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“FOUR” THE MIND OF A FIGHTER WITH JOHN SCULLY-EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

1.Have you ever been afraid in the ring?

ICEMAN: I don’t know if I’ve actually been afraid but I’ve certainly been concerned many times. One of the amazing things about being a boxer, in particular a professional boxer, is that we develop an internal mechanism that allows us to deal with stress and fear and intense concern in different ways than a non-boxer might. We may feel a brief sensation of fear but it is quickly overruled by the realization that we don’t have time to be afraid because we have an immediate threat in front of us that needs to be dealt with almost instantly. Fear would see us ran away but we all know this is not an option so, instead, it instantly converts into something else.

I’ll say this, though. There have definitely been times when I’ve been in the ring where I felt my life was in danger. I could feel things and sense things that I knew weren’t normal and weren’t right. But as crazy as it sounds, unlike most normal situation where that might occur, as a fighter I’ve always felt my job in those instances was to hide it to the best of my ability and just deal with it myself and let the chips fall where they may.

2. Have you ever lost to an opponent and rooted against him when you saw him in future fights?

ICEMAN: I was always of the mindset that if I won or lost against a particular guy I always wanted to see him do well from that day on because if I beat him and he wins later on I can feel like I defeated a good fighter. It’s a psychological thing. You don’t want to lose to people who are then turning around and losing to someone else.

3. When you’ve experienced a robbery on the cards, did you ever have the urge to blast the judges or the sport verbally in interviews or the post fight interview?

ICEMAN: Yes, 100 percent. I can remember in 1988 in the National Golden Gloves final at 165 pounds, The fight was on ESPN and I definitely felt like I won it. The crowd felt like I won it, my cornerman felt like I won it and the announcers felt that I won it. It would have been a dream come true to win that title and as I was bouncing around that ring before they announced the decision I was literally on Cloud Nine. It was almost surreal. I was about to be crowned with the title I had dreamed about winning since I first put on boxing gloves. When the decision didn’t go my way I literally sunk to one knee and all the energy drained out of me all at once. I felt like crying but, looking back on it, it never occurred to me to blast the judges and, as a matter of fact, that thought literally never entered my mind until one minute ago when you asked the question. I guess subconsciously I’ve always known that no decision has ever been overturned in the amateurs and it would have been just a waste of time. I walked around the arena in a daze for a while after that fight. Not outwardly angry, more just in disbelief at what happened.

But when I was interviewed by different media outlets that night and in the coming days I went on a couple of rants against the system, definitely.

4.What is the biggest regret in your career?

ICEMAN: Absolutely the biggest regret in my career was listening to my first trainer and manager and his opinion on making weight and how to box as a professional. I trusted him because he had a very strong name in the boxing world and I figured what he said was the gospel of the sport. After I learned so much more as a fighter over all these years I realize that his advice and directives were completely wrong.

On my end, as a young professional I could certainly have been more disciplined in my eating habits but the truth of the matter is that I was like a lot of boxers in that I really had no idea at all what to eat and how to properly cut weight. It may sound funny now but I can remember way back then thinking that when I went into training for a fight I would drink Hawaiian Punch instead of soda and would eat a cheeseburger instead of a Big Mac as a way to cut calories.

The old expression, “If I only knew then what I know now” certainly applies to myself and most boxers from my era.

5. What would you say is the accomplishment in your career that happened that surprised you the most?

ICEMAN: I can’t really say anything surprised me. I mean, I trained hard for a lot of years to make things happen. With that said, I can say that a couple surreal things for me happened. As an amateur I fought and defeated a great boxer by the name of Darin Allen who may have been one of the best and most accomplished amateurs ever in U.S. history. He was the defending world champion at the time and I always felt it would be surreal to fight him and it was. I won our first fight in the 1988 Eastern U.S. Olympic trials and the feeling at the moment the decision was announced is something extremely hard to justly describe.

As a professional I think it was just the fact that I was a professional fighters who had some sort of recognition factor going for him. When I was a kid watching boxing on TV every weekend with my father it was a thing where anyone who fought on TV was a star to me. I mean, meeting guys in person who were never above 10 bout club level guys was almost the same to me as meeting top contenders or champions.

So to have been a professional boxer and having been on television and having been in newspapers and magazines is pretty amazing and surreal to me. It was the goal when I first started boxing but it’s still kind of surreal that it actually played out like that for me to some degree.

6. Was there ever a point in your career when you wanted to quit boxing?

ICEMAN: Absolutely. 10,000 percent. After I lost to Kevin Watts in 1990, after I beat Jose Vera later in 1990 and again before I fought Drake Thadzi for the IBO title in 1998. I can honestly say that I hated boxing and what it was doing to me physically and mentally during those times and I was ready to get out.

Those were the three times in my professional career that I wished it would all just end.

7. Your famous quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002

What exactly runs through your mind as you wait in the dressing room before a fight and is it different things before every fight?

ICEMAN: It’s generally different things before every fight, largely depending on how well you prepared for the fight. If you go into that dressing room feeling like you cut corners and are under prepared it can be one of the worst feelings in the world. It’s like an extended psychological torture. The craziest thoughts enter your mind. I have had thoughts that many other I have spoken to have also had. Really irrational stuff.

As an example, I’ll tell you that I kind of have a running joke going with Vinny Pazienza where I tell him if he ever gets a text from me saying “Make the call” that means that I am in dressing room with a fighter who isn’t mentally prepared and I need Vinny to call the fire department with a false alarm so they can come and put a stop to the show because the guy wants out! We joke about it but we can do that because we both understand what it means. Being in a dressing room before a fight is an experience like no other. It can be like the walls are suffocating you and you just want to escape it all.

Conquering the dressing room before a professional fight is a huge aspect of becoming a successful professional fighter.

8. How do you overlook all the corruption and underhanded tactics the sport has endured over the years that has driven it’s popularity down and still love it?

ICEMAN: For me, it’s simply a case of the friendships and the competition and the thrill of it all overruling the people in it who have the potential to sour it all. We have to go into each situation knowing there’s a dirty, conniving person in the grass somewhere nearby and for better or worse, I think we’ve all just accepted it and them as a part of the game.

9. Do you ever wonder what life would have been like had you never even picked up a boxing glove?

ICEMAN: It has never even crossed my mind. I knew literally from my first day in the gym that this was a till the end situation for me and I really feel it’s literally worked out the way it was supposed to. I mean, if I’m forced to answer the question I would guess and assume that I would probably ended up as a youth counselor or a gym teacher. Something along those lines.

10. Has boxing hurt your family/social life or has it actually made it better than it might have been if you had a regular job all those years during your career?

ICEMAN: As a boxer I’ve had a unique life in many ways and I think its made things better for me. Working 9-5 was never something I wanted to do, even before I started boxing. I can remember as a kid wanted to be a big rig truck driver when I got older because I figured that way I could be on the road and do what I wanted and sleep in the cab of the truck and eat when I want and go to sleep when I want.

I am sure that’s also why I never even entertained the idea of getting married until after my career as a boxer was over because I knew from early on that very few women could or would want to deal with a fighter and his life and his schedule. I also knew that the way boxers get in the weeks before fights, it wouldn’t be fair for a female to have to deal with all of that. Most people want to be in a situation where they get weekends off and nights off and holidays off but for a professional prize fighter that’s often not even possible. So your life affects other people’s lives and it’s not always in a glamorous or exciting way.

11. Boxing is such a dangerous sport, did you ever fear for your physical well-being?

ICEMAN: I can honestly say that I spent my whole time in my boxing not worrying about the long term affects of it. As someone who still spars today at the age of 50 I am still not overly concerned. I always figured it like this: If I have to worry about what boxing will do to me in the future then I shouldn’t have bothered getting into it in the first place.

I do remember very well during the course of 1982 and 1983 when I was 14 and 15 years old I used to get tremendous headaches on a daily basis. It seemed to me, actually, that it was one big headache that lasted for several months without a break. Yet never once did I consider stopping boxing.

I never told anyone about the headaches. Not my mother, not my father, not my coach.

I figured I’d rather just deal with the headaches and the misery they brought than tell someone about it and end up not being able to go to the gym anymore.

12. Frank Bruno once said “Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.” Do you agree with that statement?

ICEMAN: I agree pretty much, yes. The thing is this. You have your trainer and your cornerman and your teammates and your family, friends and fans but when you are in that ring and some guy is in there with you trying to knock your head off and you have 10 ounce gloves on and no headgear, well, that’s about as lonely of a place as you can get in a room full of thousands of people. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and ten million thoughts running through your head all at the same time.

It’s definitely not for everyone, you’d better believe that, no matter how tough and willing someone may think they are before they have to experience it.

13. Looking back, what was the best thing about being a boxer and having the career you had?

ICEMAN: I’ve often thought bout this and I can honestly say there are several things that are tied for first place, aspects that are irreplaceable. First is being recognized as a boxer. No matter what level you’re at, journeyman or world champion, there’s something special about being a professional fighter that can’t ever be taken away from us by anyone. On top of that are the friends we’ve made, the places we’ve gotten to see and the camaraderie with other boxers.

I always look at all fighters pretty much in the same light in a certain way. No matter who they were or what they’ve accomplished, they were there. They’ve done something that even their most vicious critics and haters can never take away from them.

14. Looking back, what was the worst thing about being a boxer and does anything bother you to this day?

ICEMAN: I would say that everything is kind of tied together in terms of my regrets. Being in a wrong out-of-the-ring relationship early on, dealing with a hard headed manager and sub-par trainer, me not knowing early on about proper nutrition and training to be a professional, listening to advice from someone who I ended up knowing much more about fighting than they ever could dream of. It’s all intertwined. Sometimes thinking about certain things makes me angry but at the end of the day I’ve always used my bad experiences as a way to prevent boxers I’ve worked with to avoid the same ones in their own career.

So all my mistakes and miscalculations and faults have not all been in vain after all.

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“WAR”- JOHN SCULLY TALKS CANELO VS GGG ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

“The Iceman” John Scully joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio’s Canelo vs GGG Supershow “WAR” to give his thoughts on the fight!

On Saturday, September 16, Mexican Independence Day weekend, lineal and Ring magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0,33 KOs) in the 12-round main event. “Canelo vs. Golovkin: Supremacy” is the event that fight fans have been clamoring for, as Canelo and Golovkin will fight to determine supremacy in the middleweight division. Although T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is sold out, fight fans have the opportunity to catch this epic mega-fight live in movie theaters nationwide.

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EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW WITH THE ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY-DISCUSSES ALL HOT TOPICS IN BOXING

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1. What were your thoughts on Frampton vs Santa Cruz 2 and was it good enough the second time around to warrant a trilogy?

ICE: I thought it was a good showing and based on how both of their fights went down, I don’t think many would argue if the trilogy comes off. A good fight is a good fight. Back in the Golden Years of boxing it was always a thing where any time two guys got together to make for an exceptionally good fight the promoters always did it again, sometimes three or four times. I don’t think either of these guys can exactly claim ownership over the other one yet either so, yes, I’ll go in for the trilogy.

2. With Mikey Garcia knocking out Dejan Zlaticanin impressively, are you surprised at how good Garcia has looked since coming back from such a long layoff?

ICE: A little bit, yeah. I mean, he’s always been a good fighter but not many guys come off of significant layoffs looking quite as good as he has. And that knockout was a KO Of The Year type shot so he certainly came back and made a splash in doing so. He’s right back in the mix, no questions asked and my feeling now is that sooner or later he and Lomachenko are definitely going to cross paths.

3. Mikey Garcia has said that if he is offered Lomanchenko at 135 he will take the fight… How do you see this fight going if it was to happen?

ICE: I think it’s a must see type of fight, definitely. I really like Garcia but the way it is sometimes, certain guys are just all wrong for you, style wise. The way Lomachenko has been looking I feel like he’s got a little too much command of the ring, too much versatility for most guys. But at the same time, Mikey presents a great name and added pressure for Lomachenko to perform at that level against. One of the best fights out there to be made today, definitely.

4. What are your thoughts on yet another Deontay Wilder opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk testing positive for steroids and Gerald Washington getting the shot at Wilder now.

ICE: Well, personally, I’m pretty much sick of all these guys getting busted with the juice. They may not realize or they simply may not even care but they are all contributing to putting a huge black mark on boxing’s name. Every last one of them. The powers that be need to make a stand and drop the hammer harshly on every last one of these guys. Huge suspensions at the very least. Permanent banishment for a repeat offender. This cannot be tolerated, I do’nt care who it is. From 4 round fighters to the elite in the game. I want to see them drop a hammer on every last one of them.

5. Adrien Granados takes on Adrian Broner in 2 weeks. How dangerous of a fight is this for Broner?

ICE: To be honest, I don’t know that much about Granados other than he had a very solid win over Amir Imam a few months ago. Based off of that I am sure he’s very capable. Broner is very skilled, though, and strictly on paper and perception, I’m going to figure he’s going to be a little too fast for this kid.

6. Jeff Horn gets the shot at Manny Pacquiao next. With likely only a few fights left in his career, do you agree with his decision to fight basically an unknown fighter in Australia?

ICE: I liken it to several other great fighters in history who, towards the end of their career, sort of embarked on world tours. Ali did it and traveled to Japan and Ireland among other places. Pacquiao at this stage of the game is a world figure, not just simply a boxer anymore. It’s great for as many people to see him as possible before he calls it a day so I cant be mad about it at all. I mean, Pacman has been in with pretty steep competition for many years on end now so I cant complain if every guy he fights at this point isn’t a boxing superstar. And here’s the thing, in terms of competition, Jeff Horn is still a solid fighter and he has absolutely nothing to lose here so he could step his game up and make for a great event. Boxing isn’t just about the super fights, it’s also about giving some guys chances when the time comes that they may have not gotten otherwise. A “Rocky” scenario every once in a while is great for boxing, too.

7. When you see the tickets for Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua sell out at a record pace for Wembley stadium (80-90k tickets sold). Why do you think the American boxing fans don’t support their fighters the same way we see overseas fans do for their fighters?

ICE: I have always suspected that it is simply a case of in America there are so many superstars in so many other sports that dominate headlines. A champion boxer can make it big but other than guys like Ali and Leonard, if you put most star boxers in this country at a shopping mall in an average American city at the same time, say, LeBron James or Sarena Williams or one of those type stars are at one the same day, the boxer isn’t going to generally get the most attention. Having been to many different places for fights, including Germany and England, it seems to me that the average boxing star in those places is a bigger star in his home than our boxing stars are in theirs. They are also so much smaller, geographically. I mean, Germany could into the USA mainland maybe 25 times with some room to spare so that’s a huge difference in population and its sports stars spread out over each area.
8. There was some outrage at the antics of Angel Garcia at the press conference for Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia.Did you have a problem with it or was it just promotion for the fight?

ICE: I think the father’s craziness is getting played out, you know? Now he’s actually fully crossed over to ignorant levels. It’s a terrible look for professional boxing, that’s what it really is. It’s one thing for Muhammad Ali to be half smiling when he makes jokes about you at the press conferences and its one thing for two guys to uncharacteristically get physical and then get fined after. But this guy. Every time? We have to listen to increasing ignorance levels every single time he shows up somewhere? It’s time to do something about him. He makes his son look foolish and I’m not sure the son truly realizes it. You cant just sit there time after time with a sheepish smile on your face and say “Ahh, well, that’s just my dad.” No, that’s your trainer. This is your representation and your image. In reality, that is the guy who is constantly representing you to the public. He’s more the face of Danny Garcia than Danny himself is. Not that endorsement offers were going to be pouring in but I would have to doubt that serious inquiries will come as long as this is the representation to the masses that kid has. There’s promotion and then there’s buffoonery. This is the epitome of buffoonery. Boxing needs to stop this right now and make a statement

9. Finally, Garcia and Thurman clash next month.Who wins?

ICE: This is a fight I made sure to get a ticket to see live. I’ll be there in person for that one because it’s such a great, great fight for boxing. Two undefeated young and exciting guys going head to head. That’s exactly what boxing needs more of. Let’s weed all these undefeated guys out and see who the cream is.

As far as the fight goes, I’m going with Keith. I just feel that he is the bigger man and a bit more versatile in there. He will definitely be tested and will have to be alert at all times but when push comes to shove I think he’s going to be hitting a little harder than Danny has been used to. Danny is in with someone at welterweight now, not junior welter. And a big welter at that. Someone who has no dog in him and who will be punching just as hard from 1 to 12. I’m going with Keith.

ICE

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002

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ICEMAN EXCLUSIVE TEAM LEFTJAB INTERVIEW: TALKS WARD VS KOVALEV & HOPKINS VS SMITH

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1. What did you think of Manny Pacquiao’s win over Jesse Vargas and do you see a push for Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 in 2017 based on all the comments from Pac,Arum and Floyd attending the fight?
ICE: I thought Pac looked good and showed that if he has fallen off at all it isn’t by very much. He’s still a major player in the game and it would make perfect sense that the parties involved would want to see the rematch. Now, of course, when it comes to really seasoned boxing people, I think they will see a rematch as a money making scheme and nothing more. A win by either guy wont have much of an impact on the division as they will both either retire right after or relatively soon after. I also don’t really see a rematch turning out much different than their first fight did. I mean, if you look at Floyd’s last what? 15 fights? They’ve all pretty much played out exactly the same and I don’t see that changing this time, either.
I personally am not interested in seeing a rematch between them but I’m sure many will be.
2. With Kovalev vs Ward a week and a half away, what are your final thoughts on this fight and does the winner now become the pound for pound king?
ICE: I would have to say the winner of the fight will be seen by most as the rightful pound-for-pound guy now. This is definitely one of the best matchups in recent times, if not one of the best ever. It has all the makings for a scintillating night. When I first heard the match was made my first thought was that Kovalev is too big and strong and possesses too much power to go along with that battering ram jab of his.
After I thought about it for a while, though, I began to remember exactly who and what Andre Ward is in the ring. Skills supercede all in most cases and as skilled as Kovalev is, Andre is a truly skilled technician with a true boxing mind. I believe he will find a way to maneuver and pick his shots and come away with a strong but close decision victory.
3. Vasyl Lomanchenko will be facing Nicholas Walters.Will this be a competitive fight or is Lomanchenko too good at this point for Walters?
ICE: This is another high level fight happening right now. It’s under the radar in the mainstream and that’s a real shame because this is a truly great match! Walters is going to push him, he’s going to threaten him every step of the way, but I just see Lomachenko as being too wily and sharp at this point for him. I won’t be shocked, though, if Loma gets caught with some great shots along the way before he finds his rhythm.
4. Top Rank has finalized Terence Crawford’s next fight which will be against veteran John Molina. Molina is very tough but can be hit and goes to war every fight. Is that a recipe for disaster against a fighter like Crawford who can be aggressive with accuracy?
ICE: I believe Crawford is the real deal in the ring and while this is a tough fight for him I see the matchmaking as favoring him here. The matchmakers job for someone like Crawford is to put him in with someone very solid and reputable but someone who also possesses the style to make his particular style look good and it looks like that’s what they’ve done here. Molina is definitely coming to war and I’m quite sure Crawford appreciates that.
5. A lot of fans were disappointed when they found out Klitschko won’t be facing Anthony Joshua next. Instead, Joshua will be facing Eric Molina. What can Molina do too slow down Joshua who at this point looks like a machine in there and looks very ready to face the biggest names in the heavyweight division?
ICE: Molina is going to have to be at his very best to win this and as a heavyweight anything can happen in there. The deck is stacked high against him, though, so he’s going to need to be mentally ready even more than physically to overcome AJ. As a trainer I have not yet watched these two closely to see how they exactly match up against each other but obviously Molina is going to have to be super aware and sharp with his head movement and his hands up. The table is definitely being set for AJ to step in shortly into 2017 with an elite heavyweight name.
6. Staying in the heavyweight division, Shannon Briggs gets the big shot he has been campaigning for years to get and it comes against Lucas Browne. First, do you believe Briggs deserves this shot at the WBC title and does he stand a chance against Browne who at least has wins against Chagaev and Rudenko in the last 2 years.
ICE: To say he deserves the shot, in terms of the way the sport is structured and supposed to be run, no, probably not. But he talked himself into it. Marketing genius. And if he pulls it off he will have set the bar high for all those guys with marketing schemes and Internet access. You’ve got to hand it to Shannon, by any means necessary he got the fight. He stayed with a genius plan and it worked. And the crazy thing is that I believe on the right night he can definitely win it. I quite sure after all this talking and Internet videos, he doesn’t want to go out there and make a complete fool of himself when it really counts. Shannon is older now but he obviously is putting the work in now and he can fight. We can’t forget that. Shannon is a very skilled guy when he’s on his game. I don’t know if he should necessarily be favored right now, all things considered, but I wouldn’t make the mistake of counting him entirely out, either!
7. IBF Super Welterweight Champ Jermall Charlo finally faces mandatory challenger Julian Williams. Do you think this will be Williams coming out party or does Charlo get another solid win as he moves onto bigger fights?
ICEMAN: I like the fight a lot. Two young and hungry guys with skills. Charlo is a hot kid right now but I like Julian and I think he has a very solid and diligent boxing guy in his corner in Stephen “Bread” Edwards who is always really on his game as a trainer in preparing Julian for his fights. If I were to bet on the fight, if I had to choose, I would probably go for Charlo at the end of it in a good one. But I wont bet because it’s that kind of fight where the underdog is just way too live.
8. Bernard Hopkins returns for one more fight in December which will be against Joe Smith Jr. How much do you feel Hopkins two year layoff, along with his age will hurt him in this fight and do you think Smith was a dangerous opponent for Hopkins to chose after such a layoff?
ICE: I must give B-Hop all the credit in the world for taking this fight at this point in his life. Joe is a very strong puncher, a kid with nothing to lose. He also appears to have a  deep mean streak in him. If he doesn’t get stage fright I think he will be in it to win it right from first bell to the last.
As far as Bernard goes, I’d have to believe that he has chosen to stay with his years long dedication to clean living, lots of sleep, dedication to his craft. It would shock me if he wasn’t finely tuned on fight night like always.
As far as the fight goes, it’s a tough one to call because regardless of stellar conditioning, 52 is still 52. I’ll say this much, the intensity and motivation for both guys is going to be super high on fight and it absolutely would not surprise me at all to see Bernard put on a scintillating showing and go out a superhero.
However, all things considered, it also wouldn’t shock me if Joe catches him with some big and sharp power shots and mentally slows him down into a safe-mode where he maybe sort of abandons an all out plan to win by any means. I think this fight will be determined more by which B-Hop shows up on fight night than which Joe shows up.
9. Many people felt PBC was in trouble with reduced shows and fighters inactive for the second half of 201. But with the recent announcement of numerous big cards going into 2017, are they back on track at least for the short term?
ICE: I believe they are. I don’t know the inner-workings of their business but they’ve done a lot of shows, gotten great exposure for some great young fighters and it would be a literal shame if this trend were to stop. Them failing would be a huge blow to boxing, I believe. I mean, if boxing can’t sustain these type shows for more than a few years when network TV went strong all through the entire 70’s and 80’s then something is wrong here. I’ve been to several PBC shows in different states and every last one of them was a high quality event, in the ring and out.

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had”Iceman John Scully, April 2002

 

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STEVE UPSHER TALKS KOVALEV VS WARD & GARCIA VS VARGAS ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

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“Showtime” Steve Upsher joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss the latest in boxing & give an update on when he may be in the ring again.Here are all the topics discussed with Upsher…
 1. Next fight update
2. Pacquiao beating Vargas
3. Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2?
4. Danny Garcia vs Sammy Vargas Saturday
5. Lomanchenko vs Walters
6. Crawford vs Molina
7. Joshua vs Molina
8. Hopkins vs Smith
9. Kovalev vs Ward 
10. Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams
11. PBC revival

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PETER SFERRAZZA TALKS PACQUIAO/FLOYD 2 & PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULT ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

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Peter Sferrazza joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to discuss the latest in boxing & give his personal thoughts on the presidential election results.Here are all the topics discussed with Sferrazza…

1. The Presidential Election result

2. Pacquiao beating Vargas

3. Mayweather vs Pacquiao 2?

4. Danny Garcia vs Sammy Vargas Saturday

5. Lomanchenko vs Walters

6. Crawford vs Molina

7. Hopkins vs Smith

8. Kovalev vs Ward 

9. Jermall Charlo vs Julian Williams

10. PBC revival

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TEAM LEFTJAB EXCLUSIVE JOHN SCULLY INTERVIEW: TALKS OLYMPIC ROBBERIES,NY INSURANCE INCREASE & ERROL SPENCE

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1. What are your thoughts on the robberies at the Olympics this year?
ICEMAN: I remember back in 1984 after the Olympics in Los Angeles a South Korean official was quoted in The Ring magazine, basically saying that they felt that they were the victims of some questionable judging but that we would get our comeuppance when the 1988 Olympics were held in their country.
Sure enough, the robbed Roy Jones there in 1988 in the finals in what I would consider to be the worst decision in the history of boxing, amateur or professional.
I think the potential for robberies and corruption is as high as it has been right now than as any other time in history. There are so many political implications now that can come with certain judges and referees being involved with certain fights. I mean, could you fully trust a judge from Cuba to officiate a bout between a guy from the USA and someone from a former USSR state or an Israeli judge working a bout between Iraq and the USA?
AIBA has been apparently heading off the rails for quite a while now and at this point it seems like it’s almost chaos in amateur boxing. Ultimately it is the sport itself that is suffering because the fighters, if not the fans, are going to grow so sick of it and they’re not going to want to even bother staying amateur to compete in events that they don’t feel they even have a real chance to win anymore.
2. With the new insurance increases coming in New York do you feel there will be a resolution or is boxing in NY in trouble in the future?
ICEMAN: It’s definitely a huge hurdle in the road right now. I’ve seen something similar before. I turned pro in 1988 at the Hartford (CT) Civic Center and back then in the 1980’s there were many shows held in that building. Marlon Starling boxed there pretty frequently. They even did local and international amateur shows there. Freddy Roach even fought there as an amateur in 1976 against a guy from Hartford named Miguel Quiles.
What happened, though, is that for some reason they raised the rent there by ridiculous amounts and as a result, since around 1990 there has only been around three or four shows in that building. So in an attempt to get more money for rent they essentially wiped out professional boxing in their building for the last 26 years.
New York might very well be headed for a similar fate and that’s almost criminal to me. New York shows, especially the club show circuit, was among the most vibrant in the entire world at one time. Hopefully there is a politician somewhere in New York who is also a big, big boxing fan.
3. How impressed were you with Errol Spence stopping Bundu who has never been stopped even against Keith Thurman?
ICEMAN: Errol has arrived with a loud bang, I guess you could say. He reminds me of Clubber Lang in ROCKY III, just showing up creating havoc everywhere he goes. As a young guy who isn’t even close to his full powers yet it’s going to be very interesting to see how things go against the bigger names. And of course there will eventually come the talks where people are wondering what he could do if Floyd were to come out retirement? 
His presence brings a new and very interesting dimension to the game today.
4. Spence wants Kell Brook next but first Brook takes on Gennady Golovkin next month. With the fight almost here, do you feel any different about this fight than when it was announced?
ICEMAN: Not particularly, no. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised to see that not only did Kell weigh considerably more than GGG at the official 30 day weigh-in but also in photographs he apparently has put on weight in spectacular fashion. I can’t recall seeing a guy move up two weight classes in one jump and looking as good physically as Kell does, especially so far out from the actual date of the fight.
But when push comes to shove, it’s still GGG and I just can’t seen him losing.
5. Manny Pacquiao chose to face Jesse Vargas in his comeback fight instead of Terence Crawford…smart move by Pacquiao to not get in there with Crawford after a long layoff?
ICEMAN: I think business-wise as much as anything it’s a smart move because that is a fight that could be built up to be much, much bigger a few months down the line. There are many, many fights that could be made today that would be interesting and competitive but in terms of maximizing exposure and earnings, you have to be smart and wait for the right time to make them. A lot of people in the boxing game feel that Crawford could beat Manny right now but you need to wait until many more casual fans are saying the same thing. Then you’ll have a legitimate PPV fight.
6. There’s also the possibility that they want to build up Pacquiao vs Crawford a bit. Do you see that as a  passing of the torch fight for Top Rank?
ICEMAN: I think it’s just another really good potential fight in the game today. I’m actually not one to write Pacman off so easily just yet. I think he’s looked good since the Mayweather fight and hasn’t shown me any significant drop off. It’s not like Floyd was banging him around and abusing him physically. I’ve seen guys lose a lot more in fights than Pac lost in that fight so, again, I’m not gonna’ rush to write him off and see him as a guy who needs so much protection from the young guys. He’s still a handful for all of them.
But with that said, if he does match up with Crawford down the line and loses, then it solidifies Terrance and puts him into a whole new stratosphere.
7. Do you feel Danny Jacobs vs Sergio Mora 2 will be a competitive fight? The first one was for a few rounds before Mora broke his leg but Jacobs still seems like he’s on a different level than Mora.
ICEMAN: I could see it being a solid and interesting fight, Sergio obviously has experience and skills and will be motivated highly but it seems like they are just at two very different points in their careers and that Danny is probably on a much higher motivational plane right now. He’s very, very close to big, big fights right now and that along with the motivation to straighten things out with Sergio will more than likely see him not be denied.
8. Canelo’s upcoming fight against Liam Smith has the least amount of buzz for a Canelo fight since he became popular in the U.S. But are the fans underestimating Smith who is still a world champion and undefeated?
ICEMAN: I believe they are and I say that in part because I didn’t even realize they were actually fighting each other until you just asked me about it. I’ve seen no articles, no real buzz about it. The thing is, though, at any level, you simply cannot overlook anyone in the game. I’ve said it a million times, just because a guy isn’t super famous or undefeated doesn’t mean he can’t fight. I know plenty of little known guys who could do some real damage if they got the opportunities. If Canelo were to treat this like its a gimme’ fight and a walk in the park it could prove to be the biggest mistake of his entire boxing career.
9. Jarrell Miller has been calling out the big names in the heavyweight division. Do you feel he is ready to step in with the top guys yet?
ICEMAN: I know he has been calling them out and he’s gung-ho about it and that’s one way to get your name out there but I still think it’s a bit premature to actually go and match up with the elite guys at this point. If I was involved with him I would want to keep getting my name out there but if you’re in it for the long haul then obviously you still need to develop your game and get real experience under your belt. I would have to think he’d be much more comfortable after having a fight against a solid guy over 10 rounds on television first.

ICE

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had”Iceman John Scully, April 2002

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JOHN SCULLY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TALKS SPENCE,KHAN VS CANELO & WILDER VS POVETKIN

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1. What were your thoughts on Errol Spence’s win over Chris Algieri last weekend?
 
ICE: I thought Errol looked very good and obviously impressively took out a guy in Algieri who doesn’t get taken out. Errol just seems so strong for a welterweight and he obviously officially stamped himself as a real player in the division now. He’s a great addition to the weight class that boasts guys like Garcia, Porter, Thurman and Brook. Hottest division in the game right now.
2. Does a win over Algieri mean Spence is ready for the top fighters at 147 right now?
 
ICE: I would say so. It wasn’t just the win but the manner in which he delivered it. His power and skills are pretty obvious. He’s obviously not a flash in the pan as far as I can tell and I think that performance put him on the radar of everyone who follows boxing and controls boxing. I would say that he shouldn’t jump into these fights right away, they’ve got to take the time to build the bigger fights for the division over the next year and a half or so, but he’s definitely in that mix now.  
3. From a fighter/trainer’s eye do you see any weakness in Spence that can be exploited by the more experienced big names at 147?
 
ICE: I don’t see a weakness in his toughness exactly because so far he hasn’t really had to prove it yet. He hasn’t had to prove how well he can swim in deep water and take punches and come back from it. So its a question mark but its a question mark for most good fighters who continually win so impressively. I would say there is a question mark as to wether he will stand up in the second half of an extremely tough fight and I’m sure the top names and their trainers will look to take him there to see what’s what.
4. How much does a win over Alexander Povetkin in Russia do for Deontay Wilder’s popularity & resume? Do you feel the deck is stacked against Wilder in this fight and a win will be huge here for him?
 
ICE: I think that boxing insiders will see it as proof of something and will see it as the biggest win of his career. If he can ever score a KO then I think his bandwagon will see a lot more members on the train soon after. I do feel that it is an odd situation for a reigning and defending heavyweight champion, though. I don’t know any of the logistics behind the scenes in the making of the fight or anything but it’s eye opening that a defending hot commodity heavyweight champion is having to go to Russia to fight such a formidable opponent there. I think somewhere along the line someone here may have had to make a concession that they may not be fully comfortable with in order to get this fight.
 
Now we have to see if it was a great business move or a terrible one.
5. With Anthony Joshua running through Charles Martin to become IBF Champion, do you feel we can rate Joshua as high as he looks to be from the Martin win or do we need to see him beat someone like David Haye or Luis Ortiz first?
 
ICEMAN: I personally would like to see a win over another highly ranked guy like Ortiz. Nothing against Martin whatsoever but because his title win came under such unusual circumstances, I personally never really got to see him perform before so I don’t know what he is really all about. Joshua looks legit, of course, but boxing people can be a fickle bunch and I think it’s for sure that we need to see him against someone more proven before we anoint him 100 percent.
6. Gut reaction…Do you feel Manny Pacquiao’s win over Timothy Bradley was his last fight?
 
ICEMAN: Assuming Floyd doesn’t make a comeback or that Floyd isn’t sending signals behind the scenes that a rematch is possible then I’d say Manny is done. But I’m pretty sure the Floyd return is on his mind and he’s hopeful of it. He may be retired but I don’t think both feet are fully out the door just yet.
7. Some fans/media have tried to drum up interest in a Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch based off Pacquiao’s win.Do you feel that fight has had its day and if Floyd were to come back it would likely be to face one of the younger fighters like Broner, Thurman etc.?
 
ICEMAN: Personally, being 100 percent truthful and realistic, I didn’t even care very much about their first fight because of the way they dragged it on. In 2009 I thought it was a great fight but by the time it finally happened not only didn’t I have much interest in it but I felt that it was going to go exactly as it did. Manny is a great fighter, at elite level, but Floyd is something else and I see absolutely no reason to believe a rematch would be any different than the first fight.
8. Canelo vs Khan is right around the corner…What are they keys to this fight for both fighters?
 
ICEMAN: I think Canelo clearly needs to utilize his advantage in strength and physicality and make it that kind of fight. Use a strong jab, a double jab, and get to that body and not allow Khan to set himself and think clearly.
 
I think Khan needs to box, use his long jab, put in combinations and stay out of the corners and off the ropes. Sometimes boxing isn’t nearly as difficult to figure as many think it is. Some things are obvious and some aren’t. For me, maneuvering and positioning and footwork are the keys for Khan.
9. Khan has looked to put on some muscle in preparation for this fight. Do you agree with that concept of more power will help Khan keep Canelo off him or should Khan use what has won him many fights in his career..speed and work rate?
 
ICE: Personally I think the belief that you have to go and get stronger and bulk up to fight a bigger man is a bit overrated. I mean, the guy is already naturally bigger than you and stronger than you and I don’t think a couple months of strength training and more weight is going to significantly change that. I think Roy Jones showed a brilliant plan when moving up to fight the much bigger John Ruiz for the heavyweight title. He didn’t even get up to 195 pounds so at the weigh-in he still was outweighed by more than 30 pounds. He had obviously chosen to highlight his speed and rhythm as opposed to bulking up to get stronger against a guy who was going to be bigger than him and stronger than him no matter what he did. He didn’t need strength, he needed boxing acumen. He just needed enough weight and strength to stay strong for himself and that’s what worked beautifully. I think trying to sort of artificially gain too much weight and strength isn’t realistic. It would be like the bigger guy trying to get looser and much lighter so that he could keep up with you instead of enjoying his natural advantages. I think people worry too much these days about the other guy instead of worrying about getting themselves ready to be the best they can be within their means.
 
10.How much of an upset would it be historically if Khan were to somehow upset Canelo?
 
ICE: On the one hand I think it would be huge. The initial perception is that Khan is a somewhat fragile welterweight while Canelo is a strong brutal body punching machine but by the same token, this is a different era. Back as recently as the 1980’s and especially before the 1980’s, it was always a given rule of thumb that smaller fighters rarely move up and beat the good bigger fighters. It was a relative rarity and, really, many guys never even attempted it because it was such a unique and difficult thing.
 
“A good big man always beats a good little man” is one of the oldest sayings in boxing but if you really think about it, that has ran its course.
 
Good smaller fighters move up on a regular basis now and beat good bigger fighters. From Ray Leonard beating Hagler to Hopkins going all the way up to light heavyweight to beat Tarver, it’s happened numerous times over the years.
 
Khan at 147 going up to fight a middleweight who often weighs in the mid 150’s isn’t nearly as much of a jump as some other fighters have successfully pulled off over the last 10 or 15 years so with the right discipline, conditioning and game plan Khan very well could be right in this fight!
 
With that said, all things considered, it would be a significant upset simply because of the fact that at the lower weight Khan has shown great skills and power but not the chin of a Hagler or a Chuvalo. So that’s a huge negative for a specific situation and fight like this.
 

ICE

 

Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had”Iceman John Scully, April 2002

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JOHN SCULLY BLASTS CATCHWEIGHTS & TALKS KHAN VS CANELO ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

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The Iceman John Scully joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio to give his thoughts on some big fights coming up.With Amir Khan taking on Canelo Alvarez, Scully gives his thoughts on the fight and also gives his honest opinion on catchweights.The Iceman holds nothing back discussing his disdain for catchweights and the multiple belt system in boxing today and he explains why neither are good for boxing.John breaks down Manny Pacquiao’s possible last fight of his career against Timothy Bradley and if the recent firestorm from Pacquiao’s comments will affect him in this fight.Scully also breaks down on Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera,Chris Algieri vs Errol Spence Jr,Badou Jack vs Chavez Jr,Broner’s act and more.

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