven Ottke and current Undisputed, Unified Middleweight Champion of the World, Bernard Hopkins, who delivered Johnson’s his only KO (KO 1, 1997). Having only been KO’d once in his career, it is certain that Johnson will be coming to fight.

Roy Jones Jr. Speaks from Memphis!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2004 by Champ

…his future in Boxing & his fight with Glen Johnson!
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

Hurricane Bonnie may have KO’d Roy Jones Jr.’s plans to attend the initial press conference kicking off his bid to regain the IBF Light Heavyweight championship, but today Roy Jones, Jr. held his own personal media festivity the way he likes it – on his own terms.

While Roy doesn’t always take the keenest interest in promoting his fights, he certainly knows who butters his boxing bread so to speak. Roy understands the importance of his business relationships outside of the boxing ring. The ex-champ took time out to tour his sponsor Nike’s distribution warehouses in Memphis, TN and worked in a little press coverage in the process.

Roy took his time in arriving then took time to share his thoughts on training, basketball, the Olympics, Don King promotions, and other topics with all in attendance. He explained his favorite style of training consists of basketball and more basketball as the interaction with the crowd works to motivate and encourage him more than training in the ring or gym.

“As a matter of fact the best condition I’ve been ever been in was when I fought Lou De Valle. I only trained real boxing training for two weeks,” Roy stated to the press.

Roy compared the questionable scoring in the Olympics to a Don King fight. “I wouldn’t care if my kid grew up to go to the Olympics. Nobody cares anymore. It’s like watching five or six Don King fights and every one of them ends up in a draw. It’s the same thing and it’s destroying a kid’s dream.”

He then continued by praising his opponent Johnson. “Glen is a good fighter. He’s a very strong fighter. People don’t understand that he’s very durable. He’s gonna’ keep coming at you.”

After a brief question and answer period it was off to shoot some basketball as the start to a whirlwind tour of Memphis. Fightnews was able to catch up with the sports superstar for a couple of words from him en route to the Nike gymnasium:

Roy, are you looking forward to returning to the ring?
Oh yeah. I almost feel like last time I got paid for nothing, I wasn’t out there long enough (laugh).

Roy, what is your motivation coming into this fight?
To be honest with you, my whole motivation this time is that God has a plan for me. I know he has a plan for me. A lot of people never get to the top, never know what it’s like. Take Mike Tyson, when he came down he couldn’t get back to the top. God brings even the best people down to see if they will remain faithful and go back up.

What are your future plans?
I’m actually gonna beat this boy, go stop Tarver, then probably see who wins the Hopkins – De la Hoya fight. I may go back to 168.”

How about your music career, do you have a new CD coming out?
Yeah, we got a new CD coming out. As a matter of fact we have the new CD coming out three days after the fight, Sept. 28. We’ve got one of the songs on the album that they’re going to bring me into the ring to. I’m gonna start back entertaining, totally entertaining. People talked me out of being entertaining.

Can we expect and entrance like you entered the Clinton Woods fight?
Yeah! You know, I gotta bring one of those to Memphis.

The Glen Johnson camp claims you’re doing too much to take the fight seriously. What’s your take? It’s better when I do too much. For the last Tarver fight I wasn’t doing nothing, and look what happened. I probably should have been doing some extra stuff, then maybe I would have been better focused for it. When I have too much to do I operate best. That’s always been the way for me. If I ain’t got nothing to do I’m not interested. I’m gonna be doing too much. I will be doing too much inside the ring and outside of it. I’m gonna put on a show before, in the ring, and after. But, when I’m in the ring we’ll find out what kind of chin he’s got.

Hopkins exploited it.
Did Hopkins knock him out? Ah, you shouldn’t have told me that. Now he’s GOT to go to sleep!
If Ididn’t have a plan for the fight, I got one now.

With all that activity you don’t sound like a 35-year-old boxer.
I don’t look like one either! I’m just happy to be able to be back in the ring. I’m happy that Memphis opened its arms to me to come out. Even the radio stations here have been playing my music and I really appreciate that. I love opening new arenas. I love doing different things, opening them up to boxing.

And with that Jones hit the court where he landed nine of his first ten shots from the field adorned in blue jeans and a button down. On Sept. 25, at the brand new, state-of-the-art FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN, we shall all see if he can still land his shots on the apron like he did before his first professional knockout loss, and the subsequent fall from his lengthy reign as the pound-for-pound best in the world.

Jones Jr. vs. Johnson Tickets On sale Friday!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2004 by Champ

Tickets for the Roy Jones Jr. vs Glen Johnson will go onsale this Friday (11/13/04). Tickets are $40, $50, $90, $150, $250, $300, & $500. More than 10,000 seats priced at $90 and under which should provide more opportunities for everyone to attend this championship boxing event. Contact Ticketmaster to purchase your event tickets by phone – 901-525-1515 or click here to purchase tickets online http://www.ticketmaster.com

Jones Jr. vs. Johson Press Conference!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2004 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

The press conference for Roy Jones, Jr. (49-2) versus Glengoffe Johnson (40-9-2, 27 KOs) to kick off the process for the IBF Light heavyweight championship began and ended without Roy Jones in attendance. Grounded by Hurricane Bonnie in Pensacola, FL, the ex-champ missed the first step in his self-titled “get back” process…

Representatives from Square Ring, Goosen Tutor, Prize Fight Boxing, and Grand Casino all played their part in welcoming the fight to Memphis, TN as Mayor Willie Herengton welcomed boxing to Memphis with open arms. “Memphis can be a major fight city” he commented and ended by calling on the boxing community saying “let’s make it happen.”

Glen Johnson promoter Dan Goosen presented the most outspoken comments as he stated that Roy Jones not only made a huge mistake in taking the second fight with Antonio Tarver but that this fight with Johnson would be a mistake as well. “Roy Jones agrees with us, you’ll notice during this whole press conference Roy Jones has not rebutted one time,” Goosen said jokingly as he motioned to the empty seat adorning a Roy Jones Jr. nameplate.

Johnson’s trainer, Orlando Cuellar boldly stated “We’re very grateful Roy Jones gave is this opportunity, but he made the wrong choice.” He continued by telling Fightnews their game plan is to engage Roy. “We will apply pressure and volume, hurt him as much as we can. We are ready for 12 rounds and will work every round.”

Glengoffe Johnson chimed in with his Jamaican accent telling his trainer to hold back on the strategy, jokingly saying he was going to give away all their secrets. Johnson then proceeded to tell me he was ready to fight. “As long as he shows up, I’m ready to fight. I don’t want no excuses. I want the best Roy Jones to show up. I want to fight the best.”

I also had the opportunity to catch up with Roy Jones Jr.’s trainer Alton Merkerson for a couple of questions:

Alton, you mentioned that Roy is continually learning, what did he learn from the last fight (with Antonio Tarver)?
Roy learned that he can’t move into his opponent’s left hand when throwing. He has always challenges southpaws’ left hands. He just got caught that time. Just like Nigel Benn versus (Iran) Barkley. They both threw at the same time, it’s just that Barkley got hit.

Alton, I’m 34 years old and I know I’m not as quick as I was even a few years ago. Has Roy lost some of his speed and quickness and is it a factor?
Roy has always been excellent at escaping punches. I don’t think his quickness is a problem. He is still the best in the business at escaping punches.

After his last fight Roy stated he could not get up for light heavyweight fights anymore, yet here we are preparing for the IBF Light Heavyweight title fight. Explain?
Roy has unfinished business. I believe he called it “get back.”

So, this is the first step in the “get back” process then?
Yes, Roy plans on winning this title, then taking care of unfinished business. Roy still takes his time in the gym and works hard. He just has unfinished business.

What about the future for Roy Jones, Jr.? Will we see him at heavyweight?
We’re gonna stay here for a while (at light heavyweight). Roy probably has 3 or 4 more fights, if that many. All fighters wear down as time goes by. Do you know that out of the 1988 Olympic team Roy was on there is not one other active fighter? Roy is a young businessman as well and he realizes where he is and where he wants to go.

Alton continued to name every fighter from that 1988 Olympic team and their weight division to further illustrate his point.

Roy Jones, even in absence at this press conference, stands on the ledge one leap away from a great comeback, or a fall resulting in the end of a legacy. Only time will tell if he is able to return to dominance and go out on top as is his goal. On September 25 at the newly constructed FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN we’ll witness the next step in the Roy Jones “get back” process, or a lack thereof.

Local fan favorite and light heavyweight newcomer John Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs) also spoke breifly stating he was excited to fight at the new FedEx Forum in front of his home fans. He encouraged everyone in the area to come watch him fight, and watch Johnson and Jones while they were there.

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